The Cost of Failure - No Olympics for Chicago
Friday, October 02, 2009 3:12 PM


Did you know that the distance between Washington, D.C. and Copenhagen, Denmark is 4,806.85 miles? According to the United States Air Force a VC-25, which is what Air Force One is, flies at 630 miles per hour. I took the liberty of doing the math for you, and that equates to 7.6 hours of flight.


In March of 2006, Rep. Henry A. Waxman had a study done that calculates how much it costs for a President to travel. For example, this study found that the flight operating costs are $56,518 PER HOUR for Air Force One. This is old data, mind you, as it comes back from a 2000 report, but it will do for the point I'm trying to make. The research also assumes that the President requires one additional cargo plane during each trip. This cost equates to an additional $6,960 per hour. To fly to Copenhagen it would take this cargo plane about 9 hours of flight. Do you see where I am going with this?


For Air Force One to fly to Copenhagen, it cost taxpayers: $429,536 EACH WAY.


For the cargo plane to fly to Copenhagen, it cost us : $64,032 EACH WAY.


So just for the PLANES to fly to Copenhagen and back : $987,136.


That's just the planes! That's not including security, hotel, transportation to and from the airport, and food costs. And that's just President Obama! That's not including the cost for Michelle Obama to go there, and it leaves one to wonder if the taxpayers paid for Oprah to travel there as well. I personally don't think the middle of a recession where we have a 9.8% unemployment rate is the time for the President to fly to Copenhagen to shell out a favor for his hometown of Chicago. Do you?