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Michelle Obama’s $500,000 Family Trip to Africa…Paid by Taxpayers

Posted by FactReal on October 5, 2011

NEARLY $500K TO FLY MICHELLE OBAMA & FAMILY TO AFRICA
Michelle Obama Ordering Fries and Fat Cakes – Botswana, Africa, June 25, 2011
Michelle Obama at Borakanelo, a cafeteria-style eatery in Botswana, where she ordered six to-go meals of chicken, french fries (her favorite food) and a traditional fried bread known as Fat Cakes.
$424,142 FOR THE AIRCRAFT AND CREW ALONE
We still need to know how much was spent on food, lodging, security, ground transportation for the 21 family and staff members. Nearly-half-million of taxpayer money was used to fly “Michelle Obama, her two daughters and her mother, a niece and a nephew, a hairstylist and makeup artists to South Africa and Botswana to give a few speeches, meet Nelson Mandela, and enjoy a safari on a private game preserve.”

On top of that, Michelle Obama listed her daughters as “senior staff” on the manifest.

Via Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained mission expense records and passenger manifests from the United States Air Force related to the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana…Documents were only provided after Judicial Watch filed suit:

  • According to U.S. Department of Defense’s published hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip, Judicial Watch calculated the total cost to American taxpayers was $424,142 for use of the aircraft (34.8 flight hours x $12,188 per hour). (The C-32 is a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757.) Other expenses – meals (off the plane), transportation, security, various services, etc. – have yet to be disclosed.
  • The passenger manifests confirm the presence of Obama’s daughter’s, Malia and Sasha on the trip. The two girls are listed as “Senior Staff.” The manifests also list Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, and niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson, as well Mrs. Obama’s makeup and hairstylist (Carl Ray and Johnny Wright).
OBAMA’S DAUGHTERS LISTED AS “SENIOR STAFF”
Here is copy of passenger manifest listing Obama’s daughters (Malia and Sasha) as “senior staff”
THE TARGET STORE PHOTOGRAPHER ALSO WENT TO AFRICA
According to the passenger manifest, Charlie Dharapak also accompanied Michelle Obama to Africa:
Charles Dharapak was the Associated Press photographer who took Michelle Obama’s photos at Target store this past Thursday when both “coincidentally” happened to be in the same store at the same time.
“Associated Press photographer Charles Dharapak caught a few images of Michelle Obama reaching the check out” at a Target store in Alexandria, Virginia, on Sept. 29, 2011. (UK Daily Mail)

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