President Obama waves in the doorway of Air Force One as he departs from Palm Beach International...
Presidents Day seems to have no equal when when it comes to how the occupants of the White House and vice president's residence vacation.
According to new records obtained by the taxpayer watchdog group Judicial Watch, three separate jaunts taken by President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden during last year's Presidents Day weekend cost at least $295,437.
And that’s mostly just for security, not Air Force One or other official costs.
The records were obtained from the U.S. Secret Service and details some of the "security and/or other services" of Obama’s mid-February 2013 golf trip to West Palm Beach, Fla., the annual Aspen, Colo. ski trip taken by the first lady and her daughters, and the Biden family trip, also to Aspen.
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According to Judicial Watch, the president's trip cost the Secret Service $98,135.79, including $32,406.50 for the flights, $16,466.25 for rental cars, and $48,490 for hotel rooms.
The first lady's trip totaled $81,523.64, including $13,221.30 in flights, $3,925 in rental cars, and $64,377.34 in lodging.
And the Biden ski weekend cost $115,777.61, including $5,315 in flights, $92,596 in accommodations, and $17,866.61 in rental cars.
Judicial Watch has sought and released documents detailing the costs of several trips by the president and first lady. The White House has defended the expenses as the price of protecting the first family.
Still, Judicial Watch said the expenses are extravagant. “The Obamas and Vice President Biden are oblivious to the costs to taxpayers for their vacation travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton in a statement to Secrets.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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