Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Michelle Obama Africa Trip Cost Close to Half a Million Dollars

Michelle Obama, a.k.a. Marie Antionette, has made headlines with her lavish trips. While the White House claim it is mainly business, the first lady has the knack to mix business with pleasure. Michelle Obama enjoys her vacation on the sweat of hard working tax payers.

(US News) First lady Michelle Obama's family trip to South Africa and Botswana in June cost taxpayers well over $424,000, according to new accounting based on Air Force manifests obtained by Judicial Watch, a taxpayer watchdog group.

The use of Air Force aircraft alone for the June 21-27 trip cost $424,142, said the group, and that doesn't include the food, lodging, and ground transportation for the 21 family and staff members.

Obama is like many first ladies, spending summers traveling on good-will missions, sometimes with family and friends. On the June trip, during which she was accompanied by her daughters and mother, the first lady urged young people to engage with their governments and she pushed her education and wellness agenda. They also took a safari in South Africa, well known for its beautiful Lion King-like settings.

The costs of the trips have often won media scorn, as did her trip to Spain the previous summer.