Presidential Hypocrisy

President Obama is proposing to penalize people who use and fly private aircraft for business and pleasure, posing as a populist champion of the average man. When Jimmy Carter wanted people to conserve energy, at least he took the trouble to set an example. The Obamas, on the other hand, go out of their way to stick a thumb in the eye of the taxpayer with their extravagant use of government aircraft for their personal enjoyment.

Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained mission expense records and passenger manifests from the United States Air Force related to the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana….

According to U.S. Department of Defense’s published hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip, Judicial Watch calculated the total cost to American taxpayers was $424,142 for use of the aircraft (34.8 flight hours x $12,188 per hour). (The C-32 is a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757.) Other expenses – meals (off the plane), transportation, security, various services, etc. – have yet to be disclosed.

The passenger manifests confirm the presence of Obama’s daughters, Malia and Sasha, on the trip. The two girls are listed as “Senior Staff.” The manifests also list Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, and niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson, as well Mrs. Obama’s makeup and hairstylist (Carl Ray and Johnny Wright).

It is worth also recalling that Michelle Obama demanded a separate flight to arrive a few hours earlier for their recent vacation. She and Nancy Pelosi seem to share a common contempt for the poor taxpayer.

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