Thursday, August 05, 2010
Michelle Obama Criticized as "Modern-day Marie Antoinette" Over Spain Vacation
According to the White House, Mrs. Obama is traveling with minimal staff and a small group of family friends for a mother daughter trip long in the works.
The FIrst Lady's press office referred to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' statement at the White House briefing yesterday that "the First Lady is on a private trip."
"She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip," he said. "And I think I'd leave it at that."
CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller reports the C-32A (757) the First Lady used to fly to Spain - one of the planes that usually serves as Air Force Two, and sometimes Air Force One - operates at a Department of Defense reimbursement rate of $11,351 per hour.
So a 6.5 hour flight to Spain would run $73,781.50 - double for the round trip.
The White House says that as a policy, official trips by the first family are paid by the government but all personal elements paid are personally. Since this is a private trip, the White House seems to be suggesting that the Obamas are personally paying all costs associated with the vacation.
But there appears to be some wiggle room there, in part because the Secret Service must protect the First Family, and the cost to taxpayers would presumably go up during travel"
Yet another call to despise these "people" unto even the ground they walk on.
Shelly booked 70 rooms...count 'em..70...at $2300 a night apiece for her and her friends, that's a full one-third of the hotel, mind you, while the State Department was running in circles trying desperately to remove the Traveler Warning for Spain.
Yes indeed. Spain was listed for a while as a destination for Americans to shun, due to its "intolerance towards African-Americans", something done to please the current occupiers of the White House. The big WHOOPS went up when they forgot to take down the warning before the First-Ugly's trip, but the Spanish people were made well aware of how our Racist-In-Chief felt about them, hence the necessity to pretty much triple the usual Secret Service protection.
These walking, talking, monstrosities can't even go on a vacation without screwing the pooch. Here's hoping old thunder-thighs, you know, the gal who thinks other people should be skinnier than her because, well, she SAYS so, doesn't go hog-wild and piss off the Continent even more so than the Continent is already pissed off at us.
Yeah; how cool is THAT. The Euro's are hating the Obo's almost as much as we do.