Have they no shame? These people are burning down our house and robbing us blind.

The Examiner has the story, and links to Judicial Watch which uncovered the sordid details.

How much does it cost taxpayers to fly First Lady Michelle Obama, her two daughters and her mother, a niece and a nephew, a hairstylist and makeup artists to South Africa and Botswana to give a few speeches, meet Nelson Mandela, and enjoy a safari on a private game preserve?

Nearly half a million dollars, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) concerning Obama’s June 21-27 journey.

Judicial Watch said the U.S. Air Force provided a C-32 – a Boeing 757 modified by the military for the purpose of flying big-wigs around the world – to fly the First Lady and her entourage to and from Africa, at a cost of $424,142. Another $928.44 was listed as the cost of providing 192 meals for the 21 people who made the trip

The Obama daughters were listed on the manifest as “senior staff.”

“This trip was as much an opportunity for the Obama family to go on a safari as it was a trip to conduct government business,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “This junket wasted tax dollars and the resources of our overextended military. No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.”

The documents made public by Judicial Watch do not include the total of all costs for the First Lady’s trip, such as expenses for security, transportation on the ground and so forth.

Over at Twitter Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio has a good question:

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  1. El Gordo says:

    The GAO should send these pukes a bill for every vacation charge that they’ve accrued. It’s a common borderline fraud for a business executive to list an entire vacation as a business expense if just one item is business related on a trip. This is what the Urkels are doing and if a “commoner” were to do this they would probably get a visit from the IRS.

  2. Shifra says:

    To answer Tammy’s question: Yes (They have no shame….)

  3. otlset says:

    Other people’s money…

    “You kidding? Barack is out there every day throwing it around by the trillion! This here’s chump change honey.”

  4. NancyB says:

    I love this comment a reader posted at The Washington Examiner site:

    She spends her money at Target. She spends OUR money on everything else.

  5. larrygeary says:

    The Obamas are looters, pure and simple.

  6. careless says:

    I wonder if they sell these trips at Target? Best Kenyan president ever!

  7. kmsimchak says:

    Yes, NO SHAME, nada, nyet, nil! Not only did we pay for their “vacay”, we also used government resources to carry them. There are days where I just want to yell at her “You selfish, egocentric, bitch”. I feel better now.

  8. Maynard says:

    No need to be mean about this. All presidents run up ridiculous personal expenses, although the Obamas do seem a bit extravagant even within that context. Nevertheless, I don’t begrudge Michelle the price of a luxury vacation in Africa. It would be a bargain at twice the price, if not for the cost of her coming back.

  9. dennisl59 says:

    Far be it for me to get ‘catty’, but couldn’t someone in her massive wardrobe staff find a top/shirt/blouse that fit her properly? And doesn’t it look a little like the Seinfeld ‘Puffy’ Shirt too? And her hair? Good Lord. If it were parted down the middle, it’d look like the wig we saw Michael Jackson wearing at his last press conference announcing his concerts in London that never happened.

    Yo! Moochelle! Your large order of cheese fries are ready!

    posted 10/5 700am Texans for Palin Time.

  10. ga_dandelion says:

    I must agree with Maynard, The cost to send her is of little concern to me, however the price to bring her back really burns my biscuits.

  11. otlset says:

    “No wonder we had to sue to pry loose this information.”

    That damn liar in the White House promised us the “most transparent administration in history.”

    I’ve got it! A boxing punching ball on a stand made to look like Obama’s head! I think I’ll make my own facsimile…and start WAILING ON IT!!!

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