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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 9:56am

We talk about one first family vs another and their lavishness, or vacations etc....BUT :)

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:03am

It was my understanding that she was to be in Spain for a formal event as the First Lady so this vacation is just days added before an event she was already to appear at. People frequently go early or stay after such events, so no biggie to me - my ex, a federal employee, used to have an annual convention he had to go to as part of his job. We often went several days early or stayed after since he was already going to be there. We saved on his airfare, the kids and I got to share some of his experiences and we saw parts of the country we wouldn't have gotten to otherwise.

As a side note I would like to see more high profile people - democrats and republicans alike - take some high profile vacations in the Gulf area. No reason why this would have to be just the First Family. Why not the Palin's or Rush or Beck or the Biden's or....

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:14am

"It was my understanding that she was to be in Spain for a formal event as the First Lady "


I don't know, everything I have read suggests it was a personal vacation for she and her daughter and "oh while we're there we'll visit the King and Queen of Spain" (not her quote) But even if visiting the King and Queen of Spain is her "official" visit....really is that a necessary thing right now??

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:22am
I heard this morning on the news - was in and out folding and putting laundry away so missed part - but heard that she was to be in Spain in an official capacity after the trip and the vacation was just days added before. I can see how that fact would be negated by her naysayers but then it doesn't matter much what she does as far as they are concerned. Perhaps her detractors would feel better if she stayed at Motel 8 - but then they would say she was denigrating the presidency I suppose.
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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:24am

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Adult birthdays aren't that big a deal in some families.

 


 


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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:30am
With children in three different college with different academic calendars my family has decided that most, if not all, holidays will have to be 'portable' for the foreseeable future. We celebrate when we can all be together. One year we did Easter a week early, one year a week late, then it confuses me when I went to the store and holiday decorations are still for sale! My birthday this year fell on my daughters high school graduation - no problem, I celebrated it later in the weekend.
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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:32am

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Feels that way.

 


 


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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:38am

There was an editorial...I think if it was a mother/daughter trip, ok, great, but 40-50 of their friends?


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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:39am

I thought having a December birthday was a pain, but I realized that my sister's June one is worse for getting forgotten.

 


 


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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:41am

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If sacrifice is the precursor to change, what will the family that ran on change offer up? Elitist doublespeak won't cut it.>>


When did Obama say everyone needs to sacrifice going on vacation or spending disposable income?

 

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Fri, 08-06-2010 - 10:42am

Yes...she will be visiting with the Spanish royal family:

http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/08/04/michelle-obama-sasha-on-lavish-vacation-while-president-turns-4/

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Mrs. Obama and Sasha were invited for an "official" visit with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia during their stay -- expected to last about four days. Spain's royal couple happen to be vacationing at their summer palace on the island of Majorca, and Mrs. Obama is likely to join them there.

English and Spanish news outlets are carrying pictures of a banner welcoming the visitors; it says, in English, "Thank you for choosing Marbella.">>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Oh...the horrors! The first family vacations! Here's this year's schedule from the article above:

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1. March: Over spring break, Mrs. Obama, her daughters and mother, Marian Robinson, visited New York with friends and took in some Broadway shows.

2. Memorial Day: a weekend trip home to Chicago.

3. June: Mrs. Obama, her girls and her mother flew to Los Angeles for sightseeing.

4. July: A Camp David visit (though the presidential retreat can be considered an extension of the White House).

5. July: A weekend in Maine, sightseeing in Acadia National Park, part of an Obama plan to showcase national parks.

6. Aug. 4-7: Spain.

7. Aug. 14: A first family weekend planned on the Florida Gulf coast. The first couple have been trying to draw tourists to the area in the wake of the BP disaster.

8. Aug. 19-29 The first family will vacation on Martha's Vineyard.>>>>

And I have to say that I think this "outrage" over the first family's schedule (and the children's school, etc.) is getting sort of petty. On my only trip to Europe, DH had a 3-day meeting in London. We took the opportunity for me to get my first and only European vacation by adding 6 days to the travel schedule to spend time taking tours of London (and Windsor) as well as to visit Paris. Yes, there was "official" business, but it was in the middle of a trip I could use to vacation. Also, for five years, my sons and I accompanied my DH to various medical conventions. While he was working, the children and I were touring or at the beach or nearby tourist attractions. People do this type of thing all the time.

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Edited 8/6/2010 10:46 am ET by mombittsey

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