Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations

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    Aug 24, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
    I'm sure the sources will be attacked but it strikes me as absolutely ridiculous that they would choose to vacation at Martha's Vineyard. Just remember that these are the same people who lecture the rest of the world on climate change while they jet about around the world.

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

    The Obamas' summer break on Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.

    But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.
    White House sources today 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 'top source' told the National Enquirer: 'It's disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.

    'When it's all added up, she's spent more than $10million in taxpayers' money on her vacations.'

    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.'
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:22 PM GMT
    She should enjoy it while it lasts icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:26 PM GMT
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    Poor Michelle, has she no clue on how to watch the budget? Apparently no one else in Washington know how either.
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:34 PM GMT
    Again...

    Your source is the daily mail

    From wikipedia...

    The Daily mail

    Under Dacre, the Mail has a reputation for a conservative editorial stance on topics such as immigration, working women and teenage sex. This has led Julie Burchill to nickname it "The Daily Hate".[11] Science writer Ben Goldacre of The Guardian has described the paper as "the home of the scare story",[12] and it has been accused by Johann Hari of The Independent of causing the deaths of children, because of "faith-based thinking" in its reporting of the MMR vaccine controversy.[13] Nick Davies, writing in New Statesman, accuses the paper of routine inaccuracy in reporting issues related to immigration, quoting a former reporter as saying: "you knew that the headline had been written before the story came in and your job was to make the facts fit
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:37 PM GMT
    This is such old news:

    http://mediamatters.org/research/200906010027Numerous media reports throughout Bush's presidency indicate that he used Air Force One for his vacation trips to his Crawford ranch. The Los Angeles Times' James Gerstenzang reported in an April 28, 2001, article, "For Bush, All Roads Lead to Crawford," that Bush himself said he was about to take Air Force One to his ranch. Gerstenzang reported that Bush said:

    "I like to get outside of Washington. I like to go to where the space is open, where I can walk around with Spot and Barney, the two family dogs. My wife loves our country, the country house we've got, and so do I, and so I beg your forgiveness for not eating dinner here tonight. ... I'm fixing to get on Air Force One and take it to Crawford, Texas."

    In a December 27, 2001, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Sun-Sentinel article (accessed via Nexis), national correspondent Jeff Zeleny reported "[a]fter spending Christmas at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, the president and first lady boarded Air Force One to travel to their ranch near the village of Crawford."

    An August 4, 2006, report from Bergen County, New Jersey's, The Record, "Bush begins his vacation" (accessed via Nexis), similarly reported that Bush took Air Force One to Texas for his "10-day summer vacation at his Crawford ranch."

    And on December 26, 2007, The Associated Press reported that Bush took "Air Force One to fly from his Maryland mountaintop retreat to his Texas ranch here to see in the new year." The AP included a photo with the following caption:
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    President Bush and first lady Laura Bush wave, as they walk with Mrs. Bush's mother Jenna Welch, past Brig. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward, obscured, on their way to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Wednesday, enroute to Crawford, Texas.
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:42 PM GMT
    61 days vs. 171 days.

    Obama vs Bush vacation days so far in their administration.
    I dunno, where was Bush spending all those vacation days, and how did he get there?
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    Bush Made 77 Trips to Crawford TX at $226,072 a Pop
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/06/02/738037/-Bush-Made-77-Trips-to-Crawford-TX-at-$226,072-a-Pop
    At a bare minimum, for the flights alone, Bush's 77 vacation trips to Crawford cost us $226,072 per trip. That's $17,407,544 so he could ride his bicycle in the woods and clear brush for the cameras.
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:45 PM GMT
    This whole back and forth about Presidents on vacation is absurd. If there was ever a job in which someone needed and deserved some vacation time it would be that of the POTUS. In reality, the President doesn't really EVER get a day off, regardless of where he is.
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    Aug 24, 2011 11:48 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis whole back and forth about Presidents on vacation is absurd. If there was ever a job in which someone needed and deserved some vacation time it would be that of the POTUS. In reality, the President doesn't really EVER get a day off, regardless of where he is.


    Guess who brought the issue up in the first place?icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 25, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    q1w2e3 said
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis whole back and forth about Presidents on vacation is absurd. If there was ever a job in which someone needed and deserved some vacation time it would be that of the POTUS. In reality, the President doesn't really EVER get a day off, regardless of where he is.


    Guess who brought the issue up in the first place?icon_lol.gif


    Except in this case we're not talking about POTUS, we're talking about FLOTUS.
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    Aug 25, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
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    q1w2e3 said
    CuriousJockAZ saidThis whole back and forth about Presidents on vacation is absurd. If there was ever a job in which someone needed and deserved some vacation time it would be that of the POTUS. In reality, the President doesn't really EVER get a day off, regardless of where he is.


    Guess who brought the issue up in the first place?icon_lol.gif


    Except in this case we're not talking about POTUS, we're talking about FLOTUS.





    CuriousJ is right !!!


    Just because some paper printed that MS Obama has spent $10 million is by no means proof that she did. Remember FALSE NEWS proclaimed as did MS Bachmann that Obama spent some amount well over $10 million per day on his diplomatic trip to India. That story was so far off it was a laugh.
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    Aug 25, 2011 8:46 AM GMT
    The vacation is a PR disaster. Even though all families deserve a vacation, this fact shows the attitude of these people when it comes to spending the taxpayers' (or China's) money.

    http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2011/08/19/obamas-take-two-planes-marthas-vineyard-needlessly-wasting-hundreds-th

    Obamas Take Two Planes to Martha's Vineyard, Needlessly Wasting Many Thousands in Tax Money

    Keith Koffler of White House Dossier this morning noted that the Obamas could have saved taxpayers some money by taking one jet instead of two to fly up to Martha's Vineyard for vacation:

    Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.

    The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.

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    This is not the first time Michelle has gone on vacation ahead of the president on the taxpayers’ tab. Last December, she racked up what was likely more than $100,000 in expenses leaving early for their Hawaii vacation.

    Thus far it appears the mainstream media have not criticized the extra costs of flying two jets, running two motorcades, etc.

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    Also

    http://jonathanturley.org/2011/08/19/obamas-take-separate-planes-so-first-lady-can-get-a-few-more-hours-of-vacation-in-marthas-vineyard/