Michelle Obama made plenty of headlines for her lavish vacation at Oprah Winfrey’s beach house in Hawaii to celebrate her 50th birthday, but it turns out the early birthday gift wasn’t exactly from her husband. White House officials confirmed that taxpayers will be footing the bill for Michelle’s vacation, committing the American people to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the vacation. The huge cost of the trip was partly due to hiring SWAT teams to be around the perimeter of the property at all times and a private plane to and from Hawaii.
Although Winfrey wasn’t at her Hawaiian home for Obama’s “girls getaway,” several friends including CBS’ Gayle King and Valerie Jarrett shacked up at the Maui beach house. But while Winfrey manages to live without excessive security and blend into her community, Michelle is making her presence felt. A local coffee shop owner reported seeing “bomb sniffing dogs and Maui police in the bushes. We’re very close to Oprah’s property. They’ll probably walk up and down the road.”
Michelle made the trip to Hawaii without Barack or her two daughters, adding fuel to the ongoing rumors that they are planning to divorce. She has reportedly met with divorce lawyers and will remain in the White House for the rest of his term in order to keep up appearance, but intends to live a separate life for him. Sources claim that Michelle will move into one of the bedrooms in the family’s private living quarters and has already made arrangements to move his belongings out of their home in Chicago. She will also reportedly go after half of his assets in the divorce settlement.