Edwin Mora
January 7, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama’s “birthday gift” of spending extra days under the Hawaiian sun alone without her husband and children may cost U.S. taxpayers at least $200,000–more than four times the U.S. average annual salary of $45,790.

U.S. taxpayers are on the hook for costs associated with flying a government plane from Andrews Air Force Base to Hawaii and back, as well as a Secret Service detail for the first lady.

Keith Koffler at White House Dossier found that the U.S. Department of Defense charges other agencies $6,330 per hour to fly in the Air Force C-40B Special Mission Aircraft that Michelle Obama is expected to use.

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