Sunday, August 15, 2010

Michelle Obama faces criticism for expensive trip in Spain

According to Fox News, first lady Michelle Obama is under fire for taking a private, luxurious trip to Spain with daughter Sasha and several Obama family friends. Naturally, anything the first family does, whether private or not, is always a public affair, as the media is already towering over Mrs. Obama’s every movement. Everybody now wants a piece of the pie, hungering to know anything the first lady’s private getaway entails.

First lady takes a trip in Spain, where travel warning is issued

When the president celebrated his 49th birthday with mega-star talk show host Oprah Winfrey in Chicago, first lady Michelle Obama, along with daughter Sasha, 9, and a couple of friends of the family, took a four-day “private trip” to Spain’s exotic southern coast. While some are avoiding talking about the trip’s price, others are voicing concerns of safety.

According to Fox News, the State Department had issued a travel warning for Americans traveling to Spain, saying that “racist prejudices can result in the arrest of Afro-Americans who travel to Spain,” a message that was posted on its website. Nevertheless, following the first lady and daughter Sasha left on their trip, it appears the wording has been easily removed. When asked if there was a travel warning for Spain, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, “I do not believe so.”

How will the first lady’s vacation in Spain be paid for?

The primary concern regarding the first lady’s trip trip to Spain is the overall cost of the trip and how it affects taxpayer money. On Thursday, New York Daily News writer Andrea Tantaros trash-talked Michelle Obama, calling her a “modern day Marie Antoinette” for taking such a lavish vacation when many of the United States is financially struggling. Yahoo News reports that the first lady and her companions are staying at the luxury Hotel Villa Padierna, a hotel that’s often called one of the world’s top ten, with rates that range from $ 500 to nearly 3-grand per night.

Regardless of who is responsible for choosing the location, whether it was the Obama delegation or Secret Service, who typically has the last say on where the protected resides, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs stated that the first lady, also as the private entourage traveling with her, will pay for each personal expense. Nevertheless, since the first lady has full-time Secret Service protection and has to travel on board an official Air Force charter plane, which is covered by taxpayers, the entire trip’s cost will not be fully covered with personal out-of-the-pocket cash.

Discover more information on this subject

politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/08/05/first-lady-michelle-obama-and-daughter-sasha-vacationing-spain-amid-warnings-"racist-prej

news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100805/pl_yblog_upshot/first-lady-under-fire-for-her-glitzy-spanish-vacation



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