With the payroll tax holiday and extension of unemployment benefits still on the table, President Obama has decided to stay in Washington. The First Lady, on the other hand, has decided to leave the cold of Washington behind and take the Obama girls to warm and sunny Hawaii.
Instead of paying for one trip, the US taxpayers will be paying for 2 separate trips to Hawaii. It is estimated that Michelle's solo trip will cost more than $100,000. The military jet flight alone will cost more than $60,000.
The President had signed an executive order on November 9, 2011, Executive Order 13589, which is called "Promoting Efficient Spending". Section 3 of the order talks about travel.
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