According to Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, when President Obama attended the G-8 summit in Ireland last June, Michelle Obama and their two daughters went on the trip but made several “sightseeing” activities that ended up costing taxpayers $251,161.86.
A large portion of that expense, $55,004.85, was for 30 rooms at the Shelbourne Dublin hotel, which included the $3,300-per-night Princess Grace Suite, where the first lady stayed. An additional $70,855.44 was for hotel rooms at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin.
The entire cost for Michelle Obama and her daughters, including flight and security expenses, is estimated at around $5 million, said Judicial Watch, while the total costs that include the president’s official meeting, were $7,921,636.66.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated in a press release, “It is clear that the Obamas abused the perk of the president’s official trip to the G-8 summit for a luxury European vacation at taxpayer expense.” He continued “And it is shameful that it took a federal lawsuit to obtain this information. Transparency goes by the wayside for the Obamas when it comes to covering up their abuse of taxpayer resources.”