Michelle Obama Listed Daughters Malia and Sasha as “Senior Staffers” for $432,142 African Trip

Michelle Obama listed daughters Malia and Sasha as “senior staffers” to justify her $432,142 getaway to Africa.

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama stands with Karen Dudley, right, at her restaurant “The Kitchen” as she makes an unscheduled stop for lunch in Cape Town, South Africa, Thursday, June 23, 2011. Also pictured, left to right, daughters Malia and Sasha Obama, niece Leslie Robinson, nephew Avery Robinson. (AP/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

Washington Whispers reported on the African trip.

First lady Michelle Obama’s family trip to South Africa and Botswana in June cost taxpayers well over $424,000, according to new accounting based on Air Force manifests obtained by Judicial Watch, a taxpayer watchdog group.

The use of Air Force aircraft alone for the June 21-27 trip cost $424,142, said the group, and that doesn’t include the food, lodging, and ground transportation for the 21 family and staff members.

The daughters were listed as senior staff.

Defend this fraud, liberal media. We’re waiting.

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  • KornKing

    Don’t see many bean sprouts there

    meet me at the mission at midnight

  • Tom Smith

    We all have to sacrifice. Put a little skin in the game…..sigh

  • Espresso Logic – The 6th Sense

    The Obamas are black white trash.

  • bigkahuna

    Well My assumption is that they are not smarter than a 5th grader so consulting the kids would be considered consulting senior staff !

  • Midnight Rider

    Yeah it’s called fraud.


  • Bozo the Clone

    Considering the quality of current WH senior staff, I’m certain the girls are as well-qualified as the others. 🙂

  • Bob Z

    She is getting ready to tear into that big plate of food.

  • SpideyTerry

    Hey, to be fair, Malia and Sasha are surely leaps and bounds smarter than the others working in the White House. They do their homework a day in advance, after all. That’s more than can be said than their father.

  • bigkahuna

    I am sure They would have rejected Solyndra too…so I guess they dont qualify as senior staff. Not quite ready to take bribes like daddy !

  • Patty

    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).

  • just-saying

    So, are the girls paying IRS for the funds they received as senior staffers? [Travel funds, as well as any wages.] Did the other relatives also receive funds that should be taxed?

  • patman

    I actually feel sorry for those girls.

    Having to unconditionally love a wookie and a fraud must be very difficult.

  • Steven

    This cronyism and corruption is what is leading to the demise of our country–it’s bipartisan and runs rampant throughout all branches of our government.

    Consider also what just happened in a federal court in Texas. A Dallas business owner was involved in a civil dispute and paid millions of dollars to lawyers, and when he objected to their fees, they had a “friendly” judge seize all of his property, without any notice or hearing, and essentially ordered him to be an involuntary servant to the lawyers. The business owner has been under this “servant” order for 10 months and is prohibited from owning any possessions, prohibited from working, etc…

    http://www.lawinjustice.com has details about this disturbing case

  • tj

    I thought overseas travel of relatives that is reimbursed by an employer is considered a taxable benefit by the IRS.

    I thought companies have to “plus up” to pay those additional taxes or else the employee incurs a substantial tax burden.

    Have the Obama’s done this before?

    Are they cheating on their taxes?

  • MrGoodWench

    The daughters were listed as senior staff.
    and they are listed as dependents on Oscama’s tax returns .
    So what are they ? Dependents or senior staff ?

  • Patty


    off topic, 50 lies of Obama, no wonder this administration and Mo defy the truth. Shop at Target so she can pump up her stylist.

    Seems her fashion person will have his own line there.

    No this, then fast and furious, Solyndra, spending, divisiveness everything and nothing has been accomplished by this spineless president. So, it only goes that Michelle would have more staffers. Her daughters. blows our mind.

  • chuck in st paul

    Senior staffers…??? (WTF?)

    perhaps: Senior Fluffers? or Senior Stuffers? (and senior to what exactly…?)

  • Mark1957

    If the daughters are listed as “Senior Staffers” does this mean that they are drawing a pay check on a regular basis? I would not put it past these corruptocrats to do that. I also would like to see proof that Moochele’s mamma and the niece & nephew payed their own way. We the taxpayers should not have to pick up the tab for these deadbeats.

  • Patty

    I tell you, if America doesn’t clean out the White House in 2012 then we may never recover.

  • Mickey Grump

    Round trip. Damn.

  • Patty


    Well, doubtful but who knows what they can hide or for that matter have hidden.

    One thing for sure, the girls will never have to want for a thing.

  • Patty

    David Axelrod, media strategist. Founder of Chicago-based AKP Media. Handled Obama’s 2004 Senate race. Consultant to Chicago Mayor Daley and Rep. Rahm Emanuel.
    David Plouffe, campaign manager. Partner, AKP Media, lives in Washington.
    Robert Gibbs, communications chief. Spokesman for Obama’s Senate and political operations.
    Anita Dunn, handled communications, research and policy. Principal with Washington-based Squier, Knapp, Dunn Communications.
    Steve Hildebrand, Deputy Campaign Manager. Runs South Dakota-based political consulting firm and is an Iowa specialist.
    Joel Benenson, Chief Pollster, runs the New York City-based Benenson Strategy Group.
    Betsy Myers, chief operating officer. Executive director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Director of President Bill Clinton’s Office for Women’s Initiatives and Outreach. Sister of Dee Dee Myers, Clinton’s first press secretary.

    Penny Pritzker, National Finance Director.

    The vice presidential search committee included:

    Jim Johnson (not accused of any wrongdoing but later resigned to avoid being a distraction)[2]
    Eric Holder
    Caroline Kennedy
    Here is list, do you see daughters on it. THEY LIE

  • We will survive and thrive, for we are Americans.

    Obama will whither and fail, for he is not.

    Bet the girls have to show thier homework.

    Where are you documents Obama?!!

    Powder is dry

  • daryl

    Can we start the impeachment proceedings now? If not, when?

  • I have no problem with the girls going along they have no say-so in the matter, the problem i have is with the rest of family what where they listed as? Just imagine if Laura Bush had took Barbara Bush along with other members of family on trip like this during time when America in terrible shape the media would have declared war this would be nonstop courage on every channel.

  • Robert

    Holder The Liar will get right on this … wait, those are “his people” .. never mind.

  • Granny

    I’ve got two questions:

    1. Michelle Obama has at least 26 known staff members, each of which earns over 100K a year. Are here daughters among those paid staff members?

    2. What happened to the Air Force personnel who knowingly and fraudulently falsified an official record?

  • Leatherhelmet

    How big was the carbon footprint?

  • Robert

    “No, Mrs. Obama, these are for the meal, not the appetizers …”

  • Her daughters Senior Staffers? Michelle O was not having a Senior Moment. She is a purposeful fraud. Like her husband.

  • Robert

    #28 Leatherhelmet
    How big was the carbon footprint?

    Well, how big is – aw, never mind …

  • I don’t see any peas………

  • JDF

    Living it up as much as they possibly can. Expect nothing less from a prez that never produced anything in his entire life.

  • Robert



    Not so bad, when you figure by the pound …

  • DANEgerus

    “Senior Staff” like Uday and Qusay?

  • LIndensant

    Yep, just like the Jeffersons, “moving on up”!

  • LIndensant

    Forgot to comment, they’re looking at the food as if they had never seen it before. What a group!

  • MrGoodWench

    Caption for the pic :
    Moochel : Where the lobsters at ?

  • Robert

    Caption 3
    “Don’t worry, there are no peas in any of this.”

    (ht #32)

  • Espresso Logic – The 6th Sense

    Just how much do we have invested in Moochelle’s fat azz?

  • ohiochili

    Will not do a bit of good to have Holder, the top enforcer of our nation’s laws and the nation’s lawyer look at this fraud.. He would not understand.

    I think she’s looking for cat hair.

  • JenBee

    The liberal media won’t have to defend it because they aren’t going to report on it at all. This is a news story that will never, ever make the ‘alphabet’ news; oh they will bury it good.

  • Mikey

    The media does not have to defend – they just ignore. Like with Fast and Furious, Solyndra, etc. They think if they don’t report any negatives, they will just go away. Not so much anymore, them times are a changin.

  • Mark1957

    Just remember, the statute of limitations for most crimes is 7 years. With any luck our next attorney general will have the balls to go after these crooks.

  • Michael Dodson

    It looks to me as though this is yet another failed, uninformed attempt to create an anti-Obama controversy from whole cloth. The manifest, which lists the Obama daughters as “Senior Staff,” appears to be an indication where on the aircraft the various occupants are located. It does not at all seem to be an attempt to “sneak” the daughters aboard as staff in a non-paying status.

    You teabaggers are gonna have to try harder than this.

  • Michael Dodson

    In reply to Mikey, let me point out that it has been revealed today that the Bush Department of Justice tried the “Fast & Furious” gunwalker sting on its own in 2006 or 2007. And, it was the Bush administration that began work on the Solyndra subsidy. You teabaggers are just weak and pathetic.

  • StrangernFiction

    I actually feel sorry for those girls.

    I do to. They didn’t choose to be born to these two cretins.

  • ohio

    The Obamas have all the class of a used condom lying in the gutter.

  • Rock

    Senior Staffers, really. Well, so much for the much lauded adults in the room.

  • gus

    Michael Dodson? Are you really that stupid? Or are you just another dishonest LIBTARD DOUCHE BAG?

  • Rock

    And has the story is developing, it may have shared the same name, but nowhere the same BS Holder and crew have perpetrated, a little early to start the blame the Bush defense. And yes Solyndra was looked at by the Bush administration, but passed over, then of course you did overlooked the campaign and favor aspect of WTF and crew. Get over yourself your man is a raciest, liar, thug, Socialist, and a POS.

  • owl

    Still waiting to see proof of who was on Prez’s plane that flew low over NYC. Never believed what they put out. Think someone was doing some high priced joyriding that scared bejesus out of the citizens that were running for their lives. First time I caught him scared because in those days, he walked on water. Wouldn’t it be something if it turned out it was this crew of senior staffers.

  • They are two of the most sourpuss kids I’ve ever saw.

  • Anthony

    Correct me if I am wrong but last I heard we still have child labor law`s that prevent minor`s from working in this Country. This guy seem`s to thumb his nose at every law he does not like It`s time he pay`s the price for his lawlessness!

  • Michael Dodson

    Gus, Gus, Gus … You were one-for-four, and a .250 batting average ain’t gonna get you promoted from the bench to the starting lineup. You are right about my being a liberal (and, I’m very proud of it). But, I’m neither stupid nor retarded. Nor, am I a douchebag. On the contrary, I am a really nice, empathetic person with a tremendous sense of humor. Try again!!

  • Marisa

    If Malia and Sasha are listed as “senior staff,” it means that the Obamas would be billed zip, zero, zilch for their airfare, hotels, meals, etc. I wonder if the kids collected a per diem, as staff would.

  • Rock

    Gus I think you got under M.D. skin, now he is trying to convince us that Liberals are not dishonest LIBTARD DOUCHE BAGS, and here I thought this was about WTF and his dishonest significant other. Well if he cannot defend the man all he’s got left is defending himself.

  • AuntieMadder

    @ #55: Really nice people don’t refer to political opponents as “teabaggers.” Douchebags, on the other hand, do. Douchebag.

  • #14 October 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    tj commented:
    I thought overseas travel of relatives that is reimbursed by an employer is considered a taxable benefit by the IRS.


    Yep. Having had to report that sort of thing as income. That’s true.

    But that’s when the benefit is expressly meant for that purpose, too. Like getting education tuition assistance – a common benefit for overseas expatriates – to eligible children. If this is verifiable, then Michelle defrauded the USG when she dodged paying for her kids/and possibly the other relatives by naming them on the travel authorization as “staff.”

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, too. The White House entertainment budget is expressly meant for hosting government-related dignitaries for dilomatic purposes, a work duty meant for USG benefit, not a free private shows for the Obama family and their peeps. It has been blown past alpha centuri, and the excuse for sticking the bill to the taxpayers for all those A list singers is “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

    Michelle has this “global youth initiative” she invokes for reasons to travel hither and yon, but who the hell knows what THAT is? SHe’s US First Lady, not World First Lady. hmmm hmmm

  • Marisa

    Messing with gubmint travel accounts is probably a crime. It’s called “fraud.”

  • #45 October 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm
    Michael Dodson commented:
    It looks to me as though this is yet another failed, uninformed attempt to create an anti-Obama controversy from whole cloth.

    WHy is MIchelle flying all over the world? SHe is FLOTUS and is supposed to be HERE. DId she show she cared by going to flooded Nashville, burning Texas? THe Obamas are indeed now multimillionares and can afford better than a lot of Americans to pay for their own trips with their kids. They want to go to safari in Africa? Wait till they leave the WHite House and travel away, all they want on their own dime.

    They do not respect that the WHite House budget is NOT their money.

  • Randy

    It’s called making false official statement, and its a felony.

  • Randy

    @Michael Dodson

    Have you ever seen a military aircraft passenger manifest? There is no “seating position” or location. YOU will have to try harder than that.

  • Obamas regulation destroy jobs

    Look their dad is a fraud..can’t pass e-verify. Every candidate MUST prove they can pass e-verify! This is such a scam–they all make me ill…

  • Liz

    Those are the “senior staffers”? Well, that explains EVERYTHING. I want my money back.

  • kansas

    The Obamas have to justify stealing from us?

  • Michael Dodson #45, 46

    If we are ‘teabaggers’ you must be one of those c*cksucking progressives.

  • kansas #66

    Only until they fundamentally transform America into Egypt, then they won’t justify anything to us slaves..

    ‘During the socialist experiment in Egypt, where I grew up, in every speech the revolutionary dictator, Gamal Abdel Nasser, would fly into a rage against what he called the corrupt rich, large owners of agricultural land and the big companies, robbing the wealth from the poor Egyptian people.

    Nasser nationalized all the companies and banks; and limited ownership of the land to a few acres per family. Private enterprise was virtually gone, limited to just little stores and apartment buildings. But then even the owners of apartment buildings were demonized as greedy, and Nasser punished them by introducing severe rent control. Rents were sometimes cut by more than 400%, and stayed at that level for life. The result was that buildings were virtually abandoned by their owners, who could no longer afford to maintain them; many neighborhoods turned into slums. As no one built rental buildings any more, there was a horrific shortage of apartments for rent. In a few years, two — then three –families started living together in one apartment; some of the poor people Nasser said he loved made cemeteries their homes.

    Several years after pitting the rich against the poor, everyone in Egypt became poor. Even people who had previously enjoyed money struggled to survive — Except for the political class.

    The president, his family, his cronies, his cabinet and military leaders became the new rich class, as well as the major employers for everyone, as unemployment was rampant everywhere else. The sons and relatives of the Egyptian president cruised around Cairo in expensive foreign cars while 95% of Egyptians stuffed themselves uncomfortably into publicly-owned buses.

    What socialism does is to remove the private sector from being the rich, and replace it with a useless political class that understands nothing about running a business for profit. When the private sector was in charge, the economy grew; when the government was in charge, the economy declined.’

    Advocating Socialism While Denying You Are Socialist

  • Finncrisp

    You can take people out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of people. Reminds me of the junkets that Sen. Carol Mosley Braun took and here special appointments to prosper her homies.

  • workingclass artist

    Indict this fraudulent Cow…Now!

  • Sparky

    Better tie down everything in the White House before these two carpetbaggers steal it in Jan. Nobody was watching Hillary, and she stole the china!

  • DaveinPhoenix

    Can someone please add up the entire taxpayer cost of this bi*** over the entire failed presidency – clothes, shopping trips, vacations, travel, etc. and report on it ? I’m working my ass off for that POS ?

  • JW B

    Let’s see…

    the South Africa safari was paid for with the Obamas’ private funds. What’s more, in taking her daughters on safari in Africa, Mrs. Obama was following in the footsteps of her predecessor.

    Laura Bush was also a frequent flier who often brought her daughters along for the ride.

    Her first foreign foray was a ten-day trip to Paris, Budapest and Prague in 2002 with daughter Jenna, who was then 20.

    The White House made sure Laura Bush had at least one “official” event in each city, but she and Jenna spent the bulk of their time at each locale shopping and taking in the sights.

    During her husband’s second term, Laura Bush also made five goodwill trips to Africa to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and malaria. But on an African trip in 2007, Laura Bush took Jenna and her other daughter, Barbara, on a safari.

    Laura Bush also made an official trip to Burma in support of the pro-Democracy movement and another to the Middle East to promote breast cancer awareness.

    The former First Lady’s last official foreign trip was to Panama. She brought daughter Barbara with her.

    Michelle Obama’s six-day trip was dominated by official events and meetings with world leaders. Mrs. Obama met with the South African president’s wife, Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma; spoke to the Young African Women Leaders Forum; participated in community service events in Johannesburg; visited U.S. embassies and consulates; spoke at the University of Cape Town and met with students from poor communities; held a meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu; met with Botswanan president Ian Khama; and gave interviews to several news outlets, including NBC, ABC, BET, and CNN.

    Left out EVERY one of THOSE facts, didn’t you?


  • check my morning links tomorrow (10/5) — I have a rough calculation of the trip including her HOTEL stay.


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  • KansasGirl

    Why the surprise? These people have no respect for this country.

    They won the lottery, don’t cha know?

    They realize the days are numbered so better get the goods while the going is good.

  • bigkahuna

    I could care less if the Fat lady of the US takes her kids on a trip with her..Its a big freaking plane. I dont like that she needs a oversized staff and budget to do so.

    I would rather the scrunt feed at the trough all day long if she shuts her trap and tries nto make everyone eat what she wants.

    Just get her incompetent idiot of a husband out of office before he kills America. He is an a$$hole of epic propportions and a colossal(sp) failure at everything but looting the country.

  • MaryS

    The Obama’s are Black Trash. I like to refer to it as high end welfare. And to add to that… the whole damn family – cousins, Mom, and the like get to travel all over the world on OUR dime… But oh well, there’s nothing too expensive for the TAXPAYER…. how nice for them.

  • Earthmover

    Those are some BIG ASS meatballs! Can they be ordered online? Bueller? Bueller?

  • Molon Labe

    The media will not make this public. But will the GOP do anything about it? My bet is that they will not.

  • Patty


    Lady great to see you. Just another blogger. Take Care

  • karen

    Laura Bush also took a taxpayer trip to Africa.

    See here for proof:


    I’m sure you all were just as outraged then, right?

  • Patty


    Judicial Watch, which investigates and fights government corruption, said in a press release issued today it is investigating the purpose and itinerary of the trip.

    On June 28, 2011, the group filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the mission taskings, transportation records, and passenger manifests for Michelle Obama’s Africa trip. Documents were only provided after Judicial Watch sued to obtain the documents, according to the release.

    ‘This trip was as much an opportunity for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a trip to conduct government business,’ said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. ‘This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our overextended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.’


    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, according to watchdog group Judicial Watch include:

    ‘Air Force 2’: $424,142 (34.8 flight hours x $12,188 per hour according to the U.S. Department of Defense’s published hourly rates)
    In-flight meals: $928.44 spent for ‘bulk food’ purchases for the 21 passengers on board
    Costs have yet to be disclosed for local transportation, Secret Service protection, food and the cost of pre-trip preparations contributing to the final amount

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2045351/Michelle-Obama-s-goodwill-tour-Africa-cost-U-S-taxpayers-AT-LEAST-425-000-watchdog-group-says.html#ixzz1ZsKdM0Ul

  • Buffalobob

    When Bill and Hill left the WH there was talk of silverware gone missing. When these two leave the WH there won’t be a doorknob, appliance, or copper plumbing left.

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  • JenBee

    @Michael Dodson #45, 46…

    All smug, thinking you’re insulting us by calling us Teabaggers… but hey, if I’m the TeabaggER, that makes you the teabaggEE. I know which one I’d rather be.


  • jorgen

    That’s unfortunately as honest the Obamas can be. Any chance Obama might have been born in Nigeria? He has certainly learned a lot from the Nigerian emailers.

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  • Sonika Swalhee

    You all go to hell with your lies that Malia and Sasha were listed as “Seniors” America is full of liars.

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  • karen commented:
    Laura Bush also took a taxpayer trip to Africa.

    Laura Bush didn’t tell us we are all fat, don’t eat right and need to “cut back” and “sacrifice,” did she? SHe also had the good grace to vacation at her own house in Texas. SHe also didn’t give speeches on an amorphous “global youth initiative” which Americans have not been informed of… what’s THAT? AMerican youth initiative too narrow focus for the FLOTUS?

    I liked the restaurant Michelle visited. Upscale. NOT where most South Africans eat. If she’d been at the roadside, swigging a throw away cup of tea, while standing in trash, then okay, THAT’s local. Maybe picking out a fly-covered fish off the local women’s old wood tables at the sidewalk, THAT’s LOCAL. And then for her to LECTURE South Africans on keeping slim!!! “FAT” there is admired. “THIN” means chronic illness or borderline starvation.

    To say to an African, “OH, you look so thin!” is an INSULT. I am NOT making this up. WHat kind of US goodwill is she spreading if she doesn’t even take the time to be informed as to local culture and issues? SHe tell the South Africans she’d lobby her hubby to change his mind and get Bush’s HIV/AIDS and malaria initiatives back up to full funding?

  • Tim

    @#45 michael
    bottom of the page
    that very clearly states they are traveling as Senior Staff. To me this does not point out position of seating but rather the fact that this was supposed to be a business trip since their isnt seating listed for “family”. There is seating for senior staff, staff, and press. if it was meant to be a vacation then they wouldnt have to hide the kids/outside family in the crew.

  • Tim

    that can also go towards #90 as well. try research before accusing people of lying

  • Sonika Swalhee commented:
    You all go to hell with your lies that Malia and Sasha were listed as “Seniors” America is full of liars.

    Hey, keep the little girls and their young cousin out of this. They obviously go where their parents tell them to go and they have to smile when their parents tell them to smile. They are NOT legally or morally responsible for ANY of the items under discussion.

    The kids don’t organize ANY of this OR fill out the paperwork.

    PLeae noitice that the focus has ALWAYS been on the ADULTS here – who have A VERY BIG STAFF who are PAID to INFORM them as to what’s CORRECT and what’s NOT.

  • Andreas K.

    The most interesting thing to me is that Michelle is flying around the world quite a lot. With her kids. With her staff. With her hairdresser. Maybe even with her plunger.

    But not with her husband.

    That’s quite… interesting. Obama’s in the dog house.

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  • squeaky

    what was the benefit of listing the kids as senior staffers? maybe along the line of promoting their dad as a genius.

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  • Megan

    It is a good thing that Obama can’t serve more than 2 terms otherwise we will fast follow the footsteps of places like Zimbabwe, Egypt, Libya and other African countries with their 30+ year dictatorship countries, rampant crime, over taxed citizens and impoverished communities. He has trashed and bankrupted the US in the almost 3 years he has been president, imagine what he could do as a lifetime president! God Bless the USA and thank God we have a different constitution to those other places in Africa.

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  • Dave

    Well Another Way To Milk The Country Before He Leaves Office.

  • A lot of people on here will like obummer no matter what is said! I would like to know more about the $ an where it came from…Did the taxpayers foot the bill? If they did thats one more reason , to vote in 2012…..But This will never make the news…..it will be covered up! No matter what he says or does if its a mistake on his part, it will not hit the media….so sad for our beloved country !

  • Candy

    And the mom, niece and nephew? Did Laura Bush take them along as well?

    And how many assisstants did Laura Bush take?

    They don’t have enough money between them to pay for all of Mich and the family trips. When they take the huge entourage, are they paying their own bills? Don’t get me started on India.

    This is for the previous administration experts.

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  • Porkinurmom2nite

    oh well not like any one will remember any of this crap in a month or 2.

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  • DRH

    Yeah……. but she made up for it by saving so much money at Target.

  • DRH

    Michael Dodson – ah, but the problem with “Fast & Furious” is that it wasn’t a “sting”, there seems to have been no *attempt* at making arrests. Perhaps you should do some reading (below) ?


  • venicementor

    @#73 October 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm
    JW B commented:

    Initially, I started to read what you had to say, because my question was to see how previous administrations had handled these types of trips with their children/family, but then I realized that you are just a Bush blamer and hater and it cancels out, as far as I am concerned any genuine intent to explain what is being discussed. Lots of other presidents had wives and children but of you to harp and make your point only using the Bush administration is disingenuous.

    Regardless, of your snarkie BS – I am still interested to read as to how previous administrations dealt with this, for a FAIR assessment!

  • Josh Simonson

    You silly Republigoons…. If you believe this I have a bridge for sale in Arizona if you are interested.

  • me

    Is that a black thing? I used to work for a black lady and she had all 3 of her kids on the payroll. One was 14 one was 16 the other was 25. They were on the payroll for years but never worked there. Even when we were short staffed! How did I find out? I was screwing the secratary and one of the black woman’s daughters. This lady was scamming the company big time every Christmas she would buy at least $10.000 worth of gifts for her family toys electronics tvs computers expensive perfumes nike shoes you name it. She then would make my staff wrap the gifts which would take the whole shift! Think she would throw them a bone for helping? nope! This was in the 90s

  • NancyS

    This bimbo needs to reimburse us the $432,142 PLUS fines and penalties and serve jail time for CHILD LABOR You cannot employ a child without first the school work permit which cannot be gotten until age 15, you cannot employ a child in this country.

  • Kathy Bennett

    What a bunch of swindlers/crooks !!!!They have no shame & than takes their daughter & two other family members with them at taxpayers expense !!!

  • Bigelvie

    Isn’t that called Fraud? In criminal law, fraud is intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual; the related adjective is fraudulent, and verb is defraud. Fraud is a crime and a civil tort at common law, though the specific criminal law definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Defrauding people or entities of money or valuables is a common purpose of fraud. Why isn’t Congress who represent the People take actions? Why isn’t the DoJ bring charges?LOL

  • falling321

    I can understand taking her girls with her, but they certainly aren’t senior staffers, but why on earth were the extended family members and various included on a trip paid for by the American taxpayers? No other president has done this, yet the Obama’s do it time and time again! And why is no one in DC reigning them in? Vote the whole lot of them out!

  • falling321

    Actually, we pay for the secret service and they take far more than any other president has, we pay for ALL travel expenses, even the multitude of armored vehicles they cart along, we pay for lodging, we pay for their food…they are required to pay for any personal items of souvenirs they purchase while traveling. She is supposed to pay for her own haircuts, etc. but she got around that by hiring a personal dresser who is paid for with taxpayer money. While the Obama’s ARE millionaires and have mysteriously increased their wealth from an estimated $2-3 million to and estimated $12-$15 million in only five years, they could not afford to pay for all the upgrades they insist upon treating themselves to without taxpayers covering the greatest majority if the expense!

    And no other president in history has taken all her friends and extended family, including nieces and nephews on trips of this type. In fact, no other president in history has taken the number nor the expensive trips that this president and first lady have!

  • falling321

    Actually, they are multi millionaires who somehow managed to increase their estimated wealth from $2-5 million to $12-15 million in just the five years they have been in office….on a $400,000 a year salary!

  • Mark 2112

    oh whats the matter christianh? you don’t like your heroes getting exposed for the frauds they are? boo hoo hoo

  • Mark 2112

    ok Josh, I’ll bite….how is this not true?

  • Chuck Lindstrom

    christianh The second letter in FLOTUS is an L for Lady……. I do not think that the term Lady can be used anylonger in reference to this PIG.

  • Low life Walmart trash.Negros

  • Burleson Fred

    Not as much as you do libatard. Your God Obama is a fraud and a crook.

  • Burleson Fred

    Wrong BOZO,the taxpayer does pay for her expenses.

  • warren williams Sr

    Why does this bitch get by with this on the constant basis as she does? She is deceiving and stealing from us, just as Maxine Waters did. WTF is the reason why no one is minding the till? Corruption at its very best. I so wish these ghetto cockroaches would get the hell out of our faces.

  • NOSexWhiteWhitePeople

    The first family pays for THEIR OWN lodging.

  • christianh

    I’m my own hero and I’ll stomp your guts out…


  • christianh

    I don’t have a God, Mr Dog Whistler… Why do you think I’m chewing on your asses, you cowards…? I don’t bark, I bite…

  • christianh

    So America IS welfare…? That’s what nearly EVERY red state is… A WELFARE STATE…

  • christianh

    You’re an IDIOT.. Last week you were complaining that what she did… (Let’s Move, Nutritional lunches) were violating your right to be fat kids who grow into fat adults with no job skills…

  • christianh

    Like what…? Don’t you know the old saying “convince the lowest white person (you guys) that they are better than the best black (ME) and you can pick their pockets…

    LBJ said that… You knuckle-draggers prove it…

  • christianh

    At this point, you’d be found in an alley…

  • christianh

    Well, the White House budget is PUBLIC… See for yourself…

  • christianh

    You’re just a coward with a small willie… Get over it…

  • christianh

    So how high do we have to climb before we’re not…? The acquisition of the White House means nothing…?

    Or do you believe that rich people think you’re as good as anyone…? They don’t… They just want you fighting over something other than income inequality, estupido…

  • christianh

    Yes, lying in a story should be fraud…

  • christianh

    Why do you believe what the 1% news tells you…? They pay for this crap… Just like the weird don’t buy insurance ads…

    Gullibility thy name is Republican voter…

  • christianh

    Bush never took his daughters and they ended up using drugs and alcohol…

  • christianh

    No comments from the Dixie TRICKS please… The group is called the Dixie CHICKS…

  • Joy Roberts Shivers

    Oh Please…..Say this isn’t true…Don’t we have Child Labor LAWS!

  • Nate Wright

    big talk for for a fem

  • Nate Wright

    anytime your feeling froggy iam your huckleberrie

  • Nate Wright

    your the only pantie wearing knuckle dragger here honey

  • Nate Wright

    it dosent matter weather they do or they dont iam just after you lady boy ..your just mad cause some one took your ass and you liked it

  • Madmom

    Are you that STUPID Christianh? oh nevermind, we all know the answer to that. Yes you are.

  • JDR

    And to top it off she called her children “Senior Staff” REALLY.. damn they are just kids.. they don’t work for her.. I can think of alot of better things to do with that money than to keep sending her on these damn getaways.. One think I can’t stand is a Thief and that is what she is doing.. stealing from the American people to fund her damn personal trips.. for her and her family… God we need someone in the White House that cares about the Americans and not just a damn personal trip. Her and her husband are Crooks..

  • falling321

    No, they do not. There lodging is covered by the tax payers just as it would be while they are living in the WH. They don’t pay for their offices in the WH and they don’t pay anything for their WH residence upstairs. They also do not pay for the lodging of the Secret Service or the staff Mrs. Obama’s travels with. They are supposed to pay for the lodging of their guests, but I’d have to see proof it actually came out of their pocket before I would believe it!

  • falling321

    So disprove it…shouldn’t be difficult if it is not true.

  • falling321

    Are you saying that there were no extended family members along on this trip? Or many other trips they Obama’s have taken? Because that is easily disproven. They not only take along extended family members, they take friends and a record number of Secret Service personnel too. They pay for their own personal expenses and they do not actually pay for those, because they are written off on their taxes. While the Obama’s are multimillionaires, even they do not have the money to pay for the number and type of vacations they have taken since Obama took office!

  • Wendy Slafka

    BECAUSE DOJ is just as dirty as they are.

  • christianh

    At least I can defend myself… Unlike you clowns who jump up to get beat down when the initiator runs away like a little BEEEYOTCH…

  • christianh

    I’m a SIX FIGURE SOFTWARE ARCHITECT… Born in PHILADELPHIA where race riots were something to do on weekends…

    We don’t play your red state games… We put our hands up…

  • christianh

    I live in LA… I can visit you…

  • ClownCar

    Oh good, she took not only her daughters, but a niece and nephew.. at least she didn’t claim THEM as *senior staffers*.. smh..

  • Nate Wright

    no problem be the first i took care of wont be the last

  • christianh

    So you’re saying you’re a criminal…? My profile is public on FaceBook… Christian.Howell.31

    I WILL be the last… AIRBORNE…

  • Nate Wright

    no iam saying you wont be the first and iam sure not the last you dont have to be a criminal to do something like that so you think about it

  • christianh

    I’m saying you’re a cowardly clown… And a traitorous TOILET FLOATER…

    If black people are so IGNORANT, why didn’t we crap all over Romney…?

    Simple, cause the other races are the ignorance in America…

  • Kay

    I agree they need out of the white house…. they use america as a blank check grrrrrr……

  • christianh

    Yes, that’s why the GOP won’t give its poor any Medicaid or tax relief or food stamps or education…


  • christianh

    If closeted GOPers who take the lives of children with lax gun laws and unsafe factories can look at themselves, I think the FLOTUS will have zero issues…

    You’re obviously just jealous that no one you know would even be a lawyer much less one who becomes FLOTUS…


  • christianh

    It’s a shame that people are dumb enough to believe you.. Well, maybe it’s not since I get to laugh at you and remind you what the Koch Brothers think of you…


  • christianh


  • christianh

    I’m saying I’m too busy to care… All our POTUS’ and FOTUS’ travel around the world for humanitarian purposes.. The Obama are worth a few million and can afford to PAY FOR THEIR OWN VACATIONS…

  • christianh

    Great name for you…

  • Mark 2112

    no you won’t……here’s why: you’re all talk, nothing more. the moment you have to actually back up your words, you’ll wet yourself like the coward you are.

  • Mark 2112

    no you can’t. and who uses ‘beeeyotch?’

  • Politicallyincorrect

    It’s “badonkadonk” – let’s show some class 😉

  • chiefjgmac

    “. We put our hands up…”, in surrender.?

  • chiefjgmac

    Bite me then, fool.

  • chiefjgmac

    Thought you were in Philly?

  • chiefjgmac


  • chiefjgmac

    Suck me………racist.

  • chiefjgmac

    About the same for you and George Soros.

  • christianh

    What…? Who is George Soros…? Is he known for paying money to keep DEMs dumb and angry..?

  • christianh

    It’s THEIR and they pay for their own hotels…

  • christianh

    So Morgan Freeman as POTUS in a movie is OK…?

  • chiefjgmac

    He’s your daddy, and you don’t need to pay money to keep DEM’s dumb and angry. It comes natural for them…….

  • christianh

    SO why do I not know who he is… Oh wait, he’s that guy that gave Obama some money, right…?

    And you’re also saying that GOPers need to paid and then they’ll be as dumb as Palin, et al…?

    But red staters aren’t known for tech advancement…

  • chiefjgmac

    Does not surprise me that you do not know who your daddy is. After all, you are a good democrat!!!

  • christianh

    Now I have to threaten you after calling you a coward…

  • chiefjgmac

    But at least I know who my Father and for that matter, my Mother are. Threaten away, you name calling Bitch.

  • christianh

    And you saying I don’t know who my parents are is a compliment..? Now you can see why coward came to mind…

    You’ve been spewing the kind of garbage that would start a fight… I’m your huckleberry…

  • chiefjgmac

    I was thinking, more like a dingle berry. Huck your own berry

  • falling321

    I’m no more concerned with what the Koch brothers think of me than I am of what George Soros thinks of me. And if I’m wrong, then prove me wrong, don’t just make snarky comments!

  • falling321

    You are correct, it is THEIR and you are incorrect in thinking that they pay for their own lodging…why do you think the Obama’s claimed their daughters as ‘senior staff’? To avoid paying for their lodging and all other expenses except for THEIR personal purchases!

  • christianh

    That’s cause you’re a sucker.. They bankrolled a few idiots to talk to you worse idiots and “you people” followed right along with the dog whistles…

    I never thought I’d see a day when people would attack a First Lady like this…

    So you can EFF RIGHT OFF, vermin…

    While the Koch’s convince governors to cut state services AND lower their taxes…

  • falling321

    Sorry, but she isn’t a lawyer any more, she gave up her law license about one step ahead of the courts revoking it.

  • christianh

    That’s the kind of ignorant statement that makes less than 1/3 of Americans say they’re Republicans…

    Like many lawyers who go into other things, they give up their license…
    oh, and


  • ketrout

    Michelle Obama is as corrupt as her husband is. Lying and cheating to the American taxpayers. She should be made to pay back the money out of her own pocket. Why aren’t our elected officials doing something about this????


  • Roger Culver

    So can we say fraud?

  • handbellringer

    They were listed as senior staffers when they took their spring break with 12 of their closest friends at the tax payer expense. The girls have been listed as staff even as young as 13 AND as such drew pay for their vacation. Nice “job” if you can get it.

  • cindy

    I’m sure all the other Presidents have done the same thing

  • Angel Davis

    I wonder what his mother’s title was. He should be made to pay for his mother and his daughters, give the money back to the american people. Someone should audit all of his trips and expenses. Once a liar and a cheat, always a liar and cheat.

  • Mikey

    So, what did Bush do when he toted his daughters on trips? If you can’t compare Obama (not a fan) to Bush then you are just being a blowhard jerk…