Just one flight of Obama's wife, daughters costs $57,000 to Americans

Sarfraz Ali 06:31 PM | 6 May, 2015
Just one flight of Obama's wife, daughters costs $57,000 to Americans
WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – United States taxpayers bailed over $57,000 as First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Sasha and Malia took a weekend trip to Colorado in February this year.

This is the expense of just one trip’s single flight whereas United States’ lady has taken similar journeys each of the last three years over President's Day weekend. This year it happened to coincide with Valentine's Day.

Judicial Watch, a right-leaning watchdog group, obtained documents through a Freedom Of Information Act request showing that the U.S. Air Force ferried the three Obamas – the president was golfing elsewhere – to a ski resort over the extended weekend, spending $57,068 on jet travel.

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.

The plane ferried the three Obama, their Secret Service protection and a group of support staffers for the 3-day jaunt from Febrary 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 Obamas 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 Obamas 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 Obamas 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.

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 7, 2022 (Tuesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 279 282
Euro EUR 296.67 297.26
UK Pound Sterling GBP 331.71 332.41
U.A.E Dirham AED 74.8 75.1
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.21 73.51
Australian Dollar AUD 190.31 192.72
Bahrain Dinar BHD 732.23 740.23
Canadian Dollar CAD 205.22 207.42
China Yuan CNY 40.72 41.12
Danish Krone DKK 39.92 40.32
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.08 35.43
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 900.32 909.32
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 64.65 65.25
New Zealand Dollar NZD 174.19 176.19
Norwegians Krone NOK 27.12 27.42
Omani Riyal OMR 715.11 723.11
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 75.64 76.34
Singapore Dollar SGD 208.03 210.03
Swedish Korona SEK 26.1 26.4
Swiss Franc CHF 297.31 299.81
Thai Bhat THB 8.25 8.4

KARACHI – The gold price in Pakistan dropped by Rs4,300 per tola to reach Rs200,000 on Tuesday as it lost ground on second consecutive day after witnessing mostly bullish trend last week.

As per the All-Pakistan Sarafa Gems and Jewellers Association (APSGJA), the price of 10 grams of 24 carats gold decreased by Rs3,686 to settle at Rs171,468.

On Monday, the gold price witnessed a drop of Rs200 per tola to close at Rs204,300.

In the international market, the commodity dropped by $1 to reach $1,869 per ounce.

Meanwhile, silver prices in the domestic market slumped by Rs20 per tola and Rs17.14 per 10 grams to reach at Rs2,230 and Rs1,911, respectively.


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