Michelle Obama in China: “Rare I have the chance to travel” Abroad: Obama’s Cost Taxpayers $1.4B, British Royal Family $58M

Other than Michelle Obama’s trips to Kenya with her husband before he ascended to the Oval Office, I wonder how many opportunities she had to travel outside the U.S. I doubt there were many until she was graced with taxpayer funding. By mid 2013, Michelle had visited 14 foreign countries. In 2013, American taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on “perks” for the Obamas — “biggest staff in history at highest wages ever.” The British taxpayers were hit with only a mere $57.8 million to entertain their royal family. Don’t miss the Daily Caller info below. Remember who Michelle Obama was just before coming to Washington D.C. to received her taxpayer-paid make-over?

Michelle Obama Before Taxpayers Bought a Stylist for Her

Michelle Obama Before Taxpayers Bought a Stylist for Her

During her visit to China, first lady Michelle Obama pointed out that the ability to travel outside of the United States was “rare” but that she chose China for a reason.

“It’s very rare that I have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, and it’s even more rare to have the opportunity to travel with three generations — with my daughters, and with my mother,” she said. “And it is no accident that one of our first trips as a family is here to China.”

Daily Caller:

Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the “total cost of the presidency,” factoring the cost of the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever,” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.”

“The most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election,” Gray, who worked in the Eisenhower administration and for other Republican presidents, said in an interview with TheDC on Wednesday.

“The press has been so slow in picking up on this extraordinary increase in the president’s expenses,” Gray told TheDC. (RELATED: Five shocking truths about Michelle Obama)

Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.

When the trip is deemed political, it’s customary for the president to pay the equivalent of a first class commercial ticket for certain passengers. But Gray says that hardly covers the taxpayer cost of flying the president and his staffers around on Air Force One.

“When the United States’ billion-dollar air armada is being used politically, is it fair to taxpayers that we only be reimbursed by the president’s campaign committee for the value of one first-class commercial ticket for each passenger who is deemed aboard ‘for political purposes?’” Gray asks in the book. Source: Daily Caller

But Obama doesn’t even pay his own first class ticket. He receives $100,000 for travel outside of his salary:

“There is no mechanism for anyone’s objection if a president were to pay his chief of staff $5,000,000 a year,” he told TheDC. “And nothing but a president’s conscience can dissuade him from buying his own reelection with use of some public money.”

Aside from a salary, the president gets a $50,000 a year expense account, a $100,000 travel account, $19,000 entertainment budget and an additional million for “unanticipated needs,” he notes. …

…she [Michelle] spent 42 days on vacation — within the span of one year.”…

The president has a full-time movie projectionist in the White House theater

The president’s dog gets its own high-paid staffer

More on what the president can do with your money for his family.

By July 3, 2013, Michelle Obama had traveled to Britain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Vatican, Ghana, Denmark, Norway, Haiti, Mexico, Spain, Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, El Salvadore, Ireland, Botswana, South Africa, The Bahamas, Senegal, and Tanzania — a total of 14 trips abroad by mid-2013. Seven of these trips are considered personal travel (which may have included Michelle arriving early or staying later).

Laura Bush made 46 foreign trips and visited 73 countries in eight years. I’m thinking Michelle will pass that record, but the Bush’s spent most of their vacation time at Camp David and their Crawford, Texas home. Yes, taxpayers paid for the transportation to and from Crawford, but they didn’t pay hotel expenses for the Bush family. The Obama’s do own a home in Chicago, but they seldom visit. We pay hotel wherever the Obama’s go.

Read about Michelle Obama’s Beiijing 3400 sq. ft. hotel room for herself, her mother and her daughters.

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  • KatieNorcross

    This woman goes on vacation at the drop of a hat, and that hat drops at least once a month.

    This trip of hers is costing us millions, but she and her free loafing family doesn’t give a damn. Just give them their government handout.

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  • Darkshaddo

    So Laura Bush made more trips (including 5 to Africa), but you apparently have no problem with that. Hypocrite. Americans will ultimately spend trillions of dollars paying for George W. Bush’s unnecessary wars, far less than Mrs. Obama’s foreign trips.

    • Darkshaddo, I have a problem with it. I put it in the post but the detailed data is not available. I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ALL OF IT, and do not, do not call me a hypocrite. I could have said absolutely nothing about Laura Bush and it is not reasonable to compare what you consider to be “unnecessary wars” to “Mrs. Obama’s foreign trips.”

      • Thad79

        Of course it is. The cost of Mrs. Obama’s trips is a mere drop in the bucket compared to the money Bush wasted on his wars, not to mention the thousands of unnecessary American deaths because of them.

        • Opinionated12cents

          Thad 79……you have no idea what you are parroting. Check the number of Afghanistan deaths that are under you Traitor presidents watch. Then grow up and open your eyes, stop being a little toadie of the leftist agenda.

          • Whoorah!

          • Thad79

            Bush started the war, not Obama. He’s responsible for all American deaths associated with it. Stop being a stupid Teabagger who believes everything Faux News tells you to believe without question and ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRUTH.

        • Are you on the dole, very young, or just malleable?

          • Thad79

            Nope. Are you a Teabagger, or just plain stupid?

            • Do you talk that way to your mother?

    • Didn’t your mother ever tell you, you nitwit, that two wrongs don’t make a right? And didn’t she ever ask you if your friend jumped off a bridge, would you do it too? Bringing up Bush, or any other past president to compare is stupid! Your assumption that because one disagrees with bambam it follows that one supported Bush. Hypocrit? I don’t think so, but what I do know is that your leaping to that conclusion is ludicrous and beyond stupid!! Those folks in the WH are taking advantage of taxpayer money, and they are doing it for spite. There’s a word for this behavior, and it fits the players perfectly. Your kind are on your way out-or haven’t you noticed?

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