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Leaked: Obama Daughters Listed as “Senior Staff” In White House $424,000 Africa Trip

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A FOIA request was submitted by Judicial Watch and the documents revealed a few things we never knew.  The total trip was estimated to be greater than $424,000, and it seems that the Obama girls are catagorized as “Senior Staff”.

We can only wonder what their salaries are.

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

Washington, DC — October 4, 2011
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.”

USAF Obama Africa Trip Docs


  • Greg

    Hey don’t pick on the kids. This is not right(the fudging), but please don’t take the opportunity to unload on the kids. Their dad is open season.

    • Chris Lamar

      Here here…
      The problem is that this hoax was disproven long ago.. yet the douches that own this crap blog keep posting the same known dishonest statements.. Making us conservatives look like nuts and pretty well guaranteeing Hillary the White House in 2016 since no one will want to be associated with such absurdities

      • munkeephun

        Please cite your sources showing this to be a hoax. Hillary “What Difference Does It Make?” Clinton will never be president.

        • Chris Lamar

          Tell ya what, if she does win, can we stop all these completely fake sites like this… since they make the conservative movement look like a bunch of sheep who are willing to drink any amount of BS?
          Seriously, we are getting what we are asking for by promoting such obvious fake info as real. It makes our cause look equally fake

      • TheHutMaster

        Ho Bag Hillary will be in Jail, far before 2016.

        • Chris Lamar

          It’s this BS that keeps the center from voting with the right… they don’t want to be associated with nutty statements like that

      • Vicki L. Walker

        This is NOT a hoax…this is for real! Check it out by looking in the newspapers…

        • Brenda Norris

          OMG, another person who believes everything they read in the newspapers.

          • bat62

            Brenda Norris. Think. If it was even mentioned in the newspapers which to a fault have always been favorable to the Obamas, you might be the one who wants to do a little more checking. I do know this. Obama has used more tax dollars for pleasure than ANY other president in office. We can agree to disagree on this particular issue. However, I know he has spent, and continues to spend, our country into a dark abyss. The debt he has accumulated will be on the backs of not only our children but our grandchildren’s children. Now, please tell me again why you continue to put up with his obvious lies on so many issues and his careless disregard for the American people, not to mention his total rudeness and disregard to our stanchest allies, not to mention his appalling failure to our military? I really don’t get people like you who cannot see the forest for the trees.

    • Jim Balbo

      Why not their hacks like their mom and dad

  • Jace Mindue

    This is bullshit they need to pay for the bill themselves and the kids are the problem they are given seniority as white house information they can leak classified info. The current administration has gone way to far impeach therm all

  • oscar

    This article did not pick on the kids. It listed facts.

    • Greg

      You right O, but I was referring to comments. No need to pick on the kids for what their father is doing to our country and the people. Chris I don’t believe this is a hoax. The papers are right there to see. Rand in ’16.

      • InigoMontoya

        Once Obama lists them as “senior staff” they are part of the administration. That makes them fair game.

  • The Truth

    The white house has been his personal bank account since 2009

  • pjw01

    But yet you will not see the IRS doing a thing about it. This President has done NOTHING GOOD for our country. All he does is take advantage of our tax dollars. We can not take another 3 years of his abuse.

  • Chris Lamar

    Old hoax being reposted for this blog network to have some form of text to sell their crap ads with.

  • John

    Chris where is your proof that this is an old hoax?

    • Chris Lamar

      http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/o/obama-daughters-staffers-051512.htm

      anyone who has been in the military knows what a fun puzzle flight manifests are. This is a dumb distraction… not a conspiracy

      • ynghe

        Ummm, doesn’t it say it is true?

        • Mack McNamee

          “A White House senior official told ABC that ‘The Obama daughters were not listed as Senior Staff – that only designates the area of the plane where they were seated.’ The spokesperson added that the ‘Air Force categorizes the passengers by compartment on the plane.’” So it’s not that they’re listed as senior staff, it’s that they’re sitting in the part of the plane designated as “senior staff”. It also shows that that monetary figure is what is calculated as the cost for the plane’s overhead and maintenance even if it weren’t used.

          • Rate Dermatologist

            THIS^^^

            ynghe is a moron if he didn’t read such a basic accounting technique,. You morons are the reason we won reelection

  • CowboyUp Mayer

    Typical Liberal spending Tax Payer money to travel and go on vacations on the Peoples dime Way to set an example of fiscal responsibility OJACKASS !

  • leslie green

    Just why have my tax dollars been spent of Michele and her Kids for a vacation? Really, that is an abuse of power… and this Hawaii trip, I can just imagine the cost that will be passed on to us…I guess they feel “entitled” , like royalty… Truly, I would rather spend my tax dollars on those that are in need, or something that MERITS, the money. Neither the President nor his family Merit, my hard earned dollars… What a crock of s-it we’re being forced to swallow. It’s disgusting.

  • Angela Castellani

    they sure do need to pay it themselves, jeez some of us cant even put meat in our freezer to feed our kids like myself and go without clothes , i only have 2 pair of pants and they both have holes in the legs of them, and i have to hand wash our clothes in the tub every night , but you can bet they never go hungry and everyone does everything for them so they never have to suffer, while us americans that are low income suffer the most.

    • Fenderless33

      Angela, give up the internet and your i phone for a year so you can afford to eat and buy new cloths!

      • ynghe

        How do you know she is even in her home on HER internet. The library has internet for free. What a jackass comment. You must be mad that we are talking ill of your Obama then?

      • Leslie Neff Anderson

        Hey Fenderless33 I’ve been in her shoes and don’t be too judgmental you may get your turn.

      • peaches

        A person needs to have ready access to the net nowadays. The working poor struggle to make ends meet, God bless them please. The right holes in jeans can and do look cool. I just had home made bean tostadas for my families dinner tonight. A nutritious, but inexpensive meal. We put finely chopped red cabbage, romaine lettuce, extra sharp cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and our various sauces, with Knudson sour cream on top. Yum. I am not a vegetarian, but I buy cheaply, and enjoy the sales. I just bought the last of the Christmas hams at our Safeway for less than $7.00. We are still enjoying meals from it. We don’t hunt at all, but eat well and eat fresh or frozen foods to make the most of our freezer space. I have notice than my frail 86 yr old mom who gets 2 Activia yougurts a day never gets sick. Her immune system is built up more than mine. I can hold off aweek, when my hubby who never eats yogurt always gets sick first. I will now eat 2 yougurts a day. No one wants to come down with any of the nasty diseases that are spread each winter. ‘Nuff said. I think the President is a narcisist who enjoys satisfying his ego and desires no matter what the cost to our country.

  • bdgshv

    Just another 1/2 and 1/2 family misusing gov funds.

  • Melissa V

    LMFAO @senior staff members his daughters are leeches just like their parents

  • Dennis Davis

    Obama should be Hung for Treason..Enough Said.

    • Scott Pendleton

      That would be to easy, Take everything from him, Let him wonder how to make ends meet every month, Because Who would ever hire this man with his given history……

      • fenderless33

        All liberals would hire him or he could go back to chicago and run for mayor ( most likely would win ) .

  • atlanta1941

    come on everyone, everyone in gov does this and those kids will never have a normal life, give them a break. and this has nothing to do with how lousy a president their father is or how dishonest he is.

  • Mike

    I really hope that no one thinks that this is a real news source. This story actually happened almost 2.5 years ago. How about not posting garbage like this on the Internet? Oh, wait… you hate democrats, and dare I say, that you hate the Obamas for more disgusting reasons so you like to vilify them for every single thing. Did you make up this sort of crap when any of the Bush wives went on officially sanctioned trips? Their daughters sat in the senior staff area of the plane… WITH THEIR MOTHER. Get real, folks.

    http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/10/04/michelle-obamas-africa-vacation-cost-more-than-432142

    • Linda Patterson

      Liberals have got to be the most stupid people on the earth, lay off the kool aid for a while.

      • Mike

        I’m not a liberal. I look for the truth and I’m smart enough to know not to trust websites like this that write news for people who are off their meds.

  • GreatGrandma

    This is part of what is wrong with the way our government spends money. Suppose that the trip for the first lady was legitimate. The Obama’s should have paid for the family members and if she needs make up and hair stylist that is personal not government expense. She does warrant Secret Service protection paid for by us. Now if you charge the Obamas for their part of the cost haw much would we not have to pay?
    I would like to see some rules put in place for what the Government officials can do at our expense. I know it wouldn’t get done in time to affect the Obamas but it needs to get done.

    • George Rainha

      I’ll bet the trip wouldn’t have been so lavish.

  • Wizsteve Wiz

    In other news today they got the go ahead to repaint the white house black,,,,,,,

    • Brenda Norris

      Hmmm. Another racist remark.

      • Jim Balbo

        Because you are so much better tea bagging Whore

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  • Linda Patterson

    WHat a bunch of bs, maybe 424,000 per hour for the trip. these are the biggest leeches in the world, who paid to bring her back from hawaii, we did, they are truly the two most dishonorable and useless people on the face of the earth,

  • Tony Donato

    I know this is an ongoing issue with Obama doing wtf he wants when the F*** he wants………… BUT can’t her be impeached or just thrown the F*** out ??

  • Daniel Dudley

    All you need to know to know about the impartial and objective nature of Judicial Watch and their motives is Type “Obama” in the search field and then type “Bush” into it.

    Obama- 1498 articles
    Bush- 292 articles (most are related to Obama with Bush as comparison)

    They are completely looking out for the interests of the country and have no political agenda… LOL…

  • David Gardner

    Fraud, waste and abuse of tax payers money, cut and dried.

  • Rick

    Dear fellow tax payers, it is very funny how short our memories get. The last last family, the family before them, and The family before them have done the same thing and it will continue to happen as long as keep electing the same politicians to office. So in the short we get what we vote for. So how about this Term limits for all politicians.

  • Sarissa Goodman

    they say the trips were work related… they spent our money to take them… I say we get to write off the expenses hehe

  • Wyoming BORN

    what do ya expect from a lying african? obama is nothing more than a greasy assed NIGGER

    • Brenda Norris

      Exactly the sort of remark I would expect from a tea bagging redneck.

      • North.South

        First of all, do you even KNOW what “teabagging” is? I laugh every time someone calls a Tea party member that, Im not even a Tea party member, Secondly, I grew up in Chicago, CHICAGO, there are more racists there, more people who use the “N” word than I have EVER heard now living in NC. And lets see, How did people get called “Redneck”? There are 2 different opinions, neither being bad. First dates back to the HARD WORKING PEOPLE, who worked sun up to sun down, whole bodies covered with clothing except what, their necks. So they would get sunburn. Second opinion is the red bandannas that the confederates wore as opposed to the yellow ones the Union wore. I live in NC now and have never met ONE person who gets offended by being called a “Redneck” because they know it means they are hard workers. So try harder at finding words to insult people because those arent cuttin it, Or perhaps you should just try NOT to insult people, no matter what they say why respond in kind. As my dear Mom always said “Kill em with kindness” and “Consider the source”. Words to live by

      • Wyoming BORN

        rather be a tea bagging redneck than a NIGGER lover!!! yes… NIGGER!!!

      • Jim Balbo

        Yeah I bet you like to tea bag EWWWWW

  • jay

    I ask everyone to try this Social Network called ParkPlace at http://www.ParkPlace.it
    — it’s neat, easy to use, and more collection for your favorites.

  • mike r

    9 meals per person?

  • Brenda Norris

    Another load of crap from a bunch of ignorant tea partying republicans.

    • D. Lee

      You take a great deal upon yourself, as so many progressives and liberals do, by calling people with other opinions disparaging names. It seems this is the main weaponry at your disposal since you cannot add any real information to any discussion of what is occuring in our nation or our world.You are reduced to denegrating entire party affiliations. No.1: Tea Party members are not, of necessity, Republican. In point of fact the Tea Party is a seperate entity altogether. So, for you to call anyone an “ignorant tea partying republican” is incorrect on more than one level. Since you make such ridiculous and unfounded claims about Tea Party members “ignorant” “redneck”, etc. I will leap right to the conclusion that you have not familiarized yourself with their ideologies or thoughts. Hate to be the bubble burster here, but I suspect there are many more deserving of these labels (though noone deserves to be called such) in the other mainstream parties. Tea Party members tend to be very thoughtful, informed and patriotic. Also most are much more apt to debate issues and offer reasons for their beliefs rather than bullying and namecalling such as you choose to do.

    • Jim Balbo

      Better then a Lezbo eating Rachel Maddow whore

  • John

    Traitors and enemies of America! Hang Obama and Mooochelle!

  • stanley

    FIRST. Is this standard procedure when kids/relatives accompany first families? Thinking of Hillary’s brothers? Chelsea? Bush girls were older so weren’t around as much. Did Bush senior take any grandkids/kids along on the same sort of trips? Not too sure what the value of Michelle O meeting with Mandela brought to the table. I can understand her taking her kid’s cousins along but this whole trip seems a bit strange. Like a lot of other things.

  • mlb_1902

    And we wonder why our country is in such a mess. We have greedy people making the laws, greedy president, greedy ape lady, greedy congress and the rest of the elected officials. IRS is run by shysters who get to party big time, take trips and are nothing but stupid idiots to allow so many illegals with out kids or allowing them to rent kids or the kids they claim are still in Mexico and the idiots working for IRS allowed all of this to take place and the biggest joke yet is thousands of checks went to the same address. Not even a bum from skid row would question how thousands of famlies could live in one house and get so many checks from the governmnent at one address.
    All of this came out when ape lady and her family and friends went on vacation and the girls were listed as senior staff. Has anyone checked to see how many millions the Obamas have made since they started squatting in the white house? Not long ago an article said they were now multi millionairs. Bet the girls have a nice bank account built up while college graduates can’t find a job or if they do it is for minimum wages.
    I guess I could have a good nest egg built up if the tax payers paid for everything. I love to see the comments coming from the elected idiots saying the people on SS are like welfare reciepents and that we are on the dole. They get free everything, they get big salaries for not doing much and they get all these perks and yet they continue to bitch about what the senior citizens get. They may think we are bums and costing the government money and we are of no use because we only cost the government and we can’t work and put money back in for the gay illegal and the idiots to spend.
    I am proud to be an American and I am a legal citizen unlike that gay illegal squatting in the white house. He is a user, he is not a legal president but there is not one of the elected idiots that have the balls big enough to investigate him. Sheriff Joe did and now he is on the hit list of the gay illegal. I am using my freedom of speech in saying what I say and I am not making threats and I can still legally do that as long as I don’t make threats. The greedy elected officials make how much money per month? All they do is give them raises, fight between each other and walk out. This is 2014 wonder when they will be giving themselves another raise?
    These greedy bast–ds complain about giving the unemployed an extension on their benefits. Why you say it is because they feel entitled. Those greedy basta–s in elected positions feel they are entitled. Kick everyone of them out of office but start with the gay boy, Nancy P, Harry R, Holder and the rest of them and elect people who care about the country and the citizens and not all about the illegal. Obama wants to give the illegal special rights but then again what can we expect after he gave his aunt the right to stay here after she was told to get out 4 times and now he allowed his drunk uncle to stay but what else can we expect from a gay illegal.

  • J R Moses

    Elections coming in November. The only way to slow this jerk down is to vote out ALL democrats in the house and senate. Without them he is truly a lame duck for the last two years. As for the lousy republicans……..and there are plenty of them also……..dump those jerks in the PRIMARIES. But in the general elections………NO democrats………PERIOD. Then we let the rest know that if they do not shape up and start governing for the PEOPLE as they were elected to do………we’ll be back in ’16 to toss their butts too.

  • disqus_BtLHgPHkwG

    I cannot believe she actually pays some one to do her hair that way. Time to look for a new hair dresser and make up artist.

  • Deborah Oldham

    Get out of our WHITE HOUSE.!!!!!!

  • K Edwards

    wake up America your about to disappear

    • Jim Balbo

      The dollar will crash this year. and chaos will reign. It is mathematically impossible to pay our debt off, with this new 1.1. tril deal It will push us over 18 trill debt and it can not be paid back even if we cut all these programs running.

  • Anti ObamaHolder

    The White House has been invaded by moochers who have wasted more money on bull shit vacations and other luxeries that no other President has ever done and it’s an example about just how SELFISH they are and how little they care about America and those who are poor, jobless and losing their homes. These leaches need to be evacuated from the White House and into a prison cell where the lot belong for treason and theft. Obama is a sorry waste of human skin who lies anytime he speaks and who uses the treasury like his personal bank account. He knew full well about the attack that killed four Americans but ignored it. He had full knowledge of Fast and furious but did nothing, and he provided weapons to the enemy of this country. OBAMA YOU HAVE NO RESPECT AND NEED TO GO. Take that leach aunt with you as soon as your out of office she will be DEPORTED.

  • garygramscom

    We should never pick on politician kids…. senior staff are open game

  • JESUS FREAK

    928.44 dollars on 192 meals comes out to less than 5$ a meal. Which is much less then I spend when I am traveling. Frankly 12k/hour to run air force one with the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES on it seems reasonable, not impeachable. We want our presidents to be secured and that costs money, period. Keeping his own staff on board when the President travels, not unheard of. All presidents keep staff around including media staff. This story is interesting but lacks depth and doesn’t tell me what I want to know. Were the girls paid? If so, how much? How much was this trip compared to others of this administration? What about compared to other administrations?

    The reactionary comments here show that so many ignoramuses post comments (for instance “Obama should be Hung for Treason” “his daughters are leeches just like their parents” “Ho Bag Hillary will be in Jail, far before 2016″). At least this blog doesn’t claim fair and balanced.

  • Jim Balbo

    I would say he has committed all of these in some way or form

    Impeachable Offenses

    Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.” In his report, Independent Counsel, Starr accuses President Clinton of committing eleven acts for which he could be removed from office by impeachment. Are any of those acts “Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors?” Well, that’s up to the members of the House of Representatives. According to constitutional lawyers, “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” are (1) real criminality — breaking a law; (2) abuses of power; (3) “violation of public trust” as defined by Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers. In 1970, then Representative Gerald R. Ford defined impeachable offenses as “whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history.” An excellent definition, Mr. Former President. In the past, Congress has issued Articles of Impeachment for acts in three general categories:

    Exceeding the constitutional bounds of the powers of the office.

    Behavior grossly incompatible with the proper function and purpose of the office.

    Employing the power of the office for an improper purpose or for personal gain.

  • peaches

    I sure hope they had fun at our expense. They like living the hi-life. It is disgusting, this display of flagrant thumb-nosing at the American taxpayer. The kids are unaware of what their parents are actually doing. Barry and Michelle really should be ashamed of themselves. I know they wont’ have any shame at all.

  • Skylark

    You know, a 30-second Google search would tell you this was proven false back in 2011:

    http://abcnews.go.com/politics/t/blogEntry?id=14667939&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F