Gov’t Records: Michelle Obama’s Vacation in Spain Cost Taxpayers at Least $467,585

Comments by Jim Campbell
Who in the world do the current occupants of the White House believe they are, royalty?  Apparently nobody has taken the time to give them a hint that they are public servants, they work for us and not the other way around.  Here’s a wake up call to the “Obama Jefferson’s.” you won’t be “movin on up, you will be movin on out,” in November. 
Pack your bags, January 20th is not that far away.  Remember this amount is for just one of  sixteen vacations as of February 20, 2012.  As of August 2011 the Obama’s have spent more than $10 million on such extravagance.  

Do as I say and not as I do ‘childen’ now get me 3 big Mac’s 4 orders of large fries, and 3 chocolate malts and be quick about it.  You can eat carrots.

It’s time for them to get in line with the rest of us and “Let them eat cake.”  (Marie-Therese, the wife of Louis XIV, not Marie Antoinette as often attributed, she had too much class.)

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message. 

( – First Lady Michelle Obama’s vacation in Spain with her daughter Sasha, several friends, their children, and some White House staffers cost U.S. taxpayers at least $467,585,  according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest group that fights government corruption.

Mrs. Obama took the trip from Aug. 4-8, 2010. That same month, Judicial Watch filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the Secret Service and the Air Force to obtain information on the cost of the trip. On March 5, 2012, Judicial Watch followed up on its FOIA request with a lawsuit seeking the relevant information.

According to the information Judicial Watch obtained from the Air Force, the costs for the travel services that Air Force provided to Mrs. Obama and her entourage totaled $213,124.15.

“'[T]he total cost of flying Michelle Obama and her guests from Camp Andrews to Malaga and then to Mallorca and back to the United States was $199,323.75,” said Judicial Watch. “This is based on approximately 17 hours and 15 minutes of total flying time.”

Once the Air Force crews got to Spain, however, there were costs associated with maintaining them there while Mrs. Obama vacationed.

“The 15-member flight crew stayed at Tryp Guadalmar, a nearby motel,” said Judicial Watch. “Lodging cost was $10,290.60 and car rental cost was $2,633.50. Food cost was $876.30, including $57.68 for four bottles of maple syrup and a package of pancake mix.”

The Secret Service records released as a result of Judicial Watch’s efforts show that the service spent $254,461.20 in taxpayer funds on Mrs. Obama Spanish vacation. “This total includes $26,670.61 for a chauffeur tour of Costa del Sol and $50,078.78 for a travel planning company SET P&V, S.L.,” said Judicial Watch.  “Taxpayers also paid the bill for separate lodging for a dog and its handler.”

“The American people can ill afford to keep sending the First Family on vacations around the globe,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “There needs to be greater sensitivity to the costs borne by taxpayers for these personal trips.”

“It is hypocritical for President Obama to fire GSA officials for wasteful conference spending, while his family went on a luxury vacation in the Costa del Sol Spain that cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars,” said Fitton. “No wonder it took two years and a lawsuit to get these documents out of the Obama administration.”

Other documents obtained by the watchdog group show that the June 21-27, 2011 trip taken by Michelle Obama, her family, and staff members to South Africa cost $424,142 for the flight and crew alone.

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4 thoughts on “Gov’t Records: Michelle Obama’s Vacation in Spain Cost Taxpayers at Least $467,585

  1. I am so glad Judical Watch is checking this out. Time to hold the Obama’s accountable for spending the taxpayers money. On stupid vacations, any American President would bypass vacations altogether – to show the american people he feels the economic downfall like we do. But no we have a president who does not care and will take every last dollar form every american to further his cause of his vacations. Makes me sick.

  2. No matter how much ‘bling bling’ Mooseshell goes through, she is still in the same Communistic skin as when she left. What do you expect from someone like her. She thinks it is her partial reparations for being born black.

  3. These are the same people who denied me a raise in my Social Security for 3 years. Let them eat Crap! Anybody but O-bozo in 2012.

  4. I wonder if she is still “proud of her country for the first time” as we pay for her globetrodding. Self appointed royalty. As of this comment, Obama has done 104 Fund Raisers and had zero meetings with the unemployment job counsel withing the last SIX months. What a mistake he was… and I voted for him. I am eating crow now, trust me.. and I am sorry.

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