Revealed: The Obamas' three-day trip to Ireland in 2013 cost taxpayers $7.9 million, and Michelle’s gigantic suite cost $3,300 per night
Michelle Obama and her daughters stayed in the 'Princess Grace' presidential suite at one of Dublin's fanciest hotels
The $3,300-per-night mini-palace includes butler service, two bedrooms and two bathrooms
Her side trip during the Belfast G-8 meeting was billed as an official visit but she saw Riverdance, gawked at the Book of Kells and toured a national park
Air Force One alone costs more than $228,000 to operate
By David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor
Published: 10:52 EST, 9 April 2014 | Updated: 12:18 EST, 9 April 2014
Michelle Obama spent more than $251,000 of taxpayers' money on a sightseeing jaunt to Dublin, Ireland in June 2013 while the first family was on a three-day official trip to Belfast. The three-day journey overall cost more than $7.6 million.
She stayed in the $3,300-per-night 'Princess Grace' presidential suite at Dublin's tony Shelbourne Hotel, a sumptuous two-bedroom, two-bathroom lodging that measures 1,530 square feet and includes butler service and its own dining room.
President Obama an official visit to Belfast for a G-8 summit, and then to Berlin for official meetings, consuming 33.6 hours of Air Force One flight time.
According to Air Force documents published Wednesday by Judicial Watch, the president's private Boeing 747 costs $228,288 per hour to operate, bringing the flight expenses for the trip to a whopping $7.67 million.