This is from Mark Knoller of CBS. The
pilots and crew of Air Force One are flying more hours than a rookie on
a beer run. They are tired of it too, and are adding more crew to Air
Force-1, - I know this for a fact because I'm one of the instructors
that trains the crews. Our company (Atlas Air) has had the Air Force-1
and E-4 contract for over two years and I've been doing it for about 8
Last year (2010) Obama flew in Air
Force One 172 times, almost every other day.
White House officials have been
telling reporters in recent days that the Democrat doesn't intend to
hang around the White House quite so much in 2011. They explain he wants
to get out more around the country because, as everyone knows, that
midterm election shellacking on Nov. 2 had nothing to do with his health
care bill, over-spending or other policies, and everything to do with
Obama's not adequately explaining himself to his countrymen and women.
And with only 673 days remaining in
Obama's never ending presidential campaign, the incumbent's travel pace
will not likely slacken.
At an Air Force-estimated cost of
$181,757 per flight HOUR (not to mention the additional travel costs of
Marine One, Secret Service, logistics and local police overtime), that's
a lot of frequent flier dollars going into Obama's carbon footprint.
We are privy to some of these numbers
thanks to CBS' Mark Knoller, a bearded national treasure trove of
presidential stats. According to Knoller's copious notes, during the
last year, Obama made 65 domestic trips over 104 days, and six trips to
eight countries over 22 days. Not counting six vacation trips over 32
He took 196 helicopter trips, signed
203 pieces of legislation and squeezed in 29 rounds of left-handed golf.
Obama last year gave 491 speeches,
remarks or statements. That's more talking than goes on in some entire
families, at least from fatherly mouths..
In fact, even including the 24 days of
2010 that we never saw Obama in public, his speaking works out to about
one official utterance every 11 waking hours. Aides indicate the "Real
Good Talker" believes we need more.
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Related: Obama spends nearly half his
presidency outside Washington , plans to travel more
Related: Vacationer-in-Chief Spends
$1.75 Million to Visit Hawaiian Chums Obama has spent over $100 million
taxpayer dollars flying around in Air Force One, and probably another
$100 million on his entourage. Obama is just another tin-pot dictator
living lavishly at the expense of his subjects.
And we seniors have to "tighten our
belts" because we aren't getting a COLA again this year... and none last
THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED PUT THIS
GREEDY WINDBAG IN OFFICE!! BE MORE CAREFUL NEXT TIME!!