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From a Spanish-language, Spanish-origin newssite (“”) , this part of an article posted there (in Spanish), later run through Google’s language translator function (“Spanish to English”):

Placer ¿y política? en las vacaciones de Michelle Obama en la Costa del Sol (“Placer what policy? on Michelle Obama vacation in the Costa del Sol”):

…The first lady could also see another American politician, known for Obama, who is staying these days in a private house in Marbella: Jesse Louis Jackson Jr., Democrat member of House of Representatives of the United States, son of activist and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson and also the national coordinator of the presidential campaign of Barack Obama.

Several Arab royal families also spend their summers in Marbella for many years. Thus, there will be a meeting between Michelle Obama and Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Riyadh and brother of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, while another meeting is shuffled from the first lady with the owner of Málaga CF, billionaire businessman, son of Qatar’s Interior Minister and member of the Qatari royal family, Abdullah Al Thani.

It’s hard work vacationing in Spain. Michelle concluded the five-star vacation just in time to rush to the U.S. to vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. Pschew, hard work being “a private citizen” using all this taxpayer cash.

The Obama Administration has today revised their public statement about this Spain “vacation” of Michelle’s (and “friends”): what was announced to be a “mother-daughter trip” has now become one of Michelle having a vacation (in Spain, at a five-star resort!) with a friend whose father has recently died.

At what point did Michelle Obama hook one of her children into this plan? Death of a friend’s father, hey, it’s a mother-daughter trip? KIng and Queen of Spain just happened to be handy, too?

The American taxpayers paid for the planes that flew Michelle, daughter, handlers, friend or friends (first we were told there were “family friends” with her, now we’re told there was one, a receipt for expenditures at this rate would be helpful), all the fuel involved, all the many staff (“thirty” or “forty rooms” used at “a five star resort” for “four/five days/nights”), a lot of shopping (so the photos reveal), a lot of more staff (security, everything else), food, just about anything and everything else…the taxpayers are paying for this excess and no one asked us if it was convenient or even agreeable before incurring these excessive expenses.

I considered the fact that maybe Michelle Obama (and Administration) were simply hapless in this, their latest among a litany of previous, similar excessive “vacations” and luxury expenses, if they were simply hapless to what and how people in public office “ought to act.” Maybe they were naive, maybe they were over-eager to self-satisfy and lost control of their senses, maybe, maybe, maybe they just don’t know how to behave well, decently, maybe it’s not really their fault that they’re offensive and wasteful to a point of insulting just about all of America in economic stressful, challenging times.

Then I remembered that Michelle Obama, husband, the entire Administration obligating the public to these various gratuitous expenditures and irreverent behaviors, I remembered that these people are all well educated, particularly as to post-graduate level work, “the law” specifically. It is not as if they have never experienced so much as one lecture on ethics in their lives.

So I conclude that these offensive deeds are being done intentionally with disregard for the feelings of others, or, intentionally to create suffering and anxiety (and impoverishment, other economic liabilities) in the lives of many. Either way, the deeds are being done with utter callousness and clear intent to harm others.

It means, the Obamas are grifters. So are “the people who they surround themselves with“.

Had Michelle Obama wanted a “mother and daughter trip,” there are dozens of genuinely endearing, quality sharing-learning relationship-building experiences she could have provided for her child (or both children) in a wide variety of events that cost little to nothing. The use of a “five star hotel” at exceptional overall costs with thirty or forty rooms for four/five nights and all the rest, I suspect the child learned about greed and gross mendacity, self-indulgence and that bad taste is ‘good’.

From the U.K.’s Mail Online:

Michelle Obama lunches with Spain’s royal family as backlash over her extravagant holiday continues back home

“…The meal cost about £40 a head, according to El Mundo – which means a bill topping £1,600 would have hit the table if all 40 friends dined together.

Stretched over five nights that’s £8,000 for dinner alone.

Whether or not the taxpaying American will be paying for meals, they will definitely be footing the bill for the First Lady’s 68-strong security detail, her personal staff – and the use of presidential jet Air Force Two.

The per diems for the secret service team runs at around £172 each, 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.

Mrs Obama’s personal staff, of which there are an unknown amount and who might cost considerably more per day, also have to be taken into account.

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.

This will involve transport there and back for the entourage – as well as travel, accommodation, food and expenses for all while on the island.

Conservative estimates already put the total cost at £150,000. With Majorca to come, the bill will be more like £250,000.

Back in the U.S., anger was mounting – especially as it has emerged the First Lady will have enjoyed eight holidays by the end of the summer.” (– Continued).

However, I make no exception as to Daily Mail — it seems like only yesterday that they would not print so much as one comment that did not fawn entirely over both Michelle and Barack Obama, thier headlines daily (for extended months as long ago as 2007 and reaching through to quite recently) filled with indulgent fandom pieces about the two and nary an allowance of so much as a question or dubious observation about both.

I’m glad to read that the Liberal media has begun to slip the trance they’ve been under, so I’ll let bygones be. But none of this newfound no-longer-drunk-on-Obama-Juice sobriety compensates for the damages these two — MIchelle Obama, Barack Obama — have unfurled on our nation if not the world. Taking it to Spain doesn’t hide the ghastly tarnish.

By Labor Day, September 2010, Michelle Obama will have taken eight (08) vacations this year alone. Barack Obama? More than that.

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