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Carney Confirms President Gave His Wife Permission to Stay in Hawaii

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RUSH: This is funny. Jay Carney at the White House got a question at the press briefing today from Ed Henry about Moochelle staying on in Hawaii as a birthday present from Obama. His question was, "Mr. President, Mr. President, the first lady stayed behind in Hawaii, and the White House said that that was an early birthday present from the president. Does that mean that he is paying for her flight back?"

CARNEY: As with all personal travel, the first family will appropriately fund personal expenses, Ed, and in line with travel of past presidents and first ladies, the first lady will travel via government aircraft. But you're accurate in your description that this was her decision to remain -- actually, the president's suggestion, in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming very big birthday, and, you know, if you have kids, you know that telling your spouse that they can go spend a week away from home is actually a big present.

RUSH: What a guy. So Obama did give his wife permission to stay in Hawaii as a present. It was his suggestion, that's what Ed Henry was told here by Jay Carney. Let me tell you how these expenses work, folks. It's the same for candidates. Moochelle is gonna get on a government plane, probably a Boeing 757, and she'll get on with whoever. She's staying at Oprah's place in Maui with Gayle King and Valerie Jarrett and Eric Holder's wife. That tells me the country is gonna be run from Maui. If Valerie Jarrett's there, and Moochelle is there, then that's where the country's gonna be run from.

But, anyway, the way the expenses work, she'll get on board a government plane, a Boeing 757, and she and Obama will pay the first-class equivalent airfare. Even if it costs $18,000 an hour to fly that airplane, she will pay the cost of a single first class seat for herself and whoever else from the family. That's how it's technically drawn up on paper. And that's what Jay Carney was talking about.

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