Back when Obama was first trying to get elected in 2008, he had this to say about taking vacations:
“You have to understand that if you seek that office, you have to be prepared to give your life to it. Essentially the burden that any president, I think, strikes, with the American people is, um, you give me this office and in turn my, fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone. I am giving myself to you.”
Between all of his golf games and vacations, the President has since gained a reputation for being one of the most laid back presidents we’ve ever had. In fact, his vacations may have created the biggest taxpayer tab in presidential history. A FOIA request by judicial watch has revealed that his December 2014 Hawaiian vacation cost over $8 million for the 17 day vacation. The vast majority of the cost was flight related, but also included $91,000 in car rental expenses and $224,000 for hotel stays.
Even after taking into account the staff members and secret service agents that must have come along, those numbers still sound mind-boggling. All told, the costs for all the vacations he has taken during his presidency, amount to over $70 million (that we know of).
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