By Malia Zimmerman | Hawaii Reporter
President Barack Obama’s decision to rejoin his family on their Hawaii vacation will cost taxpayers another $3.2 million for an already pricey holiday stay.
After arriving in Hawaii on Dec. 22, Obama left first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, on Dec. 26 to return to Washington, D.C., to continue negotiations with Congress to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
After Congress reached an agreement late Tuesday, Obama opted to return to Hawaii, landing at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu just before 5 a.m. Wednesday.
The first family’s Hawaii vacation, taken annually since Obama was elected to office four years ago, typically costs taxpayers more than $4 million.
The biggest expense is Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii via Air Force One.