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Michelle Obama's Africa Vacation Cost More Than $432,142
usnews.com ^ | Oct. 4, 2011 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 10/04/2011 12:41:44 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

First lady Michelle Obama's family trip to South Africa and Botswana in June cost taxpayers well over $424,000, according to new accounting based on Air Force manifests obtained by Judicial Watch, a taxpayer watchdog group.

The use of Air Force aircraft alone for the June 21-27 trip cost $424,142, said the group, and that doesn't include the food, lodging, and ground transportation for the 21 family and staff members.

Judicial Watch said it based the jet costs on the Pentagon's hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip. The documents don't give exact cost calculations, which is typical for presidential and first family trips.

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: classwarfare; dncrico; kingandqueen; notaxes4dnc; notaxes4ge; queenofthedeficit; taxdollars; theft

1 posted on 10/04/2011 12:41:48 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

It was an itch that just had to be scratched. Naturally we all paid for it.


2 posted on 10/04/2011 12:42:58 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wouldn’t mind the expense if the trip was ONE WAY


3 posted on 10/04/2011 12:42:58 PM PDT by SMARTY ("Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. " Edmund Burke)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Giraffe meat is expensive


4 posted on 10/04/2011 12:44:01 PM PDT by albie
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Giraffe meat is expensive


5 posted on 10/04/2011 12:44:10 PM PDT by albie
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To: Georgia Girl 2

I think the Obama’s can’t sleep at night looking for ways to blow off US money.


6 posted on 10/04/2011 12:45:00 PM PDT by oldtimer (uee)
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To: 007girl; 1_Rain_Drop; 2nd amendment mama; AbolishCSEU; abner; afraidfortherepublic; Aggie Mama; ...
Michelle Obama's Africa Vacation Cost More Than $432,142

"Doing ordinary things in tough economic times can be good for a public image." NBC's Kelly O'Donnell

Howard Fineman: "It's great PR for them, because they can say, 'Look, on this trip and others, we know what's going on outside the gates of the White House.'"

Michelle Fashion Police Alert Ping!

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7 posted on 10/04/2011 12:48:33 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

So much for the health kick... Michelle Obama tucks in to fat cakes and French fries on trip to Botswana

8 posted on 10/04/2011 12:51:36 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“To restore fiscal responsibility, we all need to share in the sacrifice, but we don’t have to sacrifice the America we believe in,” Obama said during his weekly radio address.

I mean look. MO only took 21 people to Africa.


9 posted on 10/04/2011 12:52:39 PM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Bu she went to a Target store (along with her ‘shopping assistant’, a dozen SS agents and an AP camera crew) once so that’s ok!


10 posted on 10/04/2011 12:56:57 PM PDT by cake_crumb (Obama: the Unholy Won.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I want a refund.


11 posted on 10/04/2011 1:06:10 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (...then they came for the guitars, and we kicked their sorry faggot asses into the dust)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Total BS. Try multiplying times TEN. Shelley’s fat finding mission was closer to the $4 million range.


12 posted on 10/04/2011 1:12:17 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: maggief

I seriously just choked on the apple I was eating when I saw the photo of O in the shopping cart! That is HYSTERICAL!


13 posted on 10/04/2011 1:50:50 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Passenger manifests confirm the presence of Obama's daughter's, Malia and Sasha on the trip. The two girls are listed as "Senior Staff."
14 posted on 10/04/2011 2:08:11 PM PDT by Rudder (The Main Stream Media is Our Enemy---get used to it.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Knowing this information was going to come out must of prompted her Target run


15 posted on 10/04/2011 2:24:56 PM PDT by opentalk
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The dictatoress is jus gettin paid.

Now all you serfs just sit down and shut up.

oh yeah, eat your peas.


16 posted on 10/04/2011 2:35:10 PM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: maggief
This is beyond stupid and dishonest! The first lady of the US does not put on sunglasses and a baseball cap and go shopping at WalMart! Are some people stupid enough to believe this really happened? She needed new sheets and towels or a new iron skillet in the kitchen? It reminds me of bill and hill dancing on the beach with a photographer hiding in the bushes snapping photos. STUPID!
17 posted on 10/04/2011 2:44:21 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: maggief; All
Michelle Obama Listed Daughters Malia and Sasha as “Senior Staffers” for $432,142 African Trip
18 posted on 10/04/2011 2:44:49 PM PDT by Larousse2 (The price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance. ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Ditter

Not even Wal-Mart. Target - the rich person’s Wal-Mart! LOL


19 posted on 10/04/2011 3:30:21 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Other expenses - meals (off the plane), transportation, security, various services, etc. - have yet to be disclosed. Along with the hotel for 21 people.

The transportation costs are the least expensive - I believe the final cost will be well into the millions. Welfare recipient mindset - grab what we can for us and friends while we can.


20 posted on 10/04/2011 4:54:40 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: subterfuge

Agreed. This is only the cost of transportation in air to/from - the least expensive part of the trip.


21 posted on 10/04/2011 5:00:49 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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