Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Obama’
I’ve heard some liberals excuse Obama’s frequent vacations by saying “Reagan and Bush used to go back to their ranches all the time.” Exactly. Those ranches were their own private property, and the only expense was security. No hotel bills, no lavish parties, no celebrity entertainment, no room service.
The Obamas, on the other hand, choose to vacation in the most expensive accommodations at the most exotic destinations that have NOTHING to do with building foreign relations.
Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard points out that the first family’s pricey excursions average about once a month:
In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
The Obamas began the new year in Hawaii. “President Obama departed Hawaii this morning for Washington, after spending NINE days vacationing with family and friends in his native state. Here’s a quick look at how he spent his vacation,” ABC reported on January 6, 2013.
[...] Then the first lady and their daughters vacationed in Aspen over President’s Day weekend. “First Lady Michelle Obama arrived in Aspen on Friday afternoon and is here with her daughters for a ski vacation,” Aspendailynews.com reported in February. “Few details about her trip were available. Sources said she is staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co. She is reportedly skiing at Buttermilk today, where the Crowns, of Chicago, own a home on the Tiehack side.”
While the rest of the family was in Colorado, Obama went to Florida for a golf weekend. [...]
For spring break, Michelle and the girls kicked back at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas…at a time when millions of Americans are struggling to make ends meet (thanks to her husband’s policies) and White House tours have been cancelled supposedly due to sequestration:
Even First Daughters Sasha and Malia need a break — a spring break, to be exact — from the White House every once in a while. The sisters and mom Michelle escaped the cold wintry weather of Washington, D.C. in favor of sun and surf in the Bahamas on a recent trip, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.
The siblings made the most of their vacation at the Reef Atlantis, the source says. In addition to soaking up the sun at the family-friendly cabanas and swimming with dolphins, Sasha, 11, and Malia, 14, also got the chance to dance the night away at CRUSH, Atlantis’ teen club, on Sunday, March 24.
How many children could have gotten to see “the People’s House” this spring break for the cost of the First family’s swanky vacation?
Too bad we can’t afford a vacation this year. We’re too busy busting our butts and paying taxes so the ruling class can go instead.
Did you watch the news tonight? According to the Obamamedia, the sequester has “forced” the FAA to close 149 air traffic towers.
Of course, there’s apparently still enough money to give $200 million to Jordan, to send Vice President Biden to Paris at a cost of $585,000 a night, and to pay federal benefits to descendants of Civil War veterans long dead.
Just not to pay for pilot and passenger safety in the skies. Or training our armed forces.
Julie Gunlock explains the deceitful agenda behind these twisted priorities:
The president told Americans to gird for a disaster. Sequestration would result in unspeakable suffering. The elderly would starve; kids would miss vaccinations; teachers would be laid off; airplanes would crash mid-air due to a dearth of air traffic controllers. And don’t bother calling for help—no one’s coming thanks to massive layoffs of police and firefighters.
Fast forward to today. America is still standing. The public is still waiting for the wave to hit. Now President Obama has launched a charm offensive toward the Republicans who called his alarmist bluff.
Sadly, such alarmism isn’t limited to budget debates and sequestration cuts. Today, alarmism permeates nearly every nook and cranny of our culture. Americans are told to be on high alert about everything from their common household cleaners, toys, plastic bottles and canned food, to their child’s favorite pair of sandals, garden hoses, school supplies and playground equipment.
Women—particularly mothers—are the prime target for such messaging. For mothers, there’s nothing more distressing than the idea that something might harm her child. In today’s information age, mothers face a daily avalanche of information—much of it meant to terrify.
[...] Alarmism also presents vast opportunities for politicians. If you tell a mother that a product might harm her child, she’s far more likely to utter those magic words — the words every alarmist yearns to hear — “something must be done!” Enter the helpful, eager and desperately concerned politician who will suggest regulations, bans and taxes to address the so-called problem.
In this case, the alarmist is meant to convince Americans that any kind of spending cut will create so much pain and danger that they must no longer demand cuts – and allow our spendaholic politicians to continue digging us into deeper debt to the tune of over $48,000 PER SECOND.
Marie Antoinette would be proud.
Visitors to the nation’s capital looking for a White House public tour are out of luck starting this weekend, courtesy of what the Secret Service says is its own decision to deal with the sequester cuts.
But while the agency said it needed to pull officers off the tours for more pressing assignments, the budget ax didn’t swing early or deep enough to curtail a host of recent Secret Service-chaperoned trips like President Obama’s much-discussed Florida golf outing with Tiger Woods and first lady Michelle Obama’s high-profile multi-city media appearances.
Knowing sequestration was looming, there was still enough money for an extra $15 million in Pakistan aid, $50 million for TSA uniforms and even hundreds of thousands for portraits. Even post sequestration they were somehow still able to scrape $250 million from under the country’s couch cushions to give to Egypt.
Obama Demands ‘Shared Sacrifice’ As He Prepares For $4M Taxpayer-paid Hawaiian Vacation, Puts Up 54 Christmas Trees
And he has the gall to tell taxpayers we need “shared sacrifice”? How about you STAY OUT OF MY WALLET and stop spending my hard-earned money on your Czarist perks?!?
I can’t believe we have to foot the bill for this spoiled narcissist for another four years!
The prospect of pitching over the federal “fiscal cliff” isn’t stopping the White House from moving forward with President Obama’s year-end Hawaii vacation plans.
Even as Republicans and Democrats report minimal progress so far in talks to meet a deadline to avoid sharp tax hikes and spending cuts, the White House was moving forward with the first family’s and friends’ $4 million vacation to Mr. Obama’s native state.
Perhaps the most ironic part about the President’s trip is that it will run the State of Hawaii and the American taxpayer up to $4 million in bills… during a crisis that was caused by too much government spending.
Both parties agree that Washington is blowing too much money: that is certainly not under debate. Interestingly enough, Republicans seek to cut entitlements, but Democrats are hoping to slash military spending. Yet, the Hawaii Reporter article indicates that the President will be spending almost a half-million dollars (or more) on C-17 military aircraft transports for limos, a Navy SEAL mobile security detail, and the list goes on…
Peter Roff at US News recommends that Obama cancel his trip and show some leadership (as if the Narcissist-in-Chief could be bothered):
The country is on the brink of an economic apocalypse and the president has his eyes on his upcoming $4 million family and friends holiday trip to Hawaii.
Someone’s priorities are a bit out of whack. He’s either not serious about the responsibilities of being president, he actuallywants the country to go over the cliff, or the coming crisis is not as serious as we have been led to believe it would be. If the stakes are really as high as all that, the family Christmas trip needs to be put on hold—or moved to someplace close like Camp David. Being president means shouldering the responsibilities of the presidency—something for which Obama has not exactly shown much enthusiasm. He’s comfortable with the trappings of office, the symbols of power, but on the responsibilities he’s been kind of out to lunch in a lot of ways. He hasn’t shown much leadership beyond stating what he wants and expecting folks to fall in line. And, having done that, he once again feels the need to get out of town while letting other people hash the details out. This is not leadership. It’s not even good management. It’s a recipe for chaos, which should leave no one unclear about whose responsibility the current mess actually is.
Must be nice to live high on the hog with other people’s money…that was taken by force. Mark Steyn calls it the “Royal Presidency“:
Say what you like about a high-living, big-spending, bloated, decadent, parasitical, wastrel monarchy, but, compared to the citizen-executive of a republic of limited government, it’s a bargain. So, while the lovely Duchess of Cambridge nurses her baby bump, the equally radiant president of the United States nurses his ever more swollen debt belly. He and his family are about to jet off on their Christmas vacation to watch America slide off the fiscal cliff from the luxury beach resort of Kailua. The cost to taxpayers of flying one man, his wife, two daughters, and a dog to Hawaii is estimated at $3,639,622. For purposes of comparison, the total bill for flying the entire royal family (Queen, princes, dukes, the works) around the world for a year is £4.7 million — or about enough for two Obama vacations.
[...] Just for the record, William and Kate actually spent an “incredible” £51,410 — or about $80,000 — for nine business-class tickets on British Airways to Heathrow. At the check-in desk at Los Angeles, BA graciously offered the Duke and Duchess an upgrade to first class. By now you’re probably revolted by this glimpse of disgusting monarchical excess, so, if it’s any consolation, halfway through the flight the cabin’s entertainment consoles failed and, along with other first-class passengers, Their Highnesses were offered a £200 voucher toward the cost of their next flight, which they declined.
By contrast, in a republic governed by “we, the people,” when the president of the United States wishes to watch a film, there are two full-time movie projectionists who live at the White House and are on call round the clock, in case he’s overcome by a sudden urge to watch Esther Williams in Dangerous When Wet (1953) at two in the morning. Does one of them accompany the first family on Air Force One? If the movie fails halfway across the Pacific, will the president and first lady each be offered a $2 million voucher in compensation?
In his recent book Presidential Perks Gone Royal, Robert Keith Gray, a former Eisenhower staffer, revealed that last year the U.S. presidency cost American taxpayers $1.4 billion. Over the same period, the entire royal family cost British taxpayers about $57 million. There’s nothing “royal” about the current level of “presidential perks”: The Obama family costs taxpayers more than every European royal house put together.
In other news, Obama’s Inauguration ceremony will cost taxpayers $100 million. In contrast, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee cost $51 Million.
Why did we get rid of King George, again?
Obamas cost Americans $1.4 BILLION last year, in contrast to just $57.8 Million for Britian’s royal family
At this rate, ol’ King George was a bargain.
Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.
In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.
Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in.
Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the “total cost of the presidency,” factoring the cost of the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever,” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.”
“The most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election,” Gray, who worked in the Eisenhower administration and for other Republican presidents, said in an interview with TheDC on Wednesday.
“The press has been so slow in picking up on this extraordinary increase in the president’s expenses,” Gray told TheDC.
Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.
We Are Hungry
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Michelle Obama claims the new school lunch restrictions teach students healthy eating habits. Here’s what they REALLY teach:
1. Your body and personal health care decision belong to the state.
2. Your individual needs and freedoms must be surrendered for the greater good of “equality.” Therefore, a 220lb. linebacker will be granted no more food than a 110lb hipster. Still hungry? Tough.
3. Whatever the government provides (using your confiscated tax dollars), it controls and rations (healthcare, anyone?).
4. Don’t try to think for yourself. You’re not as smart as the “expert” ruling class. They know what’s best – you don’t. Just do what you’re told.
5. “Free” government lunches and services will only cost you one thing: your liberty.
The so-called healthy lunch mandates restrict the amount of protein a school cafeteria can serve; meat is no longer allowed on the breakfast menu, according to The Blaze. Wisconsin high school athletes are particularly outraged at new rules promoted by the United States Department of Agriculture and Michelle Obama. Many of the students perform farm chores before school, have sports practice after school, and do not get home to eat dinner until 8 pm. The teenagers and some concerned teachers have spoken out against the protein and calorie restrictions, claiming that children are going hungry.
Even though the new regulations have reduced the portion size of many items, the cost of a school lunch has increased by 20 to 25 cents per tray in many areas. High school cafeterias are now prohibited from supplying lunch trays which contain more than 850 calories. The standard recommendations for caloric intake is different for males and females, but the USDA did not see fit to make that distinction when drafting the new legislation. A senior football player is allowed no more calories than a 100-pound freshman girl.
Public schools are allegedly seeing a decrease in the number of lunches ordered since the new rules took effect this school year. Students who attend school with an open lunch policy are simply walking home, to nearby fast food restaurants, or to convenience stores to calm their rumbling bellies. Grabbing a bag of chips and a candy bar to supplement the scant offerings on a cafeteria lunch tray is surely not what Michelle Obama and the USDA had in mind when attempting to thwart the mounting obesity problem in the United States. Poor students who do not have any cash in their pockets to go elsewhere for lunch are forced to make do with what is offered at the school.
Of course, some hungry students are more “equal” than others. The Obamas’ girls’ school still serves pizza:
Interestingly, though, the revolt over feta cheese and vegetables might not come to Sidwell Friends, the elite private school the Obama kids attend in Washington, D.C.
According to the school’s website, pepperoni pizza is on the menu today:
French Mushroom Soup
Classic Caesar Salad
Boston Bean Salad
Pepperoni Flatbread Pizza
Variety Flatbread Pizza
Variety Veggie Flatbread Pizzas
Sauteed Local Greens
Talk about a greedy, insatiable entitlement mentality!
Americans across the country are struggling just to find work and feed their kids thanks to his wrong-headed policies, and he’s whining that his spoiled wife doesn’t get enough money from the taxpayers:
Guess it’s not enough that the taxpayers have foot the bill for her multiple vacations, designer clothes, personal assistants, world class chefs, celebrities performing at the White House, and more…in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression!
Her husband made $162,100 a year! I’m a SAHM with three kids on less than a third of that!
There are a lot of moms who wish they could stay home and honestly can’t afford it, but Michelle isn’t one of them. Who on earth “can’t afford” to stay home with a six figure salary?
No wonder he spends our money so recklessly! Obviously they can’t live within their means even in their own family budget!
Speaking Friday at what the administration called “The White House Forum on Women and the Economy,” President Barack Obama said that after his two daughters were born, he and his wife—both Harvard Law School graduates—could not afford the “luxury” of having her stay home with the children.
In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 4 and 7), he and his wife were earning a combined annual income of $479,062. Barack Obama was paid a salary of $162,100 by the U.S. taxpayers, and Michelle Obama was paid $316,962 to handle community affairs for the University of Chicago Medical Center.
The Nanny State is usurping more parental rights, using the USDA and government schools as their vehicles for more power grabs. And people wonder why I home school.
RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious.
The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.
The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services requires all lunches served in pre-kindergarten programs — including in-home day care centers — to meet USDA guidelines. That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home.
When home-packed lunches do not include all of the required items, child care providers must supplement them with the missing ones.
The girl’s mother — who said she wishes to remain anonymous to protect her daughter from retaliation — said she received a note from the school stating that students who did not bring a “healthy lunch” would be offered the missing portions, which could result in a fee from the cafeteria, in her case $1.25.
“I don’t feel that I should pay for a cafeteria lunch when I provide lunch for her from home,” the mother wrote in a complaint to her state representative, Republican G.L. Pridgen of Robeson County.
The girl’s grandmother, who sometimes helps pack her lunch, told Carolina Journal that she is a petite, picky 4-year-old who eats white whole wheat bread and is not big on vegetables.
“What got me so mad is, number one, don’t tell my kid I’m not packing her lunch box properly,” the girl’s mother toldCJ. “I pack her lunchbox according to what she eats. It always consists of a fruit. It never consists of a vegetable. She eats vegetables at home because I have to watch her because she doesn’t really care for vegetables.”
When the girl came home with her lunch untouched, her mother wanted to know what she ate instead. Three chicken nuggets, the girl answered. Everything else on her cafeteria tray went to waste.
“She came home with her whole sandwich I had packed, because she chose to eat the nuggets on the lunch tray, because they put it in front of her,” her mother said. “You’re telling a 4-year-old. ‘oh. you’re lunch isn’t right,’ and she’s thinking there’s something wrong with her food.”
This is what happens when we allow government to stick its nose where it doesn’t belong in the name of the “common good.” Individual rights get trampled. Human beings simply cannot be trusted with unlimited powers over their fellow men. The temptation to abuse those powers is too great, and nobody is immune to it. That’s why our founders designed our constitution specifically to limit federal powers.
We The People must rise up and demand the abolition of every federal program, department, and agency that does not fall under the explicitly enumerated powers granted in the constitution. The longer we wait, the more of our liberties are threatened.
Lecturing Americans about “income equality” and how the rich aren’t paying their “fair share” as your wife applauds in her $2400 dress…priceless.
Now, the truth is, conservatives don’t care how wealthy people spend their money. It’s their money, and none of our business.
Nobody would care what Michelle was wearing if she, her husband, and their ruling class cohorts weren’t being so hypocritical about demonizing people who earned the right to live the same lifestyle that they enjoy. The difference is, those Americans do it with money they EARNED, not forcibly confiscated from others.
Michelle Obama’s choice of a $2,400 designer dress for her husband’s State of the Union address Tuesday night drew catwalk catcalls today from talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
“When I saw her, when they introduced her walking down the aisle to her seat, I said, ‘Where is she? Does she think she’s in Davos? Is this a cocktail party?’” Limbaugh said caustically to a caller on his radio show as he lambasted the first lady’s wardrobe choice.
Limbaugh said his people had checked around and found that the dress retails at Barney’s for a cool $2,400.
“So she shows up at the class warfare rally last night in the House chamber wearing a $2,400 cocktail dress!”
Michelle Obama’s soon-to-be acting debut on Nickelodeon:
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Michelle Obama’s official title is first lady, but she also entertains a “your excellency” salutation — at least in her cameo role in an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s hit show “iCarly.”
The episode hinges on Michelle’s character helping title character Carly reunite with her father, an Air Force colonel, who is working on his birthday and unable to come home, according to Entertainment Weekly.
During Mrs. Obama’s surprise visit, Carly’s affable friend Sam Puckett calls her “Your Excellency.”
After being told that’s not the first lady’s title, Michelle Obama interjects, “No, no, I kind of like it.”
The episode debuting “her excellency’s” acting chops will air Jan. 16 on Nickelodeon.
Come to think of it, when the First Lady says she likes to be called “your excellency”, you can bet she’s playing her favorite character: herself. It’s not hard to “act” out what comes naturally.
Her acting powers were tested much more when she played one of the “little people” shopping at Target for a White House photo op. Now THAT deserved an Academy Award!
I’m with my friend Christopher Bates on this one:
Dear Mrs. Obama,
The last time Americans addressed a government leader as “Your Excellency” was on July 3, 1776. And then we kicked his ass.
In 1981, Ronald Reagan offered Christmas Wishes in a 3 1/2 minute address on live television:
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30 years later, President Obama can’t even be bothered to post so much as a paragraph on the White House website.
I suppose one could easily dismiss this as the lazy Executive equivalent of forgetting to send the American people a Christmas card because he was too busy decorating his 37 White House Christmas trees and golfing in Hawaii at their expense.
Unfortunately, this has become an all-too familiar pattern for Obama. After neglecting to issue an Easter proclamation, Obama offered a special address to Muslims for the start of Ramadan. He failed to recognize the National Day of Prayer, used Passover and Rosh Hashanah to praise Islamic uprisings, and made a mocker of Hanukkah.
So I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that the biggest acknowledgement of Christmas from the White House is a tree lighting featuring the Muppets and a “holiday card” that featured an original painting of their dog, Bo.
Barack Obama did not release a special statement for Christmas this year.
From the White House website:
Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today marks the beginning of the week-long celebration honoring African American heritage and culture through the seven principles of Kwanzaa — unity, self determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.
We celebrate Kwanzaa at a time when many African Americans and all Americans reflect on our many blessings and memories over the past year and our aspirations for the year to come. And even as there is much to be thankful for, we know that there are still too many Americans going through enormous challenges and trying to make ends meet. But we also know that in the spirit of unity, or Umoja, we can overcome those challenges together.
As families across America and around the world light the red, black, and green candles of the Kinara this week, our family sends our well wishes and blessings for a happy and healthy new year.
To be fair, the president did send out a Christmas card… But it did not refer to Christ or Christmas. It was a picture of Bo the dog.
As Americans Struggle, Obamas Celebrate Holidays With 37 Christmas trees, Giant Gingerbread White House
….And they won’t even be around to enjoy it, due to being off on a lavish Hawaiian vacation.
Must be nice to live like royalty on the taxpayer’s dime.
The economy may be weak, unemployment strong and the first family soon to vacate the White House for another half-month of vacation in Hawaii.
But the Obamas have gone all out in decorating their house this year, including a nearly quarter-ton gingerbread White House.
They have also installed 37 different Christmas trees. Thirty of the trees are live, or were, including one nearly 19-feet tall from Wisconsin. Seven of the three dozen Christmas trees are artificial or homemade including, of course, one from recyclables.
“We have 37 Christmas trees here at the White House–37!” Michelle Obama excitedly told a recent group of visitors. “That’s a lot, right? Yes, that’s a lot of trees. And we also have a 400-pound White House gingerbread house.”
Virtually every room has also been decorated for the holidays with some kind of a replica of the Obamas’ dog, Bo, who’s being made into a kind of first family Christmas canine symbol.
The Bo’s are made of all sorts of materials and come in all sizes. There are Bo’s made of pom-poms (750 of them), Bo’s made from about 2,000 pieces of licorice, Bo’s made from some 35 yards of wool felt and Bo’s made from nearly 7,000 feet of plastic trash bags. There’s even a nine-inch Bo made from hundreds of buttons.
So abundant are the decorations for visitors to the Obama White House to view that the first family needed more than 100 volunteers to fly in from all over the country to help set up the numerous displays, including photos and letters from military families and even some aluminum cans.
The theme the first lady chose for the decorations was “Share, Give, Shine.”
Of course, every administration decorates the White House in some way for holidays, from green fountain water in mid-March to evergreen wreaths come December.
The extravagance of 2011′s decorations, however, are striking given the widespread joblessness, pale economic growth, home foreclosures and grim outlook for 2012, not to mention the incumbent president’s historically low approval rating heading into his reelection bid.
Socialized education is the ultimate indoctrination tool. It is an incredibly dangerous conflict of interest for the state to be involved in shaping the hearts and minds of future voters and citizens!
First Lady Michelle Obama said yesterday that the government can affect who kids “will be forever” if it can shape their “habits and preferences” during the large part of the day they are at school.
Mrs. Obama was speaking on the South Lawn of the White House at a reception to honor schools that met the goals of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC). The USDA Web site describes HUSSC as “a voluntary initiative established in 2004 to recognize those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program that have created healthier school environments through promotion of nutrition and physical activity.” The program has since been rolled into Mrs. Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.
“When many kids spend half of their waking hours and get up to half their daily calories at school, you know that with the food you serve and, more importantly, the lessons you teach that you’re not just shaping their habits and preferences today, you’re affecting the choices they’re going to make for the rest of their lives,” said Mrs. Obama.
“That’s why we start with kids, right?” she said. “We can affect who they will be forever.”
You certainly can. Which is why we’re witnessing the product of government indoctrination “occupying” streets all over America, demanding “free” goodies from a government they’ve been taught to believe is the Great Redistributor.
The scandals and fraud with this administration are never ending.
Yet, while the Obama family continue to live extravagantly and fraudulently on the taxpayer’s time, the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters are busy attacking America’s job creators. Go figure. I guess the entitlement mentality of the Left can be found at all economic levels.
Michelle Obama listed daughters Malia and Sasha as “senior staffers” to justify her $432,142 getaway to Africa.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands with Karen Dudley, right, at her restaurant “The Kitchen” as she makes an unscheduled stop for lunch in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Also pictured, left to right, daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, niece Leslie Robinson, nephew Avery Robinson. (AP/Charles Dharapak, Pool)
Washington Whispers reported on the African trip.
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.
The daughters were listed as senior staff.
Defend this fraud, liberal media. We’re waiting.