The Obama’s have certainly enjoyed their time in the White House.
It has been a chance for them to live the high life.
However, the staggering cost U.S. taxpayers have picked up to fund their lavish lifestyle shocked many Americans.
The watchdog group, Judicial Watch, was able to obtain the true cost of Obama’s travel through several Freedom of Information Act requests.
And what they found is way worse than anyone expected.
Obama has racked up nearly $100 million in vacation costs.
Fox News reports:
“President Barack Obama’s vacation travel costs during his eight-year presidency have totaled more than $96 million, according to a report by Judicial Watch.
The government watchdog foundation said it filed two separate Freedom of Information Act lawsuits for Secret Service costs related to the Obama family’s travel.
The costs totaled $96,938,882.51 over the past eight years, according to documents Judicial Watch received from the Secret Service and the U.S. Air Force.
“President-elect Trump can immediately save taxpayers money by reforming presidential travel,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.
“The Obamas’ notorious abuse of presidential travel perks wasted military resources and stressed the Secret Service. Judicial Watch estimates that the final costs of Obama’s unnecessary vacation and political travel will well exceed $100 million.”
The figure was originally reported as $85 million, but the Obamas’ current trip to Hawaii, as well as the release of additional documents, have increased the estimate.”
Obama’s $96 million dollar vacation tab exceeds George W. Bush’s, even though Bush took more vacation days.
Bush took a total of 533 vacation days split between his family’s ranch in Crawford, Texas and their compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.
However, those were family properties which were outfitted to protect the President.
And it’s been reported that Bush’s Secret Service slept in trailers on the premises to save costs to the taxpayers.
Many believe Donald Trump will also spend less money on vacations than Obama because, like President Bush, he too has family properties he can stay on that can house his protective detail.
But Obama’s 96 million vacation tab may not even be the complete total.
Not every trip taken by the First Lady and her daughters made the public schedule.
So it is unknown just how often they traveled.
“Some trips included the entire family, while others included one other member. Most trips of the first lady and daughters are not publicized and remain unknown. But Judicial Watch has received some records about some of those trips, including the family’s trip to New York and first lady Michelle Obama’s ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, as well as several of Barack Obama’s golf outings.”
Americans have many reasons to be thankful Barack Obama is leaving the White House.
Getting stuck with his outrageous vacation bill is just one of them.