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Well it has been a whole month! Just weeks after 17-day Hawaii vacation Michelle hits the slopes with daughters on Aspen ski trip

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it has been a whole month! Just weeks after 17-day Hawaii vacation
Michelle hits the slopes with daughters on Aspen ski trip


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Hannah Roberts

Last updated at 4:25 PM on 20th February 2012



With the economy on its knees, many American families have had to forgo their annual holiday just to make ends meet.

But barely a month after returning from a luxury Christmas break in Hawaii Michelle Obamaends meet barely returning luxury christmas break hawaii michelle obama is on holiday again - this time at the exclusive Colorado ski resort of Aspen. It's her 16th holiday since her husband took office.

The
First Lady Michelle Obama is spending Presidents' Day weekend in the
upmarket resort with her daughters, Sasha and Malia, and was seen
hitting the slopes - albeit apprehensively - on Saturday.


Cool rider: Michelle Obama, pictured, has gone skiing in Aspen, Colorado with her daughters, Sasha and Malia

Cool rider: Michelle Obama, pictured, has gone skiing in Aspen, Colorado with her daughters, Sasha and Malia






Easy does it: The First Lady and her daughters are in Aspen for President's Day


Easy does it: The First Lady and her daughters are in Aspen for President's Day


Easy does it: The First Lady and her daughters Sasha and Malia are in Aspen for Presidents' Day weekend


The Secret Service have been in town for the past few days looking for safe places for the family to relax.

Pitkin
County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo confirmed Mrs Obama arrived Friday
afternoon, saying, 'it's a privilege to have the first lady here.' He
told the Aspen Daily News he met with Secret Service officers and has
placed seven of his deputies at the service of the First Family.



The Obamas are staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown, owners of the Aspen Skiing Co, the Daily News reported.

Last
year the first lady gave a speech at their home, in front of about 150
supporters. Each paid between $1,000 and $10,000 to attend the joint
fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee and President Obama’s 2012 presidential campaign.



Snowtime: The Secret Service have been in Aspen for the past few days looking for safe places for Michelle, Malia and Sasha to stay

Snowtime: The Secret Service have been in Aspen
for the past few days looking for safe places for Michelle, Malia and
Sasha to stay


The holiday is not the first time the first girls have been on skis.

Their
first attempt came in Feb 2010 when she took the girls to Liberty
Mountain Resort, in Carroll Valley, Pa. just is 60 minutes from the
White House.

And last year Mrs Obama took Sasha and Malia to Vail and Beaver Creek last Presidents' Day just days after the President tried to sell his cost-cutting budget to the American people by asking them to stay at home.



Splashing out: Aspen in Colorado is one of the country's most elite and expensive resorts

Splashing out: Aspen in Colorado is one of the country's most elite and expensive resorts





Holiday home: The Obamas are reportedly staying on the estate of Jim and Paula Crown, of Chicago, who own a home on the Tiehack side

Holiday home: The Obamas are reportedly staying
on the estate of Jim and Paula Crown, of Chicago, who own a home on the
Tiehack side



‘If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, or you might put off a vacation,’ he said.

Once
again while Mr Obama returned to the White House after a fundraising
trip to West Coast, the rest of his family headed to Colorado – rather
than visiting slopes closer to Washington in Virginia or Pennsylvania.

Their trip came despite previous
criticisms over the family's extravagant vacations, including a trip
last summer to Martha's Vineyeard where the family rented a farm estate
for around $50,000 a week.


Holiday heaven: Mrs Obama raised eyebrows when she left earlier than her husband for their annual Christmas holiday in Hawaii incurring extra costs

Holiday heaven: Mrs Obama raised eyebrows when
she left earlier than her husband for their annual Christmas holiday in
Hawaii incurring extra costs



Mrs Obama also raised eyebrows when
for the second year in a row she left earlier than her husband for their
annual Christmas holiday in Hawaii, incurring additional expenses of an
estimated $100,000. The 17 day holiday is estimated to have cost
taxpayers $4milloion.

All
total, with Christmas and summer holidays included, the Colorado jaunt
is trip number 16 for Mrs. Obama since the family moved to the White
House.

No public events are scheduled for the first lady’s visit to Aspen.

FIRST LADY OF LUXURY TRAVEL: THE
COSTLY TRIPS


SPAIN: AUGUST 2010

  • Michelle Obama and 40 of her friends paid for personal expenses, such as hotels and meals themselves.
  • But the U.S. taxpayer would have paid for the 68-strong security detail, personal staff and use of presidential jet Air Force Two.
  • Payment for the secret service team ran at around $281 each - nearly $98,000 for the duration of the summer break.
  • Use of Air Force Two comes in at $149,900 for the round trip, not including time on the ground.
  • Mrs Obama's personal staff, of which there were an unknown number, should also be taken into account

HAWAII: DECEMBER 2010

According to the Hawaii Reporter the costs were:
  • $63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama
    and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President
  • $1,000,000 on Mr Obama’s return trip from
    Washington on Air Force One

  • $16,000 to rent nearby homes for Secret
    Service and Navy Seals

  • $134,000 for 24 White House staff to stay at
    the Moana Hotel

  • $251,000 in police overtime
  • $10,000 for an ambulance to be on hand at all
    times

SKI TRIP TO VAIL:
FEBRUARY 2011

  • Michelle Obama and her daughters stayed at the
    Sebastian hotel on Vail Mountain, where rooms cost more than $2,400 for
    multi-bedroom suites.
  • The family appear to have flown there on Air
    Force Two.
  • They were escorted to the resort by about a
    dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement
    officers.

MARTHA'S VINEYARD:
AUGUST 2011


  • The Blue Heron Farm estate, where the Obama
    family stayed, rents for about $50,000 a week.
  • Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama flew to the
    estate just hours before the president to make the most of the holiday - again,
    incurring extra flight costs.
  • According to U.S. News and World Report, the
    Coast Guard was required to keep ships floating near the property. The
    presidential helicopter and jet remain at the ready and security agents will be
    on 24-hour duty.

HAWAII: DECEMBER 2011

According to the Hawaii Reporter the costs were:

  • $63,000
    on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead
    of the President but add security and personnel for a total of about
    $100,000
  • $3,271,622 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One
  • $151,200 to rent nearby homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals
  • $72,216 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel



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  • Viet Era medic 2012/02/29 05:08:21
    Disgusting
    Viet Era medic
    +1
    disgusting and not surprising..
    she is the First Lady of Spending...
    I'm too ticked off to say more at this point...
  • doreen.k.gray 2012/02/27 06:19:38
    Disgusting
    doreen.k.gray
    It is a slap in the face of the taxpayer-- after all, everyone has to do their part
  • BILL 2012/02/24 01:29:12
    All of the above
    BILL
    +3
    Can you Expect anything else
  • Evan 2012/02/23 15:45:48
    Not Surprising
    Evan
    +2
    Clearly, she needs lots of vacations. Her life must be pure hell, other than the time she gets to be away from Washington, and Sesame Street. I wish she could divorce our liar-in-chief, but the penalties would be too severe. Men that are away from home as much as her husband is, are gone because they want to be. I think the BHOs despise each other and their lives together, and who knows, they may despise themselves individually, too. People who have sold their own souls and sold America down the river, can't have a whole lot of self-esteem. What a hellish way to live.
  • aguster 2012/02/22 03:59:34
    Disgusting
    aguster
    +2
    She is such a bitch!
  • James Rowntree 2012/02/22 01:27:40
    All of the above
    James Rowntree
    +2
    Hussein Obama needs just ONE long long vacation... at Gitmo.
  • Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm... 2012/02/21 16:47:16
    Not Surprising
    Barefoot Peace and Love∞ijm♥☮♥∞
    +3
    Are we ever paying the price$$$$$$$$$$$!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA 2012/02/21 16:47:11
    All of the above
    BUCCANEER~POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Perhaps it's practice for being on the skids piste
  • doofieg... BUCCANE... 2012/02/22 01:22:57
  • **Southern Man** 2012/02/21 16:45:18
  • Dave 2012/02/21 15:32:47
    All of the above
    Dave
    +6
    These lowlifes have finally made it out of the trailerpark and are making up for lost time.
  • Old Timer 2012/02/21 15:05:23
    All of the above
    Old Timer
    +2
    She needs a VACATION. She'll make a real CUTE SNOW BUNNY at the lodge APRESKI, if she even gets on a slope. HOW MUCH WILL THIS ONE COST, AND WHEN WILL
    BARRY GET THERE?
  • OPOA912 2012/02/21 15:02:59
  • Mike 2012/02/21 14:54:38
    All of the above
    Mike
    +4
    Elitist Michele is taking full advantage of POTUS job and using it to her benefit - when do the kids attend classes ? They're always on vacation obama ski vacation
  • DDevlin780 2012/02/21 07:05:27
    All of the above
    DDevlin780
    +4
    It would be fine if all the expense of the vacation was paid by the Obama's. But she will take a dozen staff members, secret service, and Air Force plane and all the associated cost of security.

    Let's just send her out without any of those extras, maybe a permenant vacation.
  • voice_m... DDevlin780 2012/02/21 15:15:55
    voice_matters
    +1
    libby just so you are aware when obama is no longer president they still keep a secret service protection till they day they die. when she goes on vacation she does not fly on a air force plane unless it is attached to an official white house trip. this is nothing new.

    all i have seen is teh lib hatred of those with more than you. i understand that you can not handle real issues that are facing america today so you libs attack the president's family. i have always felt these lib attacks have only shown how weak your understanding of the issues are, and wish you libs would stop the bitching and focus on real issues that effect america.
  • DDevlin780 voice_m... 2012/02/22 03:59:14
    DDevlin780
    +2
    What give you the idea that I am a librial that does not understand the real issues that America is facing. I did not attack the presidents family, I remarked about the excess cost it takes to support the lifestyle that presidents wife wants.

    Please tell me what the real issues that effect America are that I am not focusing on. I am able to focus on mnore that one thing at a time, so help me get started.
  • voice_m... DDevlin780 2012/02/23 15:22:57
    voice_matters
    another post to show you are a lib. sorry libby but the obamas can spend their money how they wish.

    please go find me on any of the threads that i have posted about taxes, employment, terrorism, border security to name a few
  • Phyl *In God i Trust* 2012/02/21 05:58:55
    All of the above
    Phyl *In God i Trust*
    +6
    HOW DISUSTING . MICHELL  OBAMA  MONEY HUNGERY MICHELL  OBAMA  MONEY HUNGERY MICHELL  OBAMA  MONEY HUNGERY MICHELL  OBAMA  MONEY HUNGERY What a look.
  • akhippie 2012/02/21 05:52:33
    All of the above
    akhippie
    +5
    I say they deserve even more vacation time, they work very hard. Let's give them a permenant vacation come November.
  • Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR 2012/02/21 05:37:36
    All of the above
    Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR
    +9
    Oh my gosh MOOCH-SHELL at it again more Vacation time on our dime!! Can someone push this B*tch down a hill while skiing in Colorado !! The QUEEN is doing her CRAP again !! MOOCH-SHELL WILL NEVER STOP HER VACATIONNS ON OUR DIME! the CROOK!!!! Michelle obama taking vacations on tax payers money Michelle obama taking vacations on tax payers money Michelle obama taking vacations on tax payers money Michelle obama taking vacations on tax payers money Michelle obama  skiing in Colorado
  • gary ® 2012/02/21 05:26:13
    All of the above
    gary ®
    +6
    How many more can be squeezed in before November?
  • Cindy64... gary ® 2012/02/21 05:38:53
    Cindy64~PATRIOT WARRIOR
    +4
    Yeah really you got that so RIGHT!!!
  • akhippie gary ® 2012/02/21 05:57:56
    akhippie
    +3
    How about we give them a permenant one in November?
  • gary ® akhippie 2012/02/22 06:46:46
    gary ®
    +3
    God!... I can't WAIT!!! C'mom November.
  • akhippie gary ® 2012/02/22 17:12:23
    akhippie
    +3
    Take a car load of freinds to the election station with you.
  • voice_m... gary ® 2012/02/21 15:17:15
    voice_matters
    +1
    with the millions of dollars the obama's have in their accounts she can take her kids on a vacation every month for the rest of thier lives.
  • akhippie voice_m... 2012/02/22 17:11:04
    akhippie
    +1
    They are not paying for these vacations, taxpayers are.
  • voice_m... akhippie 2012/02/23 15:25:04
    voice_matters
    libby the obamas pay for their own vacations. the taxpayers pay for the security that the first family is due.
  • akhippie voice_m... 2012/02/26 13:57:02
    akhippie
    +2
    Yea right.
  • akhippie akhippie 2012/02/27 03:57:31
    akhippie
    +1
    obama paid for the house they stayed in $3500 a night+17 night=$59,500, the rest of the cost of the vacation, the over $4.1mil. was picked up by you guessed it, the taxpayers. That's just one of his vacations.
  • voice_m... akhippie 2012/02/27 16:20:52
    voice_matters
    if you do not want to know the facts then stop posting to me
  • akhippie voice_m... 2012/02/27 17:56:10
    akhippie
    +1
    I just gave you the facts, seems you don't want to know the truth. Is the truth a problem for you?
  • voice_m... akhippie 2012/02/27 18:09:21
    voice_matters
    +1
    libby the obamas paid for thier vactaion the security will always be coverd by the us dept of the treasury till the day they die. sorry libby but those are the facts. by the way libby those arrengements were also in place for every president
  • akhippie voice_m... 2012/02/27 18:56:51
    akhippie
    +1
    Do you have health insurance? After you get schooled it may break your heart and you may want to go seek professional help. obama does not get lifetime security from the secret service, bill clinton is the last president to get that service. Your original statement was "obamas pay for there own vacations" $59,500 out of over $4.1mil. may be paying for his vacation in your eyes, but since my head is not up my ass as yours seems to be I see it differently. And why do you keep calling me libby, I'm not a can of vegetables.
  • voice_m... akhippie 2012/02/27 19:09:32
    voice_matters
    +1
    seeing that the obamas are also coverd under the us government for health insurance not sure what that questions has to do with them taking vacations.
  • akhippie voice_m... 2012/02/27 19:24:49
    akhippie
    +1
    The whole question is about them taking vacations. Are you trying to discuss that or point are you just looking for someone to argue with? You seem to have trouble staying on topic, are you feeling okay?
  • voice_m... akhippie 2012/02/27 19:26:17
    voice_matters
    +1
    libby tell me what does health insurance have to do with vacations
  • akhippie voice_m... 2012/02/27 19:37:22
    akhippie
    +1
    [...]Health insurance has nothing to do with vacations, why do you think they do?
  • voice_m... akhippie 2012/02/27 19:46:38
    voice_matters
    +1
    libby you are the one that brought it up.
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