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Obama Flew Air Force One for 90-Mile Campaign Trip

President Obama Saturday commissioned Air Force One to travel to a campaign rally near Richmond, Virginia, a location only 90 miles away from the White House, highlighting the large expenses being borne by taxpayers as the president traverses the country to campaign and raise cash for a campaign that is failing to meet its fundraising goals.

The cost of flying Air Force One is currently about $180,000 per hour, according to ABC News. Only a portion of the cost is borne by the campaign.

With a cruising speed of around 130 mph, Obama’s Marine One chopper could easily have had the president at his location in 45 minutes at far lower cost. Obama had to use Marine One anyway to ferry him from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base, where he boarded his jet.

It’s possible there is some kind of security purpose to using Air Force One instead of Marine One, even though Obama flies his chopper several times a week. What’s more, Obama took Marine One on a trip of similar length in 2009 to Dover, Delaware. George W. Bush used Marine One to ferry him to the Richmond area in September 2003.

But certainly, Air Force One is a more convenient and comfortable method of travel that makes a more impressive entrance to a city hosting a presidential appearance.

Either way, Saturday’s trip is emblematic of the approach of president whose frequent use of Air Force One for campaign purposes has drained money from taxpayers while filling his campaign coffers. In June, Obama held 33 fundraisers – about eight times the number held by Bush during his reelection effort in June 2004 – traveling literally from coast to coast to supply his operations with desperately needed cash.

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  1. I’ve been trying to keep tabs on the costs of AF1 this year, and for June’s 33 fundraisers and other trips the costs ended up breaking down as follows:

    June total flown on AF1 = 19,785 miles
    Cost for June, 2012 = (19,785/550 avg. air speed of AF1) * $181,757 p/hr for AF1 = $6,538,295

    As of June 30, 2012 YTD miles: 65,830 domestic 35,110 international = 100,940 miles
    As of June 30, 2012 YTD cost of AF1: (100,940 miles/550 mph) * $181,757 p/hr for AF1 = $33,357,367 (approx.)

    None of this includes any other support craft or other travel related expenses (ground transport, hotels, etc.) this is just the operating costs of AF1.

    1. One hour of AF1 would pay off my mortgage AND my credit card, and I would still have enough for a vacation. Not Martha’s Vineyard of course, but then I’m just a plebe and they probably wouldn’t let me through the gates anyway. I would be happy with a trip to NY though to see my kid.

    2. I know you are using ball park figures; however, it would be prudent to increase your time by at least 50% since the average cruising speed is only derived when up to altitude and speed. Air Force One, like most commercial jets, spends most of its time during in country flights just in taxiing, take-off, landing, climbing to cruise altitude under high throttle/power, and landing again at higher throttle to maintain airspeed under maximum lift (dirty flight trim) at low speed.

      – AF1 June = $6,538,295 x 1.5 = $9,807442.5
      – AF1 YTD = $33,357,367 x 1.5 = $50,034550

  2. The military in the Norfolk area use helicopters all the time to go to the DC area and back. He could have hitched a ride with them and it would have made a much better optic.

  3. The abuse of authority POTUS has demonstrated with his campaign trips points out the need for some controls to be implemented for future Administrations. Perhaps the Speaker of the House to serve as an arbiter? I hate adding to the bureaucracy but this man is bleeding the taxpayers dry without any limits on his ability to travel at will. Thoughts?

    1. Rick,
      I totally agree with the desparate need for some restraint, but when Nacy P. was Speaker she used militarty aircraft every week for her and her family to and from CA. So the control needs to be beyond someone who may abuse the system themselves. They get an expense account. That should be for none essential travel. Raising money, flying the Flotus to Spain or wherever shouldn’t be our problem. And then there is the expense of flying the vehicles all over the place which straps our Military to the point that sometimes civilian aircraft have to support our troops in battle. The same can be said for the cost of the Sec. of State. Enough’s enough. We all must tighten our belts in this Country and it needs to start at the top. You wantr to go out to be on with Letterman… for the trip…..let Letterman pay for it or let him fly his stuff to DC.

    1. The cost of Marine One and AF-1 should be 0 (zero) to the tax payer, for campaigns!!!
      Wait… isn’t that a law already? That’s right, Obama doesn’t obey laws.

  4. Thank you for writing an article on his frivolous waste of taxpayer money, Keith. There may have been a security reason for him taking AF1, but chances are it was because he prefers riding around in the comfort of a luxurious aircraft rather than being cooped up in a helicopter. One thing I’ve observed about this shallow shell of a human being is that he cares about #1 first and foremost, and everybody else be damned.

  5. Interesting, isn’t it, that we have begun to get hints of danger lurking for the Prez and Miz. Someone in the motorcycle entourage (I think) wants to hurt Meesh. BO may be using Airforce One for security reasons. Although you are the only one to have suggested this, Keith, it rings as a possible truth.

    I wonder if this is shadowplay for the Obots, another means of binding them emotionally to The One Couple. Or could there really be people out there crazy enough and un-American enough to think that killing is the answer to our Presidential problem? I pray that nothing happens to President and First Lady Obama. I dislike them both intensely, but hope they are safe from harm.

    These little tremors of suggested danger make me wonder what we will read when this administration’s tell-all memoirs pour forth. They are keeping up such a brave front, attacking everyone so freely, look so confident, and yet I wonder what is really going on behind the curtain.

    1. Assassination is NOT EVER the answer to our problems!!! This simply makes the one who was killed a martyr for years and years to come. And then we would have the bozo Biden in charge!

  6. He used AF1 to fly to Roanoke, Va on Monday, then Hampton Roads/Norfolk on Friday, returned to DC, then flew into Richmond Saturday. This is ridiculous use of such a large aircraft, what happened to his bus?

  7. It’s all about megalomania and narcissism! This fraud has been ‘strutting his stuff” since Day One! It’s ‘affirmative action’ at it’s worst – lowly community organizer hits mega lottery. A day without AF One and the motorcades is like a day without cocaine. He’s addicted.

    l have been watching Presidential motorcades pass through my neighborhood since the days of Reagan, Clinton, and Bush. They were usually around 10 vehicles. Obama has been here 20x with a 44 vehicle caravan. We never, ever had our steets closed down – with Obama they are closed 12 hours before his arrival – until he leaves. I have to show my DL to enter my own street! Often times, the motorcycle escorts put their sirens and red lights on to announce the arrival of the Messiah.

    This narcissistic charade is being repeated on a daily basis – somewhere, some unfortunate city in America. Every day for the past 42 months has been party time for the Con Artist-in-Chief! He is addicted to the fame and celebrity and cares nothing for this country or it’s people. It’s all about HIM…and spending Trillions of taxpayer funds to buy votes. Every day is a campaign day!

    When all the dust settles, history will define Fast Eddie as the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on this country. And Fast Eddie will be laughing all the way to the bank – giving high fives to MO – as they ride off into the sunset laughing about how easy it was to fleece America.

  8. And then the crowd gets riled up with his speech:  

    “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.  Somebody else made that happen.”

    1. How revolting that speech was.
      But then look at his point of view. He certainly didn’t do the necessary to get to be POTUS. Everyone else did the dirty work for him.

    2. Yeah, that ‘…you didn’t build that’ statement made me say “F*** YOU!” I find that he makes me say that a lot.

      I think owebama is competing with Algor for the biggest carbon footprint award. Tell all your liberal friends. :-)

    3. Did you notice he is sounding a little unhinged and looking a bit crazed? I kind of expert him to have a meltdown if he doesn’t calm down.

      1. PLEASE! PLEASE!! let Barack Hussein Obama have a public ‘melt-down’ (that the sycophant “media” can’t explain away) to show all of America what an ’empty suit’ Obama truly is…

    4. This had me fuming. Obama doesn’t have a clue about building a business. But they say laughter is the best medicine so to get myself out of this funk I played the Obamas and the Smiths start a lemonade stand business. At the Smiths, Sally goes out and either picks lemons from their tree or goes to the local market or store, Sam stays at home and prepares the work space, and gathers all the necessary tools for processing and presenting of the lemonade — juicer, adequate ice supply, containers, card table, signage from materials on hand. Michelle goes to her closet,selects the appropriate JCrew outfit, puts on her $500 sparkly tennis shoes and goes off to Whole Foods for the organic Meyer lemons. Barack, at home, in the meantime, watches sports on the flat screen. When Michelle comes back, she has to go back out and get a Cusinart or some other appliance to process the lemons, although they do have two manual juicers. Barack still watching sports. Michelle back at home and they both hit a brick wall with the container. Plastic — not enviro friendly, glass — might break. What to do? Same with cups. A card table no — a phone call to the local union builder to contract for the lemonade structure….In the meantime, Sally and Sam have made $15 profit off their sales so far. Barack is back to watching sports, waiting for the union contractor to get back to him and Michelle has started calling all the Democratic mothers at Sidwell Friends to tell them of the upcoming event. Beyonce has agreed to come and sing. Anyway, it’s a game you also can play, in your own head, for free. And have a glass of homemade lemonade while you’re at it.

      1. Oh yeah I forgot about the sugar dilemma. The Obamas are consulting Mayor Bloomberg. The Smiths, knowing the market likes to have a choice, makes some with and some without.

    5. No! You dummy. He was talking about the roads and bridges necessary to transport your goods.

      Keep listening to Republican advocates and you will continue to get dumber and dumber. Listen to the entire clip.

  9. Uh, maybe he was thinkin’ he just wanted a change. Ya’ know? Oh, I think I’ll take the Rolls today instead of the Hummer – change it up a little. Don’t want to be too bored after all.
    On the other hand, maybe he is using AF1 as much as possible now because he thinks his days could be numbered. That’s what I’m talkin’ about.

  10. It’s time to polish up “Michelle’s Crystal Ball”. MrsO flew to NewYork yesterday, attended a fundraiser, then took the children to see a movie (the new Spiderman) and topped off the junket with dinner at Chef BobbyFlay’s restaurant. It’s good to be queen.

    1. Keith — can you let us know more about this little fun time between Mother and the Princesses Obama? How much did it cost us? Did the Princesses attend the fundraiser? Were they listed as “senior staff?” Did they have that all-important 6:15 family dinner with Daddy? How much does it cost to sup at Bobby Flays?

      1. A normal human should be able to eat for about $90 (w/o liquor) at Bobby’s place, Anonna. However, I doubt Moochelle or her immediate posse were charged. The servers usually get screwed out of a tip as well.

      1. He has to sit too close to the plebes, the brave Marines who fly Marine One if he takes it. Can’t wave them off so he can sit in regal splendor.

  11. According to the NY Post Michelle Obama and daughters ate at the very expensive Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill on Saturday. MO had a salad…Just kidding. She had a t-bone steak. h/t MOTUS

  12. I’m so over this flash and splash Administration. Can’t wait till Nov. I tell all the pollsters I love his policies and am voting for him. At least I get some amusement from it.

  13. Keith, he also flew around VA on Friday. The schedule isn’t clear, but I assume he used Marine One. He flew into Norfolk International Airport to attend the first event at a high school in Virginia beach, Then he went back to the airport to travel to another high school in Hampton, Va. He flew from Norfolk to Langley Air Force Base to get to Hampton. A Google search tells me that it’s only about 30 miles from Va beach to Hampton, Va, yet he went back to Norfolk airport in order to fly into Langley and then drive to Hampton. (After that, he flew over to Roanoke, which of course if much farther away).

    10:40AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Norfolk, Virginia
    Norfolk International Airport

    12:55PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Green Run High School, Virginia Beach, VA

    2:40PM THE PRESIDENT departs Norfolk, Virginia en route Hampton, Virginia
    Norfolk International Airport

    3:05PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Hampton, Virginia
    Langley Air Force Base

    4:25PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Phoebus High School, Hampton, VA

    5:30PM THE PRESIDENT departs Hampton, Virginia en route Roanoke, Virginia
    Langley Air Force Base

    6:20PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Roanoke, Virginia
    Roanoke Regional Airport, Roanoke, VA

    7:25PM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks at a campaign event
    Roanoke Fire Station #1, Roanoke, VA

    8:50PM THE PRESIDENT departs Roanoke, Virginia en route Joint Base Andrews
    Roanoke Regional Airport, Roanoke, VA

    9:40PM THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

  14. Enough!
    Hello, Congress, he has his own money to campaign with. Send the bill to Obama for Preezy or whatever it is this week. Air Force One is not a personal re-election tour bus for Obama.
    It is a modern, gas guzzling high tech symbol of the wealth and power of the United States. For Offical Use Only.

  15. “But certainly, Air Force One is a more convenient”

    More convenient for who? Certainly not the flight crew, maintenance crew nor any other support staff. Marine One would have been a much better choice. Better yet staying at the WH and actually doing some work would the best choice.

    Imperial President indeed.

  16. Perhaps when we get a real President and maybe have a real Senate and a
    Congress that work together we should change a few things. How about some
    new stringent rules about the use of AF1 and other military personnel for use
    as free campaign travel. We can’t undo what the Obama’s have done but we could keep it from ever happening again!

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  18. Pathetic and what’s worse is Congress, who is supposedly in charge of the purse strings, does nothing! What event did he attend as an excuse to make the trip. It is illegal for him to use government property solely for a campaign trip. I don’t care if there is a security issue. Stay home. Putting lives at risk just to go campaigning is irresponsible..

  19. You people are stupid. Google George W Bush’s use of Air Force One. All this is public record. I didn’t see many articles when he was campaigning in 2004. President Obama’s use of Air Force One hasn’t yet come close to Bush’s use in his first term. Further more, Obama has covered a greater percentage of operating costs from his campaign funds.

    1. Obama has used AF-1 more than any other prez in the first two years he is second only to that sleezbag pervert Clinton. and he isn’t close to being done yet.

  20. Using tax payer money should not be allowed for any president to campaign. first of all if they are a good president they are a shoe in for re election. Should not cost us for him to go make money from people to get re elected.

    1. just a second thought. bet he is trying to figure out how to get an ex order stating when he leaves office Air Force One goes with him and Marine one too. watch his daily schedule on white house web site daily. He is almost always on AFO going somewhere, or vacation, golf, or has is am briefing and nothing else. parties or on occasion meeting someone, usually sports figures. He is someone’s useful idiot and when they finish with him they will throw him under the bus with the rest of us.

  21. You folks are all missing the point. Sure, he values his comfort and prestige over the cost to tax payers, but that is just a consequence of his real intent. The only way the US can be dragged into a one world order scenario is to break us to the point that we no longer have the means or will to resist. The more of our money he can spend frivolously, the sooner he can accomplish that goal. Of course, once that happens, providing it is soon enough, he stands a good chance of becoming the head honcho of that world government.

  22. There are smaller VIP planes available with adequate security and communications equipment. All the fancy stuff on the 747 is intended for long distance travel and is not necessary for short trips. But no one has the fortitude to question Obama about his use of the high-priced stuff even though it is not necessary.

  23. Sure he could have taken Marine One, but we must keep in mind the obvious mental illnesses suffered by the Messiah. One of them is similar to a “napoleanic complex” but a bit different. I think Barry has a touch of “little tool and no ball complex”. Given these deficiencies, you do have to admit that arriving on a manly roaring 747 does make it seem more like the arrival of a real man than showing up in an egg beater. What a man!!!!!

  24. Whatever part of OUR tax money is being spent on this debacle, WE SHOULD GET IT BACK – PERIOD!!!! BTW, how are they meeping “Carbon Footprint” WHY 747? What is the Carbon Footpring ON THAT?

  25. Anyone know, was the “90 mile” flight done in a 747, 757, or just what?

    Knowing of his narcissism, I imagine it was one of the 747s!

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  28. we know that the plane is 180,000 an hour.
    what i would like to know is the cost of all the other stuff .
    How about the secret service all the people that have to go ahead and set every thing up. All the extra police and people that goes along with it.

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    1. The vacation day record-breaking Bush didn’t even get this level of scrutiny as he was doubling the national debt after having received a balanced budget from Clinton.

      Republicans have now completely lost credibility in the following:

      National Security – Bush failed to keep us safe against foreign enemies
      Fiscal responsibility – Bush, and Republican congress receive bal budget and proceeded to double the national debt.
      Picking winning candidates – McCain/Palin, Romney/Lyin’ Ryan
      Freedom – Contraceptives, choice

      I wonder how much Obama spent for his shoes. Was that significantly more than Bush? Did he buy more expensive dog food?

      I’m sure we will see an article to answer these compelling questions soon.

      1. to quote our Commander in Chief, BS. Big Al Gore spends more money heating his home than George Bush cost the taxpayers for vacations. After you voting for and electing Obama you LACK credibility

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  31. ” I inherited this jet from Bush, and me and my folks are going to use it.”
    I think he wouldve done better to fly himself in a fighter jet. Oh wait. Right. He didn’t inherit that from George Bush.

  32. Why does anybody today want to have nine children or more when they cannot afford even one child. The fathers refuse to pay child support, they don’t live at the home with his children.

    Why does anybody today want to have 12 or more children when the father is not even around to teach them about all the opportunities that await them through education and not selling drugs.


    ‘They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English.

    I can’t even talk the way these people talk:

    Why you ain’t,
    Where you is,
    What he drive,
    Where he stay,
    Where he work,
    Who you be…

    And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.

    And then I heard the father talk.

    Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
    In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

    People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.

    The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.

    These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.

    $500 sneakers for what?

    And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.

    I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.

    Where were you when he was 2?

    Where were you when he was 12?

    Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?

    And where is the father? Or who is his father?

    People putting their clothes on backward:
    Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?

    People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?

    Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?

    What part of Africa did this come from?

    We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa…..

    I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.

    I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands. The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa. So stop, already!

    With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua,… Mohammed, and all of that crap……..
    And all of them are in jail.

    Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.

    We have got to take the neighborhood back.

    People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.

    We have millionaire football players who cannot read.

    We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.

    Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.

    We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..

    1. seriously embarrassed now about wearing my cap backwards.

      Props for this though: how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?

      fair question.

  33. he does love his entrances, though I wasn’t aware it had gotten so bad that the world’s most sophisticated 747 was used when a much cheaper helicopter would have done nearly as well. I appreciate you pointing this out.

    Non-Sequitor alert – remember the presidential date to Broadway not long after he won the election? Shut down blocks and inconvenienced theatergoers and probably lost money for the theater, though the bloom was still on the rose at that point and nobody complained. My memory, which could certainly be wrong, is that generally presidents went to Camp David for R&R…secure, remote, and keeps the boss safe without shutting down blocks of economic activity just to have a little fun or get away with the fam. But not as glamorous as holding back the crowds while the boss strolls through, eh? What good is having it if you don’t flaunt it?

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