Back in August of 2013, Barack Obama appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for the tenth time, and it cost hardworking Americans millions of dollars for him to do it.
The flight time alone to get him to California and back came to $1.8 million, $180,000 per hour of flight time. These figures don’t even include two additional 50 minute flights in California, Obama’s helicopter, the cost of lodging dozens of staffers and secret service agents over night, or the 20-car presidential motorcade.
If you think the Democratic Party would reimburse the government for this trip, you’re dead wrong.
“The only place the Federal Election Commission regulations would come into play is if he’s actually making a campaign stop,” said former FEC Chairman David Mason, according to Newsmax. “If it’s just political in the sense that he’s out there campaigning for his political agenda — immigration reform, health care — there’s certainly no FEC requirement that anybody else reimburse the White House.”
Obama has made more talk show appearances than any other sitting president, but he also used this trip and our money to have some fun as well. After his late night appearance, he enjoyed a private dinner with Dreamworks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, who donated nearly $10 million to Obama’s reelection campaign in 2012.
I don’t know about you, but it makes me sick that our hard-earned money is going towards Obama’s joyrides, TV appearances, and social activities with his friends.