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Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone
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Posted on 06/21/2011 7:29:27 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone Tuesday, June 21, 2011 By James Zilenziger

(CNSNews.com) - The White House isn’t saying how much of a tab the taxpayers will need to pick up for the week-long trip that First Lady Michelle Obama, her two children, her mother, a niece and a nephew are taking to South Africa and Botswana.

But according to Congressional Research Service estimates, the flights alone will cost taxpayers more than $171,000--almost as much as the $174,000 annual salaries paid to rank-and-file members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The first lady--joined by daughters Malia and Sasha, Marian Robinson, and niece and nephew Leslie and Avery Robinson--is going to Africa to “improve relations between the U.S. and Africa and promote youth engagement, education, health and wellness,” according to the White House.

When CNSNews.com asked the first lady’s press office how much, on a daily basis, her trip to Africa will cost U.S. taxpayers her press secretary did not offer a response.

The White House did tell the Associated Press that all costs regarding Mrs. Obama’s family members are to be paid privately. However, because Mrs. Obama's trip will be considered official travel until her family heads off for “private time, including a safari and an overnight stay in the animal park” on Saturday, the taxpayers will be footing the bill for the first lady up to that point.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abuse; bhoafrica; bhovisit; flotus; flotusmichelle; imperialism; mobama; notaxes4dnc; notaxes4ge; notaxes4geithner; pricetag; queenofthedeficit; waste

1 posted on 06/21/2011 7:29:31 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Someone quick...... Revoke her passport!


2 posted on 06/21/2011 7:31:57 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: Sub-Driver
But according to Congressional Research Service estimates, the flights alone will cost taxpayers more than $171,000

A stone bargain, provided that all the tickets are one-way.

3 posted on 06/21/2011 7:33:55 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: Sub-Driver
Here are two actual photos of Mrs Obama at two different G-20 Summits.
The other is of her receiving lessons in etiquette from junkman Fred Sanford.

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"The First Lady slides into her spot alongside other G-20 spouses
before a group photo at the Royal Opera House [London, 2009]."

Source: Time Magazine (Time.com):

http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1889051_1865162,00.html
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Michelle Obama at the 2009 G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, USA

Source:
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/mitchelles-gifts-to-g20-spouses-porcelain/521488/
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4 posted on 06/21/2011 7:35:02 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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5 posted on 06/21/2011 7:36:16 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sub-Driver
The White House did tell the Associated Press that all costs regarding Mrs. Obama’s family members are to be paid privately

Does that include their flight and security detail? Somehow, I think not. Will they at least bring me back a t-shirt?

6 posted on 06/21/2011 7:36:38 AM PDT by bgill
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Source: TIME Magazine:
http://www.time.com/time/quotes/0,26174,1857184,00.html
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7 posted on 06/21/2011 7:36:43 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Sub-Driver

Too bad her name is not “Marie Antoinette” ! Fitting name for MO !


8 posted on 06/21/2011 7:39:50 AM PDT by CORedneck
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To: Sub-Driver
Moochie Shops
9 posted on 06/21/2011 7:42:01 AM PDT by FrankR (A people that values its privileges above its principles will soon lose both.)
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To: Sub-Driver

that’s cheap...AF1 cost $187,000 per hour to operate, so Dumbo takes three trips a week......


10 posted on 06/21/2011 7:45:19 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: FrankR

We give Africa all kinds of aid. Why should they be spared a trip from Michelle? ;-)


11 posted on 06/21/2011 7:47:03 AM PDT by almost done by half
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To: almost done by half

Workers...You must show respect and stop being so critical of the Moocher. Shut up...Get to Work (if you have a job)...and Pay Your Taxes. Move along!


12 posted on 06/21/2011 7:49:29 AM PDT by hal ogen ( of Rights.)
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To: Sub-Driver
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13 posted on 06/21/2011 7:55:47 AM PDT by baddog 219
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To: Doogle

That 171,000 number must be fudged somewhere. Like thats just her plane, not the three other support planes that go along. I bet this trip cost over one million easily with logistics and support or whatever its called.
Overhead maybe!


14 posted on 06/21/2011 7:57:32 AM PDT by winodog
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To: Sub-Driver

Not to mention that her kids get off the airplane wrapped in the SOUTH AFRICAN flag.

Have you ever seen the Obama kids waving an American flag? Or their mother?


15 posted on 06/21/2011 8:06:11 AM PDT by oldbill
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To: baddog 219

Does everyone in that family walk around with a perma-scowl.

Livin’ large on the taxpayer dime and they still can’t crack a smile. And what the hell is mama robinson doing on this trip?


16 posted on 06/21/2011 8:10:08 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Sub-Driver

whoever gets the GOP nod had better damned well make this woman’s Marie Antoinette tendencies at least a side issue in the campaign


17 posted on 06/21/2011 8:13:24 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Sub-Driver

This morning’s news described her jaunt as
“part personal pilgrimage”

Back to the land of her royal xhosa ancestors?

Poor sasha, the kid never smiles, obviously needs more broccoli


18 posted on 06/21/2011 8:25:27 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: wilco200

three generations of trout pout, that skinny white embassy handholder must not have jumped high and fast enough


19 posted on 06/21/2011 8:27:41 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: baddog 219

I can see where Moochie gets her cheerful look. Grandma’s scowl has passed successfully from Moochie to mini-Mooch as well.


20 posted on 06/21/2011 9:02:10 AM PDT by hattend (Let's all meet Sarah at her last bus stop -- 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in Jan 2013)
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To: Sub-Driver

We pick up ALL the tab!!! Who are they trying to kid!!!


21 posted on 06/21/2011 9:47:48 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion is the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: wilco200

Sasha is almost never photographed smiling. She seems to be a sullen little girl to me. The older one is often shown walking with, sitting with and talking with 0. Maybe Sasha feels she doesn’t get enough of his attention.


22 posted on 06/21/2011 10:37:16 AM PDT by Albertafriend
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To: baddog 219

In that pic Michelle and her family look really pissed and it looks like they are looking down on the peasant handing them the bucket of chicken. Can’t wait to vote these leeches out!


23 posted on 06/21/2011 10:50:33 AM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: Sub-Driver

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/michelle-obama/8589715/Jacob-Zuma-snubs-Michelle-Obama-during-First-Ladys-South-Africa-visit.html

All dis money spent, and the pres of South Africa snubs her and sends his Minister of Prisons as the official greeter

Maybe he’s seen the birf certificate


24 posted on 06/21/2011 11:16:43 AM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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