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Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation
The New York Daily News ^ | August 5, 2010 | Andrea Tantaros

Posted on 08/05/2010 9:11:57 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Sacrifice is something that many Americans are becoming all too familiar with during this economic downturn. It was a key theme in President Obama's inaugural address to the nation, and he's referenced it numerous times when lecturing the country on how to get back on its feet.

But while most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns - or forgoing them altogether - the Obamas don't seem to be heeding their own advice. While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her "closest friends." According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.

Reports are calling the lodgings of Obama's Spanish fiesta, the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, "luxurious," "posh" and "a millionaires' playground." Estimated room rate per night? Up to a staggering $2,500. Method of transportation? Air Force Two.

To be clear, what the Obamas do with their money is one thing; what they do with ours is another. Transporting and housing the estimated 70 Secret Service agents who will flank the material girl will cost the taxpayers a pretty penny.

Perhaps it could be that the Obamas, who seem to fancy themselves more along the lines of international celebrities than actual leaders, espouse a different view of sacrifice.(continued)

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: auntesther; doasisaynotasido; elites; michelleobama; obama; recession; spain; vacation
When was the last time you had a vacation, much less on someone else's dime?
1 posted on 08/05/2010 9:12:00 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She only wished she looked as good as Marie Antionette or Madonna...


2 posted on 08/05/2010 9:13:46 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Terrific column.

One of the comments suggested that comparing M0 to Marie Antoinette was unfair to the French queen.


3 posted on 08/05/2010 9:13:46 AM PDT by Jedidah
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Packing 8 yrs. of free s*** into 4!


4 posted on 08/05/2010 9:14:04 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Listening to a radio station in Chicago on the internet. Mentioned that taxpayers are paying for Obama’s trip to Chicago because he visited the Ford plant.

I suppose we will pay for Shelly’s since she is visiting the King?


5 posted on 08/05/2010 9:14:28 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

How did the Obamas get this rich? They couldn’t have afforded this 2 years ago (if you believe his financial disclosures).

To be clear, what the Obamas do with their money is one thing


6 posted on 08/05/2010 9:14:40 AM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Do we know who her long time friend in Spain is?? Something isn't quite right.

And Obama is with the girls on the View and Oprah.

Something ain't right.

7 posted on 08/05/2010 9:16:39 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: RummyChick

No, the King’s in Chicago.


8 posted on 08/05/2010 9:17:28 AM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Marie’s partying off the commoners’ dime was cut short.


9 posted on 08/05/2010 9:21:13 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
When was the last time you had a vacation, much less on someone else's dime?

I remember it well. It was on the 12th of NEVER!
10 posted on 08/05/2010 9:21:49 AM PDT by crosshairs (Celebrate diversity. Own a variety of firearms.)
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To: FrdmLvr
I'm guessing the king's gonna' meet up with a kingette ... as opposed to a female entity.

Mich decided to go over while zero went down low.

11 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:01 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s good to be king, if just for a while
To be there in velvet, yeah, to give ‘em a smile
It’s good to get high, and never come down
It’s good to be king of your own little town

Yeah, the world would swing if I were king
Can I help it if I still dream time to time

It’s good to be king and have your own way
Get a feeling of peace at the end of the day
And when your bulldog barks and your canary sings
You’re out there with winners, yeah, it’s good to be king

Yeah I’ll be king when dogs get wings
Can I help it if I still dream time to time

It’s good to be king and have your own world
It helps to make friends, it’s good to meet girls
A sweet little queen who can’t run away
It’s good to be king, whatever it pays

Excuse me if I have some place in my mind
Where I go time to time

Its Good To Be King Lyrics
Artist: Tom Petty


12 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:09 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Anti-Gunners suffer from Factose Intolerance)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

this is what I hate about liberals,leftists, and democrats.....they’re consummate liars and charlatans...


13 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:21 AM PDT by cherry
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To: Old Teufel Hunden
She only wished she looked as good as Marie Antionette or Madonna...

...instead, she got bigfoot or wookie.
14 posted on 08/05/2010 9:27:21 AM PDT by ZX12R (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“When was the last time you had a vacation”

July 1999. Right now we are helping family members through this recession.

Nobody else is willing to give us a dime to go to Spain.

Maybe I can apply for a government grant?


15 posted on 08/05/2010 9:27:53 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: Jedidah
Interestingly, of the two major tabloids in NYC (as opposed to the Times broadsheet) the Daily News is the liberal paper and the Post is the more conservative.

This is a fascinating column for the Obama-cheerleading Daily News to run - between the end of the primaries and the general election in 2008 this paper was like a daily pamphlet for Hope and Change.

16 posted on 08/05/2010 9:30:37 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All

That poll on the front page of the NYD needs work.

“Rich Girl, Poor Country
Do you think Michelle Obama should ditch high life for more down-to-Earth image?

Yes, they tell people to save, yet they spend, spend, spend.

No, she promotes positive living and the American dream of prosperity.”

yes 37

no 63

Git er done, folks!


17 posted on 08/05/2010 9:31:14 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Let them eat arguela?


18 posted on 08/05/2010 9:33:34 AM PDT by Stepan12 (Palin & Bolton in 2012)
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To: OpusatFR

Hey, they been on one solid vacation since they hit town..just her staffs salary would keep up a city.


19 posted on 08/05/2010 9:33:34 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: OpusatFR

The comment (NYD comment section) about Palin’s $150,000 campaign wardrobe is on target.


20 posted on 08/05/2010 9:33:46 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

21 posted on 08/05/2010 9:39:31 AM PDT by 444Flyer
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Ouch! This one stings. I can only imagine the reaction in the thin-skinned White House. They go ballistic when they read stuff like this.
22 posted on 08/05/2010 9:45:52 AM PDT by mojito
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Hey, I thought there was gonna be cake!?"
23 posted on 08/05/2010 9:49:50 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This gives us insight as to why the French Revolution devolved into the Reign of Terror.

Like the French aristocracy of the time, the Obama’s have earned nothing and contributed to nothing to society in their lives and live lavishly off the labors of the ‘peasants’ who they hold in such contempt.


24 posted on 08/05/2010 9:50:56 AM PDT by KamperKen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Wow. Hard hitting article in a not-conservative publication.

btw, the photo galleries are nauseating. Wonder why the Obamas think of themselves as "celebrities?"

Ninnies.

25 posted on 08/05/2010 9:59:20 AM PDT by ohioWfan (Proud Mom of a Bronze Star recipient!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

According to the Early Show this morning, the Queen said she would pay for her own room and shopping.

Mighty white of her, as Dirty Harry would say.

LET THEM EAT SPAM! The motto of the Øbamaelitists.


26 posted on 08/05/2010 10:07:52 AM PDT by SpinyNorman (Carbon credits are designed to be the slush fund of the New World Order.)
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To: SpinyNorman

Who’s paying for the other 59 suites? The 80 Secret Service Agents and hundreds of police officers? The jet fuel for a “private citizen” (to quote Robert Gibbs) on vacation? This would be bad enough if it was 1998 and we had money, but this is the worst economy in EIGHTY YEARS for pity’s sake!! You can’t buy a job in most places and they take a vacation every week or two! I’m disgusted that there aren’t millions of us in DC right now with pitchforks, torches, tar & feathers and perhaps.....


27 posted on 08/05/2010 10:12:55 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try. ~Master Yoda)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
2004. Mmmm, but the cake is delish!

One could argue she is combining business (diplomatic - meeting with the royals) with pleasure, and we don't know, maybe she did scale it down.

28 posted on 08/05/2010 10:49:35 AM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
2004. Mmmm, but the cake is delish!

One could argue she is combining business (diplomatic - meeting with the royals) with pleasure, and we don't know, maybe she did scale it down.

29 posted on 08/05/2010 10:49:44 AM PDT by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: SpinyNorman
According to the Early Show this morning, the Queen said she would pay for her own room and shopping.

So Big Foot says she will pay for her excesses with whose salary, and that salary is funded by whom, and for doing what? These moochers have claimed to be just like our neighbors, not like the politicians from established wealth, such as Kennedy, McCain, Rockefeller, and Bush. Sorry you pack of squatters, my neighbors have to go to work everyday to be paid by a salary so they can eat and have a roof over their heads.

LET THEM EAT SPAM!


Good one. "The Obamas of Spamlotte"
30 posted on 08/05/2010 11:15:33 AM PDT by mstar
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
She should be able to recognize prestige and manic spending and consumption that springs from a need for self-esteem, very common among nouveau riche liberals and yuppies with emotional needs and a sense of entitlement. This is what she thinks wealthy and powerful people do. And apparently this need overrides any sense of inappropriateness, given the economic woes afflicting many Americans, the gulf oil diaster, etc. For similar reasons Barry's mother-in-law stays busy eyeing the White House silverware, china, and tea services, tucking away spoons and forks for a rainy day. Those who had traumatic childhoods or who feel they were wronged earlier in life have more trouble with self-esteem spending.

A shopping spree in Paris should come next. Maybe she could travel around France telling school kids which food groups to eat in order to avoid getting fat....

31 posted on 08/05/2010 11:18:12 AM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So Spain has finally solved it’s Blackamoor problems?


32 posted on 08/05/2010 11:59:20 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, - W Churchill)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“When was the last time you had a vacation, much less on someone else’s dime?”

With 30-40 of your closest friends! Have you seen the pictures of queen meshell’s stupid sullen-looking posse being escorted around the streets? What an embarrassment to America...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1300604/Michelle-Obama-modern-day-Marie-Antoinette-First-Lady-slammed-lavish-Marbella-holiday.html


33 posted on 08/05/2010 12:12:34 PM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: DManA

his tax return showed most of their income (millions) is royalities for his books

written for him by Bill Ayers
talk about “unearned income”


34 posted on 08/05/2010 12:14:29 PM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Oh, but when she gets home, they plan to visit the beach in Fl this month and then go off to Martha’s Vineyard for TEN DAYS

Imagine all that yummy ice cream...To celebrate his quickie signing Pelosi’s 26 Billion bailout to keep LOCAL teachers and LOCAL firefighters employed with FEDERAL DOLLARS


35 posted on 08/05/2010 12:19:05 PM PDT by silverleaf (Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.)
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

... don’t be so optomistic ... what about the horses or dogs ?


36 posted on 08/05/2010 3:34:14 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoaqLOBVtcs


37 posted on 08/05/2010 5:13:28 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
$600 Sneakers? Really?... .........................
38 posted on 08/05/2010 5:26:53 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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To: FrdmLvr
If this were Pres. Bush alone on his B'day, we'd be hearing rumors about...............
39 posted on 08/05/2010 5:35:11 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA

Looks like a very not guilty portrayal of Marie Antoinette.


40 posted on 08/07/2010 3:17:11 AM PDT by Impy (DROP. OUT. MARK. KIRK.)
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To: Impy; Clintonfatigued; Perdogg; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; ExTexasRedhead

As for the American people, let us eat cake.


41 posted on 08/07/2010 7:16:20 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Obama's more worried about Israelis building houses than he is about Islamists building atomic bombs)
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To: Clintonfatigued; Impy

A 4 letter word, but it isn’t “cake.”


42 posted on 08/07/2010 8:29:09 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did you see the poll results?! Ugh, where do they find those people who think she should continue in her role as Marie Antoinette?


43 posted on 08/07/2010 8:54:49 AM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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