Ten days ago, Western Journalism reported on the first lady’s free-flowing use of public money as she lives the incredibly good life during foreign excursions loosely billed as official visits.
In Japan earlier this month to promote a pet educational initiative called “Let Girls Learn,” Mrs. Obama ran up a tab of nearly $80,000 for a fleet of rental cars to carry her and her massive entourage to destinations such as the shrine of a Japanaese rice god.
Now, continuing her Asian tour on behalf of “Let Girls Learn,” the first lady has racked up a huge hotel bill for a brief trip to Cambodia.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that a check of government contracts reveals that Michelle and a delegation of U.S. government officials were booked into luxurious accommodations that cost American taxpayers close to a quarter-million dollars.
“Hotel accommodations for First Lady Michelle Obama’s two-day trip to Cambodia required 85 rooms and cost taxpayers $242,500.”
No run-of-the-mill resort, the Sofitel destination secured by the first lady’s travel planners was an spectacular five-star facility featuring its own golf course and “the largest free form swimming pool in Cambodia.”
In case you’re wondering where Michelle and entourage stayed, here are a few photos to help you picture the surroundings in which the first lady found herself for those two days in Cambodia.
And how did Mrs. Obama spend her “official” time away from the resort in furtherance of the global campaign to expand educational opportunities for girls?
Mrs. Obama spent 21 minutes talking with a group of 10 female students at Hun Sen Bakorng High School, according to a White House transcript on March 21. She then went back to the hotel to speak at Peace Corps Training Round Table for 12 minutes.
Given Michelle’s reported 33 minutes in meetings on behalf of the education initiative, a little quick math shows that — considering just the $242,500 bill for accommodations — support for the first lady’s presentation in Cambodia cost U.S. taxpayers some $7,350 a minute.
Meanwhile, her husband presides over a federal government budget that has added $7.5 trillion in debt during his presidency.
Photo credit: SOFITEL ANGKOR PHOKEETHRA GOLF AND SPA RESORT HOTEL
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