Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on December 7, 2012
Last spring, First Daughter Malia Obama, at age 13, went on a spring break vacation to Mexico, the bill of which was footed by taxpayers.
It cost American taxpayers just over $115,500 to fund the young teenager’s Mexico trip. Seriously.
So, how much did YOU spend on your child’s spring break?
The press was directed by the White House to keep quiet about Malia’s expensive spring break trip to Mexico with 12 friends and 25 taxpayer-paid Secret Service agents in tow. Security was one of the issues, of course, but obviously, the outrageous cost during one of the worst economic periods in American history was the other.
The Obama daughter will turn 18 in July 2016 — heaven help us when we pay for Malia’s imminent high school graduation vacation.
Good thing California, Hawaii, and New York are about to experience huge tax hikes.
Reported by Judicial Watch, JW Releases Records Detailing Government Funds Expended on First Daughter Malia Obama’s Trip to Mexico:
Judicial Watch today released records detailing the government funds expended on First Daughter Malia Obama’s March 2012 Spring Break vacation to Mexico. According to the records, obtained from the U.S. Secret Service as a result of a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on September 20, 2012, the total cost of the trip amounted to $115,500.87 (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Secret Service (No. 12-cv-01562)).
The following is a breakdown of the costs as detailed in the documents:
Ground transportation: $23,964.81
“Vouchers”: $21,636.14 (not itemized)
Support Charges: $449.66 (travel for one from Mexico City to Oaxaca, not itemized)
Malia Obama’s spring break trip evoked controversy after the Obama White House reportedly ordered the removal of press reports detailing the trip. On March 19,2012, numerous online press outlets reported that the president’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, was on a Spring Break trip to Mexico accompanied by 25 U.S. Secret Service Agents and as many as 12 of her friends. However, shortly after the press reports surfaced they were quickly removed from the Internet. The trip took place shortly after the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a statement advising students on Spring Break “to avoid Mexico.”
But wait, there’s more:
“In these economic times, with huge public debt and high unemployment, spending $115,000 in taxpayer funds on a Spring Break trip to Mexico is inappropriate. Is this what Americans are being asked to pay higher taxes for?” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
Judicial Watch has been active in documenting the cost to taxpayers for the Obamas’ personal trips. For example, Judicial previously obtained records from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing Michelle Obama’s February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado, with her two daughters. The records indicate U.S. Secret Service costs, including accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen, were $48,950.38.
Judicial Watch also obtained documents from the United States Air Force and the United States Secret Service detailing costs associated with Michelle Obama’s controversial August 2010 vacation to Spain. According to a Judicial Watch analysis, the records indicate a total combined cost of at least $467,585.
Judicial Watch also obtained documents detailing costs a June 21-27, 2011, trip taken by Michelle Obama, her family and her staff to South Africa and Botswana. Judicial Watch received mission expense records and passenger manifests for the Africa trip that described costs of $424,142 for the flight and crew alone. Other expenses, such as off-flight food, transportation, security, etc. were not included.
In April, Barack Obama was asked about the family’s many expensive vacations that Americans have paid for. He was… amused.