In the last three years, Michelle Obama has taken sixteen vacations on the people’s dime. Sixteen. I haven’t taken sixteen vacations in the 40 years I’ve been working for a living! And may we hasten to add that Michelle Obama doesn’t even HAVE a job from which to vacate!

This time Queen Michelle and her brood are swooshing the slopes of Aspen on another well deserved vacation away from Washington, courtesy U.S. taxpayers. One has to wonder why the Old Media is turning a blind eye to these million-dollar extravagances? Especially in this time when millions of Americans are out of work and cannot find suitable jobs the Old Media says nothing while Michelle lavishes herself with expensive vacations. Did I mention we are paying for all this?

One would think that these many, many, many indulgences would be ripe for ridicule by the Old Media. But since more medidiotes are joining the Obama administration everyday, it’s no wonder that they don’t want to bite the hand that is feeding them — not just stories, but literally feeding them at this point.

It takes the British Press to note these extravagant “holidays” and add up the costs.

Here are the costs for just a few of Michelle’s imperial junkets:

SPAIN: AUGUST 2010

  • Michelle Obama and 40 of her friends paid for personal expenses, such as hotels and meals themselves.
  • But the U.S. taxpayer would have paid for the 68-strong security detail, personal staff and use of presidential jet Air Force Two.
  • Payment for the secret service team ran at around $281 each – nearly $98,000 for the duration of the summer break.
  • Use of Air Force Two comes in at $149,900 for the round trip, not including time on the ground.
  • Mrs Obama’s personal staff, of which there were an unknown number, should also be taken into account

HAWAII: DECEMBER 2010
According to the Hawaii Reporter the costs were:

  • $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
  • $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

SKI TRIP TO VAIL: FEBRUARY 2011

  • Michelle 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 about a dozen vehicles, including 15 state and local law enforcement officers.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD: AUGUST 2011

  • The Blue Heron Farm estate, where the Obama family stayed, rents for about $50,000 a week.
  • Michelle, Sasha and Malia Obama flew to the estate just hours before the president to make the most of the holiday – again, incurring extra flight costs.
  • According to U.S. News and World Report, the Coast Guard was 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.

HAWAII: DECEMBER 2011
According to the Hawaii Reporter the costs were:

  • $63,000 on an early flight bringing Mrs Obama and the children to Hawaii ahead of the President but add security and personnel for a total of about $100,000
  • $3,271,622 on Mr Obama’s return trip from Washington on Air Force One
  • $151,200 to rent nearby homes for Secret Service and Navy Seals
  • $72,216 for 24 White House staff to stay at the Moana Hotel