Friday, August 6, 2010

Michelle (Marie Antoinette)Obama

Luxurious: The Obamas have booked 60 rooms and will spend four nights at the five-star Villa Padierna

Michelle Obama is on vacation this week -- and the American Taxpayer is picking up the tab.
She, along with 40 of her "closest friends" (and 70 Secret Service agents), is celebrifying it up on Spain's Costa del Sol.

What American could afford more after paying for Michelle's $2,500 a night hotel room -- or at least whatever the 70 Secret Service agents' room-and-board cost?

A bevy of bodyguards surrounds the U.S. First Lady and eldest 
daughter as they take a stroll on the Costa del Sol
A bevy of bodyguards surrounds the U.S. First Lady and youngest daughter as they take a stroll on the Costa del Sol

The New Daily News' Andrea Tantaros gets it right in her report: 

Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette on a glitzy Spanish vacation

Tantaros asks:
...why not select a more appropriate destination like the California coast? The scenery is just as gorgeous as that of Spain, and instead of patronizing a foreign country they would be pumping money into an American economy that desperately needs it. Camp David wouldn't exactly be slumming it, either. A long weekend there would really send a message of responsibility, leadership and compassion. For a couple that has sharply criticized former President George W. Bush so widely, they could stand to follow his example for once and select a more low-key locale, as Bush regularly did in his Texas vacations.

Instead, Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinnette - the French queen who spent extravagantly on clothes and jewels without a thought for her subjects' plight - than an average mother of two. ... 

I don't begrudge anyone rest and relaxation when they work hard. We all need downtime - the First Family included. It's the extravagance of Michelle Obama's trip and glitzy destination contrasted with President Obama's demonization of the rich that smacks of hypocrisy and perpetuates a disconnect between the country and its leaders. Toning down the flash would humanize the Obamas and signify that they sympathize with the setbacks of the people they were elected to serve.

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