The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

It’s travel time for both Pres­i­dent Obama and Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump this week­end, but for widely dif­fer­ent rea­sons. Mr. Obama de­parts Fri­day for his Christ­mas va­ca­tion in Hawaii, the last while he is in of­fice. Ju­di­cial Watch re­cently re­vealed that, to date, the first fam­ily’s per­sonal travel ex­penses have to­taled more than $85 mil­lion. Last year’s jaunt to Hawaii cost $4.8 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to the watch­dog, which bases the es­ti­mates on in­for­ma­tion from Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion Act re­quests and fac­tors such as the cost of air­craft fuel, among other things. Well. Let’s just say aloha here, ’tis the sea­son. En­joy Hawaii. Mr. Obama re­turns to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal Jan. 3.

Mean­while, Mr. Trump so far has met with 90 prospec­tive Cab­i­net mem­bers in his New York City of­fices, this ac­cord­ing to his transition team. But he has not for­got­ten his “USA thank you tour,” meant to rec­og­nize stead­fast vot­ers who never de­serted him dur­ing a par­tic­u­larly gru­el­ing cam­paign. On Fri­day, Mr. Trump jour­neys to Or­lando, Florida, for a jumbo rally, ac­com­pa­nied by Vice Pres­i­den­t­elect Mike Pence. Satur­day finds Mr. Trump solo in Mo­bile, Alabama, for a midafter­noon event in a sta­dium. It is ev­i­dent that he rel­ishes these ju­bi­lant voter vis­its — very lo­cal and au­then­ti­cally down home in na­ture. They also worked for him.

A few num­bers to re­mem­ber: Mr. Trump won 306 elec­toral votes, the most for a Repub­li­can since Ge­orge H.W. Bush in 1988. He car­ried nine of 13 bat­tle­ground states. He won more than 2,600 coun­ties na­tion­wide, the most since Pres­i­dent Rea­gan in 1984. Ad­di­tion­ally, he won 62 mil­lion votes in the pop­u­lar vote, the high­est all-time for a Repub­li­can nom­i­nee — this tally from in­com­ing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

And speak­ing of Mr. Priebus, he has been re-ex­am­in­ing the cur­rent cul­ture of the White House press corps and may have an over­haul in mind. In an in­ter­view with talk ra­dio host Hugh He­witt, Mr. Priebus ad­vised that such prac­tices as re­served seat­ing for se­lect re­porters in the press room may be on the way out.

“I think it’s time to re­visit a lot of these things that have been done in the White House, and I can as­sure you that change is go­ing to hap­pen,” said Mr. Priebus.


Pres­i­dent Obama and the first fam­ily’s per­sonal travel ex­penses have to­taled more than $85 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Ju­di­cial Watch.

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