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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, with their daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, second right, arrive on Air Force One, Friday, Dec. 16, 2016, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii, for their annual family vacation on the island of Oahu. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The cost of President Obama's travel during his presidency totals more than $96 million


Judicial Watch, a conservative, non-partisan government watchdog group, released documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act suit with the Air Force and the Secret Service that show that President Obama's travel expenses over his eight years in office total $96,938,882.51. 

The newly released documents include information on Obama's Earth Day trip to the Everglades, Michelle Obama's annual Aspen ski trip and family vacations in Martha's Vineyard.

Where did the Obamas go? 

  • Obama's trip to Cuba and Argentina in March 2016: $7,146,015.18
  • Michelle Obama's trip to Morocco, Spain, and Liberia in June 2016: $450,026.40 in flight expenses
  • Obama's trip to San Diego in October 2015: $180,187.09
  • Michelle Obama's ski trip to Aspen in February 2016: $222,875.58

The Obamas pay much of the travel costs for personal and political trips, but taxpayers pay for Air Force One flights and security. 

What does it all mean?

It depends on who you ask. According to The Washington Post, there's no real correlation between how much time a president takes for vacation and how good he is at his job. 

President George W. Bush took 879 days of vacation, including 77 trips to his ranch in Texas. President Jimmy Carter took a measly 79 days of vacation, while Ronald Reagan spent 335 days in California. 


For more, check out the 60 Second Circa. 

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