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MICHELLE OBAMA’S VACATION IN SPAIN (photos, videos, costs vs. economy)

Posted by FactReal on August 6, 2010

Updated by FactReal on August 8, 2010
Early in his administration, we heard of Obama celebrating with Wagyu Steaks ($100 per Pound) while thousands of Americans were losing their jobs and facing a dark economic future. Now, many Americans are not happy that the Obamas continue with their frequent vacations and parties despite the poor U.S. economic conditions.

With a straight face, Obama is constantly lecturing Americans that everyone must sacrifice for the greater good. Where is his sacrifice?

On top of that, Obama and the liberal monolith still blame Bush for everything. Bringing up the Bush administration to shield Obama’s failures is not valid. Obama promised Change & Hope, a New Era of Responsibility, Transparency, etc., etc. Obama’s inauguration theme was ‘Renewing America’s Promise,’ which was a “commitment to restoring opportunity and possibility for all and re-establishing America’s standing as a beacon of hope around the world.” Like the siren Lorelei, Obama enchanted many Americans with his promises for a land flowing with milk and honey.

Where is that Promised Land? 14.6 Million Americans are still unemployed, his Recovery Plan failed, he tripled Bush’s deficit, etc.

He promised, “an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.”

Americans are tired of lies and the worn-out dogmas. When will Democrats take responsibility for creating the economic crisis? Americans no longer want to hear liberals blaming Bush, since Democrats have been the majority in the Senate and in the House since 2007. Democrats have the control of the White House and Congress under Obama. When will they stop the recriminations?

Americans are suffering and the Obamas frequent vacations and parties seem to indicate they do not care about the nation. For August alone, the Obamas have planned 3 vacations: Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha are in Spain with an entourage of friends and Secret Service agents. “Later in the month the First Family will vacation in Florida before their 10 day vacation in the upscale northeastern resort island of Martha’s Vineyard.” Here are the photos of the Obama’s vacation in Spain.

WEDNESDAY 8/4/2010
Touch down: Michelle and Sasha Obama arrive at Malaga airport on Air Force Two

Touch down: Michelle and Sasha Obama arrive at Malaga airport on Air Force Two. Since the Obamas believe in global warming, who is someone keeping track of their carbon footprint?


July 2010 Unemployment Rate Remains at 9.5%.

After billion$ spent, Obama has failed to create jobs.

High security: The First Lady's large convoy can be seen arriving in Marbella

High security: The First Lady's large convoy can be seen arriving in Marbella, Spain. Taxpayers will pay the lodging and transportation of 70+ Secret Service agents to protect Michelle Obama.

From the lefty CBS:

“[A] 15-vehicle convoy shuttled the entourage – an undisclosed number of staff, Secret Service agents and friends – to a posh hotel where rooms normally run from $300 to $6,000 a night. The first lady’s group is said to occupy 60 rooms.

It’s not unusual for a first lady to take a private trip abroad, and nobody expects her to stay in a cheap hotel, but with the U.S. economy in such dire straits critics argue the trip is simply in poor taste.

The Obamas already took flak for hawking the Gulf – “Everybody should come here,” the first lady told a crowd in Panama City, Fla. – then choosing Maine for their own vacation.”

What’s the carbon footprint for this trip?

'Millionaires' playground': The hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, where Michelle and Sasha Obama are staying for four days.Millionaires' playground:

The hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, Spain, where Michelle and Sasha Obama will stay for four days (Aug. 2010)

Michelle Obama Booked 30 60 Rooms at Best Hotel in Spain:

Michelle Obama and her entourage will spend four days in the seaside resort, staying at the five star Villa Padierna:
“The Villa Padierna, a golf and spa resort with a private beach set along the coast from Marbella, regularly plays host to Sheiks from the Gulf States, most recently Prince Faisal, the son of the king of Saudi Arabia. Sources quoted in the Spanish media said the Obama party had booked 30 rooms [60 rooms] at the resort, which start at 250 euros for a standard double, rising to between 2,200 and 5000 euros for a private villa within the gardens.”

Hotel Villa Padierna website


The Obamas have booked 60 rooms and will spend four nights at the five-star Villa Padierna, the best hotel in Spain. (Aug. 2010)

Obama’s Recovery Plan did not work:

July Unemployment Rate Remains at 9.5%;
Obama had promised his Recovery Plan would keep unemployment rate under 8%.

The Obama administration was forced to pull a warning about racism in Spain - just as the First Lady arrived in the country for a summer holidayIn Marbella:

Michelle Obama goes walkabout in Marbella after 'racist' Spaniards gaff. The Obama administration was forced to pull a warning about racism in Spain - just as the First Lady arrived in the country for a summer holiday

Economy Bush Deficits vs. Obama’s Deficits in Pictures, year 2010BUSH VS. OBAMA DEFICITS

Obama has tripled Bush's last deficit:
In 2008, the last year of the Bush Administration, the budget deficit was —$458.6 Billions. Obama has pushed the deficit to —$1.5 TRILLIONS in only 20 months.

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.

Anger mounts over Michelle Obama’s £150k Spanish holiday bill… footed by U.S. taxpayer: “[T]he taxpayer will have to pick up the tab for the First Lady’s 68-strong security detail, her personal staff – and the use of presidential jet Air Force Two.

The cost of accommodating the secret service team runs at around £172 each a day which amounts to nearly £60,000 for the length of the summer break.

Use of Air Force Two, the Air Force version of a 757, comes in at £91,900 for the round trip. This does not include time on the ground.

The American public will also cover the cost of the only official part of the holiday, a visit to the Spanish royal family on the island of Majorca.

A conservative estimate puts the total amount at around £150,000.”

That is roughly $235,500. (I bet you it’ll be more)

Obamas holiday in Marbella, SpainUK Telegraph:

In recent days local officials have had roads re-paved, gardens tidied up and new streets lights installed.

Why did Michelle Obama choose seedy Marbella, Spain for her vacation? The area is called “Coast of Crime”: “Known as the ‘Costa del Crime’ in the tabloid press Marbella has been the scene of an on-going violent turf war between Spanish, Irish, British and Russian drug gangs because of its location near the coast of Morocco, only 40 miles away.”

“It has also been an open secret that in the regional capital of Marbella much of that money comes from the seedy-side of life, linked to speculating in real estate, or dirtier crimes, such as extortion, contract murders, car-thefts, arms and drugs trafficking and prostitution. It is suspected that much of those ill-gotten gains were sent to offshore accounts.”

Marbella (Spain), 5 Aug (EFE).- The U.S. first lady, Michelle Obama, and her younger daughter, Sasha, had dinner with friends in a typical Andalusian restaurant in Marbella, Spain on Wednesday evening.

AJC: “[T]he Obamas’ dinner their first night in Spain. Sasha ate pasta, and her mother and the rest of the U.S. delegation had tapas that included sea bass tartar, strawberry gazpacho and sardines, followed by a main course of lobster with seaweed risotto.

The meal cost about €50 ($66) a head, the paper said.”

THURSDAY 8/5/2010
VACATION: Michelle Obama at the stunning Alhambra Palace as part of her visit to Granada, Spain (August, 2010)

On Thursday, Michelle Obama toured the Moorish Alhambra palace, Grenada, Spain (Aug.2010)

On Thursday, Michelle Obama and her entourage “toured Granada, taking in the Alhambra palace — the reddish citadel that was the seat of Moorish rule in Spain — and the city’s cathedral, and also watched a flamenco show.”

Dinner at Alhambra: “The dinner menu of Michelle Obama on the terrace of the Parador de la Alhambra consisted of cured ham, assorted cheeses Granada, a shot of gazpacho and a mild garlic soup with salmon marinated with herbs, and Brewer, a plate-based Arab pastry stuffed with vegetables, boneless chicken flavored with spices, cinnamon and sugar.”

Michelle Obama in Spain (August 2010)

Criticism: The First Lady has been attacked for taking such a lavish and high profile trip at a time of economic difficulty

Alhambra is a Moorish palace and fortress complex constructed during the Muslim rule of Spain. Muslim Crusaders invaded Spain and imposed the kingdom of Andalus in 711 AD. Until 1492 Spain lived under the rule of the Arabs and Moors of al-Andalus.

“The name Alhambra comes from an Arabic root which means “red or crimson castle”, perhaps due to the hue of the towers and walls that surround the entire hill of La Sabica which by starlight is silver but by sunlight is transformed into gold. But there is another more poetic version, evoked by the Moslem analysts who speak of the construction of the Alhambra fortress “by the light of torches”, the reflections of which gave the walls their particular coloration. Created originally for military purposes, the Alhambra was an “alcazaba” (fortress), an “alcázar” (palace) and a small “medina” (city), all in one.”

FRIDAY 8/6/2010
Spanish police close public beach for Michelle Obama’s £250,000 Spanish holiday
Unemployment at 9.5%; another Obama econ adviser bails; Mrs. Obama hits the beach
Beach day

Michelle Obama, a la salida del hotel. (Reuters)

While Obama preaches sacrifice, his family frolics in Spain:
“The opulence of the European trip also has drawn scrutiny. Mr Obama has urged frugality in lean economic times. He once cautioned that families saving money for college shouldn’t ‘blow a bunch of cash in Vegas’.”

“Mrs Obama is staying at the Hotel Villa Padierna, a Ritz-Carlton resort outside Marbella. It has two golf courses, a spa with Turkish baths, views of the Mediterranean and a restaurant specialising in avant-garde fare. Room rates start at $US400 ($A436.73) and rise to $US6500 for a two-bedroom villa.

Mrs Obama flew in on a type of aircraft used by Vice-President Joe Biden. It costs the government $US11,555 an hour to operate the plane, according to the air force. Assuming a nearly eight-hour flight to nearby Malaga, the total round-trip cost of the flight is about $US178,000.”

Michelle ObamaSpanish police close public beach for Michelle Obama

Cordoned off: Police officers keep onlookers away today from the site where U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha are staying at the Beach Club of Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella

Beach day

Sasha having fun (Efe)

Beach day

Sasha about to grap a towel (Efe)

‘I never talk about weight with my girls’ revealed Michelle Obama to the U.S. magazine Ladies Home Journal (August edition) (Full page).

But Michelle Obama dragged her daughters into her obesity campaign last February.

The truth behind the First Lady’s anti-obesity campaing…to benefit labor unions.

SATURDAY 8/7/2010
Michelle Obama visits the bulls.
Michelle Obama tours medieval Spanish town of Ronda:
“Obama, 46, and nine-year-old Sasha and their entourage toured the sites, including the Casa del Rey Moro (House of the Moorish King), an 18th century mansion built on the site of a Moorish palace.”
SUNDAY 8/8/2010
Michelle Obama visits the King and Queen of Spains.

Michelle and Sasha Obama arrive at the Marivent Palace, the summer residence of the King and Queen of Spain - 8/8/2010 (EFE/Ballesteros)

(L-R) Sasha Obama, King Juan Carlos of Spain, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Letizia of Spain at the Marivent Palace on August 8, 2010 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.

Michelle Obama lunches with Spain’s royal family:
“Less than two hours have shared the table to enjoy a menu of Andalusian gazpacho garnished with supreme, grilled turbot, scallops of veal with mustard, Oriental rice with sautéed mushrooms tumbet Mallorca (ratatouille) and a selection Fruit salad with ice cream. All washed down with wines from Marqués de Riscal and Remirez de Ganuza. “
The Obama’s frequent vacations and parties.
CNN: Obama’s hush-hush birthday party will be at the White House on Sunday with close family and friends
Misery Index under Obama is the highest in history
Obama looked to ‘The View’ for elusive popularity bounce
PHOTOS: The Obama’s vacation in Maine (July 16, 2010)

10 Responses to “MICHELLE OBAMA’S VACATION IN SPAIN (photos, videos, costs vs. economy)”

  1. Kenneth Brewster said

    I don’t understand how someone can tell everyone else in our country businesses that they can’t spend lavish amounts to wine and dine and then spend our hard earned tax payers money. But they also want us to fund everyone for sitting on their butts. I wish for change but the kind of change would be make everyone work for our cities if they get any money from the system. I hope someone sees that those not from our country may be trying to destroy because we are free. They are taking away everything that our founding fathers worked so hard to make and keep us free. Hypocritical but all those that voted for him should be deported to a communist area that will embrace their views.

  2. Old Pops said

    What a low down shame!

  3. mankenlik ajansı said

    because we are free. They are taking away everything that our founding fathers worked so hard to make and keep us free. Hypocritical but all those that voted for him should be deported to a communist area that will embrace their views.

  4. Buster Knuhts said

    Ask yourselves, how many trips to Europe did the Obama’s take before he became president? Notice how this story changes by the day. First it was a mom and daughter vacation. Then it became a state visit with the king and queen. Now, according to the Chicago Tribune, Manchelle said her best friends dad died and she could not get away to go to the funeral. So, her friend claims she wanted to take HER daughter to Spain and that’t when Manchelle invited her to travel along. Can they be serious? Axlerod, you had all week to come up with a better spin.
    BTW, if you believe the price tag they are throwing out, you’re a sucker. Call Air France and tell them you want to charter two planes for a group of 125 people. Then, call the most expensive hotel in Marabella and reserve 60 rooms, meals included. If you can do that for less than 3 million dollars I’ll kiss her ginormous AZZZ. Excluding SS and Spanish police.

  5. Shirley said

    I would like to see a photo of all for the friends that she took on vacation..I bet there were no whites. Isn’t that discremination? Oh I forgot…she don’t like Whities..that is what she put in her college papers. They better get all the perks they can until 2012..then they can go back to CHICAGE.

  6. Sam said

    According to what I have read, even if the first lady and friends pay for their own expenses, the tax payer costs are exceding $500,000, including the per diem, lodging, meals and transport of the entourage such as secret agents, i.e.
    Air Force round trip 180,000
    Hotel & meals 300,000
    Per diem 75,000
    limo cars 70,000
    total $625,000
    This does seem a lot for a few days when the country is tightening its belt

  7. While the nation languishes in the throes of a recession, in which millions are without incomes, millions are losing their homes, kids can’t go to college, and the spirits of men are crushed, the “last lady” insists on flaunting this trash before the nation. Obama must not care, because he knows that he is officially a lame duck president on his way out.

    When he leaves and the tyrinical leadership in the congress leaves (thank God), there will be huge efforts to undo many of his socialistic changes, the first being Obamacare. We all long for the day.

    John Dodson

  8. Cameron said

    (Ran into this piece on the web)


    Why was Michelle Obama spreading “stimulus” money in Spain? Do you suppose Barack Hussein Obama told her he can’t get re-elected without the votes of Hispanics who aren’t American citizens and she thought he meant the non-American Hispanics living in Spain?
    At least those foreigners are much better than “voters” in American cemeteries!
    BTW, in 1928 Herbert Hoover’s campaign promised that if he were elected there would be “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.”
    Well, Obama has come up with a Hoover twist and says that if he’s re-elected there will be “a chick in every car and some pot in every garage”!
    For some insights into Obamessiah and his think-alikes, Google “Obama Avoids Bible Verses,” “Obama Supports Public Depravity,” “Government-Approved Illegals,” and “Imam Bloomberg’s Sharia Mosque.”

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