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huntinman
02-19-2011, 04:47 PM
Michelle Obama Goes Skiing in Colorado
by Keith Koffler on February 19, 2011, 11:34 am

First Lady Michelle Obama is on “a private family trip” in Colorado where she is skiing with daughters Sasha and Malia, according to an administration official.

“The First Lady and several close friends are chaperoning their children on a ski trip,” the official told the press pool reporter who is following President Obama today.

Reports coming out of Colorado say she arrived Friday night and is staying at the Sebastian Hotel on Vail Mountain. Rooms start at $605 per night for a room with two queen beds and head north of $2,000 for multi-bedroom suites.

Here’s a description from the hotel’s website:

For the best in Colorado vacations, stay at The Sebastian - Vail and enjoy Vail’s newest boutiqueslopeside hotel. In the heart of the Vail Village, The Sebastian is welcoming and pulsing with life. There’s Bloom Spa, Frost Bar, Market for nibbles, our visionary Block 16 restaurant. There’s a mountain-view pool, hot tubs and a roaring fire pit. Base Camp offers ski-in ski-out access from Vail’s Vista Bahn lift, just at the foot of Vail Mountain. Our ski valets will help you into warm ski boots and out onto the mountain.

Mrs. Obama has decided to jet out to Vail – instead of visiting slopes closer to Washington DC in Virginia or Pennsylvania – despite already incurring criticism for taking opulent excursions, particularly a trip last summer to Spain. There, she stayed at the country’s swankest hotel and, like this weekend, was traveling without her husband.

Mrs. Obama also raised eyebrows in December when she left earlier than President Obama for their annual vacation in Hawaii, incurring added expenses for taxpayers that likely ran well in excess of $100,000.

The trip to Vail, which almost certainly requires use of a large Air Force jet, would likely be much more expensive for taxpayers than a shorter journey by chopper or motorcade to a resort near Washington. Mrs. Obama will likely pay for a portion of her trip, but many costs of a first lady’s travel are borne by taxpayers.

President Obama today went to serve as the “parent coach” for for Sasha’s basketball team, even though Sasha was not there.

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden and his wife are spending the weekend in Key Largo.
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Eveyrone has to share in the sacrifice, have a little skin in the game (according to VP Bite-me)

hotel4dogs
02-19-2011, 05:23 PM
I sure wish I could take as many vacations as they seem to

Roger Perry
02-19-2011, 06:18 PM
They have a long way to go to catch up with the Bush's "vacation days"

Bush Spent 487 Days At Camp David, 490 Days At Texas Ranch During (http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/01/16/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry4728085.shtml)










http://images.huffingtonpost.com/gen/58824/thumbs/s-BUSH-RANCH-large.jpg

BrianW
02-19-2011, 08:17 PM
Roger, if you're such a stickler for "sticking to the point of the thread" how about simply comparing Laura and Michelle.

Also just for discussion, according to FactCheck http://www.factcheck.org/2010/01/president-obamas-vacation-days/ while Bush did spend more time at Camp David than Obama, Mark Knoller, of CBS, who is known for keeping detailed records on presidential travel, says he doesn’t count trips to Camp David as part of any presidents’ "vacation" time.
You're free to of course, but just sayin...

Roger Perry
02-19-2011, 08:32 PM
Roger, if you're such a stickler for "sticking to the point of the thread" how about simply comparing Laura and Michelle.

Also just for discussion, according to FactCheck http://www.factcheck.org/2010/01/president-obamas-vacation-days/ while Bush did spend more time at Camp David than Obama, Mark Knoller, of CBS, who is known for keeping detailed records on presidential travel, says he doesn’t count trips to Camp David as part of any presidents’ "vacation" time.
You're free to of course, but just sayin...

I guess Bush "drove" to Camp David and did not take a helicopter paid for by the U.S. citizens.

The bush spent 490 days on vacation in Texas and 487 days resting up at Camp David, plus trips to Maine and other vacation spots. They did not drive to these places on their own and they took their staffs and security........just like other Presidents have done and will do in the future. Mrs Bush and her daughters toured Africa in 2007 and nobody made a fuss about her trip.

BrianW
02-20-2011, 11:55 AM
Thank you for at least comparing Laura's trip to Africa in '07 with Michelle's trip to Spain or this one to ski in CO..

Now, will you admit that LB's trip did concern the visiting of U.S.-funded HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and treatment projects? She also highlighted education and women’s empowerment during her five-day trip to Senegal, Mozambique, Zambia and Mali

http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2007/June/20070622165008mlenuhret0.4878351.html#ixzz1EVxmMX4 V

What did MO's trip(s) entail ? Well the one to Spain was because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her. How sweet! This though, just after urging Americans to head to Florida's Gulf Coast to help out the tourism industry impacted by the BP oil spill.
She vacationed with a longtime Chicago pal, Anita Blanchard, who is the obstetrician who delivered Sasha and Malia. Blanchard is married to Marty Nesbitt -- President Obama's buddy and the treasurer of Obama's presidential campaign fund. :rolleyes:

So why did Mrs. Obama go to Spain at this time? What was behind the "mother-daughter" vacation?
A White House source said that Blanchard's father passed away and Mrs. Obama was not able to make the funeral at the beginning of July. Blanchard had promised her daughter she would take her to Spain for her birthday. She asked Mrs. Obama and Sasha to come with. "She felt it was important as a dear friend to do this." Very touching.

I seem to recall something about Sasha learning/practicing her Spanish as well. So much for "Rosetta Stone" being used by NASA, State Dept etc eh? :p Maybe a trip to TX would have worked for that instead?!?
But I guess that was before the Census report came out. :(

As for Vail? No official reason, just "a private family trip that they are paying for, and that "the first lady and several close friends are chaperoning their children." Monday is a school holiday for President's Day." Yes, the position of unelected FLOTUS of a country you were never proud of until 2008 must be so stressful, especially celebrating the anniversary of "Let's Move". I'm really surprised she's not trying to pass this off as part of that. I wonder if she stopped by Madison WI on the way and got a Dr's note for the stress? ;)

Roger Perry
02-20-2011, 12:19 PM
Thank you for at least comparing Laura's trip to Africa in '07 with Michelle's trip to Spain or this one to ski in CO..

Now, will you admit that LB's trip did concern the visiting of U.S.-funded HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and treatment projects? She also highlighted education and women’s empowerment during her five-day trip to Senegal, Mozambique, Zambia and Mali

http://www.america.gov/st/washfile-english/2007/June/20070622165008mlenuhret0.4878351.html#ixzz1EVxmMX4 V


What did MO's trip(s) entail ? Well the one to Spain was because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her. How sweet! This though, just after urging Americans to head to Florida's Gulf Coast to help out the tourism industry impacted by the BP oil spill.
She vacationed with a longtime Chicago pal, Anita Blanchard, who is the obstetrician who delivered Sasha and Malia. Blanchard is married to Marty Nesbitt -- President Obama's buddy and the treasurer of Obama's presidential campaign fund.


So why did Mrs. Obama go to Spain at this time? What was behind the "mother-daughter" vacation?
A White House source said that Blanchard's father passed away and Mrs. Obama was not able to make the funeral at the beginning of July. Blanchard had promised her daughter she would take her to Spain for her birthday. She asked Mrs. Obama and Sasha to come with. "She felt it was important as a dear friend to do this." Very touching.


I seem to recall something about Sasha learning/practicing her Spanish as well. So much for "Rosetta Stone" being used by NASA, State Dept etc eh? Maybe a trip to TX would have worked for that instead?!?
But I guess that was before the Census report came out.



As for Vail? No official reason, just "a private family trip that they are paying for, and that "the first lady and several close friends are chaperoning their children." Monday is a school holiday for President's Day." Yes, the position of unelected FLOTUS of a country you were never proud of until 2008 must be so stressful, especially celebrating the anniversary of "Let's Move". I'm really surprised she's not trying to pass this off as part of that. I wonder if she stopped by Madison WI on the way and got a Dr's note for the stress?

I will absoutely thank LB for her trip to Africa for funded HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention and treatment projects. But she also took in a Safari with her daughters while she was there. I am guessing Laura and the daughters did not like to snow ski being brought up in a warmer climate than Illinois.;-)

But the government paid for the fiascos of the Bush twins.

This doesn't look like a commercial jet these two are stepping out of.:rolleyes:


http://www.blogcdn.com/www.politicsdaily.com/media/2009/07/84350558.jpgJenna and Barbara Bush, the daughters of former President George W. Bush, were not exactly a Secret Service agent's dream assignment.


"Jenna would purposely try to lose her protection by going through red lights or by jumping in her car without telling agents where she was going. As a result, in a total waste of manpower, the Secret Service kept her car under surveillance so agents could follow her."
More youthful indiscretion? Here's the dirt from New York Post's "Page 6" (http://www.nypost.com/seven/07202009/gossip/pagesix/jenna_and_barbara_bush_gave_secret_servi_180300.ht m):



The author claims that at a 2005 Halloween party, Henry Hager, Jenna's boyfriend and soon-to-be-hubby, got so drunk the Secret Service took him to Georgetown University Hospital. He also got boozed up with Jenna in a Georgetown bar and picked a fight with several other patrons, with agents having to intervene to avoid a brawl.

Ditching security, excessive drinking, a barroom scuffle: Should we be the least bit surprised by this information? After all, the Bush daughters had something of a reputation for these antics before Kessler's book made news. Their now-famous trip to Argentina (what is it with good times and that South American country?) to celebrate their 25th birthday (http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2006/11/us_embassy_asks.html) resulted in the kinds of headlines that no Secret Service boss could want, and the U.S. Embassy kindly requested that the young ladies cut their vacation short and return stateside.

So, while Kessler's book may be simply filling in details of the relationship between Jenna, Barbara and the people responsible for protecting them, it still is amusing to picture Clint Eastwood, reprising his old "In the Line of Fire (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IviCQ4t5J4)" role, spitting out a few choice words when told to watch over those mischievous First Daughters. Now that might make a good movie.


http://www.politicsdaily.com/2009/07/21/the-bush-daughters-a-secret-service-headache/

Think these two just may have cost the U.S. bundles of $$$$$$$$$$ with the SS trying to keep up with them??????????

Uncle Bill
02-20-2011, 12:40 PM
Brian, Brian, Brian....you are forgetting UB's #1 rule of BB posting:

NEVER ARGUE WITH AN IDIOT. HE WILL DRAG YOU DOWN TO HIS LEVEL AND BEAT YOU WITH EXPERIENCE.

And then there's the #2 rule:

IF I AGREED WITH YOU, WE'D BOTH BE WRONG!

UB

BrianW
02-20-2011, 02:59 PM
Since Schopenhauer has been recently brought up in another thread, maybe I should consider one of his contentions as well :?:
"That at its core, the universe (read PP)) is not a rational place" :lol:

KEITH L
02-20-2011, 09:58 PM
in most jobs i have ever had. i had to work a year in order to earn a weeks
vacation usually a second week after the second year of service. where does
it say any president or official is granted vacation time of any amount. i also
ended up paying my own way on all time spent.

been a few years scence i've had one though...

to busy working for the unemployed and less fortunate welfare and
food stamp reciepents lately.


keith l.

BrianW
02-20-2011, 11:05 PM
in most jobs i have ever had. i had to work ...

to busy working for the unemployed and less fortunate welfare and
food stamp reciepents lately.

Well to stay strictly to the intent of the OP, Michelle being the unelected FLOTUS can take a vacation any time she wants, like some CEO's wife, though with her husband speechifying about sacrifice & belt tightening and such for the rest of us, she does appear to be a tone deaf arrogant bitch along the lines of "Real Housewives of... " out to live large and get hers while she can before the show is canceled.

As far as your last point I've got a few schools of thought:
1. Be thankful you have a job and are not on permanent/long term vacation like millions of your countrymen :(
2. If you can take one, better take it now because things aren't going to get any better in the near term. :shock:
3. Run for President yourself! :cool:

KEITH L
02-20-2011, 11:41 PM
your right she can take a vacation any time she wants but on my budget?

also the comment on vacation days was to direct toward those that are
elected, hired or otherwise. exp. the president or any vice.

i am thankfull for my job but i do have 3 openings for fulltime if anyone
is looking. unfortunatly 99 weeks plus unemployment pay. most individuals i have
talked to tell me they are waiting till there unemployment benefits run
out. aint that a kick in the butt.

welfare foodstamps unemployment should be thought as a supplement
not a means of employment pay...


keith l..

huntinman
02-21-2011, 02:42 PM
1575 Calories and 141 grams of Fat per serving! But make sure your kids don't eat any junk food at school!

Michelle Obamas Vail dinner...she forgot the celery...

The first lady went to Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail Village on Saturday night, dining on a pickled pumpkin salad with arugula and a braised ancho-chile short rib with hominy wild mushrooms and sauteed kale.