Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) criticized the Obamas for living a "life of excess" in her speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, questioning the first family's amenities in the face of budget cuts.
"We found out there are five chefs on Air Force One. There are two projectionists who operate the White House movie theater. They regularly sleep at the White House in case the first family wants a really, really late show. I don’t mean to be petty here, but can’t they just press the play button?” she asked.
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She went on to note that the Obamas have a paid dog-walker, and asked "Why are we doing that when we can’t get a disabled veteran in for a White House tour?”
Bachmann said $1.5 billion in government funds are spent on the White House and amenities.
Tours of the building have been discontinued due to the across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. Republicans in recent weeks have lambasted President Obama for the tours' cancellation, charging that the president should find other cuts rather than keep Americans from the White House.