U.S. taxpayers paid more than $57,000 for Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia’s flight for their weekend ski trip to Aspen, Colorado in February.
The right-leaning watchdog group Judicial Watch, obtained documents through the Freedom Of Information Act showing that the U.S. Air Force ferried the three to a ski resort over the extended weekend, spending $57,068 on jet travel alone.
Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama flew on this Gulfstream 550 jet that cost taxpayers over $57,000!
The round-trip flight from Andrews Air Force Base consumed 7.4 hours of flying time in a Gulfstream 550 aircraft – a $53.5 million plane – at a cost of $7,712 per hour. Paying Secret Service personnel and covering their hotels, meals, rental cars and skiing lift tickets would add to the trip’s overall expense.
Daily Mail reported that the plane ferried the three Obama, their Secret Service protection and a group of support staffers for the 3-day jaunt from February 13 to February 16.
Paying Secret Service personnel and covering their hotels, meals, rental cars and skiing lift tickets would add to the trip’s overall expense. The Obama’s themselves reportedly stayed with Jim and Paula Crown, a campaign-donation power couple from Chicago who have a second home in Aspen.
Still, the weekend trip cost taxpayers ‘more than 14 times what the average American of four spends for an entire week-long vacation,’ according to Judicial Watch.
‘Including the Aspen trip, government records indicate that the beyond-first-class travel of the Obama’s and Vice President Joe Biden have cost the American people well over $56 million.’
Judicial Watch suggested Wednesday that Mrs. Obama may have intended to keep the Aspen trip under Americans’ collective radar.
But her motorcade wasn’t able to slip through the Colorado resort town unnoticed because of an unrelated car accident that closed a roadway for 40 minutes and left them stranded in the comfort of their limousines.
The Obama’s were permitted to ‘sneak through’ police barriers ‘while they waited on tow trucks,’ according to Aspen Police Chief Brian Olsen.
Even if Secret Service expenses drove the Aspen trip’s cost above $100,000, it would still pale in comparison to the amount the U.S. Treasury spent on the Obamas’ 2012-2013 vacation in Hawaii.
That trip’s price tag came in at $566,093.
Michelle Obama skied Buttermilk Mountain
Pictures courtesy of Daily Mail