August 9th, 2010
05:26 PM ET

Unfair attacks on Michelle Obama's Spanish vacation

Ruth Marcus
Washington Post

Let's stipulate: A five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was probably not the first choice of White House spin-meisters for a mother-daughter getaway. Especially when the getaway included a posse of 40 friends of the first lady staying at the Hotel Villa Padierna, where rooms start at $330 a night, and photos of Michelle Obama strolling in Marbella wearing an off-the-shoulder number by Jean Paul Gaultier.

"The first lady is on a private trip," said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs. "She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip. And I think I'd leave it at that."


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  1. Charleston

    Bad, bad move politically. Bad, bad move.

    August 9, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  2. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    It's been estimated the with all the free publicity, Michelle Marie Antoinette Obama's trip is bringing $1 billion to their destination. Don't you think the Gulf Coast or another US vacation spot could have used that? Yes, Obama does bash the rich, more than just Wall Street, yet acts as one of the elite he criticizes. This trip is just another example of why the Obama's just don't get it.

    August 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    I think she made a great choice in taking the girls to Spain which is absolutely a magnificent country full of history, culture, music, foods, arts. The castles you see built inside a mountainside as you drive through the countryside is breathtaking, and sometimes you will see cows wearing clogs because of the steep mountains, wonderful for kids to visit Spain. Wish every American could go there.

    August 9, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  4. Anna

    I do not really understand why you mention this when it was started by the right wing not to say racist media who have decided to critizise everything the POTUS and his family do. The same for those who believe that President Obama was not born in the US

    August 9, 2010 at 6:18 pm |