Since her husband took office six years ago, Michelle Obama has taken great pleasure in spending as much of our tax dollars as she can on her own lavish lifestyle. She was up to her old tricks back in February when she took an expensive ski trip with her daughters, and it was hardworking Americans who paid the tab.
Over President’s Day weekend, Michelle jetted off to Aspen, Colorado with Sasha and Malia. Documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that Michelle spent $57,068 on flights alone for this vacation. This doesn’t even include the amount she spent on the resort…
According to Daily Mail, the round-trip flight from Andrews Air Force Base took 7.4 hours of flying time in a Gulfstream 550 aircraft, which is a $53.5 million plane that costs $7,712 per hour.
Michelle brought her secret service detail and much of her staff on the trip, and paying for their hotels, meals and rental cars cost undoubtedly cost the tax payers a whole lot more.
The weekend getaway cost “more than 14 times what the average American of four spends for an entire week-long vacation,” said Judicial Watch, the watchdog group that obtained the documents. “Including the Aspen trip, government records indicate that the beyond-first-class travel of the Obamas and Vice President Joe Biden have cost the American people well over $56 million.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Witton expressed his frustrations with the Omaba’s spending, saying, “the Obamas abuse taxpayers with unnecessarily luxurious vacations and travel. How many times did the Obama family travel to Aspen prior to the presidency?”
“Misusing the perks of presidency to travel to luxury hot-spots is an abuse that must end,” he added. “If Congress is looking to save tax dollars, they might consider trimming the platinum travel budgets of this and future presidents.”
Michelle even tried to keep this trip a secret from the American people. Unfortunately for her, her motorcade was not able to slip through Aspen unnoticed thanks to an unrelated car crash.
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