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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 Responses to Michelle’s Separate Travel Costs Taxpayers Thousands

  1. Reportedly, Michelle did the same thing on the return. The president left last night, but she and the girls stayed until this morning.

    Wonder when the next vacation is.

  2. also stayingin Paris 2 extra days to shop.Washington had to send a plane to get her and her daughters and Mommy and a motorcade etc. They should have paid for their own way home on a regular air liner or paid the extra out of their own pocket.

  3. She plays the welfare game; just on a higher level. She is saying “Stick up your nose. I am the Queen and there is not a damn thing you can do about it.

  4. B.S. The first lady can not take Airforce One instead of a “specially designed military jet”, because Airforce One is the air traffic ID of any air force plane while carrying the President of The United States. If he is not on it it is not Airforce one. The first lady or the Vice President of the United States could take Air Force Two.

  5. I wonder how much this cost us Tax payers,….fly Bo on his own plane or AF 1 to and from Hawaii,… and speical accomdations seats and planes to support M. Obama’s fat ass! I wonder how much it will cost us tax payers to fly in Kotex Tween Pads for Obama’s daughters first peroid on AF 1

  6. Can you share again what the actual source is for the $100,000 travel claim? Where are the source documents? Not just a blog “report”.

  7. How convenient that you omitted the fact that First Ladies taking separate planes from the President has been common practice for decades. My own family members witnessed firsthand the Bushes doing this a multitude of times on their numerous trips to the Crawford ranch. You also forgot to mention the numerous gas guzzling motorcades used by the former President Bush, Jr., and the First Lady on these trips. Oh wait, they were the right race and political party. My bad! BTW, I’m an independent who sees through the crap & hypocrisy of BOTH political parties.

  8. In the last 6 months our president has flown from state to state,and on vacation at tax payer expense,too the tune of$1,810,757.00 per hr,research the figures your self.
    How can we reduce the deficit,with him compounding the situation? would itnot be cheaper to fly the parties[governors of states] or others to Washington,to him Commercially? this is just a thought.
    By the way according to figures the president and his familys last vacation cost tax payers $1million 4hundred 74 thousand dollars. WOW. think about what that could pay for
    .

  9. Michelle needs to quit spending tax payers $$$ on non sense. There’s no reason why she can’t travel with the President. She thinks she’s entitled to spend freely on tax payers dime even in a recession. 42 days vacation in a yr.
    Obama needs to check his wife, she’s way out of control

  10. what about the vacation for her daughter .. with her friends and entourage . i think they went to cancun for spring break .. ON TAXPAYERS MONEY .. ! and i have to pinch pennies inorder to pay my high cost of health insurance .. something wrong with this picture

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