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Obama should pay for Michelle's birthday present

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)

Just when Barack Obama is trying to get Congress to spend money to extend jobless benefits, the president will be billing the taxpayers for an oceanside birthday gift for his wife, Michelle. Talk about bad timing.

Mr. Obama and his daughters returned from the family's two-week Hawaii vacation on Sunday, but the president told his wife to stay on for an extra week as a gift in advance of her 50th birthday on Jan. 17. That's a generous present from one spouse to another, but the public should not have to cover the cost.

Since Mrs. Obama will be returning home apart from her family, a separate military aircraft will be needed for the trip. Some pundits are fuming about the high cost of flying a near-empty Air Force plane to Hawaii and back for her, but it's possible that a plane already based there could be used. Either way, it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that Michelle Obama will travel back to Washington on a government aircraft, but that "as with all personal travel, the first family will appropriately fund personal expenses."

That can best be done by booking Mrs. Obama and her security detail on a commercial flight and partitioning them off in a first-class compartment. It's what members of the British royal family do. The other passengers would be none the wiser.

A husband's birthday gift to his wife is a husband's responsibility, even when he's the president. Barack Obama should reimburse the public for the true full cost of Michelle Obama's week in Hawaii and her trip home, and that would be considerably more than one first-class airline ticket.

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  1. wenramComment by wenram
    January 14, 2014 @ 8:16 am

    This is absolutely outrageous! I cannot wait until these two buffoons are out of the White House. They think of themselves as royalty. They have no clue what it means to be the top public SERVANT. No grace, no dignity, no class whatsoever.

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    • fabianComment by fabian
      January 14, 2014 @ 8:59 am

      Wait: “as with all personal travel, the first family will appropriately fund personal expenses.”
      Let’s see what happen and keep the energy for when there is some substance.

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    • sam236Comment by sam236
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:07 am

      Well said, wenram! I doubt the Obamas stop to think how their extravagance appears to the taxpayers footing the bill. They expect us to just shut up and keep paying for the “king and queen of America.”. They are repulsive!

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    • usafoldsargeComment by usafoldsarge
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:27 am

      Hell yes, she could use an aircraft that is at Hickham AFB, preferably one of the C-130 variants with the canvas jump seats that were good enough for me

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    • cgretiredComment by cgretired
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:31 am

      I disagree.

      They know EXACTLY what they are doing and why, and that they can get away with it.

      Consider what the dimwits are trying to do to Christie over the Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy FEMA funds. A “Bridgegate Super Committee”? Come on now. How about an “Obama Wastes Tax Payer Money day in and day out” super committed? Or perhaps a special investigation?

      Hey “O” BUY YOUR WIFE A PRESENT WITH YOUR OWN DARNED MONEY!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:42 am

      Is it not easy to show what a great husband you are and what a generous leader you are,,,,with other people’s money. You gotta admire those socialists for their Chutzpah and outright audacity,,,,the Obama Audacity of Hope,,,and change from the honest to the dishonest where good becomes bad and bad becomes good in the unplowed, unproductive fundementally changed now fallow American garden of good and evil. What was once a Cornucopia is just a corny Hope for Ya. Just what did you expect would happen when you picnic in the presence of social parasites and diminuative political ants,,,,why are you surprised that they just do what parasites are created to do, which is clean up the left-over trash, but now want your hard earned full course meal as well? You thought you were electing Proud American Eagles, but in their actions they have revealed themselves to be vultures who just continue to fowel the formerly clean American nest of Leadership.

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    • KBBComment by KBB
      January 23, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

      The Obamas are not about to re-imburse anyone for anything! After all, they went into this grifter gig not only to “fundamentally change” the country, but to scam as many benefits as possible while doing it in whatever time they have. They show how cheap they are when they threw a birthday party for Mooch at the WH after she returned from her extended Hawaii vaca. They advised on the invitations to “eat before you come”. That’s because they were paying this time. When they party on our dime, the sky’s the limit.

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  2. godgivenrightsComment by godgivenrights
    January 14, 2014 @ 8:51 am

    Taking a page from the Bill Clinton handbook… keeping Michelle away, while Barry plays.

    As for you the taxpayer paying the bill… just one more sign of tyranny. God warned the Israel about demanding a king.

    1 Samuel 8:11-18
    He said, “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you… He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves…”

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    • justme33Comment by justme33
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:51 am

      “He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards…”. Except that Obama wants to do just the opposite. HE wants 90% and we can have the 10%.

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  3. spindizzyComment by spindizzy
    January 14, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    This guy is so completely out of it. And he doesn’t care. He is our very own Hugo, or Idi. And he “rules” just like those third world tyrants. He is looting our country. And sticking his finger in our eye at the same time, daring anyone to say anything.

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  4. gopluvaComment by gopluva
    January 14, 2014 @ 9:07 am

    It is outrageous that Carney goes on to tell us obama will pay. Pure BS.

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    • usafoldsargeComment by usafoldsarge
      January 14, 2014 @ 9:28 am

      show me the cancelled certified check!

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      January 14, 2014 @ 10:00 am

      Just what is the Pesident suppose to use his 6 figure salary for if not to support his dependents,,,,,,,OH I forgot,,,,all of us Americans are his dependents,,,,,but just how does that work when it is HE who depends on US to fund him and every mistake he makes.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      January 14, 2014 @ 1:34 pm

      …and that would be considerably more than one first-class airline ticket…

      Too bad that one first class ticket is only a small part of it.
      Valerie Jarrett is there with her (to keep her in line, I expect) and between them there are at least eight Secret Service agents.

      Add to that any secretaries, assistants, and other ‘can’t-live-without-them’ people that tag along on every trip.

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  5. Charles YoderComment by Charles Yoder
    January 14, 2014 @ 10:00 am

    Why should I help pay for her 50th birthday present? I’m disappointed that she reached 50.

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  6. Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
    January 14, 2014 @ 10:07 am

    Honestly, Chewbacca should be told to swim for it.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      January 14, 2014 @ 10:13 am

      Maybe she should just stay there permanently as a guest of Oprah.

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    • GrizzledOleManComment by GrizzledOleMan
      January 15, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

      And here I thought that I was the only one that called her a Wookie….. ROFLMBO!

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  7. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    January 14, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    Haul Chewbacca back on a MAC flight that is scheduled from Hawaii back to the US. Then she can wait in line for another MAC flight out of Travis AFB that is coming back to Andrews AFB. Just like all the rest of us had to do when we were in the military. She missed the Obozo liner, not the taxpayers fault. Why should she be granted the expense when its not inline with any White House duties?

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  8. peletierComment by peletier
    January 14, 2014 @ 10:58 am

    Why keep playing around with this “dude”…

    Impeach him, and all of America’s problems will be over, in no time!

    Samper Fidelis

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    • oneyeopnComment by oneyeopn
      January 14, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

      Samper Fidelis….What????

      Sempre Fidelis I understand, Samper Fidelis I dont.

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  9. notwamComment by notw
    January 14, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    ex·tor·tion
    [ik-stawr-shuhn]
    noun
    1.an act or instance of extorting.
    2.Law. the crime of obtaining money or some other thing of value by the abuse of one’s office or authority.

    How about use the Nobel Peace prize money that was given in advance. That could be used to pay for it.

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  10. brother seamusComment by mrush99
    January 14, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

    Please. Tempest in a teapot. Shall we pull up the travel receipts from all presidents over the last 50 years and send them bills? Waste of time.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      January 14, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

      Let’s do. George W. Bush vacationed at his ranch or Camp David most of the time he was president. Much cheaper than housing Secret Service at Martha’s Vineyard or flying the entire entourage to Hawaii.

      Then again, he and his wife actually like each other so they didn’t require separate planes.

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    • brother seamusComment by mrush99
      January 15, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

      It’s a good thing too, since W took more vacations than any president in modern history. You’re ridiculous.

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    • freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
      January 15, 2014 @ 11:54 pm

      mrush99
      You are comparing apples to oranges. It is not the quantity, but the quality in question here. Let say GWB did take more time away from the Capital, than NObama and Michelle. You are looking at a few hundred Thousand, compared to multi million dollar vacations. Which would your tax dollars rather pay for? The Nobamas even take along their Personal Chef, and his staff, along with more than a hundred people, all considered.
      Also, a fact you failed to mention, is that George and Laura paid for their own foods, and housing.
      The High on the Hog NObamas, their children, all the personnel taken with them, and friends, are living in quarters, eating exotic, and extremely expensive foods, and drinking the most expensive liquors, wines, and drinks, all at the expense of the working class, which I might also add, are coming close to loosing that distinction, to the majority of non wage earners. Won’t we be in a real pickle when the non working outnumber the working class?. YEAH, who will then be able to pay for all the lazy?. The Government, at that point, will not be able to afford to. Well, as a matter of reality, they cannot afford to now, but they do, then borrow money to pay their bills.
      What happened to our once great Country?. OH YES, I remember now, the man who for 5 years now has been occupying our Presidents chair, in his absence.
      As long as you insist on making statements, please research your information, before you speak openly to us. And, your name calling of posters is not only abusive, but also Childish.
      In case you may not have noticed, this forum has many very well stated, well mannered, and for the most part intellectual posters. If you refuse to fit in with us, please, use your option to go to one of the Liberal forum to attempt to discredit their posters. Actually, you should fit right in.

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    • pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
      January 16, 2014 @ 8:06 am

      Actually, I believe that he was calling himself ridiculous as well since he is the one who originally suggested that presidents pay for their vacations. I was simply agreeing with him. Clearly he has as low an opinion of himself as he does others. Also note that name-calling and belittling tend to be the last step prior to surrendering a losing argument. He knows he is losing.

      As for vacations, I have a couple of things to note. Obama tends to drag the entire family along on his “business” trips to Europe and Africa and include as many vacation activities as he has actual business. (We had a CEO who used that tact to get the company to pay for his vacations without having to call them vacations.) On at least one of those European trips, Michelle stayed behind to go shopping and took a separate plane back to the states on our dime. When they vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, they have a nasty habit of taking separate planes as well. Heck, even the dog got its own helicopter last summer. (Pretty sad when even the dog doesn’t want to fly with you.) As far as number of vacations, I would be perfectly content for Obama to spend the remainder of his term on vacation at Camp David. Perhaps he would cause less mischief that way. And Camp David has a golf course so he could continue working on his golf game. (BTW, he has already played many more rounds of golf already than Bush did his entire two terms.)It is way cheaper to have him play golf at Camp David than to send the Secret Service entourage to the local DC course. As an added bonus, he could shoot skeet at Camp David which he professes to love doing.

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    • KBBComment by KBB
      January 23, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

      Excellent points, freedomfighter. Notice progressive socialist liberal Democrats like mrush99 disappear when you reply to them with facts?

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  11. rrg51Comment by rrg51
    January 14, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

    A fine 50th birthday present…away from her husband and children.

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  12. braines57Comment by braines57
    January 14, 2014 @ 2:20 pm

    Hmmm…Mooshell is in Hawaii. Does anyone know where the Danish PM Helle Thorning Schmidt is this week? After all, Osama has been tutored by the best when it comes to philandering on taxpayer dollars: Slick Willy Clinton. Here is a major difference between recent Demoncrat POTUS and Republican POTUS: Reagan had his ranch in Santa Barbara, CA, Bush 1 had the place in Kennebunkport, ME, Bush 2 had his ranch in Crawford, TX. Clinton and Osama had/have: _____. However, in all fairness to our current POTUS, I should point out that one of Osama’s favorite vacation “haunts” is Chapaquiddick – the same place where Teddy Kennedy’s car went into the water killing a female passenger whom he forgot to go back for after he saved his own yellow backside – Mary Jo Kopechne. Not that there are any parallels, of course.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      January 14, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

      Interesting question about Helle, but probably not applicable.

      Obama is widely thought to be a gurley-man … even back when he was a young blood hanging out in Hawaii.

      So, another interesting question might be … who really fathered those daughters …

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    • Jack ReacherComment by Jack Reacher
      January 14, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

      @VietnamVet: “So, another interesting question might be … who really fathered those daughters …?”

      JESSE JACKSON … The man is highly experienced at being a back door man.

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    • KBBComment by KBB
      January 23, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

      Don’t know where the beautiful Danish PM Helle Thorning Schmidt is this week or any other, but she damn sure wouldn’t be with Obama. He’s not interested in her plumbing – although he and Mooch try to push the lie that he is, by Mooch getting “jealous” and Obama getting “sorry”. Ha!

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  13. freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
    January 14, 2014 @ 5:04 pm

    In a time when our Economy is tanked, Unemployment out of control,
    People loosing their homes, and prices of living through the roof,
    Mr. and Mrs. Nobama and Family enjoy the luxuries of the most expensive million, and multi million dollar vacations, travels, unlimited Whitehouse parties, and events, Expensive appetites for fine foods, both home and away, in effect, adding to the severity of our upside down, intake to outlay imbalance.
    I am quite positive that this Family has been the most expensive ever, in our Whitehouse’s history, at excessive spending of tax payer money on their personal activities. Why should this be a cause for concern, is the attitude of this Vacationer-N-Chief?.
    Along with his agenda of the total destruction of the Country, comes these personal attacks on our money, and plunging our Country into debt, while he borrows money, not only to cover his renegade spending, but also to pay for the payments to our Creditors.
    We are roughly 1.4 TRILLION dollars, over spending the amount the Spender-N-Chief collects from the tax paying Citizens. A true disaster, owing more than you have to pay. Where can this possibly end, but in bankruptcy, and he knows, and encourages this, as a huge part to drop our Country into a third world country status. Only a part of his overall agenda for us.
    When we loose our status as the world reserve currency, we will have come, mostly to that point where Nobama wants us to be. Our dollar will collapse almost overnight, and become a fraction of it’s value. It is then that Martial Law will likely be imposed upon us.

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  15. billybob55Comment by billybob55
    January 14, 2014 @ 6:52 pm

    Impeach.
    Remove from office.
    Prison sentence.
    Haul his a$$ into court for retribution of all the money he’s fleeced taxpayers out of and hefty fines.

    That should occupy his attention for the next 30 years. And remember, Michelle is party to much of this.

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  16. MutantoneComment by Mutantone
    January 14, 2014 @ 8:42 pm

    was my name on the birthday card at least?

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  17. oleteabagComment by oleteabag
    January 14, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

    The taxpayers should not have to cover the cost of ANY of the Obama’s lavish vacations, but the Obamas never hesitate to suck up all the taxpayer money they can to spend on themselves.

    At the very least, these over-entitled LEECHES should be reporting these lavish paid jaunts at their employers’ expense as INCOME. THAT is the tax law. Have they reported it? I think not, which makes them guilty of TAX EVASION. But then, that is probably the LEAST of the crimes this liar and his obnoxious wife have committed since they infested our White House.

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