Judicial Watch is reporting that President Barack Obama’s trips over the Labor Day weekend, which included a trip to New Rochelle, cost the United States Air Force $1.5 Million, according to documents obtained under a Freedom of Information request.
Obama began his holiday weekend travel plans by attending a fundraiser in New Rochelle, NY — a story first broken here on Talk of the Sound.
Obama had originally planned to spend Friday night in Westchester and then attend the wedding of White House chef Sam Kass to MSNBC host Alex Wagner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns — another story broken by Talk of the Sound — but changed his mind opting instead to return to Washington, DC before flying back to Westchester on Saturday. That detour costs taxpayers$295,227.80 just for the air travel.
The documents regarding the transportation expenses came in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on September 2, 2014. According to the newly released records obtained by Judicial Watch:
Flights for Obama’s 2014 Labor Day weekend fundraising trips to Westchester, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island, cost taxpayers $527,192.50
Transportation for Obama’s round-trip flight from D.C. to Westchester, New York, to attend a wedding cost taxpayers $358,490.90
The flight for Obama’s trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to speak at “Laborfest 2014” cost taxpayers $653,718.70
Obama began his Labor Day weekend by taking off on yet another flurry of fundraisers in the Northeast. He began his money-raising venture by heading to Westchester, New York, on Friday, August 29.