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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. I can’t understand why nobody seems to care that the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES was riding around in a big money guzzler,..touring AMERICA,..for only 3 days,..and NOT ONE AMERICAN flag on the thing?!?!?!?!….Good grief,..can someone step in and arrest this fool, stop hiding the information, accept that others will go down besides him, pay your dues and let AMERICA get back to be a nation of proud AMERICANS, not desperate!!

    • Honey, you are desperate Americans. Stop living in denial. Stop criticising the government all the time and make some difference in your own community and own life to help America get back on its feet.

    • Kayla,….it didn’t have an American flag on it because it was made in Canada…it has a great bumpersticker on it…”Made in Canada”…..afterall, the empty suit has a lazer like focus on jobs…unfortunately it’s not American jobs…..

  2. This is pure arrogance, these clowns feel they are entitled to do this. I gaurantee you if they were footing the bill they would not have taken seperate planes. obama loves the perks that go with the job but i dont think he likes the part where he has to lead. I have yet to see any leadership out of him for over 2 years. But hey whats another couple a hundred thousand dollars added to our debt? hussein obama doesnt have to pay for it. Just bankrupt us and blame it on Bush or the Republicans or the Tea Party or the Tsunami or the arab spring or anyone other than himself. I say lets send these no class losers packing in November of 2012 and let him leave with only one thing and that is title of worst POTUS in our nations history. Congrats Jimmy Carter you are now the second worst POTUS of all time.

  3. President Obama works for free. He pays over 400K in taxes each year, which is equal to his presidential salary. Give him a break…he deserves his vacation. After all President Bush missed over 250 days of work his first two years in office for vacation during the 9/11 crisis, a war in Iraq and a war in Afghanistan. I am sick of this non issue. Come up with a grand plan and solution that gets people jobs. Where is Congress…on vacation…they are the ones who screwed everything up. Make a complaint about them. Stop the hating…

  4. Though I do appreciate the point you’re trying to make Keith, I do think you like manipulating your words. I don’t think that the military specially designed an aircraft just for this trip for Michelle…. she just happened to take a military aircraft to wherever she was going.

    That’s the propblem with reports, you like to exaggerate things. Your sentence makes it sound like the aircraft was specially designed for her trip, not just the plane that was available at the time she needed to depart.

    Also, the voters knew there would extra expenses involved when voting a President with young children to the White House. Get over the little crap and concentrate on the real issues.

    And I agree the taxpayers’ money is a real issue, but her flight? No. What the question you should be asking is “Why could’t she have waited to take a later plane with her President husband.” That’s the question….

  5. What can one say? He wants everyone to share except him. I suggest that he put his and her her jets to bed and start running the country. He a alredy tred to bribe the Latino community to vote for another round of failures by not following through on an item he held dear to the American people.
    This is one individual that I will be glad to see depart the WH. Personally, I have had by fill of the man.

  6. Does this surprise anyone at this stage of the game?…..More of the same, despite promises to be different…..so how many of you that voted for this will vote again for this empty suit?….what is it today? 39%?…

  7. the behavior of “the first family” is deplorable. so many people are hard pressed to pay for every day expenses, let alone vacation time, and yet they continue to ride us for all we’re worth. our country has been stepping backwards ever since this joker took office and the ones to blame must be squarely put on the shoulders of the people who were foolish enough to vote him in. let’s hope they have learned from their mistakes and vote in someone who truly has the american people as their real priority.

  8. So far…no photos of the MOOCH in over a week…but check out the first photo of the campaigner-in-chief on the Vineyard: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitehouse/6059380700/

    It’s hilarious…another Pete Souza (Obama’s personal photograper) masterpiece: Obama sitting in an Appalachian lawn chair listening to John Brennan, whose back is facing the camera, LOL…Obama is trying so hard to look grave and concerned – must be cooking up a doozie for the coming anniversary of 9/11!

    The minute Obama said he was ‘worried about a lone wolf attack on 9/11″ a few days ago, I immediately thought there would be some phony story about an ‘imminent’ attack to deflect all of the terrible economic news away from Obama. Why else would he bring Brennan to the Vineyard??? It never bothered him before, i.e., the Ft. Hood shooter, the underwear bomber, and the Times Square foiled attack. Why now??? And why the staged photo???

    He should have his entire economic team with him working on the phony jobs agenda…not that they will do any good.

    This is bizarre…and so typical of Obama! Stay tuned!

  9. When are people gonna wake up! He is getting exactly what he wants, no matter what he says. Bringing down America is his agenda. Don’t listen to what he says pay attention to what he does.

  10. Irrespective of political affiliation, Obama and Michelle are simply arrogant and self absorbed. What ever happened to ” God, County, Honor..?

    His wife stated at age 43 that “..this is the first time I am proud of my Country”.

    A very sad and dangerous situation for our Country. Of course we, as a County, make mistakes but we always try to do the best for all.

    I am very fortunate to be an American (non-hyphenated) and proud of my Country.

  11. Spending like no tomorrow while our nation experiences one of the worst un-employment rates ever.

    No big surprise since they believe they are the anointed ones.

  12. Obama and his wife knows he won’t be re-elected in 2012 so they’re going to milk it for all that it’s worth and do as much damage to this country as they can. I have faith a conservative President will quickly clean up the mess these two turds have left behind. They will be exiled by an angry, American mob.

  13. Extra Staff & Extra Secret Service & Extra Motorcade to&from airport & Extra thousands and thousands more in COSTS for the sake of a “few hours”?

    One would think that wife & mother Michelle would want to make it a “family affair” [Daddy home from work and all] after she and daughters hadn’t spent time with Barry [due to his 3 day tour on Black is Beautiful Bus – which was a bust], but hey, Barry charged the cost of those 2 Armor Plated busses to taxpayers $2.2M [made in Canada busses].
    Busses should have been paid by his Campaign Fund – FEC should answer questions about that. That’s a $2.2M “steal” from the citizen taxpayers.

    How selfish is Michelle – she doesn’t want daughters to travel with their father b/c Michelle and Barry are on the rocks?

    Of course Barry has a say – is it that he does not want to travel with his daughters either? We know he doesn’t want to travel with Michelle, but his daughters?
    Tee Time Barry – you’ll be away from them all soon.

  14. I’d love to be able just to get ONE week off and simply enjoy myself at some remote location. But, being what they have termed a 99er, everyday is a workday just trying to survive.

    The founders of this country would be insulted by the tyranny of Dictator Obama with their “let them eat cake” attitude and thinking they are above the laws of this land.

  15. Do you really think the obamas think about cost? They feel like us ‘Crackers’ owe it to them because they black!!! Think Reparations!

  16. What more do you expect from uninformed illiterate souls with VERY LITTLE knowledge or wisdom and NO expepience. They really do embarass me to think they represent our country. They are a sad lot!!!!

  17. These two clowns are gonna wring every penny out of US before they get thrown out of the WH one their greedy marxist a$$es …. better still impeach the Kenyan …

  18. Michelle Obama Took Separate Jet to Martha’s Vineyard to Squeeze in a Few Extra Hours of Vacation Time???? [selfish or marriage on rocks]
    Michelle didn’t want to spend a “few extra hours with her husband” and didn’t want her daughters to spend a “few extra hours with their father”???

    Apparently Barry is complicit with this – or he would have said – NO we can all go together…… one plane [saving many thousands of dollars].
    Daughters would’ve liked to talk couple hours with their father – telling him of their week etc. What kind of dysfunctional family are they?

    AND neither Barry nor Michelle ever care at all how they spend taxpayers’ money? It’s just not their problem.

  19. Would somebody please remove this arrogant prick from office…. I don’t care how; just get rid of him while we still have the right to call this America. Another term of this scumbag and we might as well just nuke ourselves.

  20. I send my wife ahead of me on vacation all the time. This way the kids don’t annoy me during travel time. Also, she has to have a sandwich ready for me when I get there.

  21. I never met President Obama in person. I don’t want to. If he walked through my place of employment or a restaurant where I was eating and stuck his hand out for me to shake it, I wouldn’t.

    I don’t respect him or the office of the Presidency that he stole with his lies and his fancy speeches about Hope and Change.

    I don’t want him to Fundamentally Change the United States of America. I liked my America just fine before he was ever born and before I ever heard his name.

    I hate his policies and because of his constant lies, his arrogant attitude and behavior and the arrogant attitude and behavior of his wife I have grown to hate him and her personally as well.

    I hate the fact that he and his wife use Air Force One, Air Force Two and Marine One to fly anywhere they want to just because they can.

    I hate the fact that he and his wife and mother-in-law fly all over the World at will, using these planes and a Fleet of Armored Vehicles under the guise that he or she is on a mission of vital National Interest when in fact it is just another shopping trip or vacation paid for by hard working American Taxpayers.

    I hate the fact that every day that I turn on my Television he is in my home lecturing and lying to me and the only escape is to not watch television.

    I hate the fact that every time I turn on my car radio he is in my car lecturing and lying to me while I am driving.

    I hate the fact that since I was a child growing up at the beginning of WW II the only time Presidents spoke to the Nation was during the annual State of the Union Message or during a National Emergency and that Barack Hussein Obama speaks to the Nation every day as if he were our Father sitting at the family dinner table.

    I hate the fact that no matter where I go or what I do and whom I come into contact with during every day, he is the subject of our conversation and it is not pleasant.

    I hate the fact that everything I described above will not stop when he is defeated and thrown out of office in 2012 but will continue for the rest of his life because Congress, whose approval rating is currently at ten percent, saw fit in their wisdom to endow all Presidents with money to open and staff an office at Taxpayer expense, to Travel at Taxpayer Expense and to have Lifetime Secret Service Protection for him and his Family at Taxpayer expense.

    I hate the fact that he will only be 52 years old when he is thrown out of office and based upon current actuarial tables will have a life expectancy of approximately 28 more years to flaunt his arrogance at Taxpayer expense.

    Nothing you can do or say will change my mind; nothing!

    Thus I have come to the conclusion that all of the Anti Obama Emails you send me or I send you are a useless waste of time because each of you my friends, I am sorry to say, is of a like mind as me. You may not have started out that way, nor did I.

    We have been driven to it by this incompetent community organizer who was only elected because fair minded Americans, including some of you, wanting to atone for the past sins of previous generations thought he was the conduit with which to do it. Adding to this misguided attempt at atonement was a free press that gave up it’s duty to question, investigate and inform the rest of us so that we could make an intelligent decision as to which candidate would truly be the most qualified to lead our Great Nation.

    Thus from this point forward, from now until the Presidential Election in November 2012, I do not want you to waste your time with your constant anti Obama emails trying to convince me not to vote for him. Believe me I Am Convinced and I shall not vote for him.

    I ask that rather than sending me your Anti Obama missives you concentrate on those Americans who are not yet convinced. Concentrate on those Americans that look at Obama as the great provider who has replaced their individual initiative, motivation, drive, spirit and fortitude to provide for themselves and their families and instead to rely upon the fifty percent of Americans who actually pay Income Taxes “the Government” to provide for them.

    These are the people, the Americans that need convincing, not me! Send your emails to them – not to me – and I will do the same.

    Thank you and may God Bless America.

  22. Mrs Barry Soetoro thinks because she is Black that she intitiled to extra Perks.
    1.) She does as she Damm well please.
    2)Tax Payers pay for her clothes, shoes, food, and Vacations.
    3) Rest of America can not afford to take a vacation, but Mrs. Jerk Face can take over 45 days off in one year.. And she does not have to do a thing to earn that cacation.
    4) She is as Big of A Pompus Ass , as is Jerk Face himself.(Barry Soetoro)
    5) Plays the RACE CARD AS MUCH AS BARRY DOES.
    6)Both are FREELOADERS.
    7) BOTH ARE TERRIOSTS.
    8) Barry is 1/4 white, 1/4 black and 1/2 DON’T GIVE A SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!
    IMPEACH THE S.O.B AND HIS GOOD FOR NOTHING SO CALLED WIFE!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Fear Not: ObamaZeus will make his proclamation from his Imperial Throne on Mount Olympus, and as we mere Mortals gather around the TV, he will read to us from the Telescroll.. WE WILL LISTEN, you hear! His Lesser gods are preparing the message as he reads “Brave New World” in Martha’s Vineyard. What’s hsi wife’s name again? Oh, she’ll be there in her new toga.

  24. Not a problem. Surely the Obamas will be reimbursing the government for the airfare for non-government employees on non-government business, because they would never abuse their situation. Right?

  25. […] As millions of Americans are out of work, thousands of desperate individuals line up for a job fair, more Americans file for first time unemployment claims,  and the national debt is out of control, but … the completely out of touch President and first lady, Barack and Michelle Obama, show up to Martha’sVineyard on separate planes at an additional cost to American tax payers. […]

  26. Well I believe if they take a vacation a month or more. I would not consider this a Presidency at all. Barry Soetro a.k.a. Obama and his family are using the USA for whatever they want. They have spent MILLIONS of dollars or more every year to hide Barack Hussein Obama/AKA/Barry Soetro. He has family in Kenya who has committed Genocide against Christians whom hesited in the past years many times. And Obama has never visited Israel. OBAMAS plan is to watch us starve to death, Die on Obama care with his death panels, and then DIE at t he FEMA Camps or should I say Re-education camps. Thats all under the smoke though. He plans on being the first Dictator America/OBAMALAND. Why is Obama like this because he does not like America. There are also alot of Communist in Congress/Washington D.C. And all of his CZARS are Communist taking our every right away for there gain. They all need to be arrested. TRIED FOR TREASON AT ALL LEVELS. Nancy Pelosi is the number one Communist here in America she needs to be triefor TREASON. SHe should not make $12-$14 million a year.

  27. As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people. Proverbs 28:15
    When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. Proverbs 29:16

  28. I think it is very wise for the President to travel separately from his family. If he was being targeted by some lunatic, his family would be out of harms way. Good thinking on the part of the Prez!

  29. I don’t have a particular problem with this criticism but it seems to me no one is working in Washington to solve today’s problems. If we consider that Washington could barely solve a routine problem such as the debt ceiling do we really have expectations that Washington is going to get anything done when there are no deadlines?

  30. Read about Nikolae Ceaucescu and his wife. There were long bread and soup lines everywhere but they were living like, ahem, kings. The state run media would show Nick visiting a “store” full of fresh produce – yet the food was often plastic! It wasn’t until a high official defected that their sham kingdom went toppling. Hopefully, there will be a major defection of the Obama camp, and with it, a subsequent tunbling of their house of cards.