Skip to comments.Troubling Things Obama's Spring Break Story Reveal
Posted on 03/21/2012 5:04:40 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVetEdited on 03/21/2012 5:08:32 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
We normally wouldn't bother writing about the president's daughter, but the story of Malia Obama's spring break deserves mention if only because it's troubling on so many levels.
First you have to wonder about sending a 13-year-old to drug-war-torn Mexico to frolic with her friends. It doesn't strike us as the wisest move, given the potential risk to her and those around her.
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...maybe the school's Spring Break related.
Can't believe Mooch didn't make the trip down a day later with another 25 Secret Service agents.
That photo should show sheep, not dogs.
The trip was the call of the parents. Further, I believe the SS men would take a bullet for any of the the young ladies in their charge. The costliness of the trip may be a legitimate story, though.
Zero sent his kids there with a platoon (maybe a company) of federal agents.
They were and are as safe as babes-in-arms.
He did that to show us, in the brave new Socialist USA, that he and his elite friends can run around anywhere in complete safety and consummate luxury, and we can only dream of going to these places.
Connected as he is, and has been, his whole life, Obama and the elites have grown accustomed to the royal lifestyle... just like his Soros friends, Hollywood friends, etc., etc.,
WE are the ones who still have to worry about crime, safety, etc., but never do these people worry.
This is precisely the class structure that he is installing in the US.
It was insane that the lapdog media obeyed the democrat masters as quickly as they did. They must fear, respect and agree with them. That is dangerous to us and to the media. I wish they were not so stupid that they don’t realize it.
Wouldn't want to be punished with one. PARTY ON!
Note the pug will not sit up
It’s a Sidwell Friends school trip. The spring break trip is an ongoing tradition. We know one of the other girls on the trip; it’s a routine Sidwell thing.
well, this admin does send free condoms to 12 year olds...
“We know one of the other girls on the trip; its a routine Sidwell thing.”
So can you verify to me that there are adult chaperones along, aside from the SS agents?
And, btw, if it is so routine why the panic over the news stories?
well ex-cUUUUUuuuuuUUUUUUse us!
Alot of people have “routine” trips and business in Mexico that they have had to suspend given the cartel war.
I could care less about obama’s daughter and her prissy classmates. I don’t any reason to risk the lives of Secret Service agents so Sidwell can keep it’s “tradition.”
It’s a school trip. I don’t know the details, but I assume they go with faculty sponsors. I have no idea if parents come along.
Sidwell is a name brand school with tuition in the $30,000 range. (Out of our price range, for sure.) We know several current and past Sidwell families, some at church, some through soccer, and some at work. The ones we know are comfortably upper middle class but not wealthy; some of them are even Republicans. I suspect many of them are getting scholarship assistance at Sidwell, although I don't ask.
On this as on several other threads on this topic, there seems to be a lot of generalized hostility towards Sidwell as an elitist school. Some of it is so over the top that I think DU trolls are sneaking in. Sidwell is a great school with a well-earned reputation for excellence. Yes, it is expensive, and academically selective. So what. In any city in this country, the business and professional elites have access to these kinds of schools. That is their prerogative. The goal ought not to be to tear down Sidwell, and places like it; the goal should be to open access to such schools to more families (vouchers, anyone?) and to raise many more schools to this level of excellence.
We have two daughters in the Catholic system and have been paying the DC private school tax for ten years. Our oldest is heading to a very good Catholic high school that is substantially less costly than Sidwell, but expensive by most other standards of comparison. But as I point out to Democrat friends, if DC would voucher school tuition, we could pay full freight for our daughters' "elitist, expensive, upper class" educations, and have cash back. The DC public system is MORE expensive than virtually all the Catholic schools, including all but a couple of the very top academic magnets.
The issue isn't that parents who can afford it choose great schools for their kids. The issue is that DC public schools spend over $18,000 a year per student to run a disaster (and I've seen estimates as high as $25,000 if you really dug through the budget for hidden costs).
A handful of DC public elementary and middle schools, and now two high schools, have broken through and are winning broad middle class acceptance. We also have a large number of public charter schools, some of which are doing very well. Thank goodness for the democratizing influcence of sports: my daughter has soccer friends (not all on her current team) either attending or entering next fall at Washington Latin, Wilson, Whitman, and Walls (public) as well as Sidwell, Georgetown Visitation, Georgetown Day, Bullis, Maret, Holy Child, Washington International, St. John's, and I'm sure I'm leaving a few out. These are all outstanding schools. Plus there are several soccer friends who live in the near suburbs and go to some excellent public schools in Fairfax and Mongomery Counties.
For most of the families we know, paying private school tuition is a substantial sacrifice, which we weigh against the alternative, which is a brutal commute. You get used to the idea that if you live in the city, schools are one of the things you'll pay dearly for. The fairly recent breakthroughs achieved by a couple of the DC public and charter schools are great news; the options are broadening. Walls (public) attracts a lot of applications from private school kids, but it has become very difficult to get into; there is a widespread suspicion that Walls is reserving most of its slots for kids who have come up through the public system, thus discriminating against private school kids who are trying to jump back into a (free) public option at the high school level. I wouldn't be surprised if this surfaces as a public issue in the near future. Signs of progress.
So ... an elite prep school sponsors a trip abroad during spring break. Big deal. As I pointed out on another thread, my old southern Indiana high school (public, and not selective; it's the only high school in town) nowadays sends the Latin and French clubs to Europe. Why in the world do some people get flustered if students get on an airplane from time to time? It would be surprising if top academic magnet schools, public as well as private, did NOT do this.
An afterthought: the amount of money academic magnets spend on this sort of thing pales in comparison to the expenditures of many public school systems on athletics. A question of priorities, I suppose.
Come off it. Quick mental inventory: I think I know seven current Sidwell kids (including a couple of sibling pairs). None of them are in the least bit prissy. Two of them are current alter servers at our chuch, and they are the nicest girls you will ever want to meet. Two more are on my daughters' soccer team; they are pretty hard nosed soccer players, and nice girls off the field.
The boys are also into sports, although as Sidwell football players, they get beaten up pretty badly. I'm told that Sidwell refuses to recruit for athletics, and gets destroyed by prep schools that do. If I'm recalling this correctly, the Sidwell football team got whipped a year or two ago by a Virginia team of homeschooled kids; Sidwell tries manfully to find teams at a reasonable (i.e. low enough) level, but it's hard. Football apparently isn't a Quaker sport.
>>So ... an elite prep school sponsors a trip abroad during spring break. Big deal.
The “big deal” part is going to a country with multiple travel advisories in which serious drug wars are ongoing, necessitating accompaniment by a whole platoon of Federal Secret Service agents for security at public expense.
So: should a president's kid be allowed to go on class trips, or should he/she stay at home because of the added cost of security? Forget the Obamas; think of this as a policy call for future reference. There would be a Secret Service detail at ANY destination, not just Mexico. I don't know if the number mentioned in the article is unusually large or not. They're escorting a large group, and they have to be on duty around the clock. Are you arguing that president's kids should just stay home?
I would expect the detail for Mexico to be substantially larger than if they were going to, say, Italy or Germany.
Kidnapping for ransom is a major sport in Mexico.
Obama the Fascist is down in Mexico arranging for his 5th column drug dealing brown shirts to do the dirty before Novembers election. Beware Arizona!
Half a mil plus of post tax dollars min, why that's chump change.
Funny how the DC public schools before home rule and teachers unions produced so many admirals, generals, top tier academics and business folk. My tiny HS of about 500 somehow managed to produce two astronauts along with educating various cabinet member off spring along with those of foreign embassy staff. You wouldn't happen to know how many Sidwell grads were drafted during the Viet Nam wars years would you? My memory gets fuzzy but I seem to recall that being the hot bed of HS protests against the war.
I have no idea how or why Mexico was chosen as a destination for this year’s trip>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Very Bad idea. There are cogent reasons why there is a travel advisory concerning Mexico.
The truth about Mexico has not been reported by the MSM and the government of Mexico has a news blackout in place on the topic of its Drug Gangs, necessitating reporting by an illicit site;
When you see what is happening there ( BROWSE THE SITE) you would wonder why anyone would want to send their kid to Mexico.Sidwell parents must be extraordinarily ignorant. I never would have signed off on my kid going to Mexico now!!!
I wonder if the Obama's also make their kids taste food, first? Heck, I wonder if those are even their kids?
Could be. Doesn’t bother me. Over the years, a fair number of presidents have had school age children. Offhand I remember the Kennedy kids, Amy Carter, Chelsea Clinton, and now the Obama girls. Can’t think of a recent Republican case, but that’s immaterial.
Children are a good thing. IMHO, if a president has young kids, we should not begrudge sending a security detail on school trips. Even to Mexico.
Most school kids get one foreign vacation trip a year, if their parents can afford it.
How many foreign countries have the obama girls been to in the past three years? The obama daughter should have given her spot to some needier child and spared us paying for the SS. The school should have picked a safer place to vacation.
I suspect the average Sidwell parent makes more than I do. That doesn’t bother me. Why should it bother you?
Voucher the schools in DC and I could afford Sidwell too. That’s what bothers me.
Note the dogs staring at the German Shepherd.
you stay cool in that funky universe of yours, pumpkin.
There have been several threads on this issue (most of them pulled because people started picking on the kids), and many of them have been brimming over with a surprising level of resentment towards Sidwell as an “elitist” school. I may have misinterpreted your remark, but I was reacting to a broader outburst of, essentially, pretty raw class warfare rhetoric. Not what I expect from Freepers.
I acknowledge that the issue does hit a hot button with me. Nothing would help most of our major cities more, or faster, than fixing the schools. If it were up to me, I’d voucher them. But it the meantime, places like Sidwell should be applauded. My daughter isn’t headed to Sidwell, but we are on a parallel private school track. We are paying a hefty price while DC wastes huge amounts on a disaster. That does get my goat.
“Note the pug will not sit up.”
And, in the first row, at that!
Hi, sphinx...do you know other vacation sites the school has chosen for Spring Break?
Was Chelsea Clinton educated at the same school...where did they vacate on Spring Break?
It’s based on the iconic image titled, “His Master’s Voice” with the gramaphone and the terrier.
Good point, jocon307.
Thirteen is fairly young to be sending on even a chaperoned trip to drugwar anyplace.
Bad decision on the part of the parents.
“Note the dogs staring at the German Shepherd.”
The German Shepherd commands respect. Also, probably on duty for crowd control because you can’t bark in a crowded theater!
My kids never had a foreign vacation, as all of my friends’ children never had one. We couldn’t afford one. Their class trip was to Chicago.
At least it wasn't to East St. Louis.
Makes you wonder about the other parents who consented to send their kids into a war zone.
Now, now, now...no need to bring common sense into this.
There's no doubt in my mind that Mexican cartels were paid in advance to ensure the safety of that group. You would need at least 4 times the security personnel they had to adequately defend against an attack from one of the cartels.
Fast and furious is running wild...drug wars rampant...all over the country....Not a Safe Place...I would not want my children or grand children going to Mexico even with the dedication and protection of a platoon of Secret Service Agents...Not a good parental decision....on the tax payers dime....
I know. But that gramaphone should have “MSM” on the side of it and the dogs should be sheep.
So: should a president’s kid be allowed to go on class trips, or should he/she stay at home because of the added cost of security? Forget the Obamas; think of this as a policy call for future reference. There would be a Secret Service detail at ANY destination, not just Mexico. I don’t know if the number mentioned in the article is unusually large or not. They’re escorting a large group, and they have to be on duty around the clock. Are you arguing that president’s kids should just stay home?
VERY thoughtful and reasoned post.
Back in the seventies I went to a private school in NYC. Our spring break vacation was to a farm in upstate NY. We had to WORK! We had to do farm stuff!
Foreign class trips were unheard of back then (I think)
“They must fear, respect and agree with them”
They fear unemployment and blacklisting, more.
Would YOU want to be a journalist known to have stood up to Obama, looking for a new job in the current environment?