• Obama's July 18, 2015, trip to New York City with his daughters required 1.5 hours of flying time at $206,337 per hour, costing taxpayers $309,505.50.
• Obama's August 7, 2015, family trip to Martha's Vineyard required 3 hours of flying time at $206,337 per hour, costing taxpayers $619,011.
A month later, Obama flew to New York City to spend Saturday, July 18, "hanging out with his girls," as WABC-NY reported. The "girls" included Obama's two daughters and several of their friends, flown to New York aboard Air Force One. While in New York, Obama and company took in the hip-hop Broadway musical "Hamilton." After that one-day trip to New York, Obama flew back to New York three days later to appear with Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" and to speak at a Democratic fundraiser. It was Obama's seventh appearance on "The Daily Show."
Obama's New York City outing, which coincided with the killing of four U.S. Marines in Chattanooga, Tennessee, drew criticism from some because of his failure to order the lowering of the American flag at the White House or other federal government installations in response to the deadly assault. Obama did not order the flag flown at half-mast until three days later, after intense pressure had mounted nationwide.
In August, while at Martha's Vineyard, Obama spent much of his vacation playing golf on the island's plush golf courses. His partners included former President Bill Clinton, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, notorious Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan, as well as former NBA player Alonzo Mourning and the father-son basketball team of Dell Curry and Stephen Curry.
The Obamas stayed at the same vacation property they have rented in past, the Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, on the western part of the island. The main house on the sprawling estate has seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms, according to the Martha's Vineyard Times. The 8,100-square-foot house sits on a 10-acre lot and features a total of 17 rooms, some of which offer sweeping views of Vineyard Sound. There's also an infinity pool, hot tub and a dual tennis-basketball court, and a par-three golf course. The estate rents for $50,000 a week.
The Secret Service has not yet provided requested information on these trips, as required by federal law, regarding security costs. I'll have more for you on that issue next week.
To date, the total known expenses for travel by the Obamas and Bidens are currently $70,563,336.75.
President Obama evidently cares not one whit about the costs to beleaguered taxpayers of his personal and political travel. Why would any public servant think it appropriate to use an Air Force plane (and an army of law enforcement) to take his daughters sightseeing in New York? Barack Obama is enamored with the presidency's trappings of power and taxpayers are left holding the tab. Source Judicial Watch