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How can any liberal excuse the EXPENSIVE NObamalympic folly?

The cost of the Obamalympic$ folly
By Michelle Malkin • October 5, 2009 05:36 AM
(Photoshop: Reader Ben)

I’d say the cost projection of the failed Obamalympics crony-fest from the Associated Press is vastly underestimated:

President Barack Obama’s failed bid to bring the 2016 Olympic Games to Chicago cost more than a bruised ego.

Taxpayers shelled out probably $1 million or more for the president, his wife and others to fly to Copenhagen and back to woo members of the International Olympic Committee.

A 2006 congressional study pegged the cost of flying Air Force One at $56,518 an hour. The Pentagon recently said it cost $100,219 an hour to fly the huge, reconfigured Boeing 747 without Obama aboard. The Pentagon estimate included more costs for support needs, such as maintenance.

At those rates, the president’s 14-hour trip to Copenhagen and back cost about $790,000 to $1.4 million.

Answer Question

Asked by Anonymous at 9:02 AM on Oct. 5, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (44)
  • Remember the First Lady flew separately to Copenhagen — adding another estimated $395,000 to $700,000 in flight and maintenance costs alone — before joining her husband on Air Force One for the losers’ flight home.

    And remember: Federally-funded Cabinet members on the Chicago Olympics entourage included White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

    Then there’s the Air Force One back-up plane, security, and overseas transport of the Obama’s armored presidential limousines.

    “Sacrifice” for thee, but not for He and She.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:02 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • Our tax money that was wasted on this ego arrogant narcassistic trip could have been given to the troops in Afganistan! And instead of NObama loving to hear his own voice attempting to manipulate Europeans to swoon to become his sheeple, he could have been making a decision on reinforcements for our troops! NObama is a complete and utter idiot! OH, what about the carbon footprint the O's (NObama's and Oprah) and groupies left behind.......go green? Arsholes!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:06 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • There were also at least 2 other planes. The pres never travels alone! There is The Beast, SS SUV's and a myriad of personnel. Let's also not forget the cost of all those hotel rooms and meals!!

    Kaching Kaching!

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 9:07 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • Oh wow, you cry when he goes, now you cry when he didn't get it......nothing will ever please you, huh?

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:07 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • I didn't cry when he didn't get it - it's being said now that it was a lost cause and a wasted trip, not to mention what it would have cost Chicago IF they had got it. I don't think any city's economy could handle such an expensive feast of notoriety right now.

    Answer by PaceMyself at 9:11 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • Pacemyself...not to mention the state of Illinois...everytime Chicago wants a new subway system guess who foots the bill, Not Chicago but other State taxpayers. I live in Illinois and hate Chicago for this reason

    Answer by Jademom07 at 9:15 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • yes money would have been spent, but also, money would have been made. And, some cities really need the income right now.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:15 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • I am glad we didn't get it. We need to focus on our own issues right now as a nation and get our crap under control. I think hosting an event that would cost us more than we would make is a waste and was only an excuse to sign another porkulus for his buddies in Chi-town. Interesting that his buddies were all working so hard to buy up all of the worthless property in and around Chicago and now they are stuck with it. Whaaaah, whaa-whaa.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:15 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • ANON 8:07, NO ONE HERE IS CRYING HE DIDN'T GET IT!! We knew he wouldn't before he went, it isn't HIS DAMN JOB TO DO THAT IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:16 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

  • Anon 8:15, you are SO wrong! It would cost taxpayers millions of dollars to host the Olympics, and like pacemyself said and if you listen to the expert economists, it would have been more of a burden than anything! Our nation can not afford any extra right now! Well, ONLY NObama's can afford extras!

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:19 AM on Oct. 5, 2009

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