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Michelle Obama Spent 42 Days on Vacation this Past Year

First Lady Michelle Obama over the last year has spent a total of 42 days on vacation, or a little more than one out of every nine days, according to a White House Dossier analysis of her travel.

Her vacations, the cost of which are mostly borne by taxpayers, include trips to Panama City, Fla., Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, South Africa, Latin America, Vail, Colo., and her visit this week to her brother in Corvallis, Ore.

The total does not include a nine day sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard that the Obamas will enjoy this month. Nor does it include a trip she made to Ireland and Great Britain in May, which I’m counting as official travel.

The total vacation time would have been slightly higher had the Obamas gone as planned for an April weekend in Williamsburg, Va. The trip was cancelled due to an extended stalemate between President Obama and Congress over the budget.

Mrs. Obama’s extensive vacation travel comes while many America citizens find themselves out of work or having trouble making ends meet as the economic recovery stalls.

Taxpayers pick up most of the cost of transporting the first lady and her extensive entourage – including Secret Service and her staff – to her various destinations. While she may in some cases pay some of the tab for her personal expenses and travel, the amount is dwarfed by the overall cost to the public.

On trips she makes with the president, though, the costs are only somewhat greater that then they would have been had he travelled alone.

Mrs. Obama’s vacations began in August 2010 with a two day weekend trip to Panama City, Fla., where the Obamas stayed overnight at a Gulf of Mexico hotel in a symbolic effort to show that the Gulf area was safe for travel in the wake of the disastrous BP oil spill.

Next up was what has become an annual pilgrimage to ritzy Martha’s Vineyard, where the Obamas stayed 10 days and dined at several exorbitantly priced restaurants.

In December 2010, with President Obama delayed because Congress was still in town, Mrs. Obama decided to leave without him for their annual Hawaiian vacation, racking up at least $63,000 in additional costs because she travelled alone.

Since the president arrived late, he decided to leave Hawaii in January two days later than scheduled – resulting in a 17 day vacation for the first lady.

Mrs. Obama went right back out on vacation the following month, taking a four day skiing trip in February of this year to Vail, Colo.

In March, Mrs. Obama travelled to Latin America for a five day trip. I’m counting two days of this as vacation, though, because she took her children and her mother along, performed some sightseeing, and went to the beach.

The first lady went to southern Africa in June for six days in what was partially an official visit. Since Mrs. Obama took her mother, her children and their cousins along, since the trip was billed in advance as having personal significance for her, and since the travel included several tourist destinations and a safari, I’m counting half of the journey as vacation, or three days.

Finally, Mrs, Obama took her mother and one of her children to visit her brother in Corvallis, Ore. this week. The trip was not announced by the White House and appears to have lasted four days.

457 Responses to Michelle Obama Spent 42 Days on Vacation this Past Year

  1. The president and first lady work 365 days a year. They deserve vacation time, and that goes for every president and first lady. Please go find something legitimate to complain about. You are really grasping at straws here.

  2. So she spends some money – what about Romney who won’t show his income tax returns and only pays 15% while the middle income pay much higher than he does. Also, how come he doesn’t do business with American banks and has to hide his money all over the world. So tell me who is the one ripping us off here.

  3. Yesterday November 28 Rush Limbaugh stated that the First Family was more expensive to take care of than the King and Queen of England and it was some ridiculous number in the Billions of our money for Trips, Vacations and Extravant dinners at the White House? Do you have the exact figure for all their spending for 4 years. Obama is suppose to be the President of the United States yet he is out of town more than in OR he has to fly to one state or another to pay off promises.

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  5. I honestly think you try too hard here. 42 days of vacation isn’t out of line (6 weeks) for someone in a top line position. It’s much better than many whitehouse wives, who spent all of their lives on break.

  6. Does Michelle Obama have a job? Does she have a salary? Not as far as I can see. In order to go on vacation, don’t you have to have a job?
    The question is “Vacation from what?” She is a parasite.

  7. Stop the one sided “reporting”. Compare Obama’s vacations to those of previous Presidents. Bush (the younger) was in Crawford,Texas more often than he was in the Oval Office. It got so bad that they nicknamed his ranch down there the southern White House. If you’re going to log vacations you should also provide some context rather than to take the easy road of the “lazy black President”.

  8. I am happy for her. What did you expect. For all of the uninformed idiots that let the lying piece of crap liberal media vote for them, you got what you deserve. A lying community organizer, socialist president. You made your own bed so you can suck it up because America is done thanks to the liberal elite SELFISH bastards who will throw their country away instead of let the other party run the country. Bush was that bad? Really, history will prove all the idiots wrong! Let’s keep increasing welfare, keep spending, etc. Liberals in my book you make the Taliban look like choir boys. Can’t stand you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!