President Barack Obama’s 2013 Africa trip and Honolulu vacation cost taxpayers $15,885,585.30 in flight expenses, according to Air Force documents obtained by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.
Travel time during the Obama family’s annual holiday trip to Honolulu cost $210,877 per hour, according to the group. At 36.9 travel hours, the cost of the vacation travel wound up being $7,781,361.30 — up $3,695,006.10 from their 2012-2013 trip to the isles, the group said.
Last summer, the president visited Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania from June 27 to July 3. His flights to, from and around Africa cost a total of $8,104,224, or $228,288 an hour for 35.5 hours, according to the group.
Judicial Watch announced its findings in a news release Wednesday, a week after it obtained the records from the Air Force through a Freedom of Information Act request.
- Sarah Zoellick