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Michelle Obama's $500,000 shopping trip: Huge taxpayer bill for First Lady
Mail On Line ^ | A pril 27, 2012 | Staff

Posted on 04/27/2012 7:57:00 AM PDT by yoe

The First Lady's whirlwind tour of Spain in 2010 better have been a once in a lifetime trip, because her getaway cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars.

The highly controversial and lavish trip drew ire at the time, but the White House assured the public that the Obamas picked up the tab on their own.

But new information from Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates government corruption, detailed the extensive security costs to the United States Air Force and Secret Service.

The Obamas' highly publicized and polarizing vacations may cost the First Family even more, as voters appear to be disheartened by their extravagance.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135914/Michelle-Obamas-Spanish-vacation-cost-taxpayers-500-000.html#ixzz1tFjAbiv9

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1 posted on 04/27/2012 7:57:05 AM PDT by yoe
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To: yoe

It’s the duty of we little people to pick up the globe-trotting tab for The Royal Family. In fact, we’re not paying enough. I say we get them a larger aircraft, twice the staff, and triple their spending. They just don’t get away enough, and they deserve it.


2 posted on 04/27/2012 8:00:44 AM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: yoe
If you gonna be presdent, then you gots to party!


3 posted on 04/27/2012 8:01:53 AM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: yoe

It is ludicrous to believe that a trip to Spain with this moocher and her entourage occupying that exclusive villa hotel was ONLY a half a million dollars. Or that the trip to India and the Taj Mahal, and the multiple trips to Hawaii and to Martha’s vineyard..... We are not idiots out here, Obama!

Shit....I’ll bet Obama’s date night to Chicago or NYC cost a half a mil...but NONE of the others.


5 posted on 04/27/2012 8:06:31 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: yoe
as voters appear to be disheartened by their extravagance.

Well duh! And these two are trying to fiscally crucify any citizen making more than $250K a year! Mochell, Americas Imelda Marcos, spends that much in one day!

At least Romney is paying for his own silver spoon.

6 posted on 04/27/2012 8:07:24 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: yoe

She seems to be channeling Mary Lincoln.


8 posted on 04/27/2012 8:12:06 AM PDT by Busywhiskers ("Once you have wrestled, everything else in life is easy" -Dan Gable)
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To: dead

Too late for first laugh of the day, but just in time for the first gut wrenching belly crunching BWAH-HA-HA-HAH!!! of the day :^))


9 posted on 04/27/2012 8:15:41 AM PDT by AnTiw1
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To: yoe
It's Bush's fault. He did it, too, by going ..uh...all the way down to his ranch in Texas. It's miles to Texas from DC. So there!

(rebuttal by typical democrat voter)

10 posted on 04/27/2012 8:16:11 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: dead
"GORGILLA" - love it!

11 posted on 04/27/2012 8:19:12 AM PDT by mkjessup (0bama squats to pee.)
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To: yoe

I feel that it’s my duty to pay reparations to people who were never slaves because my ancestors never had any slaves.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 8:21:14 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: yoe

Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

It takes a lot of shopping to make the Wookie presentable to her Kenyan King.


13 posted on 04/27/2012 8:21:42 AM PDT by Jack Burton007 (This is Jack Burton in the Pork Chop Express, and I'm talkin' to whoever's listenin' out there.)
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To: concerned about politics

” down to his ranch in Texas.”

Which only had to be set up once as a “Western White House.”


14 posted on 04/27/2012 8:22:46 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: yoe

Train


15 posted on 04/27/2012 8:28:15 AM PDT by FrankR
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To: yoe

I am looking forward to the day when we can get these professional grifters out of the WH, fumigate the WH, and consign these Marxists to the dustbin of history. I pray that once they leave the WH that they would never again have a platform from which to spread their evil ideas.


16 posted on 04/27/2012 8:35:40 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
These two have been social scrounges all their lives. Moving them to DC doesn't change who they are.
Right now, you could say their scroungeabily has been perfected and has no limit. They're going to snarf up every freebie they can get their gimme, gimme hands on.
You can move the Obomas out of inner city Chicago, but you can't move inner city Chicago out of the Obomas.
17 posted on 04/27/2012 8:40:40 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: yoe

UK paper has to do what the U.S. MSM won’t even begin to cover.


18 posted on 04/27/2012 8:48:13 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: yoe

Obama and the DemocRATS’ new 2012 campaign theme:

Re-elect us: We can confiscate and redistribute your money in our sleep.


19 posted on 04/27/2012 8:54:47 AM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: yoe

I’ll bet she has never worked for living either.


20 posted on 04/27/2012 8:59:04 AM PDT by RC one (all y'all had to do was vote for Newt but noooooo, he wasn't good enough.)
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To: yoe
Huge taxpayer bill for from First Lady
21 posted on 04/27/2012 9:15:06 AM PDT by C210N (Go Newt!)
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To: concerned about politics

They act like an African dictator and dictatorette.
They treat the US Treasury as if it were their own slush fund.

Livin large and gettin paid.


22 posted on 04/27/2012 9:23:05 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: yoe
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23 posted on 04/27/2012 9:29:18 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: yoe

Did they claim these vacations and shopping sprees on their taxes? The trips for meeting diplomats and such can be a buisness trip, but traveling for vacations and such should be counted as income as their employer (us) paid for them.


24 posted on 04/27/2012 9:32:08 AM PDT by Dan Zachary
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To: Gaffer

It is ludicrous to believe that a trip to Spain with this moocher and her entourage occupying that exclusive villa hotel was ONLY a half a million dollars. Or that the trip to India and the Taj Mahal, and the multiple trips to Hawaii and to Martha’s vineyard..... We are not idiots out here, Obama!

Shit....I’ll bet Obama’s date night to Chicago or NYC cost a half a mil...but NONE of the others.


Thank you - that’s what I’ve been saying all along.

It’s a bit like those ads - “Trips *starting from* $500,000”.

I think $500,000 is the “starting from” price - not the ending up price which is probably 1 or 2 orders of magnitude more.


25 posted on 04/27/2012 9:36:34 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

I believe that the reported costs only covered the air fares.


26 posted on 04/27/2012 9:38:28 AM PDT by Eva
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To: yoe

Another strange thing. Much like the clintons before them, but unlike any other president that I can think of - these grifters have no place that they’re from to go back to.

Even the peanut farmer had Plains GA. It’s sorta weird that they’re not *From* anywhere. That says a lot to me.


27 posted on 04/27/2012 9:39:17 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: yoe

From wiki

Compensation

The president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.[71][72] The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.

The White House in Washington, D.C. serves as the official place of residence for the president; he is entitled to use its staff and facilities, including medical care, recreation, housekeeping, and security services. Naval Support Facility Thurmont, popularly known as Camp David, is a mountain-based military camp in Frederick County, Maryland used as a country retreat and for high alert protection of the president and his guests. Blair House, located next to the Old Executive Office Building at the White House Complex and Lafayette Park, is a complex of four connected townhouses exceeding 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2) of floor space which serves as the president’s official guest house and as a secondary residence for the president if needed.[73]

For ground travel, the president uses the presidential state car, which is an armored limousine built on a heavily modified Cadillac-based chassis.[74] One of two identical Boeing VC-25 aircraft, which are extensively modified versions of Boeing 747-200B airliners, serve as long distance travel for the president, and are referred to as Air Force One while the president is on board.[75][76] The president also uses a United States Marine Corps helicopter, designated Marine One when the president is aboard.

The United States Secret Service is charged with protecting the sitting president and the first family. As part of their protection, presidents, first ladies, their children and other immediate family members, and other prominent persons and locations are assigned Secret Service codenames.[77] The use of such names was originally for security purposes and dates to a time when sensitive electronic communications were not routinely encrypted; today, the names simply serve for purposes of brevity, clarity and tradition.[78]


28 posted on 04/27/2012 9:41:48 AM PDT by xp38
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
(Michelle accused...)

(Michelle's family outing...)

(Obama Royalty...)

(Michelle spend 10million...)

(home ?)

(Michelle after women of her race in the military)

(Michelle after your children...)

The Obama's can't get votes from thinking people...they are after the children and military wives etc. again....this pair has no shame, just Marxist/Socialist demands and YOUR MONEY!

29 posted on 04/27/2012 10:09:32 AM PDT by yoe
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Meanwhile Obama has already made over 100 fund raising trips on AF1 which costs $180,000/hr to operate. And don’t gorfet the C-17 that btings his limo and the dozens of SS agents who fly in days in advance.


30 posted on 04/27/2012 11:26:31 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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Meanwhile Obama has already made over 100 fund raising trips on AF1 which costs $180,000/hr to operate. And don’t gorfet the C-17 that brings his limo and the dozens of SS agents who fly in days in advance.


31 posted on 04/27/2012 11:26:43 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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