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White House Won’t Reveal How Much Michelle Obama’s European Vacation Cost Taxpayers
cnsnews.com ^ | July 06, 2009 | Fred Lucas

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 president’s 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 Obama’s 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 lady’s 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 Obama’s 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 lady’s European trip.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: abuse; bhoeurope; bhovisit; flotusmichelle; michelleobama; obama; obamasecrets; waste
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11/2012 won't come soon enough for me!
1 posted on 07/06/2009 5:22:28 AM PDT by kellynla
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To: kellynla

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


2 posted on 07/06/2009 5:24:21 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: kellynla

Since the great open President won’t tell us we are free to make our own guesses. $50,000,000.


3 posted on 07/06/2009 5:25:10 AM PDT by DManA
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To: kellynla

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


4 posted on 07/06/2009 5:25:17 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick queer sham--- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: kellynla

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.


5 posted on 07/06/2009 5:27:05 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: manc

I agree about the flyover: she took moms and the kiddies for a little joyride!


6 posted on 07/06/2009 5:27:22 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: kellynla

Well at least we know she does not waste money on clothes.


7 posted on 07/06/2009 5:28:56 AM PDT by angcat (FUBO)
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To: Daisyjane69

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.


8 posted on 07/06/2009 5:29:59 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: Daisyjane69
You forget, Sarah is evil and Michele is good. Sarah can never be right and Michele can never be wrong. Don't believe me just as any liberal, the MSM, all Obama supporters.
9 posted on 07/06/2009 5:30:12 AM PDT by possumdawg (There are three types of people- those that can count and those who cannot)
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To: DManA

Just words!!???????????

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)


11 posted on 07/06/2009 5:30:43 AM PDT by Josa
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To: kellynla

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............


12 posted on 07/06/2009 5:31:22 AM PDT by avital2
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To: kellynla
How dare you question Bozo that's blasphemy
13 posted on 07/06/2009 5:31:30 AM PDT by bikerman (Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.)
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To: kellynla

Dont forget the First Mother in Law who was along on the trip too.......enjoying her new life in the White House.


14 posted on 07/06/2009 5:32:11 AM PDT by Bulldawg Fan (Victory is the last thing Murtha and his fellow Defeatists want.)
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To: kellynla
“Ollies” had a Huge Tent Sale, so we know they stocked up on dresses for her.
15 posted on 07/06/2009 5:32:19 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: angcat

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.


16 posted on 07/06/2009 5:32:55 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: SueRae

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?


17 posted on 07/06/2009 5:33:19 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Bulldawg Fan

I have this feeling that the mother in law is the “cream of the crop” compared to the rest of the yahoos living there.

*rolling eyes*


18 posted on 07/06/2009 5:35:25 AM PDT by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: kellynla

Recall that Michelle’s mother and other relatives joined her on the European trip.


19 posted on 07/06/2009 5:36:46 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: whitedog57

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


20 posted on 07/06/2009 5:36:53 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick queer sham--- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: angcat
You are so right. The only reason folks are pretending to be concerned is they are against the Black man. How many times did W take his children on official US business over seas? What about Clinton?/sarcm

It's not like our country is struggling economically and many of us are having to cut back. Why should Obama and family suffer like the rest of us?

21 posted on 07/06/2009 5:37:12 AM PDT by possumdawg (There are three types of people- those that can count and those who cannot)
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To: kellynla

The liberal elite in action. They have one set of rules for the common herd, and another for themselves.


22 posted on 07/06/2009 5:38:02 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: Bulldawg Fan

that first mother in law I bet was on the fly over over NY city too.

Wonder how many times she has shouted hey white boy.

Makes me sick that trash cheated their way into the white house and now are staying there.
That house should be graced with class not trash


23 posted on 07/06/2009 5:39:44 AM PDT by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick queer sham--- end racism end affirmative action)
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To: kellynla

At least we coulda got a T-Shirt for our $100 Mil?

Pray for America


24 posted on 07/06/2009 5:40:53 AM PDT by bray (Rope & Chains)
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To: kellynla
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25 posted on 07/06/2009 5:41:31 AM PDT by Dick Bachert (HE)
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To: kellynla

I understand big mama-in-law is on this boondoggle too. Gotta watch the kids you know.


26 posted on 07/06/2009 5:42:04 AM PDT by Sig Sauer P220 (Forget going Galt. Its time to go Braveheart.)
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To: kellynla

The sacking of America continues while the media scrapes and bows at the altar of the ‘Bama.


27 posted on 07/06/2009 5:44:07 AM PDT by Spok (Proud father of a Marine in the 1/1.)
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To: whitedog57

Elitist racists: (The “It’s OUR turn” crowd.)

1) Charlie Rangel
2) Jesse Jackson
3) Al Sharpton
4) Eleanor Holmes Norton
5) Cynthia McKinney
6) Bobby Rush
7) Kweisi Mfume
8) John Conyers
9) Kwame Kilpatrick
10) Michelle Obama


28 posted on 07/06/2009 5:48:47 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: kellynla

The only thing transparent about this administration is the teleprompter.


29 posted on 07/06/2009 5:50:07 AM PDT by CrazyJoeDivola
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To: kellynla

It’s a WHOLE FAMILY VACATION!! I don’t mind Michelle, but the kids and GRANDMA is a bit much.


30 posted on 07/06/2009 5:51:59 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: CrazyJoeDivola

LOL!! LOL!! Please REPEAT that a LOT!!!!


31 posted on 07/06/2009 5:53:15 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy
I don't mind the kids and grandma--it's the tacky BOTUS that bothers me.

Does anybody remember Laura and the twins flying to London for Fish and Chips?

Liberals complained about the Bushes going to their own ranch!

32 posted on 07/06/2009 6:07:23 AM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: Ann Archy
These clowns should have done what MOST Americans who are taking vacations this summer are doing...VACATION IN AMERICA

Which would enrich fellow AMERICANS & AMERICAN BUSINESSES...

shezzzzzzzzzzzz...

For a bunch who are “supposed” to be so damn smart,
they they less common sense than a little bit!

34 posted on 07/06/2009 6:08:33 AM PDT by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: kalee
Someone must have donated the tennis shoes. She is a embarrassing mess and has no fashion sense. She has no class as we know already! Like the affluent blacks on the Cape said she is a “ghetto girl”.
35 posted on 07/06/2009 6:09:47 AM PDT by angcat (FUBO)
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To: kellynla

Even CBS is picking up on ObaMugabe’s self indulgent extravagent spending. I saw a few mentions of his lavish July 4th Hawaiian luau as well.

This is a good issue for us.


36 posted on 07/06/2009 6:15:50 AM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: CrazyJoeDivola

Here’s another question.. How much did the Washington DC FIREWORKS display cost? The 7/4 fireworks poured endlessly into the sky over the Washington monument. An orgasmic waste of money.


37 posted on 07/06/2009 6:16:51 AM PDT by Broker (Reward: $100.00 for the lost book of Islamic Praise Songs.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Is it “take your kids to work” day? Maybe that’s his excuse! LOL


38 posted on 07/06/2009 6:19:45 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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To: kellynla

In America, we have a political elite, and the rest of us who just pay taxes.


39 posted on 07/06/2009 6:21:35 AM PDT by popdonnelly (The Democrats have returned to their game of supporting totalitarian regimes. Now they're muslim.)
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To: DManA

Way low... I’d say more like 175,000,000. Think of all the people involved.. thousands.


40 posted on 07/06/2009 6:21:53 AM PDT by hot4plasma
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To: kellynla

So long as it wasn;t President Bush, the media doesn’t give a damn.

They are royality. They are entitled.

Like in Communistic Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea.

The big difference is over here the fools inflicted it on all of us.


41 posted on 07/06/2009 6:26:40 AM PDT by sport
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To: Bulldawg Fan

It was more than the First Mother in Law who was with them. Michelle’s brother and his family also went along with assorted relatives. I believe there were about twenty of them.


42 posted on 07/06/2009 6:32:10 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: hot4plasma

Is she proud of America yet?


43 posted on 07/06/2009 6:38:35 AM PDT by DManA
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To: kellynla
Hillary and Chelsea's junkets cost the tax payers millions, but Queen Michelle is already starting to spend on levels rivaling Marie Antoinette. Perhaps one day..."Madame, the people are rioting ..They say that since meat production has been banned to save the planet from cow farts they cannot afford to eat even synthetic tofu hot dogs. Why let them enjoy imported Kobe beef steaks"
44 posted on 07/06/2009 6:41:52 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money." M. Thatcher)
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To: RebelTXRose

Thas’ right...it’s take your kids...and your wife...and granny...to work day! They are taking FULL ADVANTAGE and piling on the tour bus whenever they feel like it...they are bold, mega opportunits and they lack class. They like to flaunt in these times of severe recession. They are despicable.


46 posted on 07/06/2009 6:44:30 AM PDT by ChiEs
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To: All

What’s a few cases of Stolychnya?


47 posted on 07/06/2009 6:50:08 AM PDT by rbmillerjr ("We Are All Socialists Now"........not me, not now, not ever)
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To: kellynla

More open transparency from the thugs who control 0b0z0 and his vile/evil spouse.


48 posted on 07/06/2009 7:23:50 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foreign/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: avital2

“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............”
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The MSM “continually” make fun of Sarah’s education. No, she didn’t attend Harvard or Columbia.....THANK GOD, for that blessing. If she had of ....she would have been ruined! All they teach in those institutions are how to feel BETTER THAN the common “working” man and how to HATE America.

Look at our government leaders, they’re filled with Elitists. They continually cast their votes how “they are told” to by Pelosi and other Leftist Misfits. Proof...they never read the Bills they are passing...they just vote how they’re told!

“An elitist is what every American should strive to be....LMAO. Any learned skill, overheard gossip or fact worthy of blackmail can be your path to the shining existence known as elitism.

Liberal Elitists are those who view themselves as better than Real Americans because they base their convictions on facts and reality rather than truthfulness and homegrown, old-fashioned American values.

Liberal Elitists are typically employed by liberal-left media outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, or CNN. You can also find Liberal Elitists employed in such occupations as librarians, wildlife activists, stem cell scientists, and organic farmers.

The hidden agenda of Liberal Elitists include denying citizens the right to self protection, pampering Islamo-fascist terrorists, making big government bigger, smoking pot, breeding owls, protesting Wal-Mart, killing babies, and abstaining from meat products (see Vegetarians).

Most Liberal Elitists are educated at left-wing anti-American hate schools like Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and the many other Liberal Elitist training camps located in the most liberal “state” in the country, California.

Prominent Liberal Elitists include John Kerry, Labcoat Larry, Judith Miller, Barack Obama, and Michael Moore.

Elitists are the type of people Real Americans have been warning us about since the beginning of the republic. America has always been the land of the free, home of the brave and a nation of do-it-your-self, God-fearing Christian independents, who have never needed the help from anyone else, especially someone who thinks with their head and not with their gut.”http://www.wikiality.com/Elitist

I am not going to allow the MSM or the Left to decide anything for me or my family. It’s time we start tuning them out and tell them to “shove” their unwanted opinions up their liberal @ss.

Remember, the elitists are the minority not the majority. They can only destroy our way of life ...if we allow them to.


49 posted on 07/06/2009 7:24:07 AM PDT by Curious George1978
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To: ChiEs

And we all thought Clinton was the worst for renting out the Lincoln Room at the White House!


50 posted on 07/06/2009 7:28:09 AM PDT by RebelTXRose
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