Taxpayers Pay for Michelle Obama Extended Hawaiian Vacation

The Obama's at Christmas
The Obama's at Christmas

It appears President Obama is as unpopular with the First Lady as he is with Americans.

Michelle Obama’s extended Hawaiian vacation, according to news pool reports, is part of the president’s 50th birthday gift for her.

Taking the president up on his offer, Michelle is staying at Oprah Winfrey’s Hawaiian estate.

From The Daily Caller:

While White House pool reports indicate the first lady stayed behind this week in Hawaii to chill out with friends before her 50th birthday, there weren’t many specifics. But sources with direct knowledge tell TheDC that the first lady is relaxing in Maui at Oprah’s estate with CBS’ Gayle King, Valerie Jarrett and Sharon Malone, who is Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife.

Sources say she’s there for a “girl’s getaway” before the big 5-0.

Of course, Oprah’s home is a gem:

Oprah’s home, described as “an ordinary little gray ranch” has been transformed into “the perfect” 21st century farmhouse. The residence is located in a remote up-country region where the houses there face the ocean. The house has reportedly undergone dramatic renovations since Oprah purchased it. Horses surround the ranch.

In a story for, Oprah says this about her Hawaiian house. “I love, love, love my house,” she says. “It’s a gem, so sweet and exquisite. Such a real, normal house. It feels like a nice blanket. A lovely and soft cashmere one.”

To be sure, the house needed a lot of work to meet Oprah’s opulent standards.

Unless Oprah picks up the tab, taxpayers will be paying the cost for Michelle’s extended stay.

The Daily Mail reports:

When President Barack Obama suggested that his wife should spend extra time in paradise as an early birthday present, he was committing U.S. citizens to pay for the gift, whose costs will likely spiral into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The White House conceded on Monday that the federal treasury will foot the bill to fly First Lady Michelle Obama back to Washington, D.C. on a separate government aircraft after she finishes her extended vacation at the palatial 12-bedroom Hawaii home of talk show legend Oprah Winfrey.

Dedicated vehicles, Secret Service costs, and security sweeps of the Winfrey estate on Maui will add considerably to the total tab.

President Obama’s big government spending includes a very generous gift from the U.S taxpayers.