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[DNC Chairman] Tim Kaine Defends Michelle Obama's Trip to Spain
CBS News' Political Hotsheet ^ | August 9, 2010 | Stephanie Condon

Posted on 08/09/2010 9:35:39 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

First Lady Michelle Obama was criticized last week for vacationing in Spain with her daughter while the economy continues to sputter, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said this morning it's "wrong" to attack the First Family's private vacation.

"I think it's wrong to talk about the first lady's family vacation as a politician," Kaine said on NBC's "Today Show." "She's a mom."

Michelle Obama traveled with her daughter Sasha and a group of friends to Costa del Sol in southern Spain.

"When you're in office you don't give up being a mom and a family member, too," Kaine said. "This was an opportunity for Michelle to join friends and friends' daughters [and] give them exposure to a part of the world that they haven't been before."

He said President and Michelle Obama are "focused on being good parents."

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TOPICS: Issues; Parties
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What office does Mrs. Obama hold, pray tell? And if she's just a "mom" and a "private citizen" (as Mr. Gibbs has said) why is she telling our schools which food to serve our kids and meeting with heads of state? Do they really think they can have it both ways? Also, I'm glad the DNC Chair was stupid enough to take the bait on this issue, as it'll tie the Democrats even closer to the terrible optics of this trip. Seems both parties are run by morons!
1 posted on 08/09/2010 9:35:42 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

a real loser is Tim Kaine


2 posted on 08/09/2010 9:38:51 AM PDT by rj45mis
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Considering all the statements she has made, etc., she should be fair game. Frankly, the spin is making me dizzy, between Beltway Bob’s “private citizen” comment to former Governor Kaine telling us to mind our own business—well, Governor—she’s using MY money for travel. I’m pretty sure that MAKES IT MY BUSINESS!!!


3 posted on 08/09/2010 9:38:51 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Obama--Playing a West Wing fantasy in a '24' world.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Before I retired, I think I took a total of 2 family vacations in 25 years. Neither of them were in the costa Del Sol. If she had to have a vacation, why didn’t she take it in Pensacola FL?


4 posted on 08/09/2010 9:39:21 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy (tHE)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What a boatload of crap. This wasn’t a trip to 6 Flags or Disney World for the kid - this was Spain for an 8 year old - at a prohibitively expensive hotel.

Hiding behind motherhood is really low.


5 posted on 08/09/2010 9:39:21 AM PDT by chickadee
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Parasites.Every one of them.


6 posted on 08/09/2010 9:40:10 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop thinking about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Moms don't get to take their kids to Spain on Government (free)luxury jets with 70 secret service guards and staff to do their bidding.

People forget that those 70 people also had to be lodged, fed, paid, and transported...AT OUR EXPENSE.

And where it the mention of the other plane that transported the bulletproof Limo/SUV?


Train


7 posted on 08/09/2010 9:40:23 AM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Unlike many career pols, “private citizen” Michelle surely doesn’t have the discipline to keep her emotions in check.

My suggestion is to keep poking her and keep all mics hot. Eventually, she’ll go off and give us some good youtubes


8 posted on 08/09/2010 9:41:43 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another liberal elite defending the worst of the arrogant liberal elites.


9 posted on 08/09/2010 9:42:32 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (I will not be silenced.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She is living high on the hog on my dime, and, I resent it. If she wants to vacation let her pay for it out of her pocket. No one is saying anything about her being a mom, they are talking about her high living when other moms in this country do not know how they are going to feed their children. I do wish this administration would grow to h... up.


10 posted on 08/09/2010 9:42:46 AM PDT by mom-7
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Just a normal soccer mom on a $350,000 vacation (if we believe that number).


11 posted on 08/09/2010 9:43:21 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Please tell Spain to keep these parasites.


12 posted on 08/09/2010 9:43:39 AM PDT by chris37
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I agree - either she is a role model or she isn’t. Flip=Flop.


13 posted on 08/09/2010 9:44:19 AM PDT by ninergold3 (Let Go and Let God - He IS In Control)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
He said President and Michelle Obama are "focused on being good parents."

Oh yeah... I can see little Natasha asking her mom, "Why are we taking this vacation without daddy?" then Michelle replying, "Well Sasha, daddy wanted to invite Oprah but I can't stand that witch. So, he is going to Chicago to spend time with his friends unitl I cool off."

14 posted on 08/09/2010 9:44:19 AM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let’s say she is a private citizen spending her own money (which she isn’t), she should show her patriotism, as first lady of this country, and spend her vacation at an American resort. I guess Hawaii is too cheap for her tastes.

Can’t even express the level of contempt I have for this woman.


15 posted on 08/09/2010 9:45:32 AM PDT by KansasGirl
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Dear Mr. Kaine...
Many of we Americans are Moms...

Michelle Obama is nothing special and she needs to know the public did not appreciate her spending money that could be used for many NEEDY purposes and not a five day million dollar get away!!!!!

so we will answer you in Nov. 2,2010 and we plan to send Mom Michelle back to Chicago in 2012, only wish it could be sooner...

an American Mother
Carole~~PA.

16 posted on 08/09/2010 9:47:02 AM PDT by haircutter
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To: FrankR
...the bulletproof Limo/SUV

iirc, there were some 20 vehicles involved, probably more than one plane.

17 posted on 08/09/2010 9:47:04 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ummmm...If the first lady gave a damn about her kids, why not go to some American travel spot? Where at least when she throws OUR taxmoney out the window like used Kleenex, OUR business people get to use it...to pay Americans, who would love that "economic stimulus" that comes from spending money here?
18 posted on 08/09/2010 9:49:00 AM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
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To: Smokin' Joe

I had not heard the total number of vehicles, but I knew protocol indicated that there would be vehicles, at least for her and the kid. Wow.


19 posted on 08/09/2010 9:49:36 AM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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First it was to spend time with a Chicago friend whose mother/father just died. Now it’s just a Mom on a trip to spend time with her daughter. Both of which could easily be accomplished without traveling to Spain.

These two sorry excuses are sad in their desperation to explain an unnecessary and obscenely expensive junket, with rumors of meeting secretly with Arab dignitaries.

Next on the agenda, a Florida gulf weekend and then another 10 day vacation in New England. This after at least 6 other vacation since January according to those keeping count.

People like me who haven’t taken a real vacation in years are not liking the vacation Queen’s in your face frivolity at our expense.


20 posted on 08/09/2010 9:50:38 AM PDT by Jenny217
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Basically what we have in the White House is the couple whose ideal state is a combination of the third world chieftainship and American resources and power.


21 posted on 08/09/2010 9:53:07 AM PDT by alecqss
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Make ‘em defend her every day.


22 posted on 08/09/2010 9:56:57 AM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
We're all going to see how well his "defense" worked come this November, aren't we?

And....if this trip was so "right", why is a defense necessary at all?

One must surmise that the queen of America's trip to Spain may wear very thin indeed with all those unemployed here at home whose "vacation" for the last two years has been to their own backyard to sit awhile on a tree stump drinking home brew.
Not to mention the fine folks down in LA, AL, and FL whose vacation spots...tho touted by the queen a short week or two ago, remain virtually empty!

Just sayin'.....

23 posted on 08/09/2010 9:57:34 AM PDT by Logic n' Reason ("Buzzard's gotta eat; same as worms.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I read thru HUNDREDS of comments on the suntimes.com site and only saw ONE person that tried to throw in a Bush comparison! All the rest were MAJOR SKEWINGS on these LOSERS!

Michelle O'Bozo Gets BLASTED in the comments!

I decided to see what the DUmmies thought over this situation in DUmmyland. I ran a google check and I found NOTHING!!

All I got was ONE tiny thread on her taking her daughter to Spain with 6 comments! Pravda is alive and well in DUmmyland!

"You don't be sayin' nothin' BATT bout my O'Bozos, y'hare!?"

24 posted on 08/09/2010 9:59:04 AM PDT by RogerWilko
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To: FrankR
I'm not sure how many they brought with them, and how many are consular loaners, etc. I recall the Clintons flew a motorcade to China when they went, and frankly, I would not want the headache of 'clearing' a local vehicle as being completely devoid of any threat, including surveillance and bugs.

Though for the life of me, I can't think of why any of America's enemies would wish either of the Obamas ill.

25 posted on 08/09/2010 10:04:14 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Before the election, where the Obamas in the habit of vacationing overseas??? or is that just with our money?

Before the electios, did the Obamas often take seperate vacations? or is that just with our money?


26 posted on 08/09/2010 10:08:41 AM PDT by lack-of-trust
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To: RogerWilko

For those that were wondering about Sasha’s outfit when she met the King. It is a J.Crew ensemble. Pieces sold separately - not necessarily meant to go together.

Posters here have reported that Sasha was suppose to eat separately and Shelly wouldn’t hear of it and that is what you see on the video of their meeting.

I am sure that didn’t go over well with the King.

Meanwhile, poor Malia is off at some camp. Perhaps by choice because she has had enough.


27 posted on 08/09/2010 10:16:01 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: rj45mis

Tim Kaine, typical of most Democrats, has no sense of proportion.


28 posted on 08/09/2010 10:19:35 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Democrats are truly desperate. This was a PR disaster for the Democrats and Obama.


29 posted on 08/09/2010 10:23:01 AM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: FrankR

I just came up with a perfect term for all this:
National Buffoon’s Spanish Vacation!


30 posted on 08/09/2010 10:36:58 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try. ~Master Yoda)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I really really hate these people. I can't go on vacations, or out to dinner or anything else. We live paycheck to paycheck. On our 53rd wedding anniversary, we stayed home and ate DOLLAR Dinners. That was all we could afford. These A@@ holes get to run around the world, golf etc on my dollar (and everybody else).

These were to be our golden years. Travel, do things. Ha. We don't do anything while that bunch of @#$%^&*() run around the world.

She wasn't elected to ANY OFFICE. What a complete looser. No respect for the position she is in. She and her kids dress like tramps.

31 posted on 08/09/2010 11:13:14 AM PDT by greatgranny (It's not our job to judge terrorists, It's our job to set up the meeting.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, if she is a private citizen, she can pay for her own dang trip.


32 posted on 08/09/2010 11:33:06 AM PDT by imskylark
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s not even the fact it’s on the taxpayer’s dime that concerns me, especially given the fact that the Obamas do have young children, which we haven’t had since JFK.

But in the middle of this recession, and especially after all their talk about people should vacation in the Gulf of Mexico, what do they do, they go out of the country. Heck at least if they go to Martha’s Vineyard, that helps out the US economy. There aren’t any good places here to vacation?


33 posted on 08/09/2010 11:36:03 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Did you forget Amy Carter?


34 posted on 08/09/2010 11:41:53 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try. ~Master Yoda)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How old was Amy?

Anyway, I think it’s the fact that they have more than one kid that makes a huge difference.


35 posted on 08/09/2010 11:43:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Amy Carter lived in the White House for four years from the age of nine. She was the subject of much media attention during this period, as young children had not lived in the White House since the early 1960s presidency of John F. Kennedy (and didn’t after the Carter presidency until the inauguration of Bill Clinton). Amy is the youngest of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s children and has three older brothers.


36 posted on 08/09/2010 12:05:49 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try. ~Master Yoda)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“I think it’s wrong to talk about the first lady’s family vacation as a politician,” Kaine said on NBC’s “Today Show.” “She’s a mom.”

Then stay home and bake some cookies.


37 posted on 08/09/2010 12:11:58 PM PDT by maggief
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To: chickadee

“Hiding behind motherhood is really low.”

As low as hiding behind the deceased father of a friend.


38 posted on 08/09/2010 12:14:30 PM PDT by maggief
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Can you beat those dirty republicans attacking MOTHERHOOD?

"She's a mom." "When you're in office you don't give up being a mom and a family member, too,"

39 posted on 08/09/2010 12:18:53 PM PDT by DManA
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To: maggief

“She’s a mom.”

She’s a mom that only takes one of her two children on an international luxury trip.


40 posted on 08/09/2010 12:20:26 PM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Marxism is Evil.)
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To: paulycy

“She’s a mom.”

Well, she’s a mother, that’s for sure.


41 posted on 08/09/2010 2:14:54 PM PDT by SpinyNorman (Carbon credits are designed to be the slush fund of the New World Order.)
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To: AdmSmith; Arthur Wildfire! March; Berosus; bigheadfred; blueyon; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...
In the 1990s, there were articles about how elementary school students supposedly wrote letters urging Slick to "give Hillary more power".
42 posted on 08/10/2010 7:30:24 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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