Judicial Watch uses FOIA lawsuit to obtain cost of Michelle's "Family Trip" to Africa - daughters listed as "Senior Staff" to justify cost!

Ken 2012/07/21 17:16:04
Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family Trip to Africa

October 04, 2011

Charges for the Aircraft and Crew Alone Amount to $424,142

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Press Office 202-646-5172, ext 305

Washington, DC — October 4, 2011

Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained 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. Judicial Watch
obtained the documents pursuant to an August 19, 2011, Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Air Force (No.
11-1496)). Judicial Watch is investigating the purpose and itinerary of
the trip as well as a breakdown of the costs to taxpayers.

On June 28, 2011, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking
the mission taskings, transportation records, and passenger manifests
for Michelle Obama’s Africa trip. Documents were only provided after
Judicial Watch filed suit:

  • 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.

The professed purpose of Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and
Botswana was to encourage young people living in the two growing
democracies to become involved in national affairs; and during her
scheduled stops in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa and in Gaborone,
the capital of Botswana, the First Lady used the opportunity to speak
on education, health and wellness issues.The trip also included such
tourist events as visits to historical landmarks and museums, plus a
nonworking chance to send time with Nelson Mandela, a meeting that Mrs.
Obama described as “surreal.” The trip ended with a private family
safari at a South African game reserve
before the group returned to
Washington on June 27.“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.”

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  • Theresa 2012/07/22 01:40:34
    Of course scamming is a way of life with Moochella!
  • Prairie Wind 2012/07/22 01:05:58 (edited)
    Prairie Wind
    Moocheles's private safari trip picture with daughters, Malia and Sasha, and Michelle's mother, Marian Robinson, and Leslie and Avery Robinson!

    Michelle Obama   Africa Safari

    * Mission Expense: http://www.judicialwatch.org/...
    * White House Aircraft Manifest (In-Flight) depicting Malia and Sasha Obama as Senior Staff: .. http://www.judicialwatch.org/...
    * South Africa Trip Cost Taxpayers over $500,000: http://www.whitehousedossier....


    * Obama's "Date Night" in New York City security costs: http://www.judicialwatch.org/...
  • Ken Prairie... 2012/07/22 03:34:45
    Wastrels! (when it comes to the taxpayers' dollars!)
  • Prairie... Ken 2012/07/22 05:30:59
    Prairie Wind
    Absolutely a herd of pigs ..

  • Mr Chin 2012/07/21 22:39:27
    Mr Chin
    Is Obama trying to kill his chances for re-election. I know it's a cliche but you can't make this kind of stuff up !!!!
    obama statue falls
  • 4gotten Israelite 2012/07/21 20:29:34
    4gotten Israelite
    These extremist Americans hate the fact that the President and his family are enjoying what every President and first lady before them enjoyed. Not one President before the Obama's ever went into their own personal bank account for anything. As rich as Willard is, do you think he is going to spend out his pocket when he got access to America's tax dollars. Not one thing will be said if Ann Romney takes a trip with American Tax dollars. It's only a problem now because it's the Obama family.
  • dubbie 2012/07/21 20:29:29
    Typical criminal mentality, Nothing new
  • seadog6608PWCM 2012/07/21 20:12:33
  • Red Branch 2012/07/21 18:28:23
    Red Branch
    Safari, huh, Any good pictures of their kills? That ought to bring some rage and indignation from PETA.

    You mean Michelle actually pays someone to get her to look like that? I thought it was plain and simple neglect provided the excuse for her appearance.

    The first family doesn't miss a chance to add to the deficit.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/07/21 18:07:33
    Rebel Yell
    Good grief.

    The Obama daughters were not listed as Senior Staff – that only designates the area of the plane where they were seated. The Air Force categorizes the passengers by compartment on the plane.

    Were you all upset when the Bush twins traveled with their parents as " senior staffers"? During his administration, tax payers paid 22 million to ferry GWB and Laura back and forth to the Texas ranch. That doesn't include the African trips or the trips to Europe and South America. Were you upset then?
  • Ken Rebel Yell 2012/07/21 18:14:08
    "UPDATE: In response to the White House’s pushback on its flight expense calculations, Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton provided ABC News with this letter from the Air Force from January 11, 2011 about the air travel of former House Speaker, now Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Judicial Watch says it was just doing the calculations in the way the Air Force recommended. “The White House is once again trying to play the American people for fools,” Fitton says."
  • Red Branch Ken 2012/07/21 18:29:31
    Red Branch
    I can see the Obama girls sitting with the media types, just where you want young girls.
  • jimmy d Rebel Yell 2012/07/21 19:18:54 (edited)
    jimmy d
    #1: you pulled that information from mediamatters.org
    Listen how stupid that sounds. Michelle obama listed the daughters as senior staffers because it designates where they sit on the plane. Gimme a break. It was so that taxpayers would have to PAY FOR THEM on the trip. And michelle's mother, niece and nephew went. A$$holes living large on my MY TAX dollars!!!!
    #2: it's no wonder your a hopeless lib is you get your info from that trash site
    #3: you plagiarized. Your post needs quotes and a reference
  • Wolf 2012/07/21 18:00:46
    What is a few more millions ...when we waste billions annually ...and support the massively bloated public sector operations with their fraudulent millionaire pensions...
  • Allbiz - PWCM - JLA 2012/07/21 17:57:04
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    The FLSA requires that most employees in the United States be paid at least the federal minimum wage for all hours worked and overtime pay at time and one-half the regular rate of pay for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek.

    Members of the president;s staff are considered employees. Therefore, if Malia and Sasha were not paid for performing their duties as "senior staff" members, it is possible that Michelle is in violation of child labor laws and therefore she would be a felon.

  • Kane Fernau 2012/07/21 17:50:30
    Kane Fernau
    They are probably on the payroll.
  • NPC 2012/07/21 17:43:13
    This is just part of the outlandish $10 Million that this horrible ghetto bitch woman has wasted whlie 23 Million Americans are unemployed and 46 Million are on Food Stamps !
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/07/21 17:38:06
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!

    Well we can't fault her for lying........... She did say that "Barack will require you
    to sacrifice" didn't she. She didn't say that she, her family and friends would
    have to sacrifice............did she. But she didn't say they would live it up on the
    taxpayers, while our national debt increased more than under any other presidents
    and for the first time our CREDIT RATING went down....... and may again before
    he is ousted from office. I will hate to see her travel agenda from Nov to Jan 2013
    if 0bama is denied a second four years.

    We have to stop this crazy spending by the First Lady! She thinks she is now
    the Queen without any restrictions.
  • Ken No nons... 2012/07/21 17:42:26
    Like her husband, Michelle Obama has nothing but disdain for America - she really meant what she said during the campaign that she hadn't been proud of America before her husband stood a chance of winning the presidency, and when she called America a "really mean place."
  • No nons... Ken 2012/07/21 17:49:53
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    She hates Whitey and thinks the country owes her.......... plain and simple.
  • Mr. T 2012/07/21 17:33:18
    Mr. T
    So...the kids are "senior staff". At least now we know where Onumbnuts gets his advice.
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2012/07/21 17:22:12
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    Anything to justify theft!

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