How much did you spend on your Valentine Celebration? Our new president spent $246,908 of taxpayer money just in travel cost. I doubt and sincerely hope no one else in the world felt it necessary to spend that much or even more. But maybe some Saudi Arabian prince did.
Just imagine the President spent almost one quarter of a million dollars of taxpayer money on one weekend trip. That is many times more than most people make anually. And more than the average house costs.
It really seems hypocritical of him to ask Americans to practice fiscal restraint in these tough times and then jet off for the weekend.
Hat Tip: Sweetness and Light
According to the first distance calculator above, it is 598 miles (962 km) (519 nautical miles) from Washington, DC to Chicago, Illinois.
Mr. Obama’s two trips back and forth from DC to Chicago add up to 2392 miles – as the crow flies.
Which, if our calculations are correct, amounts to at least 3.8 hours flying time for Air Force One. And 4.6 hours of flying time for the accompanying cargo plane.
(For the sake of simplicity, we will assume that both planes were going at their full speed, which they probably were not. And we will not count the time in service on the ground before and after each flight.)
Using these very conservative figures, Air Force One cost $214,768 and the cargo plane cost $32,140. For a grand total of $246,908 for Mr. Obama’s three round trips.
The math calculations are here and based on 2006 fuel costs.
© Janet Crain
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