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.....