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Inside story of Michelle's trip (Damage control)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | Lynn Sweet

Posted on 08/09/2010 4:51:11 AM PDT by maggief

WASHINGTON--Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha returned from Spain on Sunday, a vacation at a lavish hotel on the Mediterranean coast that triggered her first controversy since becoming first lady. I'm told she made the trip because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her.

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So why did Mrs. Obama go to Spain at this time? She's not tone-deaf politically. What was behind the "mother-daughter" vacation?

A White House source told me that Blanchard's father passed away and Mrs. Obama was not able to make the funeral at the beginning of July. Blanchard had promised her daughter she would take her to Spain for her birthday. She asked Mrs. Obama and Sasha to come with. (Malia is at overnight camp.)

"She felt it was important as a dear friend to do this," I was told.

(Excerpt) Read more at suntimes.com ...


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"How did they end up at the five star Villa Padierna, part of the Ritz-Carlton chain? Because of security concerns, there were just some places they could not go. Agents were able to secure Villa Padierna and the nearby beach area."

Villa Padierna had THAT many rooms available in July, at the same time Antonio Banderas and Eva Longoria were hosting a star-studded gala?

Wouldn't the gala have posed even more security issues; red carpet event, etc.?

1 posted on 08/09/2010 4:51:12 AM PDT by maggief
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To: kristinn; onyx; hoosiermama; penelopesire; STARWISE; Liz; SE Mom; mojitojoe; Brugmansian

The latest spin.


2 posted on 08/09/2010 4:52:56 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Lies (not “spin”)


3 posted on 08/09/2010 4:55:16 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: maggief

They really do think we are all STUPID!! HOW ABSURD!!


4 posted on 08/09/2010 4:55:49 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: maggief

Wow. That explains it. I feel better now.

Just one more thing. Were ALL 40 people in Aunt Ester’s entourage friends with this person who had also promised to go to Spain? Just asking.


5 posted on 08/09/2010 4:56:41 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: maggief

Marie Antoinette. The name fits.


6 posted on 08/09/2010 4:57:35 AM PDT by comps4spice (Can we deport Congress?)
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To: maggief
Villa Padierna had THAT many rooms available in July...

You pay enough and anything's available in July.

7 posted on 08/09/2010 4:57:49 AM PDT by econjack (Some people are as dumb as soup.)
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To: All

See also:

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

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

EL MUNDO.es ^ | Saturday, August 7, 2010 |

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ps. Where was Jesse Jackson Jr.?


8 posted on 08/09/2010 4:59:03 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

No kidding. So let me get this straight....Michelle goes on vacation to Spain to comfort a dear friend and the US taxpayer foots the 75k/day bill? Can we just send a card next time?


9 posted on 08/09/2010 5:00:09 AM PDT by The_Sword_of_Groo (Counting the days until the US gets to apologize for Obama)
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To: maggief

Bovine excrement!


10 posted on 08/09/2010 5:00:17 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: Lee'sGhost

......Were ALL 40 people in Aunt Ester’s entourage friends.....

cousins


11 posted on 08/09/2010 5:01:00 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming)
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To: maggief
Ahe spent a million taxpayer dollars to comfort a the wife of a top campaign aide at a luxury reseort in Spain?

Great spin, Axelrod. Great spin.

12 posted on 08/09/2010 5:03:24 AM PDT by kristinn (Since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: maggief

I sure hope Michelle’s other friends and their parents manage to stay alive until the Obamas are forced out of the White House. I’m not sure the country can stand all this outlandish mendacity, let alone the $350 million cost of each individual personal grief counseling visit.


13 posted on 08/09/2010 5:03:28 AM PDT by Mobties (I yield back the balance of my time)
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To: maggief

“...she made the trip because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her.”

Can’t she just pimp out the Lincoln Bedroom as the Clintons did? Would’ve been cheaper for us.


14 posted on 08/09/2010 5:03:47 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam (Every time a liberal whines, an angel gets his wings.)
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To: maggief

This whole thing is kind of a silver lining; these people really think Americans are stupid-and they ALWAYS will. Kind of a small comfort, but with November around the corner, makes me feel that hope and change thing he’s always talking about.


15 posted on 08/09/2010 5:03:56 AM PDT by homegroan (Proud member of the Hoi Polloi......ILLIGITIMA NON CARBORUNDUM..... -that's 4U Dad!))
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To: maggief

“Antonio Banderas and Eva Longoria were hosting a star-studded gala”

Now you know why she went there. Pigs!


16 posted on 08/09/2010 5:04:19 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: maggief

It may be cussing, but sometimes there is a real need to say “bullshit” flat out.


17 posted on 08/09/2010 5:04:29 AM PDT by dforest
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To: econjack
You pay enough and anything's available in July.

On a totally unrelated note, the federal deficit for this year is going to be $1.7T.

18 posted on 08/09/2010 5:04:55 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: maggief

Meeting with ARAB officials and ADNAN KHOSHOOGIE, the ARMS DEALER is JUST what a grieving child needs....yeah.


19 posted on 08/09/2010 5:05:01 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: shalom aleichem

Agreeg. Big time lies and damage control. Now that they’ve been outed as the ruling class, they are trying to downplay their hypocrisy. First we hear that the trip was planned for a long time, and then we hear that this was a last minute decision to travel on a personal trip with a friend. Neither story pacified the peons who are struggling to find work and pay their bills. Keep spinning idiots, we are going to do some righting of the course of this ship come November!!!


20 posted on 08/09/2010 5:05:54 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: maggief

Oh please. Are they really using this for an excuse?

Disgusting.

My father passed away 2 years ago, no one took me to Spain, and I certainly would not have expected them to.

Hint to Michelle Antoinette: “most of us, REAL PEOPLE, send sympathy cards.”


21 posted on 08/09/2010 5:08:45 AM PDT by Reagan69 (Let me know when those health insurance premiums go down.)
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To: ViLaLuz

Starlite Gala invitation: http://www.thestarlitegala.com/2010/program-en.php

22 posted on 08/09/2010 5:09:16 AM PDT by maggief
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To: homegroan

these people really know Americans are stupid-and they ALWAYS will be.

Sorry but I had to make a couple of corrections to your post.


23 posted on 08/09/2010 5:11:55 AM PDT by rj45mis
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To: kristinn

Great destination for a ‘mother/daughter getaway.’

http://www.aolnews.com/world/article/racism-warning-yanked-as-michelle-obama-hits-spain/19581198

Racism Warning Yanked as Michelle Obama Hits Spain

Hugh Collins Contributor
AOL News
(Aug. 4) — First lady Michelle Obama arrived in Spain today amid an embarrassing discussion about a State Department warning of racism among Spanish police.

Comments on the State Department website warned Americans that there had been cases of African-Americans being victimized by Spanish police.

(snip)


24 posted on 08/09/2010 5:15:34 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
I'm told she made the trip because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her.

So what about the other 40-60 "friends" that went on that trip?

25 posted on 08/09/2010 5:17:24 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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Lynn Sweet read link at post eight.
26 posted on 08/09/2010 5:19:56 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: The_Sword_of_Groo

$75k?!!! Don’t buy that hogwash...its more like in the millions per day to provide security advance teams, reaction teams, medical teams and state dept support, protocol and liaison officers. Not to mention their transpo, housing, feeding and their equipment needs and support. I would put the support costs to the taxpayers at or near $10 mill. How many c5’s ferried personnel and special equipment to Spain in the last month? Those fuel suckers are expensive to fly not to mention crew times layovers and ground support.
Hell the $75k was probably her entourage room costs only...meals and gratuities extra!


27 posted on 08/09/2010 5:20:38 AM PDT by databoss
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To: maggief

Deepak Chopra is this Michelle my Belle’s spirtual leader? He was Michael Jacksons. Deepak Chopra was featured at the Star Lite Gala.


28 posted on 08/09/2010 5:21:35 AM PDT by Broker (Burp.)
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To: maggief


29 posted on 08/09/2010 5:24:23 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: maggief

The only good news in that article for me was that this was a “private trip” ... thank heavens I didn’t have to pay for it as a taxpayer. /s


30 posted on 08/09/2010 5:24:27 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag (http://www.thepatriotsflag.com - The Patriot's Flag)
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To: maggief

How bout vacationing in the fricking US of A, biyotch?

Most people will swallow this bullcrap too...


31 posted on 08/09/2010 5:24:36 AM PDT by Keith (We live in an America of National Socialism...sound familiar? It should...)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

yes, sure, there’s nothing more “friendly” than arriving with a contingent of 60 of my security/regular staff for an intimate friend on friend comforting session. pathetic to put this out as an excuse. not buying and now even madder.


32 posted on 08/09/2010 5:25:37 AM PDT by avital2
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To: comps4spice

I understand Marie Antoinette was good looking.


33 posted on 08/09/2010 5:28:46 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Broker

“Deepak Chopra is this Michelle my Belle’s spirtual leader? He was Michael Jacksons. Deepak Chopra was featured at the Star Lite Gala.”

What luck! Perhaps Oprah’s (Club of Rome) guru was able to offer grief counseling. /sarc.


34 posted on 08/09/2010 5:29:38 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
wow, I wonder if they'll mention her meeting with some Saudis?

Nah, just a vacay with the little future Ivy League graduate, Oxford/Cambridge fellow and hedge fund/investment advisor for privately held money in New York or Chicago or Dubai.

35 posted on 08/09/2010 5:32:21 AM PDT by erman (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: avital2
This must be Anita Blanchard...of the Univerity of Chicago Medical Centr where Michelle worked. Anita is an ob and delivered the girls.

In the meantime, her hubby is Martin Nesbitt, Obama's supposed best friend.

This whole thing is "politics" as usual.

Each parent was allowed one child as cover.

36 posted on 08/09/2010 5:33:30 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: maggief

A trip like this, or any trip for our crrent inhabitants of the White House, takes months of planning.

So if M’Antoinette’s best friend’s father passed away a few weeks ago how did they get all the details done so quickly?

And it was a lucky thing that the King of Spain was available for lunch on short notice.

Look for more absurd CYA cover-up stories like this to be released, each one one desperate than the next.

(M’Antoinette’s BFF is her gynecologist. Maybe she needed her annual Pap smear with a touch of paella)


37 posted on 08/09/2010 5:34:18 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: maggief
And we are supposed to swallow this story because Michelle (supposedly) did such a kind thing by visiting her grieving friend? Tell me, if the man just died in July...how in the world did all the reservations, preparations, etc. get made...and all 40 people become available to travel and meet there in Spain...all so quickly. You know how long it takes to plan something like that...months and months in advance. It is not an overnight whim of a thing to arrange for everyone to be at the same place, at the same time - for a vacation. In an emergency it is hard enough for a few people to make arrangements, let alone take a huge entourage to vacation together. And, I am sure the royals of Spain just happened to be available to meet her, when notified only a few weeks prior? Come on, how dumb does the WH think we are?

This was not what they are "spinning" it as now. This was planned far in advance. About the only thing that was not planned carefully was Michelle's wardrobe. What she wore looks like she just grabbed it from WalMart and threw it in a suitcase on her way to the airport. And wore her clothes sans ironing.

38 posted on 08/09/2010 5:37:08 AM PDT by CitizenM ("Do you miss me yet?" Yes, George, we do.)
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To: databoss
That's what I was thinking. That $75K doesn't have anything to do with AF2. He11 it probably cost more than that just to have that plane sitting on the ground.

Oh well, send that balloon up and see if it'll fly.

39 posted on 08/09/2010 5:39:51 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: avital2
Martin Nesbitt WAS partying with Oprah and Obama in Chicago. Martin's wife was partying with Michelle in Spain.

Can someone tell me why the husbands and wives are in separate ports?

Wouldn't it make more sense if everyone had gone to Chicago?

40 posted on 08/09/2010 5:39:51 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Reagan69

Yeah, ordinary people do that all the time: “Hey, Granny died! When do we leave for Spain so we can grieve in style!”


41 posted on 08/09/2010 5:42:54 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: maggief

Yeah, that many rooms available AND with only 4 weeks notice.


42 posted on 08/09/2010 5:45:50 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: maggief

Train


43 posted on 08/09/2010 5:46:03 AM PDT by FrankR (It doesn't matter what they call us, only what we answer to....)
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To: Sacajaweau
"...Can someone tell me why the husbands and wives are in separate ports..?

I'll tell you why...

It's all right there in the lyrics to

-Movin' On Up-

They finally got a piece of the pie...

44 posted on 08/09/2010 5:49:33 AM PDT by skimbell
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To: maggief
Didn't you know when a friend's father dies you go have lunch with the King of Spain?

Did she leave her friend at the hotel while she dined with royalty?

45 posted on 08/09/2010 5:53:27 AM PDT by just me (Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. (John Adams)
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To: skimbell

Piece of the pie, heck they are eating the whole pie... Let the rest of us eat crumbs..


46 posted on 08/09/2010 5:55:07 AM PDT by just me (Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom. (John Adams)
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To: just me

Yeah, she ditches her “dear friend” for an “official” lunch with Spanish royalty so she can screw the US taxpayers with travel expenses.

Meanwhile, hubby celebrates jis birthday alone in Chicago. (Wonder if he met with Fitz again???)


47 posted on 08/09/2010 6:00:22 AM PDT by maggief
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To: just me

Anyone out there have a pic of queen michelle serving up some cake?
The train pic is awesome.

The obamas are just “gettin paid”.

Nothing more to it.


48 posted on 08/09/2010 6:00:29 AM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: Ann Archy

Probaly selling her daughter to the Sheik as a wife.....


49 posted on 08/09/2010 6:03:08 AM PDT by sniper63 (I am the leader of the TEA Party, I, myself am the leader of me, myself for I am the TEA Party!)
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To: hoosiermama

Lynn Sweet is such a tool.

Let’s see ... Michelle Antoinette couldn’t make a Chicago funeral, but could spend five days in Spain ... missing her husband’s birthday?

What a pant load!


50 posted on 08/09/2010 6:04:28 AM PDT by maggief
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