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megimoo
06-27-2011, 05:00 PM
Mrs. Obama’s South Africa Trip Cost Taxpayers Over $800,000

First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and Botswana last week cost taxpayers well over half a million dollars, possibly in the range of $700,000 or $800,000, according to an analysis by White House Dossier.

Many of the trip’s expenses cannot be obtained with specificity, including the cost of local transportation for the first lady, Secret Service protection, the care and feeding of staffers, and pre-trip advance work done by administration officials in South Africa.

But it is possible to estimate some of these costs and put a price tag on one of the major expenses – her transportation to and from southern Africa and her trips between cities there.

While the goals of her journey – “youth leadership, education, health and wellness” in southern Africa, according to the White House – are laudable, many may question whether such an expensive outreach overseas by the president’s wife is worthwhile given the threat of the ballooning federal debt to the economy.

This is particularly true given that the trip, while featuring many official events, also included tourist components such as visits to historical landmarks and museums, a nonworking chance to meet Nelson Mandela that Mrs. Obama described as “surreal,” and a safari. Mrs. Obama also brought along her mother, her daughters and two of their cousins – the children of her brother Craig Robinson.

In a conversation last week with a South African online newspaper, U.S. Embassy Spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau made clear that the trip was partially a personal pilgrimage for the first lady.

“She’s coming on this trip to talk about women’s development and youth development, and South Africa is a leader in that, not only on the continent but globally,” said Trudeau. “A visit to South Africa is important for them as a family. She’ll be visiting many Struggle-era landmarks, including the Apartheid Museum (and) the Hector Pieterson Memorial.”

Based on the plane’s tail number and a description of it in a press pool report, it’s clear Mrs. Obama flew over and back on a C-32, a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757 that also ferries the vice president on occasion and is sometimes known as “Air Force Two.”

According to publicly available Defense Department figures, DOD charges other federal agencies $12,723 an hour to cover expenses for the use of a C-32. Based on the distance traveled and the flight speed of the plane, this adds up to about $430,000 for use of the aircraft alone.


http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2011/06/27/michelles-south-africa-trip-cost-taxpayers-500000/

SaintLouieWoman
06-27-2011, 06:06 PM
They're taking vacations on the taxpayers' dime. What was the reason for taking the mother and cousins? That's really a reach.

I'm sure it was a thrill for her to meet Nelson Mendela, but why should we pay for it? They must really be afraid that he'll be a one term president, as they're cramming in a whole lot of travel into this first term.

NJCardFan
06-27-2011, 06:52 PM
Did the Bush's take nearly this many pleasure trips in 8 years?

Hawkgirl
06-27-2011, 08:56 PM
Obama and his family are acting like rap stars, taxpayer money=BLING. President BALLER Obama.

Rockntractor
06-27-2011, 09:00 PM
If she had to she'd be happy with a mess of fat cakes and a bottle of ripple.

megimoo
06-27-2011, 09:00 PM
Did the Bush's take nearly this many pleasure trips in 8 years?His were all 'Low Rent' trips to Texas,nothing like this modern day Nubian Queen Nefertiti and her courts ......

KhrushchevsShoe
06-27-2011, 09:11 PM
I know its crazy to think about, but Michelle Obama is popular overseas. There's a lot of people in South Africa (and there is a small threat of civil war once Mandela dies), its worth the coin to make the USA look like it cares.

Articulate_Ape
06-27-2011, 09:27 PM
I know its crazy to think about, but Michelle Obama is popular overseas. There's a lot of people in South Africa (and there is a small threat of civil war once Mandela dies), its worth the coin to make the USA look like it cares.

She sure looked popular eating fat cakes and fries (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008507/Michelle-Obama-tucks-fat-cakes-French-fries-trip-Botswana.html?ito=feeds-newsxml) in Botswana even as she attempts to control every bite we eat here in America. Communism works great as long as it applies to you and not to those who advocate it.

Wake up.

noonwitch
06-28-2011, 10:39 AM
She sure looked popular eating fat cakes and fries (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2008507/Michelle-Obama-tucks-fat-cakes-French-fries-trip-Botswana.html?ito=feeds-newsxml) in Botswana even as she attempts to control every bite we eat here in America. Communism works great as long as it applies to you and not to those who advocate it.

Wake up.


How is she trying to control every bite we eat here in America?

Rebel Yell
06-28-2011, 10:43 AM
Obama and his family are acting like rap stars, taxpayer money=BLING. President BALLER Obama.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA2CDJWx5So

Starbuck
06-28-2011, 11:34 AM
If she had to she'd be happy with a mess of fat cakes and a bottle of ripple.

Ain't too sure what a fat cake is, but if it goes with Ripple it can't be all that bad.:)

lacarnut
06-28-2011, 11:52 AM
Ain't too sure what a fat cake is, but if it goes with Ripple it can't be all that bad.:)

Honeybuns, moon pies, cupcakes... anything loaded with sugar.

AmPat
06-28-2011, 11:52 AM
I know its crazy to think about, but Michelle Obama is popular overseas. There's a lot of people in South Africa (and there is a small threat of civil war once Mandela dies), its worth the coin to make the USA look like it cares.

Great, she's "popular overseas." That must certainly mean that in these hard times IN THE UNITED STATES, that we should send her fat butt and her leach like relatives on vacations at OUR EXPENSE.
Be honest (a stretch for a liberal), did you bitch about any of the Bush vacations? Would you support a Republican president and his wife sucking off the taxpayer tit to the extent that Moochell does?

megimoo
06-28-2011, 02:39 PM
Great, she's "popular overseas." That must certainly mean that in these hard times IN THE UNITED STATES, that we should send her fat butt and her leach like relatives on vacations at OUR EXPENSE.
Be honest (a stretch for a liberal), did you bitch about any of the Bush vacations? Would you support a Republican president and his wife sucking off the taxpayer tit to the extent that Moochell does?
Don't be confused,The witch would support a liberal over an honorable American any day of the week. Chewbacca dictates what she thinks Americans should eat but she wallows in french fries and deep fried pastries while on vacation on our tax funds. .

Articulate_Ape
06-28-2011, 03:21 PM
How is she trying to control every bite we eat here in America?

Where have you been?


Obama's Food Police in Staggering Crackdown on Market to Kids
by Audrey Hudson
06/21/2011

Tony the Tiger, some NASCAR drivers and cookie-selling Girl Scouts will be out of a job unless grocery manufacturers agree to reinvent a vast array of their products to satisfy the Obama administration’s food police.

Either retool the recipes to contain certain levels of sugar, sodium and fats, or no more advertising and marketing to tots and teenagers, say several federal regulatory agencies.

The same goes for restaurants.

It’s not just the usual suspected foods that are being targeted, such a thin mint cookies sold by scouts or M&Ms and Snickers, which sponsor cars in the Sprint Cup, but pretty much everything on a restaurant menu.

Although the intent of the guidelines is to combat childhood obesity, foods that are low in calories, fat, and some considered healthy foods, are also targets, including hot breakfast cereals such as oatmeal, pretzels, popcorn, nuts, yogurt, wheat bread, bagels, diet drinks, fruit juice, tea, bottled water, milk and sherbet.

Food industries are in an uproar over the proposal written by the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The most disturbing aspect of this interagency working group is, after it imposes multibillions of dollars in restrictions on the food industry, there is no evidence of any impact on the scourge of childhood obesity,” said Dan Jaffe, executive vice president of the Association of National Advertisers.

The “Interagency Working Group on Food Marketed to Children, Preliminary Proposed Nutrition Principles to Guide Industry Self-Regulation Efforts” says it is voluntary, but industry officials say the intent is clear: Do it, or else.

“When regulators strongly suggest a course of action, it’s treated as a rule, not a suggestion,” said Scott Faber, vice president of federal affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers Association. “Industry tends to heed these suggestions from our regulators, and this administration has made it clear they are willing to regulate if we don’t implement their proposal.”

It’s not just the food industry that will be impacted. Hundreds of television shows that depend on the advertising revenue, such as the Nickelodeon Channel, ESPN, and programs including "American Idol" will be affected, critics of the proposal say—at a cost of $5.8 trillion in marketing expenditures that support up to 20 million American jobs.

If the food is not reformulated, no more ads or promotions on TV, radio, in print, on websites, as well as other digital advertising such as e-mail and text messaging, packaging, and point-of-purchase displays and other in-store marketing tools; product placement in movies, videos, video games, contests, sweepstakes, character licensing and toy branding; sponsorship of events including sport teams and individual athletes; and, philanthropic activity tied to branding opportunities.

That includes softball teams that are sponsored by food companies and school reading programs sponsored by restaurants.

“The Interagency working group recommends that the food industry, through voluntary self-regulatory efforts, make significant improvements in the nutritional quality of foods marketed to children and adolescents ages 2 to 17 years,” the proposal says.

“By the year 2016, all food products within the categories most heavily marketed directly to children should meet two basic nutrition principles. Such foods should be formulated to … make a meaningful contribution to a healthful diet and minimize the content of nutrients that could have a negative impact on health and weight.”

The foods most heavily marketed directly to children and adolescents fall into 10 categories: “breakfast cereals, snack foods, candy, dairy products, baked goods, carbonated beverages, fruit juice and non-carbonated beverages, prepared foods and meals, frozen and chilled desserts, and restaurant foods.”

Beth Johnson, a dietician for Food Directions in Maryland, said many of the foods targeted in this proposal are the same foods approved by the federal government for the WIC nutrition program for women, infants and children.

“This doesn’t make any sense whatsoever,” Johnson said. “It’s not going to do anything to help with obesity. These are decisions I want to make for my kids. These should not be government decisions.”


Audrey Hudson, an award-winning investigative journalist, is a Congressional Correspondent for HUMAN EVENTS. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court.

Link (http://www.warriorsfortruth.com/obama-food-policies-restrictions.html)

megimoo
06-28-2011, 03:24 PM
Where have you been?



Link (http://www.warriorsfortruth.com/obama-food-policies-restrictions.html)Save your typing finger .She' knows all about it. She's just parroting the DNC talking points to make her silly little case.

AmPat
06-28-2011, 06:52 PM
How is she trying to control every bite we eat here in America?

:rolleyes:
Translation:
I'm a liberal so I want to justify through any means another liberal's actions.
;)

Rockntractor
06-28-2011, 07:02 PM
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/michelle_obama_fat_cartoon_m-e1297790080493.jpg

Rockntractor
06-28-2011, 07:06 PM
http://i686.photobucket.com/albums/vv230/upyourstruly/Michelle-Obama-fat-hippo-eating-Political-humor.jpg

Articulate_Ape
06-28-2011, 08:04 PM
Save your typing finger .She' knows all about it. She's just parroting the DNC talking points to make her silly little case.


I hear ya, Megi, but I believe in countering horseshit for any open-minded noobs that might lurk or read back on this stuff. Liberals win when people stop calling them out because of the apparent futility of speaking truth to ears made deaf by indoctrination.