|(courtesy Scooter Van Neuter at (Big Hairy News)|
Seems that the First freeloader have done it again. They've sent the FLOTUS on a safari to Africa and invented some flimsy pretext to charge off part of the trip to us (emphasis added):
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.
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.
Right now, I am too flummoxed to comment further but there's a whiskey front advancing on the Warplanner household later tonight and I will take advantage of such a target-rich environment.
But for now, to quote Martin Sheen in Apocalypse Now, "Oh man, the bullsh*t piled up so high around here, you needed wings to stay above it.."