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|
|DO THE OBAMAS REPRESENT THE LITTLE PEOPLE OR ARE THEY HAUGHTY & ALOOF LIKE MARIE ANTOINETTE?|
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.
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.
|14.6 MILLION AMERICANS ARE STILL UNEMPLOYED:|
|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?
Michelle Obama Booked
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
|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)
|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.”
|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.”
|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.”
– 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
|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.”
|‘I never talk about weight with my girls’ revealed Michelle Obama to the U.S. magazine Ladies Home Journal (August edition) (Full page).|
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.”
Michelle Obama visits the King and Queen of Spains.
|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. “