The Cost of a FLOTUS Safari with ‘Senior Staff’

I understand the perks that come with the gig and all that surrounds it, but sometimes you have an “oh pah-leez” point, and this is it:

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 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. For more information, go here.

The best part:

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

Let me guess — the government must be reimbursed for children’s travel but taxpayers get to eat the cost of “staff.” Am I getting warm?

Actually it probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to give the daughters a chance at actually being senior staff in the administration — why not? It’s not like they could screw things up any more than the current staff has.

It would be a lot easier to look the other way at this stuff if it didn’t come from the wife of the president who called on Americans to “sacrifice.” In fairness though, the First Lady did say that “someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more.”

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