The watchdog group Judicial Watch says the Obama family’s recent Christmas vacation in Hawaii cost taxpayers $7.78 million.

“The Obama family 2013-2014 vacation to Honolulu cost $210,877 per hour for travel alone; at 36.9 total hours, the cost to taxpayers for the vacation’s flight expense was $7,781,361.30,” Judicial Watch said in press release this week.

This year’s vacation expenses increased $3,695,006 — or10 over last year’s Hawaii Christmas vacation.

Obama’s recent visits to Hawaii and Africa cost taxpayers a total $16 million, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch. The group says the White House “refuses to disclose several other expenses associated with the first family’s travels, such as security upgrades and rental cars, which would likely drive the total dollar amount even higher.”


—Chad Blair