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.