Michelle to Vacay in China

From IJ Review:

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Michelle Obama and her family (absent the president) are heading to China for a taxpayer-funded vacation. While fist-bumping in the worker’s paradise, she will likely be taking the “Let’s Move” message into the Chinese schools.

The First Lady should champion her initiatives abroad.  In the content of a sluggish economy where money lost to the government is an opportunity lost to create sustainable jobs, however, the White House’s priorities are growing questionable, and undeniably costly.

How much is this vacay likely to cost? The Daily Mail has the skinny (which comes via Judicial Watch):

According to Judicial Watch, it cost more than $11 million for the president and his wife to travel to Africa to attend Nelson Mandela’s funeral in December of last year. According to the New York Daily News, the Obamas were only in Africa for ‘less than 13 hours.’

But that trip was nothing compared to a 2013 visit the Obamas made to the Dark Continent, which reportedly cost tax payer more than $100 million.

On the 2013 trip, some of the reported expenditures include the stationing of a Navy aircraft carrier off the coast of Africa equipped with a fully staffed medical trauma center, military cargo planes to fly a fleet of 56 support vehicles to transport the Obamas – complete with 14 limousines and three trucks carrying bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the Obamas were to stay – and fighter jets that flew in shifts to provide coverage over the president’s airspace for the entire trip.

A Navy aircraft carrier, 14 limos, and three trucks carrying bulletproof glass just for a junket? By all means protect the president, but this appears to be lavish and unnecessary. We are talking serious money – tens of millions of dollars. Here are a few more big ticket items that Judicial Watch was able to uncover in the course of its investigation:

  • For vacations to Hawaii, Martha’s Vineyard, and President Obama’s appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the flight expenses came to $7,396,531 alone.
  • For Obama to attend a Democratic fundraiser with Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, the taxpayer expense was $2 million just for security.

Just for context, the White House is taking the “Let’s Move” message to a place where the communist Chinese government has forced labor camps, a massive surveillance state, widespread censorship, devastating environmental pollution, and egregious human rights atrocities – to tell children to eat Brussels sprouts.

Maybe the White House should stay away from reinforcing the propaganda of the Chinese government and focus on taking better care of our tax money.


Maybe if we pool our money we can come up with enough to pay the Chinese to keep her. Forever. Just give us back our airplane.

Meanwhile here at home, we have millions out of work, millions on welfare, and the benefits to our Veterans have been cut. This trip alone would probably take care of the Vets.


Those Chinese don’t give a hoot in hell about her health program, so this is a complete farce – it’s just an excuse to get out of the house for a while. Yeah, Michelle, let’s move…out of our house.


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10 Responses to Michelle to Vacay in China

  1. Hardnox says:

    They can keep the airplane if they promise to keep her. It’s cheaper in the long run. 3 more years and we could buy several with what we would save.

  2. CW says:

    Is that Hillary in the purple dress?

  3. Mrs AL says:

    Now Now Now … is this sarcasm I am reading? Cynicism? My goodness. You ought not talk about the first lady of the world that way! You better watch it !!

  4. garnet92 says:

    You folks are (as Mrs AL said) too cynical. China is just the next item up on Moochelle’s Bucket List – in her case, it’s not things she wants to do before she dies, they’re places she wants to visit before she’s not covered by the taxpayer’s credit card. Let’s just watch and see how many more trips she (and the girls) take before they have to start paying for things. The Space Station? Mount Olympus (the ancient one, not the one in WA state)? King Arthur’s Camelot? Atlantis (the island, not the spa).

  5. I.R. Wayright says:

    Is that fella on here still looking for a meteor?

  6. Terry says:

    While moochie can pass this off as a tax paid ‘goodwill tour’, (like the Chinese couldn’t care less about her friggin’ eggplant ), how in the hell can bringing the 2 moochie jrs. and mama moochie Robinson be justified ? You would think her staff of dozens of useless aides would be company enough.

  7. BrianR says:

    Talk about an “imperial presidency”. These yahoos put Nixon to shame as a piker by comparison.