Taxpayers Spend $1.4 Billion Annually on the Obama Family
In 2011, American taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family; by contrast, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family. In his 2012 book Presidential Perks Gone Royal, author Robert Keith Gray writes that the $1.4 billion figure included the president's innumerable flights on an Air Force One that was “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.” “The most concerning thing,” said Gray, was “the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election”—most notably by using Air Force One to criss-cross the country campaigning and fundraising.
Barack and Michelle Obama Take Two Separate Jets to Vacation Spot in Martha's Vineyard
One of the innumerable examples of the Obamas' lack of respect for American taxpayers occurred on August 19, 2011, when the President and his family flew to Martha's Vineyard for a ten-day vacation at a $50,000-per-week rented estate. They traveled on two separate jets, with the First Lady and the two Obama children arriving four hours earlier than the President. At much extra cost to taxpayers, Mrs. Obama (along with any extra staff and Secret Service personnel that had to be enlisted to go with her) traveled on a specially designed military aircraft instead of with her husband on Air Force One. She also had her own motorcade escorting her from the airport to her vacation residence. According to NewsBusters.com: “This is not the first time Michelle has gone on vacation ahead of the president on the taxpayers’ tab. Last December, she racked up what was likely more than $100,000 in expenses leaving early for their Hawaii vacation.”
The Perpetual Fundraiser
Between April 14, 2011 (the day he hosted the first fundraiser of his re-election campaign) and August 24, 2012, President Obama attended only 198 of his daily intelligence briefings. During that same period, he held at least 203 fundraising events. In fact, he held more re-election fundraisers than the previous five presidents combined—Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush