Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Presidential perks and then some

According to a story in the Hawaii Reporter, President Obama's current Hawaiian vacation isn't costing taxpayers a small fortune, it's costing them a LARGE fortune.

This is great reading for those of you who are unemployed, underemployed, tightening your belt, or just looking for some time to kill before starting a shift in your second or third part time job.
With estimates secured from a host of professionals, city officials and law enforcement, Hawaii Reporter estimates costs to taxpayers will at least include:

* Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)
* Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)

* Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800

* Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs

* Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)
* Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)
* TOTAL COST: $1,474,200


* Rental of office building in Kailua on canal

* Security upgrades and additional phone lines

* Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel (Secret Service imports most of the cars used here to escort the president)

* Surveillance before the president arrives

* Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President
For complete details on the Obama's latest jaunt, go HERE.


Michael said...

If there is a PERK, HE will use it regardless of the poor economy or the feelings of our citizens who are hurting financially.

zappo said...

His flagrent disregard for the feelings of American's in this bad economy only highlights his true character.

Anonymous said...

This President discusts me!


Revolution 2010 said...

Obama won't be abusing Americans after 2012.

Romney/DeMint in 3012!

Anonymous said...

My family and I are going to Hawaii next week (different island from where Obama is) and, unlike Obama, I had to save six months for the plane tickets alone.

BOSMAN said...

The problem with Obama (among many other things) is he lacks common sense.

He probably thinks people are happy to see him having a great multi-million dollar vacation in Hawaii while they pinch pennies in a rotten economy.

phil said...

He really doesn't get it. I think the word is, dense.

Anonymous said...

Dense, pretty much sums Obama up!