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WaPo's Ruth Marcus: Unfair attacks on Michelle Obama's Spanish vacation
Washington Post ^ | August 6, 2010 | Ruth Marcus

Posted on 08/06/2010 2:00:56 PM PDT by maggief

Let's stipulate: A five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was probably not the first choice of White House spin-meisters for a mother-daughter getaway. Especially when the getaway included a posse of 40 friends of the first lady staying at the Hotel Villa Padierna, where rooms start at $330 a night, and photos of Michelle Obama strolling in Marbella wearing an off-the-shoulder number by Jean Paul Gaultier.

"The first lady is on a private trip," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "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."

He wishes.

Technically, the first lady may be a private citizen. In actuality, she isn't. She can't be; see, for example, the Secret Service contingent that accompanies her, private trip or not private trip. This is a simple fact of modern presidential family life.

So as a political matter, the trip to Spain was not a good idea. You don't need Dick Morris -- who famously polled the Clintons' vacation plans and pushed Jackson Hole over Martha's Vineyard -- to tell you it's not going to play well at a time of 9.5 percent unemployment.

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1 posted on 08/06/2010 2:01:00 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief


The author...
2 posted on 08/06/2010 2:02:28 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: maggief

If SHE”S PAYING for it, then fine.....but it STILL LOOKS AWFUL MARIE ANTOINETTE-LIKE!!


3 posted on 08/06/2010 2:03:35 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: maggief

4 posted on 08/06/2010 2:03:35 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: jimbo123

Ruth Marcus is married to some big Lefty either in the Govt or the media.


5 posted on 08/06/2010 2:04:11 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: maggief

Has Marcus been drinking? Just the other day she wrote a column saying how out-of-touch the Obamas were becoming. Now she writes this. I guess someone got her back to writing the party line on the Obamas.


6 posted on 08/06/2010 2:04:22 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: maggief

“40 friends of the first lady”

We want names.


7 posted on 08/06/2010 2:04:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: maggief

It would be a nice touch of Michelle has thrown dimes to the peasant children.


8 posted on 08/06/2010 2:05:42 PM PDT by DManA
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To: maggief
George W. Bush made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford

Over eight years, not eighteen months. And I'd bet all 77 trips together cost less than this "party for 40" that MarieAntoinetteMaBelle's on.

9 posted on 08/06/2010 2:06:51 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: maggief

where rooms start at $330 a night,

Right, like queeny would deign to stay in a broom closet.


10 posted on 08/06/2010 2:07:31 PM PDT by DManA
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To: Ann Archy

The Obamas’s don’t seem to know that we’re in in an economic mess. Any TINY effort on their part would be greatly appreciated if they could just keep down their absurd spending. Less holidays, less parties, less celebration. CUT THE SPENDING, CUT THE SPENDING


11 posted on 08/06/2010 2:07:47 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: maggief

The comments are pretty funny. Look for the one by SandySteiner1.


12 posted on 08/06/2010 2:09:09 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: 4rcane

They still think they deserve to live the high life


13 posted on 08/06/2010 2:09:14 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: Ann Archy
She's having a lunch with the Spanish king to make it an official visit so the government will pick up the entire cost of the airplane. I wonder who covers the Secret Service costs? Sure they would collect their normal wage here in the U.S., but there are per diem costs for hotels and meals, plus they are probably working a lot of overtime hours which increase the cost for Michelle to have a foreign vacation.
14 posted on 08/06/2010 2:10:07 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Gun control was originally to protect Klansmen from their victims. The basic reason hasn't changed.)
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To: jimbo123

She has that radical feminazi look.....ugh!!!! Not a surprise that she would lick the ONE’s boots. A little like Kagan. I usually wouldn’t comment on physical looks, but it is their souls shining through....


15 posted on 08/06/2010 2:10:21 PM PDT by savagesusie
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To: maggief

One thing about the O-bomb-a family, they know how to spend taxpayer money regardless of economic circumstances in the country. In addition they do it with an arrogance that is breathtaking.


16 posted on 08/06/2010 2:10:28 PM PDT by hgro (Jerry Riversdun)
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To: 4rcane

...the media treat them like royalty, awwwww shucks, its only a million here, a million there. Its tiny. Quit your complaining you plebs


17 posted on 08/06/2010 2:10:45 PM PDT by 4rcane
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To: maggief

She has to take her top off on the beach like Spanish women do to fit in down there. Then I will pay some sort of attention with pictures.


18 posted on 08/06/2010 2:11:12 PM PDT by BobS
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To: hsalaw
George W. Bush made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford

What a canard. The Crawford ranch was set up to allow Bush to do the nation's business while he was there.

19 posted on 08/06/2010 2:11:37 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (No apologies.)
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To: Ann Archy; hoosiermama; penelopesire; STARWISE; Liz; onyx

http://www.ftc.gov/commissioners/leibowitz/index.shtml

Jon Leibowitz was designated to serve as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission on March 2, 2009, by President Barack H. Obama. Leibowitz was previously sworn in as a Commissioner in September 3, 2004, following his nomination by the President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

In joining the Commission, Leibowitz resumed a long career of public service. He was the Democratic chief counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee from 1997 to 2000, where he focused on competition policy and telecommunications matters. He served as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism and Technology from 1995 to 1996 and the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice from 1991 to 1994. In addition, he served as chief counsel to Senator Herb Kohl from 1989 to 2000. Leibowitz worked for Senator Paul Simon from 1986 to 1987. In the private sector, Leibowitz served most recently as vice president for congressional affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America – from 2000 to 2004 – and worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington from 1984 to 1986.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in American History (1980), Leibowitz graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1984. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and has co-authored amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on issues ranging from gun control to the census.

He lives in Bethesda with his wife, Ruth Marcus, and his two daughters, Emma and Julia.

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Who else worked for Paul Simon???

http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/content/mar2008/db20080314_121054.htm

Axelrod


20 posted on 08/06/2010 2:11:49 PM PDT by maggief
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To: hsalaw
77 trips to texas, to a home that was equipped for a President to do business, Security was set and maintained.

Running all over the world requires a hell of a lot of advance planning and staff, going to your ranch is just that, going to the ranch

The obamas are like lottery winners with out one once of sense or forethought.

21 posted on 08/06/2010 2:12:29 PM PDT by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: maggief
See America first ...

Laura Bush walked down the concrete boat ramp at Almeda Park with four lifelong friends from Midland, Texas, to begin a three-day raft trip down the wild and scenic Rogue River. “We travel together all the time. We love national parks, and we like to do rivers too,” Bush said. “We’ve been adventurous all our lives.”

Brad Niva, owner of "Rogue Wilderness" is the company taking Bush & company down the wild and scenic Rogue River. Niva said the company kept the trip quiet for a few months for Bush's sake. "We are very pleased and excited to have her choose Grants Pass and Southern Oregon as her vacation destination." Soon they were floating down the Rogue through Almeda and Argo rapids, heading for the Rogue Rivers' wild section. "We're just thrilled to be here," Laura Bush said. Laura Bush's next stop: Crater Lake National Park.

22 posted on 08/06/2010 2:13:12 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: hsalaw
George W. Bush made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford

Over eight years, not eighteen months. And I'd bet all 77 trips together cost less than this "party for 40" that MarieAntoinetteMaBelle's on.

Not to mention that Bush also had a full executive office at the ranch. Where he could do "like work 'n stuff".
23 posted on 08/06/2010 2:13:24 PM PDT by GunningForTheBuddha ("There is an 'I' in Marxist")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Has Marcus been drinking? Just the other day she wrote a column saying how out-of-touch the Obamas were becoming. Now she writes this. I guess someone got her back to writing the party line on the Obamas.

She must have found the new meeting place for the Journolistas.

24 posted on 08/06/2010 2:13:43 PM PDT by Crawdad (Obamacare will lead to back-alley physicals.)
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To: maggief

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_V2EmhfRfoQ4/SaTc-jlU9gI/AAAAAAAACxM/DgEXZMLBp-k/s400/FTC+Jon+Leibowitz.bmp

Marcus met her husband in the classic Washington way: She was covering the Supreme Court nomination of Clarence Thomas and he was working for a senator on the Judiciary Committee.

Her husband, Jon Leibowitz, is a Democrat who is now (having been selected by President Obama) chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.


25 posted on 08/06/2010 2:13:48 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: maggief

Normally, I wouldn’t care.

But these are the same people that told everybody else to take their vacations on the Gulf of Mexico.

And also it’s incredibly politically tone deaf. It wouldn’t be so bad if it cost the taxpayers so much money at least if that money was being spent here in the US, instead of abroad.


26 posted on 08/06/2010 2:14:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: DManA

I’m certainly past tired of these media pukes making up excuses for dear leader and his frau. How in H can she “stipulate” that it was not the first choice of WH to stay in a 5* hotel?! It is probably exactly what happened. M-My-Belle probably summoned up her ladies in waiting to fetch her some travel literature, went through it and said I wanna stay in the best GD hOtel in the country, and I want the executive suite, and 30 more de-lux rooms for my secret admirers. Every thing these people have done is ostentatious (but de classe). They’re like kids in a candy store. I want this, I want that...


27 posted on 08/06/2010 2:14:18 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: BobS

Good grief! I guess it’s a male thing, but I can’t imagine anyone wanting to look at ms obammy’s boobs.


28 posted on 08/06/2010 2:14:37 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: maggief
Typical Obama defense: "Bush was even worse!" Please.

President Bush spent the majority of his vacations at his own home in Texas. Big difference. Not that the Obamamedia would ever admit it. This is why nobody trusts the Obamamedia.

29 posted on 08/06/2010 2:14:50 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: maggief
Look, it doesn't matter what Ruth Marcus says, most everyone can plainly see what the obamas are doing and how they are ripping off the taxpayers playing "good time charlie".

I refuse to let some butchy, WaPo columnist piss on my shoes and tell me it's raining.

I think madamemichelle knows her boy ain't gonna last and is getting in all the gusto she can get before this gravy train grinds to a halt.

She's milking the national cow for all it's worth, and so is obama; I think he's slinking away a lot of that TARP/Stimulus money overseas and when he's got enough to becomes SOROS II, he'll resign the presidency and move on.
30 posted on 08/06/2010 2:15:38 PM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: hsalaw

Rooms at Crawford Ranch are $300 a night?


31 posted on 08/06/2010 2:16:42 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: maggief
I think when you spread the wealth around* it's good for everybody.

Barack Obama

* - your wealth, not mine
32 posted on 08/06/2010 2:17:21 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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To: jimbo123

Miss Poo Poo speaks and tells us we have no right to speak.


33 posted on 08/06/2010 2:18:01 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: BenLurkin
"We want names."

I'd think that the paparazzi would be all over this and that Spanish, UK and US tabloids would be combing the pics to ferret out just who has been deputized.

34 posted on 08/06/2010 2:18:04 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KarlInOhio
She's having a lunch with the Spanish king to make it an official visit so the government will pick up the entire cost of the airplane. I wonder who covers the Secret Service costs? Sure they would collect their normal wage here in the U.S., but there are per diem costs for hotels and meals, plus they are probably working a lot of overtime hours which increase the cost for Michelle to have a foreign vacation.

"Let's hear it for the Rainbow Tour..."

35 posted on 08/06/2010 2:18:19 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: maggief

FTC Governor???? Yikes.


36 posted on 08/06/2010 2:20:48 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: maggief
George W. Bush made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford

The operative word there is HIS ranch. Housing costs the US Taxpayers nothing. Do the Obama's own the Ritz in Spain?

37 posted on 08/06/2010 2:22:24 PM PDT by tsmith130
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To: maggief

Anybody know if Ruth Marcus is a member of JournoList?


38 posted on 08/06/2010 2:24:06 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: maggief
It was true when George W. Bush made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford and spent all or part of 490 days there during his presidency, according to CBS News' Mark Knoller, official tallier of presidential downtime.

The difference is that Bush actually went HOME (and still WORKED) whereas the Obama's are jet-setting all over the globe, and mostly at taxpayer expense, while doing nothing else except partying.

39 posted on 08/06/2010 2:24:43 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: maggief
At a time when the actual unemployment in this country is close to 20%, Michelle Obama must have a tin ear. You would think that the Obama’s would have learned something from John Kerry's elitism. After 2012 the Obama’s can go on as many vacations as they want to wherever they want and no one will care.
40 posted on 08/06/2010 2:24:52 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: GunningForTheBuddha

Not to mention that Pres. Bush ‘owned’ the ranch and was not paying nightly rates to stay there on our dime. And he sure as heck wasn’t dressed in designer clothes. It’s a ridiculous comparison.


41 posted on 08/06/2010 2:25:41 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it*s the new black. Mmm Mmm Mmm.)
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To: hsalaw

George W. Bush made 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford

Over eight years, not eighteen months. And I’d bet all 77 trips together cost less than this “party for 40” that MarieAntoinetteMaBelle’s on.

George furnished quarters for the Secret Service, personally prepared BBQ’s for his guards and staying in his own home, and with his wife present, didn’t charge the government any funds for occupying his own quarters.

Can the Clinton’s or Obama’s say that? I didn’t think so


42 posted on 08/06/2010 2:26:32 PM PDT by supermop (Somebody has to clean up the mess he will leave)
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To: La Lydia
The comments are pretty funny.

Yep. Looked like Marcus really stirred up a hornets nest. Bet she wishes she had left well enough alone. Reminding folks yet again of the arrogance of Our Royal Family is not good policy for the team.

Ya know, if Journolist was still operational, Marcus may have not made this blunder.

43 posted on 08/06/2010 2:27:11 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: Ann Archy

Married to who? KAGAN?? She’s as “alternative lifestyle” as they come; possibly closeted yet has the hots for MEEchelle.


44 posted on 08/06/2010 2:27:54 PM PDT by AbolishCSEU
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To: jimbo123

A private citizen eh? Since when? A private citizen on the very public dole.


45 posted on 08/06/2010 2:28:59 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ( VIVA la SB 1070!)
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To: maggief

If she is on a private trip why are we paying for it she will meet with the King of spain and there fore turn it into business and we pay for it you can’t have it both ways girly boy gibs


46 posted on 08/06/2010 2:29:21 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to GOD! Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Kakaze

All that money that has been used to set up security at his Chicago home, and he’s spent maybe 5 to 7 days there over the past 18 months.


47 posted on 08/06/2010 2:29:49 PM PDT by sharkhawk (Stanley cup champs The Chicago Blackhawks)
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To: maggief

What recession? I’m still making my six figures.

Why don’t you crybabies just find a job and lay off the First Lady? It’s only a few hundred thousand dollars of your money. Don’t you think kids should have the experience of a European vacation?

You stupid little people just don’t understand our greatness.


48 posted on 08/06/2010 2:30:07 PM PDT by Tzimisce (No thanks. We have enough government already. - The Tick)
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E-mail Ruth Marcus

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/staff/email/ruth+marcus/


49 posted on 08/06/2010 2:30:16 PM PDT by jimbo123
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E-mail Ruth Marcus

marcusr@washpost.com


50 posted on 08/06/2010 2:30:59 PM PDT by jimbo123
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