Skip to comments.Inside story of Michelle's trip (Damage control)
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.
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 ...
Past terror supporters the von Bismarks and present terror funders kashoggi are there too... stinks to high heaven.
Oh boo effing hoo. I don’t believe that BS story for one minute and I don’t care if it is true, it makes no difference.
While her friends arrived in Spain on their own, Michelle Obama flew in on a type of aircraft also used by Vice President Joseph Biden. It costs the government $11,555 an hour to operate the plane, according to the Air Force. Assuming a nearly eight-hour flight to nearby Málaga, the total round-trip cost of the flight is about $178,000.
The Obama family will reimburse the government an amount equal to two first-class tickets for mother and daughter Sasha, Air Force officials said. A round-trip first-class flight to Málaga costs about $7,400 apiece, without discounts or restrictions.
” Disgusting how liberals always resort to milking “tolerance and compassion” when the heat is on. “
While making sure they have none of it.
La primera dama además podría verse con otro político estadounidense, conocido de los Obama, que se aloja estos días en una casa particular de Marbella: Jesse Louis Jackson Jr . . .
However, Barack Obama acknowledged Jackson Jr was in the audience when Obama spoke at a Ford factory on August 5th ( transcript of that speech).
Perhaps Jackson Jr rents (or is given) a home in Marbella for the summer and zips in and out. El Mundo was aware of his presence there sometime this summer.
I know—I was really surprised to see that was her too!
Looks like a dumpy Chicago housewife.
The first reports I saw were the last week in July and incorrect. Spanish and other media said both Barack and Michelle were going to Marbella. Two or three days later, the WH denied those reports and said Michelle was going alone.
Interestingly enough, the first reports were about two weeks after Salman Bin Abdelaziz arrived in Marbella (the Arab prince with whom El Mundo reported Michelle would meet).
Post on FR, July 25th:
Then, the Olive Press, Spain, reported on July 27th:
Americas first lady Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha, 9, are coming for a five-day visit to Marbella next week . . .
While the White House insists the president will not be joining his family, hotel sources claimed that a cake has been ordered for the big night.
Another Olive Press source claimed that the president would fly into the US air force base in Moron de la Frontera, where he would then be flown by helicopter to the coast.
The U.S. press was sceptical of the visit until it was confirmed by the White House on Monday night (July 26th). When we contacted a columnist from The Washington Post she first told us, There is a huge political downside to a White House family vacationing overseas.
But afterwards, she said, Looks like you guys were right.
Full text: ¡Hola, Obama!
There is a big parking scandel in Chicago...DOn’t remember all the details , but I’m going to look.
I'd like to go to a five star 600 room luxury resort in Spain with my dear friends -- at taxpayer expense -- too.
Boy, is it ever! And good ole buddy Lynn Sweet plays their cards just like a mind numbed automaton she is.
She vacationed with two women, one of them a longtime Chicago pal, Anita Blanchard, who is the obstetrician who delivered Sasha and Malia. Blanchard is married to Marty Nesbitt -- President Obama's buddy and the treasurer of Obama's presidential campaign fund.
There was one other woman. Total: four daughters among the three women. They paid for their hotel rooms and other personal and travel expenses.
The trip involved six White House advance staffers and two East Wing staffers, deputy Chief of Staff Melissa Winter and Mrs. Obama's personal assistant, Kristen Jarvis, according to Mrs. Obama's spokeswoman Catherine McCormick Lelyveld.
Mrs. Obama does travel with significant security -- and in a trip like this, three shifts of uniformed and plain-clothes agents and military personnel flew with her on a big Air Force 757. No matter where she goes -- domestic or international -- any first lady gets protection and she does not decide how many agents are needed.
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.
Kaine said, "She's a mom." He said this was an opportunity for her to take nine-year-old daughter Sasha to a part of the world she hadn't seen before. Kaine said President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are "focused on being good parents."
JUST GIMME A BREAK !!!!
And this was Politico's front page ..with a HUGE picture of her ..early this am. They've since moved it WAY down the front page, with NO photo, but that photo still headlines the article below.
Michelle is "still a reminder of what people liked about President Obama," added Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer. Unlike her husband, the first lady "can retain some of the image and the excitement from the campaign because you're not pushing policy, you're not angering members of Congress.
Sidebar - Blago trial update: Jury's back in -- Day 9
By Natasha Korecki on August 9, 2010 10:53 AM, Reporting with Sarah Ostman
Jurors deciding the fate of Rod and Robert Blagojevich are back at it his morning, beginning day 9 of their deliberations.
Lawyers gathered for a 10:30 a.m. court status but Judge James Zagel's staff said there was no business this morning.
That means the panel of six men and six women hasn't sent any additional notes to the judge asking for guidance.
On July 30, they asked Zagel for all the transcript testimony. He denied the request but said he may give them specific witnesses.
Jurors haven't followed up.
But -0 and posse were in Chicago just last week.
Meanwhile yesterday, during all this shameful ostentation, the arrogant prince of DC, along with Education Secretary Arne Duncan played with Chicago Bulls players Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose, as well as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Hall-of-Famers Bill Russell and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.... but it was for the troops. Video
ROFL and eyerolls!!! Ooh, the rich WH spin, the willing, unprofessionally biased reporters and pundits who carry their water, and the insane myth of any popularity. They really think folks are that stupid.
So what about the other 40-60 “friends” that went on that trip?
Not to worry, Kirsten Powers column in today’s NYP ( http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/foolish_trip_U9ovxbpefIXEOlmbzshMRL )
debunks the 40-60 friends;
“Yes, the initial reports of Michelle Obama’s traveling with a 40-person posse were wrong; it’s actually two friends and four of their daughters, a couple of aides and advance staff members. But at this point, it hardly matters; the damage has been done.”
See, no harm done.
LOL as always the left hand didn’t tell the left hand what the new lie was.
Am at the beginning Here is a start
Ah, so one of these two "personal friends" Michelle travelled with just happens to be married to Obama's main money guy?
Stinky, stinky, stinky.
Michelle Ontoinette. . .
...First, lets start with the Superior Bank in Chicago. That bank failed directly under the control of Penny Pritzker. She is Obamas Campaign Finance Chairman and has been instrumental in raising millions for his campaign. The regulators closed Superior Bank in 2001 because of a vast number of sub-prime mortgage loans. She took over a failed savings and loan in 1988 and it was renamed Superior Bank. ...
...Superior Bank was very active in the sub-prime lending and no doubt, Obama knew exactly who Penny Pritzker was and her involvement in the ACORN sponsored lending practices
...Remember the name Quintin E. Primo III, as he is CEO of Capri Capital in Chicago. Capri Capital will reemerge later in this article as they have direct ties to Obama, Pritzker, and also direct ties to Rezko.
What happened to the parking:
... In the midst of our current financial crisis, Chicago, IL. attempting to ward off all the crisis it has has laid off a slew of their tradesmen or limited their services. This past few days snowfall and cold weather has run havoc on the people and their cars. The drivers of plows and salt trucks sent home at end of normal day and if something happens on the weekend it will have to wait till Monday.
Now for the parking! Chicago has subbed out a lease for the parking meters. A 75 year lease! It is expected that the price for a vehicle parked for an hour will go up from $.25 to up to $6.00.
Now I dont know what the situation is with welfare at the moment but what will this increase do to all the folks working at minimum wage there at $7.75 an hour and driving downtown???
COmpletely off topic:
Interestingly, First Hawaiians ownership structure leads back to Nadhmi Auchi, a former Iraqi Baathist official of Saddam Husseins government, who more recently financed business ventures with now-convicted-felon and Chicago political fixer Tony Rezko creating a condition of longstanding indebtedness of Rezko to Auchis holding company. Rezko funded the political campaigns of impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and President Barack Obama. Rezko also assisted Obama in the purchase of his Chicago mansion.
Founded in 1858, First Hawaiian is a unit of BancWest Corp., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of BNP Paribas, Frances largest bank by market value.....
To put the pieces together, here are a selection of articles on Barack Obama, Rod Blagojevich, Tony Rezko, and Nadhmi Auchi, once described as BNP Paribas largest private shareholder:
(Links at site)
Obamas Iraqi Oil-for-Food Connection
Iraqi Billionaire threatens reporters investigating Obama-Rezko affair
Lehman Bros: Obamas Rezko-Auchi Conflict of Interest
Obamas Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac connection
Mansion mistake piles the pressure on Barack Obama
I find it amazing that the White House could not come up with a better excuse than this. What a lame story.
Abu Dhabi Shares Profits From Parking Meters
By DAN MIHALOPOULOS
December 6, 2009
When Mayor Richard M. Daley traveled to Abu Dhabi in February, his office announced that the trip was intended to sell Chicago as a place to do business. Left unsaid was that that Persian Gulf emirate was about to become one of the biggest investors in a deal to lease Chicagos parking meters for 75 years.
The city signed the now-controversial, $1.15 billion lease with a new company called Chicago Parking Meters LLC in February, and city officials said two funds of the Morgan Stanley investment fund made up 99 percent of the new company, with several other entities sharing the remaining 1 percent.
In fact, a Chicago News Cooperative investigation has found that investment arms of the oil-rich Abu Dhabi government hold more than a 25 percent stake in the company that privatized the citys 36,000 parking meters. German financial company Allianz also has a large minority interest, and the remaining 50.1 percent is held by partnerships assembled by Morgan Stanley.
JJJ was also vacationing in Spain....right next door to MO.
ANd his position to the campaign is.....
I sure don’t want to defend Lynn Sweet——but she was one of the first to criticize the trip.
I’m reading this latest piece with tongue in cheek-—Sweet seems to be saying,” NO WAY are Americans gonna believe this crap from the WH. The WH handed me a hot story here, and I’m gonna milk it for all its worth.”
Who is JJJ?
Jesse Jackson Jr.
Lynn Sweet of Chicago - what a coinky doink.
re: "liberals thinking Americans are stupid"
Well, you know, the losers in small towns, "they get bitter and cling to guns and religion."
Limousine liberals from Harvard and Chicago political machines?
They go to Spain and luxury hotels, stiffing the losers with the tab. "Everybody does it."
This should make her a great spokesman for living more frugally, cutting back, clipping coupons, turning the AC back, saving energy to cut down on those carbon footprints. People should really carpool more and "live within their means" to fight global warming.
I get your point ..
She does go both ways, hot and cold, and
I don’t see her ever definitely reporting
anything negative consistently that would
put her Chicago rep in jeopardy with -0’s
roots and brainwashed base.
FLOTUS - BURGER KING - GOOD ONE........... :)
Sickening! We've caught them time and time again with their bleeding heart lies... Remember that recent example of the lady BO paraded out who was "unemployed," hadn't she been fired or something similar? they don't do ANY vetting apparently. Or the anchor baby who had clearly been prompted to ask about her/his illegal mom...
Using a funeral as an excuse is so wrong and desperate. And, EVEN if it is true, as my manager once told us, "business is business." In other words, we're allowed limited time to grieve for friends of friends. But since MO has never actually worked in the private business world, I guess she wouldn't know that.
What about the 60 rooms?? Was that "misspoken" also? Originally they said 30, that was bad enough. Did each SS and servant-slave get 2-3 rooms??
At least the cartoonists are getting her massive rear end right, not glossing it over....
“Can someone tell me why the husbands and wives are in separate ports?”
Because under Islamic society the men and women are segregated.
“Another fascinating fact: Jesse Jackson Jr, is also along on the trip.”
Guess they are making a down payment for 2012
Maybe she could go shopping for some shoes.
From the original Spanish newspaper:
...”The paper also reports Jesse Jackson Jr is staying at a private house in Marbella and she “could” meet with him. It doesn’t say who owns the home Jackson is hanging out in. ..”
Post 14 here: (read entire thread for confirmation/variation of translation by real live freepers instead of computer translation)
You got that right------desperation about sums is up.
Would not bet against it. Interesting group of ‘celebs’ vacationing in Marbella at the time.
I don’t doubt the golf buddies were supposed to vacation in Marbella with their wives as 0’s guests, but plans changed. Rumor has it that 0 met with Fitz during the family Memorial Day visit to Chicago. With Blago’s jury deliberating and JJJ’s delayed ethics hearing looming, did 0 meet and his Chicago posse again with Fitz?
That's what I thought. So this idea that some have that the media will be following her closely and reporting her every move is just nonsense. The media will cover what they want to publicize, and downplay (or ignore) what they don't want anyone to know about.
They think they can fool all of the people all of the time. But many of those folks who voted for Obama are already waking up to the truth.
UPDATE ON THEIR SPIN:
The Obama’s are shutting up (and hoping Michelle’s trip goes away...)
AND they are going to a GULF STATE resort this Saturday (for one day to shut everybody up)...
Even dems are wondering if the moochers will be cancelling the Marthas vineyard vacation... EVEN the Ckinton’s didnt go there until their second term...
The MSM floating Hillary for VP to save Obama LMAO!!!
I am sorry I didn’t get to this thread until this morning.
I got sidetracked with things here. I did read Lynn Sweet’s story, adn as of 4PM yesterday there were ,b.63 pages of comments!</b>
99% were negative. In the Chicago Dun-Times, no less.
The general public is not buying this story. That’s good news!
It is strange that all of the stories on this subject (FLOTUS SPAIN TRIP) are gone from Drudge.
Nothing to see here move along....
I wish FOX would end their contract with that airhead Kirsten Powers.