Guest Post by Mara Zebest

Like Mother Like Daughter… Malia Obama’s Spring Break Vacation to Mexico Cost U.S. Taxpayers $115,500.

JudicialWatch.org reports the following:

Cost to Taxpayers: $115,500.87

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released records detailing the government funds expended on First Daughter Malia Obama’s March 2012 Spring Break vacation to Mexico. According to the records, obtained from the U.S. Secret Service as a result of a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on September 20, 2012, the total cost of the trip amounted to $115,500.87 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Secret Service (No. 12-cv-01562)).

The following is a breakdown of the costs as detailed in the documents:

Ground transportation: $23,964.81
Lodging: $21,682.92
Airfare: $47,767.34
“Vouchers”: $21,636.14 (not itemized)
Support Charges: $449.66 (travel for one from Mexico City to Oaxaca, not itemized)

Malia Obama’s spring break trip evoked controversy after the Obama White House reportedly ordered the removal of press reports detailing the trip. On March 19,2012, numerous online press outlets reported that the president’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, was on a Spring Break trip to Mexico accompanied by 25 U.S. Secret Service Agents and as many as 12 of her friends. However, shortly after the press reports surfaced they were quickly removed from the Internet. The trip took place shortly after the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a statement advising students on Spring Break “to avoid Mexico.”

As reported by Politico:

The AFP, the Huffington Post and other websites have scrubbed a report about first daughter Malia Obama’s school trip. On Monday, the AFP reported that Obama’s daughter was on a school trip along with a number of friends and 25 Secret Service agents. The story was picked up by Yahoo, the Huffington Post, and the International Business Times, as well as UK publications like the Daily Mail and the Telegraph and other overseas publications like The Australian. But on Monday night, the story had been removed from those sites.

In an update to this story, Politico published a statement issued by Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, indicating that the removal of these news stories was “a White House effort:” …

“In these economic times, with huge public debt and high unemployment, spending $115,000 in taxpayer funds on a Spring Break trip to Mexico is inappropriate. Is this what Americans are being asked to pay higher taxes for?” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Judicial Watch has been active in documenting the cost to taxpayers for the Obamas’ personal trips. For example, Judicial previously obtained records from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing Michelle Obama’s February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado, with her two daughters. The records indicate U.S. Secret Service costs, including accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, were $48,950.38.

Judicial Watch also obtained documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing costs associated with Michelle Obama’s controversial August 2010 vacation to Spain. According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585.

Judicial Watch also obtained documents detailing costs a June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch received mission expense records and passenger manifests for the Africa trip that described costs of $424,142 for the flight and crew alone. Other expenses, such as off-flight food, transportation, security, etc. were not included.

 

 

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  1. ++

    Chump Change

    btw, their children are totally blameless..

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  2. Send the other parents their children’s share of the bill. Babysitting by the Secret Service does not come cheap.

    Thank you Judicial Watch!

  3. Despite the raves of the fashion magazines, that kid looks ugly. Too bad for her, but it’s the truth.

  4. That entire “family” is butt ugly.

  5. While they live the good life, my children’s daddy was in Afghanistan for his second deployment since Jan. 2010. Upon his return, we took our first family trip ever to the beach. Just Florida, about six hours away. For two days. All we could afford.

    I don’t begrudge them something, but this is taking it way too far in times of economic hardship by so many. I mean, if Michelle really, truly cared about the troops as she so often lies about, why not help provide them with something decent in lieu of one of her many little forays into vacationland with her posse. There is so much they could’ve done to set a good example, to inspire young and/or underpriv. kids (black kids!) but no…it’s all about them.

  6. That child got the worst features of both parents. She looks like a lab experiment gone horribly wrong.

  7. ++

    this is why we lost,

    there are no grown ups left in either party.. :-(

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    Campfollower #5 December 6, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    bless you and yours..

    and thank you..

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  9. Campfollower,

    It is sad that the military have to give so much, and sometimes their life when the president’s children are ravished with wealth. I am sorry this is the case. I wish the military people received as much in earnings if not more than the famous athletes do. Our government is unfortunately in control of most everything and in my opinion it is not going to get any better. Thank your husband for serving our country please, and thank you for standing by him.

    Donna

  10. This is complete bull-$hit! Come on people! Almost $50,000 on a flight? And all the other expenses? You can buy 5 tacos for $1 US in Mexico, don’t believe everything you read!

  11. “this is why we lost,

    there are no grown ups left in either party.. ”

    So the Democrats can say the most vile things about the Bush twins and Sarah Palins’ kids for YEARS on end but I can’t mock THEIR children? Trust me this ugly creature is getting off easy because what I really want to say would probably get me banned from this site. Not grown up enough for you? Too bad. Some of us are way past the point of taking the libs garbage anymore. Their scorn is well-deserved.

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    BigRed #12 December 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    like i said..

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  13. the kids know. It is all hollow. Tehy feel like crep about it,too.

  14. Good grief, what a fugly looking girl. She’s going (is) to grow up with the same whapped concept of money as those two idiot daughters of that Formula 1 guy (the two 20ish out of work naer-do-wells who just bought 100 million dollar mansions “just cuz they could”).

    These Obama’s really are a gutter trash blight on America. Barry is living like the classic banana republic dictator who supposedly rejects the evil capitalist way of life. Everyone knows Castro and his dimbulb brother live like absolute kings while their people live in squalor. So did Idi Amin, Ferdinand Marcos, Baby Doc Chavalier.

    What a repulsive disgusting family.

  15. At least 28% of the American public thinks she deserves this trip …. and a lot more.

  16. That girl is NOT a happy camper.

  17. #1 December 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm
    bg commented:
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    So were Obama and Michelle at their ages – but look how THEY grew up.

    Remember what Bundy said. The influences that made him what he became have been exponentially multiplied, so what will the next generation of it look like.

  18. why not ??
    only the people who pay taxes pay for this
    the others get their own freebies

  19. What do you expect from ghetto trash????



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