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Michelle’s Separate Travel Costs Taxpayers Thousands

Michelle Obama and President Obama traveled to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart, costing taxpayers thousands in additional expenses so she could have just a bit of extra vacation time.

Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.

The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.

Mrs. Obama’s separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy – in which currently so many people can’t afford to take a vacation at all.

This is not the first time Michelle has gone on vacation ahead of the president on the taxpayers’ tab. Last December, she racked up what was likely more than $100,000 in expenses leaving early for their Hawaii vacation.

Thanks to one of our readers, who goes by Lizzy, for noting the double dip.

675 thoughts on “Michelle’s Separate Travel Costs Taxpayers Thousands”

  1. I have an idea that will save our country millions, billions over a few years. Hard times call for drastic measures. Cancel all Secret Service entitlements that are given to presidents. Upon leaving office, give each one a home security system and a pit bull.

  2. Lobster Lady cannot stand her husband either, can she? But as far as obama traveling with the dog Bo instead of her…….i say…..good trade obama.

  3. Another thing on Michelle. She talks the big talk about caring for military families and invites their kids over on Halloween, Easter, Christmas, but she did not accompany her husband to Dover when the remains of the slain SEALS came home. No, she had to fly to Oregon for a family get together. It’s good times and bad times, Mrs. Obama, if that is your “cause”. And it’s not as if she had to wait for the next Delta flight to see her brother.

  4. And even when Hillary was ready to break Bill’s neck, she still traveled on the same plane to Martha’s Vineyard during the Monica mess.

  5. Everything is “in your face American and her people and do as I say, not as I do.” This is no surprise. They say “we were elected, so we can do anything because we can.”

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  8. OH the horrors of the things the queen has to contend with!!!!!!!
    She needs extra time to make sure the peasants take in her beauty!!!
    Both are ghetto rats!!!

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  10. Your Bloody Conscience

    Jesus. Maybe we should just surgically attach them to each other. Would that make you people happy? Maybe we could also force them to live on the White House lawn, then they wouldn’t have to waste taxpayer money on things like heating or cooling the White House, electricity and running water. We could chain them to a tree on the lawn, make them eat grass and crap in a ditch? But then we would have to pay for grass seed to to reseed the lawn. That is completely unacceptable. Grass seed costs money, and Obama isn’t allowed to spend money. He’s supposed to sit there,on the White House lawn, surgically attached to his family, eating grass and crapping in a ditch, while all the right wingers get to line up and throw rancid vegetables at them. Oh, yea, they should be forced to be completely nude as well, because god forbid they spend any money on clothing, even if it is their own money. Would that make you all happy? Somehow I doubt it.

    I hope somewhere down the road you people take a long hard look at yourselves, and I hope you are ASHAMED of the way you have acted over the last 3 years, because it is truly disgusting. Every day you have some new fake outrage to rail against Obama over. SHAME.

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  12. When are we going to get people in DC who’s job it is, to get the guts to start an impeachment filling or better a criminal investigation into who the king & queen really are. We would find out they are on assignment to destroy the USA. He is an illegal alien with a phony Social Security Card. Someone has to get this started. The congress seems to fear the king. If it doesn’t get stopped, in 2 years we will be a Marxist nation with a dictator. Pray to God for help. God Bless the USA, Tea Party, Conservative Politicians, NRA & 2nd Amendment.

  13. I wonder if michelle obama for the first time in her life is still proud to be an American. Can not take another 4 years of them in the White House and leading our country in such despair. This is the first time in my lifetime that I have felt such despair….God help all….

  14. So what? She is a liberated wife–ready to leave and did so.
    She just happened to take one of the many planes that was flying there.
    Okay? Get over it.

  15. You know. This is pathetic. All First Ladies get the same perks. You think Laura Bush didn’t get some expensive perks. Please.

  16. Are the people with Bush Derangement Syndrome ever going to accept the fact that he is no longer in office? Please catch up with the rest of us. Your guy has added $4 TRILLION to the deficit in the 2 1/2 years he’s been in office. When they succeed in destroying capitalism, your dollar will be as worthless as mine.

  17. This does not surprise me, as Obama & his wife are elitists who look down their noses at the rest of America. They think that they are better than the rest of the population. Most American’s probably don’t care that the Pres is taking a vacation but it is where he is going. With all of his “preaching” about the “fat cats” and the elite & their jet flying he is going where all iof the wealthy people go. Going seperately makes it worse as they both went on the same day!!!!!! Why???? . Does Mrs Obama work so hard that she needs to get there a few hours earlier. They both disgust me with their “socialist” views & their phony talking points. We can only hope that someone can beat Mr Obama in 2012. Hopefully!!!!!!!

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  19. Bo didn’t get his own private jet. He has before. So the Obama’s have just made their sacrifice for these hard times just like you and me. See they are just regular folks.

  20. I am sick of paying their expensive, exclusive vacations when Americans are starving and out of work. They have never gone cheaply even on lavish government travels. The whole family including the dog have gone with him WHILE HE BEGS for forgiveness for America being what it is. . Every time they move they plan on drying us out. Just like the class they are street organizers. All in technicolor.

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  23. Keith,

    When you wake up in the middle of the night, and you are thinking about what “controversial” story you can find to write, don’t you wish you had majored in something where you can make a real difference in this world, such as medicine, social work, etc. rather than this drivel. Sad. But you are not as desparate and sad as the “journalist” I read on another blog who tried to make a “controversey” about a sweet-looking little girl who sat on the Resolute desk (the John John Kennedy desk) in the Oval Office while President Obama and her father had a conversation. That is even sadder.

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  25. The President flew straight from his bus tour. It’s not like the two were in the same place at the same time and decided to take separate planes because Michelle didn’t want to wait around for a few hours.

    This is dishonest and pathetic, and it’s shame you never looked into Laura Bush’s trips with the same zeal.

    Your intentions are crystal clear.

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  28. 1. Every time the President breathes, it is expensive. When he flies it is more expensive.
    2. If the President and Mrs. Obama fly separately, there is a very good reason for it.
    3. Both of them and each of them work harder on more important issues than anyone on this blog.
    4. President Bush 43 was at his Vacation Home more days than he was at his desk in the Oval Office.
    5. It is likely than none of us has any reasonable amount of knowledge about security issues.
    6. Much of the Middle East is working towards embracing Democracy with NATO’s help.
    7. Practically speaking, NATO is the United States of America.
    8. He found and killed Osama bin Laden.
    9. Iraq/Afghanistan 10 years. Libya – six months.
    10. The infamous helicopter “date night” trip to New York was in the poorest of taste.
    11. Disagree with the President. Ideally compromise. Set an example and show some respect. Show the man some respect.
    10. I am an independent conservative and a humanist. Take a lesson.

  29. Hello Americans,
    I’m writing this from Europe to tell you that you are not alone in your confusion over your president. We scratch our head wondering how on earth this man entered the White House. Fair enough, he won the election but then proceeds to hammer your country to dust using an outdated Socialist agenda that current European Socialists wouldn’t touch in a month of Sundays. How did he manage the destruction of your society in a country that was an example to the rest of the world, and was there nothing standing in his way while he did it? I accept the media’s culpability in this obscenity, but what of the citizens themselves, do they not have any power to remove this man via the courts for his criminal behavior? My understanding is he ought to have gone before Congress before involving America in the current round of mayhem in Libya but he didn’t do that, so did he in fact break the law? As for his endless holidays, surely he must pay for this rather cushy lifestyle he indulges in, as the rest of the country are told to tighten their belts while he fritters his position away by lollygagging with the millionaires and billionaires he clearly despises when he rants about them while addressing the country in his endless speeches? 2012 cannot come soon enough to see the back of this narcissist thug.

  30. This criticism is ridiculous. What you try to imply as “unjustified extravagance” might have any one of several legitimate motivators behind it, the likes of which are none of our business and of little consequence given the relative cost of it against many other more concerning cost oriented governmental issues. Maybe this is a family safety issue, or some other such measure. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. To have a chief executive of any enterprise requires a certain amount of supporting expense. Human beings need care and feeding in order to be able to perform well under demanding circumstances. To be president of the United States is highly demanding. The total cost of presidential up keep is in legitimate proportion to the size of the enterprise being managed. This president has by no means been an example of extravagance, especially as compared with other presidents. If your writing is to have impact, choose subjects and provide observations more substantive and useful, or risk being seen as pandering.

  31. Dear American Taxpayer For only the second time in my adult life, I am not ashamed of my country. I want to thank the hard working American people for paying $242 thousand dollars for my vacation in Spain. My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time. Honestly, you just haven’t lived until you have stayed in a $2,500.00 per night private 3-story villa at a 5-Star luxury hotel. Thank you also for the use of Air Force Two and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times. By the way, if you happen to be visiting the Costa del Sol, I highly recommend the Buenaventura Plaza restaurant in Marbella; great lobster with rice and oysters! I’m ashamed to admit the lobsters we ate in Martha’s Vineyard were not quite as tasty, but what can you do if you’re not in Europe, you have to just grin and bear it? Air Force Two (which costs $11,351 per hour to operate according to Government Accounting Office reports) only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2. These are only rough estimates, but they are close. That’s quite a carbon footprint as my good friend Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and drive less too, so we can lessen our combined carbon footprint. I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet. So I do appreciate your sacrifices and do hope you find work soon. I was really exhausted after Barack took our family on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago. Cordially,

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  33. Has anyone considered that this man is the target of a number of seriously hostile groups, both foreign and domestic, and that they might be traveling separately so that at least one parent might survive to raise their children? Just a thought.

  34. My God Michelle, do you realize you are blowing hard earned tax dollars paid by the Legal American citizens. How can the illegal husband support your uncaring behavior. Many of us had to cancel our vacations because we were out of work or cost of living and higher taxes we are now paying. Hey you are not Royalty and actually you are less then legitimate and deserving of any of our tax Dollars. I can show anyone my birth certificate in less than a few minutes, what the hell are you hiding. I don’t care who or what a person is as far as religious or racial status, but to lie and deceive the people of this great nation (it was Greater before you were voted in by less votes then Senator McCain, so you have never had a Mandate just in your own mind, Your a Legend in your Own mind. You are from a corrupted past history of questionable persons, some hard line crooks. Go ahead stay on vacation Mr. Arrogant will be better off not to have you in the White House. America vote out. This guy he is not good for America.

  35. That Uncle Sam Credit Card needs to be yanked out those greedy hateful anti-America MUSLIM COMMIE PIGS NOWWWWWWW!!!!!

  36. Would you people PLEEEEZZZZ STOP calling him PRESIDENT!!! He is NOT our PRESIDENT – he is an evil TRAITOR IMPOSTER who needs to be excised like the malignant piece of shit that he is and she should be excised right along

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  38. I believe Michelle’s trips are in the realm of “let’s travel as much as we can” because we won’t have the luxury after the next election. Another case of taking advantage of the American Tax Payer.

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