President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left their vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, but left First Lady Michelle Obama behind on the islands, according to news agency reports. The president reportedly let his wife stay on in Hawaii with friends as a "birthday present." Michelle Obama will turn 50 years old on Jan. 17.
It is a birthday present whose costs, in separate travel and security expenses, are likely to be borne, in part, by taxpayers. On a previous occasion, when Mrs. Obama left for a Hawaii vacation in advance of her husband, the additional cost to the Treasury was estimated to be at least $63,000, and potentially upwards of $100,000.
Mrs. Obama's vacations have often been a source of controversy, beginning with a lavish holiday with friends in Spain's Costa del Sol in 2010, and continuing with high-end sojourns in the Bahamas, Martha's Vineyard and the Maine coast--the latter after urging Americans to vacation in the oil spill-stricken Gulf of Mexico.
Come on, Michelle, it's just a "birthday" not a national holiday. Are the divorce rumors accurate?
I'd say the US taxpayers, white and black, are giving her one heck of a 50th birthday party, wouldn't you? She is staying with friends that she visited with in Hawaii, apparently and is going to do some dancing accouding to her interview this morning on the news. My question was why not just enjoy the birthday early while she was already there rather than having to have the added expense of travel back to the US separately utilizing a Presidential plane having to come and pick her up separately and the fuel for that trip doubling the expense now.
But this is an Obama and they think nothing of expense when they are not paying for that themselves.
I'm more than ready for another Laura Bush First Lady in the WH.....Michelle was never F l material...same as Hillary...
Completely agree with you Diane, it is time for someone that will bring class and respect back to the position of First Lady and to the White House. We don't need a first lady that can do the Dougie, we need a first lady that is a gracious host to all that are invited to the White House for dinners, etc; one that respects all the people of the US and not just a certain group.
Maybe this is a "blackmail" on the part of Michelle. "You flirt and I'll stay behind and "flit" you twit."
I say "where there's smoke there's fire" and it appears there's trouble in paradise....I bet Reggie is working out at the gym three times a day in anticipation....
I think these two would be the perfect first budget cuts.
Update: In the news this a.m. Michelle is actually staying at Oprah's Maui home with Gayle (Oprah's BFF), Valerie Jarratt and Eric Holder's wife. No wonder Eric Holder hasn't been fired.
Gayle King is one of the co-hosts of CBS Morning show and has been off this week. Now we know where she is. I find her to be one of the most ignorant hosts and her questions are so ridiculous. So Oprah may be on the outs with Michelle, but her BFF is not; and to think that Valerie is with them; what will Barry do without his policy maker? What is going to happen in DC while she is gone? And Holder's wife; you are right, Diane, now we know why Eric is still there. It is a woman's world in the White House and this administration; Eric's wife runs the justice department, Valerie and Michelle run the White House and Country; and the men play golf.
Is this Oprah's way to get into the "Crowd"? It was my understanding that she and Michelle and Valerie were on the outs since Oprah hadn't been invited to the whitehouse since the election.
Oh well, bunches of twit hang together!