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    President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 summit

    'President Obama's one-night stay in Brisbane for the G20 summit cost taxpayers $1.7 million, a report has revealed.
    The cost is said to have covered 4,096 rooms at three separate hotels for his entourage of security guards and assistants on November 15.
    According to the Justification document published by the White House, it was 'fair and reasonable based on the pricing available across the city of Brisbane at the time of the visit'.'

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    'Meanwhile, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott opted for the thrifty $270-a-night Rydges hotel, while Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe required just $170 of public funds for his stay at Novotel'


    Read more: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 summit in Australia | Daily Mail Online


    He does know what currency is right? That things actually cost money? Taxpayers money?


    I can see the democrat excuses even now...

    'He is the President, he deserves such luxury' (Personal note - the taxpayers deserve not to have to pay for this insane luxury. You want this ridiculousness while 46 million Americans are on food stamps...pay for it yourself pal).
    'This was already budgeted' (Personal note - they budgeted for spending insanity?)
    'Bush blah blah blah...so that makes it okay.'


    Btw, I am neither dem nor rep.
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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    I remember when Bush went to the G20 summit and stayed at the Motel 6. Oh wait............
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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    Renting that many rooms in a city who is hosting the G20 seems accurate.

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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    More FAUX outrage.


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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    Quote Originally Posted by DA60 View Post
    'President Obama's one-night stay in Brisbane for the G20 summit cost taxpayers $1.7 million, a report has revealed.
    The cost is said to have covered 4,096 rooms at three separate hotels for his entourage of security guards and assistants on November 15.
    According to the Justification document published by the White House, it was 'fair and reasonable based on the pricing available across the city of Brisbane at the time of the visit'.'


    Read more: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 summit in Australia | Daily Mail Online


    He does know what currency is right? That things actually cost money? Taxpayers money?


    I can see the dmocrat excuses even now...

    'He is the President, he deserves such luxury'
    'This was already budgeted'
    'Bush blah blah blah...so that makes it okay.'
    Well, the first indication there's a problem with the article is that it seems to make the claim that we paid for 4,096 rooms - as if we brought 2,000 or more people on the trip. The second problem is that the cost almost certainly includes the cost of Air Force One and all the security required to keep safe the guy who's got his finger on the nuclear button, the one in charge of the most powerful military in the history of mankind. Would the visit really have cost any less had it been Romney or (horrors!) Michelle Bachmann?

    And $1.7M really isn't that much money these days. Frankly, we probably got a bargain.
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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    Given all his staff, Secret Service agents, communications equipment and personnel, the empty rooms they have to rent to create a buffer zone, and the fact that hotels tend to raise prices during major events like this... then yeah, I can see that being the cost.

    This was an official visit that was part of his job. /serious response

    It's not like he spent millions playing golf... this time anyway. /playful snark
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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    Fine, as long has his wife didn't take a trip to a different country. That travel pisses me off. The President gets to do that kind of stuff.

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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    There is no single hotel room in the world that costs that much, it's the total cost for everything they have to do in the hotel to secure it, staffing, security etc.

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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    Because this is bipartisan, I would say the debate is over on our modern day government aristocracy.
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    Re: President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 su

    So one the one hand, you have a President staying in the presidential suite of a hotel. Isn't that what it's for?

    On the other hand, you have a British newspaper with a story about the US expenses.

    I do have to admit that if the 4,096 rooms is correct and that each room was occupied, then I think it would be better if at least a couple of these folks had doubled up.

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