Hawaii — The Hawaii Reporter has attempted to calculate the total cost of President Barack Obama’s family vacation. The cost information is not released by the White House, but the newspaper pulled together some data to make an estimate. The cost of Air Force 1, the president’s plane, as well as the cost of housing for he and his staff can make the tab quite high.
The government must also pay the Secret Service for protection and overtime for local police. These are just a few of the costs that come with protecting the world’s most powerful human being.
Some of the cost estimates presented by the newspaper include the early trip to Hawaii for Mrs. Obama (who flew out before the president), at $63,000. There is President Obama’s round trip, estimated to cost $1 million. Local police need an extra quarter million for overtime costs and there is the $134,000 estimated cost of housing the president’s staff.