WASHINGTON, January 20, 2014 — Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday with a White House “house party” on Saturday night. It was, by Obama standards, a simple affair; guests were instructed to eat before they came and to wear comfortable shoes.
The guest list included such political heavy-hitters as Bill and Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Attorney General Eric Holder. Other partying celebrities included Sir Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinsons, Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae, Kal Penn, Al Roker, Ashley Judd, Billie Jean King, retired Olympic figure-skater Michelle Kwan, Gladys Knight and Herbie Hancock, with musical performances by Beyoncé and John Legend.
As Hancock put it, the party was just “a beautiful message from husband to wife.”
Prior to the Birthday Blow Out, President Obama gave his wife a touching gift: a week in Hawaii and a ride home on an Air Force jet. Therein lies an under-reported story — the story of Michelle Obama and her royal, incredibly luxurious, taxpayer-paid vacation in Hawaii.
As America stays mired in the Great Obama Depression, Michelle Obama is our queen, sticking it in the eye of unemployed and under-paid Americans. Many of them are out of work thanks to her husband’s policies, his signature program, and the failed policies of socialism.
Michelle Obama stayed at the Hawaii home of Oprah Winfrey for a few days without her husband and children.
This was not simply the vacation of a private citizen. Because she is the First Lady of the United States — FLOTUS — her vacations cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. Because she is a queen, she considers that cost her just due.
Security zones were set up around the Winfrey estate. Residents and business owners were inconvenienced to an exceptional degree. Security checkpoints kept customers and vendors away from businesses, effectively shutting them down. But the people who were hurt were little people, nobodies. Who cares what happends to them as long as Michelle Antoinette gets her vacation?
In 2011, The Mail Online, a British newspaper, reported that Michelle’s vacations over the space of one year alone had cost the American taxpayer over $10 million. Her royal holiday excursion in Hawaii will cost the taxpayers hundreds of thousands more in direct costs. The indirect costs to local businesses may be large, even catastrophic to those involved, but to Michelle, they are inconsequential.
The cost of security alone will be large. The Secret Service, citing security concerns, will not release the exact cost of protecting the Obamas on any of their excursions.
There is the cost of the protective detail, plus their housing. There are the costs of the armored vehicles Michelle and her entourage ride around in. Those have to be transported by Air Force planes. There is the local cost for police services, which the federal government may or may not reimburse the local government for.
And then there is Michelle’s triumphal return to Washington to celebrate her birthday, to which this vacation was but the first act. President Obama sent an Air Force plane for her, a C-32A. The C-32 is the Air Force version of a 757. The “ownership” cost per flight hour is reported by the Air Force as $42,936, though the operating cost per hour is estimated at only $7,000. Given that the flight to and from Hawaii is 10 to 12 hours each way, the flight time alone cost the taxpayers over $150,000.
The Obamas are the perfect socialists. Socialists are the same everywhere. They talk about how much they want to help the poor, then when they get into power, they live like royalty at the expense of the taxpayers.
Millions of Americans are either unemployed or underemployed. For millions of Americans, the family vacation is an almost forgotten dream. For millions, the American dream is now keeping a roof over their heads and their car on the road.
While he was in Hawaii at the start of this royal tour, President Obama had the chutzpah to question Republicans who went home for the holidays, declaring that they were “punishing families who could least afford it.”
It is Obama and his socialist policies that are punishing the families who can least afford it. As America suffers through Obama’s great, hidden depression, it is absolutely outrageous that the Obamas take opulent vacations on the taxpayers’ dime.
If the Republican Party wants to do something to show they are serious about curbing the excesses in Washington, the first thing they can do is curb the Obama family vacations.
Ground Air Force One.
And when Michelle Obama wants to return from Hawaii or the Obamas want to take their next family vacation, let them do what millions of real Americans do.
Let them fly Delta.