By now it's a well-known fact that Barack and Michelle Obama are professional in at least one aspect of their lives: taking vacations.

U.S. Herald has documented other expensive and ridiculous vacations that the Obama's have taken, but a right-wing group called Judicial Watch is taking the fight a step further.

After a request for records regarding a trip to Spain that the press called a "whirlwind tour" and after consistently being denied access to records regarding the cost to taxpayers for the Obama's trip.

The Obama's trip to Spain took place in August of 2010. The injunction to have the numbers released regarding the amount of money spent on the trip was filed in 2011 but no facts or figures were ever turned over.

That's problematic.

As a result of the lack of transparency, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit. And they're perfectly justified in doing so.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, known colloquially as FOIA, private citizens can request public documents and records. In the case of Michelle's lavish, Spanish vacation, those records haven't been seen by anyone outside of the government.

If you think it's silly the number of lawsuits and injunctions that have been served and given to the Obamas, you're not alone. However, everyone should keep in mind that Michelle Obama used over $400,000 of taxpayer funds for a trip to Africa in 2011.

Spending several weeks in Spain was likely not any cheaper, especially because she brought along some friends and their children as well.

This lawsuit against Michelle Obama is well grounded. We need people in the White House and in our government who can lead by example.

With debt and financial insecurity rising, we need frugality to be a real thing that the couple in the White House practice, not just something nice they can list as a presidential goal.



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