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Instead of Spain, Michelle Obama Should Stick to U.S. Vacations
US News and World Report ^ | August 9, 2010 | Mary Kate Cary

Posted on 08/09/2010 1:06:07 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

There’s a lot of talk about Michelle and Sasha Obama’s mother-daughter trip with 40 friends to a ritzy resort on the coast of Spain, and some of the commentary is a little harsh. Andrea Tantaros of the New York Daily News calls the first lady a “material girl” and a “modern-day Marie Antoinette”--but she also brings up a valid point about the cost to taxpayers of taking an estimated 70 Secret Service agents and Air Force Two on an overseas vacation. Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post writes that the attacks are unfair and that it’s not reasonable to expect the first family to have a “stay-cation” in Washington, cleaning out closets at the White House.

Maureen Dowd’s column on this in the Sunday New York Times quotes Obama adviser David Axelrod saying that “not everything is political theater.” Axelrod continued, “Folks in the public eye are also human beings ... If you have the ability to show your kid a part of the world and you can do that together before they get to the age where they don’t want to do anything with you, I don’t think it’s right that you have to defer it because of the politics.”

He makes a good point, and I’m a big fan of foreign travel for kids. I’m also all for mother-daughter trips together. But surely the Obamas have enough foreign travel coming up--to places other than five-star resorts--where the girls can see how people from other nations live and what it’s like for kids who aren’t as blessed as they are. The president’s canceled trip to Asia hasn’t been rescheduled yet, but why not take the girls along, even if they have to miss some school? The only time I ever got to travel to a far-off place when I was a kid was when I accompanied my dad on a business trip. I suspect kids who can do that learn a lot more than they would have in the classroom.

Part of the problem with the trip to Spain is that Mrs. Obama was photographed wearing clothes by Jean Paul Gaultier, an expensive haute-couture French designer. Glamour magazine’s coverage (with photos) calls her “an ambassador of total glam when she travels.” Of course we all want the first lady to look great, but choosing way-out-there expensive designers like Gaultier might be feeding the narrative that there’s a disconnect between the White House and the rest of the country. I think Mrs. Obama does a great thing when she chooses up-and-coming American designers--as she did when she asked Jason Wu to do her inaugural gown--or when she mixes edgy American designs with J. Crew standards.

[See photos of Michelle Obama.]

If I were first lady, I’d have two rules: When out in public, I’d only wear clothes by American designers, and when on vacation, I’d only go to towns inside the United States.

Think of the excitement if Mrs. Obama had convinced her 40 friends to stay at an expensive resort (and there are plenty) on the Gulf Coast or in Florida. Or if they’d gone to see the Tetons or the Grand Canyon or Santa Fe or Macinaw Island. How about taking over a luxury resort at Half Moon Bay? The California economy could certainly use the business. The Obamas are already scheduled to go to Martha’s Vineyard, which is great. They need to have more vacations like that: an opportunity to have fun with friends while also sending a strong message of support for America’s small businesses and small towns.


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Outdoors; Politics; Travel
KEYWORDS: bhovacation; elites; elitists; flotusmichelle; letthemeatcake; michelleobama; obama
Or better yet, quit going on a vacation every other week while real unemployment is up around 20% and black youth unemployment is at FIFTY PERCENT!! They live in a 50,000 square foot mansion, have Camp David nearby, have another mansion in Chicago and play more golf than Arnold Palmer, but that ain't enough?! This isn't "tone deafness" this is deliberately rubbing our noses in it!
1 posted on 08/09/2010 1:06:10 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What could the daughter have learned on a five day trip to Spain.

How to say vanilla ice cream in espanol?

This was an outrageous abuse of taxpayer dollars.

If she wanted to spend time with a bereaved friend she could have invited the woman to the White House for a few days.


2 posted on 08/09/2010 1:10:05 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. I am sure if Laura Bush had taken similar lavish vacations we’d STILL be hearing about them.


3 posted on 08/09/2010 1:10:11 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It sounds like Mary Cate Kelly is a racist. So many racists in the MSM these days. Its just like Selma!!!


4 posted on 08/09/2010 1:10:32 PM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Even their toadies in the Lamestream Media are jumping ship over this. Hubby’s already plummeting approval ratings are about to head through the basement floor.


5 posted on 08/09/2010 1:10:48 PM PDT by Genoa (Titus 2:13)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If you have the ability to show your kid a part of the world and you can do that together before they get to the age where they don’t want to do anything with you...you get booted off the gravy train and have to pay for it yourself...

Fixed it.

6 posted on 08/09/2010 1:11:25 PM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: Carley

She’s prolly just tired of being Barry’s beard.


7 posted on 08/09/2010 1:11:37 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sure. She could go to Vegas and rent the Bellagio for a week.


8 posted on 08/09/2010 1:12:08 PM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
They need to have more vacations like that:[in the States]"

Can they be just done with this vacation business for some tim, please? They already rested for at least several terms.
9 posted on 08/09/2010 1:12:34 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: pnh102

If it’s Tuesday, the Obamas MUST be on vacation!!


10 posted on 08/09/2010 1:14:01 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Carley

“If she wanted to spend time with a bereaved friend she could have invited the woman to the White House for a few days.”

Laura Bush went hiking in our beautiful Rocky Mountains when she wanted to be with her girlfriends. Such a down-to-earth trip.


11 posted on 08/09/2010 1:14:16 PM PDT by hoe_cake ( Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Michellappalooza tour......

I’m sure she’s not proud of anything American except her flunky, community organizing, teleprompter hubbie.....


12 posted on 08/09/2010 1:16:09 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, the downtrodden looks on the people losing their homes and jobs and the oil gobs on the beaches kinda ruin it for her.


13 posted on 08/09/2010 1:16:43 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

BUT MEEEESHELLS FRIENDS NO LIKE USA


14 posted on 08/09/2010 1:20:32 PM PDT by dalebert
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BUT MEEEESHELLS FRIENDS NO LIKE USA


15 posted on 08/09/2010 1:20:38 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I think this guy is serious:

Mr. President: Forget Air Force One - think "Airstream One"

Yeah...Barack and Michelle will pay attention. They will tour county fairs, stay in WigWam motels, visit VFW halls and catch fireflies at night.

And "bitter small town" America, where people "cling to their guns and religion" will rise as one and declare, gosh darn, this is the bestest First Couple ever!

16 posted on 08/09/2010 1:20:43 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
I am in perfect agreement with you all on the vacations. Off topic a bit, but when I read this line: Glamour magazine’s coverage (with photos) calls her “an ambassador of total glam when she travels.”, I first misread it as "an ambassador of total glUm when she travels.” On second thought, that WOULD have been more fitting!
17 posted on 08/09/2010 1:23:48 PM PDT by MagnoliaMS ("Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!")
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To: MagnoliaMS

Also a little off topic but has anyone given any thought to how this clown and is sour puss wife would act should they loose the WH is 2012. Would she go after the future First Lady? Sit there seething with hatred? Endure the boos and cat calls like the Bushes did?

These people can’t get out quick enough for me.


18 posted on 08/09/2010 1:33:11 PM PDT by Edison (I don't know what irks me more, the lying or the incompetence.)
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To: Carley

hey Hillary took Chelsea on a trip...it seems to be an elitest Dem thing. to heck with the small people


19 posted on 08/09/2010 1:34:23 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

bump


20 posted on 08/09/2010 1:37:05 PM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Genoa

Just waiting for the drumbeats urging Hillary to run start coming up.


21 posted on 08/09/2010 1:39:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

“Let’s Hear it for the Rainbow Tour...”


22 posted on 08/09/2010 1:40:54 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If you have the ability to show your kid a part of the world and you can do that together before they get to the age where they don’t want to do anything with you, I don’t think it’s right that you have to defer it because of the politics.

Unbelievable.

First, the assumption that it is the US taxpayers' responsibility to enhance the mother-daughter relationship between the First Lady and her youngest child.

Second, the idea that this is an accurate description of what is going on here: a multimillion dollar boondoggle involving an entourage of more than 100 people on the taxpayers' dime to an exclusive European resort known as one of the playgrounds of the world's wealthiest hedonists.

This is the First Lady treating her husband's office as a winning lottery ticket, not as a serious responsibility.

23 posted on 08/09/2010 1:45:39 PM PDT by wideawake
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Its like the Obamas are daring the press to criticize them or they've been promised that no matter what they do, excuses will be made and the masses kept calm.

Its so frickin' weird and the comparison to the constant bashing and nit-picking of Bush is 20 stories tall.

24 posted on 08/09/2010 1:46:26 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post writes that the attacks are unfair and that it’s not reasonable to expect the first family to have a “stay-cation” in Washington, cleaning out closets at the White House. Maureen Dowd’s column ... quotes Obama adviser David Axelrod saying ... ‘If you have the ability to show your kid a part of the world and you can do that together before they get to the age where they don’t want to do anything with you, I don’t think it’s right that you have to defer it because of the politics.’ He makes a good point, and I’m a big fan of foreign travel for kids. I’m also all for mother-daughter trips together. But surely the Obamas have enough foreign travel coming up—to places other than five-star resorts—where the girls can see how people from other nations live and what it’s like for kids who aren’t as blessed as they are.’”

I’ve got an idea for the jet-setting mother-daughter team: how about a trip to Kenya to stay in one of the huts the Obamas live in there? That will allow the daughter to meet some of her relatives her idiot father is so proud of and will allow—in Axelhead’s words—the daughter to “see how people from other nations live” and see how she’d be living if she were in a third-world Marxist country (like her idiot father is trying to turn the U.S. into).


25 posted on 08/09/2010 1:46:41 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: dalebert

I remember when bubba said they hitlery and chelsea were gong to India because chelsea wanted chicken tandoori.

I think the trip was all about the Indians reneging on a deal they made with Enron. That deal ultimately helped destroy Enron.


26 posted on 08/09/2010 1:54:21 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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27 posted on 08/09/2010 1:54:53 PM PDT by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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28 posted on 08/09/2010 1:55:51 PM PDT by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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29 posted on 08/09/2010 1:56:25 PM PDT by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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30 posted on 08/09/2010 1:59:53 PM PDT by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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Brilliant! a new beer guy has been born! Thanks for the laughs and keep em coming!


31 posted on 08/09/2010 2:08:18 PM PDT by Per-Ling
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To: aphid

Love those!


32 posted on 08/09/2010 2:25:44 PM PDT by ivoteright (Sooner born, Sooner bred)
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To: Carley

ya...


33 posted on 08/09/2010 2:31:07 PM PDT by dalebert
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34 posted on 08/09/2010 2:31:36 PM PDT by aphid (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Obama’s are simply following the advice of the late Jim Morrison:

“I’M GONNA GET MY KICKS BEFORE THE WHOLE SHITHOUSE GOES UP IN FLAMES”


35 posted on 08/09/2010 3:56:53 PM PDT by bigheadfred (One size fits all)
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Mrs. Obama’s vacation to Spain will cost taxpayers well over $400,000... probably money borrowed from China. With record spending and $1 trillion deficits, federal debt to GDP at 61% and climbing and the national debt interest payment of $1.1 billion per day, do the American people really need to have this lavish expense added to our dismal fiscal plight? Perhaps Mrs. Obama will bring a large dessert filled “doggie-bag” back from Spain for the 25 million unemployed Americans who wonder if they have enough money for bread... then she can simply say to them: “Here... let them eat cake!”


36 posted on 08/09/2010 4:37:56 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try. ~Master Yoda)
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I saw Axelrod saying he thought she deserved it. It might look like I’m bowing down. But I’m really just making sure my powder is dry.

Reminds of the story of when Anwar Sadat doubled the price of bread in Egypt. Then went to stay at one of his villas. He went out on the balcony and was concerned by all the black smoke coming from the nearby town. So he sent someone to check it out. Seems like the ENTIRE country was rioting. Looking for his head.

Obama is ensuring his place as a one term POS POTUS. Let him have at it. This is another straw on the camel’s back. I’m ALL FOR them piling on the straw. When the back breaks I’ll be ready. Are you?


37 posted on 08/09/2010 5:20:19 PM PDT by bigheadfred (One size fits all)
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