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Michelle’s Spanish Idyll Cost Taxpayers $467K

by Keith Koffler on April 26, 2012, 6:29 pm

Judicial Watch is reporting that Michelle’s dream excursion to the Spanish Rivera in June 2010 cost  taxpayers $467,000.

From the report:

The following are highlights from the U.S. Air Force records, which indicate a total cost of $213,124.15:

  • According to U.S. Department of Defense’s 2010 published hourly rates, the total cost of flying Michelle Obama and her guests from Camp Andrews to Malaga and then to Mallorca and back to the United States was $199,323.75. This is based on approximately 17 hours and 15 minutes of total flying time.
  • The 15-member flight crew stayed at Tryp Guadalmar, a nearby motel. Lodging cost was $10,290.60 and car rental cost was $2,633.50. Food cost was $876.30, including $57.68 for four bottles of maple syrup and a package of pancake mix.

The U.S. Air Force concealed the number of civilian passengers who accompanied Mrs. Obama on the five-day trip, citing an exemption to FOIA law. (The New York Times previously reported that Mrs. Obama brought along one of her daughters and “two friends and four of their daughters, as well as a couple of aides and a couple of advance staff members.”)

Secret Service records, meanwhile, show that the costs to the agency for the vacation were $254,461.20. This total includes $26,670.61 for a chauffeur tour of Costa del Sol and $50,078.78 for a travel planning company SET P&V, S.L. (George Soros is 50% owner of the travel company.) Taxpayers also paid the bill for separate lodging for a dog and its handler.

This probably understates the cost. I would assume a separate cargo plane accompanied Michelle to bring the vehicles and other gear required for first lady-type travel.

Last year she followed this up with a 2011 vacation to South Africa, though some “official” business was included in this journey. If she wants to do this kind of travel during an election year, I’m sure the Romney’s will help foot the bill.

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Mike Lester April 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Keith,
You are too modest. You were out front on this story. And I’m not the only one who knows it.

btw: I’ll be having that D.C. drink after June 1.
Cheers,
ML

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Mike C April 27, 2012 at 1:29 am

double cheers to you, Keith,,
That pig loves being queen.
I want a first lady to be proud of,
I want a first family that is not embarassing.
Let’s eat some Kebo beef while people struggle.
Marie antionette? help me here.

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AZ Granny April 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

Thank you, Keith for staying on this story! I followed the link to Judicial Watch and from there to the Air Force and Secret Service charges. It astounds me that they even charged their chewing gum and mints to taxpayers. Not only that but a Woman’s Day, Elle and Fitness magazine. Why don’t they have to pay out of pocket for items like that? The whole trip should be reimbursed, not just their magical math calculations for their portion which supposedly is comparable to a commercial flight ticket. If they didn’t go, there would have been no expense at all.

I hope the RNC, Republicans, or anybody/somebody makes a great video about all these excesses. I can’t believe how uncaring and self indulgent the Obamas are, while the rest of America struggles to get by.

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Anonna April 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm

I thought the Obamas were supposed tobe paying for personal expenses during such trips. Surely those magazines were not necessary except for entertainment!

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MaryOhSoContrary April 26, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I can’t remember the last time I frivolously wasted $4 at the check out for a magazine. Seriously…think of the extras we are all doing without…and the MILLIONAIRE, $600 Lavin sneaker wearing Mrs. O CANNOT drop $20 at a newsstand?!?

Where are is the Romney Team on this. It’s a gift with a big Obama turquoisey blue ribbon.

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Mike C April 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

they look for every loophole to suck off the govenment. it is some kind of inbred philosphy of his.

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Sadie April 26, 2012 at 7:32 pm

She gets the award!

“Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award”

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Anonna April 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I believe this is how MoochMore is taking what she considers to be her salary as 1st Lady. She expected a salary, I surmised from the flurry of shouldn’t flotus be paid articles – asnd I believe this her way of extracting that money from taxpayers’ pocket.

Shame on this third rate celeb-wannabe – talentless except for working the system to her advantage.

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Sadie April 26, 2012 at 7:52 pm

“…talentless except for working the system to her advantage.”

The two of them have had decades to hone their skills.

“For the First Time in My Adult Lifetime, I’m Really Proud of My Country”

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Just2old April 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Thanks Keith: sickening

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nelly April 26, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Thank you Keith–wouldn’t it be fun to total up the costs of ALL those vacations, date nights, ski trips etc. . .that we humble taxpayers have been stuck with by the the grifters presently housed in the WH?

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Kem Cho April 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Obama criticizes Romney for being rich. However, Obamas, as they claim are not rich but they definitely live like rich people at tax payers money. Just do not judge Obamas by what they do? They really are waging war on poor people by their lavish spending. Oh, I forgot. Obama administration has been borrowing over a trillion dollars for last 3 years to pay for what they think is right for us.

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Moe April 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Blaming people for being rich is just sickening to me. Don’t we as Americans all aspire to greatness? I can’t stand the way this administration demonizes people for success, so wrong.

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Girly1 April 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

One can only imagine what this greedy, America-hating welfare queen will do with another 4 years! Believe it or not, she is probably exercising restraint now that the election is 6 months away. That’s not to say she doesn’t sneak around every day – spending like it’s going out of style.

Has anyone figured out who is paying for her tacky wardrobe? She has never worn the same outfit twice! Figure at least 3 wardrobe changes per day x 365 days x 4 years and it equals 3380 outfits plus shoes and accessories. We know she blew $50K at the trashy lingerie shop in NYC …one can only imagine what the rest of her trash is costing us! One thing for sure, Barky is not paying for it!

We could bail out Greece and the rest of the EU for what these thieves have cost us!

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Anonna April 26, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Oh, a part of the current smoke and mirror show is that she has begun wearing some clothes a secong time. “Transparent” is a good word for these people after all — transparently manipulative.

Who pays for it? I’d love to know if her wearing something at one of their endless events makes it a business tax deduction.

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Mike C April 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

that is a great question, girly.
But the greater question is who on earth buys those fugly clothes. I guess it is hard to be a stylist for a moose.

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Lizzy April 27, 2012 at 4:15 am

Those ugly clown sleeveless clothes aren’t cheap. The mini me sweaters are usually L’Wren Scot run around $700 and that junk jewelery is very costly. There are rules for this Nancy Reagan had to
donate a gown made for her by Oscar De la renta a personal friend from
the old Hollywood days. Does anyone really think she pays or returns
any of these atrocities? We should know she’s th one who’s made herself a ‘style icon’ so transparency would be needed and should be
investigated. Some odd those belts the smaller ones cost up to and over $1200.

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regina April 27, 2012 at 8:35 am

girly1 i could not agree with you more!!!!

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Susan April 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Thank you for keeping on top of this Keith. How sad that it took the Obama administration two years to answer this FOIA request. It is equally sad that Judicial Watch had to file a lawsuit against them before they even bothered to respond. If I remember correctly the WH said Mooch made this trip to Spain to console her friend who had recently lost her father. Yeah whatever. She took an exotic vacation to the Spanish Riviera, on the taxpayers dime, while the rest of America languished in a recession. Still think it is bizarre that she was in Spain for the algae king’s birthday. He flew off to Chicago for a bachelor birthday party celebration and spent the night in the family home that Rezko helped them buy. Good times with Reggie & Okra.

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MaryOhSoContrary April 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Keith…just wanted to join your other regular visitors and give you a cyber high five. You have kept this story going..and a lot of our fellow citizenry don’t understand TARP; the Muslim Brotherhood; Fast and Furious; the HHS $8 billion dollar slush fund; ObamaCare being a disaster; voter fraud via illegals casting ballots…BUT THEY DO UNDERSTAND the millionairesse Michelle shaking down the taxpayers for luxuries they themselves will NEVER see.

The Spanish Riviera…charging (to the taxpayers) magazines, breath mints and FOUR bottles of maple syrup (while most of America is living on WalMart’s $2 Great Value brand). Think of it…are there maple trees in Spain? I would guess no…so it was imported. And in a week they went thru FOUR bottles of the stuff? I have teenage boy eating machines and they don’t go thru a bottle of runny GV syrup in a week. Is maple involved in some glam spa treatment.

Mitt Romney Campaign…we have clean up needed in the syrup aisle.

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AZ Granny April 27, 2012 at 7:59 am

>>Mitt Romney Campaign…we have clean up needed in the syrup aisle.<<
LOL Mary, they purchased the FOUR bottles of syrup at Sam's Club. I bet they're giant bottles of syrup!

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Andy from Beaverton April 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I didn’t see a breakdown of Secret Service expenses. Don’t the guys get reimbursed for their escort service expenses ?

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Lizzy April 27, 2012 at 4:25 am
Lizzy April 27, 2012 at 4:57 am

Her recent event sweater $795 don’t know about the skirt and top struggling
and sacrificing for us again!

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MaryOhSoContrary April 27, 2012 at 5:55 am

$795?!? Gee, for that price ya’d think she’d buy one that fits.

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Lizzy April 27, 2012 at 6:10 am

Oh but it’s a L’Wren Scott designer sweater you know Mick’s girl. The
sweaters were designed for younger and thinner women not MO.

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sportinlife10 April 27, 2012 at 8:19 am

…adding my voice to the chorus: well done, Keith.
And I love it that you’re still after them, i.e. no costs revealed yet for separate cargo plane w/SUVs, etc.

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regina April 27, 2012 at 8:33 am

they should have to pay back every dime for all of the personal trips we have paid for in the last 4 years plus the friends and family we have paid god know what… it just makes me sick! why anyone would vote for him again is beyond me.

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MNdoc6307 April 27, 2012 at 9:26 am

If the company reimbursed me for chewing gum, magazines, clothes and other incidentals, the IRS requires me to report it as income, and pay taxes accordingly. Do the ‘O’s”?

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Anonna April 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

I have already seen an obot post that said something along the lines of “I don’t want to hear about this until you have an article that lists every single bit of travel, etc., for every President.”

I guess the kool-aid is powerful.

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The Original April 27, 2012 at 10:07 am

Did you see the one comment on that article? It is amazing how people will come to the rescue of the Obama’s EVERY SINGLE TIME!

I remember reading a book one time that had all the details of a trip that the Clintons took to Africa. Now, it was a state visit, but they did a lot of running around. Anyway, there was a vehicle that was sent along that actually had to be partially diss-esembled and then re-esembled in Africa. It was a vehicle that was not necessarily needed, but demanded by the Clintons.

Also in that book, on a trip to FL one time, Hillary left her sunglasses at an event. She discovered it as they were leaving in the helicopter. They were on their way to AF1. She DEMANDED that they return to get her sunglasses. Well, it was impossible because of the process of clearing airspace. She went ballistic. Turned out they found the sunglasses and someone had them delivered to her personally in DC.

Maybe all of the Presidents have mis-used services provided by us the taxpayers for THEM. I sure hope not. I want to believe that we can trust the people we put in the WH a little bit. Maybe there needs to be some kind of provisions that stop this mis-use of taxpayer funds.

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So Tired April 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Linking this informative comment posted by Anthony, Washington, DC USA, 27/4/2012 on the Daily Mail’s site in response to their story about this Judicial Watch report:

As a pilot I know a regular 747 uses 36,000 gallons of fuel on a 10 Hour Flight. At 6.00 a gallon average that’s 216,000.00 for fuel on a one-way flight. So it’s 432,000.00 for a round trip flight. When you combine all the C5 Transport planes for the Limos, Suburbans, Secret Service Vehicles you end up with a fleet of at least 10-15 planes for this entourage. On top of that there are Re-Fueling planes following, F15 & F18 / Raptor Fighter Jets following, an Aircraft Carrier Close by and other classified protection measures. I would say the dollar Figure is closer to 15-20 million conservatively. This Chicago-Style Creative Book-Keeping by the current Administration is Bankrupting the Country so much more than the media reports. 4 More years of this will destroy the America we all know and Love. If Obama truly loved America, he would not seek Re-Election for the Good of the Country. Worst President in the history of America.
- Anthony, Washington, DC USA, 27/4/2012 15:56

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2135914/Michelle-Obamas-Spanish-vacation-cost-taxpayers-500-000.html#ixzz1tIexe500

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OMAR FUENTES January 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm

I totally agree with most of the comments about those expenses at a time when we are all suffering trying to save any penny we can. My only problem with all the claims is the sudden memory “lapsus memoriae” from Republicans in general of the times when we spend billions of dollars searching for WMS, not to mention the loss of thousands of innocent lives. I did not hear any of those complaining voices for those “outrageous expenses”! Just let’s be fair.

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