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  • Michelle Obama Tells the Congress ‘It’s Unacceptable’ To End My School Lunch Program

    06/20/2014 3:09:45 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 56 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 6-20-14 | Kevin Boyd
    House Republicans are trying to end Michelle Obama’s school lunch initative and the First Lady’s not happy about it. She used a White House event on Tuesday to rally opposition to a bill passed by a House subcommittee that would allow districts to suspend the program. From Fox News: Seeing her nutritional standards under threat, the first lady hosted a discussion with school leaders on Tuesday afternoon at the White House where she ripped efforts to roll back those guidelines. “This is unacceptable,” Obama said. The first lady said families realize the country is facing a “health crisis,” and the...
  • Obamas partied like kings on Africa vacation

    05/29/2014 10:24:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 48 replies
    WND ^ | May 29 12014 | Bob Unruh
    Records newly obtained by officials with Judicial Watch revealed on Thursday that lodging, security and “entertainment” for the Obamas’ entourage during their trip last year to Africa cost taxpayers nearly $2.2 million. “The Obamas clearly either do not understand the value of a dollar – or understand it all too well when someone else is picking up the tab,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Keep in mind that this outrageously lavish excursion came at the very same time that the president was shutting down White House tours and blaming it on the sequester. As one congressional critic noted at...
  • Just How Much Beyond the Presidential Salary Do The Obamas Spend on Travel and Vacays?

    05/01/2014 7:58:36 PM PDT · by Aria · 27 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 5/1/2014 | Michael Hausam
    Obama administration travel and vacation documents were released yesterday by Judicial Watch, and they reveal an unprecedented level of executive branch leisure spending. According to public information: “As of 2001, the president earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 nontaxable travel account, and $19,000 for entertainment. The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton in 1999 and went into effect in 2001.” Obtained via a Freedom of Information request, here are some of the Obama presidency’s spending items: Since 2009, a total of $40,000,000 has been spent....
  • Michelle's Hard-Knock Life Story Comes to China

    03/26/2014 4:58:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 3/26/2014 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    Recycling her tried-and-true American dream story, Michelle Obama gave Chinese schoolchildren the same stump speech she delivers everywhere she goes, from Ireland to Chicago. The FLOTUS has used her hard-knock life tale to justify more vacations for herself than her husband has golf balls.
  • Cost of First Lady's Beijing Hotel Was Deemed 'Prohibitive' for Biden

    03/24/2014 4:29:39 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 40 replies ^ | March 24, 2014 | JERYL BIER
    The White House has been tight-lipped about the cost of First Lady Michelle Obama's trip to China, but based on the choice for lodging, it could be considerable. Mrs. Obama and her entourage, which numbers seventy according to the Washington Times (including her two daughters and her mother), booked the Westin Chaoyang Hotel close to the U.S. embassy in Beijing for their first stop. According to USA Today, the presidential suite at the hotel is listed as $8,400 per night. But when Vice President Joe Biden visited China in December 2013, he and his team stayed at the St. Regis...
  • These are the people who will lecture us about income inequality

    01/27/2014 12:52:48 PM PST · by Starman417 · 11 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-27-14 | DrJohn
    It's been reported that Barack Obama is going focus on income inequality in his SOTU speech: President Obama will try to pump some vitality into a lackluster second term on Tuesday when he delivers his State of the Union address. The address will include a “healthy dose” of the income inequality message the White House has focused on in recent weeks, according to one senior administration official familiar with the text. Naturally, Obama's proposals will place the burden smack on the shoulders of small business: The president, who has yet to add to the big legislative accomplishments of his first...
  • White House imposes secrecy rules on first lady's lavish, celebrity-filled birthday party

    01/20/2014 1:06:16 PM PST · by MeshugeMikey · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | ANUARY 20, 2014 | BYRON YORK
    It's not easy to enforce discipline on successful, wealthy, and famous people used to having their own way. But the White House apparently did not want to see photos of the first lady's glittery gala circulating around the Internet. So it imposed a strict rule: No cellphones. "Guests were told not to bring cellphones with them, and there was a cellphone check-in area for those who did," reported the Chicago Tribune
  • President Obama - In Denial About Spending Or Just Lying?

    11/21/2013 3:34:39 AM PST · by LD Jackson · 14 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 11/21/13 | LD Jackson
    The subject of this post could be up for debate. I have written before about President Obama's denial that we have an actual spending problem. I've lost count of the number of times he has led the charge to spend more of our hard-earned money. He has been out in front, telling the Republicans he was tired of hearing them talk about how much money the federal government was spending. He really seems to believe that isn't a problem and he isn't bashful about telling anyone who will listen. He wants to talk about anything but government spending. That narrative...
  • Obama's Africa Trip Could Cost $100 Million

    06/14/2013 6:53:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 06/14/2013 | Lisa Barron
    President Barack Obama's trip to Africa later this month could be one of the most expensive of his tenure, costing the government as much as $100 million. According to a confidential internal planning document obtained by The Washington Post, hundreds of Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, which the first family will visit from June 26 to July 3. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency. In addition, military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support...
  • Obama jet-setting: Public display of bad taste: First family's 'extremely lavish' vacations

    03/27/2013 11:09:52 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 54 replies ^ | 3-28-2013 | Jane Chastain
    Have they no shame! Another month, another lavish vacation for the Obama clan. No, I don’t begrudge the first family a little down time, but considering our current economic situation, their choice of venues is just plain tacky. Ads by Google Online CMBA from FIU $10,000 scholarships available. AACSB accredited. 100% Online. Say No to Obama's Amnesty Don't let Barack Obama give amnesty to illegals. Sign petition! Obama won the 2008 election, not because he was the most qualified, but because the populous largely believed he cared about them. It was the same in 2012. Despite a dismal...
  • More than a Vacation a Month for Obamas in 2013

    03/27/2013 6:17:00 AM PDT · by safetysign · 23 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 03/26/20113 | Daniel Halper
    In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas. Obama Photo AP / Steven Senne The Obamas began the new year in Hawaii. "President Obama departed Hawaii this morning for Washington, after spending NINE days vacationing with family and friends in his native state. Here’s a quick look at how he spent his vacation," ABC reported on January 6, 2013. "Obama played FIVE rounds of golf with SEVEN...
  • More than a Vacation a Month for Obamas in 2013

    03/26/2013 12:30:14 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 20 replies ^ | March 26 2013 | Dan Halper
    In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.

    10/31/2012 5:57:39 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 79 replies
    Weekly World News ^ | 10/23/2012 | Frank Lake
    President Obama and his wife just closed on a mansion in Hawaii and plan to move – in January 2013! Barack and Michelle Obama will be moving to Hawaii in January of 2013. They have just purchase an estate in close proximity to land owned by the University of Hawaii, where the Obama presidential library and “political center” will be located. The estate is valued at $40 million. This story was broken by . Reports out of Washington are that Barack and Michelle are counting on a loss in November and are anxious to return to Hawaii to start...
  • Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama: the queens of Washington [barf, laugh, roll your eyes]

    10/29/2012 11:28:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    Telegraph - UK ^ | October 29, 2012 | Zoe Brennan
    Michelle Obama is the most popular woman in America, and Hillary Clinton’s standing has never been higher. So with the Democrats’ lead among female voters beginning to falter, should the party be exploiting its two greatest assets [?]Her long hair drawn back into a soignée French knot, the Secretary of State is tackling questions on Libya at the State Department in Washington DC. Dressed in a sharp navy suit, she speaks with authority, displaying an absolute command of the facts. At 65 – it was her birthday on Friday – Hillary Rodham Clinton is a woman on the crest of...
  • Spending on White House dinners soars under Obama (Mr & Mrs Antoinette)

    10/26/2012 8:27:30 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 13 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/25/12 | Richard Pollock
    President Obama has spent far more lavishly on White House state dinners than previous chief executives, including nearly $1 million on a 2010 dinner for Mexico's president, according to documents obtained by The Washington Examiner. Presidents have long used formal dinners to court foreign heads of state and to dish out fine food and wine to reward political, financial and show business celebrities and supporters. But current and former government officials said the documents obtained by The Examiner point to an unprecedented upsurge in White House spending on such events. The Obama extravaganza two years ago for Mexican President Felipe...
  • Michelle Obama: ‘We Are in the Midst of a Huge Recovery’

    10/15/2012 9:09:18 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 59 replies
    Michelle Obama: ‘We Are in the Midst of a Huge Recovery’ By Christopher Goins October 15, 2012 Subscribe to Christopher Goins's posts michelle obama First lady Michelle Obama. (AP) ( – Michelle Obama, the first lady of the United States, said on Friday that the United States is in the “midst of a huge recovery” because of what “this president has done.” In an interview, Pablo Sato, co-host of Pablo & Free on WPGC 95.5, a D.C.- metropolitan area hip-hop radio station, asked the first lady, “Mrs. Obama, you know what, in your words, tell us what you think the...
  • Mrs. Obama: ‘Barack Has Done a Phenomenal Job Working Around a Congress...’

    10/12/2012 10:24:09 AM PDT · by yoe · 22 replies
    CNSnews ^ | October 4, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington
    [Y]ou can have a president you love, but if you don’t have a Congress that’s willing to work, you know, you wind up stalled in so many ways,” First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday on Tom Joyner’s radio program. “And I think that Barack has done a phenomenal job working around a Congress that has never been willing to help move the country forward on so many different issues,” she said. “But I think he’s done everything humanly possible to get things passed around the margins. But, you know, just imagine where this country will be when we have Barack...
  • When Michelle Obama Starts Starving the Kids

    09/26/2012 5:56:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The New American ^ | September 26, 2012 | Selwyn Duke
    Unprecedented school-lunch regulations have just gone into effect, and they suggest a new answer to the question “Where’s the beef?”: not on students’ plates— or on their bones. The regulations are a result of Michelle Obama’s “Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act,” which was passed by the lame-duck, Democrat-controlled Congress in December 2010. And the result has been wasted food, endangered health, and hungrier kids. The problem is that, in typical nanny-state style, the regulations not only prescribe foods many children find unpalatable, they also apply unrealistic calorie restrictions on students: “650 calories for elementary-schoolers, 700 for middle-schoolers and 850...
  • Family net worth plummets nearly 40%

    06/11/2012 1:54:23 PM PDT · by Enosh · 25 replies
    CNNMoney via | CNNMoney
    <p>NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The average American family’s net worth dropped almost 40% between 2007 and 2010, according to a triennial study released Monday by the Federal Reserve.</p>
  • Obama assets valued at $2.6M to $8.3M (but Obama claims to be an ordinary middle-class gal)

    05/17/2012 3:17:34 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/16/2012 | ap
    The White House says President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hold assets worth between nearly $2.6 million and nearly $8.3 million. The White House released financial disclosure documents Tuesday showing the couple's assets for last year. In 2010 the first family's assets were valued between $1.8 million and nearly $12 million. The disclosure form requires public officials to list their assets in broad ranges, for example, between $1 million and $5 million, making it difficult to determine a precise net worth.
  • Gilded Age: First Lady Takes Taxpayer Funded Vacation No. 16

    02/20/2012 2:39:48 PM PST · by blam · 52 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 2-20-2012 | Mac Slavo
    Gilded Age: First Lady Takes Taxpayer Funded Vacation No. 16 Mac Slavo February 20th, 2012 “No country can be well governed unless its citizens as a body keep religiously before their minds that they are the guardians of the law, and that the law officers are only the machinery for its execution, nothing more.” Mark Twain The Gilded Age (1874) Life is good when you’re not an average tax-paying, slave-laboring prole in America: Via the Washington Examiner "First lady Michelle Obama’s weekend jaunt to Aspen, Colorado for a President’s Day ski holiday with her daughters Sasha and Malia makes the...
  • Special Michelle Hawaii Flight Would Cost Thousands

    12/08/2011 5:47:33 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 21 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | December 8, 2011 | Keith Koffler
    President Obama’s decision to send Michelle and his daughters to Hawaii ahead of him if he is delayed by a fight with Congress could cost taxpayers tens of thousands of extra dollars to fund two separate vacation flights and related costs. The move would also violate the intent of an executive order he issued just last month urging federal employees to cut back on expenses like travel. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that Obama told Senate Democratic leaders during a White House meeting that he would delay his scheduled December 17 departure for Hawaii to keep Congress in...
  • Michelle Obama's Africa Vacation Cost More Than $432,142

    10/04/2011 12:41:44 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies ^ | Oct. 4, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    First lady Michelle Obama's family trip to South Africa and Botswana in June cost taxpayers well over $424,000, according to new accounting based on Air Force manifests obtained by Judicial Watch, a taxpayer watchdog group. The use of Air Force aircraft alone for the June 21-27 trip cost $424,142, said the group, and that doesn't include the food, lodging, and ground transportation for the 21 family and staff members. Judicial Watch said it based the jet costs on the Pentagon's hourly rates for the C-32A aircraft used for the trip. The documents don't give exact cost calculations, which is typical...
  • Michelle O Flaunts $42,000 bracelet in NY while we suffer

    09/22/2011 3:19:11 AM PDT · by The Sparrow · 47 replies
    Culture Map Houston ^ | 09.21.11 | Shelby Hodge
    While we're fighting with our own, the queen is out there flaunting her wealth again while Americans "eat their peas."
  • Mrs. Obama to join Olive Garden announcement (Eat your peas!)

    09/15/2011 4:25:43 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 123 replies · 1+ views
    cbs ^ | 9/15/2011 | ap
    Encouraged by Michelle Obama's campaign to reduce childhood obesity, the company that owns the Olive Garden, Red Lobster and four other popular restaurant chains is pledging to cut the calories and sodium in its meals and overhaul its kids' fare. Darden Restaurants Inc. was unveiling the changes Thursday, with the first lady on hand to lend support. The company will pledge to reduce the calories and sodium in all its meals by 10 percent over five years, and by 20 percent over 10 years. For children, French fries and sugar-sweetened beverages will become the exception and not the rule. All...
  • Michelle Obama prodding restaurants to reduce portion size

    09/14/2011 1:46:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies · 1+ views
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 14, 2011 | Lynn Sweet
    WASHINGTON-- First Lady Michelle Obama is expected Thursday to announce headway in her drive to have restaurants reduce portion sizes, part of her "Let's Move' campaign against obesity. "The Childhood Obesity Task Force Report"--commissioned as part of Mrs. Obama's "Let's Move" project, "specifically calls on restaurants to, "consider their portion sizes, improve children's menus, and make healthy options the default choice whenever possible." below, from White House.... UPCOMING GUIDANCE FOR FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA Thursday, September 15 11:45 AM - First Lady Michelle Obama will make a major Let's Move! announcement related to providing healthier choices and greater variety for...
  • Where in the World is Michelle Obama? (Vacation Madness)

    08/29/2011 4:13:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 8/29/11 | AmericanMajority
    In the past year alone, First Lady Michelle Obama has spent 42 days on vacation, costing taxpayers upwards of $10 million. $10 million. In taxpayer funds. For vacations. Taking full advantage of Air Force Two (costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars), Michelle has criss-crossed the world to destinations from Spain to Hawaii and Vail, CO to Martha's Vineyard. Indulging in lavish hotels, top-shelf alcohol, and Secret Service-arranged sight-seeing tours, Michelle has not been shy about putting her any and every whim on America's tab. When was the last time you took a six-figure vacation? Probably never, if you're one...
  • Obama increases his personal debt ceiling -- his-and-hers jets for vacation

    08/19/2011 9:55:09 PM PDT · by garjog · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19th August 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Before it had even started in earnest, the much-maligned vacation became a PR nightmare, after it emerged this morning that he and his wife took separate government jets to Martha's Vineyard just hours apart. Michelle Obama​ was revealed to have arrived at the Massachusetts retreat, only 500 miles from Washington, four hours before her husband yesterday. ... The extra transport to get the the First Lady to the island for only a few more hours of vacation time will have cost taxpayers thousands in additional expenses. The costs related to Mrs Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on the...
  • Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone

    06/21/2011 7:29:27 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 23 replies
    Michelle, Mom, Kids Africa Trip Costing Taxpayers $171,000 At Least for Air Travel Alone Tuesday, June 21, 2011 By James Zilenziger ( - The White House isn’t saying how much of a tab the taxpayers will need to pick up for the week-long trip that First Lady Michelle Obama, her two children, her mother, a niece and a nephew are taking to South Africa and Botswana. But according to Congressional Research Service estimates, the flights alone will cost taxpayers more than $171,000--almost as much as the $174,000 annual salaries paid to rank-and-file members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The...
  • First Lady of Bling: Michelle shines at star-studded U.S. party in honour of the Queen

    05/26/2011 7:39:53 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 114 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 26, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Michelle Obama dazzled in a glittering array of jewels last night as she co-hosted a dinner in honour of the Queen. The First Lady scored a final fashion bulls-eye in a stunning black off-the-shoulder dress by all-American designer Ralph Lauren at the black-tie dinner. The president’s wife showed off a selection of costume jewellery including a cuff and necklace by Irish designer Tom Binns. A similar necklace sells on his website for £1,500. Mr Obama had invited the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to Winfield House in Regent’s Park, the official home of the U.S. Ambassador as a thank-you for...
  • Supermarket prices soar in Manhattan and across the country

    03/13/2011 10:52:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 233 replies
    ny post ^ | 3/13/11 | FARRAH WEINSTEIN and CYNTHIA R. FAGEN
    What’s in your wallet? Not much — especially after a trip to the supermarket. At the checkout counter at the D’Agostino in Hell’s Kitchen, retired ballerina Carol Sumner shook her head over the increasingly steep price of her weekly grocery bill. “It’s outrageous,” said Sumner, a senior citizen who was making a pit stop to buy soda, ice cream and cake for a party she was throwing. “I feel like I am getting fleeced and taken advantage of. I don’t buy meat anymore. I can’t. It’s too expensive.” The price index for groceries is expected to surge 3 to 4...
  • Michelle Obama Sports a $1,000 Handbag

    03/10/2011 9:27:09 PM PST · by pissant · 81 replies
    WH Dossier ^ | 3/10/11 | staff
    Well heavens! Mrs. Obama was gaining a lot of traction as the fashion icon for the everywoman when all of a sudden she stepped out of the Michellemobile – reportedly Monday – grasping a $1,000 tote bag. Take a look-see!
  • The Obamas Continue Their Profligate Ways with Non-stop Partying and Vacations

    02/21/2011 8:50:10 AM PST · by vrwc54 · 15 replies
    You Tube ^ | 2/20/11 | RobtKraft/GrannyJan
    Vacation, what's a vacation?
  • Michelle wants to visit India again, says Obama

    02/02/2011 1:00:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Times of India ^ | February 2, 2011 | Chidanand Rajghatta
    WASHINGTON: American First Lady Michelle Obama wants to visit India again, this time with her daughters Malia and Sasha, President Obama told India's national security advisor Shivshankar Menon when he dropped in on Menon's meeting with his US counterpart Tom Donilon at the White House last week. There was more to the remark than politeness. As if to emphasize he was not saying it for form's sake, Obama reportedly added that the First Lady is a "very determined" woman and she usually has her way. The Obama children did not make it to India during their parents' visit last November...
  • Obama White House Serves $199 Bottles of Wine at State Dinner

    01/20/2011 2:43:19 PM PST · by kcvl · 67 replies
    The Quilceda Creek Cabernet goes for $199 a bottle.
  • White House Serves a $400 Bottle of Wine at the State Dinner (Drudge)

    01/20/2011 3:01:45 PM PST · by vrwc54 · 57 replies
    Drudge ^ | 1/20/11 | Drudge
    From the State Dinner menu:Main Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach Wine: Quilceda Creek Cabernet "Columbia Valley" 2005 (Washington State) $399.99 at Raeder's Wine store.
  • President and family on multi-million dollar Christmas vacation in Hawaii

    12/30/2010 9:19:30 AM PST · by jakerobins · 17 replies · 7+ views
    President Obama and his family are enjoying a delightful Christmas vacation with friends and family in the chief executive's home state of Hawaii. Nobody questions a president's right or need to take take away from the White House, but an investigation by Hawaii Reporter has turned up some eye-opening information about the costs and other aspects of the Obama get-away. * Mrs. Obama’s early flight to Hawaii: $63,000 (White House Dossier) * Obama’s round trip flight to Hawaii: $1 million (GAO estimates) * Housing in beachfront homes for Secret Service and Seals in Kailua ($1,200 a day for 14 days):...
  • Michelle Obama on a second term: It’s important for Barack to finish what he started

    11/24/2010 7:07:32 PM PST · by Justaham · 33 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11-24-10 | Allahpundit
    As Dennis Miller once said in comparing German reunification to a Martin and Lewis reunion, I’m not a fan of his previous work and thus I’m really not looking forward to seeing the new sh*t. In fact, what is the new sh*t that he has planned for a second Obama term? Cap and trade is dead for good, I think; they were struggling to find the votes for that even when Democrats were flying high, but after this month’s shellacking, it’ll be years before they get another centrist to come aboard. Amnesty is always possible, but The One really wants...
  • The House Should Curb Obama's Extravagant Lifestyle

    11/12/2010 7:47:58 AM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | Novembe 12, 2010 | Lauri B. Regan
    Pundits, political analysts, and politicians on both sides of the aisle have offered their recommendation for items which should be placed at the top of the 112th Congress's legislative agenda. Surprisingly, in light of the negative press the Obamas have received relating to their recent junket to India, so far as I have seen, not one person has suggested including legislation limiting the amount of taxpayer funds that may be expended on presidential trips -- official or otherwise -- and the White House party budget. Like all government agencies, the White House operates on the basis of appropriations that originate...
  • Coconuts, monkeys and warships, oh my!

    11/05/2010 5:50:41 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 9 replies
    Oklahoma Watchdog ^ | November 4, 2010 | Andrew W. Griffin
    OKLAHOMA CITY — Today, a regular reader of Oklahoma Watchdog called to tell me that they called the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newsroom to talk to someone about the fact that President Obama is going to India and is virtually taking the entire White House with him, along with wife Michelle and their two daughters. The reader said the person in the Post-Dispatch newsroom was unaware of Obama’s trip. When the reader said it is all over the web and wondered why the media wasn’t scrutinizing it more, particularly in light of the criticism Nancy Reagan received years ago for purchasing...

    09/28/2010 7:41:31 PM PDT · by Redalways · 65 replies
    Naitonal Enquirer ^ | 9-28-2010 | National Enquirer
    "I've had ENOUGH!" After two years in the White House fishbowl, fed up first lady Michelle Obama sobbed those emotional words to her husband during a tense confrontation. In a blockbuster ENQUIRER exclusive, well-placed Washington, D.C., insiders have revealed behind-the-scenes details of President Barack Obama's heated face-to- face with his 46-year-old wife - a spat that erupted over headline-making comments attributed to her in a revealing new book. According to the book, Michelle told France's first lady Carla Bruni Sarkozy, 41, that she absolutely detests her role as America's first lady, blasting it as "hell," and admitting: "I can't stand...
  • 'It’s hell. I can’t stand it!’ Carla Bruni reveals what Michelle Obama REALLY thinks....

    09/16/2010 4:27:40 PM PDT · by rdb3 · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 SEPT 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Michelle Obama thinks being America’s First Lady is ‘hell’, Carla Bruni reveals today in a wildly indiscreet book. Miss Bruni divulges that Mrs Obama replied when asked about her position as the U.S. president’s wife: ‘Don’t ask! It’s hell. I can’t stand it!’
  • $700 billion stimulus, nope, more like $12.8 trillion.

    09/05/2010 10:25:39 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 10 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-05-10 | Southernman
    The $700 billion stimulus plan that was supposed to keep unemployment below 8% was just the tip of the iceberg. The actual amount of money leveraged to prop up the failing economy was closer to $12.8 trillion with a “t” ($12,800,000,000,000). This story is coming from that well know bastion of right wing conspiracy theorists known as P.B.S. It seems that our government, and by proxy each and every one of us, was on the hook for a great deal of more money than taxpayers were lead to believe. This video clip is an eye opener. You have to watch...
  • First Lady Plans a Careful Return to the Campaign Trail

    09/04/2010 1:23:41 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 54 replies
    NYT ^ | 9-3-10 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    WASHINGTON — After 18 months of careful image-making and bipartisanship, Michelle Obama is shifting course as first lady, stepping up her policy agenda and dipping into election-year politics to campaign and raise money for Democrats. Despite stinging criticism of her summer vacation to Spain with daughter Sasha — aides warned her not to go, and the backlash was fiercer than they had imagined — Mrs. Obama is the most popular member of her husband’s administration. Having worked to build good will through nonideological causes like fighting obesity and assisting military families, aides say, she is ready to spend some of...
  • First Lady Plans a Careful Return to the Campaign Trail (M'antoinette best hope for exciting Dems)

    09/04/2010 5:47:29 AM PDT · by maggief · 47 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 3, 2010 | Sheryl Gay Stolberg
    EXCERPT “I think she’s happy to go out and support folks who have stood up for things that she thinks are important,” said David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser. “But I don’t think she’s eager to jump into the fray in a very political way, and I don’t think she will.” With her husband’s poll numbers sliding, and many Democrats distancing themselves from him, Mrs. Obama, political analysts say, is the White House’s best hope for exciting the party’s lethargic base. “Her favorability is the highest of anybody we’ve got on the Democratic side right now,” said Celinda Lake, a...
  • Fearing for image, First Lady's aides warned against Spain vacation

    09/04/2010 5:39:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 76 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/4/2010 | Byron York
    The New York Times reports First Lady Michelle Obama's aides cautioned against her going on the early August European vacation in which she stayed at a 5-star resort in Spain and mingled with royalty. The lavish trip, the aides reportedly argued, could result in harm to her image. "Aides say privately that they warned her there would be a cost to the trip, but she overruled them, insisting it was a rare chance to spend time with Sasha and with a friend whose father had died," the paper reports. "But the intensity of the uproar -- including accusations that she...
  • Barrack Obama, Wife living like a King and Queen!

    08/29/2010 6:57:48 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 70 replies
    .showbizspy ^ | Sunday August 29, 2010
    PRESIDENT Barack Obama and his glamorous wife Michelle are living a life of luxury at the taxpayers’ expense, according to a bombshell new report. American tabloid the National Enquirer says Barack has spent a fortune on parties, vacations and expensive designer clothes. “It’s outrageous Obama and his family are spending money like water when the rest of America is frantically tightening their belts in a desperate bid not to drown in their financial woes,” said one political insider. “How can he pull this kind of stunt during what amounts to a modern day depression? “Obama and his wife are acting...
  • Obama vacation back on course

    08/26/2010 5:05:51 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 26, 2010 | By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
    Prevented from golfing for two days by a steady rain that caused minor flooding on the island, President Obama seized on the better weather yesterday, pressing some flesh in Oak Bluffs and finally hitting the links again. Obama, joined wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, and a group of friends for an hourlong lunch at Nancy’s Restaurant overlooking Oak Bluffs Harbor. Obama, who could be seen through a second-floor window drinking a bottle of Corona Light (with a slice of lime), was accompanied by friends Valerie Jarrett, Eric and Cheryl Whitaker. Afterward, the president tossed his jacket aside and shook...
  • Republicans question whether President Obama deserves a vacation (WaPo barf alert)

    08/22/2010 5:46:46 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 26 replies · 3+ views
    Washington Post ^ | August 22, 2010 | Scott Wilson
    For the second straight year, the first family has landed on this island of quaint seaside towns, second homes and working farms for a late-summer getaway. But this year, more so than last, political opponents are trying to hang a question over the visit: Does President Obama deserve a vacation? The Republican National Committee has taken to calling Obama "the Clark Griswold president," a mocking reference to the Chevy Chase character in National Lampoon's "Vacation" movies. With unemployment claims climbing again, the GOP was hoping its criticism would have a certain national resonance. And maybe it will. One potential complication:...
  • President Obama, First Family Kick Off Vacation on Martha's Vineyard (Stay on vacation)

    08/19/2010 4:26:48 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 42 replies
    abc ^ | 8/19/2010 | DEVIN DWYER
    President Obama and the first family today escape from life inside the Washington beltway and retreat to the summer vacation island of Martha's Vineyard, where they'll soak up the sun and enjoy time together as a family. The 10-day getaway, the family's' fourth and longest this year, comes after a whirlwind campaign swing through the West Coast by Mr. Obama earlier this week and amid a swirling controversy over the president's comments about a proposed Islamic community center and mosque near Ground Zero in New York. With no public events scheduled for the week ahead, the president will get a...