What does the Speaker of the House do in her finals days in her position of leadership? If she’s Nancy Pelosi, she enjoys a taxpayer-funded luxury vacation at the Four Seasons Resort in Hawaii, of course.
Despite catastrophic global warming fears, Pelosi flew on a private jet over to Kona, Hawaii, and stayed in a hotel that reportedly costs $10,000 a night. Her trip happened to coincide with Obama’s family vacation in the area.
According to the Government Accountability Office (GOA), Obama’s round-trip costs will set taxpayers back about $1 million, including a $60,000 bill sending Michelle Obama out early.
Taxpayers also funded beachfront property for the Secret Service to the tune of $16,800 a piece, along with footing a $134,000 bill for the president’s staff to join him on his luxury vacation.
“In addition, costs should have been added for the USAF C-17 cargo aircraft that transported the Presidential limos, helicopters and other support equipment. The flight time between Andrews Air Force Base and Hawaii is at about 20 hours roundtrip, with estimated operating cost of $7,000 per hour (GAO report) for a total of $140,000 per roundtrip. Sources say the United States Marine Corps provides a presidential helicopter, along with pilots and support crews for the test flights, which travel on another C-17 flight at $140,000 for a total of $280,000,” wrote the Hawaii Reporter newspaper.