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Obama Could’ve Ended Homelessness in DC for a Whole Year With Tax Money He Used on Vacations


Like everybody else, President Obama and his family deserve to enjoy Christmas — but not everybody else can hit up the taxpayers for that privilege. Nor do most Americans enjoy the luxury of a Christmas break lasting more than two weeks. Documents obtained from the Secret Service through a legal challenge filed by Judicial Watch show that for the Obama family’s 17-day Christmas vacation the flight costs alone amounted to more than eight million dollars – a whopping $200,000 for every hour in the air.

But this is just one small portion of the total travel costs racked up by the First Family since 2009: According to the heavily redacted records provided in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, known travel costs for the Obama family amount to $70,880,035.78 — and the meter is still running, because the most recent figures released by the “most transparent” administration in history are two years old.

It is true that Obama’s aggregate vacation time has yet to exceed that of his immediate predecessor, George W. Bush, or the total downtime accumulated by Ronald Reagan — although he has taken more time off than Bill Clinton, the only other president to serve two full terms since Eisenhower. Obama’s recreational trips tend to be much more cost-intensive, however, with the added expense of independent trips taken by Mrs. Obama (often with one or both daughters) that are shielded from media scrutiny but very much look like tax-subsidized getaways, rather than official functions.

Air Force One is hugely expensive to operate (flight costs amount to $210,877 an hour), and — what should be important, given the president’s insistent posturing about “climate change” — it has a significant “carbon footprint.” An overseas presidential expedition will usually include three additional cargo planes to transport his attendants and fleet of armored vehicles: During a 2014 visit to Brussels for a European Union summit, for example, the president brought in his train a 900-person entourage, which included a platoon of Secret Service agents. On most trips the presidential helicopter, Marine One, is brought along, in addition to 45 very expensive secure vehicles (including a radar-jamming van).

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Given the lamentable nature of the modern presidency — which has become bloated beyond the worst expectations of the Framers who designed the office, and has long since slipped the constitutional restraints that once bound it — every occupant of the Oval Office engages in wasteful and dubious ceremonial trips overseas. Profligacy in personal recreation, however, is inexcusable — especially when one considers the “opportunity cost” inflicted by the Obama family’s $71 million travel spree.

It is important to note that this $71 million was not raised through donations or through the private business ventures of the Obamas. It was stolen from the American people, under the threat of force, in the name of the greater good.

According to most estimates, there are 5,000 homeless families in the Washington, D.C. area. In one of the abundant cruel ironies generated by the ongoing explosion of federal spending that has driven up real estate prices in Washington and its surrounding counties, homelessness is on the rise because working-class people in the city cannot keep pace with ever-escalating rental prices.

Throwing federal subsidies at a problem created through bad public policy will not solve that problem, of course. Operating within Mr. Obama’s premises, however, it’s intriguing to consider what might have been done if the $71 million spent on presidential travel had been spent instead on alleviating homelessness in Washington, D.C. That amount would have been quite sufficient to provide each of the estimated 5,000 homeless families with a year’s rent — and money for groceries, as well.

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Once again, subsidies of this kind would tend to entrench the problem, rather than alleviate it. A much better approach would be to leave that money in the productive sector to begin with, rather than using it to fuel the four General Electric CF6-80C2B1 turbofans that propel the world’s most expensive vehicle to distant vacation spots.

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    • He’s taken the least days of vacation, injustice? Seriously? ???

    • and if some fing KKK or whomever, would not have a price on his head, he would not need an excessive amount of security.

    • There are a lot of other things to bitch about. Sorry won’t be sharing.

    • and BTW, do YOU take vacations? If so stf up.

    • Btw. George W….

    • It’s amazing the bullshit obama haters come up with. The president before him broke the record for vacations and he was at war! Obama breaks record for least vacation and this?? We are truly hopeless

    • unlike you and I he can’t spend a few thousand dollars, simple because he can’t travel ALONE…

    • All other presidents went to places far far cheaper including their own houses. And YES we have a right to bitch. This country was founded on principles that we are all equal. Not we are peasants who pay for elitists vacation trips.

    • Your gdam numbers aren’t even accurate another rag to put on ignore because it’s obvious they watch too much foxnoise !!

    • prove your gdam claims or FUCKOFF!!!

    • Good grief … injustice is veterans being denied housing and medical coverage, or the millions put in jail for the victimless “crime” of possessing a plant, or the 22+ veterans and active duty military who commit suicide DAILY. Seriously TFTP? You can do so much better.

    • President Obama has had about 170 days “off” since he was sworn into office in 2009. When he leaves office, his total number of vacation days will be in the neighborhood of 200, this is in stark contrast to the 879 days President Bush was away and the 390 days President Reagan took.


    • George Hamburgerler If you think that is why this country was founded, it is sad. There were many more reasons that equality. Too many to mention here.

    • Elitists trips? George, he went home, he’s from Hawaii. When you run your mouth about something you obviously know nothing about…you look like the free thought project. He’s the President of the United States, not just some nobody.

    • 7 million is BULLSHIT

    • Kate Stoune thats EXACTLY what the repugs in congress are doing to this country, the obama is trying to get around all the blocks they put forward, and still dumb fuckers keep voting repugs in office … all all they do is suck koch cock

    • George Hamburgerler maybe you should tell congress that, they vote themselves pay raises every other year and now want to take away min wage for the “common” sucker…

      You can bitch all you want about the obams vacations, but its congress that is spending US tax dollars like its pez’s

    • Here is your award “Free from thought project.”

    • You are a truly despicable page, Free Thought? Clearly not something you’re a fan of, blatant republican mouthpiece rag!

    • Yes, let’s tell everyone how Stupid this post truly is.

  • Don’t all us presidents take vacations at the taxpayers expense?

    • hence we’ve had shitty presidents for decades ………

    • Just because they ALL waste millions on vacationing doesn’t make it right..

    • Two wrongs don’t make a right

    • Only 2 wrongs? The entire institution is wrong but you want to make this an issue.

  • how much does Aircraft Carrier One cost us? How much does kissing Turkish ass cost us? How much does covertly supporting ISIS and other terrorist groups cost us? How much does illegally smuggling weapons to terrorists from Libya through Turkey to Syrian radical islamist rebels cost us? How much does…………… cost us?

  • get over yourselves

  • Bush spent half his term in Texas, and started two wars.

    • You gotta break that “he did this or he did that” mindset. The poor behavior of a predecessor doesn’t excuse his.

      Americans sound like a bunch of damn kids jealous of their siblings when you start criticizing their preferred president of the last decade.

  • having homeless is good business, keeps the the court system in the money,, sad but this is how our governemnt feels imo

  • All presidents take vacations, why single out Obama?

    • Because he’s our current president. Duh

    • and because he was elected on the “Change” platform..

    • exactly!
      i wish people would stop targeting him. i understand he’s the current president, but all presidents take vacations, and spend money on lavish things. i think he probably spends less than others, because he has always had less!
      and if you all aren’t on the up and up, Obama has turned the economy around, finally, after being left that atrocious mess by Bush. he’s got his head on straight…wish people would shut up and listen for once, rather than attack blindly.

    • and they ALL take air force one

    • Exactly! People are ridiculous

    • Kim Gray if it wasn’t for Air Force One, your president’s life would be unsafe.

    • Because he isn’t earning his wages! Why give him perks for trying to destroy us??? Job well done award? I don’t think so ! He should be getting a pink slip and prison uniform, NOT a frckn 7 mil vacation !

    • I recall Obama saying if he was elected, he wouldn’t take any vacations.

    • Hailey Davidson He is a multi millionaire, his family was wealthy, what the hell are you crying about ??? Boy are you a fool. Step away from the Kool ade !

    • Check George W’s vacations vs Obama’s.

    • He’s literally taken the least vacation time as well, but haters gonna hate.

    • Linda M Slensker a multimillionaire …? His family was wealthy…? Your in a bathtub of koolade if you believe that crap

    • Do YOU take vacations? Your not earning your wages either. Really people, this is what your bitching about? No wonder are country is so f’d up.

    • President Obama has had about 170 days “off” since he was sworn into office in 2009. When he leaves office, his total number of vacation days will be in the neighborhood of 200, this is in stark contrast to the 879 days President Bush was away and the 390 days President Reagan took.


    • We have only one president. What would be the point in singling out someone who isn’t president? Oh right, can’t criticize presidents with a “D” after their name.

    • ABSOLUTELY Bettie, this exposes the ignorance of the page 100%.

    • And of course Obama’s vacation days were much more expensive and actual vacations, while Bush worked from home.

    • Bush’s “work” cost us plenty.

    • Bush is evil but Obama doing the exact same thing is perfectly fine. Liberal obsession with the D is out of hand.

    • Unfriend.

    • Narendra Modi has not taken a single day leave or vacation since last 18 months. Proud to be a Indian citizen. ?

    • Linda M Slensker Just stop talking, I am sure whatever you got to say can wait until you are smarter,

    • Ben Walburn LMAO really try again or Just stop talking, I am sure whatever you got to say can wait until you are smarter,

    • Were you all concerned & outraged about this during the tenure of the other presidents…no, thought so!

    • Not being dishonest makes me stupid? I take it you didn’t receive a dictionary for Christmas.

    • Yes they all use AF1. Bot do they all go to Hawaii every 6 weeks?. Do they all play over 600 games of Golf ?. Did they all cost the Tax payers over $1 million per trip?.
      I call bullshit about just attacking Obama. This page calls out both sides. But He’s by far exceeded vacation spending. Stop defending tyrants.

    • I agree, I am no fan of Obama’s but I think this line of criticism is pretty ignorant. The person in the highest office of the country and frankly the world needs and deserves to take a vacation. The cost to protect him while he does so is just the cost of doing business. In addition, we’d be spending the money on that security detail anyway whether he was going somewhere or not,

    • Obama has taken the least amount of vacations than any modern president. Jeez…

    • Géörgé Àmãsh ….better check those pesky facts. Obama has taken the least amount of vacation days of any president in the last 50 years……Bush…well, YOU do the math

    • Because they are falling into the bullshit D vs. R “scandal” trap while D & R advance the same policies destroying the livelihoods of working Americans.

    • Linda M Slensker PLEASE state EXACTLY what he has done to “destroy us”. I am sick of hearing that same phrase over and over again with NOT ONE WORD TO BACK IT UP. I could write a novel as to all the things GWB did to destroy us, but I really can’t think oif anything that Obama has done. Kindly enlighten me.

    • Géörgé Àmãsh Site your sourse. Faux Spews is not a sourse. You lie sir. Stop drinking the kool-aid!!

    • Géörgé Àmãsh

    • The crazy thing is, the Obamas don’t travel together on these vacations they attend as a family. I guess you can’t fit Michelle’s 40 plus assistants on af1.

    • Steve Voorheis pretty sure it has more to do with their schedules….. jerk….

    • they single him out because they can’t help themselves… their hatred for this man be it race or politics is beyond the pale… they have lot lost their hateful, empty minds…..

    • usual race bating.

    • might of taken the least amount of days but in his time there at the head of the table his family have spent the most of tax payers money ever………….and how can anyone go into illegal wars, send your family to them they came back disabled, get no help on return, not help his own people when ill, allow pharmacueticals to out charge meds etc, so people cant afford them? and you support an ass hole like that, and no we brits dont support cameron either

    • But hey,look at all the money and lives he saved not sending us into another useless war.

    • Why not he is in place at the moment.

    • Linda M Slensker got any evidence of how he’s trying to destroy us ??
      I do, but Ill bet you dont … BRING IT ON

  • bullshit!

  • Obama’s vacations pale in comparison to his predecessor. Fuck outta here

    • Yeah, working from home is no different than spending billions on lavish vacations.

    • Now it’s BILLIONS???

  • With everything spent on our “defense” budget, starvation and poverty could be wiped out worldwide. Education could be paid for, etc etc, etc.

  • Lets put this in perspective, all the pres’s before him can say the same so shut the f up about Obama.

  • There are plenty of things to criticize the president about. This is not one of them.


  • Did you know if he did this post would find a negative aspect around that and that would be what you read instead of this?

  • Fuck off Bush could have ended world hunger with the amount of time he was on vacation 🙂

  • This is a silly argument because Obama isn’t the only person who was ever president. Publish an article that’s relevant and doesn’t pick on one person. Be fair and accurate source for news not judge mental and ignorant.

  • Same with Bush. These a-holes are all drunk with power.

  • I can’t believe the number of people attempting to justify poor behavior because of his predecessors.

    You people are part of the problem and you can’t even see it.

  • not that he is the first Pres, to do this . . . . .

  • Because he’s not human and doesn’t deserve a paid days vacation like the rest of us get with our jobs right? Stop hating already! If you think you can do a better job as President, get your butts up and make the difference

    • Better yet try voting instead of sitting your asses complaining.

  • We have a 3.5 trillion dollar budget, and you’re complaining about this. Just shows how little you understand large numbers.

  • When did “Free thought” become faux noise (Fox News), I guess any idiot can write an article.

  • I’ve got it. I’ve figured it out. This is how Pres O and Hillary liar liar can be at the top of the favored lists. It’s who’s asked. If you only ask those that have benefited from them, then of course they’ll be the best ever… silly me for thinking the voting was fair.

  • How the fuck do you expect him to travel, idiots! By bus? What a bunch of bitches, just stupid makes me almost want to unlike this stupid page!

  • well in that case, bush could’ve ended homelessness for a lifetime

  • We could’ve ended world hunger with the money we wasted on the Iraq war alone. They lost 9 billion in hard cash in Iraq off a military plane..look it up..this is a petty shot at Obama, and I’m not a big supporter of our current president.

    • 1.7 trillion has been spent on “war” since 2001. A whole lot of it under obamas watch. We spend 1.7 trillion a year combatting climate change so………..

    • War n the Iraq war are two different things..

    • Most of that under your boy Bush..both guilty of wasting our tax dollars.. What’s your point

    • I hated the Bushes. Both of them

    • Make sure you know what you’re talking about before telling people to look it up.

    • Goes both ways.. It’s 22 billion a year on climate change.so…..

    • For the record I’m not a fan of Bush ,Obama ,war ,or climate change.. Money spent unwisely

    • Climate Change Business Journal estimates the Climate Change Industry is a $1.5 Trillion dollar escapade, which means four billion dollars a day is spent on our quest to change the climate. That includes everything from carbon markets to carbon consulting, carbon sequestration, renewables, biofuels, green buildings and insipid cars. For comparison global retail sales online are worth around $1.5 trillion. So all the money wasted on the climate is equivalent to all the goods bought online.

      The special thing about this industry is that it wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for an assumption about relative humidity that is probably wrong. As such, it’s the only major industry in the world dependent on consumer and voter ignorance. This is not just another vested interest in a political debate; it’s vested-on-steroids, a mere opinion poll away from extinction. You can almost hear the captains of climate industry bellowing: “Keep ‘em ignorant and believing, or the money goes away!”.

    • You posted from almost three years ago.

    • To be fair I don’t disagree with you..I think it is also a waste of our tax dollars.. Including a war we were misled into..

    • Yikes,n we can’t take care of our vets n homeless.. Smh..it is just a proposal ,but still..what the hell is wrong with people..

    • Wow. Take a look at how much co2 is emitted by volcanos compared to humans.

    • I know it’s hubris to think we are the cause.. I do believe global pollution poses a problem.. That’s a different situation completely though.

  • Did you know that Obama has taken less vacation time than almost any other previous president? Idiotic article.

  • And 4.5 Billion Annually tax payers money goes to Israel.

  • and we could end the whole countries homeless problem if the 1%ers would just pay their fair share. No one ever bitch about Bushys vacation did you????

  • your so full of shit

  • I wonder why these world leaders and vvip needs to have this much security. I am against vip culture. It should be condemn able, secondly we should disarm all the soldier’s of the world and dissolve Airforce and navy.? Soldiers must use only swords in battle field. Imagine the level of tax savings it will be unimaginably surplus money we get which can be use on to eradicate poverty. ? 🙂

  • He’s taken the least amount of vacations since president Carter… But now he’s the bad guy?

  • He has taken the least amount of vacation of any President. If you really want to point out injustice, talk about the insane amounts spent on Presidential campaigns by corporations and special interests. I’m sorry but his job is one very few people would want and I don’t begrudge the man vacations. There are other things I want to pick on him for including his education policies. And the very same people who are bitching about homelessness are the very same one who voted for candidates that cut funding for homelessness and veterans. Bitch about that.

  • How much does the do nothing’s in Congress cost us?

  • on that basis The Bushes could have saved the rest of America

  • Just imagine what we could have done with Bush’s vacation money

  • This kind of ignorant posting makes me want to un-“Like” this page…

  • As well as bush jr, Clinton and bush sr

  • So could any fuckin president stop with your pos republican cock sucking please.

  • Maybe we’ll cut the military spending budget one day and actually do all of this saving and feeding of the homeless. Until then i dont see the point in singling out one person.

  • Did you know if they worked they wouldn’t be homeless unless they wanted to be.

  • So,even though you profess that Mr. Obama has been one of the better presidents in recent history,you still begrudge him having a vacation.Getting pretty pitiful in some of these attacks

  • yeah- and it was HIS idea, right?

  • oh fuck you, this is so stupid, just imagine all the babies that died because bush took 3 times the vacation days, about time to drop you idiots!

  • He has taken less vacation time than any recent POTUS, wanna check how much tax money that W spent just using Air Force 1 to fly to and from his private Ranch in Texas? You may not think so badly about Obama after you see that

  • Idiots!! I’m in another country and even I know that your president works during vacations and pays for the vacation out of his own pocket. However, as a matter of security, he needs to have his staff and security detail with him and travel safely. Shouldn’t he take vacations at all? Or should he just use a rented car or fly coach and be an easy target? Also, he’s just in another place, he still works and doesn’t shut down completely. You guys don’t deserve him.

    I’m losing faith in the free thought project

    • Nobody deserves Obama. A nation of puppy rapers doesn’t deserve him.

      And being an easy target is a great idea.

    • Wow now Ben thats real intelligent. Guess you’d rather have bigoted, narcissistic, fascist as President. You just showed your low IQ on that comment.

  • Bush took Southwest Airlines……..

  • just think during the Bush’s reign both Sr and Jr … there would be peace on earth … and the USA wouldn’t be in debt … World hunger could have been eradicated and all of this stress and strife the people of the USA would not be …. pick on another President to air your dirty laundry

  • Obama has taken fewer vacations than any of the other modern presidents. He is only human an deals with some serious shit day in and day out. We all need a break from time to time or we will break. And who wouldn’t need a vacation after dealing with people like Lindsy Graham and John Boehner? We could end homelessness in America if we spent 1/16 less on the military or stopped giving congress raises, or stopped subsidies for the richest corporations in the nation. But ya lets just cast all the blame at the President, it’s safer and easier that way.

    • His trips have cost far more than any other president tho.

    • George Hamburgerler No they haven’t. Stop watching Fox news. Or at least stop perpetuating their ignorance and lies. What you think and believe is your business, but when you go public with that idiocy it embarrasses the rest of us in the U.S. who take the time to research, learn the truth and make informed decisions.

    • George Hamburgerler prove it.

    • George Hamburgerler BULLSHIT

    • How about clinton getting a hair cut in a limo off a chicago expressway, stopping traffic,CLOGGING UP TRAFFIC ….
      The hair cut alone was $600

    • Taken fewer vacations?. seriously?. what glue are you sniffing?.

    • you’re a slave defending your master

    • I simply do not believe that the social economical and moral issues that our vast nation full of individuals and divers communities can be blamed on a single individual regardless of how much perceived power that individual has. It seams hypocritical and uninformed to sight Obama’s vacation time as a negative while failing to mention the number of days off and pay raises that congress and the house have granted them selves, or the number of vacations taken by previous commander and chiefs.

    • Debateu Faith, can you tell me how many of these killed begged for help while their boss watched drone footage of it happening. A drone that had hours to get there.

    • .
      “And blaming the President for the country’s woes
      is like yelling at a puppet
      for the way it sings
      Who’s the man behind the curtain pulling the strings?”
      — Woody Harrelson, Thoughts From Within


  • So could have the rest of those punk ass presidents.

  • OhforChrist’ssake……

  • How could it possibly cost that much? “You didn’t think they actually spent ten thousand dollars for a hammer and thirty thousand for a toilet seat, did you?”

  • wow then bush could have saved the planet!

  • Lame Article!! This is not about free thought. This is about bashing President Obama..

    Obama has taken relatively few vacation days. At this point in his second term, former President George W. Bush had taken a whopping 405 vacation days. Before him, Bill Clinton took a total of 174 days for himself. Another big vacationer was Ronald Reagan, who took a total of 390 days during his time in office. In comparison, Obama has only taken 161 vacation days to date.

  • Silly meme. He doesn’t dictate the job, security, or travel requirements, they come with the office.

  • DC…BS….the whole US

  • Oh my Lovers, Submerge yourselves in the “waters of Life” and be “born again” unto the Truth of this world and the battle that is being fought for control of all of “Tomorrow” and for your souls. Understand and comprehend that the Leaders of Western civilization and their cohorts are completely run by Luciferians who worship dark energy and are explicitly involved in the encouragement of summoning dark energy through the Ritualistic abuse of people. This includes gang raping children, sacrificing babies and small children also adults etc. All of these activities are
    their way of feeling an exhilaration on a spiritual level. They experience a feeling of exhilaration by conducting very evil acts upon innocence. These were ancient practices that have been kept hidden as the average human would automatically reject it as most of us are naturally inclined to be good.

    This behavior has to be indoctrinated into the human, it is entirely unnatural. This goes all the way back to the Ancient times and philosophies of Lucifer or Satan who is essentially the negative dark energy that creates lifeless zones in the creation. This energy directly challenges God by deliberately introducing suffering into his creation. The Leaders of western civilization embrace this as their sac-religious spirituality that at this point in time is a requirement to join the ranks of the upper, upper class. ALL people of political influence in the west and many high ranking public profiles are members of these secret societies that are of Free Mason Illuminati origin. Only when members threaten to leave do they then get harassed and intimidated and exposed as a pedophile etc. They ALL are in on it. The ENTIRE HEAD of western civilization is SICK AS SICK can be…

    This is why the ancient prophets, seers and Shamans warned us that when Jesus (the end time Messenger and teacher of Gods law) is revealed the Devil will know he is caught out and it is at the height of his power so he is FURIOUS! This creates a very scary moment in human history due to the strength of his system that is starting to fall apart right in front of him. In fact we are informed that under this situation with the Devil so powerful and the fact that his system is now in a state of total collapse because of the Revelation of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Biblical prophecies, which the Devil is desperately trying to hide.. many people are getting captured and killed as they scramble to survive the second coming of Jesus Christ…As they scramble to survive “The Written Judgment”. “BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO ENDURE UNTIL THE END!”

    William Malcolm Poth

  • Why didn’t it bother you when Dubya was flying around in it?

  • Obama has used it far less than any other president. I though The Free Thought Project.com was for the people. Evidenty it’s for the far Right 🙁

  • And he took the least amount of days off of the 2 presidents who came before him. Look at bush

  • Did you know the military built and destroyed a $45M gas station in the Middle East?
    There are endless ways to account of the waste we make/have.

  • He’s also taken less vacation days than any other president so he’s technically saved us money. Thanks Obama

    • He’s spent the most on vacations by far…

    • Are you really bitching about one guy while our congressional members only work like 127 days a YEAR while collecting a full extremely large salary? Guaranteed what we waste on their pay/benefits/sick days/vacations FAR exceeds what Obama “spent”. Let’s also acknowledge the fact that it’s not like he has a CHOICE in where he stays ect. Secret Service determines all of that shit. It’s not like he can say “Hey y’all we stayin at Holiday Inn Express this time.”

  • Obama took 31 trips 119 days in 7 years. Bush 28 trips 116 days. Ok now what?

    • Bush tended to go to his ranch or Maine…and he didn’t ‘forget’ his dog and have it flown on its own plane…and he didn’t send a daughter to Mexico on spring break which cost some major $$$ in security. And Odama still has another year to go.

    • Bush spent more time on his ranch than he did in the White House. Who can forget the 4 consecutive weeks prior to 9/11 when the warnings were resonating

    • The numbers were a comparison of 7 years to 7 years not 7 to bushes 8

    • All and all considering the Money only 20 people in the world control which have 98% of the worlds wealth . Id give all president a bye on getting away as often as possible seeing they have a job that would send any and all of us jumping off the top floor of the tallest building . Its pocket change. Maybe those 20 people can put together a few huts for the homeless and end homelessness in 10 seconds …ill throw in a few bucks

  • Then doing the math, Bush could have ended homelessness in DC and all the surrounding states…, given the comparative amount of vacations taken by each…

  • and so could the other presidents.

  • Oh please. He’s had fewer days vacation than any recent President. And to go to Hawaii, he have to take a commercial airliner or a ship, both of which use huge amounts of energy–just like AF1. Everyone deserves a day off. And I don’t see any complaining here about the amount spent by Congress–for more vacations, in private jets–also paid for by taxpayers. This I’d journalistic trickery and it’s certainly not objective.

  • Not just the current president but every president that proceeded him.

  • Don`t care.

  • He’s just a lying hypocrite.

  • FUCKOFF ALREADY!!! seriously mention the gdam republicans who turned their backs on this entire nation and continued to pander to corporations sticking the proverbial boot in our asses seriously FRRETHOUGHT JUST FUCKOFF!!!

  • All you people defending him… He should pay for his own vacations. The average citizen pays for their own vacations, so should he. After all, citizens own the country, not an elitist president. It goes against everything this country was founded on

    • The average citizen does not need secret service to protect them and their family. Do you really want the POTUS flying in a regular plane without protection? ANY of them? He is entitled to somethings because of his position and we have paid for every other presidents vacation, why single him out?

    • The other presidents didn’t take expensive Hawaiian vacations. Many went back to their own homes.

    • Bernie sanders flew commercial btw.

    • Bernie Sanders is not, and never has been, the President!

    • Plus isn’t Obama from Hawaii?

  • bullshit ,he took less than any other pres … try a little fairness in ur fact bending …

  • Such a dumb comparison. Really dumb. Compare Obama’s vacation time to the Shrubbery’s. How about we bitch about Congress and what a bunch of lazy corporate slaves they are. We send 8 million to the Zionists DAILY. Obama’s vacations are meaningless compared to the TRILLIONS spent on illegal wars where innocent civilians are murdered daily. C’mon Free Thought Project. You are better than this. I am no fan of the government but this is just stupid negative propaganda.

  • But republicans costing the country $24 – 26 billion dollars during the shutdown they orchestrated over the debt ceiling is being ‘patriotic’ ? The President could have taken 100,000 vacations to Hawaii for that !

    • Or how about the millions spent voting against “Obamacare” over 50 times now? Funny how we care nothing about the do-nothing congress and senate, but the hard working president gets slammed for a vacation. Geeze…..!

  • bla bla bla

  • Ti for president?

  • I call BS. Air Force One has been used by every president. By this reasoning, why didn’t any other president end a crisis in this country. Former president Bush used a lot more and took a whole lot of vacation days. Far more than President Obama.

  • Who decides the value of a flight or the cost that it takes to live daily? That’s the real crime!

  • He should adopt the popes methods of transportation.

  • Imagine what could have been done with the tax money President Reagan and President Bush (the son) spent on their vacations that doubled and tripled what President Obama has taken.

  • Just think the “Lame ass congress” could do if they did their jobs for once

  • Shut the F*ck up idiots. Most off the time you’re stuff is right on but your inference that Obama could have ended homelessness just by not taking vacations is about as lame as I’ve ever seen on this page.

  • ummm it’s funny because he is not the first one to do that

  • bye free thought project

  • damn and bush couldve gave every homeless person a home and paid for the college for everyone in the US with his record number of vacation days and trips to his texass ranch, and NO ONE GIVES A SHIT … hey, how about that fake war he started ? It cost 4 trillion fucking dollars and we’re still paying interest on the loans for it.
    The interest on the loans for bush’s wars could have almost wiped out taxes for everyone

  • With what Republicans gave away in tax cuts for the rich, we could feed every homeless person all year long, and put them in decent shelters. But coddling billionaires and supporting their opulent lifestyles is more important. Unless someone needs to bash Obama.

  • Yet he took less vacation time than any other president.

  • So could Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan

  • Seriously? Have you turned republican?

  • Yeah goodbye. I personally am so freakin tired of all the hate to Obama warranted or not I am out.

  • This bullshit article just lost you a follower.

  • ? that goes for literally every president…

  • Not just Obama. Every president does this. Including whoever takes over in 2016. The government wastes more money than we can wrap our minds around

  • :/

  • i bet other presidents took vacations without helping the homeless as well dont just call out one call out all of them who didnt help the homless

  • Obama isn’t the only one with a Shitload of Money to help the Homeless in DC or in every US State and City.

  • it makes me sick to my stomach to think of the amount of money pissed away by Washington Elites. They live like kings on our dime while we struggle.

  • get rid of the Jihadist America, or is congress full of cowards with their own agenda?

  • would you have our president fly on a commercial airliner?

  • yeah and dubya can put all the homeless including those in africa to have a home and build the tallest fence in our borders what shame

  • Talk about some bagger, mud puppy level false equivalency thinking…sheesh people. The fact that Obama has taken way less vacation time than any recent president and the US Congress, I suppose, means bupkis to you?


    • Not to mention, instead of taking care of things during Katrina, he continued with his vacation. It wasn’t until people started complaining that he finally stopped playing rancher and got busy attempting to clean up the mess instead of trying to get ahead of things and preventing a lot of the grief. Took him forever to get off of his lazy rear and take care of it.

  • If anyone in American deserves Another vacation it’s President Obama.

  • Bush could have built a fence around Texas……and he was governor of the damn place

  • 200,000.00 an hour? guess you’ll all have to work harder this year…

  • seriously though, who really cares? I make enough to survive on, for now anyway…when the time comes when I can’t, I’ll think of something else to do…

  • Is it me, or does this math not make sense??? This is the headline of the link in the story – how did less than half a million turn into 8 million??? — “Judicial Watch: Secret Service Expenses for Obama’s 2013 Hawaii Christmas Vacation Cost Taxpayers $316,698.03, Taxpayers Paid Over $8 Million for 17-Day Vacation”

    • Hey, read below – Ben the troll has upped it to BILLIONS….

  • Check out Bush. I think much more travel.

  • How about the money used on Black Opps that would totally eradicate homelessness in the US.

  • I think this article is unfair. The President of the United States, no matter who, is entitled to a vacation and to go wherever the President wants to go.

  • That cost didn’t start with Obama

  • Here’s a “Free” Thought: Why not wake up and stop perpetuating the petty bullshit D vs. R game which keeps folks ignorant that both advance the same goals on behalf of the same Owner Class?

    Gee, I wonder how much that “Free Trade” that ships American Jobs overseas has cost us? Oh.. well forget that. Let’s play the absurd D vs. R game over trivial shit that doesn’t affect the very policies destroying America.

  • Rep & Dem are like good cop- bad cop.

  • Did you know how much Obama’s bathroom breaks have cost us in lost productivity? #sarcasm

  • I think my favorite president was Jose Mujica of Uruguay He lives in a humble house in the country with his wife Lucia, drove an ancient WV Bug to work everyday and donated 90% of his salary to the poor. No other country comes close in support of U.N. troops in proportion to population. He is out of office now but hopefully he has set a good example to future politicians there.

  • He taken off the least time in the pst 20 years!!

  • Let’s not forget who is making us think that Obama is making all the decisions. He is NOT!!!

  • Obama is a traitor.

  • This is ridiculous and petty….President Obama’s vacations are no different than the ones taken by Bush or any other president…or maybe look at how little some of our congressmen spend doing the job they were elected to do. Awareness of the tax breaks given to large corporations and the rich…and the amount they don’t pay could end homelessness and then some. Awareness of Big Pharma and Monsanto and our corrupt justice system and how they have each affected all of the citizens of this once great country might be better targets of injustice…. I support the Free Though Project but let’s be real here.

  • Do you think anything that costs less can keep the president alive when needed?

  • Was that a secret ?

  • Ouit side of transpotatin the presidents all pay out of their own pocket for their vacations.

  • What crao!

  • And yet, he has taken the least amount of vacation time than any of his predecessors except Jimmy Carter who took a whopping 79 days. From the New York Times “During his eight-year presidency, [George W.] Bush did take 879 days of vacation, including 77 trips to his Texas ranch. So far, Obama has taken about 150 days off.”

  • If that’s true, George Bush could have ended it for a century.

  • “Hang that traitor!”

  • So could have many of the presidents prior

  • Imagine what could have been done with the Bush/Cheney profits from the last war for oil

  • so u want your president to fly with virgin airlines or something ?
    have u gone completely mad ?

  • That was awesome when George Bush grounded Air Force One abs built free housing for Gulf War veterans.

  • He has also taken the least ammount of vacations of any recent president… Gwbjr holds that record

  • Less vacation time taken by this POTUS then any, any president in modern history. YOU LIE. Are you a branch of Faux spews?

  • Imagine how long he could’ve ended it with the money he used to bomb weddings and villiages in iraq for the last 8 years.

  • So could have every other president.

  • Bush wins the vacation contest

  • Yea ask George bush to

  • I wish to see the likes of Cheney and his ilk in prison for war crimes, is that too much to ask? Yah, yah, Barack spent this for his vacation. Compare him to bush again.

  • why bush did not do that ???? bush took more vacation time than 3 presidents combine !!!

  • Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama?
    A: Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407.
    Our inbox is chock full of questions about who took more vacation days, Obama or Bush. (The short answer: Bush. The long answer: There’s no such thing as a true non-working vacation for the president.)
    The recent barrage from our readers coincides with Obama’s 15-day family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard — he returned to the White House on Aug. 24 — which occurred during major news events including the beheading of a U.S. journalist by Islamic militants and protests in Ferguson, Missouri, after a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old black man. The vacation also occurred during the funeral of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the only general officer killed in Afghanistan.
    Obama faced criticism for being on vacation during these times, but those types of complaints are nothing new — either to Obama or presidents in general.
    Readers may recall the criticism directed at Bush for the August weeks spent at his ranch in Crawford, Texas. Others may remember Democrats chastising President Dwight Eisenhower for spending time on the golf course.
    We last dealt with the who-took-more-vacation question in January 2010, at which point Obama had spent 26 days on “vacation” during his first year in office, fewer than the first year totals for Presidents Bush, George H.W. Bush or Ronald Reagan. Our numbers are all courtesy of CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, who has covered every president since Gerald Ford and tracks the commander in chief’s travel.
    But, as we noted then, presidents never fully escape from the job. Knoller told us he doesn’t consider these days away from the White House real “vacation” days. He said then in an email: “I have long held the view that a US president is never really on vacation. The job — and its awesome powers and responsibilities — is his wherever he is and whatever he’s doing.”
    Bush officials called the Crawford ranch the “Western White House” to emphasize the days there involved plenty of official business, and Obama’s recent Martha’s Vineyard break included several presidential statements and two days spent back at the White House in the middle of the “vacation.” Presidents may clear brush or hit the links, but they are never actually off the clock.
    Still, much is made of these presidential vacation days — and how to count them. Knoller doesn’t include visits to Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland often used to host foreign leaders. On Aug. 8, the day before Obama left for Martha’s Vineyard, Knoller tweeted that Obama had spent 125 full or partial days on vacation, and at the same point in Bush’s presidency, he had spent 381 days at his Texas ranch plus 26 days at his parents’ home in Kennebunkport, Maine, for a total of 407.
    When we emailed Knoller on Aug. 26, Obama was up to 140 days by his count. Bush’s total for his two terms in office is 533 days, which includes 490 at the ranch and the rest at Kennebunkport. For comparison’s sake, President Bill Clinton’s total is 174 days, and Reagan hit 390 (349 at his ranch and 41 in Palm Springs), according to Knoller.
    Adding in Camp David visits would bring Obama’s total to date to 223 (that’s 83 days at Camp David) and Bush’s total for his entire time in office to 1,024 (491 days at the presidential retreat). Note that Obama still has more than two years in office to narrow the gap.
    Deciding how to count these “vacation” days can create some confusion. CNN recently listed a count of 879 days for Bush and 150 for Obama, numbers that came from a Washington Post “Outlook” piece on “Five myths on presidential vacations.” (Myth No. 1: “Presidents get vacations.”) The 879 figure, it turns out, is from March 3, 2008, at which point Bush had spent that many days at the ranch and Camp David (but it doesn’t include days in Kennebunkport). The numbers are in a 2008 Washington Post piece and attributed to Knoller.
    If readers want to make an apples-to-apples comparison, the best solution is to use Knoller’s figures as of August 8, cited above: Bush, 407; Obama, 125. But the numbers say more about how many days the presidents spent away from the White House than they do about how much time the presidents spent not working.
    Updated, Dec. 23, 2015: As he has in past years, the president is vacationing in Hawaii for the holidays. So we thought we would check in with Knoller, the CBS reporter who keeps track of presidential vacations, for an update. Knoller tells us in an email that Obama has taken “24 vacation trips of varying lengths totaling all or part of 182 days as of today.” This means that Obama as president now has taken more vacation days than Bill Clinton, but less than George W. Bush.

  • There is no thought

  • A simple FACT – even if he NEVER took a vacation, the money would NOT have been spent on the homeless, veterans or for any other sensable thing because they are different budgets and his do-nothing for AMERICANS congress and senate would have used it to cut taxes on the rich NOT helped the citizens.

  • You know,The job ofthe president does not include alloting money to programs. Thats the Job of Gongresa.The stand of the Gop has been, since reagan, to punish people for not being poor in a socially acceptable way.The fact this was a swipe as a democrat tells me that the argument is dead from the start.When the gop controled Congress quits trying to make sure people can get kicked off insureance the day they develop cancer, and trying to steal from the poor and the elderly so they can make more bombs to kill people in wars that really are notne of our freaaking bussiness,all in the name of God,then I will agree maybe the president should say something.But when you have a gop conservative led government that cannot even pass a bill when evidence is shown babies are being kept alive so they can be harveated, an atrosity that at that moment takes away any right tpo call hitler evil,then seriously, they have no right to say anything.Every one of them deseves what ever happens.This nation turned on God.he is not here now protecting.Its luck that we have not been nuked yet.Iran missed us because they wanted to the other day.

  • what the fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so because he be a black man he should not use air force one like every other president has since the wright brothers got off the ground? somebody need an enima

  • Gee, imagine what Bush could have done then.

  • Why only say Obama? You mean every president ever? Good grief. But, I can guarantee Bernie wouldn’t do this – the man still flies coach! #feelthebern! Voteforbernie.org

  • why does it cost $200,000 an hour? Prove that or shut up.

  • How about the $$$$ sent to Israel?

  • You’re giving Obama shit for flying in the aircraft specifically designed, built, and used for the purpose of transporting the president??? LOL

    • So frickin ridiculous. He works 24/7 even when he is on vacation. He should be able to at least do it in a setting that he enjoys and be safe!!!

    • Fuck, people are stupid.

    • And the same people that like this ridiculous post wouldn’t give any of that money to end homelessness! Who are they kidding

  • Far fewer and less costly than Bush

  • So could have. Dubya

  • you are dumb.


  • This was such a lame topic.
    I unsubscribed the Free Thought Project.

  • Wow thats pretty damn low , ALL the Presidents took Vacations , C’mon Man !!

  • They realized many years ago that you don’t make money from helping people you only make money from destroying them and that’s what they will continue to do as long as we let them.

  • Did you forget about the 2.3 TRILLION dollars Bush lost and it was announced the day before 9/11 happened ???

    Dont believe me …. watch this press conference

  • How bout we just stop paying taxes

  • Imagine all of the great things Bush could have done with all of the money he spent on vacation.

  • and what did you do with your vacation money….

  • fuck your bullshit. then I guess Bush W couldve eliminated poverty throughout the known world with what he blew on his

  • We just went and saw “The Big Short.” A high recommended movie. If Obama had done nothing else but address the complete lack of integrity on Wall Street and the corruption in our financial system, he would have done something really good. He has done nothing.

  • And all of the Republican President sspent enough to end world hunger for ever…so now what?

  • Who’s the author of this bullshit? The presidents Christmas vacation?!? Really?!? GTFOH!!

  • That’s just shit ❤️

  • But, he has such a hard job… selling out the nation to the insurance companies, banks and weapons manufacturers.

  • He has taken fewer vacation days than any president since Truman. What could Bush have done for the homeless with all his trips to Crawford?

  • pos he is

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  • Usually I support your position on just about everything. Not this time. Obama couldn’t have ended homelessness in DC using his Presidential Vacation Funds without Congress approving it first. We all know Republicans (majority in Congress) regard homeless people as chattel who should not even be fed or sheltered; a drain on the economy. So it’s very doubtful Congress would appropriate Presidential Vacation Funds to assist homeless people. Congress has fought Obama on every thing, even things they wanted before Obama wanted it too.

  • DC has a low homlesss population and isnt very big

    • but yes i do understand theres a problem with our capitlist bullshit

  • It is not ‘an injustice’, as you call it. It’s the cost of keeping our president safe in this day and age. Are you saying that presidents don’t deserve to go on vacations? It is the hardest job on the planet and they should be able to have some down time and getaways with their families. Doesn’t he have family in Hawaii? Are you saying that he should forfeit seeing his family in Hawaii for the entire 8 years of his presidency?

  • he could have ended poverty and hunger world wide with the US defense budget too! far far better use of money than on the Pentagon’s bloated war budgets and islamic hatred agenda.

  • Damn!!! I thought the president had A-1 built just for him, I didn’t know other presidents used it as well??

  • Congress coulda ended homelessness for everyone with a policy to feed and house the homeless vs. tax breaks fro rich white people. fact bomb.

  • And he is the only President that ever took a vacation, is that right?

  • I guess he was supposed to swim to get to the Paris summit. And not take vacations? With his job? You do know the stats about how many he’s taken compared with other Presidents, right?

  • Hey that goes for ‘every’ president! Not just Obama!

  • So in your opinion the POTUS should be camping in a tent on the lawn of the White House?

  • Just Obama or every president ever?

  • Why aren’t you applying this same standard to ALL misused $$$, wars, poork in Bills, tax cuts to the rich, corrupt banking…..to blame it all on the standing POTUS seems a little unfair!!!

  • So Obama is the one?

  • Priorities…

  • But that goes on all over the world, isn,t it?

  • Remember his famous words I will do everything to help the poor. He somehow evolved once he became president. now he says what homeless I do not see any so therfore it does not exist. I have worked harder than any othnner president ruining America. and I need the vacations , paid for by the minions so I can play golf and to hell with the poor

  • Lol nice try on an article. Keep posting important shit. Not personal hate.

  • You people are so full of shit.You really should give up trying to think ,you are not good at it !

  • Ridiculous and embarrassing politicised status, I don’t ‘like’ or have any interest in your page (a friend clearly does) but crap like this is why I have no interest in the garbage you publish. This status has no point, every President uses Air Force One, regardless of what party you support you should want the President of your country to be safe and understand the necessity of Air Force One or the fortification of places like the White House. It is not an option for the President, the most high profile target of terrorism in the United States, to fly on a commercial airliner with normal people.

  • Yes all the needed protection costs $. You can’t expect him to have no vacation for 8 years.


    don’t pay any attention to the over 500 billion dollars or more we spend on the military industrial complex each and every year.
    We could end poverty and homelessness with the cost overruns they rack up each and every year. but


  • What is the problem you act like no other president ever used this damn plane look at all the time Bush spent on Vacation you think he flew coach?

  • funny how you assholes did not make this declaration when that asshole bush was in office and took vacatios every other month.

  • President Obama took less vacation time than any president in history.

  • Obama is at fault? No other presidents ever used Air Force One? Come on!

  • This is good information for ALL politicians to think about

  • so what about the vacations Bush and Bush and CLinton and so on have taken. you make it sound like Obama is the first president to take a vacation and use air force one- get real

  • so, shrub could’ve ended it in the whole counrty, right, asswipe @ The Free Thought Project.com?

  • Didn’t Dubyah take more vacation days than any other president ??

  • $250,000 an hour? Would someone like to detail and explain how that comes about?

  • Judianne Meadow

    The problem has been the highly publicized fool around junkets taken by Obama’s wife, children, and mother in law that have often involved the inclusion of extended family members and friends. Air Force One should never have been used to take underage children on solo trips to drug and alcohol fueled rock concerts and expensive resorts across country. I don’t care which president’s family is involved. It’s disgustingly hedonistic, particularly in lean economic times. The president is not an emperor or a dictator. He is a public servant and should remember that a little more often.

  • Wayne C. Fox

    Blah Blah Blah, Obama has taken less vacation time than most every president. So let’s send the first family to his home state for Christmas on a commercial jet along with his family. Jesus, the pay that he makes compared to the outside is diddly squat. If the richest country in the world can’t afford to take care of the leader of the free world, then what do we have? Could pay for many many homeless people with one fewer F35.

  • Wayne C. Fox

    Not very bright. How did he ruin America, I am dying to hear the answer. use your spell checker.