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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:21 AM
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First lady went to Spain to spend time with grieving friend
I'm sure the r/w won't have the grace to be embarrassed about their criticism. And I imagine the WH didn't release this info earlier because it was no one's business.


First lady went to Spain to spend time with grieving friend
By Holly Bailey


First Lady Michelle Obama took a lot of grief for her decision to vacation in Spain last week, a glitzy getaway that prompted one New York Daily News columnist to liken her to Marie Antoinette. But now we're learning more about the trip, which, despite the furor over its alleged excess, seems to have been launched with good intentions.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet, the first lady made the trip because she wanted to spend time with her best friend, Chicago physician Anita Blanchard, who lost her father this summer. Blanchard (who is married to President Obama's best friend, Marty Nesbitt) planned a Spanish vacation with her daughter and invited the first lady and her daughters to come along. Michelle, who missed Blanchard's father's funeral in July, agreed and brought along her 9-year-old daughter, Sasha. The first couple's older daughter, Malia, is away at camp.

According to Sweet, one other mutual friend came along with her own two daughters. And according to the White House, all parties paid for their own hotel rooms and personal expenses.

Speaking of the hotel: As The Upshot speculated last week, it was the Secret Service that booked the Obama group's rooms at the luxury Hotel Villa Padierna, in part because agents could guard the perimeter of the property much better than they could at rival facilities.

more...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100810/pl_yblog_...
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impik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:28 AM
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1. The Left won't have the grace to do so too
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:05 AM
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2. I can hear the carping now..."when I lost my dad I didn't get a trip to spain
with the First Lady..."

Yep, that's what we'll hear if we try to refute the Marie Antoinette argument...
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CakeGrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 12:33 PM
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7. They're not in the mood. They've been attacked by
that flunkie mouthpiece Gibbs.

:eyes:
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:05 AM
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3. So Michelle paid her way and went to comfort a friend?
I expect Rush and company to issue apologies ASAP.
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emilyg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:31 PM
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9. Who paid for plane and security?
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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:51 PM
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14. The same people who paid for the security at Chelsea Clinton's wedding and pays for
the security of George Bush. We pay for the security and travel of the First Family as has been the case for a long time so I don't get your point. Unless you are advocating that he President and his family have no security and travel business class.
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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:22 AM
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4. That First Lady, she is so selfish! How dare she comfort a friend and pay her own way on
top of it all! And of course, the Secret Service chose the hotel.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:11 AM
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5. And they did it to ensure the safety of the First Lady, her daughter, and ....
... her friends? :wow:

:kick:

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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:34 AM
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6. Their argument would be that her friend could just as easily have grieved in the States.
:eyes:
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Llewlladdwr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:00 PM
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8. I think this is a valid argument.
I mean, there's just absolutely no way this trip couldn't have been to the Gulf Coast?
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:34 PM
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10. Obama Gulf Coast Vacation: First Family To Visit Florida In August
They're way ahead of you, but thanks for your concern.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/22/obama-gulf-coa...
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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:38 PM
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12. I am sure there will be a problem with this too just as there was when Michelle visited the Gulf
Coast earlier.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:45 PM
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13. ^^^exactly^^^
.
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Llewlladdwr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 11:36 AM
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25. I'm not really all that concerned.
I've pretty much accepted that I made a horrible mistake in 2008...
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Kdillard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 01:36 PM
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11. Umm this was about the First Lady's Friend not the First Lady.
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 01:37 PM by Kdillard
Michelle was invited or asked to spend time with a friend who wanted to get away during a difficult time. I see nothing wrong with it and I don't understand the unrec's or why it is so difficult for people to understand. It seems human to me and something everyone with a friend would do.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:52 PM
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20. I don't see anything wrong with it either.
It barely registered with me until the media made such a fuzz about it.

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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 11:00 PM
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23. Well, I don't know what her plans were.
Maybe the visuals were a bit unfortunate since in politics perceptions can be so important, but I think that the reactions to the trip were blown out of proportion.
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:16 PM
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17. the friend had promised to take her daughter to Spain which was the reason she was going
so she asked Michelle to come along.
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Beacool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:53 PM
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21. I got no problem with it.
But some apparently do.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:03 PM
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19. They expect that Michelle should be chained to the kitchen sink
they don't think that she deserves to go on a trip. She even paid for the hotel. Her critics should be ashamed of themselves!
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CreekDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 02:14 PM
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15. Michelle should go wherever she wants to go
Spain is closer and probably priced on a par with Hawaii.

I don't honestly care where she goes, especially when she's picking up her tab.

As for us paying for security, that's the deal WE MADE when we elected Obama. The deal is, he's president, wherever she goes, she gets Secret Service protection.

:rant:
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Bluerthanblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:53 PM
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16. thanks for posting this.
imo, all the 'righteous indignation' wouldn't stop if this were known- there is an agenda at work to trash anything and everything Michelle does I believe.

k&r
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 09:37 PM
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18. I don't give a shit where she vacations or how many vacations she takes.
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saltpoint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 10:54 PM
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22. Facts matter.
Recommended.

And more power to the First Lady, too.

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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 12:53 AM
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24. Spain is wonderful. I'm glad she enjoyed it.
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killbotfactory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 11:54 AM
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26. This bullshit controversy got play on MSNBC and NPR
I couldn't believe it. Did they really just figure out that first families get security when they do, well, anything?
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