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First Lady Spent $10 million in Taxpayer Money on Vacations Last Year

posted at 10:09 am on August 27, 2011 by

Curse those fat-cat millionaires and billionaires, taking lavish vacations at five-star resorts while the rest of us languish in economic hell, our 401ks dwindling before our eyes. So which corporate jet-wielding cretin is it this time who spent $10 million on luxury getaways in 2010 alone, according to the Daily Mail?

Wait, that’s no CEO. It’s our own dear First Lady, Michelle Obama. And that ten mil she squandered on massages and high-end vodka isn’t even hers—it’s yours.

The Mail quotes a White House source as calling Mrs. Obama a “vacation junkie,” adding:

It’s disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.

When it’s all added up, she’s spent more than $10 million in taxpayers’ money on her vacations.

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of vacation in the past year, including a $375,000 “getaway” at the Costa del Sol in Spain, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the ritzy Villa Padierna.

Mrs. Obama knows how to travel in style as well. Rather than wait for her hubby to finish out the business day last Thursday, she took Air Force Two to Martha’s Vineyard several hours earlier. Cost to taxpayers: $149,000 minus time on the ground and extra security detail.

Says the source:

The vacations are totally Michelle’s idea. She’s like a junkie. She can’t schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next—all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.

It all sounds terribly greedy and extravagant, but have pity. The poor woman, after all, is out of work. Let’s just hope her husband follows suit in November of 2012.

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“Do as I say, not as I do.” The one true tenet of the Left.

Neo-con Artist on August 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM

I’m surprised she has time to work out.
“Enviably toned thighs”, indeed.

mrt721 on August 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM

let them eat cake!

cmsinaz on August 27, 2011 at 10:53 AM

She is disgusting in every way I can think of. Can’t wait to see the last of her. Truly a nasty piece of work.

Naturally Curly on August 27, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if some msm person would ask in the daily brief at the wh how bho can tell American’s we have to suck it up and give till hurts, but mo can spend 10M of taxpayers money on vacations? There is no reason why mo shouldn’t get slammed for this, none! As far as I am aware, mo has not been crowned queen here in America yet! Maybe mo thinks she is imelda marcos?
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letget on August 27, 2011 at 11:13 AM

The absurdity of a TEN million dollar vacation from luxurious treatment and surroundings just BEGS for a karma adjustment BIG time!

golfmann on August 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM

The costs for all her vacations is outrageous, but so is the reported fact that she has a staff of over 90 people, including a full time make-up artist, all paid for by taxpayers. This woman holds no elected office, and does nothing of any value to anyone, yet she’s costing us all a small fortune.

AZCoyote on August 27, 2011 at 3:27 PM

They forgot at least 1 more- The Bar Harbor/Arcadia vacation last July. Shut down all the small plane and helicopter excusions businesses, messed up traffic, closed down the park to the public for a while, the money spent on all the security prep work for his arrival to stay 3 or 4 days must have been huge. It was about a week or 2 before they headed to Martha’s Vineyard

wubu on August 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

But no one can see that those $10M would have been wasted by tax payers on junk foods causing obesity. The first MichelleO is actually doing us all a favor and all we can do is complain. How very self-centered we all are.

Robert17 on August 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM

Can someone please explain why these getaways are paid for by taxpayers, rather than by the Obamas? Security detail I get, travel expenses for official state business, fine, but all-expenses paid trips? Why?

tikvah on August 27, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Sheesh, All I want is to spend a weekend in the mountains in my 1989 motor home. But, I can’t even afford the gas to drive it 100 miles each way.

boomer on August 27, 2011 at 9:29 PM

You watch. There will be epic — epic — spending on date nights and vacays and special goodwill tours to sunny and pleasant locales by FLOTUS and Sasha and Malia in the next six to eight months, (so as to allow for the few months before the next election — just in case.)

They’re not stupid. The First Couple knows their time on the public dime is coming to an end.

I’d be happy if someone in the left-leaning media ever reported on that $300K job in the Chicago hospital for Mrs. Obama — which was created for her and which job is still empty after her departure, IIRC.

Oh yeah – that was one essential position.

inviolet on August 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM

but all-expenses paid trips? Why?

tikvah on August 27, 2011 at 7:20 PM

I think that’s our portion of the tab. Still ghastly.

You know, at some point I think you’ve made enough money spent enough taxpayer money on personal vacations.

TexasDan on August 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM

It’s her very own way of ostentatiously displaying her “bling bling”.

( She does love her flashy, tacky accouterments, doesn’t she? )

Wonder if she ‘loves” America now that she has the most exclusive brand of AA ever conceived?

Yep…that’s her BBA showing too….and I ain’t taking about Hillary’s either.

Twana on August 28, 2011 at 7:01 PM

BTW….re my last observation….that’s where the woman’s taste in everything is too.

Twana on August 28, 2011 at 7:03 PM