Having lived in California housing projects for three years in the early 1970s, I am qualified to diagnose ghetto behavior when I see it. The reckless disregard for people whose money one uses in order to live "high on the hog" qualifies as ghetto behavior.
This thread is for chronicling this behavior, whether by Mr. Obama or his wife.
The Obamas' summer break on Martha's Vineyard has already been branded a PR disaster after the couple arrived four hours apart on separate government jets.
But according to new reports, this is the least of their extravagances.
White House sources today claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers' money on vacations alone in the past year.
ITEM: In June, Michelle Obama brought along her two daughters and two of her brother's children to her African junket.
First Lady Michelle Obama’s trip to South Africa and Botswana…cost taxpayers well over half a million dollars, possibly in the range of $700,000 or $800,000…Many may question whether such an expensive outreach overseas by the president’s wife is worthwhile given the threat of the ballooning federal debt to the economy.
…the trip, while featuring many official events, also included tourist components…a nonworking chance to meet Nelson Mandela… and a safari.
…three luxury beachfront homes…Kailua Bay…Obama and his family and friends...Christmas vacation….
Secret Service agents… have their own room…no more than $250 a day per person…Secret Service and Navy Seals rented…6 beachfront homes for the duration…between $1,000 and $1,250 per day…
…White House staff staying…on Waikiki Beach. Basic rooms...cost between from $350 to $450 per night, plus a $20 per night additional charge and 13 percent tax…