Michelle Obama’s Taxpayer-Funded Spending Is an Embarrassment for the White House

Nile Gardiner, Telegraph (London), October 5, 2011

Although ignored by most of America’s liberal-dominated media, several online US news sites are reporting that Michelle Obama’s grand tour of southern Africa earlier this year cost American taxpayers nearly half a million dollars–and that’s just for the flights. This follows in the wake ofclaims this August from sources inside the White House itself that the First Lady may have spent “$10 million of taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.” Without all the figures available, it is impossible to establish the total cost to the public purse of Michelle Obama’s 42 days of holiday during that period, which included her trip to Spain last year (though not the Obamas’ recent sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard).

But we do now know for sure that her visit to Africa in June, with a sizeable entourage in tow, cost taxpayers at the very minimum $424,142 in transportation costs, according to figures obtained by Washington-based watchdog Judicial Watch. As the ‘Washington Whispers’ blog at US News and World Report noted:

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.

The First Lady’s supporters will argue that her African tour advanced relations between the United States and South Africa and Botswana, even though it also included an safari in Kruger National Park near Johannesburg. I suspect most Americans, however, will view this trip as a waste of public funds at a time when the US is running a massive budget deficit and faces a national debt of more than $14 trillion. In an age of austerity, even the First Lady should be expected to make sacrifices, not least when she is spending other people’s money. It is a matter of public interest how public figures spend taxpayer funds, and Mrs Obama should be held to account. As Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton notes:

This trip was as much an opportunity for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a trip to conduct government business. This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our overextended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.

There can be no doubt that this latest revelation about Michelle Obama’s spending is an embarrassment to the White House at a time when the president is talking about spending cuts, and at least trying to give the impression that he is reining in the deficit. It is also a symbol of the gulf between the taxpayer-subsidised, privileged lifestyle of America’s ruling elites in Washington, compared to the tens of millions of hard-working Americans who are struggling to pay the mortgage, hold on to their homes, put food on the table for their families, and simply make ends meet.

80 per cent of US voters still think the country is in a recession, according to Gallup, and the First Lady’s lavish spending will surely go down badly in a nation that has taken a real hit economically under President Obama’s failed policies. It is hard to think of a presidency more out of touch with the concerns of ordinary Americans than the current one, and Mrs Obama’s actions will only serve to reinforce that impression. Could Michelle Obama prove a liability for the president as he seeks re-election in 2012? Based on this evidence, the answer is definitely yes.

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  • Anonymous

    Blacks like this Michelle thinks the whites in this country own it to her because she is black. It is hard to get away from that mentality when it is an integral part of the black community she grew up in. And this welfare mentality is reinforced by the whites themselves by generational welfare, affirmative action, etc. Blacks actually regressed under this welfare mentality due to the very generous white handouts.

  • Cliff Yablonski

    It’s called the “Head Chief Syndrome”.

    When blacks are in charge nothing is too good for them.

  • Auntie Em

    Didn’t she also take along her two daughters and a niece and nephew?

    I read that the daughters were listed as senior staff members in the subpoenaed info above. Wouldn’t that be dishonest? Would that imply that they were payed for traveling with her?

    The nearly half-million is only a partial list of the costs IIRC.

  • Hirsch

    “Could Michelle Obama prove a liability for the president as he seeks re-election in 2012? Based on this evidence, the answer is definitely yes.”

    The answer is definitely “No.” Being black is like having automatic tenure. Being black and being a woman is like having diplomatic immunity. Michelle Obama could be caught on camera smoking crack in a hotel room with Kwayme Kilpatrick and Marion Berry and still emerge slicker than teflon.

    And can someone please tell me why I have to read a paper from across the ocean to find out what is going on a couple miles from my house. Anyone? Bueller?

  • June Warren

    When blacks gain control of anything, spending becomes so uncontrolled that financial collapse is inevitable. It makes no difference if its the local school board, city council, county government, or a business, what they control becomes an open cash box that is quickly looted.

  • Anonymous

    Tell me how any black has been hit hard by the Recession, or any other down-turn, slowdown, etc..

    Blacks have everything handed to them from birth, with WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, SSI money, and all the Affirmative Action jobs that are way beyond their mentality to handle.

    Yet, they whine, moan, and complain about how hard they have it. This from a bunch of do-nothing slackers that wouldn’t know a hard day’s work if it kicked them in the pants.

  • Question Diversity

    This is the trip where the daughters were listed as “senior staff.” Funny, the Obamas don’t want us talking about their daughters, and we shouldn’t. But every time you turn around, they’re shoving the daughters in our face…book covers, exercise routines, healthy diets, and now they’re on your payroll.

  • Stiv

    Black version of Marie Antoinette.

    She had said before that she wasn’t going to allow “all this fabulousness to go to waste”.

  • gimme gimme gimme mo’ dat

    It’s not an embarrassment. They only let their supports at the Council of Foreign Relations float that line in the media so that we will think they are moral enough to feel bad at doing bad.

    They aren’t embarrassed, they are gleeful at getting away with the scam. Part of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” is getting as much as possible from White Taxpayers while Mi’Shell Ob-mau-mau swerves it back home in Mau-mau-land-afrique.

  • Dying breed

    The spectacle of closing off the beach in Spain was one thing. Breaking custom and protocol by touching the Queen of England was another. ‘Finally’ proud to be an American etc etc. One look at this woman and you can feel the disdain and hatred that she has for the white race – you can just see it.

    I have heard there was friction between her and Rahm Emmanuel due to some very bizarre behavior she exhibited around the White House.

    Has anyone else heard of or have any links with more info about this?

  • Robert Binion

    According to Joe “Stimuli” Biden, this extravagance is necessary in order to boost the sagging, er, economy. If we could all quit work and go for a ramble, think how rich we would be.

    She never bothers with people she hates.

    That’s why the lady takes a tramp.

  • Anonymous

    In the early pre-election days of 2008, Michelle was in an interview, with who I cannot recall. She was talking about how there should be a redistribution of wealth in America. Now, even if I was planning to vote for Obama, which I wasn’t, there was a smirk on her face that I’m sure she was not even aware of, which would have stopped me. You had to read between the lines, but her speach essentially boiled down to a socialist, marxist itinerary which she thought she was disguising well. But the mean spirited, nasty smirk on her face gave it away. It made my skin crawl and made me sick to think that if Obama won the election, them and their ilk were going to do their best to dismantle this country, starting with the middle class. I’ve never been so sorry to be right. Now look at our country. This woman is racist to the core. And ignorant. Just what section of this country did she think made it strong, and at one time, wealthy? So her spending habits come as no surprise. She’s just sticking it to whitey.

  • Anonymous

    Poster 10 Dying Breed Here are a couple links to the conflict.

    Open war over Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s master of the dark …

    Mar 7, 2010 … Rahm Emanuel, the president’s tough backroom operator, has found …

    Anonymous sources reported that Michelle Obama had been furious at …

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/…/war-rahm-emanuel-barack-obama – Cached – SimilarWhat’s Michelle Obama’s take on Rahm Emanuel? – National …

    Feb 22, 2010 … It will be hard for Rahm Emanuel to survive much longer. Though not impossible,

    the chips are stacked against him. He was put on the bench …

    http://www.examiner.com/michelle-obama…/what-s-michelle-obama-s-take-on-rahm-emanuel

  • Anonymous

    Call me White Tom–I can’t see a thing wrong with the First Lady

    making a trip like this in a media saturated world like ours and to a continent that the Chinese appear to be worming into at our expense. Don’t let color awareness promote color blindness. Look East and squint, folks.

  • Anonymous

    I have no problem with the Obamas taking a trip to Africa. Even a horrendously expensive one like this. My only objection is that they booked a return flight, not just a one-way.

  • Anonymous

    So whats the difference? In Africa the kings and queens live as such in spite of the 4th world poverty disease primitive uncivilized existence of 99% of the continent.

    And of you try to bitch about it they will come back with you are a racist who dont want blacks to live as fancy as whites do when they are in power and have no problem justifying it all in the worse of times.

  • Tom Iron

    I’m not embarrassed in the least by this woman. Her behavior is only what I expected from her.

  • Anonymous

    I wish Madame Obama’s vacations cost a thousand times more, if that were all the money the government wasted. It would be a great savings to spend a trillion dollars a year amusing Her Ghettolicious Majesty and her affirmative entourage of bootlickers.

    Expect a week of hot air from controlled media orifices and the usual pandering to the cameras by our champions in DC about their “outrage” over this Louis XIV living in the White House. We may even be treated to the spectacle of a “hard-hitting new law” putting “strict limits” on junket expenses. A new law always fixes the problem.

    While people fuss over this trivial distraction, the country is being looted and we are headed for slavery.

  • Deke Rivers

    I have read many negative comments about us paying for Michelles trip to Africa and I for one Am Not Offended in any way that we did that.

    What offends me is the fact we brought her back..

  • Alexandra

    I would, and I’m sure others here would, be more than happy to pay for the Obamas to take a one-way trip to Kenya. Money well spent!

  • Up to my Neck in CA.

    Did any one notice this is from a UK publication? The MSM here are still to busy praising the Obama’s to see the “CONTENT OF THEIR CHARACTER!” She knows their time living high on the hog is numbered and she is going to milk it for all she can get….after all, it’s not her money shes blowing.

  • Auntie Em

    The trip, by itself, is not so out of the ordinary as far as First Lady behvior goes. But there are a couple of factors which give me pause.

    I understand that the information had to be supboenaed under the Freedom of Information Act because the White House refused to release it to the public. That’s concern one. Where’s that promise of transparency?

    And by what stretch of the imagination do Michelle’s young daughters count as Senior Staff rather than family members? And what does that mean in terms of other hidden expenditures?

    Still small potatoes? In the larger picture could there be others in the White House disguising self-interest as public service?

    When people are secretive and dishonest in smaller issues in their lives can they be expected to be honest in larger ones?

  • Anonymous

    Everything that ever emerged from Africa has either been a burden or a threat.

  • Anonymous

    Take a look at all of the other black dictators and their families and it makes sense, there is a pattern!

  • Anonymous

    What’s new?

    Blacks have always loved to stick it to Whitey. They love living off Whitey’s labor and stupidity. We know both Michelle and her husband are as anti-White as they come, so what is with the big surprise? They have spent/wasted our money from day one in the W.H. more than any President/First “lady” in history.

  • Anonymous

    “Blacks have everything handed to them from birth, with WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, SSI money, and all the Affirmative Action jobs that are way beyond their mentality to handle.”

    I am race realist and a WN. However the above statement in not always true. I have known some decent Blacks. Believe me when I put myself in their shoes life was not a cakewalk. I am a realist not a wild hater. Many Whites and others hate Blacks on sight. Try living with that your whole life. That is why segregation was good for all of us. Blacks did not introduce the above programs, remember that. Apartness for all races. That is what killed S.A. They wanted the cheap labor. Pure and total segregation is the only answer.

  • Anonymous

    This sudden interest in the supposed wrong doing of the first lady is a clever ploy to direct outrage about Obama’s destruction of the economy and White fear of flash mobs and black on White crime to first lady nonsense.

    Presidents have used this ploy for centuries. FDR’s wife was his emissary to the CPUSA and the blacks. Mrs Roosevelt got all the blame for FDR’s hiring thousands of communists in the federal goverment. The pitch was that the wife may be a radical, but the president was just a mild social welfare net

    advocate. Only the FBI realized that FDR, not his wife put thousands of communists in federal agencies.

    Jackie Kennedy stayed in the background until her wimp of a husband let the russians build the berlin wall and station missiles in Cuba. Then all we heard about the presidency was the wife’s clothes and how cute the kids were.

    LBJ’s wife started the environmental movement when LBJ’s vietnam war was on its last legs.Then the radicals who convinced him to force through the 1965 civil rights for all but Whites act and establish the EEOC went on to foment revolution in America.

    When Reagan came in and stopped Carter’s 4 years of double digit inflation in a month and turned Carter’s high employment economy to a full employment economy the left went after Mrs. Reagan for her clothes and new dishes. No praise for Reagan turning the economy around, just criticism of Mrs. Reagan.

    Look at history. When a president is doing well the first lady does her first lady thing. When a president is in trouble the wife is featured to distract from the president’s failures.

    He is far, far worse than Carter on the economy. The economy is the most important thing. Many of those White young adults who voted from him are now unemployed.

    We wil see more and more about the wife and less and less about the downward spiral of the economy as the MSM positions their beloved Obama for his second term.

  • Black Swan

    Could Michelle Obama prove a liability for the president as he seeks re-election in 2012?

    This is not the correct question.

    This is: Is any Republican contender brave enough to risk being called a racist if he questions the past expenses of FLOTUS?

    Based on this, the answer is definitely no.

  • margaret

    Allen Eyes Obama For Movie Role

    imdb.com ^ | Oct. 6, 2011

    Woody Allen has confessed he’d love to cast America’s First Lady Michelle Obama in his next movie – if he can write the perfect role for her. The Annie Hall director’s new film, Midnight in Paris, features a performance by Carla Bruni, the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Allen decided on a whim to cast the politician’s wife as he shared a meal with the couple – and he’s adamant he’d make U.S. President Barack Obama’s wife a similar offer.

    Right in time for the election.

  • Anonymous

    26 — Anonymous wrote at 1:36 PM on October 6:

    “Blacks have everything handed to them from birth, with WIC, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Section 8 Housing, SSI money, and all the Affirmative Action jobs that are way beyond their mentality to handle.”

    I am race realist and a WN. However the above statement in not always true. I have known some decent Blacks. Believe me when I put myself in their shoes life was not a cakewalk. I am a realist not a wild hater. Many Whites and others hate Blacks on sight. Try living with that your whole life. That is why segregation was good for all of us. Blacks did not introduce the above programs, remember that. Apartness for all races. That is what killed S.A. They wanted the cheap labor. Pure and total segregation is the only answer.

    ———————————

    You are a WN and a race realist? Try walking in a White man’s shoes today or a White kid’s shoes….what you call “our hate” sounds like a troll to me. We call it like we see it. I could care less if there are SOME “decent black folk. They in no way make up for the evil their race has done to us and our country and nary a word or protest from their (the decent ones) own mouths either.

  • James

    Is anyone really surprised? I predicted this sort of thing before Obamanation even entered the Black House.

    Just look at the manner in which every single black leader has ever ruled in Africa. They do the same thing.

    Their race simply cannot help it. They are inferior and borderline retards.

  • Anonymous

    Re 29

    President Obama himself might have a future in Hollywood as an

    actor–what a unique launch!! Many immigrants being inaugurated to the US , surely wonder why “Tinsel Town” is applied to Hollywood rather than to the District of Corruption. Globalization.

  • Anonymous

    Anon. #26: A few decent blacks doesn’t make a Race. I worked in a major City, all over that City, with every group of people you can imagine.

    I don’t hate them on sight, because they’re black. I hate their filthy habits, and constant whining. The way they slack off and refuse to work, but somehow the White people are expected to pick and do what they didn’t. I don’t think so. They wanted the job, so do it.

    Sure, I worked with a few that acted like human beings, but overall, I wouldn’t put anything past them, nor would I want to be in certain Neighborhoods after dark. But, you can.

    Now, that’s being a Race realist, like it, or not.

  • BAW

    Anonymous 2:04 said “He is far, far worse than Carter on the economy.” At least Jimmy Carter had the good sense to wear a sweater in the White House and walk to his inauguration to at least give the appearance that he was in this with us too. Mr. O doesn’t even try to appear like he cares.

  • Anonymous

    OMG! After reading this racism truly lives on. How in the world can any taxpayer including me have something to say about a half million $ trip when all the past first lady’s spend that on decorating and clothes alone. Anyhow. Black or white the government itself is a bunch of thieves. Who built the government? White Men.