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The Cost Of One Failed Olympic Bid ? $ 1 Million

by @ 8:13 am on October 5, 2009. Filed under Barack Obama, Politics, Sports

Barack Obama’s trip to Copenhagen wasn’t cheap:

WASHINGTON — 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.

However, presidential travel requires additional spending, especially for security personnel and equipment. Also, first lady Michelle Obama and some administration officials traveled to Copenhagen at public expense ahead of the president.

Pretty soon, we’ll be talking about real money folks.

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3 Responses to “The Cost Of One Failed Olympic Bid ? $ 1 Million”

  1. [...] and “Tricky Dick” before him, the President might go down in history as “Vain Barack.” The Cost Of One Failed Olympic Bid ? $ 1 Million – belowthebeltway.com 10/05/2009 Barack Obama’s trip to Copenhagen wasn’t cheap: [...]

  2. James Young says:

    I don’t begrudge Obama for trying to get the Olympics in the United States. I may question his motives for doing so — there’s a good chance that among the reasons was payoffs to his Chicago cronies, who stood to make millions — but trying to get the Olympics in your country is a objectively good thing.

  3. [...] Obama traveled 4000 miles on Friday to meet the First Lady in Copenhagen, Denmark as they prepared to unleash their charisma & charm [...]

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