posted on Aug, 12 2010 @ 11:57 AM
Truly perceptive people realize that First Lady visits are not only "vacations." Most countries are actually quite honored when a First Lady
(whether or not her name happens to be Obama) visits.
First Lady visits do, in fact, stimulate the economies of other countries. They also help solidify international relations. While we like to think
in terms of "us and them" or "black and white" (not in a racial way) or "MY tax dollars," the world is a more complex place than that. We have
never existed in a microcosm. Things "over there" affect us HERE. Why do you think we invaded Afghanistan?
Maintaining good relations with other countries is not as cut and dry and simplified as people might think. And, it's obvious by replies to my first
post on this topic by Jagersmith (or whoever) that some of us aren't even aware that international relations and finesse are essential to our
country's success in the world.
First Lady visits are part of the TAPESTRY of United States international policy. It is guaranteed that there was at least one, if not more, OTHER
THINGS going on in the background of her visit. Again, PERCEPTIVE people know this.
However, again, the Obamas have become a lightning rod for hatred. Her trip to Spain was perfectly justified and really not at all that expensive.
As for the "MY TAX DOLLARS" mentality, then *my* dollars went toward the trip as well, and I approve. That tiny trip to Spain was nothing compared
to the FIRST banker bail-out. And, as with most First Lady visits, had purpose rooted in international relations.
The world is not as simple as many would have it. Of course, hatred needs simplicity because hatred itself is pretty darn easy... and simple. It
really is a path to the Dark Side. It's easy, seductive. And once you get embroiled in it, you develop a black/white you're either with me or
against me mentality.
Unfortunately, the world is painted in shades of gray. Some people have their contrast setting on the extreme high. And because of this lack of
vision they don't perceive everything that is out there. And that's okay. Luckily there are enough people, hopefully, who look beyond what is
being spoonfed by the mainstream media. The First Lady trip to Spain has been made into an unwarranted media circus to direct your attention away
from what's really important.
Like the Saturday Night Live newscast: "REALLY?" You're REALLY upset about this when everything else going on in the world is much, much more
upsetting and important? Gulf oil spill? Nah. Bankers keeping the average worker in ruins? Nah. Almost all out war along our borders with drug
cartels? Nah. What? Michelle Obama went to Spain? Holy Mother of Pearl, release the hounds and let slip the dogs of war!!!
I encourage a heightening of perception for those who don't know what First Lady visits are capable of, and what they can involve. International
relations are indeed very important. And, guess what, the First Families of other countries (or whatever they happened to be called, depending on the
country) visit OUR country too. It's a give and take kind of thing.