Well, we guess that it is that time of month for one or both of the Obamas to be off on vacation. This time, in a sign of frugality(?), Michelle is skiing with her daughters at Vail, without Barack. Gee, she hasn’t been on a vacation in at least … one and a half months!
What a sacrifice!
Of course, much of the expenses will be paid by the taxpayer. We would estimate this to be in excess of half a million dollars. Travel. Security. Etc. Nothing is too expensive for an Empress (or dictator's wife)!
How was your recent vacation?
Oh, you were working hard to help pay for Michelle’s vacation?
Michelle Obama's big 'sacrifices' on her Vail vacation
Jeannie DeAngelis February 21, 2011
It has been almost a month and a half since the Obama family returned from 10 days in Oahu. With all the breastfeeding advice she's been giving out lately, an exhausted First Lady is long overdue for some R & R.
Relinquishing her role as tireless workaholic, Michelle decided to revisit last year's mother/daughter ski trip to the Ski Liberty Resort in Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania. Only this year, the Obama women have taken to the slopes in Vail, Colorado on a "private family trip" accompanied by "several close friends."
When unveiling his budget, Michelle's husband reminded Americans, "Everybody's going to have to give a little bit." The President even suggested: "If you're a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, you might put off a vacation."
According to Obama, "Just like every family in America, the federal government has to ... live within its means." Which is exactly what Mrs. Obama is doing, spending time with her daughters at a resort that is much more modest than she's used to.
Actually, the whole excursion to Vail Mountain is one of self-sacrifice. According to administration officials, the First Lady and friends are merely "chaperoning...children on a ski trip," otherwise Michelle would likely be home hunkered down, tirelessly working in the "Let's Move" office of the White House.
On a tight budget, the ski trip is but a few steps above a school-sponsored field trip. The chaperones are staying at the Sebastian Hotel, where lodging starts at "$605 per night ... and head north of $2,000 for multi-bedroom suites." Those rates are certainly more modest than the $6,600 a night Mrs. Obama was rumored to have spent at the Hotel Villa Padierna in Costa del Sol.
The Sebastian touts "spas, a Frost Bar, a Market for nibbles, a mountain-view pool, hot tubs and a fire pit." A bevy of ski valets assist patrons "into warm boots and out onto the mountain," which is just the kind of pared-down amenity that penny-pinchers across America can easily relate to.
Michelle arrived with "A motorcade of about a dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement officers, traveled from the Eagle County Regional Airport to Vail...Roads were temporarily blocked to make way for the motorcade."
Despite the extravagant entourage, when it comes to frugality Mrs. Obama is a pro. A flight from DC to Colorado is 1,700 miles and takes approximately 3 hours. Although the First Lady usually employs a large Air Force jet to ferry her from vacation spot to vacation spot, this time she answered the call to live within the Obama family means in the following way: To save money, instead of Air Force One, which costs about $100,000 per hour to fly, Michelle chose a less expensive jet.
Not including the weight of ski equipment, a fair guesstimation would be that the Michelle Vail Vacation one-way flight cost much less than what would otherwise have set the American taxpayer back $300,000.
Moreover, Michelle's savvy decision to travel as often as possible without Barack also eliminates about 180 pounds of excess baggage weight, and in the long run helps in tamping down overall costs.
As an added budgetary bonus, the President joined Michelle in setting an example of prudence. Barry saved coaching fees for Sasha's basketball team when another coach failed to show up. Although Sasha was on the bunny slope with Mom in Vail, our thrifty President paused stirring up union trouble in Wisconsin long enough to serve America as a "parent coach" for a team of nine year-old girls, and selflessly did it for free.
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In the following brilliant and fascinating article, Megan Fox explores what she has determined as the top 10 breaches of protocol by the Obamas. This is not an ad hominem attack but an incisive look at the inexcusable and egregious blunders as well as the reckless arrogance of Barack and Michelle Obama which has implications and consequences for America as well as all its citizens.
A few of these influences include our standing in the world, effectiveness or lack thereof in controlling and addressing violence against Americans and American interests home and abroad, engendering rogue nations and dictators to persist in their actions rather than desist (Iran, North Korea), and losing support or staunch allies of the past.
Read: Top 10 Breaches of Protocol By the Obamas
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Once again, “president” Obama and Michelle display their arrogant, entitled and wholly inappropriate conspicuous consumption and uncontrolled hedonism with their multi-million dollar vacation in Hawaii. While tens of millions of Americans are suffering due to the deep and prolonged recession, Obama and his family have not shown any propensity to moderate their unfettered spending and pleasures. They are the paradigm of the elitist, disdainful autocratic leader such as the tyrants of third world Africa or Hugo Chavez.
The numbers presented in the article below wildly underestimate the true total cost. For example, there is no way that Michelle Obama’s solo flight to Hawaii from Washington including security and other related expenses was only $63,000. Several hundreds of thousands of dollars would be more accurate.
President and family on multi-million dollar Christmas vacation in Hawaii
President Obama and his family are enjoying a delightful Christmas vacation with friends and family in the chief executive's home state of Hawaii.
Nobody questions a president's right or need to take take away from the White House, but an investigation by Hawaii Reporter has turned up some eye-opening information about the costs and other aspects of the Obama get-away.
Just consider these estimates on part of the costs of the latest Obama Hawaii trip:
* Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier)
* Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates)
* Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days): $16,800
* Costs for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel: $134,400 ($400 per day for 24 staff) – excluding meals and other room costs
* Police overtime: $250,000 (2009 costs reported by Honolulu Police Department)
* Ambulance: $10,000 (City Spokesperson)
TOTAL COST: $1,474,200
But that $1.47 million figure leaves out a number of signficant costs that simply could not be calculated by Hawaii Reporter:
* Rental of office building in Kailua on canal
Security upgrades and additional phone lines.
* Costs for car rentals and fuel for White House staff staying at Moana Hotel (Secret Service imports most of the cars used here to escort the president).
* Surveillance before the president arrives.
* Travel costs for Secret Service and White House staff traveling ahead of the President.
White House spokesmen insist Obama's vacation expenses are in line with those of previous presidents, which may well be true, but, since the government refuses to disclose many important details about any presidential journey, nobody can know for sure.
There appear to be reasons to suspect the Obamas' trip could have been done for less, according to Hawaii Reporter.
"They could have chosen a less expensive and more secure place to stay such as a beachfront home on the Kaneohe Marine Corps Air Station – just a two-minute drive away from the Kailuana Place property where they are now," according to Hawaii Reporter.
"The president visits the military base daily to workout, bowl with his kids or enjoy the more private beach there. He also could have stayed at a home 15 minutes away on the beach fronting Bellows Air Force Base as President Bill Clinton did."
But Obama and friends opted instead to secure use of three luxury beachfront places, including the “Winter White House” – or Kailua home that the president rents two weeks a year.
That facility, Hawaii Reporter, noted, normally rents for an estimated $3,500 a day or $75,000 a month, according to the web site Gadling.com.
The latter describes the place as a “7,000 square foot home [that] features 5 bedrooms, 5 ½ bathrooms, a media room with surround sound, a kitchen suited for a master chef, a dining room and great room, a secluded lagoon-style pool with tropical waterfalls and a lavish island spa. The ocean lanai and garden lanai showcase ornate landscaping and stunning views of Kailua Bay and Mount Olomana.”
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Michelle Obama is innately greedy, egocentric, arrogant and disdainful individual whose sense of entitlement seems to have emanated out of her racist and intolerant philosophies which is manifestly evident in her comments. It is a noisome attitude which has been injected, encouraged and constantly nourished in the black community by demagogues such as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton for their selfish purposes of power and control over what they falsely claim as a monolithic group.
Teh "Emper-ass" Michelle's behavior is inexcusable, counterproductive and as disclosed in the incident below, wasteful.
Instead of waiting another day or two for Barack Obama and then flying together back to Hawaii, Michelle just had to begin her vacation sooner. The purported cost for this excursion as cited below was $63,000 but this number probably wildly underestimates the true costs given all that is involved (security, etc.). Such an action in the milieu of a deep and protracted recession screams high decibel disrespect at the millions of Americans who are unemployed and suffering as well as to the taxpayers who once again are forced to pay for her profligate, unwarranted costs and expenditures. This whole action is exacerbated by the entitlement attitude that she exudes.
Now if this was a one way trip for her, then it would have been tax dollars well spent!
FLOTUS chows at the taxpayers' trough
By Cheri Jacobus 12/23/10
First lady Michelle Obama didn't feel like waiting around cold, boring old Washington, D.C., for her husband and Congress to wrap up their work for the year. So she simply stuck the taxpayers with the $63,000 tab to start her Hawaiian vacation a bit early — just a few short months after the Spain vacation with her gal-pals that set us all back a pretty penny.
With her husband announcing a two-year pay freeze for federal employees as a way to save taxpayers a few precious dollars, it's jaw-dropping that Michelle Obama could be so relentlessly politically tone-deaf. And insensitive. And even a tad bit selfish, spoiled and thoughtless, perhaps? I tend to cringe when folks gratuitously slam the first lady simply because they don't like her husband's policies, but this latest antic on the part of Michelle Obama really takes the cake.
The FLOTUS spending our tax dollars on herself makes Nancy Reagan using private donations for expensive White House dinner china for entertaining heads of state on behalf of the nation seem like pretty small potatoes.
In the future, it would be advisable for Michelle Obama to either pay for her Paris Hilton-style globetrotting herself, or to fund it with private donations. Meanwhile, we can all spend a few minutes trying to calculate how many federal employees' pay raises it takes to pay for Mrs. Obama to get an extra day or two of fun in the sun in Hawaii.
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For only the second time in my adult life, I am not ashamed of my country. I want to thank the hard working American people for paying $242 thousand dollars plus additional expenses for my vacation in Spain . My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time. Honestly, you just haven't lived until you have stayed in a $2,500.00 per night suite at a 5-Star luxury hotel. We only booked 70 rooms for our friends, staff and family. Thank you also for the use of Air Force 2 and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times.
Air Force 2 only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2. It costs only $11,500 per hour to operate Air Force 2 and each additional plane for the other members of our party group. These are only rough estimates, but they are close (who's counting?). That's quite a carbon footprint as my good friend Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and drive less too, so we can lessen our combined carbon footprint.
I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet. I do appreciate your sacrifice and do hope you find work soon. I was really exhausted after Barack took our family on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago. I just had to get away for a few days. Will write more from Martha's Vineyard where we will spend our sixth vacation this year with more of our family and friends.
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Michelle Obama is an arrogant, condescending and profligate hedonist who exudes an abject entitlement mentality. Her behavior and wanton spending of taxpayer money even in the best of economic times would be considered irresponsible but in the midst of a recession - abominable and depraved.
She acts like the worst sort of royalty. Maybe we can hope for a latter day Michelle Antoinette as regards her ultimate outcome: OFF WITH HER HEAD!!
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The arrogant, contemptuous, anti-American partner of "president?" Obama is acting like a Black Plantation Owner who has the unapologetic right to everything. She considers her plantation to be all of America.
Guess what, Michelle?
We will not tolerate such a despicable, in your face entitlement attitude that is further compounded by iits occurring during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.
Then again, maybe we have it wrong. Is she Queen Michelle Antoinette?
If so then off with her head!!
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