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Revealed: U.S. set aside more than $11.5 million for Obama's South Africa trip – NOT including the cost of Air Force One

 
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Revealed: U.S. set aside more than $11.5 million for Obama's South Africa trip – NOT including the cost of Air Force One
* Obama arrived and departed on the same day, spending less than 13 hours on the ground in South Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service

* The State Department budgeted $11,519,617 in three separate contract documents covering ground transportation and lodging

* Hotel rooms were authorized through the middle of January even though Mandela was laid to rest on December 15

* The nearly $180,000-per-hour cost of flying Air Force One, the president's customized Boeing 747 aircraft, was not part of the cost estimate.


When former South African President Nelson Mandela died on December 5, federal contracting officials prepared documents authorizing the State Department to spend up to $11,519,617 on hotels and ground transportation costs for President Obama and his entourage to attend the memorial service.

One contract letter budgeted more than $8.2 million for passenger vehicles, SUVs, vans, buses, pickup trucks, box trucks, and 'larger capacity vehicles,' according to documents first posted online by The Weekly Standard.

Two more authorized State to spend in excess of $3.2 million on hotels from December 6 to January 20, including costs for a whopping 5,730 'hotel room nights' overall – a number that works out to represent more than 127 separate rooms.

It's unclear how much the State Department actually spent. But the president, it turned out, spent less than 13 hours on the ground in South Africa on December 10 – arriving and departing on the same day.

It's also unclear whether he or anyone else checked into either of the two hotels named in the contracting documents.

The Weekly Standard reported that the State Department declined to answer questions about the costs of Obama's trip, referring them to the White House.

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Wow. Almost a million dollars an hour wasted.
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