Taxpayer Bill For Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million

January 4, 2013 @

Michelle Obama recently revealed that she and President Obama don’t give Christmas gifts to each other. They merely say, “We’re in Hawaii,” and that’s Christmas gift enough.

But actually the present is from taxpayers, and it’s an expensive one.

The total cost to taxpayers of Obama’s vacations to Hawaii since becoming president is likely in excess of $20 million, and possibly much, much more. During a time of budget deficits that threaten the nation’s security and its future, the Obamas have chosen to  maintain a “family tradition” and vacation halfway around the world instead of finding far cheaper alternatives closer to home.

The $20 million figure is based on estimates of the cost of the four Hawaii vacations the Obamas have taken during Christmastime 2009-2012. According to a detailed breakdown by the Hawaii Reporter, the annual excursions in 2009, 2010, and 2011 cost about $4 million, much of it attributable to the expense of taking Air Force One, at an hour rate of about $180,000, on an eighteen-hour roundtrip journey to Honolulu and back.

Read more at By Keith Koffler.

Photo credit: Justin Sloan (Creative Commons)

22 Comments → “Taxpayer Bill For Obama’s Hawaii Vacations: $20 Million”

  1. Barb

    7 years ago

    Just think how much “true good” that $20 million could have done for the people who were left homeless by Sandy. Sure is nice to see the Obama’s genuine concern for anyone who is really hurting. NOT!

  2. Randy

    7 years ago

    This is actually good. Think of how much he would be costing us if he was at work ramming through more of his horrendous stimulus packages.

  3. Constance

    7 years ago

    After all his hard work he deserves a nice vacation paid for by us. sarcasm.

  4. Allison

    7 years ago

    Actually, I have to agree with Randy on this one. Though it angers me to think of this wasteful spending on BO’s personal life, I do acknowledge that on vacation, he’s not working. And if he’s not working, that’s one day more we are safe from his furthering his agenda.

  5. Johan

    7 years ago

    As a non-American living in NZ, I am constantly and totally confused why Americans are only writing about Obama’s excesses but having him reelected.
    What is the matter with you guys !! Show some gumption instead of complaining and doing nothing !!

  6. James

    7 years ago

    Contact your senators and congressmen and demand that they pass a law that requires the president and his wife to pay back all of the millions of taxpayers money they have spent on themselves. It must be paid after he leaves office and if not paid in full, our government will have the power to seize assets, bank accounts and freeze his pension until it is paid back in full to the american people.

  7. Vinny

    7 years ago

    Right, who DIDN’t vote and allowed him to get re-elected. I blame all of you… 🙁

  8. Lori Ellin

    7 years ago

    Family Tradition… So, did they have this same family tradition before he moved into OUR WH? Or, did it become a family tradition when WE started paying for this abomination?

    Most families are now struggling to pay for the most basic items and no frills. I see no reason to support the ostentatious demands this family places upon us.

    They are not royalty and they need to be stopped from all this wasting money.

    I feel nothing but disgust for them.

  9. mrhaly

    7 years ago

    I did not vote the king and his winch the first time. If you voted for this in to the White House of the United States of America the Second time, I hope they are spending Your SS money first.

  10. madascanbe

    7 years ago

    They’re MUSLIMS!! They shouldn’t be getting any CHRISTMAS presents!

  11. Donald Merriam

    7 years ago

    Johan, the people on this site didn’t vote for him, the welfare bums voted for him. And, when you throw in a goodly amount of election fraud, you get the cretin and his gang back for four more years. Until we have laws in America that limit voting rights to people who are NET taxpayers (not the people who pay taxes but get it all back and more on Earned Income Credit for the children they can’t afford to support), these bums will continue to drain the Treasury dry.

  12. Pat

    7 years ago

    With all their wealthy friends, they couldn’t find a few suckers to pay for their trip? How about the guy at Solyndra who took the taxpayers for millions, couldn’t he have paid for their trip? How about posting something on the White House site to ask people for money for their trip like they asked for campaign donations? I have to keep reminding myself that almost half of this country saw through the fakery and arrogance and voted NObama, otherwise I would feel like I was living in a gigantic mental institution every time I read the news…..

  13. Dick

    7 years ago

    Maybe we should make him king – in olden days, kings led the troops into battle.

  14. mrrzk

    7 years ago

    I keep asking WHY do WE THE PEOPLE have to pay for their vacations. if anyone makes good money, its them. What is it that they spend that is so grossly expensive.
    They live in luxury while half the country enjoys his food stamps. Obama and his wife act like kids in a candy store. They dont even blink at the enormous amount they spend.
    I believe they hate America so much, it is done to deliberately hurt us. Just like everything else O has done.
    During the campaign, at one point it seemed that O thought he was losing and he promised to work BI-PARTISAN, PROMISED TO BALANCE THE BUDGET–PRMOMISES PROMISES AND AS SOON AS HE GOT ELECTED, THE SAME LYING, GREEDY, ARROGANT MAN WENT BACK TO HIS CORRUPTIVE WAYS……….I pray KARMA comes around–its past time.

  15. Jacqueline L

    7 years ago

    Perhaps they do not exchange Christmas gifts for the same reasons they banned “religious” Christmas decorations in “thier” White House. They do not believe in Christianity any more that they believe in our FLAG, our National Anthem, our “Militaristic History” or our Constitution!
    They are creating a “compound” in their private paradise far from those pesky white Americans they have to put up with back home!
    Meanwhile us pesky white working citizens pay through the nose for their pleasures!

  16. Attila

    7 years ago

    How much then for him to stay and play, leaving the grownups alone?

  17. Helen C

    7 years ago

    I believe that he and the Mrs should pay this bill. I first of all did not vote for this imposter. He should,at the very least, be in prison. I certainly do not think any red blooded American should pay this. Let his muslim and Marxist friends pay the bill. Also, the illegals that voted for him can foot the bill as well. What has he done with all of OUR money if not spending it on himself spent it on other countries that are not our friends. And there is NOT a backbone in the house or senate that will take him on much less a (so called) judge. They can all go to Haties as far as I am concerned.

  18. Georgiana

    7 years ago

    They are both soooooo LAZY – Obamov never work, he is total wreck, he was never qualified to be a president !!!!! How much he knows about economy, financing, leadership – he is not smart at all – what we know (very little) about Obamov, he flunked from Occidental, I would like to see his college record !!!!! He is lying about everything, birth certificate, social security, passport, his name change, his Bar exam, selective service filling, his drug use, homosexuality, his Chicago dealing with Tony Rezko and Valerie Jarrett, his “spiritual advisors” etc…. !!!!!!

  19. elliemae

    7 years ago

    I can’t stand these people.. He isn’t no leader.. He is as dumb as they come. Don’t care about none of us.. Should be impeached for the lying about everything.. he has no college,no birth certificate,no social security number.. How did he get voted back in ? I didn’t vote for him…

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    7 years ago

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    If you do not voice loudly your opposition to this atrocity, NOW, it will become LAW! Whether you are for Gun Control or not, this is truly an assault on our Constitution! Where will it STOP??????????

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