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December 22, 2010

$63,000

Topics: Political News and commentaries

$63,000 in additional expenses ... that's the likely cost to taxpayers for the decision by First Lady Michelle Obama to leave on schedule for her two-week Hawaii vacation and not wait a few days for her delayed husband, according to a White House Dossier analysis:

Mrs. Obama jetted out to Hawaii on an Air Force C-40B Special Mission Aircraft. The Defense Department bills other agencies $6,330 per flight hour for use the plane.

Assuming a flight time from Washington DC to Hawaii of about ten hours, the cost to taxpayers for the flight alone would be about $63,000.

But Mrs. Obama's determination to get her full two weeks of Hawaiian rest and relaxation probably cost a good deal more. By leaving early, she forced a large logistical support operation - including a retinue of Secret Service agents - to get itself up and running.

No worry, it's only money. And what does it matter when other people are paying for your trip!

Besides, at least its less than the $250,000 Michelle's trip to Spain cost us.

Posted by Richard at December 22, 2010 8:12 PM



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