If you wondered what is being done about the extravagant spring break vacation taken by Obama’s daughters in the Bahamas, wonder no more. Breitbart News, who broke the first report on the girls’ latest vacation, is now reporting that Judicial Watch is looking into the matter.
“The Obamas’ unnecessary personal luxury travel is an abuse of office in this age of sequester, unemployment, and out-of-control government debt,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Breitbart News. “Taxpayers are right to wonder why the Obamas repeatedly take personal trips with seemingly little regard for the resulting drain on precious tax dollars.”
Neither the Secret Service spokesman nor first lady Michelle Obama’s spokeswoman would comment on details regarding the cost of the trip, how many Secret Service agents or other resources were assigned, or who else accompanied Sasha and Malia to the posh Atlantis resort.
Judicial Watch has been active in trying to track costs affiliated with the Obama’s vacations. Records released in December, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed in September, listed the cost of first daughter Malia Obama’s March 2012 spring break vacation to Mexico. According to the records, the total cost of the trip amounted to $115,500.87, including these charges:
- Ground transportation: $23,964.81
- Lodging: $21,682.92
- Airfare: $47,767.34
- “Vouchers”: $21,636.14 (not itemized)
- Support Charges: $449.66 (travel for one from Mexico City to Oaxaca, not itemized)
Judicial Watch noted that the controversial trip had been reported online, and said that 13-year-old Malia Obama was accompanied by 25 U.S. Secret Service agents and as many as 12 of her friends, but the news coverage was soon scrubbed from the Internet. The trip was made after a travelers’ advisory said to “avoid Mexico.”
Mediaite is reporting that Salon’s Joan Walsh has launched a scathing critique of the Breitbart coverage of President Obama’s girls’ vacation – calling it racist, no less – but she forgets the coverage she herself reported on President George W. Bush’s daughters back in 2001. The headline on her report: “The first family’s alcohol troubles.”
See the Breitbart News report here.