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The $2 million 'immigration reform' speech: Obama flying from DC to Las Vegas for address at a high school, then flying back to DC

By Doug Powers  •  January 29, 2013 11:52 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Green light: It’s okay to blow a bunch of cash on Vegas again. Well, taxpayer cash anyway:

President Barack Obama will fly over 9 hours tomorrow, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration, according to the president’s White House schedule. With Air Force One estimated to cost $182,000 per hour in flight, Obama’s trip — that is, only his travel to and from Vegas — will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million.

Obama has no other public events scheduled in Las Vegas but his immigration speech.

A round trip, 5,000 mile AF-1 flight burning somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000 gallons of fuel for one address at a high school will also be the perfect set-up for Obama’s next speech on global warming. Add in other planes, motorcade, helicopter, security, teleprompter support staff, etc., and this might amount to over a $2 million speech. That’s enough to pay off Anna Wintour’s boyfriend’s back taxes with some left to spare.

Last October Valerie Jarrett promised that if Obama were re-elected he’d travel the country more, and so far that’s holding true.

Flying in the wake of Air Force One en route to Vegas are a bunch of Big Labor bosses. Union membership is down and this might be just what the Obamacare doctor ordered.

Here’s today’s schedule. The president’s not even going to stay in the Vegas area long enough for some skeet shooting and a cowboy poetry reading with Harry Reid:


**Written by Doug Powers

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