With Michelle Obama in China and the President set to take a trip to Belgium on Tuesday, there has been a lot of press about their trips and their associated costs. Some facts to consider:
- With 31 trips for a total of 119 days abroad, President Obama has now traveled more than any other president, although Bush 43 and Clinton also set records before him.
- Air Force One Costs over $228,000 per hour to fly.
- The President sometimes travels with a 900-person, 45-car, 2 Air-Force Ones, 3-cargo plane entourage
- The 13-hour visit in South Africa for Mandela’s funeral cost an estimated $11 million (including 127 hotel rooms and not including the flight).
- Annual costs for supporting the White House exceed $1.4 billion.
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