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Obama to Fly Over 9 Hours Just for Speech on Immigration

The speech and photo-op will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million.

6:31 PM, Jan 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Barack Obama will fly over 9 hours tomorrow, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration, according to the president's White House schedule. With Air Force One estimated to cost $182,000 per hour in flight, Obama's trip--that is, only his travel to and from Vegas--will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million. 

Obama has no other public events scheduled in Las Vegas but his immigration speech.

"In the morning, the President will depart the White House en route Las Vegas, Nevada. The departure from the South Lawn and the arrival at McCarran International Airport are open press," the president's schedule reads.

"While in Las Vegas, the President will deliver remarks on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it is fairer for and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules. The President's remarks at Del Sol High School are open to pre-credentialed media.

"In the evening, the President will depart Las Vegas, Nevada en route Washington, DC. The departure from McCarran International Airport and the arrival on the South Lawn are open press."

  

Here's the schedule of Obama's movements:

EST

8:30AM          In-Town Pool Call Time

9:20AM          THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews

                        South Lawn

                        Open Press (Final Gather 9:00AM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

9:35AM           THE PRESIDENT departs Joint Base Andrews en route Las Vegas, Nevada

                         Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage (Pool Call Time 8:00AM – Virginia Gate)

PST

11:25AM        THE PRESIDENT arrives Las Vegas, Nevada

                        McCarran International Airport

                        Open Press

11:55AM        THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks on the need to fix the broken immigration system so that it is fairer for and helps grow the middle class by ensuring everyone plays by the same rules

                        Del Sol High School

                        Open to Pre-Credentialed Media

2:00PM           THE PRESIDENT departs Las Vegas, Nevada

                        McCarran International Airport

                        Open Press

EST

7:45PM          In-Town Pool Call Time

9:00PM           THE PRESIDENT arrives Joint Base Andrews

                        Out-of-Town Travel Pool Coverage

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