Thursday, April 26, 2012
Obama....Totally out of Touch and Living Large on Our Money....
Just more evidence that this is an Administration that is TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH with America....All Obama, his family and his crew of crooks are concerned about is living large on the taxpayer's dime. Several weeks ago a small town reporter confronted Obama about all his expensive vacations and he looked totally shocked that that would be the impression of the American People. He's totally out of touch...totally out of ideas....totally removed from truth....
It's time that Obama get sent back to Chicago so he can start spending his own money...not our's...
Michelle Obama's Spain vacation cost taxpayers nearly $470G, watchdog group claims
Published April 26, 2012 FoxNews.com
First lady Michelle Obama's 2010 trip to Spain cost taxpayers nearly $470,000, according to a conservative watchdog group that obtained Secret Service records from the overseas excursion.
That trip, which the first lady took with her younger daughter Sasha, drew widespread criticism at the time -- as the visuals of the first lady in an elegant Mediterranean setting clashed with the still-struggling U.S. economy.
Judicial Watch, which filed a Freedom of Information Act request, claimed Thursday that documents show the trip cost at least $467,585.
Those costs are split between Secret Service expenses and expenses for the flight and flight crew.
Secret Service costs totaled nearly $255,000, according to Judicial Watch.
Based on Pentagon estimates of flight costs, another $199,000 went toward the flight from the United States to Mallorca and back. On top of that were various expenses for the 15-person flight crew. They stayed at a local motel at a cost of roughly $10,000, according to Judicial Watch, in addition to money spent on rental cars and food.
A representative from the first lady's office has not yet responded to a request for comment from FoxNews.com.
At the time of the Spanish getaway, the White House described the vacation as a private trip and said the first lady and others would be paying their own expenses.
But while the first lady is not technically an elected official, any trip away from Washington comes with inevitable costs borne by the taxpayer -- such as Secret Service protection. The same was true for previous first ladies.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton invoked the recent scandal involving the General Services Administration's costly conference in the Las Vegas area in chastising the president's family for the trip.
"The American people can ill afford to keep sending the First Family on vacations around the globe," he said in a written statement. "There needs to be greater sensitivity to the costs borne by taxpayers for these personal trips. It is hypocritical for President Obama to fire GSA officials for wasteful conference spending, while his family went on a luxury vacation in the Costa del Sol Spain that cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars."