The entire trip to Africa for Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha cost taxpayers $427,000 for airfare alone, $500,000 for the entire trip. Along for the fun was Michelle’s mother, a niece and nephew, among others. Malia and Sasha were listed on the manifest as “senior staff,” essential for an African safari.
Judicial Watch said the U.S. Air Force provided a C-32 – a Boeing 757 modified by the military for the purpose of flying big-wigs around the world – to fly the First Lady and her entourage to and from Africa, at a cost of $424,142. Another $928.44 was listed as the cost of providing 192 meals for the 21 people who made the trip
The Obama daughters were listed on the manifest as “senior staff.”