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President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left their vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, but left First Lady Michelle Obama behind on the islands, according to news agency reports. The president reportedly let his wife stay on in Hawaii with friends as a "birthday present." Michelle Obama will turn 50 years old on Jan. 17.
It is a birthday present whose costs, in separate travel and security expenses, are likely to be borne, in part, by taxpayers. On a previous occasion, when Mrs. Obama left for a Hawaii vacation in advance of her husband, the additional cost to the Treasury was estimated to be at least $63,000, and potentially upwards of $100,000.
Mr. Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia will return to the White House on Sunday, but first lady Michelle Obama will remain in Hawaii for another few days, according to the White House. As they typically do, the first family spent the holiday season in Hawaii on an extended luxury vacation.
$63,000 is chump change to the USA govt......
How much more was this than if she'd touched based at Andrews and flew right off to a overnight speaking engagement for a First Lady project or whatever?
I get that they are entitled to vacation time.
I'm not sure i understand, because of the fact she is married to the President, she is allowed no independant travel or holidays because it costs too much? I'd tell you to go and stuff yourselves.
She can travel independently on holidays or vacation ... sure ... IF SHE PAYS FOR IT.
I'm not sure i understand, because of the fact she is married to the President, she is allowed no independant travel or holidays because it costs too much?
I'd tell you to go and stuff yourselves.
Flyers... She is a 100% REAL, full rank United States Ambassador when not on White House property.
Originally posted by syntaxer
Laura Bush stay at home mom? give me a break, this woman has never washed a load of laundry for herself or her family since the 70's.
Makes you wonder what this woman has been doing with her life other than loafting around
Betchya you are wrong about the laundry thing. Terry Kerry wouldn't
know a whites vs durables load of laundry, but I betchya Laura does.
Too bad we will never be able to settle this.
Laura loafing? Considering her position as First Lady of the Nation
for the past four years, and First Lady of Texas before that ... the
statement 'Laura loafing' is entirely off the mark. The positions of
First Lady of ANY state and First Lady of the country are VERY hectic
and involved. There are MANY meetings to attend, organization of
meetings and events, attending events, speeches to be organized
and made, and in the case of First Lady of America there are international
meetings and events that have to be coordinated and attended.
The First Lady of the nation also has to coordinate the White House
Christmas. It's not an easy thing to do. Preparations are started a
year in advance. Artists are interviewed from each state, decisions are
made on artwork and events and things are planned.
Laura isn't watching Oprah and eatting bonbons ya know.