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Mon Mar 19, 2012, 12:57 PM

The haters are going crazy: Obama's daughter spends springbreak in Mexico

The elder daughter of US President Barack Obama is spending her springbreak in the historic Mexican city of Oaxaca in the company of 12 friends, a state police official said.

The young tourists, including 13-year-old Malia Ann Obama, are staying at a downtown hotel in this city famous for its colonial architecture and well-preserved native American traditions, the official said.

"We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the visitors to tourism sites," the police official told AFP under the condition of anonymity.

Malia Obama and her friend are guarded by 25 US Secret Service agents as well as Mexican police, the official noted.

The group, which arrived in Oaxaca Saturday, has already visited the architectural zone of Mitla and the tree of El Tule believed to have one thousand years.

http://news.yahoo.com/obamas-daughter-spends-springbreak-mexico-145031176.html

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Reply The haters are going crazy: Obama's daughter spends springbreak in Mexico (Original post)
mfcorey1 Mar 2012 OP
stevenleser Mar 2012 #1
monmouth Mar 2012 #28
TheWraith Mar 2012 #67
karynnj Mar 2012 #54
stevenleser Mar 2012 #59
Enrique Mar 2012 #2
Renew Deal Mar 2012 #6
lunasun Mar 2012 #21
onenote Mar 2012 #16
onenote Mar 2012 #3
GoCubsGo Mar 2012 #20
wendylaroux Mar 2012 #33
KamaAina Mar 2012 #35
GoCubsGo Mar 2012 #43
MADem Mar 2012 #47
HappyMe Mar 2012 #4
onehandle Mar 2012 #5
Comrade Grumpy Mar 2012 #7
madokie Mar 2012 #8
onehandle Mar 2012 #11
malaise Mar 2012 #42
LynneSin Mar 2012 #9
Snake Alchemist Mar 2012 #10
LynneSin Mar 2012 #31
CTyankee Mar 2012 #44
onehandle Mar 2012 #13
mfcorey1 Mar 2012 #14
Manifestor_of_Light Mar 2012 #60
nanabugg Mar 2012 #71
AsahinaKimi Mar 2012 #76
Richardo Mar 2012 #12
Traveled Mar 2012 #41
La Lioness Priyanka Mar 2012 #53
karynnj Mar 2012 #56
Mariana Mar 2012 #62
lunasun Mar 2012 #15
mfcorey1 Mar 2012 #17
TlalocW Mar 2012 #18
Cali_Democrat Mar 2012 #19
GoCubsGo Mar 2012 #23
Cali_Democrat Mar 2012 #25
Post removed Mar 2012 #38
Bladian Mar 2012 #40
2ndAmForComputers Mar 2012 #74
EmeraldCityGrl Mar 2012 #22
Post removed Mar 2012 #39
GoCubsGo Mar 2012 #45
broiles Mar 2012 #48
CTyankee Mar 2012 #55
Red Mountain Mar 2012 #64
GoCubsGo Mar 2012 #69
EmeraldCityGrl Mar 2012 #73
Major Nikon Mar 2012 #77
immoderate Mar 2012 #24
lpbk2713 Mar 2012 #26
liskddksil Mar 2012 #27
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MADem Mar 2012 #49
liskddksil Mar 2012 #68
joeybee12 Mar 2012 #30
nadinbrzezinski Mar 2012 #32
onenote Mar 2012 #51
nadinbrzezinski Mar 2012 #57
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JDPriestly Mar 2012 #36
panader0 Mar 2012 #37
onenote Mar 2012 #50
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nolabear Mar 2012 #52
OPOS Mar 2012 #58
stevenleser Mar 2012 #61
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nadinbrzezinski Mar 2012 #66
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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:01 PM

1. How dare Malia SWB! (Springbreak While Black). Why isnt she working the fields?

There is no legitimate reason for people to be upset about this. They are upset because an African American President's daughter is having a vacation in Mexico.

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:45 PM

28. I'll bet she had to work really for hard for this one...LOL. Speculating: "But daaaaaad,

so-'n-so will be with us and SS and all, pleeeeeaaasssseee!". Oh yeah, this allowed trip did not come easily...

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Response to monmouth (Reply #28)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 07:11 PM

67. I'll say.

Not to mention, not to put too fine a point on it but she's turning into a gorgeous young woman, and no doubt they're currently equipping the Secret Service with cattle prods to keep the boys away. So I wouldn't blame Pres O if even the mention of a tropical spring break vacation made him a little twitchy and nervous.

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Response to stevenleser (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:32 PM

54. Didn't the Bush daughters go to Mexico during at least one (college) spring break?

- they were protected by their Secret service too.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #54)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:42 PM

59. Exactly, and none of us on the Democratic side of the house cared.

Not at all, not even a little bit.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:02 PM

2. omg, I never knew her middle name

MAO!

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:04 PM

6. lol

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Response to Renew Deal (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:17 PM

21. I thought he were a Muslim but now I'm

thinking they worship them little Red Books of Mao in the White House .

Maybe both
a communist jihad wont surprise Martha or me!!!
This country is doomed i tellya and all the signs like her name were there all along!!!

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Response to Enrique (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:10 PM

16. Named for her grandmother, Ann Dunham

Of course, Sasha is really "Natasha" -- she probably was named for the Russian spy in Rocky and Bullwinkle

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:03 PM

3. I'm betting that the "25 Secret Service agents" claim is BS

The Secret Service would never disclose how many agents they have protecting someone, and the only source is an unnamed Mexican "official".

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Response to onenote (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:16 PM

20. Funny....

I never heard them whining every time one of the Tequila Twins traveled out of the country. They would have twice the number of SS agents, too. No bitching from these whiners about that. IIRC, the pair were tossed out of Argentina for unruly behavior toward the end of their father's second term

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #20)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 02:05 PM

33. lol

good one!!

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #20)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 02:35 PM

35. Tequila Twins!!

 



also, J&B Twins (Jenna and Barbara).

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Response to KamaAina (Reply #35)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:26 PM

43. I can't take credit for that one.

I think it was Bartcop who coined "Tequila Twins".

And, on further thought, it may actually have been Paraguay that gave them the boot. It's whichever South American country where their father bought up a huge chunk of land for whatever reason.

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #43)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:43 PM

47. I recall they were running half nekkid up and down hotel corridors in "Don't cry for me, Argentina!"

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:03 PM

4. And if she wasn't going anywhere, they would

find a reason to be pissed at that.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:03 PM

5. WTF? Why can't the elitist Obamas appreciate our domestic splendors.

There's a whole list of them right here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biggest_ball_of_twine

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:06 PM

7. Nice choice. Oaxaca is a charming colonial city. Lots of culture. Cool architecture.

 

Great food, great music, and an insane drive over the mountains down to the Pacific at Zipolite.

Also, some very interesting and heavy-duty local and regional politics happens there.

I knew a musician in Austin, Dan Del Santo, prominent in the world beat scene. He got in trouble over a truck load of pot and vanished. They never caught him. News came years later that he had gone to Oaxaca and eventually died there, a free man.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:06 PM

8. Oh shit her initials is MAO

run for the hills its sure to be a sign or, something

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Response to madokie (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:08 PM

11. LOL! Nice catch. Maogate is forthcoming. nt

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Response to madokie (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:08 PM

42. LOL

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:07 PM

9. I'm sure her spring break won't be anything like this.....

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:08 PM

10. At 13 I would sure hope not!!!!! nt

 

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Response to Snake Alchemist (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:54 PM

31. I know she's only 13 but the way these folks are reacting...

they make it sound like Malia is going of on a weekend of heavy partying, something that was pretty much standard for the Bush twins.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #31)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:28 PM

44. Remember when Michelle took the girls to Spain?

They weren't supposed to budge from the White House because of all the costs involved.



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Response to LynneSin (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:09 PM

13. Classy with a K. nt

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:09 PM

14. Tell the truth and shame the devil. LOL Bushed!

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:43 PM

60. Didn't the guy who took that pic, from the Enquirer, wasn't he killed by anthrax in the mail?

do not piss off the Powers That Be.

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 09:36 PM

71. Too funny!!!!!!!! nt

 

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Response to LynneSin (Reply #9)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 12:23 AM

76. Just perfect

Wouldn't it be great to just shove that in the haters faces...??

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:08 PM

12. While THIS is going on....?

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Response to Richardo (Reply #12)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:07 PM

41. She is 13 and not in the running for President

 

She is a child, we don't need to pay for her and her gang of groupies.

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Response to Traveled (Reply #41)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:32 PM

53. LOL. yes, the presidents daughter should get no protection

 

why should tax payers protect the first family. i am aghast at this.

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Response to Traveled (Reply #41)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:36 PM

56. She is the President's daughter and as such gets secret service - just like the Bush girls did

The taxpayer is not paying her travel costs - just the security costs.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #56)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:48 PM

62. The RWers like to pretend we pay ALL the costs.

It's a lie, of course Furthermore, they know it's a lie. It's pretty damn pathetic that they hate the man so much they have to make up shit to be outraged about.

Edited to correct spelling.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:09 PM

15. OMG They are going crazy i played-let me guess-

before I opened the link for comment section reading
I didnt have a chance to win The crazies out there - whoa

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:11 PM

17. Countdown to see what mindless journalist reports this as an issue. I put my money on

the three zombies on Faux Morning News.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:15 PM

18. I went to Oaxaca on a program from my college

To get my last class for a Spanish major. While there's no shortage of fun things to do, it's not what would be considered a traditional party place like Padre Island. The place exudes history and culture and is well known for it's Spanish language schools that attract tourists from all over the world. Think of the most stereotypical Mexican architecture you can then take it up a notch, and you've got Oaxaca. Along with Mitla, there are other architectural zones to visit such as Monte Alban and the lesser known Dainzu. Various small villages surrounding the city are well-known for various art forms from weaving to the famous Barro Negro pottery of the area. If Malia is anything like her nerd father (meant affectionately), she's going to have fun and learn a ton.

TlalocW

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:16 PM

19. This is horrifying

 

Truly horrifying. Who does Malia think she is? How dare she go on spring break in Mexico.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #19)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:20 PM

23. She's a snob!

Not only is she taking spring break in Mexico, she's going there to learn stuff!

For those who don't get sarcasm:

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Response to GoCubsGo (Reply #23)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:29 PM

25. This just might be the biggest scandal since Watergate. n/t

 

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Response to Post removed (Reply #38)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:07 PM

40. Trololol

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Response to Bladian (Reply #40)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 11:26 PM

74. Liar, too.

"hate republicans and democrats alike"... yeah, right.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:17 PM

22. Hope Malia is having a fabulous time!

Most of the haters have probably never left the Continental US, which is part of their problem.

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Response to Post removed (Reply #39)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:35 PM

45. The President pays for his own vacations, trollie.

That has been the case for every President, including the current one. And, ALL Presidents' children get Secret Service protection, regardless of where they are. Sane Americans accept that, and don't bitch about how much it costs. Are you going to complain if Mitt Romney gets elected and you have to pay for protecting his five sons and their wives and multiple children???? I doubt it.

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Response to Post removed (Reply #39)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:50 PM

48. Yes, we have another troll.

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Response to broiles (Reply #48)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:35 PM

55. I noticed it was a short stay...so sad, too bad...

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Response to Post removed (Reply #39)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 06:55 PM

64. I understand the view point....

And it's a great right wing talking point. Not that you are, necessarily. Right wing, I mean. Enjoy your benefit of a doubt.

But you have to ask what a normal SS escort would be for a juvenile child of the President while traveling in this country before you can make a comparison. I don't know. Do you?

Then you have to ask yourself.......should they be required to stay put to save a buck? Does their travel have some value as temporary ambassadors of the US (Bush girls notwithstanding)?

And finally, if it's that big a deal......you should consider the number of children the right wing challengers to Obama the SS would have to protect.

I'll help......Mitt....5.......Santorum.......7.

Newt at 0 would be your best bet but who takes HIM seriously.

Mitt probably has a bunch of grandchildren since his kids are older.

Cost benefit analysis suggests this trip is a bargain compared to a Republican Presidency.

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Response to Red Mountain (Reply #64)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 08:09 PM

69. Our troll friend and his ilk...

...prefer that all Democratic Presidents and their families stay prisoners in the White House for 4-8 years. Republican Presidents are free to travel the world, haul their staff to the fake ranch in Texas every other month, booze it up at the Beijing Olympics...


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Response to Post removed (Reply #39)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 11:19 PM

73. A well travelled equal opportunity hater.

Thanks for your service.

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Response to EmeraldCityGrl (Reply #73)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 12:23 AM

77. He actually made it to 3 posts

JURY RESULTS

You served on a randomly-selected Jury of DU members which reviewed this post. The review was completed at Mon Mar 19, 2012, 10:53 PM, and the Jury voted 6-0 to HIDE IT.

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to HIDE IT and said: this is a troll
Juror #3 voted to HIDE IT and said: Bush took more vacation than any president. He was on vacation, clearing brush on his fucking prop ranch, when the August DPB came in warning him that bin Laden was going to strike the US. Fuck this RW troll talking point about Obama's vacation, and fuck this RW troll newbie.

I'm drunk and I'm angry. Tempt your fate, fuck with me; the world won't miss you.
Juror #4 voted to HIDE IT and said: oy vey. hope this one goes to the MIR team.
Juror #5 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #6 voted to HIDE IT and said: I hope this has taught you kids a lesson: kids never learn. --Chief Wiggum

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:25 PM

24. Glad she could get away. Must be tough for a teen in the White House.

 

I taught kids her age for many years. I'd love to know what's on her mind.


--imm

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:31 PM

26. Pissonnem





It's probably a TP they got from the OxyRush Hatefest Hour.

They wouldn't know what to do if they didn't have something to piss and moan about.


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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:35 PM

27. Well 13 does seem young to go on a spring-break trip

but on the flip-side, my parents didn't restrict me to an hour of TV and computer a day. I guess it evens out.

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Response to liskddksil (Reply #27)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:53 PM

29. It may be her school's 8th grade getaway. My daughter's school went to Washington DC

which is pretty traditional I believe for most 13 year olds. Malia however lives in DC and goes to a MUCH fancier private school than my daughters' public schools so I'm guessing an architectural trip would be a possibility.

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Response to liskddksil (Reply #27)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:36 PM

46. Sounds to me like it's a school planned trip. She IS in private school.

I personally think it's great that she went. Kids need to see the world. And she needs to have SOME kind of a life.

But of course this just enrages those already sick from racism in their souls.

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Response to liskddksil (Reply #27)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 04:50 PM

49. It's not "spring break" it is a school-supervised class trip.

There won't be boozing and poolside lounging. There will be enrichment trips and an opportunity to speak Spanish.


She goes to Sidwell Friends, they do this kind of stuff during their break for those who want to participate (AND pay). They also do trips where kids will go and build Habitat for Humanity houses or do "socialist" things like Hurricane relief in Haiti, or what-have-you.

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Response to MADem (Reply #49)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 07:15 PM

68. Makes sense...we had a fifth grade trip to Philadelphia

and a 5 day sixth grade camp at the end of elementary school, but those weren't held during breaks.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:54 PM

30. So that's how the drug kingpins are getting all those guns!

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 01:57 PM

32. That s not a real spring break!

 

That's a city that's in my bucket list btw.

Lucky kid. And lucky secret service team.

As to the city getting money, this s costing more than they are spending.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #32)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:16 PM

51. You are right: its not a spring break trip. Its a pre-Spring Break educational trip

Something that Malia's school arranges for its middle-school students on an annual basis. As for the cost: the students flew commercial and I'm sure the cost of Malia's flight was paid by the Obamas, not by the government. The Secret Service that accompanied her also flew commerical and while the cost of the Secret Service detail is a taxpayer expense, I'll eat my hat if anyone can prove that 25 Secret Service members accompanied Malia on this. Its probably considerably less than that -- the total security detail is probably no more than 25, including Mexican security which almost certainly represents the majority of the security detail.

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Response to onenote (Reply #51)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:36 PM

57. And that is where the cost comes in

 

Dime on dollar the kid got a four layered security from the Mexican side.

Estado Mayor Precisencial, army outfit, equivalent to secret service

Federal police

State police

Outer layer local cops.

Regardless, this is still cheaper than the pope's protection. He will be in Guanajuato in a week or so.



But the hotel gets to say, this s where the American President's daughter staid.

I hope she enjoys a good mole.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 02:32 PM

34. I wish their travels were kept secret.

There are so many kidnappings anymore in these other countries. It scares me to hear of her down there even with an army of guards.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 03:40 PM

36. What do you want to bet Malia is learning Spanish?

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 03:45 PM

37. I spent some time in Oaxaca many years ago.

A beautiful city. And Mitla is so cool. I hope she has a great time.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:01 PM

50. It has been reported that this is a school trip

Sidwell Friends, the school Malia attends, has for some time had a "mini-mester" program whereby middle school students engage in learning activities outside the traditional classroom setting, and sometimes abroad.

From the Sidwell Friends website: Minimester is held for all Middle School students the week before spring vacation in March. There are no classes during the week of minimester; instead, students and teachers engage in a concentrated exploration of one area of interest outside of the classroom and sometimes outside of the city. Minimester provides an opportunity for experiential education, for stronger ties to the community, and for multi-age connections among students and teachers. Offerings for the week are different each year, and students are urged to propose projects for the week. Some of the recent projects were Casting, and Sculpture, Life on the Bay, Free for All on the Mall, and Apprenticeships. Some trips out of the area carry an additional charge; financial aid is available.

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Response to onenote (Reply #50)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 09:39 PM

72. And I can't even get money for new textbooks in public school.

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Response to onenote (Reply #50)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 12:34 AM

79. Wow, that sounds like a really cool school. When I was her age we just took a field trip to the zoo

Just like Bill Cosby's joke from his comedy routine, "we're going to the zoo today, yup, yup, and we're going to have lots of fun, and do lots of fun things, yup, yup."


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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:25 PM

52. The link no longer goes to that story.

Do they replace the story on that page every now and then? Probably don't have to look far to find haters though.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:40 PM

58. Why is a 13 year old sans parents in another country for vacation?

 

And of all Places Mexico isnt the safest anymore, though with her own platoon of automatic weapon armed Secret Service she will be safer than most others in the country. Seriously, this was not a good judgement call on Barack and Michelles part.

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Response to OPOS (Reply #58)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:43 PM

61. See post #50 nt

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Response to OPOS (Reply #58)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 05:57 PM

63. Transparent aren't you?

Its a school trip. With teachers and everything. Its to a portion of Mexico that is not on any watch lists -- its safe.
As for the "platoon" of Secret Service agents, its probably no more than a couple of agents and a bunch of Mexican security.

But thanks for your "concern"

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Response to OPOS (Reply #58)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 07:04 PM

66. Oh for Christ sake this is not Juarez or Monterrey

 

Believe it or not Mexico is not a constant running gun battle.

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Response to OPOS (Reply #58)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 11:45 PM

75. Yep, the OP's title was really spot on.

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Response to OPOS (Reply #58)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 01:03 AM

81. You guys are so easy to spot. Same TP's. At least come up with some original material.

40 posts & counting.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 06:58 PM

65. Well at least she is not on a beach changing and showing the world her vajayjay.

Or getting blasted out of her mind.

Cuz ya know, that was okay when the Bush twins did that.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Mon Mar 19, 2012, 08:59 PM

70. I bet the prez told the SS to keep her away from boys!

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 12:32 AM

78. I hope she has a wonderful time without

incident and full of fun.

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Response to mfcorey1 (Original post)

Tue Mar 20, 2012, 12:51 AM

80. Who cares???? And I mean about any of it the trip or the mouthbreathers having a snit

What I do wonder is why such information would be public. It seems like that would just make security more difficult, cause more disruption in the town, and make the child more of a target.

Seems really stupid to me.

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