Skip to comments.Michelle Obama's Africa Vacation Cost More Than $432,142
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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It was an itch that just had to be scratched. Naturally we all paid for it.
I wouldn’t mind the expense if the trip was ONE WAY
Giraffe meat is expensive
Giraffe meat is expensive
I think the Obama’s can’t sleep at night looking for ways to blow off US money.
"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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So much for the health kick... Michelle Obama tucks in to fat cakes and French fries on trip to Botswana
“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.
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!
I want a refund.
Total BS. Try multiplying times TEN. Shelley’s fat finding mission was closer to the $4 million range.
I seriously just choked on the apple I was eating when I saw the photo of O in the shopping cart! That is HYSTERICAL!
The dictatoress is jus gettin paid.
Now all you serfs just sit down and shut up.
oh yeah, eat your peas.
Not even Wal-Mart. Target - the rich person’s Wal-Mart! LOL
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.
Agreed. This is only the cost of transportation in air to/from - the least expensive part of the trip.
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