Obama flew 9 hours to make one speech. Cost to the taxpayers, borrowed from China: $1.6 million
January 29, 2013
The Weekly Standard reported Tuesday:
President Barack Obama will fly over 9 hours tomorrow, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration, according to the president's White House schedule. With Air Force One estimated to cost $182,000 per hour in flight, Obama's trip--that is, only his travel to and from Vegas--will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million.
Obama has no other public events scheduled in Las Vegas but his immigration speech.
"In the morning, the President will depart the White House en route Las Vegas, Nevada. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at McCarran International Airport are open press," the president's schedule reads.
"While in Las Vegas, the President will deliver remarks on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it is fairer for and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules. The President's remarks at Del Sol High School are open to pre-credentialed media.
"In the evening, the President will depart Las Vegas, Nevada en route Washington, DC. The departure from McCarran International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press."
Here's the schedule of Obama's movements:
8:30AM In-Town Pool Call Time
9:20AM THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews
9:35AM THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Las Vegas, Nevada
Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage (Pool Call Time 8:00AM – Virginia Gate)
11:25AM THE PRESIDENT arrives Las Vegas, Nevada
McCarran International Airport
11:55AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it is fairer for and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules