Skip to comments.U.S. Economy must be rosy because the Obama's are vacationing again, and again, and again
Posted on 02/25/2012 9:53:22 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
Well it has been a whole month! Just weeks after 17-day Hawaii vacation Michelle hits the slopes with daughters on Aspen ski trip
By Hannah Roberts
FIRST LADY OF LUXURY TRAVEL: THE COSTLY TRIP
SPAIN: AUGUST 2010
Michelle Obama and 40 of her friends paid for personal expenses, such as hotels and meals themselves. But the U.S. taxpayer would have paid for the 68-strong security detail, personal staff and use of presidential jet Air Force Two. Payment for the secret service team ran at around $281 each - nearly $98,000 for the duration of the summer break. Use of Air Force Two comes in at $149,900 for the round trip, not including time on the ground. Mrs Obama's personal staff, of which there were an unknown number, should also be taken into account
HAWAII: DECEMBER 2010 According to the Hawaii Reporter the costs were:
$63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President $1,000,000 on Mr Obamas return trip from Washington on Air Force One $16,000 to rent nearby homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals $134,000 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel $251,000 in police overtime $10,000 for an ambulance to be on hand at all times
SKI TRIP TO VAIL: FEBRUARY 2011
Michelle Obama and her daughters stayed at the Sebastian hotel on Vail Mountain, where rooms cost more than $2,400 for multi-bedroom suites. The family appear to have flown there on Air Force Two. They were escorted to the resort by about a dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement officers.
MARTHA'S VINEYARD: AUGUST 2011
The Blue Heron Farm estate, where the Obama family stayed, rents for about $50,000 a week. Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama flew to the estate just hours before the president to make the most of the holiday - again, incurring extra flight costs. According to U.S. News and World Report, the Coast Guard was required to keep ships floating near the property. The presidential helicopter and jet remain at the ready and security agents will be on 24-hour duty.
HAWAII: DECEMBER 2011
According to the Hawaii Reporter the costs were:
$63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000 $3,271,622 on Mr Obamas return trip from Washington on Air Force One $151,200 to rent nearby homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals $72,216 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel
With the economy on its knees, many American families have had to forgo their annual holiday just to make ends meet.
But barely a month after returning from a luxury Christmas break in Hawaii Michelle Obama is on holiday again - this time at the exclusive Colorado ski resort of Aspen. It's her 16th holiday since her husband took office.
The First Lady Michelle Obama is spending Presidents' Day weekend in the upmarket resort with her daughters, Sasha and Malia, and was seen hitting the slopes - albeit apprehensively - on Saturday.
The Secret Service have been in town for the past few days looking for safe places for the family to relax.
Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo confirmed Mrs Obama arrived Friday afternoon, saying, 'it's a privilege to have the first lady here.' He told the Aspen Daily News he met with Secret Service officers and has placed seven of his deputies at the service of the First Family.
The holiday is not the first time the first girls have been on skis.
Their first attempt came in Feb 2010 when she took the girls to Liberty Mountain Resort, in Carroll Valley, Pa. just is 60 minutes from the White House.
And last year Mrs Obama took Sasha and Malia to Vail and Beaver Creek last Presidents' Day just days after the President tried to sell his cost-cutting budget to the American people by asking them to stay at home.
If youre a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, or you might put off a vacation, he said.
Once again while Mr Obama returned to the White House after a fundraising trip to West Coast, the rest of his family headed to Colorado rather than visiting slopes closer to Washington in Virginia or Pennsylvania.
Their trip came despite previous criticisms over the family's extravagant vacations, including a trip last summer to Martha's Vineyeard where the family rented a farm estate for around $50,000 a week.
Mrs Obama also raised eyebrows when for the second year in a row she left earlier than her husband for their annual Christmas holiday in Hawaii, incurring additional expenses of an estimated $100,000. The 17 day holiday is estimated to have cost taxpayers $4 million.
All total, with Christmas and summer holidays included, the Colorado jaunt is trip number 16 for Mrs. Obama since the family moved to the White House.
No public events are scheduled for the first ladys visit to Aspen.
The title should have said “vacationing”. OOOOPS!
This is all that assclown does fly around and waste our tax dollars. Has no answers for anyhting but blame everyone that says anything.
Nothing could possibly convince me of this.
The true cost of these vacations must always be combined with the cost of her larger-than-ever First Lady Staff and the cost of her pet projects (browbeating us over Twinkies).
Yeah, ya sure had me going with that “vacatining” business. I thought maybe they were on their way to Vacaville, CA.
Aha! I thought it said “vaccinating” ... very puzzling :-)
Commissars always disdain their advice to the proles.
I had orders to Vacaville, once. Got promoted, so I ended up staying in Plattsburgh.
“Payment for the secret service team ran at around $281 each...”
How long was the Wookie on this ski trip?
If it was, say 24 hours and the Secret Service had to guard her ‘round the clock (which they do) that would put their hourly pay rate at $11.70 @ hour!
I don’t about y’all, but I ain’t ‘taking a bullet’ for anyone thats paying me a little over minimum wage.
Can you provide a source for who estimated the cost of the vacations?
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