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First lady, daughters give the slip to photographers and take toboggan ride off Great Wall
Sacramento Bee ^ | March 23, 2014 | By Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy News

Posted on 03/23/2014 3:36:44 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Just one day after taking issue with China’s “Great Firewall” of media restrictions, Michelle Obama on Sunday pulled a fast one on photographers hoping to capture something more than the predictable shot of her strolling with daughters along the Great Wall of China.

With daughters Malia and Sasha in tow, Obama and her handlers managed to distract U.S. and Chinese journalists while she and her daughters exited the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall via the touristy toboggan that races visitors from the wall’s heights. No news photographers memorialized the moment.

It was a brilliant fake-out by a publicity-weary presidential spouse, who seems to yearn for fun moments that won’t be accompanied by hundreds of camera clicks. Reporters thought she would descend on a gondola from the Great Wall, the same way she’d gone up and the journalists had gone down.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: mooch
First Lady Michelle Obama takes a toboggan ride after visiting the Great Wall of China

First Lady Michelle Obama takes a toboggan ride after visiting the Great Wall of China with Malia and Sasha. March 23, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

1 posted on 03/23/2014 3:36:44 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
who seems to yearn for fun moments that won’t be accompanied by hundreds of camera clicks.

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2 posted on 03/23/2014 3:41:14 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Stay classy, Moochelle.


3 posted on 03/23/2014 3:42:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

I’m glad you had fun, Wookie. Not many of the oppressed Chinese people get to have a lot of it.


4 posted on 03/23/2014 3:42:28 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Geez, thanks, I just can’t get enough news about the lovely First Lady!/ Barf


5 posted on 03/23/2014 3:43:40 PM PDT by PROCON (Those who are capable of Tyranny are capable of Deceit to sustain it.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Lord, who writes this tripe?
Of course they all went down, so they could
manage to take her pic at the bottom. Feh.


6 posted on 03/23/2014 3:43:41 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Chewchelle has been sliding by on her race & sex for a lifetime, so why not?


7 posted on 03/23/2014 3:44:13 PM PDT by twister881
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

They seem to have a version of these in Japan at public parks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO3V3NMpcBc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT60Rtrw4fA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwxXPFGh7W4


8 posted on 03/23/2014 3:45:32 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: tet68

I guess that rather large black man behind her is a Local


9 posted on 03/23/2014 3:45:51 PM PDT by digger48
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To: digger48

There 20 more just around the corner behind him.


10 posted on 03/23/2014 3:47:48 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

No news photographers memorialized the moment.
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Looks like someone “memorialized” this auspicious occasion with a photograph.


11 posted on 03/23/2014 3:48:41 PM PDT by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
And yet the perfect photo. Reminds me of the Clintons dancing on the beach all by their lonesome shortly after the Blue Dress episode.

Ummm, I didn't realize she was wearing blue too! LOL

12 posted on 03/23/2014 3:49:39 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA !)
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To: Impy
Not many of us in the US can afford to have fun. We have to work hard to pay taxes to support Mooch’s lavish lifestyle.
13 posted on 03/23/2014 3:51:35 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Ah gosh, she’s so spunky and crafty..!

And yeah, that BOTHERSOME press, huh? So HOSTILE to the Obamas, right?

FINALLY a little rest from the CRITICISM by the US press, whew...!


14 posted on 03/23/2014 3:59:20 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Is that her Secret Service boyfriend behind her?


15 posted on 03/23/2014 4:01:40 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer


16 posted on 03/23/2014 4:02:32 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The future ain't what it use to be -- Yogi Berra)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Obama as Mao photo: Anti Obama Oba Mao obaMa-sq.jpg
17 posted on 03/23/2014 4:03:20 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: mass55th

Mooch has a boyfriend? Shut up! LOL!


18 posted on 03/23/2014 4:05:15 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: digger48

Too bad someone didn’t throw them off the wall.


19 posted on 03/23/2014 4:15:42 PM PDT by angcat
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
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20 posted on 03/23/2014 4:16:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

absolutely NO CLASS nor CHARACTER..

for the first time in my entire life I am ashamed of the president and his wife..they are both an embarrassment to a once great Nation.

pure ghetto trash.


21 posted on 03/23/2014 4:19:48 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: haircutter
for the first time in my entire life I am ashamed of the president and his wife..they are both an embarrassment to a once great Nation.

Second time for me. Clinton's were the first.
22 posted on 03/23/2014 4:42:18 PM PDT by Old Yeller (In Latin, the word sinister means left. Which is appropriate for left-wingers.)
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To: digger48

Probably her brother.


23 posted on 03/23/2014 4:51:33 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: digger48

“I guess that rather large black man behind her is a Local”


Nah, probably just another family grifter member along for the ride, sucking up taxpayer money.


24 posted on 03/23/2014 4:54:13 PM PDT by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: haircutter

Can you imagine if Barbara Bush were to do that? I can just imagine the press reporting on it.


25 posted on 03/23/2014 5:04:14 PM PDT by hsmomx3
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To: Old Yeller

YOUR RIGHT OLD YELLER...

Just hate and feel bad to admit I’m ashamed of the leaders of a place called, AMERICA..

a Nation my dad served, brother served and my husband served, and I was always so Proud. I don’t believe none of the three would have served under Clinton or Hussein O. today.


26 posted on 03/23/2014 5:09:27 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: hsmomx3
ya know...Barbara Bush had RESPECT for the position she held when her husband was POTUS...

this moocher loves herself and all she wants is to party, vacation and be bossy to low I.Q. voters, the ones who really love and follow her..

looking forward to them moving..
vote and flip that Senate folks..I want to watch both obama’s squirm

27 posted on 03/23/2014 5:15:42 PM PDT by haircutter
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
…a publicity-weary presidential spouse…


28 posted on 03/23/2014 5:36:47 PM PDT by Brandonmark (OWCM is The new American Minority! 11.06.12 - Day of Infamy!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Nancy Reagan was criticized royally for
spending $200,000 on White House china.

29 posted on 03/23/2014 5:43:39 PM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Slyfox

Indeed, and the china was paid through private donors.


30 posted on 03/23/2014 5:46:14 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Slyfox

Yeah, but that’s different.


31 posted on 03/23/2014 5:47:46 PM PDT by Hoodat (Democrats - Opposing Equal Protection since 1828)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

been there, done that. it’s a great ride.


32 posted on 03/23/2014 6:30:01 PM PDT by carpediem365 (sola deo gloria)
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To: Slyfox

The china was left with the White House.

Basketball Bambi, the wookie and her offspring and her mother are taking everything for themselves. It’s gross and disgusting. Even the repulsive Clintons never got this low and greedy and contemptuous of the rest of us.

I guess the Clintons still had a little fear, but as long as Obama remains a media-anointed celebrity, which he will be as long as possible even if he has to use intimidation of the press to do it, Obama and all his hideous family have nothing to fear. If the press turns on them, though, they’re toast.


33 posted on 03/23/2014 6:38:41 PM PDT by livius
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
In Mutianyu village, merchants attempted to hide t-shirts showing President Obama in a Mao hat. Normally such shirts are sold everywhere. After numerous inquiries and much prodding, one vendor produced a box of them. Almost immediately, several other vendors urged her to put the shirts away.

Everywhere is right. I was at Mutianyu last fall. We were there for a conference and meetings, but one of our party had never been in China and we had a free morning before a midafternoon flight home, so the Wall was a no-brainer.

From the vendors one would draw the conclusion that Obama is a regular Chinese mascot. There was more Obama stuff than Mao stuff. Aside from those two, I don't recall any other individuals being peddled.

She got lucky on the visibility. When we were there, the smog severely limited visibility. One lost sight of the base of the ridge before getting halfway up. The Wall can't help but be spectacular under any conditions, but visibility was under a half a mile.

Missed the toboggan on the way down. Good excuse for going back.

34 posted on 03/23/2014 6:39:55 PM PDT by sphinx
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To: digger48

And that’s why she brought along the white hut photog and then released the picture. “Here’s a photo of me ditching the photographers.” Cognitive Dissonance?


35 posted on 03/23/2014 6:46:50 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Screw the farmers. I can get everything I need at the grocery store.)
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To: Dogbert41

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ... give a little warning, won’tcha? Now I have to go bleach my eyes.


36 posted on 03/23/2014 6:47:49 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Screw the farmers. I can get everything I need at the grocery store.)
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To: digger48

No camera clicks then how come I am seeing her face in the picture. Even without the media it seems she and her husband are shoved in our faces.


37 posted on 03/23/2014 6:51:06 PM PDT by funfan
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To: sphinx

I’ve been on the wall several times, but my most memorable was when in fog. I was high up, and there weren’t many people around, but there were a few moments when I was totally alone — in the thick fog. It was a unique feeling.


38 posted on 03/23/2014 6:55:41 PM PDT by Exit148
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

It was a brilliant fake-out by a publicity-weary presidential spouse, who seems to yearn for fun moments that won’t be accompanied by hundreds of camera clicks.

Pro Tip > stay home, in the USA, and donate your time at the food bank or local shelter


39 posted on 03/23/2014 6:58:04 PM PDT by Steven Tyler
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To: carpediem365

Ditto. But passed on the toboggan.


40 posted on 03/23/2014 6:59:35 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: livius
but as long as Obama remains a media-anointed celebrity, which he will be as long as possible even if he has to use intimidation of the press to do it,

They have made him their god. They have placed all their eggs in his basket. They can't admit that they have made a mistake, for to whom else will they turn?

41 posted on 03/23/2014 8:25:42 PM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Wow! We have this place all to ourselves! Mom, how did you manage that?

Valerie made a few calls.

42 posted on 03/23/2014 8:35:13 PM PDT by Slyfox (When Jesus sees a momma holding her little baby, it reminds him of his own momma.)
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To: Dogbert41

I’ve often wondered how many times Hillary and Bill look back on this “totally unplanned” photo and think WTH were we thinking?

This flatters neither of them.


43 posted on 03/23/2014 9:40:46 PM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: cripplecreek

Hahahahahahahahahaha


44 posted on 03/23/2014 9:46:50 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (In a world where I feel so small, I can't stop thinking big.)
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