Shared Sacrifice: Obama’s Africa Trip Could Cost Up to $100 Million

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm
messiah

Maybe we could throw in a few extra million and they can keep him over there.

White House and Secret Service officials declined to discuss the details of the security operations, and administration aides cautioned that the president’s itinerary is not finalized.

Obama’s overseas travels come as government agencies, including the Secret Service, are wrestling with mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts. The service has had to slice $84 million from its budget this year, and this spring the agency canceled public White House tours to save $74,000 a week in overtime costs.

Many details about foreign presidential trips are classified for national security reasons, and there is little public information about overall costs. A report from the Government Accountability Office found that Clinton’s 1998 trip to six African nations cost the U.S. government at least $42.7 million. Most of that was incurred by the military, which made 98 airlift missions to transport personnel and vehicles, and set up temporary medical evacuation units in five countries.

That figure did not include costs borne by the Secret Service, which were considered classified.

Obama’s trip could cost the federal government $60 million to $100 million based on the costs of similar African trips in recent years, according to one person familiar with the journey, who was not authorized to speak for attribution. The Secret Service planning document, which was provided to The Post by a person who is concerned about the amount of resources necessary for the trip, does not specify costs.

Oh no, another whistleblower! Naturally, Mooch is a huge expense.

The first lady, who toured South Africa and Botswana without the president in 2011, will headline some events on her own during the week. The stops will add to the logistical challenges, because she will require her own security detail and vehicles, the planning document shows.

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7 Responses to “Shared Sacrifice: Obama’s Africa Trip Could Cost Up to $100 Million”

  1. it's those darn kids. on 13/13/13 at 10:24 pm

    Well, Bush used to go his ranch all the way in Texas. So, stop judging my lord and savior!!

  2. john on 14/14/13 at 11:04 am

    Bush made a total of 47 trips totaling 140 days in his 8 years,
    Obama so fare has made 27 trips for a total of 55 days looks to me like Bush spent more time on foreign travel. Thanks for pointing this out

  3. Bill H on 14/14/13 at 3:28 pm

    “Bush made a total of 47 trips totaling 140 days in his 8 years,
    Obama so fare has made 27 trips for a total of 55 days looks to me like Bush spent more time on foreign travel. Thanks for pointing this out”

    Bush also spent far less time bowing and scraping to foreign heads-of-state than Obama did during those trips. You meant to say that, but just forgot, right?

  4. Lovmysarge on 14/14/13 at 4:30 pm

    Regardless of what President Bush did, it wasn’t done when we had a 17 trillion dollar deficit, our troops were getting hot meals and our kids could visit the White House! Those two are disgusting and Congress just as bad for approving it.