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@AGUGrizzlies: via @WhitneyPitcher President Obama’s #Immigration Speech Cost Taxpayers $527 per Word





NOTE: This post was written by AGU-IL State Coordinator Whitney Pitcher and originally published on Little Blog on The Prairie.

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 Times, Yahoo! 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 lines, meaning that President Obama’s speech cost the taxpayers just under $520 per word and applause. Including the applause lines is being generous to the President, as if those weren’t included, his speech would have cost taxpayers $527 per word. The transcript also notes that President Obama’s speech lasted 25 minutes. Using 2012 spending levels as a reference, the federal government spent $170 million during the President’s speech, at a rate of roughly $6.8 million per minute.

Those numbers won’t be found outside of the conservative blogosphere, however. The legacy media are more concerned with how much money a woman, who currently does hold publicly office made for appearing a privately owned television station, than they are with how much money the President’s junkets and astronomical spending are costing the taxpayers.

Crossposted here and here.

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  • blkbear1

    Obama should be impeached for breaking his vow to uphold the Constitution. Its not like he did it once or twice, but he does it all the time. His policies are taking our country in the wrong direction. Sarah Palin 2016!

  • cbenoistd

    But his words are so big …?

  • dmac8889

    Millions to hear Obama spew lies:   worthless

    Every dime to hear Palin speak the truth:   Priceless!!!

  • http://restlessbrainsyndrome.blogspot.com/ viewfromalaska

    $527 a word? I want a refund.

  • sarahhasmyvote

    Touche Whitney!

  • http://www.motivationtruth.com Adrienne Ross

    Good work, Whitney! Thank you.

  • blkbear1

    What kind of President refuses to support and uphold our Declaration of Independence, our U.S. Constitution and the American Bill of Rights? What kind of President does these things, and knows or should know that he is taking America down a path of destruction.Obama!  We need SARAH  more than ever in 2016!!

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  • CharInOhio

    Interesting……I read an article a couple days ago saying that Sarah got so much money per word while she was a Fox News Commentator……..It is ABOUT TIME …..we begin COUNTING THE WORDS of the monster we should REALLY FEAR ………..instead of worrying over Sarah who only means GOOD for our Country …..not wanting to DESTROY IT like Obama ……..

    Charolette

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