Behind The Mic With Joe Mathieu: Bracing For Obama Vacation Surprise

December 23, 2013 12:14 PM
Behind The Mic With Joe Mathieu: Bracing For Obama Vacation Surprise
" BOSTON (CBS) – Any Presidential vacation comes with instant criticism. Usually over the cost.

And it is very expensive. Whether the President is going to Martha’s Vineyard or Hawaii. It’s a huge undertaking – not only moving the leader of the free world but also the family, staff, reporters and all the bells and whistles needed to bring the white house on the road.

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The Hawaii Reporter crunched the numbers on last year’s trip and it came to about $4 million.

A big chunk of the tab comes from Air Force One. The President’s 747 runs almost $180,000 an hour according to the Congressional Research Service. And there’s a full complement of cargo planes and helicopters to go with that.

That’s why the boss – whether he’s a Republican or a Democrat – never gets a break when it comes to vacations "

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