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LATimes: Michelle Obama's Spanish vacation draws critics
LATimes ^ | August 7, 2010 | Peter Nicholas and Katherine Skiba, Tribune

Posted on 08/06/2010 6:03:36 PM PDT by maggief

Reporting from Washington — As the economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sun-splashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message.

First Lady Michelle Obama is in the midst of a five-day trip to a luxury resort along with a few friends, her youngest daughter, aides and Secret Service personnel. Her office said the family will pay for personal expenses, but won't reveal the taxpayer cost for the government employees.

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A White House official said that Michelle Obama is accompanied by "a handful of longtime family friends — it's moms and daughters — and it's minimal staff." One aide on the trip is the first lady's deputy chief of staff, Melissa Winter.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the destination was chosen by Michelle Obama and her friends.

After the first lady returns home, she and her family will soon head out for another vacation. They will travel to the Gulf Coast for the weekend of Aug. 14, followed by a 10-day vacation on Martha's Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: elitists; inyourface; obama; taxdollars

AP Photo 8 hours ago

U.S. secret service agents guard the perimeter where U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha stay at the Beach Club of Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella, southern Spain, on Friday, Aug. 6, 2010. Spanish police used palm trees, right, to mark off the boundaries of a 100-meter (100-yard) expanse for the American delegation.

1 posted on 08/06/2010 6:03:39 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

The Obozo’s: “Do as I say, not as I do”!!!


2 posted on 08/06/2010 6:07:07 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: maggief

Let them eat cake!


3 posted on 08/06/2010 6:08:50 PM PDT by bray (Did Rush say Absolute Failure?)
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To: maggief

God, what arrogance. These people need to be impeached. They are the scum of the earth.


4 posted on 08/06/2010 6:11:04 PM PDT by taillightchaser
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To: bray

Let them eat cake!

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Chewbaca needs to lay off the cake....


5 posted on 08/06/2010 6:11:30 PM PDT by antivenom (OBASTARD must become a "Half Term President" * Impeach the anti-Constitution Bastard!)
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To: maggief

“After the first lady returns home, she and her family will soon head out for another vacation. They will travel to the Gulf Coast for the weekend of Aug. 14, followed by a 10-day vacation on Martha’s Vineyard off the coast of Massachusetts.”

Well isn’t that nice.


6 posted on 08/06/2010 6:11:30 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

too many GD vacations. Really... i thought vacation was once, maybe TWICE a year at MOST.


7 posted on 08/06/2010 6:13:23 PM PDT by musicbymuzak
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To: driftdiver

wait a minute, didnt they just get back from a Gulf and Northeast vacation just before THIS vacation?

this is getting downright obscene.


8 posted on 08/06/2010 6:13:43 PM PDT by Finatic ("you see kids were so much wiser after the wars")
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To: maggief

Is it racism yet?


9 posted on 08/06/2010 6:14:08 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: maggief

“a few friends.”

That’s not how I would characterize 40 or 50 buddies.


10 posted on 08/06/2010 6:15:06 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.)
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To: Finatic

Yes they just got back from those vacations, before that they were in Europe I think.


11 posted on 08/06/2010 6:15:48 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: maggief

I just gotta say that the way I see it, that Spain trip cost a Mil if it cost a dime. And privately paid? Can’t see it. Why bother.


12 posted on 08/06/2010 6:18:45 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: Cicero

Needing 30 rooms for a few friends. Right!


13 posted on 08/06/2010 6:22:27 PM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: maggief

Gawker.com has exclusive pictures they claim of Joe Biden and his wife today , on a Long Island beach , under an umbrella.
Like a normal couple.
Just the two of them.
Nothing like the130 person entourage trailing Michelle around Spain.
http://gawker.com/5606451/joe-biden-is-relaxing-on-the-beach-today


14 posted on 08/06/2010 6:22:27 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Wild Irish Rogue

BTT


15 posted on 08/06/2010 6:25:06 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
...but won't reveal the taxpayer cost for the government employees.

Because they know the liberal, lapdog press won't push them hard on answering.

16 posted on 08/06/2010 6:25:48 PM PDT by jeffc (One Big A$$ Mistake America)
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To: Dallas59

Funny story somewhat related to Manchelle at the beach: Last year we where on Cape Cod at a beach on the ocean side where lots of seals congregate just off shore. My 6 year old nephew sees a black object splashing in the surf and yells out “Mommy look a seal”, as they run towards it. As they get close to it, it lifts its head out of the water and they realize that it is a black guy in a wet suit! Funny stuff!!


17 posted on 08/06/2010 6:26:04 PM PDT by Batman11 (Sarah Palin: "Illegal immigrants are called illegal for a reason!")
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To: maggief

Sasquatch cruises and parties on our dime while we peasants struggle to make ends meet.


18 posted on 08/06/2010 6:35:50 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Finatic

“Wait a minute, didnt they just get back from a Gulf and Northeast vacation just before THIS vacation? This is getting downright obscene.”

This is their EIGHTH vacation this Summer!


19 posted on 08/06/2010 6:37:29 PM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: maggief

Good grief, one vacation after another. Our family and more families I know get to take a stay-cation this year...and last year, too...and next year, and......


20 posted on 08/06/2010 6:41:14 PM PDT by MTMS
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To: maggief

An exorbitant amount of money for a five day trip.

Unchecked arrogance.


21 posted on 08/06/2010 6:41:41 PM PDT by Carley (For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: Finatic

She’s had 8 vacations this summer alone. :(


22 posted on 08/06/2010 6:46:37 PM PDT by EmilyGeiger (Psalm 33:12 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,")
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To: maggief

Has anybody identified these “friends”


23 posted on 08/06/2010 6:49:17 PM PDT by satan
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To: taillightchaser

Only the leaders of a socialist society get the best, its their due for procuring a subsistence living for everyone else.


24 posted on 08/06/2010 6:49:41 PM PDT by dps.inspect (uttox)
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To: maggief

that aint exactly diggin’ up spuds in the ol’ back yard garden now is it, they have slaves for that...


25 posted on 08/06/2010 6:51:51 PM PDT by dps.inspect (uttox)
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To: dps.inspect

two more weeks of vacations, when does school start back up in DC? We start Aug 16th.


26 posted on 08/06/2010 6:56:21 PM PDT by Cyclone59 (Don't blame me, I voted for the hot chick and the old guy!)
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To: maggief

“U.S. secret service agents guard the perimeter...”

Any secret service pig guarding these communists is either a fellow traveler or a mercenary.


27 posted on 08/06/2010 6:59:31 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: maggief
From now on I shall refer to her as Michelle Antoinette.
28 posted on 08/06/2010 7:07:29 PM PDT by JRochelle (My predictions on 2/3/2010: It will be Thune/Rubio in '12.)
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To: maggief

Nothing but the best for Mme. Michelle Antoinette.


29 posted on 08/06/2010 7:08:04 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Amateurs study tactics, professionals study logistics, and victors study demographics.)
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To: maggief

Usually first lady functions are somewhat state related. This purpose of this lavish vacation is......??????


30 posted on 08/06/2010 7:08:48 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie
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To: bray

Let them eat stimulus.

I am beginning to think that these crooks know that their gig is over, so they don’t give a hoot... it’s just party on our money until they are tossed out.


31 posted on 08/06/2010 7:22:26 PM PDT by Gator113 (Beauty will devour the Beast in 2012....)
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To: Dallas59

ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 08/06/2010 7:31:55 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: taillightchaser

Is this your way of admitting you made a mistake?


33 posted on 08/06/2010 7:33:00 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: presently no screen name

Try 60-70 rooms.


34 posted on 08/06/2010 7:33:52 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: sergeantdave

Don’t blame them,they’re just doing they’re duty!


35 posted on 08/06/2010 7:35:36 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: JRochelle

MEGA DITTOS TO THAT!


36 posted on 08/06/2010 7:36:41 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Shoving it up our collective A**?


37 posted on 08/06/2010 7:37:40 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: maggief

Let’s hear it for the Rainbow Tour
It’s been an incredible success
We weren’t quite sure, we had a few doubts

Will Michelle win through?
But the answer is yes


38 posted on 08/06/2010 7:38:08 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: maggief

She’s movin’ on up, and gonna’ get her piece of the pie.


39 posted on 08/06/2010 7:40:56 PM PDT by sanjuanbob
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To: maggief

This is the “sacrifice” she was talking about.
The tour group was going to Bora Bora.

Maybe we should tell her there is a seven star hotel on Mars. Then we might have a space program again.


40 posted on 08/06/2010 7:42:55 PM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: SoldierDad

“Her office said the family will pay for personal expenses, but won’t reveal the taxpayer cost for the government employees.”

Well, I’ll be calling the WH on Monday with a request to know how damn much of MY money was spent on this trip.


41 posted on 08/06/2010 8:31:25 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Personal expenses? What constitutes a “personal expense” I wonder???


42 posted on 08/06/2010 8:34:49 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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To: maggief

The Obamas know it’s only a matter of time before their fraud is found out, and they’re booted out of their cushy life. They’re like kids in a candy store whose proprietor is asleep behind the counter. They have to grab as much as they can while they can. So they throw party after party, take vacation after vacation, eat as much Wagyu steak as they can hold. Michelle wears a different designer outfit every hour of the day. It’s all for them—the percs, the pomp, the presige, the adulation. Their biggest challenge is to suck everything they possible can out of this gig, while simultaneously appearing to give a $#!+ about the job he was elected to do.


43 posted on 08/06/2010 8:46:30 PM PDT by giotto
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To: Batman11

How stupid can someone be to do that? Black suit, swimming with seals in the ocean?

Hello Mr. Great White Shark


44 posted on 08/07/2010 6:18:32 AM PDT by misterrob (Thug Life....now showing at a White House near you....)
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To: SoldierDad
“Personal expenses? What constitutes a ‘personal expense’ I wonder???”

A souvenir trinket quickly purchased at an airport kiosk as they get ready to board the airplane for the flight back home.

45 posted on 08/07/2010 7:05:17 AM PDT by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: ought-six

Yeah, that’s pretty much what I was thinking also. All other expenses were paid for by the taxpayers of the U.s.


46 posted on 08/08/2010 10:23:14 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud Papa of two new Army Brats! Congrats to my Soldier son and his wife.)
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