If you have never read about the magnificent Air Force one you need to go here
For me, it is not a question of whether our President should have full protection and comfort while traveling, but rather is the travel necessary.
The cost of trips on the Air Force One -borne by taxpayers- are difficult to measure but as of Oct. 2009 it was estimated that it cost $100,219 and hour to operate Air Force one and of course that was only the President's plane and not those that accompany him or any of the security upon landing such as cargo planes to fly armored limousines, secret service, staff and equipment. As example, a total of 77 other aircraft were used on one multi-country trip to Asia by former President Bill Clinton in 2000 and the cost of that trip was $50 million.
President Obama had taken 7 foreign trips and visited 16 nations as of Oct. 2009. I am sure you know those numbers are much, much higher today.
Even trips within the U.S. require great expense to secure our President and family. If you want an eye opener go here to see an extensive list of travel by President Obama so far since he has been in office......... After reading this list you will have to ask yourself....who's minding the store?