He's going to Africa! They estimate the govt costs will range from $60 to $100 million. Three countries are supposed to be visited. A safari was planned but called off since the Secret Service challenges were just too overwhelming.
I can understand a President needing relief from stress, but this kind of cost seems to have total disregard for what's going on in the country for a lot of people. What about the hardships of sequester for govt employees that he seemed to have such compassion for? Did the Secret Service have advance notice of this, and knew they had to cut back the WH tours because of budgetary stresses like this?
Seems like he had to do what Clinton did ... Clintons' trip to Africa cost us $43 million.
WASHINGTON (KGO) -- What could be one of the most expensive presidential vacations in history is raising some eyebrows.
President Obama and his family are planning an 8-day trip to Africa and the estimated cost for taxpayers is $100 million.
The Washington Post obtained a confidential document that outlines the extent of the presidential-sized preparations. It includes hundreds of agents to guard the family, military planes to airlift 14 limousines and 42 other vehicles, and enough bulletproof glass to cover windows at all of the president's hotels.
An aircraft carrier with a full medical center will also be nearby and fighter jets will protect airspace around the clock.
To compare, former President Clinton's trip to Africa in 1998 cost about $43 million -- less than half the cost of President Obama's trip.