Michelle Obama's Vacation In Spain Generates Controversy

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3/4 length painting of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France

The New York Times reports that Michelle Obama is paying for her own and her daughter’s room and board (and apparently the equivalent of two first class plane tickets for flying on an Air Force jet) for her luxury vacation in Spain. The large group of personal friends that came along for the ride evidently are paying their own way too.

The many other costs to the U.S. taxpayer, however, are raising eyebrows especially in these difficult economic times amidst rampant domestic unemployment when perhaps the First Family should be vacationing closer to home. And these costs are considerable  to the tune of about $80,000/day if the U.K’s DailyMail estimates are correct:

[The taxpayer] will definitely be footing the bill for the First Lady’s 68-strong security detail, her personal staff – and the use of presidential jet Air Force Two….The American public will also cover the cost of the only official part of the holiday, a visit to the Spanish royal family on the island of Majorca.

Mrs Obama and her entourage are staying at the exclusive Hotel Villa Padierna, a Mediterranean beach resort near Marbella, Spain. In the New York Daily News, columnist Andrea Tantaros draws a a parallel between Mrs. Obama and Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France and wife of King Louis XIV, who is famous for purportedly saying (and it may be an urban myth) of her constituents, “let them eat cake.”

…why not select a more appropriate destination like the California coast? The scenery is just as gorgeous as that of Spain, and instead of patronizing a foreign country they would be pumping money into an American economy that desperately needs it….Instead, Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette – the French queen who spent extravagantly on clothes and jewels without a thought for her subjects’ plight – than an average mother of two.

The White House has not as yet revealed the taxpayer-funded price tag for this trip. In the meantime, do you think Tantaros is being unfair or does she have a point?

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Отдых в Испании
Отдых в Испании

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Natbrinz
Natbrinz

Americans are basicly from somewhere other than america. Historicaly, most of our culture is based on diversity, is it wrong to explore the vast diversity ? For once a first lady, who actually has two young beautiful daughters is intelligent enough to introduce them to the "other" aspects of the world. I's it so wrong that the Obamas, the family that reaches out to the rest of the world.... are they really that blasphemous? We live in a very critcal world, where every detail is scutinized. This is not the answer. For those of us who elected "the change" , let them do their job. We need the rest of the world , I'ts not only about us!!!!! America is absoulutly beautiful but let us not forget where we came from. Ask yourself, your father, your mother ... where am i from? PEACE

gfOhio
gfOhio

What does that have to do with the articles point? 1) of who is paying for it and 2) is it right to flaunt such extreme wealth when most of the country can't vacation and 3) wouldn't it be more patriotic to support the local economy (direct impact and also by example)? Everyone knows vacationing is a nice way to bond (?)

Van Rooftop Storage
Van Rooftop Storage

Vacationing together with your family is a great way to bond, build memories, and spend time with your parents, spouse, children, and grand children.

Van Rooftop Storage
Van Rooftop Storage

Vacationing together with your family is a great way to bond, build memories, and spend time with your parents, spouse, children, and grand children.

Gerald Keller
Gerald Keller

if a bullet hit either barack or michelle, I know that not alot of people would shed a tear!!!!!! AT LEAST THIS COUNTRY WOULD SAVE MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alex
Alex

Each one of you that is on here trashing Michelle Obama should be ashamed of yourself. First off, as stated below the Obama's are MILLIONAIRES. They don't need your tax-pay money to go on a well deserved vacation. And for you on here that are trashing Barack you are un-american

gil rod
gil rod

america you are getting what you deserve. have you heard of repareration, entitlement; so keep drinking the koolade ala jim jones. they should be made to reemburse every cent that has been leeached from the usa taxpayers pockets. they have the right to vacation where ever they want; at their own expence. you see that every communist leader + family live in the lap of luxury.

M Connaughton
M Connaughton

Don't base ANYTHING on what the Daily Mail says or "estmates". If it concerns anyone who is black, it's automatically sensationalised and exagerated to the tune of self-rightcheously being pissed off about it all. Especially so if it's a slow news day. I thought you guys knew that about the DM. She's paid her own way, so I don't understand. It's hardly the American way to criticise anyone for spending their own fucking money, is it now?!?! ...and to the bunch of losers who think Spain is "extravagant" (while reorientating their views about what the Daily Mail alleges)......it isn't 1950's anymore. A holiday to Spain is not extravagant, either. If you've ever actually BEEN there (and most Americans haven't, since most haven't left their own states), you'd know that. That kind of renders all the rabble-rabble ness about this "controversial" holiday well and truly invalid.

Caroline Fairfax
Caroline Fairfax

Awhhh you all just a bunch of racist imbeciles who don't understand that people's money is nobody's money at all, and thus should be spent freely, calm down you nuts, racists and idiots, and go eat cakes, then chant Yes We Can from morn to night fall.

Ivan Kutchiakokov
Ivan Kutchiakokov

I think everyone should cut Michele Obama a break here on this vacation to Spain. Chances are, her husband is only gonna be in the White House for 1 term and he's almost half-way thru it already. She can't steal the towels and silverware on her way out, so she might as well spend as much taxpayer money on herself now as she can. It won't be long before she's back in Chicago trolling for another do-nothing job like she had when Barack was a Senator from Illinois.

Christina
Christina

When conservative Presidents and/or their families travel the liberals all complain and say it is inappropriate. When liberal Presidents and/or their families travel the conservatives all complain and say it is inappropriate. Isn't it time to find a new line of discourse?

Gabrielle
Gabrielle

Sense of entitlemen? I was in Spain when George Bush was re-elected. The people there thought Americans were stupid. They complained that George Bush was a cowboy, didn't read and had never been out of the country. Perhaps this trip will improve our standing in the world which took a mighty beating during Bush's reign. Thank God for Michelle Obama, what a first lady.

howard
howard

a reply is not really necessary as I think the first Lady is a free woman and has the same rights as any American who wants to enjoy a vacation abroad. There are people even in 2010 who still believe in national boundaries, and who still believe Americans should stay home and spend their vacation within the US borders. Why? If Michelle Obama wants to travel abroad she cannot do it because she is jailed behind the taxpayers will? It's not her fault if she is obliged to be escorted by the secret service wherever she goes....Only a mentally retarded can blame her for spending her vacation time where she prefers. She is also paying her holidays with HER OWN money. While she also found the time to meet with King Juan Carlos. Really American media have no arguments if they have time and energy to spend in blaming the first lady for the way she spends her money and her free time. She's not the president, she' s the President's wife and that's already something very bothering in terms of freedom limitations so please don't bother her any further. Thanks.

Darkus
Darkus

What point? Michelle should stop travelling, or only travel in the United States, because she is now first lady? That is ridiculous. I think some people forget that A) She is not the President, and B) She still has a life and family. Also C) They worked for it.

Peggy Graham
Peggy Graham

This entire trip is a travesty to millions of hard working Americans who are footing the bill. How dare they trash the economy then take this unnecessary trip. The entitlement mentality of the "first" family is with all due respect SHAMEFUL.

BB
BB

M Obama going to Spain is just a slap in the face because of the state of the economy. WHO does she think she is??

Nadine
Nadine

Isn't it America that encourages globalization? If that is the case, then Spain should not be considered some far off foreign land- because believe it or not, it is not. Surely even if she had gone to California, the controversy would remain intact, probably going something along the lines of: "Why does she even need a holiday? Its not like her, or Obama, do anything." "What's wrong with the beautiful white house lawn? All you need to vacation right there if you ask me." A first lady can not be expected to travel without somewhat of an entourage. She is also a mother of two, who is taking her daughter for a trip in the summer holiday. Nothing screams extravagant about that, or Spain. So somehow, the press is scandalising the event and proclaiming it inappropriate considering the financial situation (which is getting better so quit moping and anyway if she says she paid for it, then take her word for it.) Also, put it into perspective- look at all the money Bush spent- on ruining countries, causing a depression, his daughter's lovely wedding, tarnishing the image of the USA, etc. If anything, Mrs. Obama's trip overseas will respark an interest in America, encourage tourism, and help salvage some of the international relations and the USA's image.

PaulD
PaulD

The Obamas are a disgrace, and Michelle has the class of a mule. If we are to be subjected to the reign of Obama for another two years, Michelle should stay home and bake cookies and save the taxpayers a ton of money. This trip may well be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Most Americans are fed up with the entitlement attitude of the so-called President and First Lady (gag-reflex).

James Johnson
James Johnson

I agree Christina, people fail to realize that being President of the United States is a JOB....yes it's the most important job in the country, but everyone is entitled to vacation time if they work full-time in this country, even the President...and it's not Michelle's job, it's Barack's.

Kevin
Kevin

There is no way she is paying $80,000 a day with her own money. She doesn't even have a job.... It is disgusting she would rob working Americans of their hard earned money and waist it like that..

Rox
Rox

Peggy, Maybe you should read the article again. believe it or not the Obama's were very wealthy even before moving to the white house. So what if she takes a vacation. Everyone deserves a vacation. You people always want to find someone to blame it on. Everything that is happening is this country is thanks to Bush, believe this did not occur once Obama became President. Read the facts and stop accusing when you know where all of this started.

ChicaCaliente
ChicaCaliente

She thinks she's someone who's going on vacation, as is her right.

ChicaCaliente
ChicaCaliente

PaulD is a jealous repukelican who, no doubt, doesn't own a passport and is terrified of anything that's foreign.

James Johnson
James Johnson

Kevin....Obama has made MILLIONS off his book deals. You surely aren't that daft.

Kevin
Kevin

It is not her right to use my money to go on a lavish vacation costing $80,000 a day. Disgusting.......

James Johnson
James Johnson

Yeah Lindy...SHE will end the year with 8 vacations...I'm sorry if Mrs. President isn't doing her job....oh wait, that's right, she isn't the President. She is entitled to do whatever she wants. BTW Lindy, check out how many vacations George W. Bush took during his first year in office alone....not his wife, but him.

Lindy
Lindy

James--YOU do some research sir-- she will end this year with 8 vacations!! YES 8 Vacations!! for her spoiled behind - she is traveling with 40 "close friends" and staying at a 5 star hotel at $2,500/night plus of course security ENOUGH is ENOUGH --she and the other big spender husband of hers spending our money left & right WE have had it!!! HOW DARE these people have no regard how they spend OUR money- OUT they go asap before they put us in a hole any deeper!! This year the senate and in 2012 THEM!!:)

James Johnson
James Johnson

Actually Gil...his book was a best seller before he ever announced his presidency...do your research, he gained attention after his democrat party speech years prior.

gil rod
gil rod

dah i wonder when all the millions started coming in {not from books} oh that's right when he started running for president. what size of the koolade glass you prefer?

James Johnson
James Johnson

Kevin...again....the Obama's are millionaires...do some research.

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