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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. So what’s new with this? The Obama’s have clocked more miles in the Presidential jet than other presidents combined! Parties while the country is going broke is the order of the day. Wake up America. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The Obama’s vacation while America goes broke.

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  3. Surely someone in Congress or the White House has a conscience or at least understands that Mr. Obama is not king and the Mrs. Obama is not queen. This type of thing has been going on since Mr. Obama took office. I am becoming totally disgusted with this White House and more importantly that there doesn’t seem to be anyone who cares enough to try to at least talk about the abuses of the taxpayers that seem to occur. I guess if 50% of United States’ citizens do not pay taxes, plus no taxes by the illegal immigrants that taxpayers are supporting, there’s not enough left to make a difference.

  4. I’m in total agreement with American Man…something’s up. Obama doesn’t seem to give one whit about his plunging poll numers. What’s he know that we don’t?

  5. Where was the out cry when Laura Bush and her Meth addict daughters where flying off to ports unknown on the tax payer dime? How dare you unpatriotic Americans disgrace our First lady by calling her a monkey, on welfare etc. And before you start attacking me I’m a conservative Republican and a Marine who served our Country in Iraq and Afghanistan. I didn’t vote for Obama but I won’t sit back and let your idiots attack our First lady. Enough already. If you don’t like the President then vote against him. But all these BS articles attacking the first lady is too much. We need to bet the liberals with our ideals not smears. Respect the flag and our Country and our first lady!

    Semper Fi !

    1. Respect does not come with the title, it must be earned. How much respect did you just show the previous first lady and her children? Thank you for your service to our country.

  6. Give 0bama a break people!!!!! He’s only had 10 vacations so far during the last 2 years!!!!!! It’s hard work slaving over a hot teleprompter & putting iron!!!!!
    And throwing as much carbon into the atmosphere as a third world country does in a year with two jets just shows the world how rich the US is!!!!!!!

  7. The American King and his Queen…personal jets. How nice.
    This is so outrageous given the current atmosphere of suffering for his lowly subjects on the Plantation. Cannot wait to hear all about his “PLAN” in Sept to bring jobs back.
    We will get more CRAP…he is all smoke & mirrors. I am fed-up with whatever he has to say. YOU WANT HOPE & CHANGE….then HOPE HE IS THROWN OUT OF OFFICE because unless this moron goes there will be no CHANGE. Unemployment numbers for CA and NV are 12% and 12.9%. This…is the CHANGE HE GAVE US.

  8. Do you people feel really stupid who voted for this lightweight who was never qualified for the job? Do you think next time you should use better judgement? The next president (Rick Perry) is going to have some mess to clean up after this guy. These people tell you to cut back on fuel consumption, and attack the corporate jet owners on a daily basis- but they travel in limos and huge, gas guzzling jets. Doesn’t that make you feel even dumber? DUh? Is this the hope and change you wanted? DUH? Next time use your freekin head.

  9. Keith Koffler thanks for your article about Michelle’s travel costs being incurred by the taxpaying serfs. There is one glaring omission in your article. You did not mention the most recent trip she took to Oregon to visit her brother where she used the Air Force version of a Boeing 737. Since everything was hush hush with this “private” trip, who knows what kind of costly entourage she had with her?

    1. Jet Blue, or any other commercial airline, said they didn’t have what it took to insure the safety of The First Lady. As a matter of fact that’s why there is an Air Force One; to ensure the safety of The First Family.(Duh.) So is she not supposed to live her life for 4 years during her husband’s public service to this country? She already cannot continue her career as an attorney-Harvard grad I might add- because she has to be by his side in the White House.

  10. How many times did she go to Hawaii or Marthas Vinyard (before) he became president? How many times did they stay in a $50K-per-month vacation home (before) he became president? How many other president’s mother-in-laws got such an expensive free ride on the tax payers? And, how incredibily stupid can the American people actually get?

  11. I could not care less. I don’t pay no stinking taxes, Taxes are for the rich bastards and the workers.
    Obam’a and his bitch can spend all they want I voted for them and I don’t care a wit about crap.

  12. I never thought I’d see our president conduct himself like a 3rd world dictator with so little disregard for the common person or not caring about thr message he sends with behaviour like this. Flying multiple jets to an exclusive resort area while the country and its citizens suffers. This is really unAmerican, he is really out of touch and incompetent or just simply does not care.

  13. I hope they savor their vacations because in the not too distant future, they are going to be on a very long vacation with a one way ticket. With everything going on in the country and around the world you have to imagine these two don’t give a crap about anything but themselves. We will show them in 2012 that they should have paid closer attention to public sentiment.

  14. Well, he’s going to raise $1 billion for his re-election campaign (actually his retirement fund), so, when he loses, sue him for all the money they spent and charged up to the U.S. taxpayer. He will have enough in in his “stash” to pay it back!

  15. Oh, get real folks. Have ANY of you ever been in a position of power? Many times there are VALID reasons for doing things that to the common folks look silly and unexplainable. Don’t be so quick to show your ignorance and common roots.

      1. You better believe she is being paid. Right about now she and the rest of her overpaid under worked “elite” government types who are going to tell us all what to do are settling into their brie and chablis at some fancy Georgetown eatery no doubt at taxpayer expense.

  16. Just imagine what he will do when he accepts he will not be re-elected!! Letting people out of prison, spending like wildfire, etc. Add a trillion to the deficit!! No morals!

  17. The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president.

    The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince.

    The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

  18. It’s called a sense of entitlement. Obama and the wife feel that they are owed whatever they desire. These are two of the biggest phonies on the planet. Sadly, the liberal sheep in this country will vote for Obama in 2012, because many of them share that feeling of entitlement themselves. If this guy wins the White House again, look out. That’s when his real agenda will come to the forefront because he will have nothing to lose.

  19. Obama’s first election could be compared to the marketing program of a prototype automobile that gets a whole bunch of hype, but is not yet available for a test drive. The initial offering results in a huge number of pre-sales. Everyone wants to get in on the action. They want to be a part of the “cool” crowd and the first on their block to have that revolutionary new car. What happens when the new prototype car is delivered and the public finds out it only makes left turns and the wheels fall off of it soon after the break-in period. The maintenance cost is sky high and the warranty is non-existant. That is what Obama will face in the next election. An electorate that no longer has to listen to the hype and can look at the results of the test drive. The Obama experiment has proven to be a dismal failure.

    When it comes to hype and hyperbole versus performance and effectiveness Obama is the “segway” of presidential history.

  20. No big shock here. The Obama’s behave as if they are the royal family and we are the lowly serfs. It’s okay for the average American to be losing their home, struggling to put food on the table, and wondering where the money for gas is coming from as long as our royalty get to jet off at our expense whenever they want to. Do I begrudge them a rest? Heck no, but I do think traveling together in an effort to at least ATTEMPT to be saving money would be a good place to start. And maybe not going off quite so often for vacation and golf would be a big help. Whether they intend it or not, what they’re doing is sticking a finger in the eye of every citizen of this country…..

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  22. Our country may be going to the dogs, but at least, one dog, Bo, travels in jet.
    Bo is better off that the late Trouble of the late Leona Helmsley. At least Bo exemplifies the Great American Dream.

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  24. Now I know what O’Bummer ment when he said, its time to take the band aids off and eat your pea’s.
    The Bummer’s are teaching us how to tighten our belts, by wasting money, resources, and leaving hugh carbon foot prints.

    KInda like, if you don’t have bread, then eat cake!

  25. Does she have a choice whtether to take secret service travel or not? No. I suppose we should lock up our presidents and their families and prevent them from ever going anywhere. You guys really have too much time on your hands…

    1. Another apologist for our very own Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. ‘Let them eat peas’, eh? Maybe they’ll let you empty chamberpots.

  26. Let them eat cake!

    Out-of-touch liberal socialist communist hacks at work doing what they do best – spending other people’s money.

    I just can’t wait for the next do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do speech to help spin this country into further economic morass.

    Liberals: children attempting (and failing) to solve adult problems.

  27. Well when you are a dictator I mean President your wife gets to do things like this. Just like their 2000 cal lunches and we get crumbs so we do not have a lager cal intake. We need jobs and obama is on the golf course looking for them we understand. They spend money like it is going out of style, well I hate to break this to you two the party is over in 2012 so pack your bags put them in the car and get the hell out of the peoples house.

  28. It’s time to make the Obama’s pay back all the taxpayer money they have “stolen” for their vacation use. If they were sticking that money in their pockets, the theft would be more obvious and they’d face trial. But this is theft, nonetheless. We didn’t vote that O-hole in office to bankrupt the nation while he and his family bill us for their non-stop vacations. It’s time for legal action!

  29. Damn……my husband and I don’t even take His and Her cars anymore if we can avoid it….LOL! But then again WE have to PAY for our OWN gas.

  30. One almost gets the impression that the Obamas go well out of their way to stick in our faces. “How can we rub their noses in it today?” This strikes me as downright sick.

  31. OK, huge added expense to our already bloated debt, duplicitous message with that enormous carbon footprint, and really poor judgment as far as public perception goes. Are these people even thinking about what they are doing? Do they realize we are (finally) watching what they’re doing? Or do they just plan to live it up for the next year or so until he is booted out? I bet she say’s “Let them eat cake” from her jet as she flies over the little people. Last time someone had that attitude things didn’t end well.

  32. No I see this as a weight and balance issue. Moochelle is a load all by her own self. Needed an extra plane to haul her and her sense of entitlement.

  33. Remember he is “Our RULER’ He and her think they are King & Queen and above question.
    Nice to know they are driving our country into the crapper and do not give a damn as long as they get Exactly what they want no matter whom it hurts.

    So how is that Hope & Change working out?

  34. This man is so out of touch with average Americans only an idiot could still think be cares about anything but himself. You idiocrats who voted for this self serving man I hope you like your “change” !

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