President Obama letting taxpayers pick up part of the tab for his ‘birthday present’ to Michelle?

Our selfless president has given the First Lady a birthday present — the gift of leaving her behind in Hawaii:

President Barack Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha left their vacation in Hawaii on Saturday, but left First Lady Michelle Obama behind on the islands, according to news agency reports. The president reportedly let his wife stay on in Hawaii with friends as a “birthday present.” Michelle Obama will turn 50 years old on Jan. 17.

What a nice gift, though I’m not sure which one the present is really for.

And of course, Barack’s “gift” to Michelle is at least partly paid for by taxpayers:

It is a birthday present whose costs, in separate travel and security expenses, are likely to be borne, in part, by taxpayers. On a previous occasion, when Mrs. Obama left for a Hawaii vacation in advance of her husband, the additional cost to the Treasury was estimated to be at least $63,000, and potentially upwards of $100,000.

Remember these classics?

Michelle Obama: “…someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

Barack Obama: “Shared sacrifice.”

President Obama’s present might have been intended for his wife, but both of them have given the country the gift of laughter through tears.

Author: Doug Powers

Doug Powers is a writer, editor and commentator covering news of the day from a conservative viewpoint with an occasional shot of irreverence and a chaser of snark. Townhall Media writer/editor. alum. Bowling novice. Long-suffering Detroit Lions fan. Contact: