Skip to comments.[DNC Chairman] Tim Kaine Defends Michelle Obama's Trip to Spain
Posted on 08/09/2010 9:35:39 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
First Lady Michelle Obama was criticized last week for vacationing in Spain with her daughter while the economy continues to sputter, but Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said this morning it's "wrong" to attack the First Family's private vacation.
"I think it's wrong to talk about the first lady's family vacation as a politician," Kaine said on NBC's "Today Show." "She's a mom."
Michelle Obama traveled with her daughter Sasha and a group of friends to Costa del Sol in southern Spain.
"When you're in office you don't give up being a mom and a family member, too," Kaine said. "This was an opportunity for Michelle to join friends and friends' daughters [and] give them exposure to a part of the world that they haven't been before."
He said President and Michelle Obama are "focused on being good parents."
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a real loser is Tim Kaine
Considering all the statements she has made, etc., she should be fair game. Frankly, the spin is making me dizzy, between Beltway Bob’s “private citizen” comment to former Governor Kaine telling us to mind our own business—well, Governor—she’s using MY money for travel. I’m pretty sure that MAKES IT MY BUSINESS!!!
Before I retired, I think I took a total of 2 family vacations in 25 years. Neither of them were in the costa Del Sol. If she had to have a vacation, why didn’t she take it in Pensacola FL?
What a boatload of crap. This wasn’t a trip to 6 Flags or Disney World for the kid - this was Spain for an 8 year old - at a prohibitively expensive hotel.
Hiding behind motherhood is really low.
Parasites.Every one of them.
Unlike many career pols, “private citizen” Michelle surely doesn’t have the discipline to keep her emotions in check.
My suggestion is to keep poking her and keep all mics hot. Eventually, she’ll go off and give us some good youtubes
Another liberal elite defending the worst of the arrogant liberal elites.
She is living high on the hog on my dime, and, I resent it. If she wants to vacation let her pay for it out of her pocket. No one is saying anything about her being a mom, they are talking about her high living when other moms in this country do not know how they are going to feed their children. I do wish this administration would grow to h... up.
Just a normal soccer mom on a $350,000 vacation (if we believe that number).
Please tell Spain to keep these parasites.
I agree - either she is a role model or she isn’t. Flip=Flop.
Oh yeah... I can see little Natasha asking her mom, "Why are we taking this vacation without daddy?" then Michelle replying, "Well Sasha, daddy wanted to invite Oprah but I can't stand that witch. So, he is going to Chicago to spend time with his friends unitl I cool off."
Let’s say she is a private citizen spending her own money (which she isn’t), she should show her patriotism, as first lady of this country, and spend her vacation at an American resort. I guess Hawaii is too cheap for her tastes.
Can’t even express the level of contempt I have for this woman.
Michelle Obama is nothing special and she needs to know the public did not appreciate her spending money that could be used for many NEEDY purposes and not a five day million dollar get away!!!!!
so we will answer you in Nov. 2,2010 and we plan to send Mom Michelle back to Chicago in 2012, only wish it could be sooner...
an American Mother
iirc, there were some 20 vehicles involved, probably more than one plane.
I had not heard the total number of vehicles, but I knew protocol indicated that there would be vehicles, at least for her and the kid. Wow.
First it was to spend time with a Chicago friend whose mother/father just died. Now it’s just a Mom on a trip to spend time with her daughter. Both of which could easily be accomplished without traveling to Spain.
These two sorry excuses are sad in their desperation to explain an unnecessary and obscenely expensive junket, with rumors of meeting secretly with Arab dignitaries.
Next on the agenda, a Florida gulf weekend and then another 10 day vacation in New England. This after at least 6 other vacation since January according to those keeping count.
People like me who haven’t taken a real vacation in years are not liking the vacation Queen’s in your face frivolity at our expense.
Basically what we have in the White House is the couple whose ideal state is a combination of the third world chieftainship and American resources and power.
Make ‘em defend her every day.
And....if this trip was so "right", why is a defense necessary at all?
One must surmise that the queen of America's trip to Spain may wear very thin indeed with all those unemployed here at home whose "vacation" for the last two years has been to their own backyard to sit awhile on a tree stump drinking home brew.
Not to mention the fine folks down in LA, AL, and FL whose vacation spots...tho touted by the queen a short week or two ago, remain virtually empty!
I decided to see what the DUmmies thought over this situation in DUmmyland. I ran a google check and I found NOTHING!!
All I got was ONE tiny thread on her taking her daughter to Spain with 6 comments! Pravda is alive and well in DUmmyland!
"You don't be sayin' nothin' BATT bout my O'Bozos, y'hare!?"
Though for the life of me, I can't think of why any of America's enemies would wish either of the Obamas ill.
Before the election, where the Obamas in the habit of vacationing overseas??? or is that just with our money?
Before the electios, did the Obamas often take seperate vacations? or is that just with our money?
For those that were wondering about Sasha’s outfit when she met the King. It is a J.Crew ensemble. Pieces sold separately - not necessarily meant to go together.
Posters here have reported that Sasha was suppose to eat separately and Shelly wouldn’t hear of it and that is what you see on the video of their meeting.
I am sure that didn’t go over well with the King.
Meanwhile, poor Malia is off at some camp. Perhaps by choice because she has had enough.
Tim Kaine, typical of most Democrats, has no sense of proportion.
The Democrats are truly desperate. This was a PR disaster for the Democrats and Obama.
I just came up with a perfect term for all this:
National Buffoon’s Spanish Vacation!
These were to be our golden years. Travel, do things. Ha. We don't do anything while that bunch of @#$%^&*() run around the world.
She wasn't elected to ANY OFFICE. What a complete looser. No respect for the position she is in. She and her kids dress like tramps.
Well, if she is a private citizen, she can pay for her own dang trip.
It’s not even the fact it’s on the taxpayer’s dime that concerns me, especially given the fact that the Obamas do have young children, which we haven’t had since JFK.
But in the middle of this recession, and especially after all their talk about people should vacation in the Gulf of Mexico, what do they do, they go out of the country. Heck at least if they go to Martha’s Vineyard, that helps out the US economy. There aren’t any good places here to vacation?
Did you forget Amy Carter?
How old was Amy?
Anyway, I think it’s the fact that they have more than one kid that makes a huge difference.
Amy Carter lived in the White House for four years from the age of nine. She was the subject of much media attention during this period, as young children had not lived in the White House since the early 1960s presidency of John F. Kennedy (and didn’t after the Carter presidency until the inauguration of Bill Clinton). Amy is the youngest of Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter’s children and has three older brothers.
“I think it’s wrong to talk about the first lady’s family vacation as a politician,” Kaine said on NBC’s “Today Show.” “She’s a mom.”
Then stay home and bake some cookies.
“Hiding behind motherhood is really low.”
As low as hiding behind the deceased father of a friend.
"She's a mom." "When you're in office you don't give up being a mom and a family member, too,"
Shes a mom.
She’s a mom that only takes one of her two children on an international luxury trip.
Shes a mom.
Well, she’s a mother, that’s for sure.