In the category of “wasteful spending”, Obama just flew his 747 from Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, to Newport News, Virginia.
A driving distance of 155 miles. A shorter distance to fly.
Why didn’t he take Marine One and the decoy helicopters and save the taxpayers a few dimes?
Air Force One reportedly costs $179,750 an hour to fly, though the exact amount seems difficult to pin point. I couldn’t easily find what the helicopter costs, but golly gee I’m going to go out on a limb and guess it is cheaper that the gas guzzling 747.
I’m also going to go out on a limb and guess the reason he flew AFO is to park it at the busy corner where the Newport News airport is – the corner of an interstate and major road. It will be there for four days while Obama prepares for the second presidential debate, otherwise known as his “gotta figure out what the hell I’ve been doing the past 3 1/2 years and what the hell I am going to tell people I will do in the next four” retreat. A retreat he is taking at a golf resort. But I digress…
So to recap: he took Marine One from the White House to Andrews to get on his 747 to fly 10 minutes to Newport News to get in his motorcade to drive 15 minutes to the golf resort. (And even if this is filed as an official campaign trip he only pays for the cost of a charter 737 plane; the extras for his transportation and security are at our expense)
He could have taken Marine One from the White House directly to Kingsmill.