CO2 Hypocricy — Obamas’ Vacation Carbon Footprints

Source: Earth Times

Washington/Madrid – US First Lady Michelle Obama and one of her two daughters will take a summer break in Spain, a White House source said Monday. Mother and daughter would come to the southern holiday resort of Marbella on a “private visit in the company of old friends,” the source told the German Press Agency dpa.

US President Barack Obama will not accompany his wife, the source said. Spanish media reports said Michelle Obama and her younger daughter Sasha, 9, would be on Spain’s Costa del Sol between August 4 and 8. There had been speculation that Barack Obama might also come to Spain to celebrate his 49th birthday on August 4.

Michelle Obama has reserved about 30 rooms for herself and her daughter, their friends and bodyguards at a five-star hotel in Benahavis near Marbella, hotel sources said. The US first lady did not make any special requests, hotel owner Ricardo Arranz said, explaining that the hotel would function normally during her stay. Earlier on Monday, sources at the Zarzuela royal palace declined to say whether King Juan Carlos would meet Michelle Obama, stressing that there was no official confirmation of the first lady’s visit to Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s government had been disappointed in its hopes of hosting Barack Obama when the US president cancelled his participation in a European Union-US summit that had been scheduled during the Spanish EU presidency in the first half of 2010.  The summit was subsequently called off.

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Commentary

Source: Uncoverage

by Jane Jamison

Heck with American unemployment at Depression-era highs, it’s just one big hearty party for the Obama family!

Also, heck with Barry’s birthday!  Meesh is apparently shoving Malia in a month of sleep-away camp and going rogue to Espana!

Let Barack and Malia and all you jobless people  eat cheese (oh wait no, TOFU) burgers?!

Spanish media reports said Michelle Obama and her younger daughter Sasha, 9, would be on Spain’s Costa del Sol between August 4 and 8.

There had been speculation that Barack Obama might also come to Spain to celebrate his 49th birthday on August 4.

Michelle Obama has reserved about 30 rooms for herself and her daughter, their friends and bodyguards at a five-star hotel in Benahavis near Marbella.

(Oddly, the White House news release does not mention the hotel where she will stay.  Let’s note:  By making this an “official” visit by  having Michelle take a bowing opportunity with the King and Queen, we all get to pay for this trip.  Let’s also note:  Despite this being an “official visit,” the media is NOT invited.)

Of course I had to get the full story from the British media because it’s so not cool for the U.S. media to call out ”crassitude” in Los Obamas?

Villa Padierna–5 star hotel near Marbella Spain

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 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.

5,000 euros=$6493.00

(30 rooms x $6493 x 4 nights comes to $779,160 for just the rooms?? Not counting the First Lady smoothies, salads and Sasha’s desserts)

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Source:  Fox Nation

Obamas Take 4 Vacations in 1 Month

While many Americans are cutting back on their vacation plans or eliminating them altogether, Barack Obama is setting an aspirational example for all of us. Sure, times are tough, but perhaps we can enjoy a life of leisure vicariously through our betters.

On July 16-18, the Obamas enjoyed their first summer vacation in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine. The idyllic town has long been favorite summer getaway for the rich and powerful going back to the Gilded Age. Truly a resort fit for a king public servant.

Anticipating exhaustion from two long weeks in Washington, D.C., Michelle Obama is hosting her eldest daughter and several family friends on a “private vacation” to Spain, August 4-8. Staying at the luxurious Villa Padierna, Americans can rest easy knowing the accomodations will “pamper guests with elegance, spaciousness and a comforting array of amenities.” With three golf courses on the property, it’s quite a shame Barack must attend a party thrown in his honor by one of his billionaire friends. Despite this hardship, I’m sure Michelle will sing “Don’t Cry for Me, America”. Or at least hum a few bars. (After the spa’s Chakra Balancing treatment with Hot Stones.)

The five days back in the White House will be a horrible burden to the family. Thankfully, the Obama clan will take a third vacation, Aug. 14-15, to Florida’s Gulf Coast, following charges of hypocrisy for vacationing in Maine earlier. As any PR pro will tell you, the best response to “out of touch” accusations is to face them head on. Preferably from a balcony, sipping a mojito while watching Helios’ golden rays paint the beach in myriad shades of gold as the fiery orb slips ‘neath the azure horizon.

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