Friday, August 6, 2010

Michelle Obama - #2016 - Spanish Police Close Public Beach for Michelle Obama's $250,000 Spanish Holiday - Mail online

Michelle Obama today faced a fresh wave of attacks over her lavish break in Spain with 40 friends, which could easily cost U.S. taxpayers a staggering £50,000 a day.
The First Lady has been lambasted for her extravagance at a time when the economy is still struggling. One blogger went so far as to brand her a modern-day Marie Antoinette.
And her critics will be further annoyed when they learn that the president's wife had a Spanish beach closed off today so that she, her daughter and their entourage could go for a swim.
Spanish police cleared off a stretch of beach at the Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella after the Obamas had finished a busy day of sightseeing........
The per diems for the secret service team runs at around £172 each, which amounts to nearly £60,000 for the length of the summer break.  Use of Air Force Two, the Air Force version of a 757, comes in at £91,900 for the round trip. This does not include time on the ground.  Mrs Obama's personal staff, of which there are an unknown amount and who might cost considerably more per day, also have to be taken into account.  The American public will also cover the cost of the only official part of the holiday, a visit to the Spanish royal family on the island of Majorca.  This will involve transport there and back for the entourage - as well as travel, accommodation, food and expenses for all while on the island.
Conservative estimates already put the total cost at £150,000. With Majorca to come, the bill will be more like £250,000.  Back in the U.S., anger was mounting - especially as it has emerged the First Lady will have enjoyed eight holidays by the end of the summer.  Read more......  Notice all the articles regarding the money being spent is the U.K., not the American Press.  If Laura Bush had come close to these expenditures, the Congress would be called back into session, but she has way too much class and humility.


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