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Originally posted by CT_Flyboy
And EXACTLY how is that you think the economy gets better? By holding onto every penny you have?
It isn't anyone's business where the first lady goes on vacation
or how much money she spends up to her expense account limit. All first ladys get an expense account to do with what they wish.
And how do you know she isn't spending her own money?
In the 60's Mrs. Kennedy redecorated the white house at a cost of millions of dollars to the tax payers and no one heard a peep because JFK was a popular man.
I submit that if this were a white president and first lady we would not be having this conversation. - Can you say RACISIM - I'm sure you can...
Originally psoted by CT_Flyboy
All first ladys get an expense account to do with what they wish.
Originally posted by Yagerbombs
lulz, you srs? This is not some monarch fool! Our tax dollars are supposed to go towards governing, not creating a lavish life style for the "elite." These people are so far removed from the American middle class people its sickening!
Originally posted by weedwhacker
Face it....this is whole noting so-called 'scandal' is merely more of the same right-wing noise....this is part of their M.O., and they do it because they cater to the basest of the base in their constintuencies.
These sorts of trips are NOTHING new, and were undertaken plenty of times, in past....but NO ONE on the "right" wants the focus to be turned toward the GOP administrations, do they??
Are you "srs"??
I suggest some research be conducted down memory lane...who shall we focus on...???
I know! Nancy Reagan!!
Should be interesting to see what sort of "lavish lifestyle" she threw around during her eight years....
...(and, will be fun to see how things went in Sacramento, too...in the Governor's mansion, before she got to D.C.)...
First, some numbers. Mrs. Obama did not travel with 40 friends, a number used by some news outlets.
She vacationed with two women, one of them a longtime Chicago pal....
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.... 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? ....
....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.)
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.
Totally not true, though reported by some big-league outlets that she went:
Mrs. Obama did not attend a charity ball at their hotel hosted by Antonio Banderas and Eva Longoria on Saturday night. Mrs. Obama went out to dinner with her pals.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
It is shark-feeding time, and the Hannitys/Ingrahams/Becks/Limbaughs, et al relish this, because they KNOW they can inflate it, and rile people up....facts rarely get in their way, in these endeavors.
Originally posted by seagull
Is there truth to it? When it comes to perceptions, truth takes a back seat. My suggestion to the Obama's is this. These perceptions, wrong or not, are going to cost you big, if you don't dig your collective heads out, in two more Novembers...
Originally posted by GhostLancer
This is merely another avenue for the expression of hatred for President Obama. People are nitpicking at anything and everything they can. They are coming up with ridiculous reasons to funnel their hatred for him and (now) his family.
Have no other First Ladies taken vacations? Have they all not required protection from the Secret Service? Have no other locations been temporarily closed for such visits for previous First Ladies?
Originally posted by mishigas
reply to post by maybereal11
This isn't solely about money. And it's not a case of her daughter has some terminal illness and wants to fulfill her lifelong wish before she dies.
It's about sensitivity for the millions of Americans who are suffering as she jets away to Spain. The words "Let them eat cake" truly do come to mind.
This might be a good time to teach her kids a lesson in sensitivity for the plight of others.
Did she pay for the use of Air Force 2?
Originally posted by kozmo
Weren't they just on a vacation last moth? And weren't they on a vacation just the month before that? How many fekking vacations does this modern day Marie Antionette need?
Originally posted by oniongrass
But this is a distraction, the real purpose was probably for her to talk to some middle-east guys who cannot come to the USA for some reason. This was mentioned earlier in the thread.