So President Trump wants to lead a celebration of the Fourth of July, and all of a sudden liberals are worried about government spending.
The press and the talking heads couldn’t stop jabbering about the cost. But all the money devoted to the event, including a patriotic speech by the president and several grand military flyovers in honor of our servicemen and women, cost about the same amount of Barack and Michelle Obama’s annual vacation to Hawaii.
And nobody in the press, except me, ever complained about this obvious and complete waste of money by the Obamas.
There is no reason Obama couldn’t have taken a perfectly nice winter vacation to Florida, at far lower cost. “Oh, he’s from Hawaii!” People said. So he’s a salmon who must return to his spawning grounds? Give me a break.
Okay, I’ve used the line before I think, but I like it.
The Washington Post reported that the National Park Service diverted about $2.5 million for Trump’s event, and the Defense Department may have spent another $2 million.
Air Force One at the time Obama took most of his trips cost about $180,000 an hour to fly. Based on an estimated 18 hours roundtrip flying time for the jet between Washington and Honolulu, the travel cost alone of Obama’s vacations amounted to around $3.24 million. And that doesn’t include numerous other costs, including flying all kinds of material — like the motorcade — and staff and security out to Hawaii.
Once, Obama even doubled the flying cost by flying there and back twice.
The press is very selective in what it gets outraged about. And these days, it always selects Trump.