While traveling throughout Africa on an estimated $100 million boondoggle with President Obama and her extended family, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, described living in the White House as like being in a “really nice prison.”
Michelle’s comment came during her discussion with former First Lady Laura Bush today at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania during an interview moderated by ABC journalist Cokie Roberts.
Roberts mentioned that Martha Washington, also described living in the role as First Lady, akin to being a state prisoner.
Michelle said she loved her job and found it liberating in some respects, but confining in others.
“There are some prison elements to it,” she allegedly joked. “But it’s a really nice prison.”
Former first lady Lura Bush told the crowd that First Ladies had their own chef.
“You can’t complain,” Michelle admitted. “But there is definitely elements that are confining.”
The White House is so confining to Michelle that she is wrapping-up an African swing of nations with her husband and family to South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania. The first family cut back on a safari tour that would have required the expense of a sharp-shooting team to protect then against wild animals. Naturally the $100 million travel expense on taxpayer money sparked criticism as the federal government is dealing with its sequester-related budget cuts.
The Obamas are accompanied by hundreds of Secret Service agents and staff. Military cargo planes brought 56 vehicles including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the Obamas stayed. And, fighter jets flew in the air space above the first family to provide round the clock protection.
“For the cost of this trip to Africa, you could have 1,350 weeks of White House tours, “Rep George Holding (R-NC) said on the House floor last week. White House tours have been canceled due to sequester-related budget cuts, a budget cut President Obama suggested and selected to cut White House tours.
I wonder if there is some way we the people can grant a pardon to First Lady Michelle Obama and her husband President Obama from the prison called the White House that they are so unjustly confined to.?