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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. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. It’s time we throw them out. Most Americans can’t take a vacation; Obama’s policies have left them either broke or unemployed. His “Hope and Change” has become “I hope I have some change in my pocket”. His liberal dream is proving a nightmare to the rest of us. That stern look on his face at this morning photo ops is supposed to be attention to the briefing, but we know it’s concern that he may miss his tee time.

  2. How about while their gone we change the locks on the WhiteHouse Doors. They are really taking advantage of moving up to the East Side, let’s get
    them back to Chicago as quick as we can so he can get back to Acorn and neighborhood organizing

  3. If she goes on her own she gets to feel “special”…not just an appendage..get it? She doesn’t care about the state of the economy or other people’s financial problems any more than he does. Plain as the nose on her face.

  4. People seem to miss Obama’s greatest success as President.

    He did something no single Republican or group of Republicans could possibly accomplish.
    Obama’s greatest achievement was when he single handedly decimated the democrat party in the 2010 mid term elections.

    Just wait and see what Barry accomplishes in the 2012 elections!

  5. No disrespect to everybody that is upset at this administration. But can you blame her for not wanting to be with him. Maybe she found religion( Jesus, not Al Gore’s green liberal religion) . Maybe she realized just like Trump said “Obama is causing disgrace around the world for us” Imagine how real Americans feel. Lecturer and Chief will give us a good jobs plan he really is smart, which of the 57 states will benefit the most LOL. Maybe he can figure out in his jobs plan how to give a job to the medal of honor recipient that is dead that he said was alive. Pretty tough to say he intelligent. god bless troops

    1. Personally, I think she is still pissed about him flirting with Jennifer Hudson at his ( I forget which…1, 2, 3, 4….) birthday party and doesnt want to be anywhere near him.
      There is also the possibility that she had some medical procedure done in Oregon and isnt recovered yet. Havent seen any pictures lately, have you ?

      1. She’s too young for a facelift. I’m guessing maybe a nose job, adjustment to that permanent scowl, or liposuction on the caboose.

  6. You people have the wrong idea.
    Our treaty with Quo’nos (home planet of the Klingon Empire) REQUIRES the Klingon Princess Mooshell to have any and all extravagance while staying here.
    When she returns home, WE will get a Klingon Bird-of-Prey complete with cloaking device.
    So how much extra lobster and caviar is THAT worth?

  7. Next time I go on vacation, the Obama’s should fit the bill since I helped to contribute to theirs. What the hell….where does it state in the benefits of being POTUS that the taxpayers pay whenever u wanna go on vacation, or the lucky one who happens to be married to him. We all have to save n scrimp in order to afford to go on a vacation, but they can go wherever n do whatever on our dime n not even think twice when they r being selfish n costing all of us hundreds of thousands of extra dollars. Have fun on ur vacation mrs. Obama, because now because of ur vacation expenditures, most of us won’t be able to go on ours…

  8. The other day I traveled about 60 miles from Newark, NJ to my home. I counted 5 Bush/Cheney bumper stickers still on cars and only 2 Obama stickers. I think the tide has really turned on this Administration and 2012 defeat is almost a fore gone conclusion. So live it up! What’s the point in trying to play to the voters. The bad press on this vacation is not going to change their behavior. It may only convince them to get as much from the taxpayer while they still can. It’s like being King and Queen for the day.

  9. Why does this not surprise me or anyone else? If you wear $500.00 sneakers to work in the homeless Soup Kitchen as she did (photo op) then of course, you want to take advantage of the tax payers and citizens whom you know she has total contempt for. The entire family should go to Hawaii and stay until the election in 2012. To think that we have to keep them in this lasvish life style into perpetuity makes my head hurt. They literally make me sick.

  10. Let them eat cake. Everyone should read Mike Pence’s piece in Inprimis, Oct 2010, The Presidency and the Constitution, moving powerful view of what a president is. We know this “thing” is not presidential in any aspect, you take any issue, doesn’t matter, any logical issue and he is on the complet opposite side. Happen stance? I think by design. God save us from him.

  11. Louis XVI (aka Barack Hussein Obama) and Marie-Antoinette (aka Michelle Obama) putting your taxes to work!!!

    And worse, during the horrible economic situation that –absolutely doubtlessly on purpose and with all hardcore-Leftist malice (Read Lenin’s dictates to his contemporaneous and future disciples “Imperialism, the Highest [i.e., terminal] Stage of Capitalism”– Obama has created in America.

    To Maxists and Marxist-Leninists, Lenin’s dicta are law: “Marxism [and Marxism-Leninism much more so] is a religion. To the believer, Marxism presents, first, a system of ultimate ends that embody the meaning of life and that are absolute standards by which to judge events and actions [i.e., in Marxism, ideology is first to anything and everything; politics, economics and sociology are subordinated to it, and in a trickle-down fashion], and, secondly, it presents as well a guide to those ends, a guide that implies a plan of salvation, and the indication of the evil from which mankind, or at least a chosen section of mankind [i.e., the proletariat], is to be saved.” Joseph Schumpeter

  12. Our current POTUS and family routinely display incredible arrogance and hypocrisy re matters of economics and environmental issues, OK re health / eating issues as well. As a nation we absolutely NEED to place controls on how wasteful our government officials can be regarding taxpayer funds. The tacky behavior is a subjective issue, but the waste of taxpayer funds is pretty objective – who amongst us has such a slush pit of free funds for essentially unlimited vacations and entertainment. OK, if our nation were in dire economic times and global warming were real, then this would be a giant issue, BUT of course neither is true in the eyes of the MSM as long as the Obamacrats are on the throne.

  13. The actions of our Royal Family are beyond belief, especially when His Highness is attempting to propagate the lie that he “understands our pain.”

    As for Her Majesty, I honestly don’t think she gives a damn either way. She’s going to have the best of the best, and to hell with the rest. The ultimate entitlement program?

  14. Just goes to show you that humans are NOT causing any serious change to the climate. If you KNEW that an action was either dangerous or damaging you would not do it. “Global warming” was always about control and money. Think about the ancient Mayan priests who practiced human sacrifice to the rain gods. No rain? Not enough sacrifice. Rain? We did it and you need us!
    See how it works?

  15. Correct me if i am wrong, but wasn’t President Obama and his party just criticizing the rich and their private airplanes, and why did the taxpayers have to subsidize them? Perhaps he could look in a mirror once in a while?

  16. You reporters are SO narrow minded. It’s not just the VIP aircraft the taxpayers are paying for, but it’s also the 4-5 C-17 cargo jets we’re paying for also to move both Michelle and the President around with. And that’s 4-5 C-17s for each of them, to move their security detail, their motorcade and their support staff around. How much does it cost now? We’re not even mentioning the hotel and per diem costs for this gaggle of people are we now…..

    1. J,

      How come you never talked about all the vacation bush took and the entourage he had with him including cheny, his wife, his other wife condi and the number of times he went on vacation.

      1. joe bob… How come you never complained when the liberals said this about Bush? Joe bob. Bush is no longer president. And Bush didn’t stomp around looking down his nose at people who make a good even great living telling them that they need to pay more taxes because the country is in dire straits and we need more money so we must pay more taxes.
        The saddest thing about this stuff is people like you are conned and duped in to defending these things and the people conning you don’t even have the decency to give you fresh material to use or even intelligent material. You type it and people scoff at you because they realize that you really just don’t know any better and we pity you because they get you to stomp around complaining about some of us not being taxed enough or how we need to spread the wealth. All the while they are richer than most of us, have great accountants and hop around living the high life on our tax dollars while complaining about people living in luxury.

        So joe bob to answer your question. Bush is no longer President, and Obama is laughing at you because you are here defending his indefensible actions while he is spending your tax money. Sorry buddy but he is ripping people like you off and using you.

  17. I pray I am not the victim of some terminable disease so that I can live long enough to witness the Obamas going through withdrawal once they can no longer live like peons who won the lottery. These two are the poster couple for nouveau riche and an embarrassment to the majority of Americans.

    These two may be living out the words to “Movin’ On Up” now that they are living off the taxpayers’ money; however, I can’t wait to see how they live once they are “Moved On Out” in 2012.

    1. Kathleen, you are so right!! the Obama’s are the ultimate example of “social climbers” very similar to the couple that “crashed” a reception due to Obama administration security lapses. They have destroyed. the dignity of their positions by gauche and clueless behavior. Their idea of “class” is Hollywod celebrity status. I truly believe that they are simply the poster children for the various people who brought them to their present status. Sad, but realistic.

  18. I am foregoing vacationthis year. I’m takint 2 weeks off and staying home. I just can’t afford to spend the money. My doctors tell me that is a mistake, but doctors are the evil rich, so why should I believe them??

    1. I feel you on that. Except in my case we are trying to build a company and keep it going so the people that work so hard for us and share in our dream can keep their jobs and stay with us. I have not have a vacation in 3 years as the economy stumbles forward like a drunken sailor (sorry Navy) When times are tough many in business choose to stay at work to keep things going. I just wish Obama had a decent work ethic. If he cared half as much about this country as we care about our staff he might be a pretty damned good president. Except he doesn’t care. He has proven time and time again throughout his political career that he is nothing more than a common socialist that wants what others have and who hates the ideals that this country was founded on. “Watchtheborders” it is my most sincere wish that things get better for you.

      1. Someone who has never had a job does not have a work ethic. I mean really…how many ” community organizers ” do you have in your area ?

  19. I hear that Barry Hussien Osama bin Obama is working to have Mooch-el’s enormous behind declared a National Treasure, to be followed by the mining of a commentative coin. Both sides of the vcoin will be “tails”.



  21. The American Cesceau’s strike again, while millions are unemployed and scraping by. The Obama’s can go to Hell, which is probably too good a place for them.

  22. Odd that you never see FLOTUS and POTUS traveling together anymore. Makes you wonder whether Vera Baker has finally taken the first lady’s seat aboard AF1?




      HAS LANDED!!!!!

  23. “an effete corp of impudent snobs”
    “Let them eat cake…”

    Few words ring truer as the President and his oh so glamorous(sic) wife present a parody worthy of Syria’s Bashar Assad or Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi.

    Utterly disgusting.

  24. When are you people going to wake up? What is it going to take for you morons that voted for this bum to see what a fraud he is? If someone hit you in the head with a hammer everytime this bum screwed you again, you’d have a head full of lumps, I bet.

    Sad thing is, you stupid dopes will probably vote for him again. Now that’s what I call retarded dumb. That’s as dumb as the voters of Massachusetts who kept voting a murderer (Ted ‘the murderer’ Kennedy) back in as Senator. As dumb as those idiots that put that crazy person Nancy Pelosi in again. And as dumb as those other dopes who keep reelecting Barney Frank.

    Stand up tall and be proud of your stupidity. As long as Obozo has idiot voters like you, he might win again, but be careful what you wish for dumbasses.

  25. The Obamas are really no different than all the over paid union members ripping off America. Same with all those over paid sports stars and movie stars. America is so skewed up with money issues. That is why we are going down. We need to abolish all unions and quit watching movies and sports unless they become free to watch. We also need to cut back all the salaries of congressmen, judges and politicians to minimum wage. Until that happens, things won’t change. If I can survive on minimum wage, so can they.

  26. Unbelieveable, and this man cannot comprehend why his poll numbers are dropping! Obama is reaching the depths of depravity…..he has no ethics, morals, credibility, wisdom or decorum.

    Counting the days until November 2012!!!!!

    1. oh right – bush/cheny has all those values – not.

      they lied to the country thru’ their teeth and saddled us with the cost of 2 wars.

      remember who killed osama – it was obama. not bush.

      1. Actually is was US Navy seals…may God rest their souls. And for the record, we have been hunting bin laden since Bush. You can thank Obama for 1) continuing the wars 2) not closing Gitmo 3) starting a new war in Libya and last but not least 4) trashing the economy. How are your gas and food prices joebob ?

  27. Aside from the obscene flaunting of privilege and waste of hundreds of thousands of taxpayer money just so this clown and his ample-trunked main squeeze (and the family dog) can have their exotic vacation, it offers up innumerable straight lines.

    Oh, I dunno, like the part about THE WIDE LOAD FLOTUS having to travel “on a specially designed military aircraft” and The Pantload traveling with Bo. Just spitballin’ here..

    [insert picture of USAF MAC C5A here..]

  28. Forgot about the topic here a bit. The Obozos really had no money to do the things they can do now since they scammed the entire country by winning the election even though Obozo was/is ineligible. Here’s a guy who was probably born in a mud hole in Kenya next to a goat, who fooled the country into thinking he was a genius. We all knoiw that’s not true as soon as he opens his mouth without a teleprompter nearby.

    Anyway, all of sudden he has billions to play with so he starts doing things he could only dream of. I think the phrase for it is ‘nouveau rich’ or something like that. I’m not sure about the spelling, but you all know what I mean, I’m sure.

  29. I am by no means an Obama fan. I did not vote for him, do not support his admin, etc. However – as a military spouse – what we do not know, and that you are not reporting on (for security reasons) – is that we do not know, and WILL NOT know what sort of threats the Obama’s, or any President & his/her family, endure. The separate plans could very well have been for security reasons. This is a crazy world — even David Letterman is now a target of terrorists. As a citizen, I do not have a problem with my tax dollars being used to keep our President & his family safe.

  30. Hey, all the politicians should be brought back from vacation to fix the country. every singe one of them are a disgrace though the gop seem to be the bigger bunch of hypocrites not talking about all this spending when bush and cheny were in power

    1. Really joebob? Lets talk about the 800+ days the Dimocrats held both houses of congress AND the presidency ( 2 outta 3 branches of govt. sweets ) and not only failed to pass a budget of any kind but also, during that time, rammed Obama(doesnt) care down our collective throats. Sorry for the visual that may cause….

  31. Is anyone surprised by now of the arrogance and total absence of any concern by the King Obama and Queen Michelle Antoinette of the plight that this nation is currently facing? Isn’t this how the French Revolution started?

  32. and this would surprise someone how? I’m sure feels entitled to this, I mean lets face it she only became proud of our country 2.5 years ago.

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