Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Michelle Obama’s First Lady Trip To Africa Costing The Taxpayers $500,000

“Everyone must sacrifice for the greater good,” President Obama said back in 2009. “Everyone must sacrifice for the greater good.”

Apparently sacrificing for the “common good” doesn’t preclude the First Lady from making an expense trip to Africa to promote the all-important issue of “youth leadership.”

And forget the expense, think about the carbon footprint.

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.

But it is possible to estimate some of these costs and put a price tag on one of the major expenses – her transportation to and from southern Africa and her trips between cities there.

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.

Sacrifice, I guess, is for the little people.