Michelle Obama, her two daughters Sasha and Malia, and her mother Marian Robinson, are jetting across the world on what may be their last girls’ tour abroad during this presidential term.
The purpose of the trip: to promote Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative, launched in March 2015, to encourage poor girls in developing nations to get an education.
Air travel alone will cost nearly $300,000 for the trip, according to calculations based on prior trip records. The plane that Mrs. Obama travels on costs $11,684 an hour to operate.
The entourage touched down in Morocco Monday, with Mrs. Obama wearing a dress valued online at $1,750 – nearly five times the average income of Liberia’s citizens, and about 60 percent of the average income of Morocco’s citizens, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto joined her in Morocco, and they met with teenage girls to “discuss the obstacles to education facing girls in the North African nation.”
Their one-night stay in Morocco cost American taxpayers another $612,000 just for hotel and car rental expenses. According to contracts signed by the State Department, rooms were booked at three different five-star hotels, costing between $10,000 to $200,000 per room. Car rental and driver cost nearly $7,000, and additional car service for the secret service and other staff totaled $122,173.
Mrs. Obama is also scheduled to visit a Peace Corps training facility in Liberia, and a school in Unification Town, Liberia to meet with other young girls about education opportunities.
The Daily Mail said Obama’s visit will highlight U.S. commitments through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent U.S. foreign aid agency, and USAID, to help girls attend and stay in school.
They are scheduled to return to Washington, D.C. on Friday.
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