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First Lady’s Trip To Spain Cost Taxpayers $467,585

April 30, 2012 by  

First Lady’s Trip To Spain Cost Taxpayers $467,585
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Government documents reveal that a vacation to Spain cost $467,585.

Following the first lady’s lavish getaway to Spain in 2010, the White House assured American citizens that the Obamas would pay for any personal expenses. But Judicial Watch, a public interest group that investigates government corruption, has announced that government documents suggest it was on taxpayers’ dime — to the tune of $467,585.

U.S Airport records indicate that the cost of flying Michelle Obama round-trip to Spain was $199,323.75. Lodging the flight crew cost $10,290.60, car rental cost $2,633.50 and food cost $876.30 (which included $57.68 for maple syrup and pancake mix).

In addition, the trip cost the Secret Service $254,461.20.

The hefty bill also included lodging for a dog.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said:

The American people can ill afford to keep sending the First Family on vacations around the globe. There needs to be greater sensitivity to the costs borne by taxpayers for these personal trips. It is hypocritical for President Obama to fire GSA officials for wasteful conference spending, while his family went on a luxury vacation in the Costa del Sol Spain that cost taxpayers nearly half a million dollars. No wonder it took two years and a lawsuit to get these documents out of the Obama administration.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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  • s c

    An 8 year old kid can understand what’s so wrong with the Obamas. How is it that the Obamas don’t get it and seemingly don’t have any plans to get it?

    • Michael

      It’s simple: It’s because the Obamas don’t care… they get off on using the public to further their own ends. To them, the ends justify the means.

    • LA Is Great

      Typical, when the Obamas have never worked for the private sector and live in public housing!

    • Ellen

      “The White House assured American citizens the Obamas would pay.” And, they didn’t. Gee, another Obama lie. Is it possible for either of those people to ever speak the truth or a genuine thought?

      • JUKEBOX

        When this impersonator cannot release the “TRUTH” about his own background, what do you expect from the rest of his family. He is every bit as corrupt as any Mafia Don.

      • Michael

        Lying is a way of life for muslims – their “holy” books authorizes it, to non believers as well as other muslims.

      • needfulthings

        Ellen can you give me the link that shows Obamas gonna pay for everything? I can’t seem to find any ref ??????

  • jopa

    Anybody have any figures on what it cost the taxpayers for the Bush family to go to Switzerland for a week when he was not afraid to leave the USA.Or how about all of his trips to visit the Saudi buddies of his?Or even how much it is still costing us today and for years to come for the plundering and pillaging of the American treasury in the name of a so called war on terror and the lies about WMD?

    • Cliffystones

      Jopa has never learned that two wrongs don’t make a right.

    • MAP

      More Jopa liberal whine. It’s like a broken record, always repeating the same dull noise. I believe, Jopa, the issue here is the waste of tax payer money by those who think they are an elite set, above us all. Your argument is to justify this theft by turning it into a party quarrel. “My leader is more entitled to waste your money than your’s.” What a perfectly stupid argument.

    • Michael

      Iraqi nerve gas warheads WERE discovered in Iran, that is why there were none found in Iraq. Oh!!! and BTW, nerve gas IS a WMD ( Weopon of Mass Destruction ), the mass destruction of HUMAN lives as well as animals. Get your facts straight,

      • jopa

        Michael my boy, my facts were straight in that we invaded Iraq looking for WMD when we had IAEA inspectors on the ground telling us there were no WMDs in Iraq.If there were any they were probably leftover(nerve gas, mustard gas etc,)s from the war they had with Iran that the United States had given to Saddam Hussein.Time to screw your head on straight.

      • dan

        ….sure ,just ignore the SARIN gas that was flown out to Syria….

      • Dennis48e

        “when we had IAEA inspectors on the ground telling us there were no WMDs in Iraq.”

        Wrong. The inspectors said they were denied access to places they wanted to inspect so could not confirm or deny the existance of WMDs in Iraq.

        • needfulthings

          There are still people who listen to Fox Noise so there will always be WMD’s in Iraq no matter how many facts are given by those who were there.
          So let me ask a different question …. WHY WAS IT OUR BUSINESS?? and WHO ARE WE TO TELL ANY COUNTRY WHAT THEY CAN OR CAN’T HAVE? and Why is it we only pick on countries that can’t defend themselfs?
          Last but not lease , We gave these WMDs to Iraq and we gave them Satilite data as to where Irans troops were massed to cause the most deaths. Oh yeah the agents we gave them were the type that can be reproduced…. Think people… Yer being had!

    • Patriot1776

      President Bush, one international vacation in 8 years. The bulk of his vacations were to his ranch, more of a staycation. The obama’s, 17 vacations in under 4 years. African safari, Spain, Hawaii, Vail, etc.

      President Bush was dealt Katrina, 9/11, and yes, he sent our troups to Iraq and Afghanistan, but would it be better to have just kowtowed to the terrorists and not stand against the attacks on American soil?

      • jopa

        Patriot;Bush was not dealt 911 or Katrina,he was sleeping on the job and didn’t know how to play the game.Yes he unnecessarily sent troops into Afghanistan and Iraq and he should have done it like Obama with Seal Team Six to take out Usama Bin Laden Mission Accomplished.We don’t here much about Somali pirates anymore, do we?

        • Michael

          911 was original scheduled to happen while Clinton was in office. Remember the other attempts that occurred during his tenure? Clinton never bothered to brief Bush on any possible terrorist going-ons… so yes, Bush WAS handed 911.

      • Patriot1776

        Jopa, Bush was sleeping on the job for Katrina? Really? Was he supposed to move the country or re-route the hurricane, maybe if it had been obama he could have used his hot air to chase it away…

      • Mitch

        Clinton was the first on to openly attack Afghanistan, he sent cruise missiles into both Somalia and Afghanistan, what caused the 9-11 attacks were retaliation for this after we stupidly kept American Embassies in countries that did not want us there, when are we going to learn to leave these Sh&t little foreign countries alone and keep our nose out of their business, seal our borders and pay attention to our own problems, instead we spend our children’s and grandchildren’s futures fighting wars that cost us trillions and for what, 6 months after we leave you would never know we had been there, at least Bush had the balls to strike back not send over a apology for being American, he did not create the crisis but he stayed the course once we were stricken and followed the advice of the military commanders, the main reason extremist’s hate us is we are a nation of hedonistic atheist’s with little moral compass. look at what liberal progressives have done to this once fine Country,

      • Trust in God

        Couldn’t agree with you more, about Bush, Vacations to the rench.saved tax payers money.
        Now I read that Obama’s Lawyer agrres that Obamas birth Certificate is fake. so why nothing has been done about putting Obama in Jail. or sending him back to where he was really born.

      • Smilee

        Michael says:
        April 30, 2012 at 8:27 am

        The last thing before Clinton left office was to brief Bush on the Osama B Laden and that he felt it was extremely important but Bush blew him off and ignored what he was told. This comes from several in the Bush Administration not from Clinton.

        Patriot1776 says:
        April 30, 2012 at 10:31 am

        The hurricane caused damage but the real damage come from the levy giving out and flooded New Orleans and the Levy is man made, had the levy been properly maintained and repaired There would have not been the flood that occurred.

    • Sirian

      Well I’ll be, HA, finally figured it out guys. In the DNC/Alinsky training manual “jopa” is nothing more than an acronym for. . .
      JUST OUTTA the PRESIDENTS AZZ!!

      • Michael

        Just like a giant turd.

      • Michael

        Guess that means he should just be flushed like a giant turd. Might take 2 flushes to get him all the way down.

    • wandamurline

      Maybe he pid for it himself and that is why it was not reported as theft. I am sure had it cost the tax payer all this money, the liberal progressive medias would have slammed it all over the TV stations. At least when Bush went to Saudi Arabia, he was not on his knees kissing the ring of the king as Obama was.

    • Stephen

      Jopa, you try to make the Obama’s look better by using misleading arguments about the Bush’s. Does that really work? what a Libtard.

    • Rafael

      Jopa, you are a typical left wing that misses the point, there is great deference between Presidents and the expenses for vacation of his wives with the public treasury. “the cost of flying Michelle Obama round-trip to Spain $199,323.75. Lodging the flight crew cost $10,290.60, car rental cost $2,633.50 and food cost $876.30 (which included $57.68 for maple syrup and pancake mix).

      In addition, the trip cost the Secret Service $254,461.20.

      The hefty bill also included lodging for a dog.”

    • nomorewaste

      so this is Bush’s fault..again???…..

      • Buster the Anatolian

        Of course it is. Didn’t you know that every bad thing that has happened in the US and most of the bad things that have happened in the world since 1900 is Bush II’s fault? After all he used the time machine in Area 51 to go back in time and cause all these bad things to happen.

        • needfulthings

          Yep! you finally get it ……… Dubya isn’t even a useful idiot!

          • Michael

            To all concerned: We’ve got some dumbass motherf^^kers on this planet.

          • needfulthings

            Yep! again, and the biggest MFer lives in TEX-A$$ … I think yer really get’n it! Wow a convert folks!

    • paradigmshift

      Good thing they went when they did because now Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld are limited to the countries that won’t arrest them upon arrival for war crimes!

      • paradigmshift

        Oh boy…I see by the posts here that my conservative status is ruined for good now. I insulted ‘the christian, bush the two’
        You guys have to realize that if it weren’t for his “signing statements” Obama couldn’t do any of the stuff he’s doing!

      • Patriot1776

        It sounds to me like you probably think way to highly of yourself. I don’t see anyone even bothering to respond to your jibberish. If it weren’t for Bush, obama wouldn’t have anyone to blame any of his incompetence on. When it comes to blatantly overstepping the Constitution, this president is on his own. He doesn’t enact his executive mandates for the good of America, but rather to push his socialist agenda. There is a difference.

    • JUKEBOX

      If you are going to go there, let’s take a look at the globetrotting that the Clintons did while he was in office, and he was probably the one that taught the Secret Service the way to find the local prostitutes in the foreign countries.

    • http://peresonallibertydigest.. gottaplenty

      jopa,,, you prove to be the village idiot again.. Dont you know Bush isnt in office yet? Get over Bush and Cheney and focus on the stupidity and grand theft going on in the W H right now ,.You act and talk like all that stealing our money is just fine as long as its by your CHOICE a– hole. wake up , any one that condones that low life and theft is no better than the one doing it…

  • http://Comcast JimBob

    Wow, the Bush family took A vacation to Switzerland! The maobama’s have taken twenty times that of the Bush family in just three and one half years. So who is the bigger spender, and what facts do you have that the Bush family didn’t pay their own way to Switzerland? But shucks, a half million for this trip, a half million for that trip, pretty soon you’re talking real money (to paraphrase a former member of congress who knew of what he spoke).

  • http://isthatright.wordpress.com/ isthatright

    It is amazing how the Obama supporters always go back to the same mantra: “Blame it on Bush” “Bush was worse”. It seems thaet they believe that it is still early 2009 and Obama just began his first term.

  • treetipper

    How about the first family just move out on some golf course, so we don’t have to hear from them anymore

    • JUKEBOX

      I agree, preferably somewhere on the coast of Eastern Africa.

  • Cathy

    Thank you Jopa!!!! These people are so hypocritical; with the double standards. If it is so wrong for the Obama family; why weren’t you bitching about the Bushes. President Obama didn’t start the economic decline. Bush didn’t pay for their trips while in the White House; the Obama family have footed most if not all of their personal vacations! Give me a break!

    • dan

      …like he’s PROVEN his natural birthplace ?

    • JUKEBOX

      Didn’t you know that Obama is a one percenter, and that is what he believes he should reimburse the taxayers for his personal expenses.

    • http://peresonallibertydigest.. gottaplenty

      cathy. who in the hell do you think will believe that claptrap, pay thier own way,, Thats never been known of a natural born freeloader…

  • Patriot1776

    And so it goes with the self proclaimed royal family. It may have been tax dollars that were hard earned by working middle class Americans, but in the eyes of the obama’s, our tax dollars are really their money, so they deserve to spend as they want. Besides, don’t they deserve a lavish vacation after his difficult and trying desision to send the SEALs in to kill bin laden? I mean, really, do you know how hard it was to make that decision between vacations and campaign tours?

    • jopa

      Just did a fact check and in the first 31 months of his Presidency O bama took 61 vacation days and in the same time frame of their Presidencies, Bush took 180 and Reagan 112.Perhaps that is why Bush and Reagan made such poor choices in their decision making, howver the jury is still out if Bush or Chaney was the guy in charge,

      • Patriot1776

        Yes, you are correct about the number of vacation days according to the fact check, but what about the cost of those vacation days for each? The obama’s spent $4 million on one of their trips to Hawaii, nearly $500,000 on the vacation in Spain, another $2.5 million on another trip to Hawaii, plus, plus, plus. The average Bush vacation to his ranch was around $57,000. Add up the cost. When American’s are struggling this royal president is running up our tab and what are we getting for it? Debt.

      • Yuri Durnovo

        Jopa means anus in russian

      • JUKEBOX

        Did you include the 95 rounds of golf?

      • Patriot

        Interesting that you did not check into the pervert Clinton’s vacations! Another false idol worshipped by the stupid!

      • needfulthings

        Where did you go the fact check these Obama vacation Facts? I look’d in FactCheckED.org // PolitiFact check and found NO Such Ref.??
        But I did find this > http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/13465
        So again Obama Vacations, Vacations, president vacations, … there was no record listed, so where oh where/
        Bye the Bye dubya spent nearly 1000 days away from the white house some 430 at camp david and the rest at the ranch he bought a couple of days before taking office AND flew all over dee place from there ( they were called “working vacations” ) I wounder if Obama had any working vacations ?????? Oh wait hes black and they don’t get vacations !!!

  • steve

    their just making up for the last 200 years of whity being in charge. let them have some fun. at least he is not woodrow wilson it’;s all politics any way. isn’t that their excuse . blame it on politics.

  • laker1

    My President is Cool. He fly’s somewhere every day he is not playing golf.
    He needs the time off because he is so busy he does not sleep. He stays
    up all night thinking of new ways to help “we the people.” He has done so
    much with so little he had to print 3X as many dollars as when he took
    office .He had to spend and borrow more than he takes in so he could
    accomplish so much with only 5 trillion dollars in 3.5 years. We don’ need to worry
    about that because our grandchildren can easily pay it off. This is really
    a gift to them because these dollars have stimulated or created job growth
    now and in the future. He comes from a poor backgrounds and when he was
    little he loved to eat the family dog and on bad days he ate grasshopper
    Some people say he was not born in this country but he has posted his
    birth certificate online. He says its not his fault his copy machine
    keeps screwing up and the last form had to be put together from 3 copies
    I don’t understand that. His energy policy is really amazing.
    We don’t need as much carbon based fuels so he blocked the
    Keystone Pipeline to get safe clean energy from our friends in Canada.
    That would have given us only 20,000 jobs but on TV he says we don’t
    need it because the economy is getting better. Its ok since we have
    windmills and algae to fill our outdated vehicles. Since we don’t need as
    much oil, Canada has decided to sell it to China where their EPA is much more strict
    than ours. That is called going green. Don’t forget to inflate your tires
    since that will help with the gasoline, which is too low in price. It has been
    proven we are polluting the air so much we are getting hotter. The gas is poison CO2, That
    is why we breath it out. Stupid plants breath it in. I don’t know why they
    want poison gas. Its becoming such a large amount that it makes up .03% of
    the atmosphere. He is thinking about charging people for the average number
    of times they breath out per year. I say it would be better to charge cars,
    trucks,and power plants since they put out out the most. He will probably think
    of that too.He heard the Mexican drug cartel was running short of guns and ammo so
    he had the ATF send them some guns free of charge. Mexico has a stupid gun ban
    and the crime including murder is much lower down there. They have had only
    50,000 murders in the past few years near the border. They keep leaving the
    guns at the scene of killings so we can have them back. Drug prices in the US
    should drop soon since its much easier to transport drugs with guns. I could
    go on but I know he has our best interest at heart and always speaks the
    truth, without any notes. He never blames others for his work.
    Thus he is reputed to be the smartest man to ever
    inhabit the White House and I believe it. I sure am happy he is protected by
    the men of the Secret Service which have the highest standards of conduct and
    morals. He took in so much money April 15 he gave a reward to the GSA agency
    that watch’s all Gov’t spending to keep it as low as possible. They consider
    the money belongs to”we the people” and they must be frugal. The GSA
    saved us so much money he gave them extra money for a party in Vegas which
    cost only $800,000. I saw on TV where they had a good time and were not wasting our
    money. He also gave the defense guy free trips to fly home since he has
    saved or created many of our lives. He took a survey and found there were
    too many Islands around Alaska than allowed. So he gave our friends the Russians
    7 islands. They were happy since there its lots of oil in the sea bed around
    there. I wrote him a letter and ask him to give away Florida, Texas, Arizona, New
    Mexico, and California to Mexico since they have mostly Mexicans anyway. I
    was worried he would not get re-elected but I was relieved when I found out
    all our votes in November will go to a company in Spain to be tallied, which
    is owned by a socialist. That is called outsourcing. Our companies here must
    not be able to handle numbers that big..

    All true-Google it
    Do we live in a brain dead inverse world or what.?

    • wandamurline

      Great article.

    • Michael

      Sarcasm!!! Gotta love it.

    • JUKEBOX

      I don’t believe I can stand much more of his “HELP”!

    • paradigmshift

      Ha Ha Ha That’s the best thing I’ve read in a long time. Thanks for the laugh… it’s better than crying!!

  • Michael

    We live in a brain-dead inverse world.

  • T. Jefferson

    The Queen has new clothes. Wait till they get kicked out of office and we hand them a bill for all their extravagances.

    • JUKEBOX

      Lot’s of luck collecting.

    • needfulthings

      No! NO! you got that wrong it was Palin that spent tens of thousands on clothes! I hope you contrubed money to that one.

  • roger gunderson

    Our Government has been reporting these lavish trips that all the people in Washington exploit, but that’s as far as it goes. Why? This has been going on forever and yet no one will take any action. Why? Why , because there is no one who will dare take on the establishment. There is NO accountability. People in Washington feel above the rest of the people. The people who has to pay for all their lavish lifestyle. Their salaries, perks, trips,parties etc. What is wrong here? What the hell is wrong here? We the people have created a monster and now the monster has us in it’s grips. We have turned into a bunch of corporate sheep just waiting to be sheered. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH US. Is this it. Is this the way it will always be? What ever happened to ; i’M MAD AS HELL AND i’M NOT TAKING IT ANY MORE. Sheep. That’s what we are. Frigin sheep.

    • Michael H.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, QUIT FILEING TAX RETURNS AND SHUT THE MONEY OFF.

    • Carol

      Roger, I think some are sheep, not all. The real sheep have their eyes closed and are waiting to be sheared. The real problem with this planet of human beings is that they’re too easily influenced through brainwashing and indoctrinations. They believe every thing they’re told and continue listening to their masters’ blame games which is used as nothing more than to confuse the masses of farm animals. They’ve sold their souls and brains to Satan, which is the NWO elites – I mean thieves and murderers.

      The Bush’s are no better than anyone else. Actually they’re worse because G.H.W. Bush is the seed of Satan and his Satanic name is Magog. (I think they were thinking of or trying to spell maggot.) But the little sheep continue praising their gods, which includes practically every single elected official that’s put into office to represent them – both democrat and republican. It irritates me that human beings can actually be so stupid to continue in their spiral of electing the SOS but end up getting s$$t on every time. It makes my blood boil when the brainless sheeps decisions affects every single person on this planet.

      People wake up! Just because you’ve been treated like sheep or farm animals doesn’t mean you have to continue down that path. There’s a game that’s being played out on Earth – evil vs. good. STOP PLAYING THAT GAME BY VOTING FOR THE DEVIL BECAUSE YOU’RE ONLY GIVING IT MORE POWER AND AFFECTING MY LIFE ALONG WITH YOURS!!!

      The Obamas’ should reimburse the taxpayers for their vacations, as should any other elected official who uses taxpayer money for pleasure trips. The Obamas should also quit being hypocritical and two-faced about others when they’re doing the same thing. Also, Michele acts as if she’s everyone’s mother by telling them what to eat and how much exercise to get. Barack not only acts as if he’s king of America, he behaves as if he’s the ‘daddy’ to all little black boys, i.e., Kenyan West and Trayvon Martin. It is not the responsibility of the President to give his personal thoughts or make comments about people. He has one job and that is to abide by the Constitution. Since he has committed perjury he should be put out to pasture with the rest of the sheep who can’t wake up.

      BTW, I’m an Independent – not Liberal nor Conservative.

      • Carol

        I meant Kanye West – not Kenyan. At least I think that’s how his name is spelled.

      • phoenix

        i love your post. well spoken.

  • ROBERT FREDERICKS

    LAKER1, YOU MUST BE ANOTHER DARK SHADE RACIST MUSLIM OSAMA ASSKISSER. NO FIRST FAMILY HAS EVER GONE ON SO MANY VACATIONS AS THESE MOOCHING MUSLIMS.

  • http://www.survivingurbancrisis.com/ Silas Longshot

    It’s plain from their daily actions they have the proper socialist elite mentality to be our perfect new socialist leaders after they have deliberately crashed the US economy and ‘rescue the nation’ from the brink. Emerging as ‘hero of the day’ to the dumb masses, slurping up the daily kool-aide, the fools will beg for 0bama to be prez for life. Which he will ‘humbly do’. He will ‘have more flexibility’ after his reelection, apparent confidence his corrupt system will keep him in for the second and devastating term where he can write executive orders and appoint unconstitutional czars to finish the job.
    It will be nasty. Click the name.

  • Bob

    poor oreo and his UUUGGGLLLYYY old lady are a couple of idiots.i cant say anything that hasnt already been said,and i agree with all the writers,they need more vacations,they work too hard,trying to run down OUR COUNTRY,and his old lady needs her face slapped,for saying she doesnt like AMERICA.

    • JON

      Sorry, but it is their country as well. I hope Obama gets reelected, just to piss you off! Also, your use of punctuation is UUUGGGLLLYYY!

    • http://peresonallibertydigest.. gottaplenty

      They had best stay away from any zoo’s while on those foriegn vacations, they might think there has been an escapee real dignity has momma obomma gone again?

  • Michael

    And one more thing, JOPA… I’m NOT your boy.

    • jopa

      Michael my Dear.So 911 was scheduled to happen on Clinton’s watch.Well it didn’t and we have Clinton to thank for that then.Bush was briefed by Richard A Clarke about al Qaeda and an impending strike on America , involving airplanes. and he just brushed it off and told Clarke “Okay you did your job now run along” then he went on vacation.Clarke also mentioned it to Condo Rice and she had a quizzical look on her face like”who are the al Qaida”.That was just one big ship of incompetent fools.

      • Michael

        I take it you were there then. I’m commenting on what I have heard from the media… apparent of your ilk. And another thing: I am NOT your boy, or your dear. Watch it with the condescending remarks, you can be found.

      • Patriot1776

        Maybe it didn’t happen on Clinton’s watch because al Qaeda knows that the liberals are far more destructive to American than anything that they could do. I don’t recall anyone watching the planes strike the towers that day and saying, “I knew this was going to happen.” That’s the thing about terrorists, they just don’t schedule their attacks with you. There may have been warning signs, as there were before Pearl Harbor, but what, in your “expert” opinion could have been done differently? Should Bush have shut down every airport and every flight until it was safe? Maybe he should have had the Air Force shoot down every plane that flew over a major US city, that would have prevented it.

      • http://folkartist.wordpress.com Libertytrain

        Jopa – Condi Rice is one brilliant lady – well-educated with areas of expertise in US Foreign Relations etc. Sounds to me that you are just being a racist – you sure don’t like intellectual people of color who happen to be more conservative and not blindly following your commands —- typical left demo style of yours :) thought I’d say it since that’s the lefts parrot attack (racist) always and always when we mention we are not fond of the current fellow in office.

  • smithington

    VOTE FOR RON PAUL 2012!! If you want to save this country!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/airforceguardian Chris Mason

    JoPa, I suggest you read American Sniper, writtern by the young man who is officailly on record for having the most confimed kills in US history by a sniper. He clearly states that there was WMD in Iraq, that he personally witnessed. I’d say his credibility is pretty good. What you should be questioning (but I doubt you have the moral courage to do so) is why Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid stood on the floors of thier respective chambers and denegrated a sitting President with absolute lies. As senior Congressional leadership, they would have been briefed on the exisitence of WMD’s, where they were located, and how much was found. Instead, they chose to turn a securtiy issue (common sense would dictate that it’s not a good idea to broadcast where and when you find this stuff at the time to keep the bad guys from trying to get it back) into a political one, and showing what most people know, that both of these individuals are of the lowest class of politician and person for putting their individual (re: political) wants ahead of the needs of the nation they were, sworn to serve. George W was not the most gifted speaker or politician of that there is no doubt, but I will take the plain spoken Texan with a stong moral (and flawed since he as all of us our, is a sinner) center over the slick professional politician elected out of the guilt of a nation and propped up by half truths, and quarter facts.

    • jopa

      Chris it is common knowledge that Iraq once possessed WMD supplied to them by the US for their war with Iran.There may have been some low grade dangerous chemical weapons recovered that some wanted to claim as the big bonanza everyone was looking for, just deteriorated mustard or any other type of horror man could dream up to kill his fellow man.Even Rick Santorum and Pete Hoeckstra made the claim of finding WMD a couple of years ago and were almost laughed out of DC.The final report by all the Intel agencies is there were no WMDs found in Iraq.Many authors of books have phantom writers and often bizarre and controversial subject matter is injected into there plots to make them better sellers.The more bizarre the better the book sells and most authors of books like money more than facts in the end.

      • http://www.facebook.com/airforceguardian Chris Mason

        If I thought you would get the joke jopa, I would laugh. As it is, you clearly don’t get it. Iraq did have WMD. If the word of a decorated Navy SEAL does not suffice for you, I doubt anything I wouyld say would sway you. Clearly you have a defined point of view that does not permit yoou to observe the facts as they are not as you wish them to be. I could at least that George W had faults and could have done better. You skated right past the fact that two of your progressive heroes denegrated a sitting President and then lied about it for political gain, and for no other reason. How despicable. BTW, I’d like to see you question that SEALS credibility to his face and suggest that he was trying to do nothing more than sell books. The resulting fireworks might be fun to watch for everybody but you.

        • Michael

          Agreed!!! I’d pay good money to see that and get it on video.

      • Sirian

        jopa facing off with a SEAL? LOL!!! Now that really would be fun to watch Chris – ppv could make a ton off that one :)

    • jopa

      You are living in a fantasy world.A sniper in the military does not have as much credibility in these matters as an official in agencies such as the CIA.The CIA claims no WMDs were found in Iraq, even if you heard it from John Wayne himself, it just ain’t so.Also, who are these two Progressives you claim are my heroes?Your post didn’t make much sense.

      • http://www.facebook.com/airforceguardian Chris Mason

        Clearly you have never served, or if you did, you didn’t get around much. I would trust the man (or woman) who has boots and eyes on the ground down in the mud, the blood and the beer over a vast government agency. The CIA report can say what it wants (or was directed to say) I’ll take the word(s) of my fellow soldiers .

      • Michael

        THE C.I.A. WASN’T EVEN THERE, THEY GOT THEIR INFO SECOND-HAND.

  • JON

    I hope she had a lovely time!

    • jopa

      Chris down in the mud and the blood and the beer.Sounds as though you served with a Boy Named Sue.Great song by the Hello I’m Johnny Cash.Is your real name Christine?

  • Chanta

    I hear on the news a 17 days vacation in Martha’s Vineyard fo the Obamas in Aug.
    Taxpayers expense. I ave not a vacation in four years.

    • Karolyn

      Gee, I can’t remember my last vacation, yet I don’t begrudge anybody else one!

      • Patriot1776

        I don’t begrudge anyone else a vacation either, I just think that it is in extreme poor taste to take 17 lavish family vacations at millions of tax payer dollars, given the current economy, the number of Americans that are not able to find jobs, and the number of Americans who have had to take jobs paying minimum wage when they have been working for years for better pay. The fact that the obamas have been ashamed to be Americans until he won the election, that he published books before he was elected touting his communistic, racist views, but now they are living high on the hog with American’s money living like the 1% that he rails against.

  • Adam F. Kohler

    Is anyone really surprised

  • needfulthings

    I find it so great that our First Lady Michelle Obama is traveling the world making us look good ! A better ambassador could not be found and worth every penny spent.

    • MAP

      Then you send her your money, idiot, and let me keep mine. And leave me out of the “us”. If I need someone to make me appear a fool, I will find my own.

  • http://www.facebook.com/airforceguardian Chris Mason

    I’m not entirely sure how good of an Ambassador a person could be who was ashamed to be an American up until 3 years ago. It does beg the question of exactly who she is representing and why now, doesn’t it?

    • jopa

      I don’t know about ashamed but there were probably some that were embarrassed by the actions of the previous administration.Such silly talk as “if your not with us your against us”‘, “fine job Brownie” etc.Attacking Iraq after we were attacked by Saudis starting a war that lasted ten years when he was after one guy that he said he didn’t care where he was after about one year when he realized how big of a failure he was.Now we have Romney running and 95% of his advisers are former Bush flunkies and advisers

  • http://google john p.

    at lest we no where that money went to . now where did the eighteen trillion
    dollars in failed policies go.

    • jopa

      Haliburton

  • Patriot

    How come when I go on business trip that doubles as a vacation I have to put down the cost on part of the trip as income and pay tax on that portion and our government officials do not? This should be the same, since there was no offical purpose the entrie amount should be treated as a gift and a portion should be set aside as income and taxes should be paid.

  • Ron b

    Typical of these globalist pupets…I see thier doing thier level best to finish bankrupting America.

  • dcjdavis

    Aaah, well…Hers is a royal life, you know? And we should be grateful for the fact that we’ve been witness to a bit of history. After all, ‘Chelle is the first queen that America has ever had. God love her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fred.mitchell.581 Fred Mitchell

    Is’nt it a crying shame,,to spend all that money for a trip to Sain?,and our country is going broke.And you will never hear a word about it from the Liberal

    • Michael

      And… sad to say… you won’t here about it from the libbicoms.

    • needfulthings

      WORD! There you go Michell, I’ve said it! Bye the Bye .. just who spent ALL the money? (lets go all the way back to 1980) Obama about 2.0 Trillion and the republican President’s around 12.0 Trillion.

  • jopa

    I had to read the article above over again and realized everyone is crying about a vacation that was over two years ago that cost $467,000.Lets go back another two years and add up Bushes little excursion into Iraq.What is that going to cost us and our grandchildren?

    • Patriot1776

      Not as much as obama’s stimulus debacle, not to mention his ongoing war in Afghanistan, his deployment of troops to Africa, his gun shipping mission to Mexican drug cartels, his green energy investments, auto bail out, bank bail out, drone attacks in Libya, and wait until his tax hike hit in January, 2013. Also, forgot to add on obama’s greatest accomplishment, increasing the number of people on food stamps.

    • needfulthings

      Here here !!! jopa They don’t even remember a thing cheney and his right hand meat puppet did wrong! It was ALL so BEAUTIFUL in 2008…..

  • Trust in God

    Well , now you see the “Change” Obama was talking about.
    the change was for the Obamas alone so they can live off the tax payers dime. And put more people on welfare.
    where are the jobs he promised, He went from 8.3 Tril. to 16.4 Tril.in Debt in 3.5 years.
    granted, Bush did put US in debt, but that was in 8 years time.
    Imagine another 4 more years, of Obana. this country is doomed.
    vote him out. 2012 Please for the the country we love and protect.- AMEN

    • jopa

      Change yes.Today I see The World Trade Center gleaming over the New York skyline.When Bush was in that area he was sitting on a pile of rubble.Detroit is thriving once again with hundreds of thousands of men and women back to work.When Bush was around Japan cornered the auto industry and Detroit and their suppliers were disappearing fast.Somali pirates were running rampant on the high seas, Obama said “Take the Shot”, they are now history.Wall Street was taking down the middle class with deregulation put in place by Reagan and Bush and we are now making headway in cleaning the Street.This is just a small amount of all the positive change that has taken place, oops almost forgot.Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the day our President said to take the shot on Usama Bin Laden.The war in Iraq is over and the war in Afghanistan is coming to a close.We should all be dancing in the streets my fellow Americans.

      • Mitch

        actually the decline happened when Clinton was in office, Bush took a national tragedy and a freak weather storm and worked out a way to get us back on our feet, the wmd’s we were looking for in Iraq were the ones Clinton sold to them, Blame game does not fit the evidence, look at what the facts show, Clinton started the middle east conflict, now two trillion dollars and 3800 of our young men and women dead and for what, because Clinton pissed off a few religious fanatics who took a plan out on our soil to strike at us, now we sit here with a unknown in office who is by own admission half black and not a natural born citizen tearing down the last bit of our Constitution and what he has done will have to be corrected., this whiny blame game sounds the same as the homosexual agenda crying for same sex marriage as a right, which by the way it is not,, stop the whiny blame bush blathering gibberish and grow some spine,, Shut the F Up close our borders, bring our troops home, drill and pipe natural gas, build our own cars tv’s computers, cell phones, we have the ability to do this, practice sustainable farming instead of tearing our country up trying to feed countries like Somalia when american tax dollars sent to those countries simply go to tyrants to by weapons and never get to the hungry masses. wake the hell up your indoctrinated by the most socialist regime in the history of this Country..

  • Ed

    Jopa, STF up! You are a complete and total idiot or you are a paid sponsor of the muslim brotherhood or Media Matters. If you want communism you can have it now. Move to China you dumb bunny because most of us will live here free in America or die.

    • Trust in God

      Ed. I believe Obama wants us all dead, by taken our freedom to carry guns.
      the only people he will permit guns to will be the Illegals and those who looks like his son,if he had one. Famouse words ” Live Free Or Die ” well you can see, that on the Travon case the gun won.

      • jopa

        You have more freedoms today with the Obama administration pertaining to guns than ever before in history.Other than the state that Romney had handguns and assault rifles banned..Are you living in a cave somewhere when you come up with such nonsense.

    • jopa

      Ed; That is not nice.What part of my post do you find commie like my good man.

      • chuckb

        to save ed the problem of answer,” all your post”

  • dufas magnet

    This isn’t news!! My gawd, presidents and first ladies have been doing this for decades.. Has no one reported on the Bush’s or the Clinton’s or the myriad of others who have ‘dimed’ us to death in the past? I agree that this term should be more conservative but that’s only because we’re in the rut we’re in financially, but to slur them is atrocious when others have done the same with nary a peep from the media.. Giving everybody the false belief that the Obama’s were the first to board their dog or pay outrageous prices for food. It’s nothing short of witch hunt.. What about the Romney clan? Before he even steps foot on the W.H. lawn, this “good ole boy” has said he can’t wait to take a vacation to France once he becomes head clown yet nothing was uttered about his ‘future’ money pit. I’m tired of the stone tossing at something that is absolutely a gimme for any president that congress sanctions. I’m not happy with the way the Obamas have led this Nation but to shoot cheap shots is pathetic. Everybody look when (or if) another potus slithers into office and make the media report on their trips and vacations and realize this is nothing more than perks that our own g’ment allows. Calling the Obama’s a welfare family is nothing less than libel and everyone who views the Presidency as less than human should be ashamed. Our voice should be heard at the polling booths, not on SNL.

  • needfulthings

    Chris Mason says:
    April 30, 2012 at 10:00 am
    Iraq did have WMD. If the word of a decorated
    Navy SEAL does not suffice for yo.

    No Chris Iraq DID NOT have WMD, none were ever found! Remember rummy dummy “we know where there at , we are tracking them” were the two quotes I remember.Iraq did have WMDs at one time , we know that because WE SOLD THEM TO IRAQ , On top of that we sold them the good stuff so they could make more on their own.
    Ya gotta find other news sources fox noise, hannity are liars! The study is correct! fox news listeners are the LESS INFORMED THAN ALL OTHERS.
    I don’t know about this sniper?? They are human too and can make mistakes, being a snipper does not make you infalible or a token of righteousness (

  • 45caliber

    But the queen (and king) own all the wealth of the country they rule. Doesn’t Queen Michelle deserve a relaxing trip once in awhile? After all, she is the QUEEN!

  • terris

    What official links are there to verify that what is stated here is fact?

  • chuckb

    terris, just check the washington post, the new york times and the los angeles times and you might drop in on moveon.org.they should verify most every thing you rad here is fact.

  • ranger hall

    CHRIS,,,NO WMD in Iraq, Your Navy Seal Sniper was wrong, And i would tell him to his Face.
    And on all his comfirmed kills, How many confirmed kills,and Who comfirmed this.
    Politicians have been using taxpayers money for vacations and Parties Etc for a very long time, And why dont someone stop this, Well Its called the Foxes protecting the Foxes.
    And People still do not get the reasons for the war in Afganistan and Iraq.
    Most likely some of you people were also for the Vietnam War, and also believed that all our Military killed and maimed were fighting for OUR FREEDOM.

  • Michael

    Tired of arguing with “people” who constantly have their heads in the sand ( or up their butts ). You know, those of Jopa’s ilk.

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