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Michelle to Remain in Hawaii, Costing Taxpayers Over $100K

President Obama will return to Washington from Hawaii Thursday while First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters plan to continue their vacation, adding at least $100,000 and probably more than $200,000 to taxpayer costs for the excursion.

Instead of accompanying her husband home on Air Force One, Mrs. Obama will fly on her own Air Force jet at a later date and require security and staff to remain in place in Hawaii for the length of her stay, which reportedly could extend until January 6.

Michelle laughing

The White House does not reveal the price tag for the Obamas’ vacations. But an estimate can be made given several known and likely expenses.

Assuming Mrs. Obama uses the type of plane she has flown before to Hawaii, the Air Force C-40B Special Mission Aircraft, the cost of a flight from Honolulu to Washington would be about $63,000. If the C-40B must be flown out to Hawaii to retrieve Mrs. Obama, as would seem likely, the first lady’s travel costs could amount to about $126,000, assuming the jet is dispatched from Washington.

And the cost would be much higher still if a supply-carrying cargo jet comes home along with Michelle in addition to the cargo jet that accompanies Air Force One – particularly if that jet too must be flown out to Hawaii just for Mrs. Obama.

Once you throw in the tens of thousands of dollars that must be dished out to house, pay, and support the military and Secret Service assets enlisted to protect Mrs. Obama – as well as other support staff – the price tag for her stay is probably in excess of $200,000, and possibly much more, depending on how long she remains on vacation.

Mrs. Obama flew to Hawaii separately from the president in 2010 and 2011, in those cases leaving early with the family while he finished work with Congress and then joined them for the remainder of the vacation.

If Obama strikes an early deal on the fiscal cliff and then returns to Hawaii to finish up his vacation, the tab for taxpayers would be extraordinary. Air Force One costs about $180,000 an hour to fly, and the roundtrip taxpayer-funded ticket for the nine-hour flight would amount to about $3.24 million.

Obama plans to fly out of Hawaii Wednesday night at about 10:00 pm local time, which would get him to the White House at around 12:30 pm ET on Thursday.

462 Responses to Michelle to Remain in Hawaii, Costing Taxpayers Over $100K

  1. Keith, thank you for pointing all this humbug out. Obummer returning to DC is, as a few here have mentioned, nothing more than a show. More ‘TV face time’ for our Celeb in Chief.
    He will be writing the ‘script’ on the flight back, get it loaded into the teleprompter and be ready to start barfing it out even before he lands.
    I bet that within the first two sentences out of his mouth be blames the Republicans for the failure to get a ‘deal’ done.

  2. Congress needs to limit expenses a president can incur for vacations. Michelle’s is obviously not smart enought to figure out that this country is broke.

  3. They need to pay for their own vacations like everyone else does, they do not pay for ours. so sick of this man I really am. USE YOUR OWN MONEY NOT OURS!!!!

  4. she would care less what the taxpayer cost is..her and the obamation will waste spend throw away as much taxpayer dollars as possible….they are commies!!

  5. So what she is our Queen… Spend our money like it was worthless… Heck it is look at the government check book… It is empty… but Our King and Queen dont care… Let them eat cake…
    Just be Happy to see how they smile and spend….

  6. $100K is mere chump change to the Obamas when they’re busy spending your hard earned tax dollars. Didn’t the entire Hawaiian vacation cost $4M to begin with? Besides, they deserve it. ; )

  7. Wow, not much left that I can say, all the previous comments pretty well covered this issue. The British Royal Family is much more frugal than the Obama’s. Many families across the country are doing without while the First Grifters continue mooching off the taxpayers.

  8. Once more the ape like wife of Nobama is again screwing over taxayers with her vacations. They have exceeded to date $1.9B and within the next few years will double that. All the time, Washington burns, the Neros play!

  9. Lets see,fiscal cliff, over spending ? Doesn’t this trash Michelle Obama have a home, it’s called the White House. And even IF they went away, why Hawaii? Don’t they have a home in Chicago.

    • Yup. You’re ruled by emotions. Describes the rabid right perfect – you have nothing but hate. No logic, no reason, no information. Just hate. How sad for you.

  10. [email protected] says:

    I can’t help but wonder if this isn’t a ruse to give Obama a plausible reason for returning to D.C. early. He was barely engaged in meaningful negotiations before leaving to Hawaii so what has changed that he now needs to be at the WH for? I wonder if there isn’t something more ominous about to happen that requires his presence like maybe having to be in the War Room? Just asking!

  11. Same story, different year. The O’s will never change. But someday – perhaps after he’s out of office – we’ll find out why they never go to their nice home in Chicago to spend their family holidays.

    • After all the fuss about saying that Chicago is his home town
      why don’t they spend the holiday there just once?!
      It would sure make Mrs. Robinson happy I am sure.

  12. Let me get this straight!! O is coming back home to get that deal
    and then he’s gong to go back to Hawaii at taxpayer cost to
    finish up his vacation which would take him to 2 weeks
    before his re-inaugural?!! Don’t those Obama girls
    have to go back to school before January 6th?!
    I guess Michelle must not have any schedule now
    until the inaugural.

  13. TO MAKE A BIG DEAL OVER 100K-200K IN ADDITIONAL EXP. IS FOOLISH

    IF YOUR ARE UPSET ABOUT THAT LOOK AT WHAT THEY ARE SPENDING OVERALL============

    THEY SHOULD HAVE NEVER WENT IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND CANCELED IT WAY BEFORE THE LAST DAY TO SAVE THE TAX PAYER MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.!

    EXECUTIVES IN PIRVIATE INDUSTRY HAVE TO CANCEL VACATIONS ALL OF THE TIME WHEN A MAJOR PROJECT DOSEN’T GET FINISHED.
    ISN’T THE PRES . OF THE US TO BE HELD TO A HIGHER STANDARD.?

  14. I believe history will remember him as a wonderful president, who had a classy wife. I hope it won’t be so, but the media is enamored or in cohoots with the WH.

    Reminds me of how history remembers FDR.

  15. […] I’d say not very.  Afterall, going on a taxpayer funded jaunt to Hawaii days before the looming deadline is rather egalitarian, yet since he is “cutting it short” and returning this week rather than in 2 weeks he’s seen as taking it seriously.   Meanwhile Michelle and the girls will be staying the additional 2 weeks while us taxpayers fund it at a cost of several hundreds of thousands of dollars. […]

  16. You can thank yourselves, America, for voting the Thief-in-Chief in for another 4 years! We’ll now be continuing to pay for his vacations, excursions, and frivolous spending of our ever-increasing tax dollars.

  17. I wish someone with a wide audience influence would start a campaign to flood the WH message centers with a STOP THE LAVISH VACATIONS!
    I would love to know if there are ANY restrictions on how much a First Family can use of tax payer’s money for their personal vacations. What if a future President decided to spend the holidays in Tahiti or New Zealand or South Africa? Can they just go anywhere they desire, for as long as they desire and spend as much money as they desire?
    At the very least, I think the WH needs to know that we Americans do not approve!

  18. Then we have on a flight to Africa Michell’s mother and both children were listed as staff; meaning their costs were covered bythe government. These people are a joke.

  19. Even on Christmas you can’t help but express your raw hatred for our President and his wife. Why do you stay in this country. You hate everything we stand for. Just leave.

  20. And the public spoke badly of GW, when he went to his home in Texas on his working vacation. Not their money paying for their vacation. Explain that to the working people.

  21. Media compares Pres. Obama to Lincoln. Then that means Michelle spends like Mrs. Lincoln. Mrs. Lincoln was decorating the White House for thousands when the soldiers didn’t have money for new boots.

  22. NOthing too good for them, especially when we are paying for it. This man could have negotiated in good faith to begin with and saved us this trouble. He didn’t! Boehner was negotiating with himself. The CIC just had to get another “paid for” golf trip in. We are so screwed.

  23. The girls return to school on Jan 7 (according to the Sidwell Friends calendar). Though leaving Hawaii on Jan 6 won’t give them much time to shake off that jet lag. Michelle doesn’t even take her own kids into consideration.

  24. What’s a couple hundred thousand among friends. Besides, I need a taxpayer funded vacation after that long and exhausting campaign. It’s hard work being the first lady, so quit complaining and go back to work.

  25. greetings

    i have heard some really silly and down right stupid things said but alas you people are out of your minds, you people are the reason i am an independent, you are all at best liars manipulating the facts to suit your needs or just stupid,( my wife says you are either evil or stupid) if the truth is not meeting your needs create your own, until we get rid of the political parties nothing will change, but without the republicats you all would not know what to think, or have your stale talking points to fall back on.

  26. The “caring” Obama Tribe is nothing but a group of moochers and spendthrifts.
    Last night, in NY Penn Station, we met a little black boy who dropped his dinner. He was vexed. My wife and I gave him $5 and he thanked us, revealing that he and his mother or grandmother slept in Penn Station.

    We did not begrude the $5 given in the name of Jesus Christ, but I abhor the Obama’s callous spending on themselves and Mama Robinson.

    The parable of Dives and Lazarus comes to mind when I hear of the luxury the Obama Clan indulges on themselves and the crumbs tossed under the table to the dogs, as it were.

    And with inflation up in our average by 30%, as we shop in our thrifty grocery stores, I am incensed that the Obama family is immune from its effects but the rest of us aren’t.

    The Obama Family is SCUM, to use the acronymn of another: Socialist, Communist,Utopian, Marxist. Think Obama, think SCUM.

    • How sad for you. You have no idea what Marxism is. And you’re post, while mentioning Jesus Christ if hate filled nonsense. Jesus was not about hate, child. If you took the time to learn about Jesus and learn about Marxism you would learn of love and you would stop posting silly lies. Good luck.

  27. The previous presidents have taken their Christmas break at Camp David, saving the taxpayers millions for security personnel, who were therefore allowed to be at home with their families. This is the first president to go against that wonderful tradition. Here the Obamas are again burning up taxpayers’ money, and with no conscience or thought of what they are doing. If I had a gun, I would use it against them.

  28. HEY LEAVE THE QUEEN ALONE !!!!!! She has to stay in Hawaii cause she has already scheduled several appointments to get her big fat A** waxed. And given the size of that A##, it will take several weeks. You go Queenie, we know you got some skin in the game. and buffer….