Skip to comments.WaPo's Ruth Marcus: Unfair attacks on Michelle Obama's Spanish vacation
Posted on 08/06/2010 2:00:56 PM PDT by maggief
Let's stipulate: A five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was probably not the first choice of White House spin-meisters for a mother-daughter getaway. Especially when the getaway included a posse of 40 friends of the first lady staying at the Hotel Villa Padierna, where rooms start at $330 a night, and photos of Michelle Obama strolling in Marbella wearing an off-the-shoulder number by Jean Paul Gaultier.
"The first lady is on a private trip," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip. And I think I'd leave it at that."
Technically, the first lady may be a private citizen. In actuality, she isn't. She can't be; see, for example, the Secret Service contingent that accompanies her, private trip or not private trip. This is a simple fact of modern presidential family life.
So as a political matter, the trip to Spain was not a good idea. You don't need Dick Morris -- who famously polled the Clintons' vacation plans and pushed Jackson Hole over Martha's Vineyard -- to tell you it's not going to play well at a time of 9.5 percent unemployment.
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If SHE”S PAYING for it, then fine.....but it STILL LOOKS AWFUL MARIE ANTOINETTE-LIKE!!
Ruth Marcus is married to some big Lefty either in the Govt or the media.
Has Marcus been drinking? Just the other day she wrote a column saying how out-of-touch the Obamas were becoming. Now she writes this. I guess someone got her back to writing the party line on the Obamas.
“40 friends of the first lady”
We want names.
It would be a nice touch of Michelle has thrown dimes to the peasant children.
Over eight years, not eighteen months. And I'd bet all 77 trips together cost less than this "party for 40" that MarieAntoinetteMaBelle's on.
where rooms start at $330 a night,
Right, like queeny would deign to stay in a broom closet.
The Obamas’s don’t seem to know that we’re in in an economic mess. Any TINY effort on their part would be greatly appreciated if they could just keep down their absurd spending. Less holidays, less parties, less celebration. CUT THE SPENDING, CUT THE SPENDING
The comments are pretty funny. Look for the one by SandySteiner1.
They still think they deserve to live the high life
She has that radical feminazi look.....ugh!!!! Not a surprise that she would lick the ONE’s boots. A little like Kagan. I usually wouldn’t comment on physical looks, but it is their souls shining through....
One thing about the O-bomb-a family, they know how to spend taxpayer money regardless of economic circumstances in the country. In addition they do it with an arrogance that is breathtaking.
...the media treat them like royalty, awwwww shucks, its only a million here, a million there. Its tiny. Quit your complaining you plebs
She has to take her top off on the beach like Spanish women do to fit in down there. Then I will pay some sort of attention with pictures.
What a canard. The Crawford ranch was set up to allow Bush to do the nation's business while he was there.
Jon Leibowitz was designated to serve as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission on March 2, 2009, by President Barack H. Obama. Leibowitz was previously sworn in as a Commissioner in September 3, 2004, following his nomination by the President and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
In joining the Commission, Leibowitz resumed a long career of public service. He was the Democratic chief counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee from 1997 to 2000, where he focused on competition policy and telecommunications matters. He served as chief counsel and staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Terrorism and Technology from 1995 to 1996 and the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Justice from 1991 to 1994. In addition, he served as chief counsel to Senator Herb Kohl from 1989 to 2000. Leibowitz worked for Senator Paul Simon from 1986 to 1987. In the private sector, Leibowitz served most recently as vice president for congressional affairs for the Motion Picture Association of America from 2000 to 2004 and worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington from 1984 to 1986.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in American History (1980), Leibowitz graduated from the New York University School of Law in 1984. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, and has co-authored amicus briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on issues ranging from gun control to the census.
He lives in Bethesda with his wife, Ruth Marcus, and his two daughters, Emma and Julia.
Who else worked for Paul Simon???