Bad Economy? - Malia Obama’s Spring Break Vacation Cost U.S. Taxpayers $115,500

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    Like Mother Like Daughter… Malia Obama’s Spring Break Vacation Cost U.S. Taxpayers $115,500

    Thursday, December 6, 2012, 9:17 PM



    by Mara Zebest


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    Like Mother Like Daughter… Malia Obama’s Spring Break Vacation to Mexico Cost U.S. Taxpayers $115,500.
    JudicialWatch.org reports the following:
    Cost to Taxpayers: $115,500.87
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released records detailing the government funds expended on First Daughter Malia Obama’s March 2012 Spring Break vacation to Mexico. According to the records, obtained from the U.S. Secret Service as a result of a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on September 20, 2012, the total cost of the trip amounted to $115,500.87 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Secret Service (No. 12-cv-01562)).
    The following is a breakdown of the costs as detailed in the documents:
    Ground transportation: $23,964.81
    Lodging: $21,682.92
    Airfare: $47,767.34
    “Vouchers”: $21,636.14 (not itemized)
    Support Charges: $449.66 (travel for one from Mexico City to Oaxaca, not itemized)
    Malia Obama’s spring break trip evoked controversy after the Obama White House reportedly ordered the removal of press reports detailing the trip. On March 19,2012, numerous online press outlets reported that the president’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, was on a Spring Break trip to Mexico accompanied by 25 U.S. Secret Service Agents and as many as 12 of her friends. However, shortly after the press reports surfaced they were quickly removed from the Internet. The trip took place shortly after the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a statement advising students on Spring Break “to avoid Mexico.”
    As reported by Politico:
    The AFP, the Huffington Post and other websites have scrubbed a report about first daughter Malia Obama’s school trip. On Monday, the AFP reported that Obama’s daughter was on a school trip along with a number of friends and 25 Secret Service agents. The story was picked up by Yahoo, the Huffington Post, and the International Business Times, as well as UK publications like the Daily Mail and the Telegraph and other overseas publications like The Australian. But on Monday night, the story had been removed from those sites.
    In an update to this story, Politico published a statement issued by Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, indicating that the removal of these news stories was “a White House effort:” …
    “In these economic times, with huge public debt and high unemployment, spending $115,000 in taxpayer funds on a Spring Break trip to Mexico is inappropriate. Is this what Americans are being asked to pay higher taxes for?” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
    Judicial Watch has been active in documenting the cost to taxpayers for the Obamas’ personal trips. For example, Judicial previously obtained records from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing Michelle Obama’s February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado, with her two daughters. The records indicate U.S. Secret Service costs, including accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, were $48,950.38.
    Judicial Watch also obtained documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing costs associated with Michelle Obama’s controversial August 2010 vacation to Spain. According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585.
    Judicial Watch also obtained documents detailing costs a June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch received mission expense records and passenger manifests for the Africa trip that described costs of $424,142 for the flight and crew alone. Other expenses, such as off-flight food, transportation, security, etc. were not included.
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    you can take the ------ out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the ------.
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    oh....she is going through an awkward stage. At least I hope it's a stage for her sake. And nothing surprises me about this administration any more. Soon we will allow him to have control over the debt limit - who needs Congress for that?
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    its good to be king
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    This.
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    you may have noticed negras are experts at spending other peoples money
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    that's one listless looking kid......................you'd think there was a tv in the pool showing AGT re-runs from last season

    what's going on there? you're on vacation, kid....................relax and cut loose a little bit
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    Fucking uppity black guy, doing the same thing previous presidents have done! Oh wait, now following procedure for his and his family's travel is wrong because of the economy. I guess all those Air Force One flights to vacation in Crawford were on Bush's dime.

    Oh, and that's one ugly young lady. Yeesh.
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    yes cry cry your tears are sustenance for my soul.
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    Read my avatar!!!
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    As a taxpayer, I have no problem with this. The President and his family deserve any amenity they desire.
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    I'm pretty sure they have no choice in the mode in which they travel. You either do it the way the government mandates, or stay home 24/7. You don't want a president with kids who go on a Spring Break vacation? Don't elect a president with young kids.

    This is silly. I have no issue with any president, regardless of party, not insisting his family never travel anywhere. The actual cost of it is not their fault. They can't hop in a Winnebago or fly commercial, so why blast them for it?
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    HOW about 1st Class commercial with 2 or 3 secret service agents and/or body guards and taking maybe 1 or 2 friends and keeping the cost below $35,000 or something? It's only taxpayer money, i.e. yours and mine.... fool :facepalm:
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    You'd bitch about $35k too.
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    ...but not as much as I will about $115,000!
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    I understand the kids and wife needs secret service to go along on these trips. What I object to are the destinations. Why does she need a trip to Mexico? Just the fact that it is outside the states I'm sure adds tens of thousands to the bill - if not hundreds of thousands. What's wrong with Texas, or Az, or N. Mexico? Regardless of political party, the international vaca's for kids and wife should not be allowed.
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    Funny you suddenly care about the debt limit...you would have thought you would have taken issue with raising it 10+ times under Bush but no.....much like all other Republicans.....the debt-ceiling hypocrisy is shining through
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    :rolleye: this is too stupid.
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    yea but this has been happening for over 100 years, why all the sudden mad.
    sillyness


    you don't want to dissuade a good man from running for pres, if he thinks his family will suffer for it
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    Taxpayer money that you all had no problem giving under Bush with his RECORD BREAKING VACATIONS

    Then again, we all know why people like you are suddenly crying about vacations under Obama but not Bush

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