It’s generally agreed that Michelle Obama loves to vacation, and vacation she does.
Rumor has it that during the president’s first term, the First Lady spent a total of $10 million on vacations.
What we do know is that on more than one occasion, with zero concern over Air Force One costing $181K per hour, Michelle has flown to Hawaii ahead of her husband. But this time it’s different. After an extended 17-day, estimated $4-million family getaway in Oahu, Michelle has decided to linger awhile after hubby and the kids headed back to Washington DC.
Usually there’s an excuse for Michelle Obama’s luxurious self-indulgence. In 2010 when unemployment was at 9.5% Mrs. Obama spent approximately $500K of taxpayers’ money on a trip to a resort on Spain’s Costa del Sol that included 40 people who tagged along.
The ‘you better not criticize’ excuse that time was that she was on a “private, mother-daughter trip” with Sasha.
This time, the spin is that “As part of her birthday gift from the President, the First Lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday.” Judging from some of the photos that circulated during the family portion of the vacation, it looks like Michelle remaining behind might have nothing at all to do with a pre-birthday gift.
But whatever the reason, most Americans would agree that it’s important for the birthday girl to chill out with BFFs at Oprah Winfrey’s “exquisite” Maui estate.
So, while sick people are storming out of emergency rooms, because although they enrolled in Obamacare they have no insurance, Michelle is enjoying additional time relaxing with friends in a “remote up-country region, where the houses that dot the moss-covered rock [Hawaiian] hillside face the ocean.”
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