Obama racked up close to $3 million in flight costs this year on two trips he billed as business but spent playing golf

Posted by on May 01, 2014 at 10:00 am
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The White House spent $2,952,278 in flight expenses this year for two trips President Barack Obama took on which he spent a large chunk of his time playing golf.

Obama billed both trips as official business, but he spent more time golfing than he did participating in government meetings, government oversight organization Judicial Watch reports.

The conservative organization obtained the cost of Obama’s Air Force 1 trips through Freedom of Information Act requests. The cost per flying hour of the president’s plane is $210,877, the Department of the Air Force told Judicial Watch.

The cost per flying hour includes fuel, food consumed on the flight and maintenance to the plane, the Department of the Air Force said in its response. It does not include the cost of the cargo plane that accompanies the president, as The White House Dossier points out.

The two trips in question occurred in February and March of this year when the president flew to Palm Springs, California, and Key Largo, Florida, respectively.

The first trip took place over President’s Day weekend from February 17- 20. The total flight cost for this trip was $2,066,594.60, Judicial Watch reports.

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