Tuesday, July 2, 2013

US Taxpayers treat "hardly working" Obama & family to $60 Million African tour

Less than 2 weeks after taking his family, including his mother-in-law and half-sister, to Ireland and Germany, President Obama embarked on a week long African tour. The group visited Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

Officially, the reason for the trip was "to reinforce U.S. commitment to expanding economic growth, meaning we taxpayers will be sending more money to those counties".

Estimates for this vacation range from $60 to $100 million. But, since the family has removed public visitors from the White House, stopped Armed Forces participation in Air Shows, eliminated fireworks from various Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force bases, and furloughed various workers, cost is not a factor.

Joining Mr. Obama on the trip was his wife, children, mother-in-law, and niece.

During this time, Mr. Obama did not participate in any daily briefings or work with senior advisers. However, he did find time to call certain Congressional leaders for the purpose to persuade them to open America's doors to illegal immigrants. 

Read More about his African Trip:

Weekly Air Force One and Helicopter flying time (36 hours total):
  • President Obama (and family):  Dar es Salaam Tanzania to White House  : 15 hours
  • President Obama (and family):  Cape Town South Africa to Dar es Salaam Tanzania : 4.5 hours
  • President Obama (and family):  Dakar Senegal to Cape Town South Africa:8 hours
  • President Obama (and family):  White House to Dakar Senegal  : 8.5  hours

Below is a summary of President Obama's official schedule during the week of Wednesday June 26 through Tuesday July 2 2013.

Today, Tuesday, July 2, 2013
  • President Obama met with Embassy personnel in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Then he participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the 1998 Embassy Bombing Memorial. After that, he went to the Ubungo Symbion Power Plant to watch a "Soccket Ball" demonstration, toured the facility, and delivered remarks. Lastly, he and the First Family boarded Air Force One and flew back to Washington DC.

Monday, July 1, 2013
    From Politico Photo Gallery
  • President Obama left Cape Town South Africa and flew to Dar Es Salaam Tanzania. There, he participated in a number of ceremonies, and had dinner with President Kikwets.

Sunday, June 30, 2013
  • The Obama family visited Robben Island, former prison where Nelson Mandela was held.

Saturday, June 29, 2013
  • President Obama took part in various ceremonies and meetings.

Friday, June 28, 2013
  • President Obama participated in a "Feed the Future Food Security" event. Then, they left Senegal and flew to South Africa.

Thursday, June 27, 2013
  • Mr. Obama and family arrived at the Presidential Palace and was welcomed by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal. Next, he attended few meetings and the family traveled  to Goree Island where they toured Maison Des Esclaves. That was followed by dinner with President Sall.

From Politico Photo Gallery
 Wednesday, June 26, 2013
  • President Obama left the White House at 8:45 AM along with his family and they all flew to Dakar Senegal.

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