Published on: August 24, 2011
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White House source: “IT’s DISGUSTING!” as MICHELLE OBAMA blows a whopping $10 million in taxpayer money on ritzy vacations, THE ENQUIRER reports!

With most Americans struggling to make ends meet, first lady Michelle Obama has blown a whopping $10 MILLION in taxpayer money on ritzy vacations in the past year alone!
“It’s disgusting!” a top White House source told The ENQUIRER.
“Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while most hardwork­ing Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.
“When it’s all add­ed up, she’s spent more than $10 million in tax­payer money on her vacations!”
White House sources claim President Barack Obama is “absolutely furious” at his wife’s luxuri­ous, leisure lifestyle but can’t curb her “out-of-control” spending, which in­cludes wild s h o p p i n g sprees, costly massages and her expensive taste in booze.
The Obamas pay for some of Michelle’s personal expenses and travel, but according to a report on the website, “the amount is dwarfed by the over­all cost to the public.”
In August 2010, Michelle and her entourage spent five days at a pricey golf resort in Spain.
The tax­payers’ tab for transportation and security totaled $375,000, prompt­ing one columnist to blast her as a “modern-day Marie Antoinette” for vacationing while the American economy hemorrhaged jobs.
“The vacations are totally Mi­chelle’s idea.She’s like a junkie.
“She can’t schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next – all the while sticking it to hard-working Americans.”

Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations

Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations


The Obamas’ summer break on Martha’s Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.

But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.

White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.

Expensive taste: Michelle Obama, pictured yesterday in West Tisbury, Massachusetts, has been accused of spending $10m of public money on vacationsExpensive taste: Michelle Obama, pictured yesterday in Massachusetts, has been accused of spending $10m of public money on vacations

Branding her ‘disgusting’ and ‘a vacation junkie’, they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol.


The ‘top source’ told the National Enquirer: ‘It’s disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her  privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely  afford a week or two off work.

‘When it’s all added up, she’s spent more than $10million in taxpayers’ money on her vacations.’

His and her jets: The President and his wife, who are spending nine days on Martha's Vineyard, have come under fire for travelling on separate planesHis and her jets: The President and his wife, who are spending nine days on Martha’s Vineyard, have come under fire for travelling on separate planes

The First Lady is believed to have  taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving  costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an  estimated $50,000 a week.

The source continued: ‘Michelle also enjoys drinking  expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf  vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

‘The vacations are totally Michelle’s idea. She’s like a junkie. She can’t schedule enough getaways, and she  lives from one to the next – all the while sticking it to hardworking  Americans.’

The Obama administration was forced to pull a warning about racism in Spain - just as the First Lady arrived in the country for a summer holidayTravelling in style: Mrs Obama during her $375,000 trip to Spain last year

A bevy of bodyguards surrounds the U.S. First Lady and eldest daughter as they take a stroll on the Costa del Sol

High security: Bodyguards surround the First Lady and youngest daughter Sasha as they take a stroll on the Costa del Sol

While the  President and his wife do pay for some of their personal expenses from  their own pocket, the website says that the amount paid by the couple is ‘dwarfed by the overall cost to the public’.

The magazine also reported that Mrs Obama, whose fashion choices are widely followed, had been going on ‘wild shopping sprees’, much to the  distress of her husband, who, its sources reveal, is ‘absolutely  furious’ at his wife’s ‘out-of-control spending’.

The President has already come under fire this week over his decision to take a family vacation while millions of Americans are out of work and countless more are financially strapped.

Chilled: The President enjoys an ice cream with his daughters as he relaxes on his Christmas holiday in HawaiiLuxury break: The President and his family, pictured in December, splashed out more than $1.5million on a Christmas holiday in Hawaii

Tranquil: A Coast Guard patrol dingy rides up the canal near the house in Kailua where President Obama is staying ‘Winter White House’: The property in Kailua cost $38,000 to rent

But the situation sparked further anger after he and his wife elected to fly separately to the Massachusetts retreat – despite travelling on the same day.

Mr Obama left the White House aboard Marine One on his way to Andrews Air  Force base to hitch a lift aboard Air Force One – along with First Dog  Bo.

After landing at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station, he then took a final helicopter to his holiday destination to complete the remarkable 500-mile journey.

His wife and daughters, who arrived just four hours earlier, were also travelling from Washington, but took a specially designed military aircraft.

They would also have had their own motorcade from the airport to the vacation residence.



The exact cost is unclear as Mrs Obama and her 40 friends footed many personal expenses, such as hotels and meals themselves.

But the U.S. taxpayer would have paid for the First Lady’s 68-strong security detail, personal staff, and use of presidential jet Air Force Two.

Per diems for the secret service team runs at around $281 each – nearly $98,000 for the length of the summer break.

Use of Air Force Two, the Air Force version of a 757, comes in at $149,900 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 might cost considerably more per day, should also be taken into account.


According to the Hawaii Reporter, the bill for the $1.5m trip included:

  • $63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President.
  • $1,000,000 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One.
  • $38,000 for the ‘Winter White House’ beach property rental.
  • $16,000 to rent nearby homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals.
  • $134,000 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel.
  • $251,000 in police overtime.
  • $10,000 for an ambulance to be on hand at all times


Mrs Obama and her daughters stayed at the Sebastian hotel on Vail Mountain, where rooms cost more than $2,400 for  multi-bedroom suites.

The family appear to have flown there on Air Force Two.

They were escorted to the resort by a motorcade of about a dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement officers


The Blue Heron Farm estate, where the Obama family are currently staying, rents for about $50,000 a week.

According to U.S. News and World Report, the Coast Guard is required to keep ships floating near the property, the presidential helicopter and jet remain at the ready and security agents will be on 24-hour duty.

News column: Obama a ‘living and breathing nightmare’


News column: Obama a ‘living and breathing nightmare’


‘Leading the American empire – and rest of the world with it – into a dark  abyss’

Posted: August 23, 2011
6:30 pm Eastern

© 2011 WND


An Israeli news columnist is scorching Barack Obama as possibly  the worst U.S. president in history, calling him “a living and breathing  nightmare.”


Yigal  Walt of Ynetnews says Obama “is solidifying his status as the worst  president in American history. The leader who promised us a bright  future of peace and fraternity is leading the American empire – and the rest of  the world with it – into a dark abyss.”

“Ever since he settled into the Oval Office, Obama has been hopping from one  disaster to the next, making every possible mistake, boosting enemies and  disregarding allies while ruining everything he touches in the process,” Walt  writes.

“The  Return of the Great Depression” warns everyone “it is not over. It has only  begun” …

He says Obama was silent when the masses hit Iran’s street and threatened to  topple the ayatollah’s regime.

“Why should he support a struggle waged by freedom-hungry citizens against a  radical Islamic dictatorship and chronic human rights violator? And so, a rare  opportunity to change the face of a state that today constitutes the gravest  threat to world and regional peace slipped away.”


Instead, Walt says, Obama buddied up to Syrian President Bashar Assad and  remained silent, again, when Assad started butchering his own people.

“For the time being, Obama keeps muttering, Assad keeps murdering, and the  world keeps watching and doing nothing,” Walt writes.

Obama is also criticized for allegedly eroding NATO in the effort to oust  Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi.

“And so, the once-intimidating NATO alliance found itself entangled above  Libya’s deserts for long months in a ‘battle of giants’ against a state whose  army is sometimes reminiscent of a Jenin street gang from a decade ago,” says  Walt. “Now, with Gadhafi’s rule finally drawing to an end, the president kindly  took time off from his vacation to festively declare that the future is  in the Libyan people’s hands – while local tribes are preparing for the imminent  bloodshed and al-Qaida is reinforcing its hold on the country.”

Walt’s blistering attack on Obama concludes with a fondness communicated for  Obama’s predecessor.

“The ongoing disaster called Obama may prompt some of us to apologize to  another American president, one George W. Bush,” Walt writes. “He was called  stupid, incoherent and naive; he was said to understand nothing and know nothing – yet now it turns out that the cowboy  from Texas had a much better grasp on reality than his many critics. Even if his  motives were at times as naive as Obama’s, the former president combined them  with an iron fist, immense determination and admirable loyalty to his allies.

“Yet Bush is already a distant dream, while Obama is a living and breathing  nightmare. Now all that’s left is to wait and see whether America’s citizens  will be able to remove him from the White House before he destroys everything.”

Read more: News column: Obama a ‘living and breathing nightmare’

Why Obama Can’t Lead

Why Obama Can’t Lead

By Michael
Bargo Jr.

President Obama’s inability to be decisive and inept
leadership stem not from his lack of executive experience, but from his
grounding in a specific political culture, the one he sought out in Chicago.
His entry and indoctrination into the political culture of black leadership
there have not prepared him for a positive role as chief executive

Since the late 1800s black churches in Chicago have
been the center of black politics [i].
Early in the 1930s the “Black Machine” of Chicago was established as a subgroup
of the white political machine [ii].
Because of the prominence of Mayor Daley I in the national political scene,
Chicago’s ability to create political leaders has meant that the Windy City
became a gateway to national politics for black leaders [iii].
This is why Jesse Jackson moved to Chicago.  Barack Obama, born in Hawaii,
raised in Indonesia, educated in the Northeast, went to Chicago to begin his
political career.

For 22 years he attended the church services led by
Rev. Jeremiah Wright.  African-Americans who attended his and other black
liberation theology church services in Chicago are taught that their options are
limited by the “other,” and this other is white society.  Personal choice is not
the route to success; choices are limited by the overwhelmingly oppressive power
of dominant white America.  America is not, for Rev. Wright’s paradigm, a land
of opportunity, but instead a land of oppression.

In this political culture, the black political leader
does not encourage his people to move forward, but rather convinces them that
they cannot move forward.  Whatever choices they make, their future is
determined not by personal choice, but by the restrictive confines of white
society.  This is why actor-comedian Bill Cosby is viciously attacked when he
suggests that African-Americans take responsibility for their own choices.  His
comments are perceived as an existential threat to the politics of black
liberation and the entire political belief system that keeps the black political
elites in power.

President Obama is constrained by the political
paradigm of black leadership, since for him to be in control of the government
would mean to betray his people.  He would become the establishment “outsider”
and he cannot do that.  It would require the abandonment of his core beliefs.
This is why he constantly blames former President Bush for the constraints that
he still feels are holding him back.  He is not in control; society and the
world at large are.  He blames the tsunami and Arab Spring for his economic
failures.  He leaves it to others (such as Senate leader Reid in the debt
negotiations) to work out the details.  The black political leader’s handbook
does not have a chapter on “owning” decisions.

His strategy is to highlight and blame the political
context of his predicament, rather than make and own decisions.  He cannot own
his decisions since in his view, and the view of black politicians, only white
society controls the process of decision-making.  These decisions are by nature
oppressive.  There is no accommodation in black liberation rhetoric for “good”
white establishment decisions.  Obama then faces two constraints: he cannot
personally become part of the oppressive establishment, and secondly, cannot
engage in establishment decision-making.  Whether he is consciously aware of
these constraints, and chooses to go along with them, or is unaware of these
constraints he imposes upon himself, does not matter.  The effect is the

While in reality President Obama is the most powerful
man in the world, his Chicago-forged sense of identity as a black political
leader restricts him to complaining about why he can’t effect meaningful change
because of others, the excuse-du-jour now being the GOP House.

President Obama is not limited by the Republican
Congress, or the decisions of past presidents, or the state of the economy; he
is limited by his perceptions of what a black politician can and cannot do.
Because black political thinking indoctrinates even its proponents into thinking
that they are not responsible for their choices, that their futures are
determined by white society, Barack Obama is either incapable of making
decisions (because he never felt able to make them), or cannot betray the
political paradigm of black leadership.  Either way, the result is a lack of
engagement in the decision making process.




An Autobiography of Black Politics. Dempsey
J. Travis, Chicago, Urban Research           Press, 1987.

Negro Politics: The Search for Leadership.
James Q. Wilson. NY: The Free Press, 1960.


An Autobiography of Black Politics. p. 35.

Negro Politics, p. 49.

Id. p. 129.