Obama’s pricey vacations: Air Force One operating cost for 3 trips... a whopping $16 million

First Lady Michelle Obama recently returned from a weeklong trip to China with her daughters Malia and Sasha and her mother Marian Robinson. No word yet on how much that jaunt cost. On Tuesday, Glenn reported President Obama had traveled to Europe with a 900-person entourage. It’s safe to say the American taxpayers will be on the hook for a pretty penny. And now Judicial Watch has released official documentation obtained through the Freedom of Information Act that sheds light on the monstrous cost involved in operating Air Force One.

In June 2013, the Obamas visited Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. The Washington Post estimated the 7-day trip cost $100 million, and Judicial Watch reports the Africa trip required 35.5 flight hours at a cost of $228,288 per flying hour. The grand total for Air Force One: $8,104,224.

You may recall the Obama family spent Christmas and New Year’s in Honolulu. The per hour flying cost for this trip came in slightly lower at $210,877. According to the documents obtained by Judicial Watch, Air Force One operation costs for that trip totaled $7,781,361.30.

So the total cost to the U.S. taxpayer just for Air Force One is: $15,885,585.30.

See the entire document HERE.

As Breitbart reported, these new documents from Judicial Watch come on the heels of February reports that the first family’s 8-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard August 2013 had the American people on the hook for $1,164,268.60 in flight costs alone.

While all presidents are forced to travel with tremendous security for official business and all first families are entitled to go on vacation, the optics aren’t good for the Obama Administration. As the President preaches income inequality, his family jet sets to opposite sides of the world on the backs of the American people.

On radio this morning, Pat, Stu, and Jeffy looked at President Obama’s travel compared to that of other recent presidents. President George W. Bush, for example, spent most of his ‘vacations’ at his Crawford, Texas ranch, which essentially became a contained outpost of the White House.

“Air Force One is essentially the White House in the sky, right? You could basically run the country from there. So it's a pretty impressive vehicle,” Stu said. “However, that also was the case with Crawford, Texas. Essentially, it became… the southern White House. And it was a working White House, where they would actually do the work that they would do in the White House… Obviously some of the expenses are built in and there's a lot of crossover. But it's not like he's going somewhere expensive or Hawaii or somewhere like that.”

The guys couldn’t help but consider how the media would have reacted to these astronomical costs and lavish vacations had the Bush family been taking the types of trips the Obama family is now.

“If Laura Bush and Jenna and Barbara had gone to China by themselves, with W's mom… can you imagine the uproar there would have been on taxpayer expense,” Pat concluded. “You would have heard an endless barrage of it, and really there is no outcry over this… But if this was George W. Bush, it would be outrageous. But with the Obamas, just doesn't matter. [It’s] perfectly fine.”

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From food and job shortages to the prices of building materials "skyrocketing," the world is currently moving into what could be the "perfect storm" for politicians to push for a universal basic income, explained Glenn Beck on the radio program.

"We really need to look at the economy and be prepared for what is coming," Glenn said. "I feel like my job is to warn you of the things that are coming and, when I can, give you ways to navigate around. But at least so you can hear the warning and decide yourself what you're going to do with that."

Glenn explained that now, for the first time, there is a shortage of starter homes and building supplies just as increasing numbers of millennials are in the market. Also, analysts are predicting that shortages of food items and products such as pork, polystyrene, and chlorine could send prices soaring. Then there's the matter of unemployment, kicked off by the COVID-19 pandemic and likely to worsen because of the technological revolution, there are going to be fewer and fewer jobs for people to do.

"We are creating this perfect storm, right now, where universal basic income is going to be embraced by people," Glenn warned. "It's just this nasty cycle that we're beginning, and we're watching it unfold right in front of us."

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More than 100 business leaders and CEOs from some of the world's largest corporations recently met during a Zoom meeting to discuss how they can band together to fight "election integrity laws," like the voting law recently passed in Georgia.

On the radio program this week, Glenn Beck explained how this government-corporation partnership is not only proof of fascism, but it is also demonstrative of how our lives will be under The Great Reset: government and large corporations will work together to set the rules, and the freedoms of the individual American will be squashed.

"I want you to understand ... everything that they have ever said about, 'oh, it's a conspiracy theory' about The Great Reset, you can throw that in the garbage now," Glenn began. "Something happened this weekend that is absolutely unprecedented. I have done this job, for ... I don't even know how many years, almost 50 years, and I've never seen anything like this.

"People that were on the [Zoom] call, they talked about potential ways to show how they opposed the legislation, including ... delaying investments in states. That's blackmail," Glenn continued.

"So these corporations, they're going to act as a — what? A secondary government? ... I don't know. I didn't elect the CEO of Merck. Did you?" he said.

"Corporations [are] openly meeting and coordinating efforts to change laws," Glenn added. "This is fascism, guys! Fascism is when government and corporations work hand in hand. That is fascism."

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A virus has escaped the university labs and is super-spreading through our culture. It's called Critical Race THEORY and what used to be a fringe topic in the academic world is now a dangerous Marxist REALITY infecting our public schools where students are taught the U.S. is a "parasitic system" based on the "invasion" of "white male settlers."

On Glenn TV this week, Glenn Beck exposes how some teachers are being instructed to "cash in on kids' inherent empathy" in order to train them to become "activist intellectuals," starting as early as first grade.

CRT is an absolute toxin to America and Glenn warns that in just one generation the Constitution, freedom, and true equality will be totally destroyed. Yet, any opposition to the spread of this disease is shouted down as racism and bigotry. If Critical Race Theory is not already in your local school curriculum, it will be soon.

Joined by Asra Nomani, Vice President for Strategy and Investigations at Parents Defending Education, Glenn arms you with the facts about CRT so you can stand up to this tyranny in your community.

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Ezra Levant, founder of Rebel News, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to describe the shocking footage he and his team captured of Canadian police harassing and even arresting Rebel News reporters during a protest in Montreal.

Video clips show officers making remarks about the "Jew" reporters and calling Rebel News "Jew media." Reporters are pulled out of crowds, handcuffed, slammed against vehicles and arrested. Some have been fined "thousands and thousands" of dollars "because they had cameras pointed at the police," said Levant.

Another video clip shows Canadian police demanding entrance to a rented Airbnb houseboat without a warrant.

"They the claimed it was an illegal gathering. It was just a B and B," Levant explained. "I told them to get a warrant. I went out there ... and they wouldn't let me back in.... It turned into a ten-hour standoff. They couldn't find a judge willing to give them a search warrant, so to punish us, they called the whole thing a crime scene. They actually wouldn't let any of my team off the boat unless they submitted to a personal search, which is illegal. And the craziest part, is that they arrested one of my guys, took him to jail, and they said this to us: We will hold him in jail until you let us search the Airbnb without a warrant."

Levant said nearly all Canadian media have ignored the insane attacks, warrantless searches and seizures, and the jailing of journalists, and warned Americans to take note and protect our First Amendment rights.

"If you do not protect your First Amendment, if you do not hold those hard-won freedoms, you will be like what we are," he said. "This is your future if you don't protect your First Amendment."

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