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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. Like he’s the only one. Every single president goes thru the same crap. This is lame and a waste of time. Another stupid reporter with no initiative. When the right’s in power we hear it from the left and vice versa.
    I think I’m wasting my time continuing with this response. Feel like an idiot for even having paid attention to this crap. Bye!

  2. These are the most self-absorbed people imaginable.
    How many other families travel separately – only hours apart – to vacation whether by plane, car or donkey cart unless a second vehicle is required to handle the number of passengers?

  3. This goes beyond provoking anger and frustration. This is just disheartening. These people have got to be the most arrogant people in America. Sadly, this is conspicuous consumption shoved in the faces of Americans who are so resented by the Obamas. If they only knew how trashy they are they would be ashamed of themselves.

  4. Screw the little folks (the overtaxed taxpayers), the king and queen are showing America how to “sacrifice, during these hard times”

  5. If she can spend MILLIONS on a trip to Spain, Martha’s Vineyard is “chicken feed”. And besides, ‘Queen Michele’ needs the extra rest away from her hubby, poor dear. She works so hard preventing those public school kids from being poisoned by chocolate chip cookies!

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  7. Funny how spokesliar Carney NOW says ‘president’s don’t take vacations’, after the lying coward savaged Bush for taking one.

    When Obama needed a mouthpiece, he went straight to NEWSWEEK to get one of their most accomplished “journalists” aka liberal liars…..

    What hasn’t Obama and Co lied about?

  8. Air Force One would be over the allowable weight limit for lift off if our First Entitlement Queen had hauled her considerable bulk on board. In addition Sultan Barack Hussein Obama’s Ego takes up so much space that seating is limited.

  9. He’s never had it so good! He’s a wonderful guy though, works hard serving the public – keeping us all in line. A fellow like this comes along only once in a couple of centuries. It would be my dream to thank him personally with a special gift – and nothing is too good for him – including this well deserved vacation with his bride, the secret service men and the friends he has chosen to be with him. He didn’t pick me, however, so I’ll just stay at my post while my leader developes his brand new “jobs plan” for delivery next month. Maybe he’ll find more money from the Fed this time – I’m sure he has something wonderful in mind. How can I ever thank him for his dedication to the country? Never would I dare blame him for America’s economic disasters – cause he’s the one trying to fix what everybody else has broken. He’s my Hope & Change!

  10. Sounds familiar, I guess her response to all of this would be “Let Them Eat Cake” and we all knew what happend to the last person who uttered those famous and last words. The Obama’s are in a disconnect with the American people and think of us a their peasants.

  11. I called the White House message line and said that I wanted to know why Michelle needed her own jet paid for by my taxes. I was told “because of Al Qaeda.” I told the operator that, that was the most absurd thing I had ever heard and demanded to know if that is the official White House statement. He then said, “I guess not”. I know the Obama’s are wasting our money and this is a drop in the bucket. But it infuriates me that the country is in such horrible shape and they did this.

  12. The Obamas remind me of the Jeffersons. A situation comedy family. The Jeffersons realized their dream of living in the deluxe apartment in the sky, they were moving on up. George Jefferson was also careful to “get his”. Thankfully, Weezie, had so much more class than George. Sadly, the Obamas do differ with the Jeffersons in one regard, at least Michelle differs with Weezie.

  13. This trip she should pay for out of her own pocket. She was not, and hopefully will never, be elected to any office that has the responsibility of overseeing our money. Her husband has set a good example of spending, maybe she thinks our money is hers also.

  14. Keith: please do a article on Obams’s selection of summer reading: “Brave New World” for example. do you agree he would do better with”Economic s\101″”

  15. and please can Obama now stop pretending carbon regulation is about anything other than exerting government control over our lives?

  16. Flying two jets – off to Martha’s Vineyard – all I can see in my mind’s eye is Barry and Michelle, our Material Girl – flipping us the bird as they fly off into the sunset…..

  17. My understanding is that the First Lady had scheduled massage treatments for herself and the girls that conflicted with the President’s schedule. Since the President was just back from his “Let them eat cake” bus tour, there was no way he could leave early. It would look bad given the economic mess.

  18. I initially reacted the same way most of you did, but then one can argue that they can be doing that for their kids’ protection. I understand that it’s the tax payers money, but one can consider family to be more important. There are many parents that fly separately for the sake of protecting their kids (i.e. in case something goes wrong during flight). The issue is not taking the 2 seperate planes, the issue is…why is he going on vacation???

  19. Seriously, you’re concerned about how much her travel costs? Of all the issues facing our country, this one bothers you? No matter who is in office, the opposing party focuses on nonsense like this. And that’s a big part of why our government never get anything done.

    Focus on something that actually matters.

  20. wait.. i’m stick stuck at “first lady’s office” .. why the hell does the First Lady need an office, and how much does that cost us??

  21. Michelle is turning into a little (big) Marie Antoinette. Let them eat cake, is just a catch phrase for her. Unemployement is over 10% (in real terms), Stock Market is going to hell. Global Economy is tilting in the wrong direction. But the Obamas mannerism say “LET THEM EAT CAKE”.

    I for one am throughly disgusted….. Can’t wait for this President to be a one termer.

  22. Don’t know why anyone is getting upset with this. It is after all the “Let Them Eat Cake Vacation” destined to go down in history as one of the formative moments in the defeat of this royal pretentionist family.

  23. Makes one wonder if Michelle doesn’t have a little “piece” on the side that she wants some alone time with before BoBo gets home….. Both recent vacations and France – and we have all heard of BoBo’s like for strange.

  24. Each plane has a loadmaster who has to calculate take-off weight. Have you seen Michelle lately? Probably over the lift-off capacity of the plane.

  25. Clueless! Do as I say not as I do. Watch for this story on the nightly news…NOT! How many more examples do we need of the Obama elitest attitude toward the people paying for all of this. November, 2012 can not come fast enough. I hate to think what will become of this country without a change in this type of leadership…

  26. As a Canadian, I am not politically involved in U.S. affairs but I consider Michelle Obama a very crude, self-indulgent woman. She could not care less about the poverty that exists amongst her own people in the U.S. but is more concerned about her clothes and her holidays. I can assure you that our Prime Minister and his family do not take expensive vacations at the tax payers expense.

    1. I’m pretty certain your Prime Minister was born with a brain and the ability to give a speech without a teleprompter. Also havent you heard? hussein obama declared all monies in every bank account in the U.S. his money he can spend it any damn well he pleases, who are any of us to question what him and his (clears throat) lovely wife do with there money. These 2 have absolutely no class at all. They are a disgrace. Any place to rent in Canada.

  27. This Old Gringo is convinced that Barack Hussein O’bama, the first Irish President of all 57 of the United States of O’bamica, is not going to postulate his candidacy for re-election to the Nation he renamed, expanded, and has almost ruined.
    It they cannot find a way to fundamentalty transform the election process in the next few days, he will leave the scene and turn things over to a more competent and dangerous demagog, (Sir Edmund) Hillary Rodham,
    This will put an oh-so-moderate-and-experienced cattle futures trader in charge of the continued marxist destruction of this nation. The Press would close ranks immediately around the Clone of Stalin, and the Red Chinese will have to convert their heavy industry completing to the production of women’s XXXL black pantsuits.

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  29. Not a surprise. They both know he’s not getting re-elected…why not make the most of it while you’re there? Imelda Marcos anyone?

  30. Does the picture of that smug narcisistic idiot Islamabama on Drudge’s
    home page irritate the rest of you as badly as it does me. I can’t stand to
    look at the JERK !!!

  31. It appears the Obama’s hypocracy knows no bounds. Not the first time they did this…. won’t be the last either. Sick. The sad thing is that there isn’t really a good reason. Whatever happened to shared sacrifice?

  32. When are YOU…YOU going to do something about this. He already took away most of my medical benefits and says I make $4.00 too much on SSI to get food stamps. So now I can’t afford standard things like clothing, car repairs, going out is a NEVER. This guy really IS making me sick! 2 jets with escorts for vacation, I can’t afford gas to go to the Doctor. Well, I have to go, he’s coming on TV to tell me how good I have it. Don’t call it racist for he is not black or white. At least he’s turning grey -:)

  33. These Marxists will try to become King and Queen, by force, if need be, if they lose the 2012 election. Stock up and hide some now before it’s too late!

  34. Don’t you imagine that the separate travel is intended to shield his children from the intense environment surrounding the President when he travels?

  35. Hence the nickname “Moochelle” Obama….
    mooch
    verb (used with object)
    1.
    to borrow (a small item or amount) without intending to return or repay it.
    2.
    to get or take without paying or at another’s expense; sponge: He always mooches cigarettes.
    3.
    to beg.
    4.
    to steal.

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