Readers of this blog will easily remember I first addressed the abuse of Air Force One by President Barack Obama in two essays just last month, with “WHEN AIR FORCE ONE TAKES WING” and “WHITE HOUSE ARROGANCE”. Those two articles drew comments from readers and one from a good friend in the Philadelphia area is worthy of sharing with you.
Please note that the details of the following email are attributed to veteran CBS-TV Washington Correspondent Mark Knoller, but I am certain the critical editorial comments are from my conservative Philadelphia friend.
“Last year Obama flew in Air Force One 172 times, almost every other day.
White House officials have been telling reporters in recent days that the Democrat doesn't intend to hang around the White House quite so much in 2011. They explain he wants to get out more around the country because, as everyone knows, that midterm election shellacking on Nov. 2 had nothing to do with his health care bill, over-spending or other policies, and everything to do with Obama's not adequately explaining himself to his countrymen and women.
And with only 673 days remaining in Obama's never ending presidential campaign, the incumbent's travel pace will not likely slacken.
At an Air Force-estimated cost of $181,757 per flight HOUR (not to mention the additional travel costs of Marine One, Secret Service, logistics and local police overtime), that's a lot of frequent flier dollars going into Obama's carbon footprint.
We are privy to some of these numbers thanks to CBS' Mark Knoller, a bearded national treasure trove of presidential stats. According to Knoller's copious notes, during the last year, Obama made 65 domestic trips over 104 days, and six trips to eight countries over 22 days. Not counting six vacation trips over 32 days.
He took 196 helicopter trips, signed 203 pieces of legislation and squeezed in 29 rounds of left-handed golf.
Obama last year gave 491 speeches, remarks or statements. That's more talking than goes on in some entire families, at least from fatherly mouths.
In fact, even including the 24 days of 2010 that we never saw Obama in public, his speaking works out to about one official utterance every 11 waking hours. Aides indicate the "Real Good Talker" believes we need more.
Related: Obama spends nearly half his presidency outside Washington , plans to travel more.
Related: Vacationer-in-Chief Spends $1.75 Million to Visit Hawaiian Chums.
Obama has spent over $100 million taxpayer dollars flying around in Air Force One, and probably another $100 million on his entourage. Obama is just another tin-pot dictator living lavishly at the expense of his subjects.”
Your Commander finds it rewarding and refreshing to note others are concerned and interested in the abuse and arrogance being repeatedly demonstrated by our public officials during these times of extreme economic distress. Something or someone must make an impression upon our public officials that the electorate is deeply concerned, and we demand and expect them to act responsibly. We cannot afford the continued disrespect, disregard, and waste of revenues by the leadership of this country. Flying Air Force One from Washington to Chicago and returning the same day just to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show is just another example of Obama’s total disrespect and disregard for every single American taxpayer.
I urge you to assist me in getting this message to our fellow concerned Americans so we can accomplish the salvation of this government and the American way of life that we preciously hold close to our bosoms. Please remember the squeaky wheel gets the grease.