Skip to comments.White House Admits Asking Media to Scrub Reports of Malia Obama's Mexican Vacation
Posted on 03/20/2012 7:37:25 AM PDT by Zakeet
After it was reported Monday that Malia Obama was going to Mexico for spring break with 25 Secret Service agents, people began to notice that such reports were being scrubbed from the Internet.
Politico's Dylan Byers reported Tuesday this was done at the request of the White House:
The AFP page for the story now links to a story titled "Senegal music star Youssou Ndour hits campaign trail," as does the Yahoo page. The Huffington Post page now links directly back to the Huffington Post homepage. The Daily Mail, Telegraph, and Australian stories now lead to 404 error pages, reading "page not found."
In an update, Byers explained who was responsible for the scrubbing:
Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, emails to confirm this was a White House effort:
From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.
Must be nice to command such an obedient media.
Cost of 20 to 25 Secret Service Agents for 1 week plus travel and you know they would not be armed....ye think
LOL. Good one. 0bama’s call to the news media at large was indeed “Fast & Furious”.
It ain’t comming out of mac daddies wallet so he could care less about how much it costs the tax payers.
I would tend to agree, but certainly there must be limits.
No security problems would arise if the reporting occurred after the trip was completed. And certainly if large amounts of PUBLIC money are being spent on the President's childrens' vacations, there has to be a point at which the PUBLIC has a right to know about it. And isn't it funny that we're allowed to know where they go to school (without their parents) but then we're not supposed to find out where they go when school is closed and they're livin' large on the taxpayers' dime.
“I wonder where Bo the Dog is vacationing?”
Well, wherever it is I hope they don’t transport him like Romney’s pooch!
“You little people don’t need to known what your sovereign and his family are doing. Just pay the bills.”
No, we sold corn fritters and salt to make money for the school. I'm talking 1950's. In grammar school and high school, there was no such thing as school sponsored trips in this country or overseas for any students. Living in NY State, the only foreign country I traveled to was Canada, and that was after I had been married with two kids. I finally made my first trip to Europe when I was 58.
I’m not in favor of ridiculing politician’s kids, although I do remember that all of them - until now - have been ridiculed by the press, conservative or liberal. Poor Amy Carter, whose sin was looking like any dorky 11-year old, the unfortunate Chelsea Clinton, who inherited her parents’ - uh - looks, the Bush girls, whose sin was being good looking and going out on the town (on their own dime) - I don’t think this was a good thing, but what I want to know is why the press suddenly developed such solicitude about Obama’s kids?
Oaxaca is not dangerous (I was there less than a month ago, so I can say that from personal experience) so there’s no more security risk there than anywhere else. IMHO, this radio silence is just to avoid stirring up the taxpayers by letting us know that we’re paying for the spring vacation of the heiress and a dozen of her spoiled 13 year old friends. That’s why I think it’s legitimate to talk about it.
What are Hussein’s obligations during this “spring break”?
QUICK COVER IT UP !!!
EAT CAKE PEOPLE !!!!,
for some spoiled brat nothing to do whatever the hell she wants
this little perk has to be costing us at least 50 million a day for a week or so, all the while desrespecting our own country which could use the tourism dollars here at our own historical tourist destinations
WTH is wrong with Florida or New Orleans....Oh yeah, those places are low class now, overrun and ruined by welfare bums
Parents Mr. and Mrs. oDUMBo acted "stupidly."
How does a public forum operate in an age when the occupants of the WH are nothing less than leeches , ideologically-driven control freaks, corrupt beyond comparison by historical standards and have no discernible standards themselves?
Vey carefully. 8-]
Good job. In due time, God willing, the WH will have patriots back as the occupants, and the Obama children will mature, hopefully beyond their parents levels of tolerance and guile.
The Palin girls still waiting for their apologies
St. Patrick’s Day lunch/reception today .....
Sheesh... if her protection is such a concern, then DON’T SEND HER THERE!!!!
“But it is perfectly fine to use the Obama children for political purposes when needed by Obama, et al.”
Exactly, FRiend. If the articles are pulled they should be replaced with a report explaining the reasoning and highlighting Barry’s recent comments dragging his early teenage daughter into sensitive debates.
Barry treats his kids as political footballs and he has no problems publicly embarrassing them as long as it suits him. But the second they could be a political liability (cost and morality of Mexico trip) he pulls the kids are off limits card.
I wonder whose other children are involved....
Are we acting as the Bocchicchios for some high-level summit?
Thanks. Do you know if the schedule is ever published in advance of the day?
This is infuriating.
I don’t know - doesn’t look like it ‘cause I got nothing when I ‘googled’ it. I would think not for security reasons.
You mean like when zer0bama tells Americans to avoid mexico vacations and then sends his daughter their on our dime
with 12 other kids and %millions$ of secret service security?
Only an obot could justify not informing tax payers of this stupid, brash and foolish action buy the POS in our White House.
Maybe we should keep quiet about all the obucks going to “holders people” to buy votes so we don’t sound racist.
FUBO and ESAD. Arrrogant sob he is.
I would like to ask the gubmintm STAY OUT OF MY BUSINESS!
HOW ABOUT THE PALIN KIDS?
Yup, Bristol is still waiting for her apology from 0. Even if there’s an MSM double standard, it’s good to see FR standing firm/refusing to `go Maher.’
Journalist is really just a euphemism for propagandist. Arguably, always was, but now so more than ever.
“Sorry, but the children should be off limits for the reasons cited, i.e. privacy and their security. Anyone who would risk the lives of the Obama daughters by posting information that compromises their security deserves to be condemned. When it comes to protecting the children, politics be damned.”
Uh, actually, when the President of the U.S. sends his daughter into a country where his own state department has issued a no-travel warning for everybody else, it becomes ON LIMITS.
When he sends 25 Secret Service agents to ensure her safety - at tax payer expense - it becomes ON LIMITS.
When he pressures news outlets to bury the story and eliminate existing online news links even after it has already been widely reported by his own staff that his daughter is spending spring break in this dangerous country and therefore it is no secret, it becomes ON LIMITS.
When the U.S. travel industry is suffering under the weight of a severe economic downturn and could benefit from some cheerleading by President and other government officials and the President sends his daughter and 12 of her friends to spend travel dollars in another country and not the U.S., it becomes ON LIMITS.
This is wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to begin. And if the President is so concerned about the safety of his daughter, why is he sending her to a country that based on the standards of his own administration is an extremely dangerous place?
“......spending her spring break in the historic Mexican city of ______ in the company of 12 friends, a state police official said....”
“..The young tourists, including 13-year-old Malia Ann Obama, are staying at a _______ in this city famous ...”
“..The group, which arrived in _____ Saturday, has already visited the architectural zone of _____ and the tree _____ believed to have one thousand years...”
“...The sightseeing plan also includes visits to ___known for its archeological research sites and _____ famous artisan quarters...”
12 friends? I thought they were classmates.
Thinking out loud. SPECULATION ONLY: If I added correctly, Malia is in the 8th grade, meaning she will be in the Upper School next year. Is this a school sponsored event or is it something 12 families did for their kids to mark leaving middle school behind? Did those 12 kids fly on our dime? Parents? Chaperons? BTW, did the Bush daughters have more than 1 SS Agent when they traveled? In no way would I fault them, they are doing their job, but 25 agents? Is that the norm? Wonder who made that decision.
Easter Week in Paris & Rome for a class trip at age 13.
It was your typical European school trip:
Kids trying to hook-up and score booze
Adult married chaperones hooking up for real
A very unwashed French tour guide
The drunk tour bus driver
...and a late night escape from the hotel to a gay disco
Good times, good times....
Their arrogance knows no bounds. Truly.
"Talk about TONE deaf....OR....thinking you are ROYALTY! A 13 year old should NOT be going to Mexico for spring break anyway...this says a lot about their REAL parenting skills."
My tax guy, an old family friend, has a 2008 magnet of the Obama family in his office. It turns my stomach every time I see it.
If he were not an old family friend, I would have dropped him because of it.
BTW, he is Black, so used to cut him a little slack for it, but if oBozo wins, I won’t go back to him next year.
While I agree it should not be published WHERE those kids are going, the fact that I(and you) are paying for it while I can’t afford to get myself a decent car makes it newsworthy.
I agree with that, as it regards the girls' security.
As soon as she's back home and her security is no longer an issue, the taxpayer money they spent sending 25 secret service agents on a 13 year old's vacation is a very valid issue.
And, its an absolute PR disaster for this administration, not that they care.
So. The state owned media won’t mention that the girl gone wild in Mexico? I wonder if they made sure to bring some condoms since the government mails them for free to 12 year olds and don’t want them punished with a baby??
This admin thinks 12 year olds are mature enough for sex and will mail them free condoms. Plus at least we know she is going to use protection and won’t be punished with a baby.
I know a hispanic guy who used an old friend (another hispanic) as HIS tax guy, in the past. Turns out....the old friend was not only screwing him on his taxes, but he sold him a car at market value that turned out to be classified as salvage on the title, but he never revealed the fact beforehand. Talk about getting screwed.
Bottom line...some times your “old friends” aren’t really your friends.
YOUR children aren’t off limits! The government happily teaches them to hump like rabbits and provides free condms by mail.
Why should THEIR kids be off limits, when the fact is, its government waste and pomposity being criticized, not the kid?
You are right, and his voting base has their triple thick rose colored glasses on and sees nothing wrong with this outrageous spending.
I had one lefty friend through the Bush would send his daughters nonsense. It is bizarre. The worshiping of Obama makes many of these people very dangerous. Be careful out there.
So what’s the story here.? Is this a school sponsored trip ?
Even if it were school sponsored, the responsible thing would have been for the Obama’s to keep their child home. Think of the $milions$ this would have saved tax payers.
25 Secret Service, special cars, hotels, and other arrangments. How much do you think this is costing us?
sending a bunch of kids to a third world dangerous country is stupid, no matter what
Malia Ann Obama, daughter of U.S. President Barack Obama, arrived on a commercial flight to Oaxaca for a private tour on the evening of Friday March 16th.
Surrounded by a security team, Malia Obama arrived at the headquarters of the commercial airport in the capital to join a group of twelve young teenagers from a United Airlines commercial airliner departed from Houston, Texas.
Official information states that President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama's oldest daughter, who is thirteen, has an escort of twenty-five agents composed of marines and members of the Secret Service. All will wear black suits and use radio communication.
Private security escorted Malia Obama in three armored trucks to Hotel Camino Real, located in Oaxaca's Historic Central District.
According to her leaked agenda, during the weekend Malia will visit the "El Arbol del Tule," the archaeological site of Monte Alban, and the towns of San Martin Tilcajete, the site of many local handicrafts, and San Bartolo Coyotepec, in addition to the main attractions in the city of Oaxaca.
Malia's is one of two Obama children. Her sister, Sasha, is 10 years old.
The story is the white house censoring the news.
I uderstand that there are those who feel the kids are “off limits”.
I disagree in this case. Why? THEY ARE SPENDING MY MONEY ON THIS CRAP!!
If they want to have the kids “off limits’ then send them there without governemnt paid protection...or in the alternative, the family should pay 100% of the costs including secret service.
If you are spending taxpayer money the taxpayers are involve and they need to be willing to withstand taxpayer scrutiny. The Ibama white house is humiliated by this and now wants to cover it up. Why are we suborning this?
The Obama admnistration made the choice to send a 12 year old girl on a foreign vacation using taxpayer money, THIS IS PUBLIC INFORMATION and should be DISCUSSED PUBLICLY. If the Obamas want their daughters cloistered away from public review, then they can damn wll stop spending public money on their vacations. So much for the most honest and transparent administration ever.
YEah, but if they CAN’T take a vacation because of the resulting cost to the taxpayers for the entourage, then they are like prisoners in that house. I think Michelle has taken some of her vacations as a result of claustrophobia from living in the glass house.
Happy to see that FR is allowing comments on the site...it was more rigid (all about the “kids” being off limits) yesterday...I completely agree with your comments. The scary part is that the White House exerted their power to cover this up...and the news media obeyed like stunned sheep. Talk about a country in trouble! Not Mexico, US!!!
Wonder where they are?? 7.6 Shaker just hit Acapulco....
Pucker factor just rose for SS.
Exactly. I'll tell you what else upsets me .... I know the SS know what they are signing up for when they take their oaths to protect the president/family at the cost of their own lives. If risking their lives is in the normal course of presidential duties, vacations, etc. then fine. THIS is a totally unnecessary trip to a country where the State Department has issued warnings, the parents are not along .... I'd like to be a fly on the wall when the SS are talking about the current situation in private. I am sure they advised the Obamas that this trip was not a good idea - they can't be happy.