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Michelle’s Separate Travel Costs Taxpayers Thousands

by Keith Koffler on August 19, 2011, 10:26 am

Michelle Obama and President Obama traveled to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart, costing taxpayers thousands in additional expenses so she could have just a bit of extra vacation time.

Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.

The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.

Mrs. Obama’s separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy – in which currently so many people can’t afford to take a vacation at all.

This is not the first time Michelle has gone on vacation ahead of the president on the taxpayers’ tab. Last December, she racked up what was likely more than $100,000 in expenses leaving early for their Hawaii vacation.

Thanks to one of our readers, who goes by Lizzy, for noting the double dip.

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jack August 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

The Obamas sure love the taxpayer funded corporate jets, don’t they?

GozieBoy August 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Same with Pelosi. This is obviously a Dem addiction to taxpayer funded private jets.

L Ruth August 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

While Nero fiddles!

driveby_poster August 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

What’s on the vacation menu, Michelle?

doc holiday August 19, 2011 at 11:26 am

would one expect anything different from this leech?? enjoy it gull cause yo arse is gonna bee in de ro add come 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wizard August 19, 2011 at 11:28 am

Beyond belief.

ssztuk August 19, 2011 at 11:29 am

The level of arrogance and privilege that this President and his wife plus her entourage show is a total affront to the people working, trying to work or simply sacrifying to get by is mind boggling. They simply either don’t get it or choose not to care about it. Hopefully the American voters will put an end to this farse of a President in the upcoming election.
By the time he is voted out, the damage will probably be impossible to assess. It will take years to correct the result of his incompetancy. Have a nice time playing golf Mr.President , you havve certainly earned it too bad it was at the expense of the people.

The Last Patriot August 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

The reign of Louis XIV and Marie Antoinette must end now.

Jim August 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Where is Max Robespierre now that we need him?

Jamie August 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

I hope people wake up and see what the Obama family is costing us when he is up for re-election. Maybe just maybe people will see that bush wasn’t so bad after all. See Obama hasn’t made much of a difference in this economy.

Mark August 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

I guess this is what O means by “spread the wealth around.”

Mary Oh So Contrary August 19, 2011 at 11:31 am

I am thinking this all planned…Barry’s “advisors” cannot be this dumb. The meme must be, he won’t be re-elected, so optics be damned. Full throttle public implosion so another Dem can run.

Keith, start making contacts with some of the “little” people on the WH staff…when the Obama’s leave 1600 there will be some pretty good book opportunities for tell alls…

Like (possibly) the time so and so suggested that Mrs. O ‘wait’ four hours and fly to Martha’s Vineyard on AF1…

Keith Koffler August 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

You’re right, Mary. I’m sure those conversations go on.

hard9 August 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

UNreal– our patience is short and our memories long– Vote 2012

Miss La August 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

There are no words to express my disgust for these leeches.

FreePatdownPatty August 19, 2011 at 11:33 am

I wonder how long it took them to get through the TSA Security Checkpoint, having to go through the metal detector, cancer causing body imaging scanner, and finally groped by a friendly pedophile TSA Agent.

Oh wait…

keebo August 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

Revolting. Simply revolting.

Jimmy not THAT jimmy August 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

let them eat cake.

Andrzej P. August 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

Folks, we have a dictator in the US. It’ll take a while before she starts eliminating opposition, but we’ll get there if he gets elected again.

LukeJohn August 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

The mere fact that Obama takes so many vacations and the extravagant nature of each tells us that he really couldn’t give a damn about what the REAL people of America are going through.

At a time like this when so many people have not been able to afford a family vacation for YEARS, he does this…

A true leader would set an example to his people. He’d forgo, cut back or otherwise modify his plans to show solidarity, to save the country money.

But not this joker, he’s milking the Presidency and the country for whatever he can get from it.

I trust that all those people lining up in the heat for jobs in Atlanta see this and remember it, come election day.

CindyLou August 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

They do this on purpose, they love giving the middle finger to America

johnny August 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

That sucks

Teresa R Smith August 19, 2011 at 11:40 am

Why didn’t Michelle take the bus with Obama from Iowa to Martha’s Vineyard, if it was true that the bus was not just a “campaign move” or to show a presence in Iowa? No need for jets if already have transportation.There’s more to the US than just the people who vote in Iowa. They could have visited several other states and show their concern. If kids were an issue, isn’t that why their grandmother and others are around to help care and see to their needs? Nothing makes sense, other than he’s been on the campaign trail since 2008.

Mike Gilmer August 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

Nothing his royal highness and his consort do surprises me any longer.

jim August 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

The Democrats’ greatest success is convincing people that they support and care about “the little guy.”

DANTCAM August 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

IT IS GOING TO BE SOOO SWEET WHEN THIS koon HAS TO JOIN THE LOWER CALASS TRAVEL

AZDave August 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

This quote came from the Czech Republic:
“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools who made him their President.”

sportinlife10 August 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm

…very fine analysis and writing. Thanks.

Stefan August 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

Let them eat peas!

Spanky T Smackme August 19, 2011 at 11:44 am

WTF….She is NOT an elected official, therefore she does NOT rate any office, staff, salary, OR presidential trasnportation at taxpayer expense..If she wants to travel, she goes commercial at her OWN expense.

Francesca August 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Laura Bush never traveled to this many elite vacation spots in the whole eight years. Laura Bush has more class in her little finger than these people have in their entire bodies. Absolutely no comparison.

Beth August 19, 2011 at 4:48 pm

You are absolutely right on that one.

John August 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm

Laura Rocks

Doomdealer August 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

Not sure that I blame her. I don’t think I’d want to risk putting my two daughters on the same helicopter with Barrack Obama right about now. Still, the extravagance of the entire thing is a disgusting national disgrace with the country falling apart and people losing their jobs and homes. It’s like they can sense the end of his political career is at hand so they’re living as large as they possibly can at the taxpayers’ expense until the clock runs out. They are obviously oblivious or uncaring about revealing their boundless narcissism. They are the modern-day black Snopses. I hope they inventory the White House silverware before and after they leave.

edward falone August 19, 2011 at 11:48 am

How dare you! Nothing is too good for our Queen, why should she be inconvenienced. You peasants!

Echo August 19, 2011 at 11:49 am

The good news is: Google has tracked the people who put an Obama sign in their yard or an Obama bumper sticker on their car and are being assessed for Michele Obama’s extravaganzas. Google has also tracked all the people who did not vote to keep these idiots out of office and they are being assessed a slightly smaller fee. Conservatives and anti-Obama voters are receiving a dividend.

We wish.

Jim August 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

Ahhh Yes Let them eat cake….right Michelle

Fah Que August 19, 2011 at 11:51 am

Barry Soetoro and his battleaxe wife are complete scumbags.

Stinger August 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

You don’t own that plane, the tax payers do! Ma’am, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.

Kirk August 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

Michelle Antoinette flies again.

Sean Patriot August 19, 2011 at 11:55 am

GOD I CANT WAIT FOR 2012 WHEN WE CAN GET SOMEONE MORE RESPOSIBLE THAN THIS MANCHILD IN THE WHITEHOUSE.

Andrew Edwards August 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

Enjoying their form of welfare……on our tab, of course.

DIANE August 19, 2011 at 11:56 am

They have enough idiots in America that think because they are Democrat (Dumbocrat) that means they’re doing everything A-Okay. Heck, you can’t turn on a TV show anymore without nasty references to the Republican party or the TEA party. People are JUST PLAIN STUPID!

JCK August 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

When the vacate the White House in 2013 I’m sure they will take everthing that is not bolted down, including all the copper wiring..

nelly August 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Ummm–I see that the UK Daily Mail’s comments section at the end of the article on this latest extravaganza is “unavailable”–wonder why. . .

Lizzy August 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Oh this happens frequently on all articles they will be back.

Charles August 19, 2011 at 12:03 pm

At least this time Bo, their dog, didn’t a jet of his own.

balanced August 19, 2011 at 12:04 pm

in all fairness and as a fiscal conservative, the Obamas had to travel separately due logistics and coming from different directions. I know for a fact they would have liked to come together if only someone had to wait a couple of hours but logistically they could not. The moral of the story is do not always believe what you read.

Susan August 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Since you evidently have more information than the rest of us, what exactly are the logistics and different directions they are coming from? Not enough room for the entourage on one plane? The Obama family left 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. on two separate jets with their attendant motorcades within 4 hours of each other.

Granny Jan August 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Washington Ac and Washington DC perhaps?

esh77 August 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

A few addenda to/comments about our comments.
First, Lizzie, but these two trips are just the tip of Michelle’s taxpayer-funded
R & R. Her office have learned to stay silent on the subject of her travel and the MSM have been largely complicit but…didn’t I hear that our Queen was
on a ‘private’ vacation in Oregon in the last week or two…didn’t she also travel to accept the Olympic committee rejection of the games proposed for Chicago in person (not sure about her plane ride but all her ‘private’ traveling is paid for at airline cost while we pay for the plane upgrade, travel expenses and costs for her staff, secret service detail, special cars etc, etc)…
this of course applies to her other little jaunts including Spain (which they
managed to turn into a quote/unquote part ‘working’ vacation by having our Royal family meet theirs–one normally can find Royal visits announced officially many months beforehand; her was announced while she was there)…let us not forget Africa and… I’m pretty sure there have been many
others. In fact, I wish we could have a contest to see who can add the most examples of her profligacy, but sadly, I have no money left to pay for a prize!!!

On now to everybody who thinks the Obamas will face fiscal reality once we get rid of them, Sadly, not. Why do you think HRH has been pushing so hard for healthcare, green jobs, etc.? Pretty much everything he does will make him tons of money after he leaves office. One small example–Jeffrey Immelt and GE corp. Immelt currently serves as BOTH head of GE and Obama’s chief advisor on jobs–can anybody say ‘conflict of interest?’ While Obama has been excoriating corporate America for not doing their fair share (blah, bah, blah…), GE has made record profits and managed to pay ZERO tax…they also stand to gain billions from Obamacare from many directions, especially from X-ray-type technologies and computerization of medical records (by them and/or companies in which they hold large stakes) …and many, many other unfair advantages in other areas this President has handed to them (ex. ‘green’ light bulbs–a market where, again, they hold a huge share). Why, with all of O’s complaints about ‘greedy’ corporations, did he say NOTHING about GE’s tax ‘AVOIDANCE’ or the recently exposed fact that GE is moving their X-ray biz to China? The sad fact is the Obamas will be rich beyond belief after he leaves office and the money will come from the ‘likes of’ GE and other FOB (friends of Barry) corporations.

Proud to say I did NOT vote for Barry despite the cheerleading press. I could never understand how anybody could possibly believe he sat in Wright’s Church for 20+ years (plus their close mentoring relationship) without picking up on a single clue on Wright’s ‘kind’ feelings about his country, Jews, etc (despite his wife having been featured in the same Church mag that lauded Farrakhan). But even worse, if it was true, how
could they possibly think somebody that ‘clueless’ would be able to govern our country?

Nonetheless, I live in fear for two reasons. First, we Conservative types have a nasty habit of turning certain victory into resounding defeat in
Pres elections. Second, we will be dealing with a group of people who have no scruples and ZERO ethics or moral fiber.

Ghostsouls August 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

These people don’t care how much things cost us. It’s not their money. They were handed a credit card with unlimited funds on it, to do with as they wish. I would like to see the checkbook for both of them, since they have been in office. Is that covered by the FOIA? Then I would like to see the same of GW Bush, and his wife, and compare what the two have cost us. Why can we not get an itemized statement, after all it IS OUR money??

Jon L Lewis August 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Shared sacrifice, the Obama way.

Spanky T Smackme August 19, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I hope the Arizona sherrif can prove the BC from Hawaii is a fraud, simply by looking at the date of issue on the ones either side of the one the white house released….Then cahrge him with everything under the sun includung treason, confiscate his ( and hers ) assets and deport him to his country of choice, Indonesia……By the by, nobody has ever proven whose passport he used to enter Pakistan on when he was in his 20′s…A no travel for Us citizens, and HE went to Indonesia first, probably to renew his INDONESIAN passport to getr to Pakistan.

demsdon'tcare August 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

The issue here is that in reality they are behaving like typical black people. You can see it everywhere but it is especially noticeable in a buffet restaurant setting. They will take an entire tray of crab, leaving nothing for anybody else. They will make sure that they are the loudest in the restaurant and they will demand the most in service. In the end they will tip the least (if they do it at all).
Obummer has that mindset. He is screwing Whitey and he likes it. That I’m afraid is the whole point. And even with him out of office we STILL have to pay his lazy, worthless a$$ for the rest of his life.

Big Mouth Cowboy August 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

How much hypocrisy can one nation take??? I’m sick of hearing how much this couple ‘cares’ – they care alright, but only about getting ahead in the little time they have left.

Eternalboomer August 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Bombastic – Michelle will NEVER be on welfare. Don’t you realize that we, the taxpayer, will be paying this family $400,000 yearly for the rest of their lives not to mention the great medical coverage our elected officials get for life.

Cake Eater August 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The author is just plain wrong when stating so many people can’t afford a vacation at all – over 30 million Americans are in permanent vacations.

lamchops August 19, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Perfectly understandable: Michelle says Barry has stinky breath.

Tess August 19, 2011 at 12:17 pm

“Let them eat cake!” she said…just before they beheaded her. Time for a revolution anyone??

The Last Patriot August 19, 2011 at 4:01 pm

LET IT COME BY GOD LET IT COME!!!

Noma August 19, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Maybe we could flash mob the WH?,