By John W. Lillpop
Although President Obama proudly boasts that neither he nor wife Michelle were born with a “Silver Spoon” in their mouths, there has been no shortfall of gaudy overindulgence and extravagant living by this First Couple over the past four years.
Indeed, while average Americans struggle with record unemployment, bankruptcies, and mortgage foreclosures during the worst economy since the great depression, the Obamas have enjoyed opulence at every turn, most of it funded by financially- strapped taxpayers.
As reported at the reference:
“It cost taxpayers nearly a half-million dollars for first lady Michelle Obama to travel to Spain in 2010, according to an analysis by Judicial Watch.
The right-leaning watchdog group estimated that the trip cost $467,585. It based its analysis on documents obtained from the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Air Force.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said it took his group “two years and a lawsuit to get these documents out of the Obama administration.”
“It is hypocritical for President Obama to fire GSA officials for wasteful conference spending, while his family went on a luxury vacation in the Costa del Sol Spain that cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars,” Fitton said.
Among the various travel costs, the group estimated — using the Defense Department’s 2010 published hourly rates — that it cost the government $199,323 to fly to Spain and back to the United States.
The New York Times reported that those on the trip included the first lady, one of her daughters and “two friends and four of their daughters, as well as a couple of aides and a couple of advance staff members.”
Fitton’s group has previously disclosed the cost of sending the first family on overseas trips. Its analysis indicated that it cost $424,142 to fly the first family to South Africa and Botswana in 2011.”
Even without the despised “Silver Spoons” in their mushes, Barack and Michelle Obama are clearly among the “1” percent elitists that has Occupy nut balls so outraged.
The big question: Where are the “Occupy Michelle” protestors?