With unemployment still over 8%, gasoline prices almost $4 per gallon and the price of food and electricity skyrocketing, the First Lady is able to enjoy herself at the taxpayers' expense.
According the Hawaii Report newspaper, the 17-day trip to Hawaii in December, 2011, had a hefty price tag. Here is an itemized list.
- $63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000
- $3,271,622 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One
- $151,200 to rent nearby homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals
- $72,216 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel