(Maggie's Notebook) -- Other than Michelle Obama’s trips to Kenya with her husband before he ascended to the Oval Office, I wonder how many opportunities she had to travel outside the U.S. I doubt there were many until she was graced with taxpayer funding. By mid 2013, Michelle had visited 14 foreign countries. In 2013, American taxpayers spent $1.4 billion on “perks” for the Obamas — “biggest staff in history at highest wages ever.” The British taxpayers were hit with only a mere $57.8 million to entertain their royal family. Don’t miss the Daily Caller info below. Remember who Michelle Obama was just before coming to Washington D.C. to received her taxpayer-paid make-over?
During her visit to China, first lady Michelle Obama pointed out that the ability to travel outside of the United States was “rare” but that she chose China for a reason.
“It’s very rare that I have the opportunity to travel outside of the United States, and it’s even more rare to have the opportunity to travel with three generations — with my daughters, and with my mother,” she said. “And it is no accident that one of our first trips as a family is here to China.”
By July 3, 2013, Michelle Obama had traveled to Britain, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Russia, Italy, Vatican, Ghana, Denmark, Norway, Haiti, Mexico, Spain, Indonesia, Brazil, Chile, El Salvadore, Ireland, Botswana, South Africa, The Bahamas, Senegal, and Tanzania — a total of 14 trips abroad by mid-2013. Seven of these trips are considered personal travel (which may have included Michelle arriving early or staying later).