Ah, President Obama, I have to admit it: sometimes I really do appreciate you. Those times when your hypocrisy goes so far as to stand on its own as satire and provide a much-needed chuckle in the midst of so much angst.
As the Washington Examiner reports:
President Obama’s decision to take his Earth Day speech attacking climate change “deniers” to Florida, home of two GOP presidential candidates, cost taxpayers $866,615.40 just for the flight of Air Force One.
Taxpayer watchdog Judicial Watch revealed Wednesday that the Air Force provided documents showing the flight expenses of flying the jumbo jet 4.2 hours to Miami. He was then helicoptered 20 minutes to the Florida Everglades for his speech.
Other costs, such as security, communications and staff were not provided, but would put the speech price at way over $1 million.Yeah, you might mistakenly assume you were just reading an excerpt from The Onion poking fun at the exorbitant fuel costs our dear president incurred flying his private jet in the name of Earth Day. But wait, there’s more.
According to the New York Times, aides hoped the setting would put pressure on Bush and Rubio. The paper’s reporters wrote, “White House officials believe that using the muggy backdrop of the Everglades to demand action will help put pressure on Mr. Bush, who is likely to run for president, and Mr. Rubio, who has declared his candidacy, to address the issue.”
Judicial Watch told Secrets that the exact costs provided by the Air Force put the flight hour expenses at $206,377 per hour to operate.
“The irony of using Air Force One for an unnecessary jaunt to discuss global warming aside, these documents show that taxpayers are being gouged for President Obama’s abuse of the perks of office,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for his continual savaging of political opponents,” he added.
Yep, that’s our president — never missing an opportunity to use our taxpayer dollars to further his own political agenda.
While most of the time Obama makes me want to cry, sometimes I just gotta laugh.