Obama’s High School Pep Rally and Immigration Speech Cost Taxpayers $520 Per Word

Your tax dollars at work.
Barack Obama’s high school pep rally/immigration speech yesterday in Las Vegas cost taxpayers $520 per word.

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets members of the audience after delivering remarks on immigration reform at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas, January 29, 2013. (Reuters)

Palin 4 America reported:

Yesterday, a study from the publicly funded University of Minnesota was released noting that Governor Sarah Palin was paid $15.85 per word during her time as a FoxNews contributor. Despite all of Governor Palin’s purported irrelevancy, this study generated stories at USA Today, the Washington Post, The New York TimesYahoo! News, and Politico, among numerous other outlets.

Meanwhile, just today, President Obama flew from Washington D.C. to Las Vegas to give a speech on immigration reform. Per the Weekly Standard, his trip cost taxpayers a $1.6 million or $182,000 per hour of flight on Air Force One. According to the transcript at the Chicago Sun Times, President Obama’s immigration speech was 3,079 words and applause instances, meaning that President Obama’s speech cost the taxpayers just under $520 per word and applause.

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  • The Rockstar Cult of Worship sees it as money well spent. A bargain, in fact, for those able to engage in the thrilling and magical once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see and hear teh One speak.

  • Paul in N. AL

    Let’s play spot the secret service. By protecting Obama, they are committing treason themselves.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    “By protecting Obama, they are committing treason themselves.”

    No. They are doing their job by protecting the duly elected president. Check yourself, pal.


    How much per ILLEGAL ALIEN is the INVA$ION costing us? http://www.BorderInvasionPics.com

  • Bigkahuna

    Don’t forget how many trees he killed flying there.

  • cavt

    This guy doesn’t care. He lives in his bubble of worship and believes he can spend/do anything he wants and the people will worship him and be thankful for his presence. We are seeing first-hand how a dictator comes into power in a free(once) country.

  • Bigkahuna

    GOP needs to start pointing out how many poor babies of illegals could be fed by using hat money for them if he just gave that speech at whitehouse. That way we can show he is anti illegal immigrant, anti Mexican and a rich elitist snob. Hit them like they do republicans.


    1 Hospital + 2 ILLEGALS = $3,000,000 http://youtube.com/watch?v=BKbQx2iBKSY



    Anchor Babie$ on U.$. $oil – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_ZnX9JRo5M

  • ★FALCON★

    I can’t help but notice the two Obamafone voters in the middle, since the Obama foto team wants them to be the focal point.

  • Skandia Recluse

    Obama went to Las Vegas for something more than to just give a speech. He could have given the speech in D.C.

    He doesn’t travel alone, there is a plane load of staff, agents, political operatives, activists, surrogates traveling with him and they all have something to do. They will meet with counterparts. They will organize, conspire, plot, and scheme.

    A real journalist would be tracking those people to see with whom the meet, and try to find out what they are talking about.

    It could be something as simple as meeting with Senator Reid’s loyal support groups to inoculate Reid for an upcoming vote on gun control.

    Whatever it is, there could be a Pulitzer in it for an aggressive journalist. Of course, knowing Obama and the people who run Las Vegas, it could also mean cement shoes. So there’s that.

  • Adirondack Patriot

    He went to Vegas to hook up with the SEIU labor leaders. He needs them in the southwest for his gun takeway plan.

    Obama spells Vegas S-E-I-U.


    The #1 ILLEGAL ALIEN wants more ILLEGALS here. Classic.

    Think he’s not illegal? The FEDS own database says otherwise –

  • samminusa

    Are these High School students?????????????? Sure they are!

  • cal rifkin

    Getting away from hib beautiful wife, LT, and 9+ hours with Reggie Love…

  • paul52

    I thought Barry told us to avoid Las Vegas couple years ago. Oh, that was for the little people. Maybe has was looking for house foreclosures on the cheap. Plenty of ’em in Vegas!

  • Joel

    How about challenging Hussein to a cerebral duel of sorts called whose the naturalized born citizen and we choose the process of elimination — a lie detector text. http://www.theobamafile.com/obamanaturalborn.htm

  • paul52

    Gosh #12 Patriot, I can only wish that SEIU would come after the guns. Purple jackets make nice targets.

  • Theadora
  • It was as if I were watching a very scary documentary on the History Channel.

  • shadow

    So how much did Bush’s 3,084 word speech in Bangkok, Thailand cost us per word?


    Or does that not matter when the president is a Republican?

  • stuart

    Shadow, You never seem to tire blaming George Bush for everything. He wasn’t exactly the greatest president since Lincoln, but God Almighty, man, give it a rest.

  • shadow

    Shadow, You never seem to tire blaming George Bush for everything. He wasn’t exactly the greatest president since Lincoln, but God Almighty, man, give it a rest.

    There is nothing to blame here. Just pointing out the differing standards you guys apply, depending on party affiliation. Fact is, presidents make speeches. And they often travel to do so, regardless of party. Making a thread out of this smacks of Obama Derangement Syndrome.

  • Mad Hatter

    Obama’s High School Pep Rally and Immigration Speech Cost Taxpayers $520 Per Word

    And the speech wasn’t worth a dime.

  • chas

    That makes him the highest paid speaker in history.
    Slick Billy is pissed at that.

  • bg


    ht: BPCA

    January 30, 2013

    Hadiya Pendleton 🙁

    [A week after she performed at festivities during President Obama’s inauguration, a 15-year-old majorette was shot dead in Chicago.

    Police say Hadiya Pendleton was shot in the back Tuesday in a South Side park and died at a city hospital.

    Authorities say Hadiya was one of about 12 teenagers sheltering from heavy rain under a canopy when a man jumped a fence, ran toward the group and opened fire. The man fled the scene in a vehicle. No arrests have been made.]

    knowing Obama, she could have very well been the target..
    especially since she was connected to him, ergo, giving him
    more ammo power to ban guns.. *sigh*


  • bg


    re: #26 January 30, 2013 at 1:19 pm bg

    re: [knowing Obama, she could have very well been the target.. etc]

    of course that’s illogical, but hey, what has been logical
    since the “nice guy” was selected to lead US into hell.. 😈


  • MT Geoff

    At $527 per word, this speech would be cheaper than a lot of his policies, legislation, and excuse for a budget.

  • Patty

    and Palin’s was $15 per word, when at Fox

  • FMB42

    I wonder if Obama managed to spend time improving his golf game during the visit…

  • Winston Wolfe

    So how much did Bush’s 3,084 word speech in Bangkok, Thailand cost us per word? – shadow

    Did Bush specifically fly to Bangkok to give that speech, and then immediately fly back?


    That’s the difference, @sshole.

  • MT Geoff

    #30 FMB
    More likely he went skeet shooting.

  • bg


    re: #26 & #27 January 30, 2013 bg

    oh wait..

    “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”


  • Lim Lynn

    Will Socialist Democrat Commie hate the news contributed by Sarah Palin for FoxNews. Actual fact every American citizen are getting tired of overestimating the worth of every word coming out of Traitor in Chief’s mouth mostly lies.

  • Lim Lynn

    Tough time for Traitor in Chief to enforce illegal immigrant entry to America legally. 1000+green berets sign letter support 2nd Amendment. Senator Feinstein super creepy said NRA you look pretty good. Then, west virginia attorney general will fight against Assault weapon passed by congress.

  • cc

    Speaking to his peers: high school kids.
    Hey Shadow: NO president has ever crisscrossed about the world like this loser. It had to be for very important presidential visits to warrant the expense….not photo ops!!

  • shadow

    Yeah, get back to me when Obama dons a flight suit and is flown to an carrier just to pose for a photo-op deliver a speech.

  • Francesca

    Why don’t we take up a collection and pay him for SILENCE?

  • Highlander

    “Yeah, get back to me when Obama dons a flight suit and is flown to an carrier just to …. deliver a speech.”

    Does donning a fake bomber jacket and flying to the east coast for a hurricane relief speech/campaign rally count Shadow?

  • Joel

    Hey there evil Shadow … http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/ShadowParty.asp. You didn’t abort yourself yet. What happened? Got cold feet? What do you think of the 2nd Amendment? How about the 1rst, 3rd, 4th, the 14th and 22nd for starters? Are you a member of the so-called Shadow Party– http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/ShadowParty.asp? I think so. Why don’t you challenge Hussein to a friendly cerebral duel? I choose the weapons for you guys — a lie detector test. The duel is called let’s see who is the natural born citizen and let’s see who wins. Maybe you both will lose. Aww. Maybe you will both be deported.