$100,000 a day for Michelle O’s Italy, England trip

Screen Shot 2015-06-18 at 11.08.56 AMBY PAUL BEDARD

The bill for the summer-work vacation of first lady Michelle Obama, accompanied to England and Italy by her daughters, mom, and staff, should easily top her entourage’s 2010 trip to Spain that cost an eye-popping $467,000.

While the White House didn’t provide cost estimates for the week-long visit to London, Milan, Venice, and Vincenza, Italy, the State Department put lodging costs for just a couple nights in Venice at $128,781, according to Free Beacon, and Air Force charges based on a 2012 document for flying her group on past overseas trips indicate that this one will hit $243,000.
Those charges alone total $371,781. Add in the still unknown lodging costs in London and Milan, based on the Venice hotel charges, and the price should top $600,000, or about $100,000 a day.

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And that’s just for taxpayer funded airfare and lodging and doesn’t include security, staff and other transportation and food.
Michelle Obama participates in a cooking demonstration at the James Beard American Restaurant with Italian and American middle school students in Milan. AP Photo
Obama is currently in Milan where on Wednesday she toured the famous Santa Maria delle Grazie church, home to the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The trip has been well covered by fashion and celebrity news outlets.
First lady leaving England for Milan. She changed onboard. AP Photo
E! Online for example heralded their “summer-perfect dress tour.” People cheered, “Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama looked refreshed and stylish as they deboarded Air Force One in summer sundresses after an in-flight wardrobe change.” Of course, “Air Force One” is the designation for when the president is on the aircraft, not the first lady.

The White House said her trip had three topics: In London, the “Let Girls Learn initiative,” in Milan the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” program, and Venice to visit cultural sites, and in nearby Vicenza, Italy to meet with U.S. troops. In England, Obama had tea with Prince Harry.
The first lady often vacations with her mom and daughters and the charges of her trips have been documented by the taxpayer watchdog group Judicial Watch, which uncovered the high bills for their trip to Spain.


Screen Shot 2015-06-15 at 6.12.01 PMBY ELIZABETH HARRINGTON

Hotel costs for First Lady Michelle Obama to see cultural sites in Venice during the last leg of her trip overseas is costing taxpayers $128,781.

The First Lady left for London and Italy on Monday for her “Let Girls Learn” initiative and anti-obesity campaign Let’s Move. During the trip she will cook with children, visit U.S. service members stationed in Italy, and visit Prince Harry.

“From London, the First Lady will travel to Milan,” according to the White House press office. “As part of her Let’s Move! initiative, the First Lady will lead a Presidential Delegation to the Milan Expo 2015, representing our steadfast commitment to a healthier nation.”

The delegation is entitled “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet.”

“Mrs. Obama and the Delegation will also participate in a cooking activity with children,” the press office said. “In addition to visiting the U.S. Pavilion, the First Lady will meet with Prime Minister Renzi, and tour the Italian Pavilion with Ms. Landini, the Prime Minister’s wife.”

“From there, the First Lady will travel to Vicenza, Italy,” they said. “As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Mrs. Obama will visit members of the military and their families stationed at U.S. Army Garrison Vicenza.”

“The First Lady looks forward to personally thanking the service members and their families and reminding them that their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed by the American people,” the press office said.

“The First Lady will also visit cultural sites in Venice before returning to Washington, D.C.,” the statement concluded.

A State Department contract for “Lodging for FLOTUS Venice,” shows costs of $128,781. The American Embassy in Rome awarded the contract, which was signed June 10.