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Michelle Obama and family take another taxpayer-funded trip
The Daily Caller ^ | 3/17/2014 | Neil Munro

Posted on 03/18/2014 2:02:02 AM PDT by markomalley

The first lady, her mother, her two kids, plus numerous White House aides and security personnel are going to tour China this month, but White House officials are refusing to say how much the taxpayers will pay for the trip.

However, they did say it would be a thrill for everyone on the trip, including for Michelle Obama’s top aide, Tina Tchen.

“It is a real honor and privilege, and I think we are all, here in the first lady’s office, quite excited about the upcoming trip,” said Chen, just after she declared that “my parents emigrated from China in the late ’40s, so this … will be my fourth time returning to China but the first time, obviously, in a role such as this.”

“The first lady has been looking for an opportunity to go to China,” said Ben Rhodes, the White House’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications.

“I think the first lady is very much looking forward to it,” said Tchen.

“We will meet [the Chinese president's wife] Madame Peng on our first day … [and] she will accompany the first lady and her family to the Forbidden City and will take the first lady through the Forbidden City before they’re able to join each other for a meal, a private meal and a private performance later on in the evening,” said Tchen. ”We’re looking forward to it.”

Both officials declined to reveal the cost of flying the family to and from China.

“As a general matter, we don’t disclose the details associated with the security of either the president or the first lady,” Rhodes said.

“We are not discussing or disclosing information regarding the details of the logistics of the trip,” said Tchen.

The first lady and the family will travel to China from March 19 to March 26. She will visit the capital Beijing and two northwest cities, Xi’an and Chengdu.

She’ll be accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson, and daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.

The first lady has taken her mother on several previous trips, including to Spain.

The 2010 trip to Spain cost taxpayers at least $487,000. A 2011 trip to southern Africa cost at least $424,142. The cost estimates were uncovered by Judicial Watch, a D.C.-based watchdog group.

However, the trip will be worth the expense, officials said.

“I will say this as a Chinese-American,” said Tchen, that Chinese people will appreciate “three generations of family traveling together … and the bonds that the Obama family have with one another across generations.”

“I think that, frankly, the most powerful message we can deliver [to Chinese people] is one of the examples of not just the first lady’s life story but of America and our values,” Rhodes said. “That alone I think speaks to things like respect for human rights that are interwoven into the DNA of the United States of America.”

“The first lady’s story itself sends a powerful message about the ability of someone of a disadvantaged economic background from a minority group to ascend to the position that she did in private life and now as first lady,” Rhodes said.

Michelle Obama grew in a humble family that was entwined with the Democratic political machine in Chicago. Her father worked as a Democratic political activist in Chicago, she earned money by babysitting for Jesse Jackson, and she eventually married an up-and-coming political activist — Barack Obama — in a church whose pastor was an influential player in local politics, Jeremiah Wright.

The first lady’s “focus on people-to-people relations, her focus on education and youth empowerment is one that we believe will resonate in China,” Rhodes claimed.

Roughly 200,000 Chinese people are enrolled at U.S. education centers, while roughly 20,000 Americans are studying in China.

“In terms of the first lady’s visit, first of all, as a general matter, the first lady has been a huge asset” on foreign trips, said Rhodes.

“Everywhere that she has traveled independently, she has had a tremendous reception and has been able to connect with audiences from Asia to Africa to the Americas,” he said.

However, Rhodes added, there are real political disagreements between China and the United States.

“We’ve been very clear that our relationship with China is one in which we welcome the peaceful rise of China, which is in the service of global stability and greater prosperity for our people and the people of China and the people of the region. At the same time, we’re very clear when we have differences with China on a host of issues, so it’s a relationship that allows for both a constructive cooperation, and candor when we disagree.


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1 posted on 03/18/2014 2:02:02 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

GHETTO! No shame at a profligate lifestyle at our expense


2 posted on 03/18/2014 2:05:20 AM PDT by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: markomalley

Bm


3 posted on 03/18/2014 2:07:36 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

“The first lady’s story itself sends a powerful message about the ability of someone of a disadvantaged economic background from a minority group to ascend to the position that she did in private life and now as first lady,” Rhodes said.

Wait! She was born a poor black child?

But, after miraculously attending Princeton Law School she was able to earn a Thermos?

Wonders never cease!!!


4 posted on 03/18/2014 2:10:21 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: markomalley

Enough room to bow.

5 posted on 03/18/2014 2:25:28 AM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: Libloather

That dress looks like a swimming pool liner..... sheesh


6 posted on 03/18/2014 2:30:50 AM PDT by kjam22 (my music video "If My People" at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74b20RjILy4)
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To: markomalley

I’m beginning to think Moochelle is the bagman for the adminstration with as many “vacations” she takes....

Picking up illegal cash for their pet cause....

Themselves....


7 posted on 03/18/2014 2:38:55 AM PDT by Popman ("Resistance to Tyrants is Obedience to God" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: markomalley

On Hannity Monday an Obama media shill said the economy is still struggling due to Bush. If so then why all the traveling in the midst of a struggling economy!

Boehner & Mcconnell could stop all this excess by cutting the Whitehouse budget and making it a major issue but they’re too incompetent to do that.


8 posted on 03/18/2014 2:42:16 AM PDT by RginTN
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To: Libloather

Moochelle looks more like Oprah every day!!


10 posted on 03/18/2014 2:45:22 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Jimmy Valentine
what number is, this one?..how many hundreds of millions for this
b@$t@rd's (limousine plantation liberal) family's vacations this year?

how much more $$$$ from the working little guys' serf's wallet?
..why should his media shills care? ..they're in his g*d-like presence.

11 posted on 03/18/2014 2:48:25 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Ann Archy

Heh. You watch, that’ll be her next gig.


12 posted on 03/18/2014 2:54:55 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: markomalley

Oh its so good that that poor girl can get away for a little vacation...

she works so hard..

She sacrifices herself and her health for us..

she deserves it...


13 posted on 03/18/2014 2:57:04 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Libloather
Finally! We know where the mooch’s momma really lives.. she been squattin’ under the mooch’s “shelter tent.” Wonder who else is squattin’ under there.....ugh!
14 posted on 03/18/2014 3:08:30 AM PDT by itssme
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To: markomalley

**She’ll be accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Marian Robinson..**

Grifter-in-law


15 posted on 03/18/2014 3:59:55 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: kjam22
HAHAHA!Bummer when they burst!


16 posted on 03/18/2014 4:02:31 AM PDT by Daffynition ("If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." ~ Henry Ford)
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To: markomalley

“The first lady’s story itself sends a powerful message about the ability of someone of a disadvantaged economic background from a minority group to ascend to the position that she did in private life and now as first lady,” Rhodes said.
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What a load of crap! I’ve seen posted pics of the house and neighborhood where she grew up and it was middle-class and very nice. It was NOT a “disadvantaged economic” area. She and her brother were both able to attend college.


17 posted on 03/18/2014 4:07:46 AM PDT by octex
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To: markomalley
Look girls, said Michelle....the children are such well behaved little communists. And the government only shot 1000 people in this square for no good reason.

And babies...they have a great plan...only one baby allowed and they kill the extras.

And look at those lovely 8 year olds....they're going to work for 14 hours. They like that because they can have a cup of rice at work.

Michelle continues..Okay girls and mom...all together....Yeh China!!

18 posted on 03/18/2014 4:17:01 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau

Too bad they weren’t on the missing plane, we would never have to hear about them again. (sarc)


19 posted on 03/18/2014 4:26:58 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Popman
I’m beginning to think Moochelle is the bagman for the adminstration with as many “vacations” she takes....Picking up illegal cash for their pet cause....Themselves....

THANKS TO FREEPER GOPJ WHO REMINDED US about the Chinese guy referencing the equally greedy Clintons - "gotta put coins in... cha ching...."(to get them to do something)

NOV 2013 REPORT--- The Hill reported Bill Clinton wants a female president
[while panhandling in China for the "Clinton Foundation"]

The Hill | November 18, 2013 | Mario Trujillo / Posted by Cincinatus' Wife

Former President Bill Clinton said he hopes there will be a female president in his lifetime — Clinton told a Chinese audience that a female president would be good for the United States. Hillary Clinton has said she will not start to seriously consider a run until sometime next year, but a number of Democratic lawmakers have preemptively endorsed her or encouraged her to run.

Clinton was in China to meet with the country’s president and promote the "Clinton Foundation."

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So who is indebted to the Clintons for presidential crony capitalism? Who are the large contributors to the Clintons' three "tax-exempt foundations," and are, in effect, financing Hillary's ambitions.

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Billy Boy Clinton was grinning like a simpering fool at the annual meeting of the "Clinton Global Initiative Foundation"....even Boobomba was there hugging Billy like they were old pals.....all in the wake of the bombshell news that:

<><> the tax-exempt Clinton Global Initiative Foundation uses shady financing;

<><> the tax-exempt "Clinton Global Initiative" had employed an active Muslim Brotherhood terrorist (now in an Egyptian jail).

The Clintons' shady proclivities are unveiled in the recent NYT expose ..... including orruption, greed, entitlement, nepotism, cronyism. The Clintons didn't have a pot to *** in in Arkansas---never even had a home to call their own. Now they're multi millionaires.......the connivers have perfected the scam WRT gaming the govt system for themselves.

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There needs to be a thorough going-over of the three Clinton Foundations. We need to know who pays/funds the Clinton's lifestyle/political ambitions---- especially b/c Hillary is running for prez. It is important to know to whom the Clinton's are truly indebted.

NY POST EXCERPT ----The Bill Clinton Foundation has spent more than $50 million on travel expenses — Bill Clinton’s foundation has spent more than $50 million on travel expenses since 2003, an analysis of the nonprofit’s tax forms reveal.....includes $4.2 million in 2011 for the William J. Clinton Foundation (to which Hillary and Chelsea are attached); $730,000 for the Clinton Global Health Initiative; and $7.2 million for the Clinton Health Action Initiative (CHAI).

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How many ways can the conniving Clintons use their name to launder money?

<><> The William J. Clinton Family Foundation......

<><> the Clinton Global Health Initiative......

<><> the Clinton Health Action Initiative (CHAI).

More importantly, what is the connection between Corzine's MF Global, Teneo (which paid Bill Clinton $50,000 per month), The Clintons multiple tax-exempt foundations, and Muslim money-Laundering?

20 posted on 03/18/2014 4:32:43 AM PDT by Liz
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To: All
The Obamas (like the Clintons) are typical lib/prog Dummycrats---always whining about "helping" their fellow man---and conniving to make a buck on it.

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The Obamas are itinerant luxury-loving parasites, living high, greedily sucking at the public teat......(wire-transferring a bundle offshore for a cushy retirement and to finance Mrs O's political ambitions?).

NRO tallied what taxpayers are paying for M/M O to live large on the taxpayers' dime: a grand total of $1.4 billion per year: Air Force One ($181,757 per hour), executive chef ($100,000 per year), three full-time White House calligraphers ($277,050 per year for the trio), chief of staff to the president’s dog ($102,000 per year), Ohaha's royal motorcade ($2.2 million). $100 million alone for the African apology tour.

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$1.4 BILLION is the current annual cost of the White House — just in household expenses, not including US policy operations for which the WH exists--administered by some 900 parasites---policy staff recruited by Ohaha. There's the $100 million trip to Africa not including the foreign aid billions O handed out to these oil-rich satraps. There's serial Ohaha vacations costing taxpayers millions---- (the low estimate Hawaii vacays is $4 million each, but is probably five times that); the pricey Martha's Vineyard stays; Mrs O's costly trip to elite Marbella w/ an entourage of 30. Mrs O's $3900 PER NIGHT in a posh Ireland hotel with 30 more rooms for her entourage.

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TAXPAYERS SUFFERED RUINOUS HEALTHCARE CANCELLATIONS--BUT THEY PAY $7 MILLION FOR THE OBAMAS HEALTHCARE---NRO found the first family’s yearly health-care costs Americans $7 million; the reason why only Boobamba himself was "enrolled" --and not his family---in a faked-up PR ploy.

Mrs O wore her pricey diamond bangles (bought on a govt salary?) at a DNC fund-raiser, attended by "tolerant and compassionate" Dems....raised big bucks to keep Mr O in office so he could work for "the poor." Her diamond Gothic cuff priced at $15,350 set with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 set with 1.73 carats in diamonds. (Excerpt) Read more at houston.culturemap.com. Mrs O wowed all the "tolerant and compassionate" Dems who hate the rich and support endless tax-paid programs "for the poor."

Not to forget a succession of designer dresses and gowns----like the $12,000 Caroline Hereara creation worn for the Frenchy state dinner (a bribe from Obama for his blonde indiscretion at the Mandela memorial?).

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Mrs O has 24 assistants at her beck and call. Her
wardrobe, nails and hair pieces subsidized w/ tax dollars
of struggling Americans.

21 posted on 03/18/2014 4:39:19 AM PDT by Liz
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To: markomalley

It seems like the Obama children are out of school quite a bit jetting around the world with Michelle or on other trips. As much as they are traveling it can’t be all during school breaks. Are they just ignoring their studies or does the government pay to send a tutor along with them?


22 posted on 03/18/2014 5:08:52 AM PDT by Soul of the South (Yesterday is gone. Today will be what we make of it.)
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To: markomalley

Imelda Marcos was a piker compared to this woman.


23 posted on 03/18/2014 5:26:54 AM PDT by jagusafr (the American Trinity (Liberty, In G0D We Trust, E Pluribus Unum))
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To: markomalley

More than the money these a-holes spend on their trips I hate that they are representing us around the world. I want to puke.


24 posted on 03/18/2014 5:37:46 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

She just wanted to gEt out of the country she’s so proud of.

She’s so manly she has two Adams apples.


25 posted on 03/18/2014 5:51:23 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Vendome

Her dad made over $150K plus graft in the Chicago Transit Authority. It is the equivalent of $300K today. She was always in the Chicago machine and always wealthy.

Pray America wakes up


26 posted on 03/18/2014 5:59:26 AM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 coming soon)
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To: bray

Mr. Obama will handle all social matters while she is away.


27 posted on 03/18/2014 11:48:47 AM PDT by Rapscallion (Surveillance means you already are a subject of the government. Smile and bow!)
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