Obama Lists His Daughters As “Senior Staff” On $424,000 African Vacation
January 17, 2014 9:59am PST
Do you remember Obama’s trip to Africa that reportedly cost tax payers hundreds of thousands of dollars for their family vacation? After suing the White House, under the Freedom of Information Act, documents were released that showed exactly how much they spent. The documents reveal that the Obama’s cost tax payers an astounding $424,000 for their lavish African vacation where they listed their daughters as “senior staff.”
At this point, though it is unclear if the girls were compensated for their undoubtedly difficult task of serving the President.
Judicial Watch is an organization that seeks to expose—and ultimately limit—government corruption and abuse. So when they learned that the Obama’s had spent several hundreds of thousands of dollars on their extravagant African vacation, they just had to get to the bottom of it.
They were initially ignored several times after submitting requests to obtain, what should have been, the freely accessible information they took to a lawsuit. The courts ruled in their favor—as law dictates—and handed over the goods.
The documents revealed the total cost of the vacation, the burden it had on tax payers, and who exactly went. Needless to say, they were a little more than shocked to learn that the Obama’s somehow managed to blow over $400,000.
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The trips cost broke down:
“According to U.S. Department of Defense’s published hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip, Judicial Watch calculated the total cost to American taxpayers was $424,142 for use of the aircraft (34.8 flight hours x $12,188 per hour). (The C-32 is a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757.) Other expenses – meals (off the plane), transportation, security, various services, etc. – have yet to be disclosed.
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).
The expense records also show $928.44 was spent for ‘bulk food’ purchases on flight. Overall, during the trip, 192 meals were served for the 21 passengers on board.”
Making sure that the trip wasn’t strictly leisurely, the Obama girls threw in the fact that they were going there, “to encourage young people living in the two growing democracies to become involved in national affairs.”
To further the façade, Michelle Obama took to hopping across the continent speaking about, “education, health and wellness issues.” She even managed to get some time in with the late Nelson Mandela.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, stated, “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.” Continuing to display his disgust for the President and his family’s actions he concluded, “This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our overextended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.”
It’s nice to see that Obama can take advantage of mandated tax payer dollars and live like a king while the rest of us peasants here in the U.S. can hardly keep our jobs because of the economy he refuses to fix.
Why do you think the real reason the Obama’s listed their daughters as “senior staff” was? Let us know in a comment below!
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