Obama’s Immigration Speech Cost More Than $500 Per Word

President Obama’s nine-hour round-trip flight to Las Vegas to make his immigration-reform speech this afternoon cost the taxpayers an estimated $1.6 million; there were no other public or known events on the president’s schedule for the day. According to the New York Times transcript, the 25-minute speech contained 3,060 words, coming out to $522.88 per word.

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