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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.

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675 Responses to Michelle’s Separate Travel Costs Taxpayers Thousands

  1. Mucho Michelle and Obama believe they are owed these priveleges instead of earning them. I believe both of them have lived highly off of the government, between affirmative action, loans, grants, corrupt money and deals..they now nothing else. Plus they emensely enjoy spending other people’s hard earned money. How pathetic!

    • Obama’s and staff can’t be this stupid, in an absolutely down turn economy, taking a vacation after touring just three days in million dollar bullet proof super buses, and then fly to a vacation on different planes!!
      To run up over $100,000.00 in extra costs, and do it twice must be for a reason.
      I AM LOOKING OUT OF THE BOX AND IT APPEARS TO ME THAT IT WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC
      [FOR IT TO GET OUT IN THE PRIME ELECTION PERIOD WHICH OBAMA MUST PRESENT HIMSELF AS A POPULAR PRESIDENT FOR HIM TO WIN}
      IF IT GOT OUT THAT HE IS GETTING SO MANY DEATH THREATS, AND THEY AS A FAMILY ARE TAKING THIS WASTEFUL TACTIC TO AVOID THE FAMILY BEING HARMED IF OBAMA IS TARGETED.
      Think about it , Barack went to the military service of the seals ALONE,
      Barack stumped 3 days with out Michelle.
      I tell you something is up !!

  2. Those two are low lifes…………their playtime is just so important……Barry wants to be first in line for his ice cream cone……….but Moochelle out flanks Barry and leaves him behind so she can get a head start on the pork rinds.
    Who cares if it cost an extra 50 or 100 thousand to haul them to Mass. Barry isn’t paying for it and thats all that matters to those selfish little pigs. Barry and Mooochelle I hope it rains the whole time you are there and that you have a horrible vacation………….p.s. don’t send postcards.

  3. I guess Obama only wants to target the wealthy in America who have ONE private jet. Flying TWO is obvioulsy OK – if you are the Annointed One.

  4. “GLOBAL WARMING” …. Oh pleeeeease , the jig is up man. Research Climate Gate, Polar Bear Gate, Pacharigate , its all a carbon tax grabbing massive transfer of wealth into the Al Gore and gang hands. NOBODY but a few brain dead fluoride zombies are buying into it.When you bring it up all it does to you is vaporize any credibility you still have.
    Otherwise good article.

  5. Pay your own way in 2012. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We have many words for you … We will save them for a bit
    over a year.

  6. I remember the automobile exces being berated for taking private jets to ask for loans? Did not the US governement have to increase the debt limit in recent weeks? And the US government is providing private jets for the President but for his wife and children also. When it is somebody elses money it is ok..

  7. Well, the office comes with benefits. Aside from the American people sending her a bill for her indulgences, and demanding compensation for her indulgent behaviors, there’s not too much we can do but gripe. But, I can, (AND WILL), hope she chokes on her “bennies”. Too bad, so sad that I am a powerful manifester!!!
    Do you suppose she’ll enjoy being queen of hell?
    Oh, yes, I also believe she is a racist!!!

  8. I believe these two are going to take all the expensive vacations – travel etc., as long as they have us taxpayers paying the fare. It’s like thumbing their nose at us…Constant big dinners – entertainment – Michelle’s 27 assistants (Laura Bush had two – Nancy Reagan either one or two – Maime Eishenhower didn’t have any). Obama with all his unelected Czars which Congress evidently has no control over…it goes on and on and we are stuck with the price!

  9. This stuff about the Presidents vacationa and how much it cost is silly. I’m continuing to miss the point in all this reporting on the vacations. Let the President take his vacations and the taxpayer should foot the bill.
    We certainly should focus on the trillions that get get wasted.

  10. It’s not just the cost in dollars…it’s also the cost in requiring extra secret service members to be away from their families even more time than they already are. But I suspect the Obama’s don’t really think in those terms. The secret service members have no lives other than to protect them. Quite a difference when compared to the Bush’s, who really did care for the people who protected them. And I’ve heard from insiders, that the secret service members detest Michelle and don’t much care for Barack. Much like the Clintons.

  11. I don’t think there’s really too much of a story here. They don’t fly the big aircraft into Martha’s Vineyard. (Note: An aircraft is designated Air Force One only if the President is aboard.) To take the President and family there, requires 2 G-4 flights so the fact that one precedes the other by a few hours is really moot.

  12. Since Obama fashions himself as the 21st century equivalent of 19th century Abraham Lincoln, I suggest furthering that analogy along in that Michelle Obama is the modern day equivalent of Mary Todd Lincoln. I guess us litle old taxpayers are going to have to continue paying for the first lady’s “flubdubs”.

  13. Judging from Obama’s in-your-face cavalier attitude towards America’s unemployed, ; and, Barack’s and Michele’s spiteful determination not to allow our Nation’s economic malaise to interfere with their prolific vacation schedules, even to the point of unashamedly taking separate USAF jets, and all of the tag-along multiple ensembles, to their vacation destination on Martha’s Vineyard; one would have to conclude that Obama is well satisfied with the Socialist creep that is emerging across our land. Certainly the repeated statements by multiple Administration officials as to the wonderful stimulus benefits to the economy from record-hi food stamps and unemployment benefits, would suggest that Obama’s unfolding objective is the creation of a mega-plantation across America where the dolling of food stamps and welfare payments from borrowed money from the Chinese creates a captive populous that will enable the Obama’s to continue with their luxury WH perks beyond 2012. Obama’s strategy has unfortunately worked on 39% percent of our citizens, leaving the sobering proposition that he has a year and a half to expand that dependency-syndrome to 51% of our citizenry. How long will the ‘rational majority’ in America tolerate such flagrant abuse of the office of the presidency? Greg Neubeck

  14. Could be that she just doesn’t like traveling with Barry. Could be that she thinks it is owed to her, and not that millions of taxpayers are funding it with the sweat of their brows. Could be both. Yeah, that’s probably it.

  15. Normal families wait till all family members are able to travel at the same time. but then there is absolutely nothing normal about these eletists. They are better than everyone else. Since they don’t have to worry abotu what anything costs, they play by their own rulse and desires.

    Selfish bunch of pigs! I can’t wait to have the WH fumigated after these slugs are gone in 2013!

  16. This president is a real pip. He talks about taxing corporate jets and everybody cutting back and he spends OUR money like a drunken sailor. Have these people no shame? I wonder if he’ll be complaining when his term is over (soon I hope) and HE has to start paying taxes on all of that money he’ll be getting for books and personal appearances.

    • As a former drunken sailor, I resent this analogy! At least we had the curtesy to only spend our own money and to quit when we were out of money!!

  17. To be fair, I’ve read that Bush took more vacations, but the ranch at Crawford, Tx is hardly more expensive than the luxe resorts and trips Team Obama selects.
    I can see some logic in having family take separate a/c for security reasons.
    Were I wealthy enough and had my kids and grandkids going with me, I’d have them split up in different a/c, so that some of the family would survive a worst case scenario.
    The President’s attitude, to me, seems to be one of intentionally bankrupting the country so as to force most of the population to the government as the court of last financial resort, giving him the power to impose a more socialistic economic and cultural agenda. Very hard for me to believe this, but his actions and words push me in that direction.

    • It’s become so obvious, one shouldn’t doubt it at this point in his tenure. There’s probably two inches of dust on his desk in the oval office!

  18. Let’s not forget the multiple armored busses have to be flown back to wherever. The size and weight of those rigs, I’d argue, would make flying them around even more expensive than the king and his court. Dozens of vacations add up to hundreds of millions of dollars. Not a big deal to most of the kool-aid drinkers but to those of us who still work and pay taxes it IS a big deal.

    Again, wake up dems! You’re all being played also.

  19. Old Hickory the Third says to all you Southern Democrats “Dam straight Rick Perry for President of The United State of America!”

  20. These two are so out of touch with American folks and our American values. They are having a grand time on our dime and could care less about the economy, jobs, security, and a positive outcome in Iraq & Afganastan. Total frauds along with being incompetent.

  21. I am so glad these parasites will be gone soon. They are an absolute waste on taxpayers money. I’m still trying to figure out why WE THE PEOPLE have to pay for their vacations. If she wants to go with him fine but this extra waste of dollars is ridiculous and in my opinion should be criminal. Send them a bill.

  22. What in the world are these two thinking? Obama is not only a crappy president, he is also a spineless wimp for not standing up to that fat ass wife of his. The least they can do is not pin extra vacation charges on the American tax payer. The right thing was for Moochelle to wait on her husband but since it isn’t costing THEM anything to take two seperate jets, just let the poor saps who can’t afford even a modest vacation pay for it. Time to boot these two out on their asses.

  23. There is something else, because these Obama’s and staff can’t be this stupid, in an absolutely down turn economy, taking a vacation after touring just three days in million dollar bullet proof super buses, and then fly to a vacation on different planes!!
    To run up over $100,000.00 in extra costs, and do it twice must be for a reason.
    I AM LOOKING OUT OF THE BOX AND IT APPEARS TO ME THAT IT WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC
    [FOR IT TO GET OUT IN THE PRIME ELECTION PERIOD WHICH OBAMA MUST PRESENT HIMSELF AS A POPULAR PRESIDENT FOR HIM TO WIN}
    IF IT GOT OUT THAT HE IS GETTING SO MANY DEATH THREATS, AND THEY AS A FAMILY ARE TAKING THIS WASTEFUL TACTIC TO AVOID THE FAMILY BEING HARMED IF OBAMA IS TARGETED.
    Think about it , Barack went to the military service of the seals ALONE,
    Barack stumped 3 days with out Michelle.
    I tell you something is up !!

  24. This is what happens when you buy into slogans rather than taking the time to listen to the real message. The Obamas have publicly made it clear that they hold nothing but contempt for American society. This is just another show of arrogance and total disdain for the American people. He epitomizes the selfishness and delusional values of the far left. It is 3 AM America and we know who is answering the phone. Good luck.

  25. I can understand traveling separately. If one plane goes down the other parent is still alive for the children. I’m not a democrat and don’t want Obama re-elected, but this makes sense to me.

  26. I don’t know why anyone would be upset about this since they are King Obama and Queen Obama of the USA and we only have ourselves to thank for that.

  27. She could reimburse for her flight, though I’m sure she won’t. Just plain arrogance and un-caring for the taxpayer. 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  28. Americans can’t make the same mistake twice.

    The answer is to vote for Ron Paul, the only candidate who truly believes in a strong dollar, ending corporate welfare and bailouts, ending the wars, etc.

    All the other candidates steal his message to corrupt it.

    Please America wise up before it’s too late and they put shackles on us to pay of the $16 trillion and growing debt! (Like they did in Greece and Spain and Italy etc.)

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!

  29. The obamas do not care how much money they spend. It is not THEIR money. It appears that they try to spend as much as they can, rubbing it in the taxpayer’s faces. The buses that were purchased for the ‘misery’ tour are a clear example. Millions for a trip that lasted 3 days? What a joke! The country is going broke, millions are out of work, families are losing their homes, we are now fighting another war in another country that hates us, BUT the obamas must have their luxury vacation at any cost. The obamas are snobbish “we are better than you” trash. If they had any class at all, they would not act the way they do.