A look back at the Obama family's big trips over the last eight years


As Obama's time in office comes to an end, his legacy is up for debate. Although the Affordable Care Act is in jeopardy, Obama's international missions will remain a cornerstone of his reputation as president.

During his eight years in office, President Obama spent about 14 percent of his time on foreign travel, which equates to about seven months. He became the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Laos and Cambodia. The commander in chief visited 58 countries, including six trips to France and Germany.

Right from the start, Sasha and Malia were included in their father's travels. In 2009, the first family visited Ghana to see a slave outpost and visit Michelle's ancestral roots. This was at the tail end of President Obama's first international trip as commander in chief, which included a tour of the Kremlin to meet Dmitry Medvedev, a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican and a visit with President Nicolas Sarkozy of France during a stop in Paris.

Over the years, the daughters accompanied their father to Argentina, Brazil and Cuba. They also went on additional trips with Michelle Obama, like in summer 2015 when they went to London and Venice to promote the first lady's Let Girls Learn Initiative.

When they were not on international diplomatic missions, the Obama family did take time to enjoy some R&R.

The first family mainly took domestic trips to destinations like Yellowstone National Park in 2009, Acadia National Park in Maine in 2010 and to Barack's home state of Hawaii over his tenure in the White House.

This is not to say that the 44th president's vacations did not come without scrutiny. According to a report from Judicial Watch in December 2016, Obama's travel expenses totaled over $96 million during his eight years as president.

The first family's personal trips drew consistently drew scrutiny due to the costs of security on taxpayers. For example, the luxurious private home the first family resided in on Martha's Vineyard from 2009-2011 rents up to $50,000 per week.

During an interview with the Hill in 2015, President-elect Trump said he would not take vacations.

"I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done," Trump said. "I would not be a president who took vacations. I would not be a president that takes time off."

In November, he conveyed the same idea during an interview with CBS' '60 Minutes.'

"There's just so much to be done ... so I don't think we'll be very big on vacations, no."

According to PolitiFact, Obama made a similar claim before being elected.

"You give me this office and in turn, my fears, doubts, insecurities, foibles, need for sleep, family life, vacations, leisure is gone ... I am giving myself to you."

As of September 2016, he had gone on 28 vacations, spanning 217 days. Compare this to Bush's 'time off' (533) and Clinton's (174).

Undoubtedly, Trump's personal time will be closely monitored, but regardless of politics -- let's see how the Trump family's travels stack up to those of the Obamas.