More Mooching: Rental Cars For Michelle Obama’s Kyoto Visit Cost $78,741
So here’s a question. What girls are not getting an education in Japan (a country that provides some of the best education on the planet) and Cambodia? What does visiting Japan have to do with an initiative focused on countries in Africa and in Afghanistan? Better shopping?
First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to a Buddhist Temple in Kyoto is costing taxpayers nearly $80,000 for rental cars, according to a government contract.
Mrs. Obama, who is travelling to Japan and Cambodia for a girls’ education initiative, will arrive in Kyoto, Japan, on Friday.
According to the White House press office, “The First Lady will travel to Kyoto on March 20 and visit the Kiyomizu-Dera Buddhist Temple and the Fushimi Inari Shinto Shrine. She will also greet staff from the U.S. Consulate in Osaka.”
Fushimi Inari Shinto is a shrine dedicated to a god of rice. Visitors of the temple can pay to go into a pitch-black basement that symbolizes the womb of Buddah’s mother.
The temple also features the Otowa Waterfall, which has streams to cause “longevity, success at school, and a fortunate love life.”
The cost for “Rental Vehicles for Flotus in Kyoto” is $78,741, according to a contract signed last week.
Mrs. Obama is promoting “Let Girls Learn,” an initiative by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that is spending $231.6 million for education programs in Nigeria, Afghanistan, South Sudan, Jordan, and Guatemala.