Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Obama’

Carbon Hypocrisy: Michelle’s ski trip marks 16 Obama vacations

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Source: Wash Examiner

First lady Michelle Obama skis at Buttermilk ski area on Saturday in Aspen, Colo. The first lady is spending Presidents Day weekend in Aspen with her daughters, Sasha and Malia. (AP Photo/Aspen Daily News, Chris Council)

First lady Michelle Obama’s weekend jaunt to Aspen, Colorado for a President’s Day ski holiday with her daughters Sasha and Malia makes the 16th time members of the first family have gone on extended vacations during their three years in office.

Their stay at the home of a major Chicago fundraiser for President Obama makes the fifth time the first lady and her daughters have taken a break from Washington on their own. Only once has Obama had a long weekend out of town and alone, celebrating his 49th birthday in Chicago in August 2010.Accounting for trips out of Washington for several days, the total number of vacations Washington Secrets tabulated is 16, 10 where the family was together, such as for Christmas and summer vacations, one by the president and five by the first lady. Not included were Camp David visits or trips like the first family’s New York City date night in May, 2009.

According to presidential watcher Mark Knoller of CBS, George W. Bush, at this time of his presidency, had made 30 visits to his Texas ranch spanning all or part of 220 days. The Obama’s vacation day count is less than half of that. (more…)

Carbon Footprint of Michelle Obama’s June 2011 Africa Trip

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Source:  SPPI Blog

First Lady Michelle Obama has returned home from her week-long trip to South Africa and Botswana—a visit focused on “youth leadership, education, health and wellness.”  Mrs. Obama was accompanied on her travels by her two daughters, her mother, a niece and nephew (and a group of support and security staff).

While global warming is a significant concern of her husband, Michelle’s interests lie more towards promoting education, healthiness, and nutrition. And as such, the carbon dioxide released by the approximately 18,000 flight miles logged during her trip probably contributed more to her causes, than to his.

Here is why. (more…)

CO2 Hypocricy — Obamas’ Vacation Carbon Footprints

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

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. (more…)

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