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The Final Total Of Taxpayer Dollars Spent On Obama Vacations Has Been Released

Former President Barack Obama and family were known for taking lavish vacations to expensive resorts, and many have speculated about how much taxpayers were really paying. The watchdog website Judicial Watch did some digging, and they came up with some answers. They've tracked the Obama family's spending, and the total is a shocker.

Just before leaving the White House, the Obamas took their annual vacation to Hawaii at the staggering cost of nearly $5 million in taxpayer money. The exact amount was $4,823,206.88.

It may be hard to wrap your brain around that number when the average family of four vacation budget is $4,580. You have to remember, though, the Obamas don't skimp on the luxury-- not for themselves, and not for the Secret Service detail in tow. They spare no expense, with rooms ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 per night.

After all, a paid vacation is part of the job contract.

“The Secret Service and the Air Force are being abused by unnecessary travel,” complained Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton. “Unnecessary presidential travel for fundraising and luxury vacations on the taxpayers’ dime would be a good target for reform for the incoming Trump administration.”

“According to bills obtained by Judicial Watch through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the Secret Service also paid for rooms at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club. The Secret Service also reserved rooms at the Moana Surfrider resort on Waikiki Beach, and the Ala Moana Hotel, which cost a total of $40,249.48 and $671,895.99, respectively," Fitton reveals. “The Secret Service rented cars from Avis, Alamo, and Hertz — 103 cars for the two-week vacation, totaling $165,893.88 in taxpayer money."

Judicial Watch also points out that even though the Obamas were only at the resort for two weeks, the Secret Service were there for almost three weeks in order to prepare for the first family's arrival.

So how much did the taxpayers spend on the Obama's vacations in eight years? The number topped $90 million-- a record.

Source: AWM
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