I was wondering how much it cost to fly AF1. I would guess that it takes every penny paid in taxes by everyone who reads this blog, just to crank up AF1 for one minute.
It costs from $181,757 to $214,000 for one hour of flight. In other words you could buy a very nice home for the cost of one hour. WOW. 8 houses in an 8 hour flight.
(What a way to see Mt. Rushmore)
Our presidents love the plane. I have a close friend who flew on AF1 for a few years. I also have another close friend who worked in the basement of the White House for a few years. You would be amazed at the planes and people who accompany any trip of the Commander in Chief.
The past few presidents have upset me no end. Mr. Clinton spent 233 days out of the country in his time as president on 55 trips. Billions of dollars. Next was Mr. Bush. He spent 215 days out of the country on 49 trips. It is predicted if Mr. Obama continues his record setting out of country trips he will double some. We are talking Billions of dollars.
Had they stayed home we would still be in debt, but it would help, me thinks every little $million saved, helps.
I look at things on too low a level. I see my taxes being spent on one half days phone calls. How many tax payers does it take to pay for a $300 million dollar overseas trip?
Our presidents are easy targets, the politicians (BOTH PARTIES) fly planes just about as expensive. And make overseas ‘fact-finding’ tours. They have 26 planes at their disposal.
Things have changed since Mr. Truman finished his tour as president. At that time He and Bess got in their car and drove to Independence, MO. He did not leave as a millionaire.
Think any President would even consider that now? I liked the old Missourian. He blamed no one, and is famous for the sign in his office, ‘THE BUCK STOPS HERE’. Now it is everyone’s fault but mine!
Anyway, as I said you get mad when you search for some facts.
Thanks for reading this mess.
The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
(I googled that, wonder who weighed it?) (Ok I should have googled that!)
This 1951 Buick LeSabre would be one to sport around on Sunday Afternoon.