First Lady Michelle Obama’s egregious use of the G-8 Summit in Northern Ireland last June to stage a luxury, touristy side-trip for herself and her daughters to Dublin cost taxpayers at least $251,161 according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.
But the cost is almost certainly much higher. For example, a separate Air Force jet that appeared to be Air Force Two, which costs more than $10,000 an hour to fly, was dispatched to Ireland to handle Michelle’s vacation-related travel. This cost is not included in the figures provided to Judicial Watch.
In Dublin Mrs. Obama spared no expense, staying in the $3,300-per-night Princess Grace suite of Dublin’s Five-Star Shelbourne Hotel. Judicial Watch found that tab for her and staff at the Shelbourne added up to $55,004.85, while additional staff who stayed at the also-swank Westbury Hotel racked up $70,855.44 in bills.
The total for the trip also included $114,721 for auto rentals and $3,370 for a copier, according to the documents, obtained by Judicial Watch under a Freedom of Information Act request.
While in Ireland, Mrs. Obama and her daughters visited the Trinity College library to explore President Obama’s Irish family roots, attended a performance by the world-famous Riverdance troupe, and trekked through the Wicklow Mountains national forest.
And the climax? A special lunch with Bono!
“It is clear that the Obamas’ abused the perk of the president’s official trip to the G-8 summit for a luxury European vacation at taxpayer expense,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And it is shameful that it took a federal lawsuit to obtain this information. Transparency goes by the wayside for the Obamas when it comes to covering up their abuse of taxpayer resources.”
Michelle’s trip to the crowded city also forced the Irish government to spend millions of dollars protecting her.