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Michelle Took a Day Trip to London to Dine with Royals

First Lady Michelle Obama traveled on her own to the United Kingdom to have lunch on April 22 with Queen Elizabeth and dinner the same day with Prince William and Duchess Kate, forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for her to travel separately from President Obama.

The president visited Saudi Arabia before coming to London the evening of April 21. After dining with Mrs. Obama in two separate palaces April 22, he stayed on in the United Kingdom for a day without her before traveling on to Germany alone. It doesn’t appear that the first lady did much of anything else other than eat with royalty while in the United Kingdom.

Government records obtained last year by Judicial Watch pegged Mrs. Obama’s flight travel to Europe at $11,684 per hour. Assuming similar costs this year, the approximately 15-hour roundtrip cost to taxpayers for the flight alone comes to about $175,000. This, of course, does not include other outlays for staff and security.

It is not clear exactly when the first lady arrived in London, though she was in Washington April 20 and could not have set foot in the United Kingdom before April 21.

On April 22, Mrs. Obama skipped a meet-and-greet the president held with U.S. embassy staff in London but was ready to go when it was time to chopper over to Windsor Castle for lunch with the queen and Prince Philip. She arrived in a $6,000 Oscar De La Renta dress.

Mrs. Obama did not accompany her husband to 10 Downing Street for his mid-afternoon meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Instead, she freshened up for the dinner that evening at Kensington Palace with William and Kate.

Sunday, she returned to the United States and headed to Jackson, Mississippi, where she delivered the commencement address at Jackson State University. The president Sunday took in a short morning performance at Shakespeare’s Globe theater in London and then went golfing with Cameron.

“We’re going to go to Windsor Castle and we’re going to have lunch with the Queen,” Mrs. Obama told children visiting the White House April 20. “Pretty cool.”

Indeed.

Michelle’s Socialist Easter Egg Roll Message

What better event than a gathering of impressionable young children to engage in a little indoctrination?

First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House on Monday to read a book to the kids. Its title, innocently enough, was “The Rainbow Fish.”

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Except that the long-controversial children’s book, by Swiss author Marcus Pfister, is not just any ordinary fable. With its message of equalizing the haves and have nots, it has been summed up by some conservatives with a single word: socialism.

In the video below, Mrs. Obama starts reading “The Rainbow Fish” just after the 6:30 mark.

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First Lady Forces Staff to Eat Apples

The White House released this strange little video with First Lady Michelle Obama claiming that she and her staff actually eat the decorative apples found in a bowl in the East Wing, where her offices are.

I don’t know. They have those apples in the West Wing too but my understanding is everyone is eating plenty of junk food.

Hopefully she has some hard cider lying around too. Long hours at the White House.

Michelle’s Cousin is a Powerful Black Rabbi

Rabbi Capers Funnye of Chicago, a first cousin once removed of Michelle Obama, has been nominated to become what an international organization is calling the first “black chief rabbi” of the 21st century, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports.

Funnye 2According to Haaretz, “A statement from the International Israelite Board of Rabbis declared that Funnye would serve as the ‘titular head of a worldwide community of Black Jews.’ Along with the United States, the community has branches in the Caribbean, South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria.”

Funnye, chief rabbi at Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation of Chicago, Illinois, is expected to officially assume his duties in the fall.

Funnye was born a Christian in 1952 in South Carolina. He converted to Judaism in 1985.

Mazel tov, Rabbi!

Jill Biden to Spend a Week in Asia

The White House today announced that Dr. Jill Biden will take a week-long tour of Asia to promote girls’ education.

Here’s the statement:

Dr. Jill Biden will travel to the Republic of Korea, Vietnam, and Laos on July 16-22, 2015 where she, along with Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will engage government and civil society partners on issues related to economic empowerment and educational opportunity for women and girls. Dr. Biden will also travel to Japan on July 22-23 to participate in events as part of her Joining Forces initiative to support service members, veterans, and military families.

This official White House drive to promote girls’ education overseas has created lots of travel opportunities for the wives of the president and the vice president. Mrs. Obama this year has already logged separate excursions to Asia and to Europe – the latter costing at least $600,000 – and is promising more.

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The exorbitant security, travel, staff, lodging and other expenses related to these excursions are of course all picked up by taxpayers. While everyone supports expanding learning opportunities for girls, helping non-U.S. citizens overseas get a proper education would not really seem to be such a high priority that it would be worth spending deficit dollars for the first and second lady to address the problem on the scene.

But it must be nice to see exotic places.

Report: Michelle Europe Trip to Cost Over $600K

First Lady Michelle Obama’s European trip will cost taxpayers at least $600,000, and probably much more, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.

Mrs. Obama, accompanied by her daughters and her mother, is promoting the vital issues of girls learning and healthy eating in . . . England and Italy. She is also hanging out with Prince Harry and taking in sights like Da Vinci’s Last Supper painting. And she’ll meet with some U.S. troops in Vincenza.

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According to the Examiner:

While the White House didn’t provide cost estimates for the week-long visit to London, Milan, Venice, and Vincenza, Italy, the State Department put lodging costs for just a couple nights in Venice at $128,781, according to Free Beacon, and Air Force charges based on a 2012 document for flying her group on past overseas trips indicate that this one will hit $243,000. Those charges alone total $371,781. Add in the still unknown lodging costs in London and Milan, based on the Venice hotel charges, and the price should top $600,000, or about $100,000 a day. And that’s just for taxpayer funded airfare and lodging and doesn’t include security, staff and other transportation and food.

Michelle earlier this year made an similar excursion to Japan and Cambodia.

It must be nice.

Mrs. Obama to Take a Week-Long Trip to Europe

Really? Just three months after hitting Japan and Cambodia to talk about girls’ education, Mrs. Obama will travel to London to promote the same thing and to attend the Milan Expo 2015, where she will tour the USA Pavilion – “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet” – and “participate in activities to lift… Continue Reading

Mrs. Obama’s Comments on Race

So I will say a couple of things about this, from First Lady Michelle Obama’s commencement speech Saturday at Tuskagee University. First, here are her remarks. Or you can watch the video below. The road ahead is not going to be easy. It never is, especially for folks like you and me. Because while we’ve… Continue Reading

Equal Pay . . . for Michelle?

President Obama returned this week to a subject he has broached several times before, that Mrs. Obama does not receive a salary for her work. “Let me tell you, now, Michelle would point out first ladies get paid nothing,” he said to laughter during a “town hall” gathering Wednesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. “So there’s clearly… Continue Reading