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Michelle Obama a "Private Citizen": White House Tells US MYOB on Luxury Spanish Vacation
Thursday, August 5, 2010 | Kristinn

Posted on 08/05/2010 9:14:10 AM PDT by kristinn

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters yesterday, in answer to a query about First Lady Michelle Obama's Spanish vacation where she is protected by 70 Secret Service agents, 250 Spanish law enforcement officers, will meet with Spain's king and queen and is staying at a luxury hotel where she has reserved 60 rooms, that it is none of the American people's business because she is a "private citizen."

Lynn Sweet reported at the Chicago Sun-Times that Gibbs was asked about "the appearance" of Obama's vacation and that Gibbs blew it off by asserting Michelle Obama is a "private citizen":

"The first lady is on a private trip. She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip. And I think I'd leave it at that," Gibbs said.

Sweet goes on to note that this is Michelle Obama's eighth scheduled vacation in the first nine months of 2010:

First ladies often go on vacations, with and without the president. An issue for Mrs. Obama may be how many: New York in March; Chicago, over Memorial Day; Los Angeles in June; Camp David -- sort of an extension of the White House -- in July; Maine in July, to highlight Acadia National Park, and now Spain. Mrs. Obama is glamorizing Spain's coastal resorts before her Aug. 14 first family weekend visit to Florida's Gulf Coast, to encourage tourists scared away by the oil spill. Starting Aug. 19, the Obamas will spend 10 days in Martha's Vineyard.

Last year, Michelle Obama vacationed in Paris and London, Martha's Vineyard, Hawaii, and Chicago, with a working vacation in Copenhagen lobbying for Chicago's failed bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. There was also the infamous 'date night' in New York City.

With America mired in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and Obama's policies exacerbating the crisis rather than fixing it, Barack and Michelle Obama live their lives like billionaires, even though the president's salary is $400,000 per year and the Obamas are only worth a few million dollars thanks to book sales.

Barack Obama has played over 40 rounds of golf in the 19 months of his presidency in addition to his numerous luxury vacations.

Michelle Obama routinely wears outfits that, from her $800 shoes to her $5000 earrings and $300 tote bags, are impossible for the average working or unemployed woman to afford.

It appears the press is finally taking notice of what many of us have long seen in the Obamas:

'Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette': First Lady slammed for lavish Marbella holiday


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bhovacation; flotusmichelle; michelleobama; myob; obama; robertgibbs; spain
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Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in

Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in

In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking

Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon

by George Harrison

1 posted on 08/05/2010 9:14:12 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

at least have them turn in their WH credit cards.


2 posted on 08/05/2010 9:15:40 AM PDT by whence911 (Here illegally? Go home. Get in line!)
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To: kristinn

If she paid with the trip with private funds....he might have a point.


3 posted on 08/05/2010 9:16:53 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: kristinn

If she paid with the trip with private funds....he might have a point.


4 posted on 08/05/2010 9:17:27 AM PDT by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: kristinn

“The first lady is on a private trip. She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip. And I think I’d leave it at that,” Gibbs said.

Mm Hmm, and she got there on private transportation and all those agents and police protecting her are employed by a private security firm. And she’s paying for the whole thing. Right.


5 posted on 08/05/2010 9:17:39 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: kristinn

A private citizen with taxpayer funded secret service and I suspect transportation....


7 posted on 08/05/2010 9:18:09 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: kristinn

I would so love for her to actually become a “private citizen”.


8 posted on 08/05/2010 9:18:23 AM PDT by anoldafvet (Bread lines or Assembly lines, your vote, your choice)
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To: kristinn

Then she has no business spending the American peoples money and she should spend her own on these silly lavish trips.


9 posted on 08/05/2010 9:18:41 AM PDT by taxtruth (Something really stinks In The Federal Government/Mafia and I think it's BO!)
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To: whence911

“private citizens” spending “public money”!!!!


10 posted on 08/05/2010 9:18:54 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("In a time of universal deceit,telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act"-George Orwell)
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To: kristinn

Sorry Gibbs but she is on our dime.


11 posted on 08/05/2010 9:19:22 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: kristinn

Our money = Our Business


12 posted on 08/05/2010 9:19:30 AM PDT by crosshairs (Celebrate diversity. Own a variety of firearms.)
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To: kristinn
That wookie b!tch put her fat ass into the public domain when she started spewing her communist food takeover central planning agenda. FU michelle.

LLS

13 posted on 08/05/2010 9:20:18 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES!)
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To: kristinn

“She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip. And I think I’d leave it at that,” Gibbs said.”

The animals learn that the cows’ milk and windfallen apples are mixed every day into the pigs’ mash. When the animals object, Squealer explains that the pigs need the milk and apples to sustain themselves as they work for the benefit of all the other animals.

Read more: http://www.cliffsnotes.com/study_guide/literature/Animal-Farm-Summary-and-Analysis-by-Chapter-Chapter-3.id-12,pageNum-22.html#ixzz0vkTtHTCV


14 posted on 08/05/2010 9:20:37 AM PDT by tumblindice ("`ow `bout a jumparoo?" Randy Roo)
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To: kristinn

My last few posts are about this so others can look at my post history instead of me repeating everything but the so called American media are a disgrace and why Spain?
Why not here?
Why all these vacations?
Why are her friends and mother over there on our dime?
Why this much money and why 60 rooms paid for by us?

This is a disgrace and all of these vacations are a disgrace and why did they not spend their time with their husband and father for his birthday unless they do not celebrate birthdays like Christmas

Anyone can read my past few posts over this and see why we struggle to pay for water bills ,never eat out, never get takeout, massive cutbacks for the last two years and now I pay for their vacations at least once a month.

Just what the hell does this woman do but vacation with friends and family which we pay for.

The likes of NBC, ABC, CNN etc need to be stormed and be forced to answer why they are so corrupt and not reporting on this family and have not in the last few years


15 posted on 08/05/2010 9:20:46 AM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/THE LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: anoldafvet

Guess what...She’s a public servant by marriage and totally accountable.


16 posted on 08/05/2010 9:21:10 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: kristinn

Will someone in that press room please just get up and punch Gibbs in the face.


17 posted on 08/05/2010 9:21:14 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: mockingbyrd

Are the 70 Secret Service guys also on HER money, or are We the People paying for them? Room AND food? How about that she took Air Force Two to get there? Her private funds again?

These people have NO class and absolutely NO sense of the dignity of the office which her idiot husband holds.


18 posted on 08/05/2010 9:21:49 AM PDT by bboop (We don't need no stinkin' VAT)
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To: kristinn
Okay, I'll bite: I'm a “private citizen” too, so where's my cruise to the Bahamas or trip to Disneyworld? I'll eschew the bodyguards, since I am one, that ought to save some money.
19 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:04 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try. ~Master Yoda)
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To: whence911

Hmmm. Just a private citizen? With a huge entourage and taxpayer-funded luxury vacation? Where do I sign up for one?


20 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:23 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop Barry now. He can't help himself.)
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To: taxtruth; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
Then she has no business spending the American peoples money and she should spend her own on these silly lavish trips.

Amen to that, taxtruth!

21 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:46 AM PDT by nutmeg (Another "smartass" for lower taxes)
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To: kristinn

Private citizens meet with the king and queen of Spain all the time, don’t you know?


22 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:46 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: kristinn

I’m sure Harrison only meant that inasfar as it would have been interpreted as “screw white Christian society”, and did not intend for it to be interpreted so literally...


23 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:46 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: kristinn
Mookie is the first lady but she apparently thinks that she is ‘America's Queen’. The founders wanted nothing to do with royals and royalty for a reason.
24 posted on 08/05/2010 9:22:52 AM PDT by JPG (Reincarnation is a myth. This Is It.)
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To: tx_eggman

George Jefferson earned his money as a successful dry-cleaning chain owner. No comparison!


25 posted on 08/05/2010 9:23:13 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (No. Try not. Do... or do not. There is no try. ~Master Yoda)
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To: kristinn
She's only a "private citizen" when using private funds.

When using public funds, she is a public figure.

Dipwad.

26 posted on 08/05/2010 9:23:32 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: kristinn

DID SHE GO TO THE BEAUTIFUL MOSQUE AT CORDOBA YET?


27 posted on 08/05/2010 9:23:35 AM PDT by jessduntno (I wonder...how will third Manassas turn out?)
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To: kristinn

Michelle: “Let them eat food stamps!”


28 posted on 08/05/2010 9:23:45 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: kristinn

She seems to be vacationing on the peoples hard earned dime.
I call that a DEADBEAT!No one elected her for anything.


29 posted on 08/05/2010 9:24:11 AM PDT by taxtruth (Something really stinks In The Federal Government/Mafia and I think it's BO!)
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To: bboop

they don’t know the meaning of the word “gratitude”

they take things for granted


30 posted on 08/05/2010 9:24:18 AM PDT by ncpatriot
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To: kristinn

The sheer arrogance shown by both of them is guaranteeing that none of this is going to end well for any of them.

I know neither one of them learned any history but they might wish to look up the events that took place in France during the 1780’s.


31 posted on 08/05/2010 9:24:47 AM PDT by Nahanni
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To: kristinn

The minute she got out in front of the cameras touting an agenda, she became a political figure and not a private citizen.

It doesn’t cut both ways. Besides, the taxpayer is paying for this atrocious example of excess.

All hail Queen Michelletoinette! Let the unemployed homeless vacation under the Frances Scott Key Bridge.


32 posted on 08/05/2010 9:25:20 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: kristinn

REMEMBER according to Michelle Obama; the Copenhagen trip was ‘a sacrifice’.


33 posted on 08/05/2010 9:25:28 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: mockingbyrd

Exactly..if this not “official” then she should pay for it as a private citizen ..


34 posted on 08/05/2010 9:26:16 AM PDT by RnMomof7 (sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
George Jefferson earned his money as a successful dry-cleaning chain owner. No comparison!

True - not a very good example.

35 posted on 08/05/2010 9:26:41 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: tumblindice

“When Squealer explains to the animals why the pigs have been getting all the milk and apples, he reveals his rhetorical skill and ability to “skip from side to side” to convince the animals that the pigs’ greed is actually a great sacrifice:

Appealing to science (which presumably has proven that apples and milk are “absolutely necessary to the well-being of a pig”) and lying about pigs disliking the very food they are hoarding, Squealer manages a great public-relations stunt by portraying the pigs as near-martyrs who only think of others and never themselves. “It is for your sake that we drink that milk and eat those apples,” Squealer explains, and his dazzling pseudo-logic persuades the murmuring animals that the pigs are, in fact, selfless.

Squealer’s rhetorical question, “Surely there is no one among you who wants to see Jones back?” is the first of many times when Squealer will invoke the name of Jones to convince the animals that — despite any discontentment they may feel — their present lives are greatly preferable to the ones they led under their old master. Orwell’s tone when describing the animals’ reaction to Squealer (”The importance of keeping the pigs in good health was all too obvious”) is markedly ironic and again signals to the reader that the pigs are slowly changing into a new form of their old oppressors.


36 posted on 08/05/2010 9:28:12 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: kristinn

Reconstruction II. Ooops! (I keep forgetting we are not supposed to say that.)


37 posted on 08/05/2010 9:28:42 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: kristinn

Oh so she took Delta?


38 posted on 08/05/2010 9:29:26 AM PDT by ColdOne
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To: kristinn

Are the Obama’s SO OUTRAGEOUS that the MSM cannot keep up the BS?

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2564993/posts

OR... Did the MSM figure out they are washed up after he is not re elected?


39 posted on 08/05/2010 9:29:37 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: wilco200

For those in Rio Linda

Squealer = Gibbs/Obama
Jones = Bush


40 posted on 08/05/2010 9:29:39 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: mockingbyrd

How did they get so rich they can afford to rent 40 $2500/night hotel rooms for a week? They couldn’t have afforded this 2 years ago if you believe their financial disclosures.

And if someone else is footing the bill then for dang sure it is our business to know who’s doing it.


41 posted on 08/05/2010 9:29:56 AM PDT by DManA
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To: mockingbyrd
Wrong.
How many SS agents and WH personnel accompanied her? If even one came with her, she's not a “private person.”
42 posted on 08/05/2010 9:30:12 AM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: tx_eggman

Weezy Obama, love it...


43 posted on 08/05/2010 9:31:42 AM PDT by montyspython
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To: DManA

That is an excellent point.


44 posted on 08/05/2010 9:31:57 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: wilco200

Lol - well, Major’s in the front row now.


45 posted on 08/05/2010 9:32:47 AM PDT by JudyinCanada
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To: kristinn
From Wikipedia (yes, yes, I know all the warnings):

Key staff


46 posted on 08/05/2010 9:33:37 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: mockingbyrd

She pay for the flight hours on AF1 or the digs for the security staff and their food too? Don’t buy into this complete bullshit line...WE paid for this!


47 posted on 08/05/2010 9:33:40 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: kristinn

The liberal ruling elite doing what it does best. Taking our money and living in luxury, while showing its scorn for the hard-working citizens who finance their high life style.


48 posted on 08/05/2010 9:33:46 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (I will not be silenced.)
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To: tx_eggman

They are more like the fresh prince of belair accept they are not funny or cool.


49 posted on 08/05/2010 9:34:10 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: kristinn

50 posted on 08/05/2010 9:34:19 AM PDT by Mojave (Ignorant and stoned - Obama's natural constituency.)
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