According to the Daily Mail, President Obama and Vice President Biden collectively put a significant dent into the governmental coffers for their vacations and the security details required to be in attendance during those vacations for National Security reasons. The cost to have the Secret Service in attendance for three separate trips taken between the Obamas and the Bidens was $295, 437.00.
Based on records secured by the Judicial Watch, the amount that it cost to provide the Obamas with round the clock Secret Service protection was $98,135.79. As each trip was to a different locale, three different Secret Service details were needed, with each detail incurring expenses for travel ($32,406.50 for flights), land travel ($16,466.25 for car rentals) and lodging ($48, 490.00 for hotels).
While the Obamas are charged with a large amount of funds being put out for vacations, Mr. and Mrs. Biden actually had the pricier of vacations, with a total of $115,777.61 being spent for their vacation and security detail. One of the singular most expensive items of the vacations was Air Force One. According to a 2012 estimate, it takes $179,750.00 per hour to fly, which not surprisingly makes it one of the world’s most expensive aircraft to operate.
In terms of vacation spending: every President and Vice President does it. Every First Family goes on vacation. When they go on vacation, security has to go with them. This is a cost that this nation has incurred with most if not all presidencies. A more analytical, cost cutting measure might be to set a budget for such spending, a budget that takes into account inflation and rising costs. With the stress that comes with being the “leader of the free world” and the stress that the family members of said leadership has to deal with on a daily basis, depriving the nation’s leadership of mental relaxation in the form of vacations and safety during those vacations may not be in the country’s best interest.