While President Obama and the first family’s western vacation trip over the weekend was heavily covered by print and broadcast reporters, U.S. media have been quiet on Michelle Obama’s overseas trip next week with daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson, observed Grumpy Editor.
In marking the 100th anniversary of the U.S. national park system, the Obamas spent the weekend at California’s Yosemite National Park where, in a speech against a mountain backdrop, the president pinned a heat wave on climate change.
It followed a Friday visit to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.
In travel to the other direction, the First Lady and family companions head for Liberia, Morocco and Spain, June 27 to July 1 to promote her year-old global girls' education initiative.
The aircraft Mrs. Obama usually travels on costs $11,684 an hour to operate, and figuring about 25 hours on the upcoming trip, the bill should amount to just under $300,000 for flying, calculated the U.K.’s Daily Mail.
The London-based newspaper also pointed out the First Lady “racked up $424,142 on travel and expenses for the plane crew on her 2011 trip to Botswana and South Africa.”
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American boardrooms remained more than 80 percent male last year.
That finding came from research by Catalyst, a nonprofit organization with a mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.