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Jun 19 2013

It’s Good to Be King and Queen and Have a Blank Check

Michelle Obama says she hasn’t had time to reflect on her “legacy.” It could be because she has been rushing from one lavish taxpayer-funded vacation to another.

Even in the brief gaps between her vacations, she keeps busy spending our money. Lately she has been hanging out in a $3,300-per-night suite in Dublin for the G-8 summit.

The White House is billing Michelle’s trip to Dublin as having diplomatic significance, but her itinerary suggests otherwise. She and her daughters will visit the Trinity College library to explore President Obama’s Irish family roots, attend a performance by the world-famous Riverdance troupe, and visit the Wicklow Mountains national forest.

Later this month it’s back to Africa for still more profligate spending.

When President Obama goes to sub-Saharan Africa this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances.

Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.

Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet­proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts, giving 24-hour coverage over the president’s airspace, so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close.

Preparations might have been even more elaborate.

The president and first lady had also planned to take a Tanzanian safari as part of the trip, which would have required the president’s special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat, according to the planning document.

But officials said Thursday that the safari had been canceled in favor of a trip [or rather, pilgrimage] to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where [communist terrorist] Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner.

The trip is expected to cost taxpayers as much $100 million. I would say you had better get back to work to help pay your “fair share,” but there is a good chance you don’t have that option; the labor participation rate is at the lowest since Jimmy Carter was in office as a direct result of Obama’s aggressively anti-business policies. That’s okay; what we can’t raise the funds to pay for, we can just add to the $17 trillion national debt. No doubt our children and grandchildren will be honored to spend their lives financing Obama’s historic presidency — if you want to call a looting spree a presidency.

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On tips from Spider, Let Them Eat Cake, G. Fox, Clingtomyguns, and Matt L.

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  • Tax Slave

    Will he visit Kenya?

  • Joe

    Everything is topsy-turvy these days. I mean, really, Hunter Wallace is supposed to be The Queen of The Occident :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ7r2OVu1ss

  • neo-feudal plantation

    OMG! Special counter assault team with snipers?! Guns are bad mmmkay.

  • GTO Lefty Rat Turd

    Hahah is right as we laugh at your short bus comments.

  • the last laugh is best

    Hahaha! Made up nonsense you might be the stupidest fuckin’ cocksucker alive.

  • Leanne

    Referring to the pic……bring on the guillotine!

  • Dr. 9

    Is there any reason to treat a nation of weak, gullible, and totally mindless sheep any differently? By electing, then reelecting, this high-spending Marxist pimp and his fat-assed pimpess, the American sheeple are saying there’s no amount of abuse they will not tolerate.

  • Adam

    Grotesque as the spending is (Typical for the Obamas), hiring snipers to protect them on a safari if they went on one makes sense.
    After all, if some hungry lion or leopard saw Moo- chelle from behind, it would likely mistake her for a delicious hippo.

  • Flu-Bird

    THEY CANCILED THEIR SAFARI I UNDERSTAND gOOD iM SURE NO ELEPHANT OR HORSE WOULD WANT A JACKASS ON THEIR BACKS AND THE WILD CRITTERS WOULD ONLY THROW THINGS AT THEM

  • Clingtomyguns

    I like the portrait of Mooshelle Marie Antoinette Obama. For what passes for art nowadays this is a masterpiece to the looting spree the Obamas are heading of our national treasure for themselves and for all of the other leeches and parasites in DC, and should be hung in the Smithsonian to commemorate the treason for every person who voted for them.

    Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year … that’s an annual figure, according to the author of a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.

    In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.

    Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in.

    Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the “total cost of the presidency,” factoring the cost of the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever,” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.”

    “The most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election,” Gray, who worked in the Eisenhower administration and for other Republican presidents, said in an interview with TheDC on Wednesday.

    “The press has been so slow in picking up on this extraordinary increase in the president’s expenses,” Gray told

    Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.

    When the trip is deemed political, it’s customary for the president to pay the equivalent of a first class commercial ticket for certain passengers. But Gray says that hardly covers the taxpayer cost of flying the president and his staffers around on Air Force One.

    Here is a sample of other pricey taxpayer funded perks exclusively reserved for the president:

    The president can to appoint high-paid staffers without Senate confirmation: Obama has 469 senior staffers and 226 are paid more than $100,000 a year, according to the book. Seventy-seven are paid as much as $172,000 per year. He also has appointed 43 “czars.”

    The president’s family’s gets certain travel and security expenses paid while vacationing: “First Lady Michelle Obama drew flack from the media and irate citizens when it was disclosed that, not counting Saturdays and Sundays, she spent 42 days on vacation — within the span of one year.”

    The president’s dog gets its own high-paid staffer: “Bo made the news when he and his handler were flown to join the president on vacation in Maine,” Gray wrote about the Obama family dog. “It has been reported that the first family’s dog handler was paid $102,000, last year.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/26/taxpayers-spent-1-4-billion-on-obama-family-last-year-perks-questioned-in-new-book/#ixzz2Wh7f3N1M

    http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/26/taxpayers-spent-1-4-billion-on-obama-family-last-year-perks-questioned-in-new-book/

    http://www.examiner.com/article/michelle-obama-spending-sprees-with-taxpayer-money-continue

    White House sources in 2011 claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.

    Branding her ‘disgusting’ and ‘a vacation junkie’, they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol.

    The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

    And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

    The source continued: ‘Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

    ‘The vacations are totally Michelle’s idea. She’s like a junkie. She can’t schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next – all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.’

    But the situation sparked further anger after he and his wife elected to fly separately to the Massachusetts retreat – despite travelling on the same day.
    Mr Obama left the White House aboard Marine One on his way to Andrews Air Force base to hitch a lift aboard Air Force One – along with First Dog Bo.
    After landing at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station, he then took a final helicopter to his holiday destination to complete the remarkable 500-mile journey.
    His wife and daughters, who arrived just four hours earlier, were also travelling from Washington, but took a specially designed military aircraft.
    They would also have had their own motorcade from the airport to the vacation residence.

    GIRLS’ TRIP TO SPAIN: AUGUST 2010

    The exact cost is unclear as Mrs Obama and her 40 friends footed many personal expenses, such as hotels and meals themselves.
    But the U.S. taxpayer would have paid for the First Lady’s 68-strong security detail, personal staff, and use of presidential jet Air Force Two.
    Per diems for the secret service team runs at around $281 each – nearly $98,000 for the length of the summer break.

    Use of Air Force Two, the Air Force version of a 757, comes in at $149,900 for the round trip. This does not include time on the ground.

    Mrs Obama’s personal staff, of which there are an unknown amount and might cost considerably more per day, should also be taken into account.

    CHRISTMAS BREAK IN HAWAII: DECEMBER 2010

    According to the Hawaii Reporter, the bill for the $1.5m trip included:

    $63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President.
    $1,000,000 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One.
    $38,000 for the ‘Winter White House’ beach property rental.
    $16,000 to rent nearby homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals.
    $134,000 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel.
    $251,000 in police overtime.
    $10,000 for an ambulance to be on hand at all times

    SKI TRIP TO VAIL: FEBRUARY 2011

    Mrs Obama and her daughters stayed at the Sebastian hotel on Vail Mountain, where rooms cost more than $2,400 for multi-bedroom suites.
    The family appear to have flown there on Air Force Two.
    They were escorted to the resort by a motorcade of about a dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement officers
    SUMMER HOLIDAY ON MARTHA’S VINEYARD: AUGUST 2011

    The Blue Heron Farm estate, where the Obama family are currently staying, rents for about $50,000 a week.
    According to U.S. News and World Report, the Coast Guard is required to keep ships floating near the property, the presidential helicopter and jet remain at the ready and security agents will be on 24-hour duty.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2029615/Michelle-Obama-accused-spending-10m-public-money-vacations.html

    “And while Bush spent more time outside of Washington than Obama, it is also worth nothing that nearly all of Bush’s vacations were trips back to his Texas ranch or family vacation homes in Maine.

    The Post, in 2005, conceded that Bush’s vacations–unlike Obama’s–were not lavish and he did not “make time for fun.”

    “Bush rarely takes the type of vacation one would consider exotic — or, to some, even appealing,” the Post wrote. “His notion of relaxation is chopping cedar on his ranch or mountain biking through rough terrain, all in 100-degree-plus temperatures in dusty Texas where crickets are known to roast on the summer pavement. He seems to relish the idea of exposing aides and reporters to the hothouse environment.”

    Obama, on the other hand, has traveled to Hawaii every winter. The Obama daughters are vacationing at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas this week with a full Secret Service detail, as Breitbart News reported, even as the White House claimed they could not afford to pay Secret Service agents to continue the popular White House tours for other students who are on their spring vacations in Washington, D.C.

    The Obamas have gone to Martha’s Vineyard multiple times while the country was in recession and Americans were struggling to find jobs. Michelle Obama has taken a whirlwind trip to Spain and a ski trip to Aspen.

    Obama took 13 vacations in his first term, which spanned all or part of 83 days. But they have been much more lavish than Bush’s. His annual vacations to Hawaii alone have cost taxpayers at least $20 million during his first term. In 2011 alone, Michelle Obama may have cost taxpayers $10 million on vacations herself. Obama’s fantasy golf outing this year cost local law enforcement in Florida a reported $78, 205.

    Bush was content to work from home during his vacations. And for doing so, the mainstream media tagged him as lazy and disinterested. The Obamas gallivant around, making plenty of “time for fun,” and the mainstream media does not call them out for wasting taxpayer dollars or even for the terrible “optics.”

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/03/26/Obamas-Vacation-More-Lavishly-than-Bushes

  • KHarn

    =When President Obama goes to sub-Saharan Africa this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances.=

    There was a time when such a force entering another country was considered an ACT OF WAR.

  • keep the change

    The Tom Petty song about good to be king should be their vacation anthem. Isn’t the fighting for the middle class Martha’s Vineyard vacation coming up soon?

  • man of few words

    Off with their heads.

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