Bill Clinton's most expensive trip ever cost cost taxpayers some $63 million and that was expensive for the time, but the globe gallivanting Obama's will be traveling to Africa starting Wednesday and according to US News and World Report this could be one of the most expensive presidential trips in history costing between $60 million and $100 million. And don't forget, this comes at a time when we can't have White House tours because of sequestration and we have to hear about the so-called pain of plenty of budget cuts Obama is pulling out of a hat.
All that manipulation seems to matter very little when The Dear Great Leader Obama wants to take an outrageously expensive vacation and disguise it as state business. It seems to not enter the mind of Barry Obama, Champion of the Poor, when he needs to have 14 limos and 3 truckloads of bulletproof glass brought along and installed in whatever hotel he's staying in to keep his safe. In addition there will be numerous military transports, fighter jets, Secret Service agents and other gear racking up millions in expenses just so Obama can have a good time at our expense and be safe.
Read more on the expensive Obama trip below from US News:
President Obama’s trip to Africa starting Wednesday is drawing criticism for its vast expense, estimated at up to $100 million, but presidential travel has become an easy target for critics over the years no matter who is in the White House.
President Bill Clinton was roundly criticized for making his own Africa trip in 1998. The cost of the visit, which was considered excessive at the time, was $42.7 million, according to the Government Accountability Office, and that tabulation didn’t include Secret Service expenses.
Clinton’s trip to Asia in 2000 was even more expensive, and Clinton was a lame duck then, only months away from leaving office. His Asia visit cost taxpayers $63.5 million. This included not only the expenses for operating Air Force One but for more than 60 other aircraft to transport U.S. personnel and equipment halfway around the world. [...]
The dilemma for Obama is that today’s economically struggling Americans may not be as forgiving when their president incurs big costs for trips that include not only official business but also touristy junkets. Members of Congress and conservative commentators have already made these points, including Rep. George Holding (R-N.C.).
The main problem will be that if Obama looks self indulgent, he will lose credibility as a president who says he is in tune with Middle America.
Obama will be accompanied by his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha. Their trip to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania runs from Wednesday to July 3.