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Michelle Vacationing Separately From President Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama plans to vacation in Aspen, Colorado this Presidents’ Day weekend, separately from her husband, who will land this evening in West Palm Beach for his own down time with the boys.

According to Aspen newspapers, both Michelle and Vice President Biden are expected on the slopes. The White House has not yet announced the trip, and it’s not clear when she will be leaving, though she will presumably go today.

Michelle’s separate excursion from the president means that, even as the government prepares to slash spending as the March 1 sequester approaches, taxpayers will be footing the bill for two separate Obama vacations, paying for items like travel and the expensive security and staff entourages that accompany them everywhere.

What’s more, the Obamas just completed an exorbitant vacation to Hawaii, from which they returned January 6. The president billed taxpayers for two roundtrip tickets on Air Force One – which costs approximately $180,000 an hour to use – after he returned to Washington mid-vacation to deal with the Fiscal Cliff.

Michelle spent the entire 17 days in Hawaii, meaning she’s back on vacation at taxpayer expense just weeks after a resting for more than two weeks in paradise.

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475 Responses to Michelle Vacationing Separately From President Obama

  1. Must be nice to live like kings off of the taxpayers back. Meanwhile, back in the real world, my family hasn’t had a vacation since he took office.

  2. This is all a game to them. He is a dictator, and set on just making money for himself, by paying the minorities to vote for him. He Will ruin this country, and it won’t take that long. Tax, Tax, Tax. Break the back of the middle class.

  3. I assume michelle antoinette will be telling us all to est cake while she spends our millions on her monthly vacation. And perhaps she is going to colorado to smoke some legal ganja

  4. Yes, they really do care about the economy and folks losing their homes and starving. We Vets get a slap in the face while they spend, spend our money. I guess when you never had anything and then overnight become a millionaire with card blanch to anything you just abuse it. Thank you Mr President, enjoy your golf and Michelle I didn’t even know you knew how to ski. Careful of those slippery slopes!!!
    PS, didn’t I hear that Barack will not REST!!! and take care of business.

  5. I bet we wouldn’t have to ask the successful of this nation to pay more taxes if the entitled political leeches, the life’s skaters, all of them, both parties, both chambers, all branches had to pay for their extravagance out of their own pocket instead of the easy money corruption that we have now with taxes that is used to fund Washington!

    I bet, if instead of a Federal Budget, that if we tell our representatives in Washington (House, Senate, Presidency) that their ‘income and benefits and retirement package’ is what is left over after all the spending to “run” the government from a 4 Trillion dollar purse that at the end is to be divided equally among them, that they damn will sure budget that money and get the most bang for their buck and that silly legislation would never see the light of day as the responsibility of the Federal Government and keep as much of that money in their coffers for their bigger payday at the end of the fiscal year!

  6. Strange how the media will probably not make waves about this split vacation. The tabloid rags will proably make more of it. No matter where the first family goes for r&r, it’s all part of the job perks. Congress certainly gets its fair share of PAC holidays and junkets while on hiatus. We tax payers will continue to endure the brunt of all these costs. Even when we write to the White House or our local representatives we get the “bed bug” letter. It’s time for serious laws changing term limits: maybe a 5 or 6 year term for just one crack at the White House and a two term limit for the House and Senate. Maybe this would crack down on PAC and other lobby interests.

  7. you gop lemmings are just so easily manipulated – it is truly insane. drudge, fox news, limbaugh, beck, coulter, malkin, koffler, etc etc etc are all frauds, mostly sociopaths, disingenuous GOPropagandists, and Liars who view their followers as useful morans.

      • Not only MAD Cow.. but how about Sharpton the Moron? Matthews who wets his pants.. O’Donnell who shows Derangement on adaily basis Just for starters

    • People, Mr. Richards here is a perfect example of an LIV. This statement is as bad if not worse than any FOX fanatic. Mr. Richards those of us that do not partake in this internet or MSM sickness of “I read it or saw it here and here so it must be true” protocol. We receive our information from the news aggregators, Reuters, AP, Gannet, PRN, UPI, AFP, FT, et al., then cross investigate this information through various bona fide studies, statistics, etc. to foment an advised opinion. The contrast between this and MSM is staggering. As a result of our eunuch 4rth estate we can’t stand either party as we already know, based on history that in 2014 the Pugs will take over both the House and Senate then onto the general in 2016 where once again the political carpet baggers from both parties begin this sick and twisted cycle of looking for corners in round rooms allegedly supported by folks like you Mr. Richards. No one truly has any clue what’s taking place due to the non-transparency of Obama’s administration when I thought Bush would hold that mantle for generations to come, I was wrong. Unfortunately due to succumbing to being told what to think by the TV chuckleheads we’ll experience some truly terrifying moments during this sick and twisted perverted political process. Just remember, it’s not the system, it’s the players and this game they continue to play will be about over in 4 years for both sides of the isle.

  8. What the…. It’s been ONLY 6 WEEKS since we were hearing about their Hawaiian vacation. Do these people ever do ANYTHING besides live off of taxpayers dime, vacationing all over the place?? I guess I shouldn’t complain, the more they are away from our nation’s capitol the better!!

  9. VACATION! Who in the middle class that the POTUS says he is trying to help EVER gets this type or frequency of vacations? They just did what most of use would consider a once in a lifetime vacation to that island state. They do vacations like I go the the local C-store.

    These “people” are so out of touch!

  10. When Gerald Ford was in the WH, he returned from Camp David and the Head of the WH residence budget told him that he owed So much added to what was budgeted for the residence living expenses. Reason=Ford’s son had a big party at the WH. THe taxpayers are not responsible for parties etc over what is budgeted. So who is paying for all these parties , grand meals–high on the hog life style of this classless couple. At Obumo’s birthday with kids present a comedian gave his “jokes” full of 4 letter words. This country has seen people put into positions they were not qualified for but grew-excelled in many cases. These people have taken this office into reverse. Arrogant , petty people.

  11. LOL, there is no place in Aspen where one can escape the wafting scent of sewage from the sanitation plant. If Mrs. Obama doesn’t mind vacationing in what’s now the most beautiful cesspool on the planet then what can I say. I’m not going back until this unexplained smell is identified and dispatched as it permeates your clothing to the point where your closet starts smelling. No thanks and to think this is the final result of wealthy liberals…..I just gagged seriously…..carry on.

    • “standing ovations”? oh dear. Evan, are you 10 years old and this was your first SOTU address, or are you just ignorant? anyone who’s ever watched one of these knows that every president gets multiple standing ovations, even your reviled George W. Bush.

      next you’re going to tell us that you knew it was a great speech because people applauded when Obama walked into the room.

      and I don’t know what “conservatives” you heard praising him (hint: David Brooks and Joe Scarborough don’t count), but the conservative writers who matter thought the speech was pedestrian, basically a wish-list of lefty causes that have no chance of passing (thank goodness) interspersed with misleading or flat-out wrong statistics.

      omg, I’m still laughing about your “standing ovation” comment…

  12. I hope she has a good time tell Barry to stay away from Tigers house in Palm Beach or Michelle will be all over him like a cougar on a crippled chicken ya’ll be safe now heh…

    Newsjet Magazine

  13. This is typical of them with the vacationing thing! They know that times are really hard now for the average American and they relish throwing it into the Americans faces that they can live lavishly and have the hard working,struggling taxpayer pay for it! There is a name for how their living!! They really are no different from their welfare base!

  14. “…his own down time with the boys.” – Keith Koffler

    To judge by Obama;s actions, “down time with the boys” is probably more apt than Mr. Koffler intends…

  15. It is quite obvious that she needs a man once in a while so Aspen has a town full of available men. He on the other hand is having a weekend with men also. Well you can say they have similar interest.

  16. I simply want my tax dollars returned to me. I did not authorize either one of them any vacation leave. We have work to do…stop screwing about.

  17. I expected no less than multiple vacations from these two. The campaign trail was brutal .. they had to tone it down and look responsible for a whole three or four months.

    Don’t worry, they will more than make up for it now. She is in Aspen making plans for her NEXT big globe trotting trip – this is just a break in between. She even gave up the “let’s move” campaign and is now just doing it herself. Lets move .. Hawaii, Aspen, Paris, Rome, where next?

    Let’s play the game .. “Where’s Moocher”

  18. These V.IP.’s deserve the very best the taxpayers can provide. Civil servants and first ladies are superior life forms. How dare the rubes speak a word against the honorable royalty whose expensive shoes demand to be kissed. This insolence and derision must cease lest thy carcass be tossed into the regional FEMA facility.

  19. so MOCHELLE goes GORGING in Aspen.. and Barry ??? Will he go to a “mans” sauna or is Valerie Jarrett going to ” calm his frayed nerves?

  20. The Obamas could not care less about how much their vacations cost us, the taxpayers. They think they are entitled to spend limitlessly. He is deliberately trying to bankrupt the country, and separate vacations add to his “progress” in doing that. They are clueless about economics. What a pair of zeros! May God save our nation from these two clowns!

  21. In fairness to everyone, I dug up some budget numbers – (2012)
    for taking care of the First Family:

    • President’s salary and allowance: $450,000
    • White House building operating expenses: $14,658,000
    • White House Grounds: $6,057,000
    • Vacations: $20,000,000
    • Health care for the first family, including traveling medical staff and equipment: $7,000,000
    • Campaign expenses not reimbursed to government: $311,000,000
    • White House staff: $7,985,420
    • Office of Administration budget: $14,481,000
    • Special missions including White House Communications Agency: $161,252,000
    • Military salary costs: $153,441,360
    • Salary costs for presidential airlift squadron: $75,000,000
    • Presidential plane fleet: $44,000,000
    • Presidential helicopter fleet: $300,000,000
    • Ground transportation: $2,200,000
    • Transportation total: $346,200,000
    • Secret Service: $259,152,884 (for WH Protection)

    Now here is a new tidbit on aircraft reimbursement – but this was for presidential campaigning. It does not matter if it was official or a campaign stop –

    Because of a regulatory change in 2010, instead of repaying the government based on the cost of first-class commercial airfare, as presidents had since Jimmy Carter defeated Gerald R. Ford, reimbursements must now reflect the cost of chartering a 737 aircraft. (Air Force One, the name for whichever plane in the fleet carries the president, is usually a 747.) (NY Times article 4/2012)

    Does this apply to vacations, I’m not sure. Cost per hour of a rental 737 depends on the model body. I have seen lo of 5K and a high of 20K-40K.

    No matter which way you look at it, still one heck of a deal. And guess what, according to the annual budget breakdown we as taxpayers give the First Family an allowance of $20M. Yes, that’s right, $20M

    Do remember, the above numbers do not include the cost for running the WH Policy Operations.

    Ok, it’s friday and now my head hurts. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, drinks are on me!

  22. Wow, this struck a nerve.
    MooChow is dating Joe Biden on the ski slopes and Barry is continuing his love affair with Reggie Love on the golf course?
    Who knew?

  23. ” The president billed taxpayers for two roundtrip tickets on Air Force One – which costs approximately $180,000 an hour to use – after he returned to Washington mid-vacation to deal with the Fiscal Cliff.

    Michelle spent the entire 17 days in Hawaii, meaning she’s back on vacation at taxpayer expense just weeks after a resting for more than two weeks in paradise.”

    and what are we supposed to do about it? we got mad for 4 years and he still won.

    I am not letting this stuff get to me anymore-it’s a complete waste of time

  24. You gotta pity the poor President. He just returned from Hawaii less than 2 months ago and he already needs another vacation.I hope you liberals enjoy your downfall. YOU were warned about putting that Socialist back in the White House for another 4 years. He and the Queen go on expensive vacations, sometimes separately, courtesy of the taxpayers, enjoying lavish get togethers with wealthy people and rubbing elbows with Hollyweard stars. Now, you will reap what you sow. Boy, what a bunch of hypocritical nuts you are. You badmouth big business while wanting to get a job. On second thought, you probably only want “Free” Government cheese and a Obamaphone anyway and not have to work to get it. Go ahead and keep your heads in the sand, but don’t say you weren’t warned when your head gets chopped off and handed to you by Obama. Sooner or later, you will curse his name when you have to go dumpster diving for a meal…