FWD: Michelle Obama Listed Daughters as Senior Staffers

Subject: Michelle Obama Listed Daughters as Senior Staffers


Michelle Obama Listed Daughters As “Senior Staffers” on African "vacation"Can you believe this ?
Now, if a Republican would do something like this, the press would be all over it and yapping about it for weeks.
Michelle Obama Listed Daughters As “Senior Staffers” To Justify Expensive African Vacation And Safari • October 5, 2011 The most accountable administration evah:
Judicial Watch said the U.S. Air Force provided a C-32 – a Boeing 757 modified by the military for the purpose of flying big-wigs around the world – to fly the First Lady and her entourage to and from Africa , at a cost of $424,142. Another $928.44 was listed as the cost of providing 192 meals for the 21 people who made the trip The Obama daughters were listed on the manifest as “senior staff.” “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 !” I missed this story yesterday, but it’s worthy of our attention. The nation is suffering with the economy sputtering, the national debt soaring and Obama’s economic rescue policies not only failing but actively making things worse.
Meanwhile, the First Lady justifies an expensive trip to Africa to take a vacation and safari with her daughters by saying it’s “official business” and even going so far as to list her children as “staffers.” The level of arrogance and dishonesty on display here is nothing short of shocking.      But, er, “hope for change” and “yes we can..   

It’s a true story...   See link:


Anonymous said...

This is pretty much par for the course of a First Family:

"Michelle will be following in Laura Bush’s and previous recent First Lady’s footsteps all who visited South Africa during their respective terms as First Lady. During her husband’s presidency Laura Bush visited Africa 5 times and traveled to 10 different countries, the most visits than any other First Lady before her. Bush also traveled widely visiting Burma, Afghanistan and the Middle East.

During her travels, Laura Bush's twin daughters Barbara and Jenna accompanied her on tours to remote villages. Former First Daughter Barbara Bush has said her 2003 trip to Africa with her parents sparked her interest in global health. She later returned to work in a hospital in South Africa and is currently president of the Global Health Corps, a non-profit organization she founded that is trying to bring health equity to the United States and Africa.

Similarly,while on Spring break in 1997, Chelsea Clinton joined her mother in South Africa during Hilary Clinton's two-week Africa visit. She also toured impoverished areas of the various countries during the trip and later decided to choose southern Africa as her honeymoon destination, vacationing in Namibia after her wedding to Marc Mezvinsky in 2010."

I'm sure that neither the Bush's nor the Clintons paid for those travels out of their own pockets (nor should they).

Furthermore, Michelle's stated purpose of her trip was to engage young people at home and abroad and to encourage them to gain international experience, similar to messages she delivered during visits to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom. To that end, there is some justification for listing her daughters as "staffers."

ferschitz said...


If you google this trip, it is somewhat amazing how many rightwing thinktanks, plus nutso rightwing bloggers, are hyperventilating & pearl clutching on the fainting couch over the insanely egregious waste, WASTE I tell's ya!!11!!, of tax dollahs on what is being pushed as a "vacation" by First Lady, Michelle Obama.

Sasha & Malia, apparently, were listed in the Air Force One manifest as "staffers" because that was designation of the area of the plane in which they sat. Of course, this explanation doesn't satisfy the bigots out there because, OF COURSE, it's much more nefarious, eeeevul and downright WRONG when these two uppity black girls have the *nerve* to be uppity and do what Jenna & Laura Bush did previously. HOW DARE THIS BLACK FAMILY DO THIS??????????? (except exchange "black" for something that begins with an "N").

Yes, the Obamas took a Safari afterwards, and like Michelle's previous trip to Spain where she had some vacation/downtime, which the Obama's paid for themselves, the bigoted racists out there get to hyperventilate that US taxpayers are on the hook to pay for the uppity "N" words' vacay. HOW DARE THEY???

It's the usual rightwing ginned up bigoted shit sent forth by a boatload of rightwing thinktanks funded by the 1%. Why? Because this stinky racist poo is *reliable* in ginning up the outrage of WHITE bigots everywhere.

When Laura Bush & her 2 daughters did the *exact same thing,* where was the outrage from these conservatives???? That's right. There was none.

One rule for WHITE GOPers; something different for "Democrats," esp if they have the nerve to be "N" words.

Please: Southern Strategy writ large.

Load of racist, but meaningless, bullshit.

BTW, this trip took place almost a year ago, so I guess some Kochroach in the rightwing thinktank is scraping the bottom of the barrel for the rightwing outrage du jour.

gruaud said...


Oh, I am stealing that one.

ferschitz said...

For you, gruaud: anything!

Have to admit that it's not original, my friend, but use it in good health! heh...

Anonymous said...

Okay, now let's compare the cost of this diplomatic trip to the two wars Bush started, or the losses incurred by continually undercutting government regulators and refusing to take action against obvious financial company law-breakers.

LiberalGunner said...

I like kochroach

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