President Barack Obama, along with first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha, took Air Force One to travel to their annual two-week holiday getaway to Hawaii — and the bill they passed on to taxpayers for their fun in the sun has some critics furious.
According to political watchdog group Judicial Watch — which obtained records from the Department of the Air Force — the Obama family 2015 Christmas vacation to paradise was billed to taxpayers at $3,590,313.
And that’s just in flight expenses alone.
The watchdog group’s press release noted that Obama used both Air Force One and a Boeing C-32A, “a specially configured upscale version of the Boeing 757”
The U.S. Air Force lists the C-32A as decked out in luxuries like, “a fully-enclosed stateroom for the use of the primary passenger,” as well as, “a changing area, private lavatory, separate entertainment system, two first-class swivel seats and a convertible divan that seats three and folds out to a bed.”
The president usually spends his vacation time in Hawaii frequenting the island’s golf courses, dining out, hiking, going to the beach and treating himself and his kids to shaved ice, a frozen dessert that looks like a snow cone.
This is far from the only travel expense the Obama administration has demanded taxpayers pay for. In fact, since taking office in 2009, the known travel expenses for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have exceeded $78 million.
“The American people have every right to be appalled that Barack Obama wastes their precious tax dollars on an endless stream of golf vacations, political fundraisers, and exorbitant vacations,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in the group’s press release. “The Obama travel issue is about abuse of office, abuse of the taxpayer, and contempt for the rule of law.”