Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations
Daily Mail ^ | 8/25/2011 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 08/25/2011 3:43:46 PM PDT by Signalman

The Obamas' summer break on Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.

But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.

White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers' money on vacations alone in the past year.

Branding her 'disgusting' and 'a vacation junkie', they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol.

The 'top source' told the National Enquirer: 'It's disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.

'When it's all added up, she's spent more than $10million in taxpayers' money on her vacations.'

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family's nine-day stay in Martha's Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

The source continued: 'Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

'The vacations are totally Michelle's idea. She's like a junkie. She can't schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next - all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: michelle; vacations
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-55 next last

1 posted on 08/25/2011 3:43:54 PM PDT by Signalman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Signalman

same article posted yesterday

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2768627/posts


2 posted on 08/25/2011 3:45:28 PM PDT by Perdogg (0bama got 0sama?? Really, was 0sama on the golf course?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Add it to the list.


3 posted on 08/25/2011 3:46:03 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (I'm sticking with Herman. No more second terms!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

CHRISTMAS BREAK IN HAWAII: DECEMBER 2010

According to the Hawaii Reporter, the bill for the $1.5m trip included:

* $63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President.
* $1,000,000 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One.
* $38,000 for the ‘Winter White House’ beach property rental.
* $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


4 posted on 08/25/2011 3:46:36 PM PDT by Signalman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

$10 million, that’s it?


5 posted on 08/25/2011 3:47:43 PM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman
There were all kinds of sources divulging stories of ridiculously expensive room services binges back during the 2008 campaign.

But everyone was too interested in burnishing their PC credentials to pay attention to what they were putting in the White House.

6 posted on 08/25/2011 3:49:50 PM PDT by skeeter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Cant we pull her credit card ???

and she lives in government housing...

Are they suppose to be able to get booze on food stamps ???


7 posted on 08/25/2011 3:50:01 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Imelda!


8 posted on 08/25/2011 3:51:06 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wilco200

It is FAR more than that.


9 posted on 08/25/2011 3:51:48 PM PDT by spankalib
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

“She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.”

I always pictured her as the type who drinks Cobra Malt Liquor with a little bit of champipple (Ripple wine mixed with champagne.)


10 posted on 08/25/2011 3:53:17 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Modern day Marie Antoinette.

(Why no wedding ring, I wonder?)


11 posted on 08/25/2011 3:53:56 PM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Does this profligacy offend anyone but the tax-paying citizens?

Will the base be envious or angry?


12 posted on 08/25/2011 3:55:10 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wilco200

$10 million, that’s it?

I think that’s for this year , so far


13 posted on 08/25/2011 3:58:06 PM PDT by molson209
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Don’t get between her and those ribs man.


14 posted on 08/25/2011 4:00:37 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Michelle and Barry are the poster children for affirmative action. They’ve never worked for anything, and had it all handed to them because of their skin color. Now they’re “stickin it to Whitey” and living in luxury. What a disgusting pair.


15 posted on 08/25/2011 4:00:53 PM PDT by Astronaut
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

It took the UK Press to point this out.

It’s just like behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, where you had to rely on Radio Free Europe to find out what’s happening in your own country.


16 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sodpoodle
Does this profligacy offend anyone but the tax-paying citizens?

Will the base be envious or angry?

Heck no!

Obama’s base will be high fiving the Moocher in Chief for sticking it to the Man.

17 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:14 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

not gonna get re elected so might as well party and take the rubes for all they are worth


18 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:21 PM PDT by beebuster2000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Michelle Antoinette says, “Let them vacation in the Hamptons”.


19 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:26 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sodpoodle

Check this out....

http://www.youtube.com/v/e5INFAuM1xI


20 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:34 PM PDT by Rennes Templar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Mrs. Great Leader is doing her part in the stick-it-to-whitey campaign.


21 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:48 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

You mean she spent 10m and she’s still ugly? Now that’s disgraceful.

She is the most useless first lady this country has ever had. She does absolutely nothing to deserve being in the WH.


22 posted on 08/25/2011 4:03:30 PM PDT by mardi59
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baynative

Larry Sinclair wears the ring.
This skank keeps the rats out of the white hut.


23 posted on 08/25/2011 4:03:36 PM PDT by RS_Rider (I hate Illinois Nazis)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Baynative
Re: "Modern day Marie Antoinette."

Her countenance makes me think she is about to bite your face off and spit it out.

24 posted on 08/25/2011 4:05:07 PM PDT by Designer (Nit-pickin' and chagrinin')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: sodpoodle
"Will the base be envious or angry?"

My guess is that most of them will simply be awed beyond comment.

25 posted on 08/25/2011 4:06:41 PM PDT by Designer (Nit-pickin' and chagrinin')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: sodpoodle

“Will the base be envious or angry?”
____________________________________________

Well, the Obots probably think it is just maahhvaluss.
It is collective revenge for all those years of oppression....
Don’tcha know?


26 posted on 08/25/2011 4:08:29 PM PDT by AlexW
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

I can remember almost 50 years of First Ladies in the White House and, regardless of party affiliation, this is the first one who I can say is totally without class.


27 posted on 08/25/2011 4:08:36 PM PDT by econjack (Some people are dumber than soup.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman
Anyone remember the press raking Nancy Reagan over the coals in 1981 for buying new dishes for the White House? That in spite of the fact that she bought the china with private donations? Yeah, no double standard, right.
28 posted on 08/25/2011 4:08:36 PM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mardi59
"You mean she spent 10m and she’s still ugly?"

Ugly to the bone.

29 posted on 08/25/2011 4:08:52 PM PDT by Designer (Nit-pickin' and chagrinin')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

and if you thought the clintons were trailer trash...


30 posted on 08/25/2011 4:10:23 PM PDT by qrstuv
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Has anybody fact-checked this besides TNE? There has to be an accounting somewhere out there since its tax payers moolah.


31 posted on 08/25/2011 4:10:36 PM PDT by soozer47
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Designer
"Her countenance makes me think she is about to bite your face off and spit it out."

There are many stories about her mean spirit that have leaked out through WH staff and Secret Service personnel. That scowl validates all of them. The wrong side of her is not the place to be.

32 posted on 08/25/2011 4:10:36 PM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

whatza few million for vacays?

you’re a racist if you disagree.

/s


33 posted on 08/25/2011 4:10:44 PM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ

The china that Nancy Reagan bought (with donated private money) is still in use at the White House today.


34 posted on 08/25/2011 4:11:05 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

And Barack can’t do much to stop her. After all, she’s bigger than he is.


35 posted on 08/25/2011 4:12:31 PM PDT by Mobties (Reduce the government footprint! Let the markets work!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Darksheare
Don’t get between her and those ribs man.

--------------------------

Mo's Fix3

36 posted on 08/25/2011 4:13:47 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

I’m going on my first 1 week vacation in 3 years tomorrow but had to do next week’s work ahead of time. I have 120 hours clocked since last Wednesday.

These clowns have probably never worked 120 hours in their lifetime.

The FIRST family should be an example for the rest of America. Instead we have a family that personifies EVERY SINGLE THING wrong with America.

FUBO and FUMO


37 posted on 08/25/2011 4:17:58 PM PDT by varyouga
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Baynative

38 posted on 08/25/2011 4:18:07 PM PDT by shield (Rev 2:9 Woe unto those who say they are Judahites and are not, but are of the syna GOG ue of Satan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ

Also recently the cost of Cindy McCain’s dress? Which she paid for with her own money BTW.


39 posted on 08/25/2011 4:18:29 PM PDT by vlad335 (Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

I can’t remember...did they hold Congressional Hearings over Nancy Reagans purchase of China for the White House? /s


40 posted on 08/25/2011 4:19:51 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Spendzilla is really going to be upset whan Howdy Doody loses in 2012.


41 posted on 08/25/2011 4:28:45 PM PDT by mardi59
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

Herman Cain’s net worth is $3-6 million. While the Mooch spends $10 million a year on vacations? Yikes! The new Marie Antoinette.


42 posted on 08/25/2011 4:31:58 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (O-blame-r)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: soozer47

I’ve been teasing a leftie (on another site!) about this and she challenged me to an accounting. Turns out that there isn’t much on the ‘net to substantiate this claim - not that I let that stop me ;-)

The other thing I discovered was that the leftie sites won’t go near this with a 10-foot pole. DU, Huff&Puff, Politico, they all steer clear of it.

That makes me think they know it’s true.


43 posted on 08/25/2011 4:36:27 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: vlad335

You’re right - I’d forgotten that one too... The press treats dems like family... and us like the red headed step child.


44 posted on 08/25/2011 4:38:22 PM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

From the article.

FIRST LADY OF LUXURY TRAVEL: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE OBAMAS’ LAVISH GETAWAYS OVER THE PAST 12 MONTHS

GIRLS’ TRIP TO SPAIN: AUGUST 2010

The exact cost is unclear as Mrs Obama and her 40 friends footed many personal expenses, such as hotels and meals themselves.

But the U.S. taxpayer would have paid for the First Lady’s 68-strong security detail, personal staff, and use of presidential jet Air Force Two.

Per diems for the secret service team runs at around $281 each - nearly $98,000 for the length of the summer break.

Use of Air Force Two, the Air Force version of a 757, comes in at $149,900 for the round trip. This does not include time on the ground.

Mrs Obama’s personal staff, of which there are an unknown amount and might cost considerably more per day, should also be taken into account.

CHRISTMAS BREAK IN HAWAII: DECEMBER 2010

According to the Hawaii Reporter, the bill for the $1.5m trip included:

* $63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President.
* $1,000,000 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One.
* $38,000 for the ‘Winter White House’ beach property rental.
* $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

Mrs 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 a motorcade of about a dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement officers

SUMMER HOLIDAY ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD: AUGUST 2011

The Blue Heron Farm estate, where the Obama family are currently staying, rents for about $50,000 a week.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the Coast Guard is 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.


45 posted on 08/25/2011 4:40:01 PM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: BobP

If she ever ate peas, they’d be the most expensive peas out there.


46 posted on 08/25/2011 4:45:12 PM PDT by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: forgotten man
The china that Nancy Reagan bought (with donated private money) is still in use at the White House today.

We're like the kid who had to come to grips with the obvious - that we're not the favorite child - or maybe not even second...

Then again, general circulation newspapers are doing gangbusters without the half of the population that votes conservative - right? They can afford double standards./s

47 posted on 08/25/2011 4:46:32 PM PDT by GOPJ (126 people were indicted for being terrorists in the last two years. Every one of them was Muslim.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Signalman

So what was that they were saying about Sarah Palin’s wardrobe during the campaign?


48 posted on 08/25/2011 4:49:37 PM PDT by Cymbaline ("Allahu Akbar": Arabic for "Nothing To See Here" - Mark Steyn)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Signalman
"YOU'VE DAMAGED YOUR OWN RACE!" -Mayor Michael A. Nutter
49 posted on 08/25/2011 4:55:02 PM PDT by anonsquared
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shield
OMG!

50 posted on 08/26/2011 10:12:57 AM PDT by Baynative (If the government was in charge of the desert , we'd soon have a shortage of sand.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-55 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson