Obama costs us taxpayers $8 Million every time Air Force One lands and takes off
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Mark Knoller is an award-winning White House Correspondent for CBS News. He reports for CBS Radio News, as well as "CBS This Morning: Saturday." He also contributes to the weekend editions of the "CBS Evening News" and "Up To The Minute." During his career as a reporter, he has covered every President since Gerald Ford. Knoller came to CBS News in 1988 after 13 years as a correspondent with the Associated Press Radio Network, where he was on the front lines of national news coverage -- everything from Presidential campaigns and hurricanes to the death and funeral of Elvis Presley.
The pilots and crew of Air Force One are flying more and more hours.
They are tired of it too, and are adding more crew to Air Force One. I know this for a fact because I'm one of the instructors that trains the crews. Our company (Atlas Air) has had the Air Force One and E-4 contract for over three years and I've been doing it for about 18 months now.
Last year (2011) Obama flew in Air Force One 172 times, almost every other day. White House officials have been telling reporters in recent days that the Democrat doesn't intend to hang around the White House quite so much in 2012. They explain he wants to get out more around the country because, as everyone knows, that midterm election shellacking had nothing to do with his health care bill, over-spending or other policies, and everything to do with Obama's not adequately explaining himself to his countrymen and women.
And with only 288 days remaining in Obama's never ending presidential campaign, the incumbent's travel pace will not likely slacken. At an Air Force-estimated cost of $181,757 per flight hour (not to mention the additional travel costs of Marine One, Secret Service, logistics and local police overtime), that's a lot of frequent flier dollars going into Obama's carbon footprint.
Air Force One costs the taxpayers $8 Million every time it lands and takes off.
We are privy to some of these numbers thanks to CBS' Mark Knoller, a bearded national treasure trove of presidential stats. According to Knoller's copious notes, during the last year, Obama made 65 domestic trips over 104 days, and six trips to eight countries over 22 days. Not counting six vacation trips over 32 days. He took 196 helicopter trips, signed 203 pieces of legislation and squeezed in 29 rounds of left-handed golf.
Obama last year gave 491 speeches, remarks or statements. That's more talking than goes on in some entire families, at least from fatherly mouths. In fact, even including the 24 days of 2010 that we never saw Obama in public, his speaking works out to about one official utterance every 11 waking hours. Aides indicate the "Real Good Talker" believes we need more.
Related: Obama spends nearly half his presidency outside Washington, plans to travel more.
Related: Vacationer-in-Chief Spends $1.75 Million to visit Hawaiian Chums.
Obama has spent over $100 million taxpayer dollars flying around in Air Force One, and probably another $100 million on his entourage.
Obama is just another tin-pot dictator living lavishly at the expense of his subjects.
Of course the liberals say he has to perform the duties of his job and sometimes, flying Air Force One is the best way to go.
Who is to say when he is acting as Campaigner in Chief, when he is acting as Vacationer-in-Chief, or when he is acting as Commander-in-Chief.
And we seniors have to "tighten our belts"
Thanks to all who helped put this greedy windbag in office. Please be more careful next time!
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