Judicial Watch ended up filing a lawsuit in order to obtain documents relating to Mooch's 2011 vacation, thanks to efforts by the most transparent administration in the history of the country, and the findings may be of interest:
- According to U.S. Department of Defense’s published hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip, Judicial Watch calculated the total cost to American taxpayers was $424,142 for use of the aircraft (34.8 flight hours x $12,188 per hour). (The C-32 is a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757.) Other expenses – meals (off the plane), transportation, security, various services, etc. – have yet to be disclosed.
- The passenger manifests confirm the presence of Obama’s daughter’s, Malia and Sasha on the trip. The two girls are listed as “Senior Staff.” The manifests also list Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, and niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson, as well Mrs. Obama’s makeup and hairstylist (Carl Ray and Johnny Wright).
- The expense records also show $928.44 was spent for “bulk food” purchases on flight. Overall, during the trip, 192 meals were served for the 21 passengers on board.
Oh, Mooch gave a couple of speeches to talk about health and wellness - obviously critical issues from the standpoint of American foreign relations. Mostly, however, it was all about doing tourist stuff (like going on a safari) on the taxpayer dime.