Obama Bringing Mother-in-Law Along on $100 Mil African Vacation

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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It’s an official diplomatic visit. Sure it is. And don’t all official diplomatic visits involve bringing your wife’s family along on the taxpayer’s dime?

In a move that can only fuel charges that his week-long trip to Africa is a de facto vacation, President Obama is taking his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and niece Leslie Robinson with him on Air Force One, which departed the United States this morning. Leslie is the daughter of First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother Craig…

The Obamas have been criticized for the massive expense of the trip, which reportedly could reach up to $100 million. Obama was ridiculed when news surfaced that he had been contemplating a safari that would have required Secret Service agents to act as snipers in case animals tried to attack the first family.

The White House says the excursion is an important step toward building democracy and advancing U.S. strategic interests in Africa.

At least Obama limited his strategic deployment of family members on Air Force One to just Michelle’s relatives. If he had brought along all his half-brothers, it would have taken a thousand planes to ferry them all over.

Speaking of building democracy, can we get that done in America? Because there’s supposed to be a big difference between an American leader and some tinpot Third World dictator who lives the good life while squeezing the people dry.

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  • OfficialPro

    Obama was ridiculed when news surfaced that he had been contemplating a
    safari that would have required Secret Service agents to act as snipers
    in case animals tried to attack the first family.

    Well, rats and flies don’t like him, so he’ll probably be surrounded by every jungle beast.

    I wonder how his own dog stands him.

  • OfficialPro

    They know the animals are all out to get him, lol.

  • Longdrycreek- Texas Panhandle

    Obama missed at least two family members. The Boston aunt and the out of luck uncle. Perhaps he might drop them off in Kenya since both are elgible to deportatioh.

  • Jon Goodwin

    Good article man thanks!