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Michelle Wears $30 Dress on $7 Million Vacation

by Keith Koffler on January 8, 2013, 8:45 am

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.


RickW January 8, 2013 at 8:51 am

“Don’t worry, Peasants. I made up for it with the lingerie under it……”

cincycinco January 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

“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.”

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…

ImNoDhimmi January 8, 2013 at 10:32 am

I wonder if Agent Provocateur carries specialized lingerie, such as might be required by a man masquerading as a woman?

Star January 8, 2013 at 10:53 am

You said thong….brain bleach!

This dress is her usual too young, printy thing with a shrug sweater. It looks more expensive–I wonder if she used her own money.

Star January 8, 2013 at 10:54 am

She is just being thrifty–sleeves cost so much more.

Girly1 January 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Her stick-like forearms are the Eighth Wonder of the World – they don’t look human. I’m mesmerized.

AAmom (@AVD911) January 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

LOL dude you should stop showing your butthurt it’s getting hilarious!

PatinGA January 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

Does the AA stand for “Alcoholics Anonymous” ..? Explains the worshipful avatar….

Chuck Thomas January 8, 2013 at 9:36 am

@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.”

DeniseVB January 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

As a recovered 60′s hippie, I remember questioning authority, then I grew up and now I question everybody :D

Lizzy January 8, 2013 at 11:15 am

Trust no one is really good advice these days I say that as another recovering 60′s hippe:-). At 62 I’m a work in progress.

Quintus Arrius January 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

AAmom(AVD911)<—-won't be laffing when sees next paycheck thx to the WON.

Susan January 8, 2013 at 10:20 am

What paycheck? Guarantee that ole 60′s hippy is riding in the cart…not pulling it.

Wigglesworth January 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

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.

cincycinco January 8, 2013 at 9:38 am


brstevens January 8, 2013 at 9:26 am

Michelle Obama wearing a $30 dress? Why, she’s just like people!

QueenOfScott January 8, 2013 at 6:23 pm

“…ordinary folks…”

DeniseVB January 8, 2013 at 9:27 am

Why she’s just like me ! /sarc

srdem65 January 8, 2013 at 9:49 am

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.

Anonna January 8, 2013 at 12:38 pm

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 ….

QueenOfScott January 8, 2013 at 6:27 pm

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!

Mrs Compton January 8, 2013 at 10:44 pm

They took two of em and sewed em together. The dress cost $60 plus labor. Look for the union label.

Noma January 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

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.

Lizzy January 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

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.

DeniseVB January 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

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).

Anonna January 8, 2013 at 12:40 pm

I’d love to see her address teen pregnancy, but that would mean criticizing the behavior of a future voting block and its parents. Not likely to happen.

QueenOfScott January 8, 2013 at 6:30 pm

That is the cause I have always said she should take up – unwed, teen pregnancy. This problem has a much larger detrimental long term effect on society than chubby kids.

Mrs Compton January 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm

And a tad racist to boot!

QueenOfScott January 8, 2013 at 6:31 pm

I sure don’t want to see the glow-in-the-dark green toenail polish again…

Julie Brueckheimer January 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

I like that Liz Taylor Butterfield 8 slip dress shown on Michelle Obama’s Mirror.

lc southern January 8, 2013 at 10:23 am

it’s called Tarjay…not Target lol I shop there.

WMP January 8, 2013 at 10:30 am

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”?

Susan January 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

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…

AFVet January 8, 2013 at 11:40 am

Yeah, as she departs from the most expensive aircraft in the world !

Michael January 8, 2013 at 10:37 am

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”.

Susan January 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm

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…

Noma January 8, 2013 at 12:33 pm

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.

Mrs Compton January 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm

With their EBT cards.

Jeep January 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

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!

KmB January 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

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.

Lizzy January 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

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.

Corey January 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

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.]

Darkangel January 8, 2013 at 12:19 pm


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.

Darkangel January 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

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?

Noma January 8, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Stick to one syllable words, Dark. And keep your citing to yourself. We’ve had enough sightings here with the BIG MO.

Otis Driftwood January 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm

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!

Sharon January 9, 2013 at 1:39 am

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.

CAROL GORRELL May 6, 2013 at 7:36 pm

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!!!

Brenda A. January 8, 2013 at 12:18 pm

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?

MichelleIndependent January 8, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Well, gee, Moochie, that makes up for the $7 million you and your boob “husband” (wink, wink) blew in Hawaii….sure it does.

Anonna January 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm

$30 is a lot of money to spend on a dress when you have my budget.

Girly1 January 8, 2013 at 12:48 pm

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.

MichelleIndependent January 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

$30 or $3,000…it does not matter.
Mooch looks like a slob.

The First Beard can make a designer gown look like a cheap shower curtain.
Mooch is a crass Commie cow.

Lizzy January 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

She never makes a dress look good no matter how much it cost. She
continues to dress like a thin 20 year old.

jane thompson March 29, 2013 at 7:46 pm

she needs to push away from the food bag.

P. Diddy January 8, 2013 at 9:11 pm

And it still looks like some ugly kitchen curtains from 1959.

Davehd2009 January 13, 2013 at 9:50 am

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

jane thompson March 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Its a wonderful life if you can buy it.
Which the thug did by buying votes.
what a guy!

John Smith May 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

You can take the girl out of the hood but you can’t take the hood out of the girl. Fricking cockroaches.

ISpanx May 1, 2013 at 10:35 pm

She paid $30 for THAT!!!????? Boy, did she get ripped off!

Cal June 17, 2013 at 3:55 pm

The vacation did not “set taxpayers back at least $7 million”. Quit lying.

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