Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for not disclosing how much taxpayer’s spent on Michelle Obama’s “family outing” to Africa, where the family went on a safari, among other extravagant adventures.
“How much did the American people spend to send the First Lady on a family outing in Africa? That’s what we want to know,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “On the surface, the trip seems to have been totally unnecessary and was as much an excuse for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a mission intended to advance the nation’s business in Africa.”
According to WND, the suit requests the records for travel expenses for the six day trip to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch gave the White House a few weeks to respond, and they filed the suit when they heard nothing back.
In their report, the Judicial Watch said:
“The professed purpose of Mrs. Obama’s trip was to encourage young people living in South Africa and Botswana to get involved in national affairs. The First Lady’s remarks focused on education, health and wellness issues.”
“However, accompanied by her daughters Malia and Sasha, her mother, Marian Robinson, and her niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson, the trip also included such tourist events as visits to historical landmarks and museums as well as a visit with Nelson Mandela.”
“The trip ended with a private family safari at a South African game reserve before the group returned to Washington on June 27.”
According to a source in the White House, the trip cost an estimated $430,000.
Michelle has developed a reputation for being a “vacation junkie,” as she enjoys taking lots of time off every year to travel the world on taxpayer’s dimes.