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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nearly $500K to Send Michelle, Family to Africa

By Rick Pearcey • October 4, 2011, 04:49 PM

Mark Tapscott writes at the Washington Examiner:

How much does it cost taxpayers to fly First Lady Michelle Obama, her two daughters and her mother, a niece and a nephew, a hairstylist and makeup artists to South Africa and Botswana to give a few speeches, meet Nelson Mandela, and enjoy a safari on a private game preserve?

Nearly half a million dollars, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) concerning Obama's June 21-27 journey.

Well, it may be expensive, but at least the Queen's entourage is in good hands.

How can that be, you ask?

Tapscott reassures us: "The Obama daughters were listed on the manifest as 'senior staff'."

Whew! The kids as "senior staff." Was worried there for a minute. Glad somebody's helping Michelle mind the store.

Hat tip: Drudge Report