Well, we might not have gotten her a card, but it seems the American people really ponied up this year to get First Lady Michelle Obama a very nice gift: an extended Hawaiian vacation. Mrs. Obama is staying to celebrate her 50th birthday.
The president and his daughters left the island paradise on Saturday evening, but Mr. Obama left the First Lady behind as a “birthday present.”
These “gifts” usually don’t come cheap. According to the White House Dossier:
Mrs. Obama jetted out to Hawaii on an Air Force C-40B Special Mission Aircraft. The Defense Department bills other agencies $6,330 per flight hour for use the plane.
Assuming a flight time from Washington DC to Hawaii of about ten hours, the cost to taxpayers for the flight alone would be about $63,000.
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