White House Says Queen Michelle Will Fly Separately To Hawaii For 17-Day Vacation Costing Taxpayers Upwards of $100K…
“First lady Michelle Obama and first daughters Sasha and Malia are headed to Hono lulu on Friday for a 17-day vacation — without the president.
At least for now.
With the White House and Congress embroiled in a standoff over a spending bill and payroll tax cut proposal that could lead to a government shutdown Saturday, Obama appears ready to make good on his promise to stay in Washington until the issues are resolved.”
Via Weasel Zippers
Michelle’s Solo Hawaii Trip Likely to Exceed $100,000
“First lady Michelle Obama’s separate voyage to Hawaii promises to cost taxpayers tens of thousand in extra dollars, as her separate entourage and hefty flying costs pile on the costs.
The military jet flight alone is priced at more than $60,000, according to government estimates. But that’s only the beginning. The additional cargo flight that often accompanies the first lady on such a trip must also be paid for, as well as the limos and other accoutrements it will contain.
As she will be separated from the presidential security bubble, Michelle will require her own entourage of Secret Service protection, in addition to the staffers who will be leaving early to go to Hawaii with her.
The total tab will certainly be in excess of $100,000, and possibly quite a bit more.”