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Michelle Wears $30 Dress on $7 Million Vacation

While on a ritzy vacation that set taxpayers back at least $7 million, Michelle Obama made a public display of wearing a cheap, off the rack dress from Target that cost her about $30.

Michelle dressThe first lady was photographed arriving and departing Hawaii in the same Target Merona brand dress. What she wore while out of sight of photographers during her stay at her lavish vacation home and visits to expensive restaurants is unclear.

Michelle, who as first lady often wears high-end designer clothing and pricey accoutrements and takes exorbitant vacations to far-flung locales like South Africa, the Spanish Riviera and the finest Rocky Mountain ski slopes, works hard to maintain her regular gal image by occasionally donning cheap stuff. She brought a member of the media along a little while back to make sure she was photographed pushing a shopping cart around Target.

Including the costs of two Air Force One roundtrips to ferry President Obama back on forth to Oahu, the the taxpayer price tag for the vacation was at least $7 million.

Michelle has worn the dress before and it long ago was sold out, but similar Target dresses retail for about $30 or less.

63 Responses to Michelle Wears $30 Dress on $7 Million Vacation

    • “Michelle Obama reportedly shelled out $50,000 on “the sexiest lingerie in the world” at Agent Provocateur, The Telegraph reports.

      The first lady’s visit to the Madison Avenue store helped increase the lingerie brand’s sales by 12 percent.

      The French company is known as much for its erotic lingerie as it is for its high prices.

      The least expensive item in the store is a thong, which retails for $90. Bras and corsets start at $200, and other lingerie goes upwards of $3,000.”

      http://news.yahoo.com/michelle-obama-drops-50k-luxury-lingerie-150007836.html

      Now, flush the image out of your mind and go have breakfast.

      Side note; Nice try, but Barry STILL seems to “prefers the company of men”. Madame Excellency O, perhaps you should consider that, maybe, if you were to step away from Beyonce, it would help you feel better about yourself, at least comparitively – although your REAL competish may be from Jay-Z…

      • @AVD911 Twitter profile says “lil ole black lady born on 9-11. 60’s hippie/NERD/Delta Sigma Theta. I tweet about being black in the Age of Obama”

        To borrow from your conclusion, it DOES explain the worship avatar. But some charity is probably called for. I know very few 60’s hippies that came through that experience retaining their with full mental capacity/potential. Would also go a long way toward explaining the use of a term such as “butthurt.”

  1. She paid for that dress with her own money so of course she is going to be cheap. She is only generous spending other people’s money.

  2. As a longtime observer and critic of MrsO’s wardrobe choices that swing from a Beyonce look-a-like to a Beyonce’s house cleaner look-a-like, this dress is outstanding. It fits her frame, it’s appropriate for the occasion, it’s not too short, too tight, or too revealing.

    However, there is no way that the FLOTUS took that dress into a changing room at Target to see if it fit, then took it to the checkout counter and had it stuffed into a plastic bag. The designers at Merona more than likely had one made for her and shipped it to the WhiteHouse.

    • There you go — Just-Call-Me-Meesh is getting her down-wid-de-people dresses the high class way. I remember when she did jam herself into things without regard to how they fit — if she could squeeze into it, it fit. Exposure to Beyonce has made this worse as Meesh tries to convince herself that she’s still young.

      Another long four years ahead for us ….

    • Agreed – it does fit her well and looks more appropriate than many things she wears. None the less, back to snark…ALL HAIL TEH WONs!

  3. News Flash (or, maybe “Hot Flash”): President’s wife wears dress again. Who cares what she does – I am so tired of hearing about, listening to, seeing her…she does nothing of any major concern other than whine, blather and spend. “Off with her head,” as the French would say.

  4. Well her sandals were $100 so it wasn’t a real bargain. If you go to a certain
    website where they worship Michele’s flip flops and read the comments it should scare the living daylights out of you really. These women are so deluded by the fashion of MO it’s scary they are the same ones who voted for
    Obama because of her clothes. I bet they are the same ones complaining about the cut in their pay checks due to FICA rate going up again the completely uninformed voter that got him elected. Michelle is a very angry
    woman who thinks she deserves or is owed all the money she and her hangers on spend and it will be worse in the next four years.

    • I’d like to see what “causes” MO invents in the new term. Actually helping people help themselves would be a nice change of pace for her.

      Let’s Move was a miserable failure and unnecessary tax burden for the neediest children weren’t helped by cutting foodstamps to pay for her folly, and the middle class kids in public schools went hungry and revolted.

      Joining Forces was redundant since there are already military support groups in place while her husband was trying to cut our benefits. She should have done more to bring awareness to existing groups (like the Navy Relief who guaranteed sailors their paychecks when Obama threatened to withhold them for political kabuki).

  5. Hey everyone —look at me. I care, I buy clothes at Target just like the rest of you average Americans. Honey – which 5 star restaurant are we going to tonight? Can’t we please make another trip back to Hawaii over the long weekend for President’s Day – better yet, why don’t the girls and I take a couple of weeks over spring break and go skiing in Colorado and finish up in Hawaii – I just love traveling……I care, I buy clothes at Target just like the rest of you average Americans.

    Now don’t you all just feel better knowing they are just “average folks”?

    • Yep, President’s Day is the annual ski getaway for the girls. Where will Mooch take the royal carriage this year? Aspen? Vail? Maybe a visit to some Hollywood mogul’s Swiss chateau? Does Tarjay carry ski gear? Inquiring minds want to know.

      Champagne wishes and caviar dreams – the lifestyles of the rich and famous us proles can only dream of…

  6. Say what you want about Michelle…she’s a marketing genius. Americans are buying (literally and figuratively) everything hat she’s selling.

    Pretty good for someone who is really just “some angry black woman”.

    • Give credit where credit is due – the cultist, sycophantic press made her a fashion icon. They turned a sow’s ear into a silk purse with their control over the dumbed-down masses…

    • She is not a marketing genius. She only gives orders for others to come up with the ideas. I know first hand – an early initiative she was hoping to champion: Feds Feed Families. The planning was done by a HUGE team backed by the government comptroller’s office and in concert with the DOT. Everyone was so excited to think she would even show up. As it turns out, she reneged and egg was on a lot of faces…although people carried on. Oh, and who is buying her nonsense….the Obot voters. They may be huge in numbers and in need, but they are not exactly the most intelligent demographic. Anything bright and shinny.

  7. Mooch tore the hem out of this dress, let all the thread strings dangle down and wore this frock to a funeral in Hawaii. Not to mention the run down ratty shoes she wore, Laura Bush she ain’t!

  8. Riddle me this…

    While on these tax payer supported excursions does M Obama have her hair stylist, cook and fitness trainer with her and who pays for those luxuries.

    • I would imagine we do sadly. How pathetic she wore the same tacky
      Target dress with messy hair a mini me sweater and crappy sandals to
      a funeral how low can she go? She’s a constant embarrassment.

  9. Outrageous costs for Obama vacations are merely a small symptom of the huge growth & arrogance of the overall “White House” oligarchy… and rapid consolidation of vast Federal power into unitary Executive Branch rule.

    The Executive Branch is out of control… regardless of who the current U.S. President might be. Current White-House size & spending is staggering from both historic and Constitutional perspectives.

    White-House staffing now broadly extends to over 10,000 persons with BILLION$ in annual expenditures (lavish Presidential vacation costs are trivial specks in this spending). True size of Executive Branch staff and budget are carefully concealed, even from Congress.

    President Thomas Jefferson personally paid his staff … consisting of one messenger and one secretary. Not until 1857 did Congress appropriate money ($2,500) for the hiring of one clerk. President Grant expanded the staff to three. By 1900, the White House staff included one secretary, two assistant secretaries, two executive clerks, a stenographer, and seven other office personnel. President Harding expanded his staff to thirty-one, mostly clerical. Herbert Hoover added two more secretaries… one designated as his ‘press secretary’. FDR muddled thru the Great Depression & WWII with a remarkably small staff… even his close “Brain Trust” of top advisers often “officially” worked in other agencies — since the White House lacked statutory or budgetary authority to create new staff positions.

    Things have changed a lot. But journalists are disinterested; the ‘White House Press Corps’ is a sad joke on the American people.

    Look at TOTAL White-House spending ! 90% of it is unnecessary.

    [P.S. — that $180K per flying hour for AirForceOne is a poor measure for travel cost; it covers only a very narrow definition of costs (e.g., fuel, aircrew per diem). True AirForceOne cost is at least $1 Million per hour when more honest accounting principles are used. And AirForceOne rarely travels alone — other support aircraft/personnel/logistics cost many times the nominal expenditures on AirForceOne itself.]

    • Interesting.

      Do you have a source for your Air Force One numbers? Because if it’s a million an hour, and not a “mere” 3 grand a minute, these Hawaiian holidays would be almost 18 million bucks a pop, and that’s just on Air Force One.

      Cite your source, please. This is data I think we all want to see.

    • Oh, one more thing: You say that all the support aircraft and whatnot cost “many times” what AF1 costs. To the best of your knowledge–and source it, please–how many?

      So far, we’ve been hearing this trip cost $7 million. But if what you’re telling us is true, the number would be four or five times as much, at least.

      What’s a better estimate for how much this trip really cost, to the best of your knowledge? And more importantly, can you support that number?

      • the next highest plane in the AF / WH fleet is AF2, the C-32 (Boeing 757). Because of all the extras inside the plane and support I would place it around 95K an hour to run. The AF says a regular C-32 costs about 15K an hour. It’s been hard to nail down the figures on this one.

        On the flip side, if a C-5C is used to haul the cars and helo(s) out to site or near a location that can handle the C-5 (runway) is roughly 35K an hour. If thy use a C-17 then the cost 14.3K, but it can not hold the same amt of cargo as a C-5 soooo.. it prob takes 2 planes.

        One thing I forgot about – AF1 or 2, when traveling outside of the US or goes to any airports where the refueling source can not be verified as no contaminates, or can not or has not been guarded before the fleet’s visit, they fly in refueling trucks. Talk about bigggg bucks!

    • Americans that are fed up should shut off their tv during the ignaguration on the 21 and encourage others to do it as well. This could send a message that people are tired of the runaway spending, the rise of the debt ceiling, congress’s recent raise via the president’s executive order. The money given to the Middle East, in legal fees 1. 4 million to the D.O.J to keep Obam’s docs buried despite his promise of transparenc, his personal spending, etc, Obama’s family spent 1.2 trillion tax payer funds over his salary, expense account in a year. If he is socialist, or a Muslim and wishes to break the U.S he is succeeding sadly. His government, aides, etc are the biggest in history I had read. Obamacare has a clause muslims are exempt from the insurance mandate and the IRS tax penalty-not fair discriminates. Turn the TV off and let the government know…stop spending. Where I live the minimum wage has been the same for years as the cost of living is increasing and taxes. Planned parenthood has recieved millions.. the staffed clinics should be turned into medical clinics for all Americans men, women, and children. The money should benefit all tax payers. Use could benefit more Americans, and better serve their money.

    • you should post this message to other cites-I find it one of the most interesting I have ever read regarding the expense and the budget of Washington and the WH—not to say the obama mind set –including michelle–do us all a favor and take it some more read cite and TELL THE WORLD–these are facts that if given a source would be fascinating to most of America–I expect tho that it took a bit of research to put all this together—THANKS!!!

  10. During the campaign I read an article about designers who wanted nothing to do with Ann Romney (who I think is lovely and dresses in an attractive/appropriate manner) and they were all clamoring to ‘dress’ MO. Why? She doesn’t have a great shape and no designer seems to have discovered a style of dress that will camouflage her flaws. This dress fits her better than most that I’ve seen. French lingerie? Why isn’t she supporting American designers?

  11. The amazon woman couldn’t possibly wear anything ‘off the rack’ – not with all the junk in her trunk. I doubt if she has ever paid for a single item of clothing or jewelry since she won the lottery. Most of the time she looks like an unmade bed.

  12. They photographed her pushing the cart around Target, but did they also get the 30 Secret Service agents following her like a cloud of bees, the 18 vehicles in her caravan, the fact that the whole store was on lock down? Yeah, happens to my wife too when she goes shopping!! LOL

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