Lavish Obama vacation in time of economic turmoil raises eyebrows

By Peter Nicholas and Katherine Skiba, The Seattle Times

As the U.S. economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sunsplashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message.

First lady Michelle Obama is on a five-day trip to a luxury resort along with a handful of friends, her younger daughter, Sasha, aides and Secret Service personnel. Her office said the first family will pay for personal expenses, but declined to reveal the taxpayer cost for the government employees. The president stayed home in the United States, as did daughter Malia, 12, who is at camp.

The trip provided plenty of fodder for television news shows, talk-show hosts and bloggers.

Critics portrayed the foreign getaway as tone deaf to the economic anxiety back home. Earlier in the week, the first lady was photographed walking through the streets of the Costa del Sol region wearing a one-shouldered Jean Paul Gaultier top.

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Comments

  1. PghVirgo says:

    She had to take it while the taking was good; she knows it's about to come crashing down and she won't get another chance to show the world what a trashy broad she is!! Do you think she'll get to Mexico, soon??

  2. Yeah, she told people to vacation in the Gulf area to help the people there but where does she go!!!!! And the taxpayers have this big bill to pay….what a joke. Senior citizens can't get their COLA for 2 years cause it would make the deficit go up too much but this was okay. Plus all the money Obama is giving away to other countries, where is it all coming from. IMPEACH–IMPEACH–IMPEACH. Get them out of the White House, they don't belong there.

    • Everybody keeps on saying IMPEACH–IMPEACH–IMPEACH–, but I don't see any action being taken to get the ball rolling for the IMPEACHMENT action to get going. It's like everybody wants to do it, but nobody wants to make the first move. Mean while the Obama's keep on getting away with more and more. What's up with that?

      • Write to your Representatives and Senators. TELL THEM! I write to mine all the time urging them to vote a certain way on many different things.

  3. Not only do I want that pack of trash out of our white house I want them out of our country never to return. Take a good look at the photo that is attached to this article. If in her atire she is trying to look sexy that ugly varmint does not stand a chance at that regardless of what she wears of does. I want him tried for TREASON and get the correct punishment for the crime. That broad A$$ ugly b-t-h needs to be tried along with him and get the same punishment for TREASON!!

  4. How come mrs. obummer planned her trip over her husband's birthday?
    Could there be trouble in the marriage?

  5. Obama Says: YES I CAN – Create the largest DEFICIT ever
    YES I CAN – Create the largest BUDGET ever
    YES I CAN – Make the largest number of BROKEN PROMISES ever
    YES I CAN – Enable the largest number of HOME FORECLOSURES ever
    YES I CAN – Create the largest number of AGENDA-SETTING FAILURES ever
    YES I CAN – Make the largest number of SELF-SERVING SPEECHES ever
    YES I CAN – Have a tax cheat for Secretary of Treasury
    YES I CAN – Give ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS
    YES I CAN – Create less FREE SPEECH
    YES I CAN – Replace the most GENERALS in a war (2)
    YES I CAN – TAX, BORROW & SPEND
    YES I CAN – Fail to PROTECT the American people
    YES I CAN – Think what is best for everyone
    YES I CAN – Run YOUR life
    YES I CAN – Spend YOUR TAX DOLLARS on failed programs
    YES I CAN – Create more UNEMPLOYMENT
    YES I CAN – Create more WELFARE
    YES I CAN – Create more regulation
    YES I CAN – Increase the size of government
    YES I CAN – Create more wasteful spending
    YES I CAN – Take in more ILLEGAL ALIENS
    YES I CAN – Defend ILLEGAL ALIENS against the Constitution of America
    YES I CAN – Make a lawsuit against Arizona for defending itself from ILLEGAL ALIENS
    YES I CAN – Increase GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION
    YES I CAN – Take over the economy
    YES I CAN – Bankrupt the USA
    YES I CAN – Keep borrowing money we can't pay back the to the communist Chinese
    YES I CAN – Bow to other world leaders like a TRAINED FLEA
    YES I CAN – Decry racism when an Arizona Governor enforces immigration laws
    YES I CAN – Attempt to fill my cabinet with avowed Communist like Van Jones
    YES I CAN – Turn the highest office of the land into a laughingstock of the world
    YES I CAN – Sit on my PEElosi while millions of gallons of oil leak into the gulf
    YES I CAN – Force healthcare down America's throat that 76 % opposed
    YES I CAN – Claim to run an office with transparency, yet keep making deals behind closed doors
    YES I CAN – Give speeches with NO American flag in the background (see youtube )
    YES I CAN – Give a great speech until the TELEPROMPTER goes down….
    YES I CAN – Divide the USA like never seen since the Civil war
    YES I CAN – Keep my main agenda to turn the USA into a SOCIALIST FAILURE
    YES I CAN – Blame anything that goes wrong on my watch on the last administration
    YES I CAN – Promise to end programs of entitlements, yet add more and more of them
    YES I CAN – Appoint a known TAX EVADER to head the U.S. Treasury Department
    YES I CAN – Continuously create more DEBT
    YES I CAN – Create more TAXES
    YES I CAN – Create more laws for less FREE SPEECH…

  6. Barnabus1 says:

    $300,000 per day for flying air force!!! But I'm afraid we have a much bigger problem to be concerned about…I ask you forward widely!!
    Re: Submitting to Authorities…

    If you love life at all…you had better see this all the way through!!!!! Your life depends on it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm3PYZ0N7Dg&fe

    S510 Makes It Illegal to Grow, Share, Trade, or Sell Homegrown Food
    Google S510 to read the extent of the Monsanto bill!!!!

  7. Obama Says: YES I CAN – Create the largest DEFICIT ever
    YES I CAN – Create the largest BUDGET ever
    YES I CAN – Make the largest number of BROKEN PROMISES ever
    YES I CAN – Enable the largest number of HOME FORECLOSURES ever
    YES I CAN – Create the largest number of AGENDA-SETTING FAILURES ever
    YES I CAN – Make the largest number of SELF-SERVING SPEECHES ever
    YES I CAN – Have a tax cheat for Secretary of Treasury
    YES I CAN – Give ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS
    YES I CAN – Create less FREE SPEECH
    YES I CAN – Replace the most GENERALS in a war (2)
    YES I CAN – TAX, BORROW & SPEND
    YES I CAN – Fail to PROTECT the American people
    YES I CAN – Think what is best for everyone
    YES I CAN – Run YOUR life
    YES I CAN – Spend YOUR TAX DOLLARS on failed programs
    YES I CAN – Create more UNEMPLOYMENT
    YES I CAN – Create more WELFARE
    YES I CAN – Create more regulation
    YES I CAN – Increase the size of government
    YES I CAN – Create more wasteful spending
    YES I CAN – Take in more ILLEGAL ALIENS
    YES I CAN – Defend ILLEGAL ALIENS against the Constitution of America
    YES I CAN – Make a lawsuit against Arizona for defending itself from ILLEGAL ALIENS
    YES I CAN – Increase GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION
    YES I CAN – Create more laws for less FREE SPEECH…r

  8. I thought that muslim women are supposed to cover thier skin what is she doing?!!!!

  9. and that Bitch and her Narcissistic husband expect me to pay taxes to their socialist system? I DONT THINK SO!

  10. William L. Sasman says:

    Yes they may pay out of their pockets for this trip, but they also will get every dime back from some other fund that has tax payers money in.

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