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Michelle Obama criticised over expense of Spain trip
London Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 7, 2010 | Philipp Sherwell

Posted on 08/08/2010 9:45:44 AM PDT by Schnucki

Michelle Obama is under fire from her husband's foes for the expense to American taxpayers of taking her younger daughter Sasha on a "girls' holiday" with friends to a luxurious Spanish retreat.

Andrea Tantaros, a Republican party strategist, caricatured the First Lady as a "modern-day Marie Antoinette" in a scathing New York newspaper column. Some among a flurry of newspaper and television reports, have estimated the cost to the American taxpayer of her entourage's trip at $375,000, drawing criticism as much of the US is mired in economic gloom.

Her stay at the lavish Villa Padierna in the hills above Marbella – where rooms cost up to $2,000 a night – has coincided with the news that the US lost 131,000 jobs last month, significantly more than expected.

President Barack Obama struggled to put a positive gloss on the numbers. "The road to recovery doesn't follow a straight line," he acknowledged on Friday.

But the blanket coverage of his wife's five-star Mediterranean break – including private viewings of the Alhambra palace in Granada and an expected lunch with the Spanish royal family on Majorca today – could not have contrasted more sharply with the bad economic news being battled by the President.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, declined to comment on Mrs Obama's holiday, saying "she is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip". But officials have quietly been briefing that some reports of the costs are exaggerated.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: michelle; michelleantoinette; michelleobama; obama; spain

1 posted on 08/08/2010 9:45:46 AM PDT by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

This is what I want to know Who in the hell did she meet with and what was the purpose of this trip It was not a vacation. Is Michell our defacto Secretary of State


2 posted on 08/08/2010 9:48:56 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: Schnucki

Non elected private citizens should pay their own way!


3 posted on 08/08/2010 9:53:27 AM PDT by taxtruth (Something really stinks In The Federal Government/Mafia and I think it's BO!)
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To: Schnucki

Weren’t they just in Maine on vacation? Is this a vacation from a vacation?


4 posted on 08/08/2010 9:54:18 AM PDT by SpinyNorman (Carbon credits are designed to be the slush fund of the New World Order.)
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To: al baby

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2566647/posts

Pleasure and Vacation Policy Michelle (Why is Michelle Reportedly Meeting Arab Officials In Spain?)


5 posted on 08/08/2010 9:55:21 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: Schnucki
Its good to be the king


6 posted on 08/08/2010 9:57:13 AM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: Schnucki

It’s not even the cost to the taxpayers that really bothers me, I understand that all First Families take vacations on the taxpayers’ dime.

It’s the fact that these same people were the ones telling everybody they should go vacation on the Gulf of Mexico.

And instead of helping the US economy by spending that money in the country, they are spending it overseas.


7 posted on 08/08/2010 9:57:47 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Schnucki

She never learned to (as Darrell Royal use to say about getting to the endzone) “act like you’ve been there before”


8 posted on 08/08/2010 9:58:35 AM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Schnucki
Exaggerated? Flying several G7 jets can't be cheap. On top of staying at a 5 star hotel with some seventy people.

Doesn't flying jets contribute to global warming.

Where is the “SACRIFICE” she gave a speech on?

Remember British Prime Minister Cameron came to the U.S. a few weeks ago in a commercial British Airlines jet.

9 posted on 08/08/2010 10:00:47 AM PDT by cruise_missile
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To: Schnucki; penelopesire; stephenjohnbanker; GOPJ; hoosiermama
Some estimated the cost to the American taxpayer of Mrs O's entourage and her trip at $375,000. Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, declined to comment on Mrs Obama's holiday, saying "she is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip."

The danger for the Obamas is that the trip may feed perceptions they are out of touch with struggling American families. "This in and of itself doesn't hurt President Obama, but it plants a seed in voters' minds ... that 'they're not like me,' " said Chris Wilson, a Republican pollster.

In fact, presidential travel is paid for by taxpayers---not the First Lady's travel. However, Secret Service and the WH govt employees she brought on the trip occupying about 60 rooms in the posh hotel will be paid for by taxpayers. A 15-vehicle convoy shuttled the entourage around.

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The opulence of the The five-star Villa Padierna in Marbella, Spain has drawn scrutiny. The Hotel Villa Padierna, a Ritz-Carlton resort in the mountains outside Marbella has two golf courses, a posh spa with Turkish baths, views of the Mediterranean Sea and a high-end restaurant specializing in avant-garde fare. Room rates start at $400 and rise to $6,500 for a two-bedroom villa with a private pool and 24-hour butler service.


10 posted on 08/08/2010 10:03:05 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Schnucki
Sarah Palin is a private citizen. The media scrutinizes and criticizes every thing she does.
Michelle Obama is not a private citizen. She shouldn't get a pass on anything.
11 posted on 08/08/2010 10:03:14 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: Malone LaVeigh

That covers the situation well, and I concur.


12 posted on 08/08/2010 10:05:39 AM PDT by benewton (I)
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To: Schnucki

The First Ladies behavior is elite arrogance; pure and simple. Do what I say, not what I do. Soon, the piper will need to be paid. He that serves God for money will serve the devil for more of the same.


13 posted on 08/08/2010 10:06:21 AM PDT by Kryn-Man (Self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', redneck)
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To: al baby

Michelle’s answer to your question: “Sticks and stones. Why don’t you eat cake?”


14 posted on 08/08/2010 10:09:22 AM PDT by 353FMG (ISLAM - America's inevitable road to destruction.)
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To: Schnucki

This cow makes Imelda Marcos look good.


15 posted on 08/08/2010 10:10:20 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Schnucki

More importantly, just what the hell is she doing meeting with the Saudis?


16 posted on 08/08/2010 10:13:12 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November from my house.)
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To: Schnucki
Big Boat
17 posted on 08/08/2010 10:13:35 AM PDT by boycott (CAL)
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To: Schnucki
So she took a private tour of the Alhambra Palace? Interesting.

The Alhambra (Arabic: الْحَمْرَاء‎, Al-Ḥamrā' , literally "the red one"), the complete form of which was Calat Alhambra (الْقَلْعَةُ ٱلْحَمْرَاءُ, Al-Qal'at al-Ḥamrā' , "the red fortress"), is a palace and fortress complex constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in Al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada, now in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Spain.

18 posted on 08/08/2010 10:15:57 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: Schnucki

ANYONE who would criticize ANY “person of color” for ANYTHING is a RACIST.


19 posted on 08/08/2010 10:16:22 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Democracy aims at equality in liberty. Socialism desires equality in constraint and in servitude.)
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To: Schnucki

>>>”she is a private citizen on a private trip with her daughter?

What????? Does that mean the trip is being “privately” paid for?????

If it it is tax payer funded, it ain’t private!


20 posted on 08/08/2010 10:17:37 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Liz

“In fact, presidential travel is paid for by taxpayers-—not the First Lady’s travel.”

Will we be provided with evidence that she did, in fact, pay her and her daughter’s way...because frankly, I don’t believe it for a minute....and I’d be willing to bet that their friends got a free ride as well. Would her meeting with ‘officials’ cover her azz if it were determined taxpayers foot the bill?


21 posted on 08/08/2010 10:18:40 AM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: Liz

“In fact, presidential travel is paid for by taxpayers-—not the First Lady’s travel. “

Well, not really. If she made the trip purely for private reasons, she would have to reimburse the cost of her airline ticket, at commercial rates.

Maybe $400. As compared to the more than $1M cost of the transport, alone.

Moreover, since she made a state visit - lunch with the king of Spain - she has to reimburse nothing. It was a state visit.


22 posted on 08/08/2010 10:24:59 AM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: Schnucki

I am praying that God would deliver us from these evil people and their wicked policies.


23 posted on 08/08/2010 10:25:11 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

yeah I heard that too. ;>)


24 posted on 08/08/2010 10:39:05 AM PDT by Americanexpat
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To: taxtruth

Amen to that!


25 posted on 08/08/2010 10:41:33 AM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: Malone LaVeigh
...Sarah Palin is a private citizen. The media scrutinizes and criticizes every thing she does. Michelle Obama is not a private citizen. She shouldn't get a pass on anything...

The media and the left (redundant, I know) went bonkers over Palin's $150,000 campaign wardrobe which was paid for by the GOP, not taxpayers.

26 posted on 08/08/2010 10:46:18 AM PDT by FReepaholic (The problem is they do not fear us.)
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To: patton; Kimberly GG
The President is paid $400,000 a year. The first family can also set up an outside fund through the White House Historical Association to help cover additional costs.

(In some cases, friends setup a fund for the president's use---do not know if Obama has this source of funds--probably has).

Presidential travel and health care are covered, though not with a specific amount.

$100,000 is given each term for decorating the residence and the Oval Office.

Using the White House medical unit, or an appointed civilian doctor, if the president chooses, does not come with a charge, and prescriptions also are free for the first familyg.

The first family pays for all of their personal food - (their personal meals, not state dinners, etc). The president gets a bill for his personal family meals.

27 posted on 08/08/2010 10:55:15 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

” The president gets a bill for his personal family meals.”

Yes - at the army seperate rations rate ~$2.40/meal.

Waygu beef, $2.40


28 posted on 08/08/2010 11:02:56 AM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: Schnucki

Has any US media outlet reported this yet other than “media sponsored blogs”?

I think we need to check more journ0list emails.


29 posted on 08/08/2010 11:15:12 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (It's easy being a communist when you're rich.)
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To: VeniVidiVici
King of Spain...phooey...

What about all the islamics Michelle la-bell Antoinette Hussein will meet....?

Starting with a chief mucky muck Hamad al-Thani from Qatar....

On a separate note the returning flight arrives sans incoming customs inspection...

Any bundles of Quat (Kwat) veggies for our illustrious leader on board ....inquiring minds seek to know....?

30 posted on 08/08/2010 12:34:49 PM PDT by spokeshave (mess + 0bama = quagmire recession)
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To: spokeshave

Adnana KHOSHOOGIE ALSO!!


31 posted on 08/08/2010 12:57:24 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Schnucki
I'd love to listen on the transatlantic phone calls between the president and his bride.

"Do you understand that this little vacation you insisted on will cost us 10 house seats?"

"Whatever, did you talk to the caterer at Martha's Vineyard yet? I can't wait to finish that stopover to be seen with that hillbilly trash on the gulf coast, so I can relax and enjoy myself. BTW, where are we going for Thanksgiving and Christmas?"

32 posted on 08/08/2010 1:02:15 PM PDT by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: 4Liberty

I just reported myself for Abuse. Thanks anyway.


34 posted on 08/08/2010 4:45:42 PM PDT by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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To: Minn

Which one is the president? :p


35 posted on 08/08/2010 8:36:24 PM PDT by Politicalmom (A racist is a conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal.-FReeper Freespirited)
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