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Fight Erupts Over First Lady's Travel Costs
usnews.com ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 10/05/2011 2:02:39 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

A fight has broken out between the White House, its defenders and a conservative public watchdog group over first lady Michelle Obama's travel costs and how they are calculated. The dispute stems from a Judicial Watch release yesterday, reported by Whispers, that said the first lady's June goodwill mission to Africa cost $424,142 just for her Air Force C32A.

Judicial Watch said it used Pentagon calculations to come up with the price to taxpayers, multiplying the hourly cost of $12,188 by the number of flight hours, 34.8.

[Read: Michelle Obama's Africa Trip Cost More than $424,142.]

The White House later said that the costs used were exaggerated and included elements typically not included in calculating flight costs.

"The number stated is misconstrued and out of context. The hourly rate is not the marginal cost of operating the plane—it is an accounting figure that prices in a number of fixed costs from maintaining the Air Force fleet for this kind of plane over a year. For example, it includes estimated replacement parts, depreciation, repairs, and costs that would have been incurred regardless of this flight," said an official.

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KEYWORDS: grifter; moochelle; spending; travel
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1 posted on 10/05/2011 2:02:40 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So give us the REAL numbers!

And also the amount paid by those 21 freeloader relatives and friends as compensation

Ditto with the trip to Spain with a posse of 30, all to have lunch with the Queen...


2 posted on 10/05/2011 2:07:37 PM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So how much did we pay for her children....I mean “staff” to go?


3 posted on 10/05/2011 2:09:21 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

***The hourly rate is not the marginal cost of operating the plane—it is an accounting figure that prices in a number of fixed costs from maintaining the Air Force fleet for this kind of plane over a year.***

Bifurcated bookkeeping???

Who else used this plane ‘over the year’?


4 posted on 10/05/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT by sodpoodle (God is ignoring me - because He is watching you.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The modern day “let them eat cake” crowd. The Obama’s are the classic “poor white trash” with apologies to America’s poor white trash.


5 posted on 10/05/2011 2:11:00 PM PDT by Dapper 26
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Everywhere this WH turns anymore, there is just damaging embarrassment. The Regime were partying like rock stars all through this term and now they are surprised they are being called on it.


6 posted on 10/05/2011 2:11:22 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Although the overall amount is small, the fact they categorized the First Daughters as "Senior Staff" is the most troubling.

The First Lady's staff filed a fraudulent travel voucher.

This is straight out of Animal Farm.

7 posted on 10/05/2011 2:12:49 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
"The number stated is misconstrued and out of context. The hourly rate is not the marginal cost of operating the plane—it is an accounting figure that prices in a number of fixed costs from maintaining the Air Force fleet for this kind of plane over a year. For example, it includes estimated replacement parts, depreciation, repairs, and costs that would have been incurred regardless of this flight," said an official.

Like all government spending, there are multiple accounting methods used to track the money, depending on whether you want to talk about how expensive something is or how cheap.

For example, when you want to calculate the cost of a mission in President Bush's illegal war in Iraq, you can get one number, but when you want to calculate the cost of a comparable mission to fly Queen Esther and her brood on a fat-finding mission to Africa, you can produce a far lower number.

8 posted on 10/05/2011 2:13:45 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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“The hourly rate is not the marginal cost of operating the plane—it is an accounting figure that prices in a number of fixed costs from maintaining the Air Force fleet for this kind of plane over a year.”

Yes moron, that’s how the hourly cost of ALL aircraft is calculated.

From the airline to the corporate jet - yes even Air Force aircraft. And by the way, it sounds suspiciously low already.


9 posted on 10/05/2011 2:14:52 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The First Wookie travels with a hairdresser and makeup artist...well, that’s really been working. /s


10 posted on 10/05/2011 2:15:54 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Fight erupts over First Lady's travel costs, and food costs, and liquor costs, and massage costs, and number of vacations, and hypocrisy about food, and attitude towards America, and everything else.

Don't you miss Nancy and Laura?
11 posted on 10/05/2011 2:16:18 PM PDT by DTxAg
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The bitch needs to pay us back.


12 posted on 10/05/2011 2:16:44 PM PDT by LowTaxesEqualsProsperity
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To: Night Hides Not

I want to know if / and how much the two kids got paid to be “senior staffers”. Impeach now.


13 posted on 10/05/2011 2:18:37 PM PDT by rokkitapps ( Hearings on healthcare waivers NOW! (If you agree make this your tagline))
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To: DTxAg
Don't you miss Nancy and Laura?

Shoot...I even miss Hillary.

14 posted on 10/05/2011 2:19:08 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What about the $900.00 for just plane food?


15 posted on 10/05/2011 2:19:10 PM PDT by shoff (Environmentalists are the 21st century’s luddites.)
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To: silverleaf

Since this is just the cost of the plane then I assume it’ll be about the same whether there were 20 people or just her. But it’d be interesting to see what her total bill for travel has been, both international and domestic. I know Laura Bush made occasional trips without George, but I don’t remember her making anywhere near the number that Michelle Obama has made. The difference between the amount rung up by the two of them has to be enormous.


16 posted on 10/05/2011 2:19:54 PM PDT by SoJoCo
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To: Dapper 26

“Let them eat cake.” is now “Eat your peas.”


17 posted on 10/05/2011 2:20:41 PM PDT by texas_mrs (Heartless Conservative & Native Texan)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

We need to force all First Families to pay the full cost of any vacation they take while in the White House.


18 posted on 10/05/2011 2:21:08 PM PDT by trumandogz
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To: Night Hides Not
Shoot...I even miss Hillary.

Heck of a position to be in, huh?
19 posted on 10/05/2011 2:21:36 PM PDT by DTxAg
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To: rokkitapps
I want to know if / and how much the two kids got paid to be “senior staffers”. Impeach now.

You get a two-fer on that one:

1. If they got paid, child labor and payroll tax laws were broken.

2. If they didn't get paid, child labor laws were broken.

Paging Hilda Solis, paging Hilda Solis...

20 posted on 10/05/2011 2:22:19 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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