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Michelle Obama listed her daughters as “Senior Staff" on an expense report

Old 03-31-13, 06:27 PM
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Michelle Obama listed her daughters as “Senior Staff" on an expense report

This is really despicable. But I also guess that to her, lying on an expense report like this is considered completely normal. You can take the person out of the corrupt Chicago political system, but you can't take the corrupt Chicago political system out of the person.

Also, even if they really were "senior staff," that would mean that she violated the child labor laws, and she also violated the minimum wage law if she didn't give them a paycheck.

In addition, when Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act request on this, the request was illegally denied, by "the most transparent administration in history." Only after they filed a lawsuit were they able to get the information.

The trip also included her makeup person and her hair stylist. Why can't she do her makeup and hair on her own for a few days? Is she really so spoiled that she can't even go a few days without those people?


http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-r...rip-to-africa/

Judicial Watch Obtains Documents Detailing the Cost to Taxpayers for Michelle Obama’s Family Trip to Africa

October 04, 2011

Charges for the Aircraft and Crew Alone Amount to $424,142

Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained mission expense records and passenger manifests from the United States Air Force related to the June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by First Lady Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch obtained the documents pursuant to an August 19, 2011, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Air Force (No. 11-1496)). Judicial Watch is investigating the purpose and itinerary of the trip as well as a breakdown of the costs to taxpayers.

On June 28, 2011, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request seeking the mission taskings, transportation records, and passenger manifests for Michelle Obama’s Africa trip. Documents were only provided after Judicial Watch filed suit:

According to U.S. Department of Defense’s published hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip, Judicial Watch calculated the total cost to American taxpayers was $424,142 for use of the aircraft (34.8 flight hours x $12,188 per hour). (The C-32 is a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757.) Other expenses – meals (off the plane), transportation, security, various services, etc. – have yet to be disclosed.

The passenger manifests confirm the presence of Obama’s daughter’s, Malia and Sasha on the trip. The two girls are listed as “Senior Staff.” The manifests also list Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, and niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson, as well Mrs. Obama’s makeup and hairstylist (Carl Ray and Johnny Wright).

The expense records also show $928.44 was spent for “bulk food” purchases on flight. Overall, during the trip, 192 meals were served for the 21 passengers on board.

The professed purpose of Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and Botswana was to encourage young people living in the two growing democracies to become involved in national affairs; and during her scheduled stops in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa and in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, the First Lady used the opportunity to speak on education, health and wellness issues.The trip also included such tourist events as visits to historical landmarks and museums, plus a nonworking chance to send time with Nelson Mandela, a meeting that Mrs. Obama described as “surreal.” The trip ended with a private family safari at a South African game reserve before the group returned to Washington on June 27.“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.”
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How 60 sec. of Googling beats (god knows how many) hours of Grundling:

“The Obama daughters were not listed as Senior Staff – that only designates the area of the plane where they were seated. The Air Force categorizes the passengers by compartment on the plane.”

" ...that private safari was designated as a private event and paid for personally.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...s-africa-trip/
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grundle - Keeping Snopes busy for 8 years now.
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...and during her scheduled stops in Petoria and Cape Town, South Africa and in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, the First Lady used the opportunity to speak on education, health and wellness issues.


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How 60 sec. of Googling beats (god knows how many) hours of Grundling:

“The Obama daughters were not listed as Senior Staff – that only designates the area of the plane where they were seated. The Air Force categorizes the passengers by compartment on the plane.”

" ...that private safari was designated as a private event and paid for personally.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...s-africa-trip/
Wow, grundle. Next time maybe spend less time posting and more time fact checking.

Ah, I couldn't even type that with a straight face. Keep wasting your time, grundle!

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Nice fact check. I figured it wouldn't matter anyway. No matter what they were listed as, I don't think they are charged for their kids going with them on trips.
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It's really a shame that grundle got this wrong, because normally he's such a bastion of verification and thoughtfulness.
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grundled. Yet again.
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Am I the only one who keeps reading these threads just to see what grundle got wrong?
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Am I the only one who keeps reading these threads just to see what grundle got wrong?

Not at all. This is where his magic happens.
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Am I the only one who keeps reading these threads just to see what grundle got wrong?
Nope.
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It's not just grundle, but all the people posting this sort of thing on facebook and elsewhere are so overwhelmingly wrong so many times, I wonder why they don't ever double-check their info after, you know, like the 10th time they were proven wrong.
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It's not just grundle, but all the people posting this sort of thing on facebook and elsewhere are so overwhelmingly wrong so many times, I wonder why they don't ever double-check their info after, you know, like the 10th time they were proven wrong.
It's simple - they hate Obama and look for any means to justify that hatred. So if they find an article, the post it because it confirms what they already believe. Even if they are proven wrong 10 times, the 11th will be the one that brings down that Muslim-loving socialist.

At least it gives us something to talk about. Too bad grundle won't be back to admit his mistake.
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And, to be fair, there are those that love Obama and will use any means to justificy their position .
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It's simple - they hate Obama and look for any means to justify that hatred. So if they find an article, the post it because it confirms what they already believe. Even if they are proven wrong 10 times, the 11th will be the one that brings down that Muslim-loving socialist.

At least it gives us something to talk about. Too bad grundle won't be back to admit his mistake.
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And, to be fair, there are those that love Obama and will use any means to justificy their position .
No, that's not "fair" at all, as you're applying a false equivalence. People's clinging to lies in order to justify their love of Obama is no where near the level of those trying to justify their hate.
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What's sad is that the Obama administration is doing so much to piss people off already that making up stuff just feels like overkill. Also making stuff up distracts from what the administration is doing.
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Too bad grundle won't be back to admit his mistake.
As grundle as grundle is, that's a bit of a mischaracterization. I've seen him politely admit to having things wrong quite a few times here. His threads are obviously some of the more outrageous that get posted, but he's better than a lot of posters on admitting he misunderstood something or pulled from a source that was wrong.
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Had Grundle waited one more day he could have retreated to a "April Fools!" excuse to salvage some dignity.
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He long ago abandoned all hope of dignity.
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How 60 sec. of Googling beats (god knows how many) hours of Grundling:

“The Obama daughters were not listed as Senior Staff – that only designates the area of the plane where they were seated. The Air Force categorizes the passengers by compartment on the plane.”

" ...that private safari was designated as a private event and paid for personally.”

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...s-africa-trip/


Thanks!

I was wrong. The article that I posted was wrong.

If this had been World Net Daily, I certainly would have looked for a better source. But I had thought that Judicial Watch was a reliable source. But at least in this case, I was wrong about them.
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Thanks!

I was wrong. The article that I posted was wrong.

If this had been World Net Daily, I certainly would have looked for a better source. But I had thought that Judicial Watch was a reliable source. But at least in this case, I was wrong about them.
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Thanks!

I was wrong. The article that I posted was wrong.

If this had been World Net Daily, I certainly would have looked for a better source. But I had thought that Judicial Watch was a reliable source. But at least in this case, I was wrong about them.
I think you need a nice long vacation....from posting.
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But I had thought that Judicial Watch was a reliable source. But at least in this case, I was wrong about them.
Because stuff like this on that site isn't a dead giveaway:



These sites make a living off of feeding into the mindless Facebook Obama hating crowd.

Just a tip, if the thing you are reading concerning Michelle is so outrageous you feel the need to post about it, it's probably not true. The right wing has done their damnedest to drag this woman through the mud and it just doesn't stick. And yes, the FLOTUS should have a hair and makeup person if they want it.
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Michelle Obama shops at Target! Target!!!!
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