Skip to comments.First lady went to Spain to spend time with grieving friend
Posted on 08/10/2010 11:49:04 AM PDT by Nachum
First Lady Michelle Obama took a lot of grief for her decision to vacation in Spain last week, a glitzy getaway that prompted one New York Daily News columnist to liken her to Marie Antoinette. But now we're learning more about the trip, which, despite the furor over its alleged excess, seems to have been launched with good intentions.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet, the first lady made the trip because she wanted to spend time with her best friend, Chicago physician Anita Blanchard, who lost her father this summer. Blanchard (who is married to President Obama's best friend, Marty Nesbitt) planned a Spanish vacation with her daughter and invited the first lady and her daughters to come along. Michelle, who missed Blanchard's father's funeral in July, agreed and brought along her 9-year-old daughter, Sasha. The first couple's older daughter, Malia, is away at camp.
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Aint gonna work.
The list, ping
Yeah....that’s the ticket!!!!
I don’t care if she went to Spain. I just don’t think 100,000 a day of taxpayer money was worth comforting her friend that we never saw on the beach, with the King, in the stores, etc..
Wouldn’t have been less to fly grieving friend to Washington? What does this have to do with the other 30-40 friends who came along for the party?
Somehow the pictures I saw seemed to miss the black armbands on all of the mourners.
Tell me another.
A bit late for this. El Rushbo was saying the first one they tried to run up the flagpole was that daughter Sasha wanted to see the rain in Spain.
Tsk, tsk. It looks like the Old Media was unable to keep us in the dark.
Actually this excuse makes Michelle seem even MORE out of touch!! VIVA the QUEEN MICHELLE!!
Give me a break. She took a 40 person entourage and rented 60 rooms in the most lavish mediteranian resort in Spain. How can they announce spin like this with a straight face.
Why not go to Camp David? Why the massive expensive glitzy tax payer funded junket?
From the AP
“Gynecologist’s father’s hardest hit”
Lie lie lie lie lie lie lie.
I’m just saying they are not telling the truth......
Nice of that quack to plan a vacation using an Air Force VIP 757.
My Gold Fish Died!
My bags are packed.
Where are we going?
Yet more BULLSH*T from the KINGS and QUEENS of BULLSH*T in the far-left demonRAT party.
There are lies and there are damn lies......this would be a good example of damn lies...
The funny thing is EVERONE sees right through them as though they were made of glass.
Sure isn’t. She and her group still spent taxpayers’ money for something she could have done in this country if she just had to do something for that friend. She could have invited her to go away for just the two of them. That is what I would have done if I wanted to help someone.
A trip of that magnitude had to be planned well in advance.
After the outrage - they backpedaled the calendar for that funeral excuse!!
Holly Bailey, a former White House Correspondent for Newsweek, joined Yahoo news
Food for thought. If there is truth to this is he so power hungry that he would be willing to throw Dems facing reelection to the wolves just so he can get a second term?
That's because she was "grieving," doncha know? She was probably sitting shiva in her $2,000 per night hotel room all the time. < /sarc>
Why not visit her at home? Or even better: why not invite her to visit you at the White House?
What a sham!
I thought it was to spend quality time with her daughter...and 40 friends.
I propose Queen Muchelle should have taken all the grieving families of our men and women who died in service to their country in the War on Terror. IMO, these Elitists are a national disgrace of epoch proportion.
This White House BS spin doesn’t mean crapola to We The People. This excuse shows how out of touch and how Elitist the Ruling Class is.
Looks like Moochelle did not have an entourage of 30 friends.
So when they go to Egypt the excuse will be that Sasha wants to see if Moses supposes his toeses are roses?
How dumb do they think we are ... don’t answer that.
Simply Amazing! It took Damage Control a full Week to make up this Bull Crap Story and only after the Public Outrage reached a Deafening Crescedo! If this were True, Baghdad Gibbs would have pointed it out on Day One! This reminds Us of the Sleazetak Story! Also a Bull Crap Lie thrown out only after months of the Sestak Bribery Case Not Going Away!
You’re right..won’t work..this just keeps the story alive much longer..
Oh yaasss. We've seen her propaganda before. The story here, if someone can talk, is if we can see if there is a money trail between her and the administration.
Is she a JournoLister? Is she compensated? Is Yahoo getting a quid pro quo? Can we get a FOIA request on any documents/emails between her/Yahoo/DNC and the White House?
This is a story that is begging to be told.
Oh brother. Yeah, having your dad die is bad. Been there, done that. But a politician exploiting the death to justify lavish living has got to be a new low.
Who cares what reason Michelle is now using why she went. The fact that she used taxpayer’s money to go out of the country while lecturing the rest of us to ‘have some skin in the game’ by sacrificing. Then she lectures us to go to the gulf coast.
Do as I say not as I do. Arrogant, elitist scum who think they know how to live our lives better than we do while they PARTY ON!
Which vacation was Michelle Antionette on when her best friend’s father died? I’m sure she couldn’t interrupt her one of her vacations to go to the funeral.
Looks like I’ll be needing that new pair of boots. It’s getting terribly deep.
Exactly. You know it, I know it. Anyone with a brain knows it.
But that's not who the story is for. It's for the democrat voters, desperate for some excuse, any excuse, for the outrageous excesses of Marie Antoinette. Even Lynn Sweet knows it, but apparently she's happy to do her part for the cause.
Wonder how Anita Blanchard feels about being used to cover her "best friend's" ample rear end?
I figured she went there because she kinda liked the music.
I hear they are going on another vacation, like next week.............
NOTE: Marty Nesbitt is the TREASURER for Obama's Presidental campaign fund.
This is no "lifelong friendship". This trip was likely a payback for all the Nesbitt's had done for them and they want to keep them happy for '12.
Because the ladies are insane there?....................
But of course, the Obama's have no problem spending other people's money.
And they sure know how to use it.
Now that's the question real journalists would ask...if there were any. Instead, they churn out these sympathetic puff pieces without an ounce of normal curiousity.
Oh, wait... That will be next week's reason.
I don’t remember................I don’t remember............
Yep! If the best friend were grieving, then why not invite her to stay at the White House for a week? I think that would have been a little classed than a tacky Five Star Money Hole that just happened to be hosting a Hollywood Glitteratti Shindig that very week with all of the Wonkette’s “Friends” attending in their Private Enery Efficent Flying Carpets! There is NOTHING HONEST OR TRUTHFUL ABOUT THESE TWO FRAUDS OCCUPYING THE WHITE HOUSE TODAY!
Considering the time it takes for secret services, etc. to put in place the security - I’m not buying this b.s. one bit. This was planned and they thought it would be all hunky dory - but it came back and bit her in her great big moocher ass.
“Boo-Hoo my father died!”
“Let’s party in Spain!”
“How can they announce spin like this with a straight face.”
Simple. They really truly believe we are so stupid we won’t notice.
Read post 38. Blanchard's as political as they come and she and her husband likely dreamed up this excuse because of the firestorm. Blanchard's husband is the ONE IN CHARGE of making Obama President in '12.
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