Skip to comments.Michelle Blames it on the Kids (First Traveler)
Posted on 08/27/2011 10:55:35 AM PDT by jazusamo
Michelle Obama must think most people are easily duped. To quell the disapproval of Americans who struggle to come up with the extra money to fill their gas tanks, Michelle has to spend lots of time -- between booking vacations and deciding how big a wardrobe chest to load into the cargo plane -- coming up with justifications to subdue the public's disapproval of her obvious addiction to pricey vacations.
Last year, prior to heading off to Martha's Vineyard, Michelle took Sasha on an exotic summer visit to Spain. The I-dare-you-to-say-something excuse for that excursion was that it was a "private mother-daughter trip with longtime family friends," which in itself is a contradiction in terms.
A "private mother-daughter" trip with 40 "close" friends and a taxpayer-funded security detail of 68 is hardly an intimate family outing. The entourage was so large that the group required 30 rooms in "Spain's most exclusive hotel the Villa Padierna, a golf and spa resort located along the coast from Marbella."
Sorry, but throwing around mother-daughter language, as if Sasha and Shelley were going to Spain to spend one-on-one "Mommy and Me" time, was nothing more than a manipulative shield used to suppress well-deserved criticism for a four-day trip rumored to cost $375,000.
Every Christmas the Obamas kick back for a low-key holiday in Hawaii on a "family" break that runs about $1.5 million for transport planes; exorbitant rent on a mansion called the "Winter White House"; and lodging for security, staff, and medical backup. Before anyone dares criticize, it's important to remember that the break is a longtime family tradition where two darling little girls get to make an annual visit to walk the hallowed ground that is their father's putative birthplace.
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Good article and well written. Thanks for posting. Just the kind of thing to get me in the mood to take someone’s head off. ; ) Boy, I feel great..
Come on, you are being racist. Criticizing their taxpayer-funded junkets is out of line. Michelle needs to teach the world about healthy eating. :)
It’s starting to get old? Hon, it’s been long past old for quite some time.
Michelle Obama either has no shame or really thinks she is Mrs. Mugabe
So Camp David was coincidentally closed for repairs?
She sure is showing everyone what happens to the human body after eating those big sausages. :-)
Excuse me, but the Obama’s don’t celebrate Christmas. More likely don’t even believe in it. So why are they taking a big celebratory break in Hawaii? Why don’t they just go home and enjoy being at home? They haven’t spent more than 5 days in their own home in three years.
Trips to Spain, trips to the Pyramids, trips to Africa, shopping trips to London and Paris and yet they take the big Christmas celebratory trip to Hawaii when they don’t even exchange gifts under a lit up palm tree.
Nail on Head, a big fat manchelle head
“Michelle Obama either has no shame “
She is so bitter and hates America so much she is determined to rape the taxpayer as much as she can in her 4 years.
That is one vile hateful woman. But then look who she married?
an even more vile pos
Moose-chelle is just making the best of these 4 years. She knows it will be soon be over. I wonder if she’ll make a “let them eat cake”-type comment during the election campaign?
Is there no imputed tax liability due for any of this abuse of the taxpayer?
If I were to take family on a business trip with part of the expenses paid by the company it would be considered a benefit and taxes would be due on the amount of the benefit...
I think you're dead on the money. She's going to get everything she possibly can out of his term and doesn't give a whit who knows it.
I had mother daughter time with my mother all my life. We didn’t need to go fly here or there to have it. We had our time on the front porch, walking downtown, talking in the living room, etc...bunch of malarky is all that is. Mother Daughter time can be ANYTIME, ANYPLACE and... FREE!!!
As in "Eat healthy or else...just look at me!" ;-)
Did you see the defense of the Obamas by libtards at the bottom of the article? Hilarious, yet telling.
You can't schedule mother/daughter moments. All moms know some of the best conversations they've ever had with their children happen in the car doing mundane errands. There is something about a mom with her eyes on the road that inspires all sorts of confidences and bonding opportunities. It doesn't require over the top extravagant vacations. I feel sorry for the Obama girls.
The second comment has to be from a libtard college prof. :)
First Lady Michelle Obama Slipped out of Washington unnoticed Monday for a secret trip to visit her brother, Oregon State University mens basketball coach Craig Robinson, at his home on Corvallis, Ore. Mrs. Obama reportedly jetted into the Eugene Airport, landing at about 11 am PDT.
She and family members then headed out in a 11 vehicle motorcade for the ride to Corvallis. The White House has so far said little about the trip, which was unannounced. Its unclear how long the vacation will last. Mrs. Obama and family members flew on a Boeing C-40B, the military version of a 737 that serves as Air Force 2.
Mrs. Obama has in the past incurred criticism for her travels, including an early departure for her most recent Hawaiian vacation and a luxurious 2010 trip to Spain.
Most of the costs of her travel are borne by taxpayers. The C-40B included a flight crew of eight to 10 people, according to one report. Mrs. Obama is traveling with one of her daughters its unclear which one and her mother. President Obama remains on his own in Washington................
So this year, thanks to the “Obama economy”, my wife and I will try to stay out of the campgrounds that generally cost $40 to $60 per night, and instead we will park along the side of a road, boon-dock (no hookups), truck stops, friends homes, and park in Walmart parking lots.
Instead of traveling through 8 to 10 states, we will keep it down to about two.
As for our wardrobe issues, 4 shirts, 2 pair of shorts, one sweats outfit, two pair on “no big deal” shoes. Oh, and our security, two guns, my wife and I.... and a German Shepherd dog. Fishing gear included.
Other than gas, we won’t be supporting the tourist industry much this year. I doubt that we will visit a restaurant during this month long trip more than twice.
My Airstream trailer is only 25’ long, so we won’t be able to take our many servants with us.
You see, we have to cut back in preparation for the tax increases we expect to be hit with... thanks to Obama and his POS democrats.
I recognize that, “for now”, I am blessed and more fortunate than some, but for us, I expect to spend only 1/4 (at the most) of what we normally spend on vacation.... even so, I’ll bet we have much more fun that the filthy Obama family and on the day we return, we will have smiles on our faces instead of the scowls those bugs left with on their way back to our White House.
—One last difference in our vacation. I have a total of 62 birds, chickens, ducks and geese. I do this for fun and in readiness for the bad times I believe are on the way. One of my cute 3 month old ducks is sick, so we will be taking her (Frosty) with us on the trip.
Unlike Obama, I won’t be stressed with interruptions on the golf course (I don’t golf), about things I know nothing about and don’t have a clue how to handle, instead, my greatest concern will be how my dog responds to having a duck for a travel partner....yes, I’m crazy, but... no guts, no glory. ;>)
Actually, I realized I clicked on a link to go to The Mail's website and reading comments below the article: "Expensive massages, top shelf vodka and five-star hotels: First Lady accused of spending $10m in public money on her vacations"
Hotel Villa Padierna delivers charm and luxury, everything youd expect. On a clear day, you can look out over the Mediterranean and see the coast of Africa from the terrace. This charming view sums up the experience perfectly. Where else does the heritage of Spain harmonize with the architecture of a Tuscan palace on twin golf courses? Enjoy Marbellas tennis, sailing, and fishing abundant luxury is just a matter of taking your pick.
The hotel hosts 129 guest rooms....travertine bathtubs, high speed Internet, and in-room dining. The opulent Villas take luxury to a higher level, with large terraces, pergola, and sun beds complementing a private swimming pool.
I loathe these animals more so than I did the Carters and the Klintons. I didn’t think that was possible.
Moochin’ on up,
To the east side.
We finally got a piece of the pie-eye-eye.
I'd bet you four will enjoy the trip far more than Michelle does her spend fest.
It would take about two questions asked of this woman before she would all but admit that this is nothing but a looting of the taxpayers, and that she thinks they deserve it.
Her husband killed Osama Bin Laden and put the whole families lives in danger so she has to take these world trips now because it would be too dangerous when Obama is now longer President.
My suspicion is that after he gets voted out of office next year, a divorce soon will follow. I suspect their marriage is a sham, and that is one of the reasons for the separate plane rides and also the frequent separate Four Star vacations by her. Time will tell.
“Thanks, and no, you’re not crazy. :-)”
Thanks, but everyone else seems to think I am. LOL
I do love my critters and I figure she has a better chance at getting well with me. I have her on meds, but if she dies, she will die with me instead of on the dirt to rot until my bird/house sitting neighbors find her.
It’s different, but when she gets well, it should be fun and no doubt be the talk of the campgrounds. When at camp and while supervised, she will be in a small portable/collapsable dog fence I bought for her to play in during the day.LOL
She has her very own travel crate on the backseat, that my dog will no doubt think is his very own picnic basket. LOL
Well, I guess I better get off of FR soon as it’s almost time to leave.
Please, save the world while I’m gone...... ;>)
I agree. Wanting to be apart and taking separate vacations when living in the WH is not normal behavior. Much of that comes with the job but to intentionally do it shows there’s problems, IMHO.
They have to get out of the WH with all those offensive Christmas trees and decorations- don’t cha know/s
I think they will divorce too. She’ll be mad as hell cause he lost and will not be able to readjust to life without the freebies. They will spend every dime they earn on extravagant bling and in a few years will be dead broke.
Nah. The only remark that Michelle hasn’t been quoted as making is “Let them eat cake”. Their actions SCREAM that statement loud and clear. Barack and Michelle gonna make Whitey pay reparations; and we don’t know the half of it yet.
But the trip to Spain was worth it. It wasn’t a vacay. She met with Arab leaders there. Why? We’re just the little people, we aren’t sposed to know. Probably picked up cash and other little things no one would want us little people to know about the Arabs supplying to the White House.
Bush had his faults but...he NEVER APOLOGIZED FOR OUR COUNTRY.
He accepted his job and never blamed the previous administration.
Bush loved and supported the military and they love and support him.
We DO miss him.
Obama had to endure Ha’vard with the bourgeoisie kids boosting of the summa’ at Martha’s Vineyard.
Envy inevitably becomes spite.