Skip to comments.White House Won’t Reveal How Much Michelle Obama’s European Vacation Cost Taxpayers
Posted on 07/06/2009 5:22:28 AM PDT by kellynla
America may be in the midst of a deep recession, and the nation may be facing unprecedented deficit spending and debt, but the White House will not reveal the cost to taxpayers of the European vacation that first lady Michelle Obama and the presidents two daughters, Malia and Sasha, took last month.
Travel by an American first lady typically includes the military passenger jet that carries her and the children, Secret Service personnel to provide security, and a separate cargo plane to haul official vehicles.
First Lady Michelle Obamas tour of Paris with her children included a convoy of 20 vehicles, according to news reports. She also moved by motorcade through London.
The full cost of such a trip would also include the expense of meals and lodging for Secret Service agents and possibly other staff.
In response to inquiries from CNSNews.com last week about the cost to taxpayers of the first ladys European vacation, the White House did not provide a figure.
Like previous administrations, the first lady will follow all the rules and regulations that are related to reimbursement for personal travel, Michelle Obamas press secretary Katie McCormick Lelyveld told CNSNews.com in a written response.
CNSNews.com inquiries to the White House on the cost of the trip were made by both phone and e-mail on June 30, July 1, July 2 and July 3.
Though White House rules for vacations, or unofficial travel, requires reimbursing the government the equivalent to the cost of what a commercial flight would have been, such a reimbursement would amount to only a fraction of the total cost of the first ladys European trip.
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but we DO know how much Sarah Palin’s wardrobe cost the Republican Party (NOT TAXPAYERS) for 63 days in the autumn of 2008!
Now THAT’s transparency. What are you complainin’ about? /sarc
Since the great open President won’t tell us we are free to make our own guesses. $50,000,000.
said this before.
I still think Michelle Bozo and some of her friends were on that fly over over Ny city, That manifest I believe was never released.
She I think had something to do with the firing of Walpin(sp)
She is a racist, anti American bitter angry woman who has no class or grace so this B/S from the media saying she dresses well doesn’t wash with me or many others i know, it washes with gormless sheep who do not have a brain
I saw him get off the plane in Moscow today. He had his two little daughters with him. I can’t remember Presidents on State visits which this is and after that the G-8 meeting taking their kids with them.
I agree about the flyover: she took moms and the kiddies for a little joyride!
Well at least we know she does not waste money on clothes.
beat me to it. But “they won”, remember? It has me fuming, too.
Next year’s election is going to have to swing the other direction. These beasts need to be neutered. They’ve certainly given our side plenty of campaign slogan material, though.
Well Dear Leader transparency is a WORD for which the understanding of the definition is apparently
“above your paygrade.”
How much have the taxpayers spent on multiple FRIVOLOUS
POTUS approved trips: Williamsburg, to Ohio to brag about
stimulus spending, California for a fund-raiser, Scare-Force One Incident, TWO date nights (Chicago and NYC) and multiple European trips for POTUS and his BBOTUS (big butt of the United States)
i figure we’ll be over 10% unemployment when the O’s take their posh vacation on the Vineyard next month. love the way they are looking out for the little people............
Dont forget the First Mother in Law who was along on the trip too.......enjoying her new life in the White House.
Sadly I have a feeling the stuff she passes off as fashion is not cheap although sh may attempt to cheapen it by wearing it with a J Crew sweater.
We know she wears $500 tennis shoes.
No matter what she spends, she looks like she shops at Good Will.
When you see the left doing things like this,
always think of the medieval feudalistic system.
This is what their goal is. They, the neo-nobility, own and control everything, and you, the peasant class, live or die at their pleasure.
They won’t disclose how much the trip cost?
Would you expect a noble or king to tell the peasants how much HIS little junket cost?
I have this feeling that the mother in law is the “cream of the crop” compared to the rest of the yahoos living there.
Recall that Michelle’s mother and other relatives joined her on the European trip.
very very true
These elitist racists make me sick.
They say color does not matter and yet they look at color first, comments like”hey I want diversity”
“Hey this class has no diversity and why are they all white kids in this school”
“Those white boy firemen should not get the job because they passes the tests, it should go to black men because they are black and failed the test”
they can say white boy, etc but God forbid you say black boy to a liberal, the first thing out of their dumb mouth is “ that is racist”
I swear to be on the far left you have to be born with no brains. Talking to them is impossible as all they can do is shout