One thing the Obama’s have demonstrated during Barack Obama’s tenure as president is that they have a penchant for extravagant travel at the taxpayer’s expense. Many like to compare the multi-million dollar vacations that this First Family takes to the vacations that Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, took to his ranch in Crawford, TX. But, that is par for the course for Democrats, comparing apples to oranges. They like to compare time spent at a place set up to be able to work as if he was at the White House to vacations taken at lavish resorts. Heck, the Obamas have even been known to fly their dog on a separate plane to meet them on vacation!
While lecturing Americans on the importance of ‘everyone paying their fair share’, the Obamas lifestyle of the rich and famous makes one wonder if in making that statement they are actually referring to everyone paying their fair share for their life of luxury. In 2012, the UK Daily Mail reported that the lifestyle of Barack Obama and family costs the U.S. taxpayer 1.4 billion per year. Yes, that is billion with a B. And that figure doesn’t even include their vacations! Compare that to the $60 million England spends on a year basis for the entire royal family. But, what should you expect from a family who makes the taxpayer pay $100K a year for a handler for their dog. (Incidentally, they have since gotten a second dog, so that charge has most likely gone up. The Daily Caller also reported that Michelle Obama spent 42 days on vacation within the span of just one year!
Last year, Michelle Obama took her daughters and her mother on a taxpayer funded, lavish African safari at taxpayer expense. Her daughters were reportedly designated as ‘senior staffers’, though the White House contends that simply referred to where they were sitting on the plane. This should not be overshadowed by her trip to Spain. Maybe that’s the reason the Obamas go on so many vacations. They figure who is going to keep count if it simply seems like they are never home!
In continuing with her efforts to seemingly want to make the Jones’ keep up with her, the First Lady is planning yet another transcontinental vacation with the girls because the 17 day Hawaii vacation in December and the yearly ski trip to Vail in February just didn’t satisfy her travel quota. She must get in some more time in the sky before their annual, expensive trip to Martha’s Vineyard. So, Michelle is taking the girls, including her mother, on a weeklong trip to China. Rest assured, the First Lady demands nothing but the best! So, hold on to your wallets, she is about to raid them again.
The UK Daily Mail reports on this latest taxpayer funded
The president will not be joining his family on what will be the first lady’s first visit to the Asian economic powerhouse.
In an announcement Monday on the White House blog, the first lady says a China visit is important because it is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.3 billion people, and is an important world actor.
Mrs. Obama will travel from March 19-26, spending several days in the capital of Beijing before stops in the central city of Xian and the southwestern city of Chengdu, the White House said. Her schedule includes a meeting with Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Of course, Michelle is trying to sell this as an ‘educational trip’ by encouraging students to follow her on social media. After all, she needs to make taxpayers feel like they are getting something out of the millions they spend so that she can be a jetsetter!
Mrs. Obama is encouraging American students to follow her trip on social media and the White House website, where she will post a daily travel blog. In preparation for the trip, she scheduled a visit Tuesday to a Washington charter elementary school with a Chinese-immersion, international baccalaureate program.
In her blog post, the first lady said countries today are no longer isolated and face many of the same challenges, whether it is to provide students with a good education, combat hunger, poverty and disease or address threats like climate change.
‘These issues affect every last one of us, so it’s critically important that young people like you learn about what’s going on not just here in America, but around the world,’ Mrs. Obama said. ‘Because when it comes to the challenges we face, soon, all of you will be leading the way.’
‘That’s why everywhere I go, whether it’s here in the U.S. or abroad, I meet with young people to hear about your challenges, hopes and dreams — and that’s what I’ll be doing in China as well,’ she said. ‘I’ll be focusing on the power and importance of education, both in my own life and in the lives of young people in both of our countries.’
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