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Marie Antoinette's World Tour

By Kay Daly

Would you like to take a half million dollar vacation?  Michelle Obama did, with your tax dollars.  And that was just for the flights for her African vacation this summer.  She spent a cool thousand bucks on snacks for the plane ride over.  Must have been macadamia nuts or cashews -- save the pretzels and peanuts for the serfs.

To the great embarrassment of the White House, the Marie Antoinette of Pennsylvania Avenue decided that her darling daughters needed a grand safari tour of the sweeping plains of Africa.  So she tasked a few staffers to throw a few speeches on a schedule, got Nelson Mandela on the phone for good measure for a meeting, called it a "Good Will Tour" and didn't give it another thought. 

Of course, there was a great deal of thought put into how her children were to travel.  For some unknown reason, Obama's daughter's were listed as "Senior Staff."    Someone please explain that one to me.  

It should be noted that this isn't the First Lady's first trip to the rodeo, or anywhere else, according to Judicial Watch.  Thanks to their hard work, and Freedom of Information Act filings they have tirelessly filed, it would appear that she really likes to travel.  A lot.  In style.   And it has come with a rather large price tag:

This follows in the wake of  claims this August from sources inside the White House itself that the First Lady may have spent “$10 million of taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.” Without all the figures available, it is impossible to establish the total cost to the public purse of Michelle Obama’s 42 days of holiday during that period, which included her trip to Spain last year (though not the Obamas' recent sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard).

This reminds me of the kid who gets his first real paycheck and instead of paying the bills or the rent (or heaven forbid, saving a dime or two), plunks down every dime on a  big screen television or a new stereo system, claiming that he is entitled to it for his hard work for the first two weeks of his "career."  Complete impracticality is the sign of selfish impulsiveness.   You see it in kids as described and in the newly wealthy.

 Mrs. Obama is actually the worst sort of noveau riche -- the First Lady is nouveau riche with someone else's money.   Ours.

So tell me again, Mrs. Obama, about how you shop at Target in your Old Navy clothes with your assistant in tow behind you?  And meanwhile, back on Sesame Street, a new muppet named Lily is poor and hungry and probably wishing she could go to Africa on a safari or even to DisneyWorld to the Animal Kingdom to experience the Safari ride  or even to a restaurant for a meal.  But Lily can't do any of that because her muppet Mommy and muppet Daddy are unemployed in ObamaLand.....

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  1. newsjunkyComment by newsjunky
    October 6, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    “ ….$10 million of taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.”

    It’s all too obvious what this women is doing and why.  She and her husband are wealthy people who will not suffer as badly as most when this economy totally collapses.  What better way to hasten that collapse than to spend all our money on luxurious vacations and infinite perks.  I wonder who paid for all those diamond bracelets and accessories she just recently purchased that amounted to tens of thousands of dollars, as we listen to her husband talk about the lowly, hateful rich! 

    They both know there’s a good possibility that there won’t be a second term for these aristocrats of hypocrisy so they’re taking as much as they can before the final curtain.  In the meantime we peasants can eat cake!

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      October 6, 2011 @ 11:10 am

      “Eat cake.” I like how the French settled Marie’s spending and feasting. The abruptness closed the Queen’s mind very nicely.

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  2. DaveComment by Dave
    October 6, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    Take away her purse strings congress!

    The House of Representatives controls the checkbook, stop handing this fraud blank checks!

    STOP THIS MADNESS! For the love of money, take the checkbook back!

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  3. RWComment by RW
    October 6, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

    10 million dollars on vacation. Why, that’s a mere pittance considering how much her hubby and friends spent on Solyndra, and plan on spending 3 times as much as they did on Solyndra. And it’s nothing compared to “Fast and Furious” and “Gunwalker” programs. They didn’t do nearly as much good as the vacations did. And weren’t nearly as much fun for Michelle. Girlfriend gotta have her fun and sun!
     
    And being senior staffers at such a young age, will look SO good on Sasha’s and Malia’s college applications AND job resumes’. Such prodigies, you know. And poor old Nelson Mandela, he just needed all that obama  kind of cheering up, he was in prison a long time, a long time ago. It’s Michelle’s way of giving back to the elderly…it wasn’t her fault that he lives all the way in Africa. Like swatting tsetse flies is a vacation, hmmph. Did you see a smile on her face? Well, did you? Of course not. 
     
    Seriously, when I think of what I could do with 10 million bucks, or 100,000 bucks…or even 10 bucks, right now…
     
     

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      October 7, 2011 @ 11:48 am

      Yeah, what I could do with $10.00 bucks right now…
       
      How many millions of others who could use this money back right now is astounding.  How many vacations do politicians really need when unemployment is over 5%, the national growth numbers barely break 1%, and everywhere I look people are Mad, Hurt, Angry, Scared, Frustrated, and the problem is the Federal, State, and Local Governments who have grown too big?  0.000000000  The total sum of nothing!

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      October 7, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

      And yet he told us we might need to give up our own vacations in order to live within our means! What a hypocrite.

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  4. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    October 7, 2011 @ 4:54 pm

    Ahhhh….. The old “Do as I say, not as I do” virus seems to have caused an outbreak in the White House. Poor Mar… eh Michele I mean.

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    • Gabrielle SymeComment by GalWhoWasThursday
      October 11, 2011 @ 11:48 am

      They are just behaving as a good Communist does!  Extraordinary privileges for the Party Leaders, nada for the Proletariat.

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  5. GHUComment by GHU
    October 11, 2011 @ 2:16 am

    The hypocrisy of Obama & Moochelle! This is typical of Democrats, but they have taken it to a whole new level. I think their attitude is “I’m gettin mine” and it’s “owed to me”. Is this the “shared sacrifice” Obama told us about?  The only redistributing he’s doing is redistributing our tax $$ to himself and his arrogant wife.

    According to Obama & the Democrats:
    Rich Republicans = BAD      Rich Democrats = GOOD 
    (now repeat until you are brainwashed….like the idiot lamestream media) 

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    • DaveComment by Dave
      October 11, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      GHU,
       
      I do not know the term, but the actions of these two go WAY beyond arrogant and hypocrite.  I cannot imagine or discover adjectives to describe these two.  Charlatan, Brigand, Treason, Sedition, every adjective just does not go far enough to describe and I am ready for a change, hope for a change, and am working for a change.

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  6. letmethinkComment by letmethink
    October 21, 2011 @ 3:49 pm

    HUBRIS

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubris

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