Michelle Obama and President Obama traveled to Martha’s Vineyard just hours apart, costing taxpayers thousands in additional expenses so she could have just a bit of extra vacation time.That's what they think. I think Michelle's hairdresser and personal trainer needed to hitch a ride.
Mrs. Obama and her daughters arrived just before 2 pm Thursday on a U.S. government jet, according to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, which got its information from the local airport. The first lady’s office has been silent on her travel. President Obama arrived in the evening along with the family dog Bo.Bo knows more than he's telling.
The Obama Martha's Vineyard motorcade:
The extra costs related to Mrs. Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her. She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.
Part of a convoy of helicopters escorting Obama and his dog, Bo, from Air Force One on Cape Cod to Martha's Vineyard via Marine One (photo: Reuters).
Mrs. Obama’s separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy – in which currently so many people can’t afford to take a vacation at all.
This is not the first time Michelle has gone on vacation ahead of the president on the taxpayers’ tab. Last December, she racked up what was likely more than $100,000 in expenses leaving early for their Hawaii vacation.Obama has assured us that he wants to see Americans working and, to make certain that one of his daughters was working very hard on her homework while he golfed a foursome at the Vineyard Golf Club this afternoon, Obama dropped into Vineyard Haven to buy her $32 worth of books, which he conspicuously charged to his own credit card, telling the cashier he only uses it about three times a year. Which I believe.
Here is Obama with his daughters on their book-buying mission. The kids look really happy, don't they?
What Obama didn't use his credit card for was to gas up the motorcade (see above) that escorted the First Trio to the bookstore to buy that $32 worth of books and then delivered the president to the Vineyard Golf Club for that pressing presidential business.
Thank you for the link to Jill the Pundette, who wondered:
Is there a candidate out there who is willing to view the presidency as something akin to military service, or even to the Peace Corps, as an obligation that will require personal sacrifice, to the point of [gasp] giving up dinners out?I think there is. And she eats pizza with a fork.