Obama says he needs $100M of taxpayer money to go to Africa. But if he is going to take his mother-in-law and niece along, it should constitute as a family vacation and he fork over some of that dough.
In a move that can only fuel charges that his week-long trip to Africa is a de facto vacation, President Obama is taking his mother-in-law Marian Robinson and niece Leslie Robinson with him on Air Force One, which departed the United States this morning. Leslie is the daughter of First Lady Michelle Obama’s brother Craig.
Obama is already being accompanied by Mrs. Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia. It’s not clear if other family members got aboard the presidential jet this morning. The press pool reporter, who eyed the Obama relatives, doesn’t mention any.
The White House says the excursion is an important step toward building democracy and advancing U.S. strategic interests in Africa.