Investigating Cost of Sasha, Malia Bahamas Trip
From: Judicial Watch
27 March 2013
Watchdog group Judicial Watch has filed Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests of President Barack Obama’s administration for expense details on first daughters Sasha’s and Malia’s spring break vacation, the organization’s president Tom Fitton told Breitbart News.
“The Obamas’ unnecessary personal luxury travel is an abuse of office in this age of sequester, unemployment, and out-of-control government debt,” Fitton said, giving his reason for the investigation. “Taxpayers are right to wonder why the Obamas repeatedly take personal trips with seemingly little regard for the resulting drain on precious tax dollars.”
Breitbart News broke the story Monday that Sasha and Malia are spending their spring breaks at the ritzy Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Secret Service spokesman Bryan Leary declined to answer when Breitbart News asked him for details on the cost of the trip and how many Secret Service agents or other resources are assigned to this trip, instead saying the agency would not confirm or deny trip details for anyone under its protection including Sasha and Malia.
First lady Michelle Obama’s spokeswoman, who speaks on behalf of the first family on matters such as these, similarly did not provide those details when asked.
When Malia Obama went on a spring break trip to Mexico last year, she brought at least 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents. According to Judicial Watch’s findings, the cost of that trip was $115,500.87.
Per Judicial Watch, specific details for Malia’s Mexico trip include:
Ground transportation: $23,964.81
“Vouchers”: $21,636.14 (not itemized)
Support Charges: $449.66 (travel for one from Mexico City to Oaxaca, not itemized)