One Last Ride Out of Town Aboard Air Force One
It's literally one of the biggest perks of being President of the United States: Air Force One. The White House announced Barky's trip to Chicago for his farewell speech, and the subsequent return to Washington will be his final flights on AF1 as POTUS. But he gets one more complimentary ride after January 20th, as press secretary Josh Earnest told the White House press corps Monday afternoon:
“It is obviously tradition for the former president to take one last flight aboard the Presidential aircraft at the conclusion of the Inauguration.”
|George W. Bush departing Washington on Marine One, on his way to AF One |
at Andrews AFB for the flight home to Crawford Tex. after Obama was
sworn-in as President: Inauguration Day, January 2009
Yeah, been a couple of tuff weeks with all that goodbye partying and stuff.
“That's certainly what I would anticipate, yes. The president and first lady will be leaving town shortly after the Inaugural Ceremony. But they will return, of course, to their rented house in Washington, D.C.”No official word where exactly the former first duo will be headed, but Obama told Oprah Winfrey during an interview last month that he was going to take Michelle on a trip to a less wintry locale. The People's Paradise of Cuba maybe?
“We're going someplace warm. See ya.”And he'll get to take Air Force One, a Boeing 747-200B series airplane, a massive, customized plane with more than 4,000 square feet of space and three levels. It can be refueled in mid-air, which means it can stay up as long as need be. He told Ellen DeGeneres when he went on her show last February that he "doesn't miss flying commercial, taking your shoes off and all that.”
Might want to get used to it Barky. Come January 21st you and Mooch aren't royalty anymore and vacationing on America's dime. Just regular old folks like the rest of us.
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