August 5th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

First Lady takes glitzy Spanish vacation in current economic climate?


(PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The U.S. economy, with nearly 10% unemployment, has millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet – but you might not know it by watching the First Lady.

Michelle Obama, her youngest daughter, Sasha, and several of the First Lady's "closest friends" are on a glitzy vacation in Spain. They're staying on the southern Mediterranean coast with friends at a luxury hotel.

The resort in Marbella on the Costa del Sol is a playground for the rich and famous... including members of the Saudi Royal family, Spain's jet-setting crowd and Hollywood actors.

The First Lady and her pals are expected to take up 60 to 70 rooms, or more than a third of the whole resort, where prices start at about $400 a night and reportedly go up to $2,500 a night.

A piece in The New York Daily News compares quote "Material girl Michelle Obama [to] a modern-day Marie Antoinette” staying in the lap of luxury and not exactly cutting back in troubled times.

The taxpayers are paying for transportation and housing of an estimated 70 Secret Service agents who will accompany Mrs. Obama, not to mention the cost of Air Force Two.

The Daily News suggests that while the Obamas like to portray themselves as common folk, it doesn't really jibe with what we're seeing. The piece suggests a vacation on the coast of California where money would have pumped into the local economy might have been a more politically astute idea.

Michelle Obama's lavish trip comes at a time when 8 in 10 Americans describe economic conditions as "poor” and the "economy" is overwhelmingly cited as the top problem facing the U.S. today.

Here’s my question to you: What message does it send when the First Lady takes a glitzy vacation to Spain given the current economic climate?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rhoda in Scottsdale, Arizona says:
I think it is a slap in the face to all who are unemployed, those living on unemployment, those struggling to make ends meet by working several small jobs and those who have lost their retirement. There are many wonderful places in the United States that would be fun for the children and relaxing for her. What is Camp David for?

B.J. in Quincy, Illinois says:
Very bad taste.

Jeff in Peoria, Illinois says:
Who does this woman think she is? The queen of America? A record 40.5 million people on food stamps in this country, Gulf Coast beaches deserted and our tax dollars are going to Spain. Sickening!

Jim in Cripple Creek, Colorado says:
Even if she stayed home and washed all the windows of the White House, the right wing would still whine and moan. Go on, Mrs. Obama, have a good time.

Mike in Phoenix says:
Here's a great place to take a vacation. If you like fresh air, woods, etc., try Greer, Arizona and the Red Setter Inn or the Little American Inn in Flagstaff, Arizona. At least keep the money here, not over there.

Steve in Concord, California says:
It sends a message of how privileged the privileged few are. What happened to Mrs. Obama's fiscal conservatism when she first came to live in Washington D.C.? I guess it's no longer a case of keeping up with the Joneses, but it is all about keeping up with the Obamas, and at this time, hardly anyone in the United States can.

John in Greensboro, North Carolina says:
No message at all. The Obama's are self-made millionaires living out the American dream. They can vacation where they want. Aside from transportation and security, the First Lady probably has to pay for the rest of the trip just like any other government employee…Spain is a wonderful country who also needs an economic boost and having the First Lady go there couldn't hurt.

Riley says:
That's the same kind of mistake the Clintons made having that fancy wedding last weekend. And when Obama and Clinton run again, it will become an issue.

Audrey says:
You know, Jack, my husband thinks you are always right but even he said this was beneath you. Big time.

Filed under: Economy • Michelle Obama
soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Jatinder Goel

    The message is _ Hey stupid Americans cry all you want, we are going to enjoy life at your cost. When you give a position to someone who does nor deserve it, this is what you get. Since Michelle hated America before her husband fooled the media and the American public, this is her revenge. Her husband is going to bankrupt the country by his policies and the family is going to live high on the hog and laugh in the face of the hurting people. I guess American deserve this for voting foolishly.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  2. Gigi Oregon

    Jack have you checked hotel prices lately? I'm taking eleven of my family to Disney world for the week of Thanksgiving. I might get better rates if we went to Spain. This will be my first big vacation since 1999. But then I'm just one of 90% working.
    The message I get is good for her. She's doing what all first ladies do see the world. And probably make a some friends for the good ole USA.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  3. Eric R

    It doesn't send any kind of message. No matter how the economy is there will be Americans who can afford and Americans who can not afford. Would you rather have the 1st lady stay in a "Motel Ocho" (that's Spanish for Motel 8 incase you didn't know) LOL

    Eric R
    Washington D.C

    August 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  4. Cheryl

    Both her and her husband (makes me sick to say President) think they are above all of us. Who is paying for all those rooms and who are all those friends? Something doesn't seem right. I would not think of going on a vacation without my husband and him celebrating a birthday. How about they do a whole vacation in the Gulf of Mexico and not around the world.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  5. Ralph Spyer

    She worked hard all of her life God bless her and the girls.The bushs were all born on third base and they think they hit a home run ?

    August 5, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  6. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    I think it's sad that they had to go to Spain instead of going someplace here in the good old USA. Spend money at home instead of helping out the other countries. We give away enough of our money.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  7. chris brown fl

    I think that it sends the clear message that the government needs to be taken over by the third party i have been out of work for the better part of a year this is after working on the mans campaign the thanks i get a law suit against Arizona

    fool me once shame on you foo me twice not

    August 5, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  8. Karen

    Wow! This is the same lady with 24 personal assistants, designer clothes, and she goes on vacation to a ritzy and rich resort. Did you really expect her to not use the presidental office as her private air fleet?! Come on! Her husband can't even stay in his own office for more than a day at a time, just how much time has he spent jetting around the country and she does the exact same thing! Please!! Give me a break!

    August 5, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  9. Krishna

    Sadly, Jack, the First Lady is totally out of touch with the state of the country-millions of people struggling to survive with no hope in sight, states and cities laying off teachers and cutting vital services to people. She is having a party in a luxurious hotel in a foreign country with her "closest" friends in designer clothes. At least, she should have had the decency to have the party in her own country. Well, that means she could have as well wished "happy birthday" in person to her husband. She is the most insensitive first lady I could remember and I am 72 years old and a democrat, at least has been one!!

    LCF, CA

    August 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  10. m scott

    so much for stopping outsourcing – you remember?

    a campaign pledge

    August 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  11. kim smith , Dodge City, KS.

    Her economic climate is obviously a much different reality than the rest of the nation's. There is nothing like a poke in the eye with a sharp stick for your troubles.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  12. Jim,Roanoke Va

    I just know who these people are ,occupying the WH.I don't want them to live in poverty but i think it's a little bit too much seeing how they live.Most Americans are living from paycheck to paycheck wondering if they'll have a job tomorrow. In these tough economic times they are acting the part of king and queen spending our taxpayer's money to engorge themselves on the luxutries of life all while the public is feasting on beans and franks.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  13. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Here's a great place to take a vacation......if you like fresh air, woods, etc: try Greer, AZ and the Red Setter Inn or the Little American Inn in Flagstaff AZ. At least keep the money here, not over there.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  14. Andy

    I thought that she just came from a family vacation.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  15. Cheryl Arbon

    As a resident of a Gulf Coast community I can assure everybody, the President is practicing his form of transparency! The definition has a new meaning in his "New Global World Country" of which the Gulf South isn't invited to join, luckily! I voted for "change" not the end of the rights our forefathers' assured us Constitutionally!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  16. Nancy, Tennessee

    The message is loud and clear. It looks like the Obama's are getting theirs and we can get ours any way we can. This presidency started off with economic problems and it has not stopped the President and Mrs. Obama from having lavish parties, taking working (wink) trips, and vacations. A date in New York City, Stevie Wonder at the White House, and a Super bowl party where they served $100.00/lb steaks is not being common folks. They should try some or our white beans, potatoes, and cornbread with no meat to see how common folks live. Oh yeah, and a night out is going to Walmart to buy next weeks groceries so we can have some more beans.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  17. Olga O. Pina

    Jackie Kennedy also went to Spain and traveled extensively and became the best embassador to other countries better than President Kennedy!

    Michelle Obama may do the same....It's about time.

    Olga O. Pina
    Austin, Texas

    August 5, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  18. Martha

    Maybe we would be more understanding of her extravagant vacation if she had choosen...say Greece... to boost their economy since she didn't choose a U.S. destination. I guess there isn't ANYWHERE in the U.S. that she and her kids would enjoy. And having to vacation with ONLY 40 of your closest friends, how lonesome she will be! Sigh....poor Michelle.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  19. ~BEVERLY~Mystic,Iowa

    It means that she has more than paid her dues, & she shouldn't deprive herself anymore. She should grab every opportunity she can with both hands, & go for the gusto. She deserves it. She's paying for it. If she chooses to use her money enriching her life, & that of her daughter, instead of blowing it on expensive clothes & shoes, good for her. Besides, the King invited her, so he's probably paying for everything while she's in Spain.

    What else would you expect from the "Daily News"?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  20. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    Talk about transparency Jack...the message couldn't be more crystal clear...the First Lady is essentially telling ALL of us small people to, "Let them eat cake," although that doesn't seem to conform with Michelle the Food Czar's strict Nanny State food policy. Since cake is not a a right but indeed a privilege, our globally cavorting FLOTUS's message instead is more like, "Let them eat sprouts."

    August 5, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  21. Kea from Honolulu

    With all due respect Jack. Why does the public, or media for that matter, have a right to tell someone where or when to vacation? Obama was speared by the Republicans for taking a vacation to the upper East Coast instead of the Gulf. Heck, Limbaugh attacked Obama for celebrating his birth "day" (one that was proven over and over). And as a tax payer, I'd rather have my money spent protecting the First Family than padding bonus checks for Wall Street.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  22. chris, vegas

    It does not send any message....what message do you have in mind?
    I think it is a well deserved vacation.
    Can this vacation be compared to some other vacations taking by individuals who can never be compared to Mrs Obama?
    First lady or not, this woman is accomplished and can afford any vacation.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  23. Kevin of SD CA

    Why not? These liberals have no shame! They could care less about the impression they are making! The government unions that keep them in office are shameless also. But the Republicans are no less blatantly excessive! I want all of them thrown out, the border closed; and corporate welfare, and government welfare shut down until individuals, and small businesses are given the same entitlements as all the left, and right government officials and there cronies have been getting! Tell Blumberg, Soros, and Murdoch to move to Venezuela where their ideals are already in full swing! I am sure all these socialist opportunists will feel right at home in Venezuela with Hugo!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  24. NC Senior Citizen

    In the middle of all the pain and loss in America, when I learned that Mrs. Obama was taking this indulgent vacation I was stunned. It is Marie Antoinette 2010. The fact that there is an astronomical cost to taxpayers as well, makes it criminal to my thinking. Surely, there must be a few voices in the Obamas' circle that might have spoken up.
    I hope it proves political suicide for them. It won't put the treasury money back where it belongs, but we 'little people" as the president sees us, might have our pound of flesh. Personally, I have food in my refrigerator and a roof over my head today, but I am surrounded by those who don't. And who knows what these self serving politicians will do to me in the coming years?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  25. claire loudon, tn

    Shows a complete lack of class.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:07 pm |
  26. Joan

    Michelle is doing more good for the USA than we will ever know. She is gorgeous and intelligent..her husband is working his butt off every day for the American people. Hope she has a great time. Love her outfit.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  27. Thomas T Headen III

    Michelle Obama has had her own money for plenty of years... she was a partner in a law firm Jack.... she could afford such a vacation for her and her family many times over...

    August 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  28. Fred in L.A.

    Come on Jack. I'm no Obama supporter, but I'm not going to slam the first lady for taking an overseas vacation.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  29. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Last I heard, the USA is still considered the wealthiest and most influential country in the world. And, it needs to act accordingly. What would you have the First Lady and her daughter and the Secret Service do? Stay at some roach infested hotel and eat at some soup kitchen? What kind of image would that be? The US is not yet a third world country. You say 'its getting ugly out there'. Well guess what, you are correct on all accounts. What you have done here is 'fed some fodder' for the GOP-Tea Party beasts to feed upon, all nicely packaged in one tight commentary.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  30. Lyn

    As long as the Bush tax cuts are available then she can afford it.
    Compare the time that any other First lady went on trips and I'll bet she is far behind the rest. Get off her back, she deserves it.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  31. dennis

    Why can't she take her daughters to learn about the world around them? Should they stay in a Motel 6 whenever they travel? I'll keep a light on for them.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  32. Colleen in West Palm Beach FL

    I have been unemployed most of the past 2 years. I did NOT like that Bush guy, but if Barbara had gone to Spain on a holiday, I would have been OK with it, just as I am that our current First Lady, whom I really respect, goes to Spain and is treated like royalty. Yeah, I can't afford the rent, but her husband's working on that, and I know that some things just are the way they are. When was anything fair in this country anyway?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  33. val

    Michelle Obama, family and friends deserve a vacation. Did you take a vacation this year? You deserve a vacation also, and go whereever you want to in this world.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  34. Maria Victoria

    The Ne York Daily News would much rather report that the First Lady of the U.S. is cowering in the White House dressed in rags – pinching her pennies and stuffing newsprint in her shoes to cover the holes. And the newsprint she uses? The New York Daily News, of course!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  35. Tory Braden

    It's says anything Hispanic trumps anything American. It says our country is are not good enough for the Obamas. It says, "Let them eat paella."

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  36. Linda

    We are now, like it or not, in a global economy and , since we appreciate foreign visitors to our shores, we should also appreciate the trips made by U.S. citizens to foreign shores. It all helps.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  37. Daniel Storto

    No surprise here. We are a glove firm that produces here in Upstate New York and hires locally, while Michelle Obama wears Made in China gloves.

    Gloversville, New York

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  38. Juan

    This not only demonstrates what elitists the Obamas are, but also shows either how deaf they are to public feelings or that they just don't give a damn.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  39. dr. paul glusman

    It is nauseating, unbelievable and inappropriate. I have patients that can't afford their meds because of the horrible state of health care in this country. For the first lady to do this is a slam in the face of all Americans. Please excuse me I can't write anymore. I need to throw-up.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  40. Kim

    On one hand, I believe that any working person who can afford it should be able to take a lavish vacation if they want to, but I think Michelle Obama has gone too far. Booking 60-70 rooms for 40 of her "closest friends" is too much. In the economic conditions that Americans are facing today, why couldn't she just take a trip to Spain in a more modest style?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  41. Jeremy Jacobs

    It seems to me that a lot of the current economic crisis here stems from trouble in Europe, especially "Club-Med" countries like Spain. A trip that pumps a bit of money into the Spanish economy (and perhaps encourages tourism) might actually help our economy in some small way. "Concern" about Mrs. Obama's trip comes either from political motives or plain old jealousy that she's having a great summer trip.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  42. Jermaine

    I don't see anything wrong with the first lady taking a vacation with her family and friends, a lot of people act as though Mrs Obama just sits around the White House doing nothing, between her initiative for childhood obesity, her two daughters, her husband and her mother in law don't she think she needs a vacation?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  43. JBrown

    Americans take fewer vacation days than any other country in the Western world...I took mine and contributed to the Florida economy...did you take yours this year?

    Give the First Lady a first break... is she supposed to stay in a tent at Walden Pond? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    J Brown in Raleigh

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  44. Hugo21

    Do you expect the first lady to stay in a Motel 8. She is the first lady of the United States and deserves respect. She needs security and people around her like anyone else of her status. We should view not them under a different lens than the other presidents or presidents wives. It seems like people are still unable to accept the fact that Barack Obama is President and Michelle is the first lady.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  45. Maestra

    Do as I say, not as I do. It is after all, a democrat administration.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  46. Alex

    This first lady has done more to the American people in these two years than any other first lady in their entire time time in the White House. If anyone deserves a glitzy vacation, it's her.
    I don't understand why people are so fixated on the Obama family's vacationing, but this family has taken only half as much time taking vacation as Bush did in the same time period. So, why doesn't the media, including you Jack, take a deep breath and concentrate on the real issues facing this country.
    Alex Houston, Texas

    August 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  47. Marie Macdonald

    Michelle Obama and her children are private citizens. As the wife and children of the US president they require security as a national security requirement. That is not their fault, and the same security would be required whether they travelled in the US or out of it.

    As any private citizens, they have the right to vacation anywhere they like and their choices should not be construed as "sending a political message".

    They give up so much of their personal lives by being in the public eye. They should not be forced to restrict their vacation choices because Barack Obama is the President. He was elected, not them.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  48. Dr. Judy BArrington

    My comment about the "Glitzy" vacation is that Michelle Obama
    apparently does not care about all of us out of work and scraping by.
    It is amazing that WE have to pay for her vacation and also the finance her friends. I will be HORRIFIED if Mr. Obama is re-elected. We as Americans need to stand up and voice our

    Dr. Judy Barrington

    August 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  49. Dee B.

    oh and to allyou others that say she can afford it on her own because she's such a prominent lawyer... Well then use that money Mrs. Obama and dont put it on OUR tab!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  50. Dennis

    Hello Jack,
    I'm on a fixed income and in this economic environment I can't even afford to go to a local movie theatre or fast food restaurant. I don't believe that any of those politicians care about the vast majority of people they are suppose to represent. On top of that list is the president and the first lady.I'm sure this vacation will cost the american taxpayers more than most would make in their lifetime.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  51. Ellen Lempera

    The first lady and her friends are paying their own way. Only the security accompanying them will be payed by our tax dollars.
    Taking one vacation in Spain does not mean Michelle Obama is a Mary Antointette. She has been spending other vacations, and will spend other vacation in the United States. In her everyday life, she is reasonable when it comes to spending.
    Also, traveling is good for you, especially traveling to foreign lands. It broadens your horizons and educate you. It also shows other countries that not all Americans are ignorant and totally uninterested in whatever is not the United States. If more Americans traveled abroad, they would not have such absurd, preconceived notions, such as the American Healthcare system was the best in the world.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  52. lynnej in nc

    I'd say so not our business. Why? Because whom said that they weren't paying for it out of their own pocket? We don't know. Even if it they aren't, no one whinned when other first ladies went traveling. And they were worth 10 times more, especially Mrs. Bush. So why does some want to get show that stingy side now? Makes one want to go hmmm.

    If you really want to impress me, ask Congress why they haven't taken a paycut and done away with pensions.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  53. Helene Meyer


    How many times did Mr. Bush go to Crawford–about every month for 8 years?

    How many times have the Obamas gone on vacation–about once a year.


    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  54. Paula L

    Yes we can! Travel to Spain on the taxpayers' dime (Air Force 2, Secret Service...) Well, just add that dime to the rest of our debt. And then ask us to pay higher taxes in 2011. Oops! At least those of us who are still lucky enough not yet to be in the ranks of the 10% without jobs.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  55. Jeffrey Freeman

    You're kidding me! The Feds recently announced they are re-instituting recoupment of 25% from my military retired pay and the First Lady is vacationing at taxpayer expense! Get real. Sorry I ever endorsed her husband on Murdock's international TV. One term president.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  56. Lorette LeMond

    Well it tells me that instead of being here, in her Country, that is clearly struggling, she is off enjoying her Status, and teaching her children that it is great to be rich, and don't worry yourselves, about the peasants ! The Obamas have shown throughout their Presidency, that they sure do enjoy the life. So I hardly see why President Obama would ever bother to change the way the U.S. conducts business.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  57. Tory Braden

    It says anything Hispanic trumps anything American. It says our country is not good enough for the Obamas. It says, "Let them eat paella."

    St. Simons Island

    Paella is a very expensive stew of many different fish and shellfish.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  58. Ismael

    Leave the First Lady alone already! My God, Spain's economy is in the dumps, and she and her friends are there to vacation, which also boosts Spain's economy. Why do you people think you should tell the First Family where they should vacation? First the President was criticized, and now his wife. Nobody told Bush where to vacation; nobody tells members of Congress where to vacation – Get a grip! Have a great time in Europe Michelle!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  59. pennie from Illinois

    The message Michelle and her 40 friends are sending is the same one that has ALWAYS been there, but ignored by the American public. It's not about you; it's about us, you fools.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  60. Merrill

    Have they no shame, Jack?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  61. Beth Noel

    I am totally disappointed in Mrs. Obama for this poor decision in such economic times. Many people in the US are struggling with day to day finances due to the poor economic conditions right now. For Michelle Obama to take such an elaborate vacation, out of the country, is absolutely against my grain. This is like a slap in the face for those of us who voted for President Obama, based on what we believed this family stood for, and certainly does not promote good feelings about the vote we cast! A lovely vacation could have been taken, right here in the US, and this money put into our economy and not into Spain. I wonder if she is paying for her friends as well with taxpayers money?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  62. Cherlyn Curtis

    This is way out of line! California has nice resorts –I thought she was on her own money and had been invited by Spain's King and Queen - thanks for "keeping them honest!"

    It falls in line with the comment someone made the other night about Community Organizer Obama would be appauled at the failure of the HAMP programs that are barely converting 1 out of 4.

    This trip is another way of parading the haves from the have nots!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  63. seg

    what's wrong with the first lady going on vacations. Afterall there are many others in Bush admin who have gone on such expensive vacations and nobody said anything about it.

    I think we need to focus on real solutions to American economic problems and not heresies. We want solutions and that is it. Period

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  64. Damarqio Williams

    I believe that Mrs. Obama has the right to take ANY trip that she can afford. Everyone that has the money to go on trips/vacations should be able to. Nobody said anything when the Bush Family went on their "glitzy" trips. Bill Gates, Oprah, and the Obamas all have the money to go on these "glitzy" trips. We cannot down them for take advantage of their own expenses!!! We need to stop worry about their trip and worry about America's issues!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  65. Shana

    I suppose that anyone who has more than I do should just stop driving around in their upper middle class volvos, taking trips to Vegas, and drinking Starbucks daily because it makes me feel bad. I don't begrudge anyone their money. Republicans love wealthy people and the Obamas were wealthy before they were famous.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  66. Dolly

    Such hypocrisy past first ladies have spent beyond for such as china sets(485,000)

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  67. Naturio

    Why a glitzy vacation?
    because she can afford it...
    Americans are so incline to capitalism and then get all uptight about a rich person spending his/her money.
    we need to make up our mind as a nation and figure out what is really important and what we really want.
    Money? if that is what's important then we shouldn't get scandalized when people who have money spend it.
    If money is not the priority, then we need to change all the rules (no lobby) and all the politicians (we need people who only care about the weel being of the american citizens as a whole).

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  68. Bruce Joseph

    The last time I checked, the Obamas were quite wealthy. If this trip is on their dime, and not on the American taxpayer, I see no news here. The world needs the rich to spend their money and spread it around. Mrs. Obama is not not the federal payroll, and her travels concern me far less than the "fact finding missions" that Congresspeople routinely take.

    Of course, I assume there is a Secret Service detail tagging along, but that's true no matter where she goes.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  69. Kim

    Jack – your question is pathetic! She is an ambassador of the USA, and she is visiting the country of Spain, as a US ambassador!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  70. Ileana

    Jack: Vacation? Mrs. Obama will spend a good deal of her time promoting the USA... Europeans are fascinated with our great western states and their 'cowboy' histories, the nightlife of South Beach and NYC/Broadway, just to mention a few travel plans I overheard while vacationing over there... did my best to promote travel to the USA... we are all ambassadors!
    Miami, Florida

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  71. Lou Bertone

    What this tells us is that the first family sees that the end is near for their time in office and it's now or never to take advantage of the opportunity to "fly free with friends and family" at the expense of the American tax payers.

    Remember, the American people asked for a change in leadership, and they got it !!! Careful what you ask for in life!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  72. Angel, Washington, DC

    The Obamas earn a paycheck and save their money to go on vacations just like everyone else. Leave Michelle alone and let her enjoy some quality time with friends and family on the vacation that she paid for out of her own bank account.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm |
  73. Ed Truncale

    There is an old statement. "it's good to be king" Tom Petty I think. Just a couple of thoughts. Air Force Two costs whether flying to California or Spain. A little more fuel to Spain. The First Lady will have 70 sercret service men asigned to her whether in California or Spain. Maybe a few more in California. $400.00 – $2500.00 a night, Probably a tie between the two locations. Does it really matter. And hey, as long as she can do something to lower the price of my clementines, I am all for the trip to Spain. It's coming on the season. Maybe she can bring me back a few cases.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  74. Don Dillard

    To me, this has to be last straw. Yes, I voted for him, though I was really voting against his oponent, At least Michelle could have taken a plane load of food or drugs to Haiti. This little caper, added to the others, will certainly assure his defeat for a second term. Just regret that we can't make it happen quicker.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  75. Don Asher

    I don't mind at all....she is the first lady of the free world and shouldn't be held to a vacation budget. What would the world think if the first family reserved rooms at Motel 6? Common, don't be jealous....

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  76. I Dare CNN to Post This

    The message it sends is that she is a successful woman who has worked hard to achieve the opportunities she has. She just happens to be married to the President of the United States. She has a right, just as anyone else, to go on vacation. Why don't you look into what the wives of Congressmen and Senators do with their girlfriends and breakdown how much they spend on their vacations?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  77. Jeremy D from Michigan

    If she had taken a vacation and spent all that money somewhere within the United States, then I wouldn't have a problem. But once I heard you say Spain, then I was irritated. I'm fine with our presidential family living luxurious, but it is an big oversight to spend it on the Spanish economy – especially right now. Good job looking out for us Jack.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  78. Gail Margolis

    Hey Jack,
    Get a life! Can't believe the inanity of your piece about Michella's Spainish vacation.. She'e as entitled to go where she wishes just as anyone else. She should not be expected to put on sack cloth and ashes to please your populist rant. She has more than earned some time away from the ever prying eyes of the US press.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  79. Brendan M. Prawdzik

    Jack, I am a supporter of the Obama presidency and believe that he's taken an enormous amount of misdirected criticism, especially by those eager to exploit the fears and prejudices of the middle class. Yet while the Obamas and their children *should* present themselves as dignified and presidential, and while everyone (even wage laborers) deserves occasional vacation, leisure, and travel, the scale and quality of this trip do seem to be excessive, suggesting some obliviousness. I do emphasize "seem," for though we don't know the logistical rationale (for instance, this hotel and the numbers there may be matters of security), this trip undeniably shows a lack of tact - unnecessarily opening another wound for the GOP fear-mongering blood-suckers to leach onto.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  80. Diane - MO

    It sends a "NEWS FLASH" to the world:

    "The President of the United States does not feel – nor care – about the world's woes during this historic time of economic suffering!"

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  81. Kate West

    This really angers me. Michelle Obama apparently doesn't care that it is our money (yours and mine) that is paying for her lavish trip. So, just as she was giving her speech in the Gulf Coast about the American people vacationing there, she was planning her trip on foreign soil to the tune of millions of dollars–what a hypocrite! I guess what's good for the "common folk" is not good for the Obamas.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  82. Melissa

    Please remember the Obamas are an example of an American hard working couple who-just like any other American-desire to achieve the American Dream. In this country hard work and sacrifice should pay off. A vacation allows a person to relax and unwind from the stresses of working so that they can return productive. If we don't get to enjoy the fruits of our labor, what is it exactly we are working for?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm |
  83. Karoline, Los Angeles

    I think The Daily News got this one right Jack, even if it was a harsh comparison. If the Obamas were paying the entire bill for this excursion then I wouldn't have a problem with them and their entourage going around the whole world in 80 days.

    But there is no reason for the taxpayers to fund anything other than visits by heads of state at this time.

    It was an insensitive choice and should have been delayed a year or two.

    And I agree with you. They could go visit many of our national parks, spend a week in New York City, and go to Disney World and spend their money and our money, here.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  84. Gery

    Have the millionaire/billionaire folks that stole our money stopped taking their extravagant vacations? I think not.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  85. Ross Alan

    C'mon she's the first lady for goodness sake. She deserves a few extra privileges in that role. Let her enjoy herself and give her kids the kind of experiences they deserve as kids. Don't we have bigger issues to deal with than a pleasure trip by the wife of the most powerful man in the world? Tell you what I'll send you $10. And you can give it to a charity that will make you a happier person.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  86. Quentin, Maryland

    Ooo! I'm going to be in Spain next week...hopefully I see her there!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  87. John Weitzel

    My Dear Jack; When I was in the U.S.N. years ago I went to Spain and thought it was awesome.So,if I could go on the company dime with friends,do you think for one minute I would say no? Lets get real Jack, I'd do it in a heart beat.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  88. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    First Ladies need their "me" time too!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  89. julie

    you could consider her trip as a delegation of Americans promoting a positve image of Americans, even creating a buzz in their media. All the world hears about are US wars, politcal fight, race problems, economy meltdowns, starving and undereducated childlren and a gulf spill... some fun and frollicing shows the world that you are doing fine.

    Michelle to doing so much to promote healthly living for American kids, educating and encouraging all Americans to plant, grow and eat their own vegetables: she's saving lives and deserves a vacation. Maybe your just jealous Jack!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  90. angelika holland

    I was shockd to hear your report about the First Lady. In these difficult times for her to be so insensitive and clueless as to spend so much money on this vacation in Spain when her and her entrouage could have spread the wealth in any US coast-lets say Myrlte Beach is in poor taste. I am beginning to think she does not have the values I thought she had.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  91. Kim

    When she goes anywhere in the USA, she gets blamed for going to places in the USA - then, when she goes to places OUTSIDE the USA, she gets blamed for leaving US soil, and going outside the USA. Can't win in this country, it seems!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  92. Roland Fiedler

    I voted for CHANGE! Vacations should be taken from the Presidents own pockets, not ours!
    Perhaps then it would just be an issue of poor judgement for taking our AMERICAN dollars and spending it outside the US instead of buying from anywhereUSA.

    Although I voted for Barrack Obama, I will be remembering this at election time, in fact I am putting on my calander so I don't forget!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  93. alfred

    Well its hard to judge what involve the whole trip to Spain but I will say it does portray irresponsibility but like any other middle class American we need vacation, unfortunately there trip are never cheap, if they stayed here in local hotel and had McDonald we will still be complain of something

    August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  94. Jeff

    If she really cared about this country she would vacation on the gulf. You ask the right questions so why dont you ask through the freedom of information act how much is this costing the tax payer? This should be no problem with the transparency that I was told exists. Thanks Jack I consider you a voice of reason.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  95. Sherry Kelly

    She is a great role model. Young pople will want to emulate her. Michelle and Barack have worked VERY hard to get where they are. They are educated affluent pople and deserve everything they get (and then some). She has taken her daughter on an educational trip overseas and I am sure part of why they need to stay in a large hotel is to accommodate the Secret Service.
    I think it's great.
    Reno Nevada

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  96. Akeen Lateef

    As anybody look at other presidents spouses vacation while in office does anyone care and how does this help what’s happening in America today if she went to LA or Fl why not focus on my fellow soldiers dying daily in Afghanistan. One thing will remain the same republican or democrat advantages will be taking or are they “Really?!”

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  97. Ronesha Nation

    While I do not support tax payers money going to support the First Lady's vacation there should be no problem with her going. She and the President was rich before entering office and they should be able to enjoy themselves when possible with their own money.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  98. Paco Cosio-Marron

    President and Mrs. Obama are both very intelligent and astute lawyers that have had benefits many others have not. However, it seems as though they have fallen into that foggy bottom fog where appearances don't seem to matter. I would not deny them any of the benefits they have worked for and earned but it seems a little thick to take such an ostentatious outing with much of the incurred cost covered on the public dime. With the economic conditions as they are in the gulf, in the rust belt in the not so golden west (basically anywhere across our land,) this reflects more the views of Dennis Kozlowski and Gordon Gekko than those of more centered and cognizant American citizens.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  99. Calvin A. Morrison Jr.

    As our position of respect grow throughout the civilized world, Michelle can only continue to improve America's world wide respect to all but the ignorant orjust to dense to realize whats happening.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  100. Fred in San Diego

    By necessity, I'm a self-employed man in my fifties struggling to get by. I get zero government assistance, and health care is well beyond my budget. For years, I've been upset over people receiving long-term unemployment checks. After reading this story, I've changed my mind. Cake crumbs, compared to what the Obama's are consuming.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  101. Jeff

    The message is that not everyone is affected and, if you save your money, you can take a trip; that we care enough about the President's family (do we really need to call his wife the First Lady?) to send 70 Secret Service agents with her, paying for their transportation and housing; that when it comes protecting the "family", money is no object; that the family might miss an opportunity to travel overseas. The message is that the White House understands that while people might be hurting financially, looking for work, or cutting corners, they understand that their tax money helps the family get away from the hardships and drudgery of the White House. The message is that there's no place in the U.S. that might, at less cost, satisfy the personal needs, mental and physical, of Mrs. Obama and her daughter.

    And it's a bad message to send to the people paying for the trip; the American taxpayer.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  102. J Welch

    What kind of message?? One that says the First Family seems oblivious to the realities of what is happening in the USA right now. I'm a die-hard, dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, and I cringed when I first heard about this trip. I'm sorry to say, but I think President and Mrs. Obama missed a real opportunity to send a better message to their girls, as well as other Americans. From my own parenting experience, its hard enough to instill empathy in children as it is without surrounding them with such opulence. And the message to the rest of the world is "what recession?" I'm deeply disappointed.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  103. Shana

    So what you are saying is that you want the President of the Greatest country on Earth and his family to be poor, uneducated, uncultured, unsophisticated rubes like the majority of Americans? George Bush was a highly educated, extremely wealthy man who owned a baseball team! The common person does not own a sports team...get real.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  104. Pat from Denver

    I have friends that have taken vacation this year and did not have the income she had before she had to move to Washington with her husband. I believe she, as many other people going on vacation this year, have earned a few days away. This is a woman that has put ion a lot of work. And as far as the expense for secret service: She is the FLOTUS and likely requires some protection.
    To the complainers: just asked Sarah Palin to refund the money for her wardrobe and it might zero out that expense.

    Enjoy, Michelle and Sasha!!!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  105. pennie from Illinois

    Just have a question: She made an official visit while there, so does that mean the Obama's will deduct their cost of the trip as a business expense, so we tax payers can get more of the bill?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  106. Jean De Stefano

    So now the First Lady can't take a private vacation that she is paying for? Where in "The Constitution" does it say that Presidents and/or their spouses can't travel until everyone has a job and the economy is perfect? I'm on a vacation right now, along with thousands of other tourists who are enabling hotels, restaurants, merchants to keep their employees? Should I go home and do penance? Maybe skip a few meals in honor of our unemployed? And, Jack, where did you go for your R&R this year?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  107. Gilbert

    Jack, if the Dow , NASDAQ, and S & P, were all up a trillion points and unemployment was down to .009 percent and the Obamas vacationed in the Gulf states, some people would still complain. I say let them enjoy their vacation. Maybe their next trip should be closer home, Canada EH?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  108. Paul from Cleveland, Ohio

    If Laura Bush took off for an European extravaganza with one of her daughters at taxpayer expense during tough economic times, the media would be all over it and the Democrats would be calling for congressional hearings. The Obamas are phony, plain and simple, and the American people who voted for them got snookered.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  109. Fran Billings

    It makes me sick to see so many homeless and hungry Americans and yet the Obamas use the presidential jets as if they were footing the bills! How many hungry children could have been fed instead ? Their actions speak louder than any speech.
    Hey,was the Gulf not swanky enough for these affirmative action kids ?
    Wias I could retract my vote for him>

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  110. Barbara Bernhardt

    The message? We elected an upper-class president and his wife is taking their daughter on an upper-class vacation. If we wanted a Jesse Ventura type we could have elect one. They certainly abound in the wanna-be crowd, especially with the tea partyers putting up candidates. Sarah Palin has pots of money now, but she is not upper-class. Maybe we should elect her next time. But she probably won't run. She can make more money outside the government. That's why she quit her governor job.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  111. Dan

    I would like the total numbers on how much this vacation is costing tax payers. 40 of her closest friends too, come on, this is a bit overboard. Way to go first lady.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  112. Dr. Judy BArrington

    Michelle Obama has a vacation every day at the White House. Come on people, face reality. The Obama's are soaking us while they play.
    This will be an expensive 4 years ( already has been). I agree that she could have gone somewhere in the US BUT she would more obvious here. I feel sorry for people who delude themselves into thinking that
    Mr. Obama really is doing the best for the American people.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  113. A.C.

    So what? And please, Jack. I just traveled this weekend and the airlines are reporting record-breaking profits. Families are and have been traveling in droves all summer, so I see no reason for the First Lady and her daugthers to be any different. When the family went on a vacation to Maine, they got beat up for that, not even getting credit for vacationing locally. Can we stop making an issue out of a non-issue, Jack? Back to the NEWS, please!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  114. stephen mandy

    First Lady "Marie Antoinette" Obama and her husband King Barak should show some restraint in their cake eating ways and be asked to reimburse the taxpayers in full for their extravagance. Like the Clintons who were broke when they left office, they will have plenty of opportunity to cash in on the backside, enough to provide their daughters with mutli million dollar weddings.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  115. Chris

    No surprise here. A better question is how many vacations are the Obama's going to take by the end of this year? People may say that as the President, like all Americans, is entitled to some R&R but a vacation costing upwards of 100,000 dollars for his wife is a bit much. This "lavish" vacation is simply another sign that it is time for some serious restructuring of our government spending.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  116. Tremayne

    The same haters who are whining our First lady "Spanish" vacation are the same jokers who complain and reject the tax cuts for small business to improve our economy and produce more jobs........ just who is out of touch, Jack! rofl!!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  117. richard

    What a disgrace! When will these people learn their place. Does she think she's a Wall Street bank executive or what? Doesn't she know that the cash-strapped Pentagon could have bought three hammers and two screw-drivers for that money? She's a grave threat to national security.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  118. Mark Flanigan

    Well Jack...It means no politician is in touch with the people they are supposed to fight for..no matter what party they belong to...oh that's right there is only two isn't there...I'm a disabled vet. still waiting on a long list...and it's not the VA..they try their best...it's self serving politicians..DC is just the east coast version of Hollywood...it really is...the two party system will fail us all...and people just don't get that.

    Mark F
    Grand Rapids, MI.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:35 pm |
  119. Laura in Florida

    What it tells us is that she is the wife of the President of the United States. You know the land of oppurtunity? I'm under the impression that Michelle Obama is spending her and her husband's money. Unlike sarah palin who used money that was not hers to fly her whole clan around! Didn't both of the Obama's EARN a living before the presidency? As far as the money spent for air force two and money spent on secret service, well that's part of the package of being the first lady. There really is no way around that is there jack? As far as I can tell there doesn't seem to be any socialist issues involved in this vacation and isn't that what everybody on the right is yelling about? What do you want, have anybody that has made a nice living for themselves to stay inside and hide?That would mean you too jack. Let her spend her money the way she wants to after all she earned it.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  120. Bobby

    It means 'All roads lead to Barcelona', right?
    Stockton, CA

    August 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  121. Liz, California

    It sends two messages: first, that she has a lot of wealthy friends (or are we paying for them too?) and second, that she has no problem with spending our money for her own personal use. I don't disparage the trip per se, I just question the judgement - or lack thereof - behind it.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  122. Ilse Sheffield

    Very insensitive, just like the Clinton Wedding of the Century. None of them really care! Ilse

    August 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  123. Courtney Lakeland,FL

    The message is the Obama's can't win. If Michelle stayed home she would be accused of meddling in presidential affairs. She vacations and now she's Marie Antionette. Let us not pretend that Americans are forgoing vacation out of sensitivity for our neighbors. This woman can afford such a vacation, have at it. I for one didn't expect her to sit at the White House and watch the grass grow for four years.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  124. Jobless

    Lost my job 6 months ago.Both State and Federal Tax are taken out. Not a good time for Mrs Obama to take Air Force 1 with secret service on vacation. We are paying for it. I can't afford it

    August 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  125. Bobby H

    I think it's great she's out and about. America's first lady should demonstrate a positive perspective as she has. Considering she is funding a better part of her trip on her own dime.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  126. Buddy

    The message it sends is that there's no understanding what it costs to transport and house 70 Secret Service agents, nor what it costs to use/fly Air Force Two. It sends a message to working Americans, to working taxpayers, that money is no object.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  127. Mary

    Just more evidence that the Obamas are both elitist hypocrites iving it up at taxpayers' expense. Hey, they may as well - they'll be off the US payroll come Jan.2013.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  128. Jane Tarr

    Remember a short time ago when the President and his family spent the weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine? There were a lot of negative opinions suggesting that the First Family should not take a break together during the Gulf of Mexico crisis. Perhaps, people should realize that the Presidency is a job. It requires exceptional committment, but as any job it should not forego the option for recreation with one's family. The First Lady's trip to Spain may be considered by some as lavish and inappropriate, but the First Family lives in a different dimension than most of us. They are always on the front page of world news. They present and represent the image of our country wherever they go. Yes, our country has deep economic problems, but it is also good for us to see vitality, optimism and vision portrayed by our First Family. Given the nature of travel abroad, there are far more lavish options available, if that was the intention of our First Lady.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  129. Adriana

    The message is clear to me, they believe they are above every one else. The economy nor their economic policies will afftect them, because they truly believe that they are royalty. They should pay back the expenses covered by tax payers to include Air Force One. Michele Obama should review the definition of "intelligent" if she hopes to have that adjetive next to her name.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  130. adrian

    The President and First Lady of the United States are certainly not common folk, they are the most powerful couple on earth and can choose where and when to vacation, do you think they should have chosen Somalia instead and stayed at a two star hotel or maybe they should have chosen Sarah Palin's home town in Alaska and stayed at the Motel 6? Come on Jack, get real!
    Douglas, AZ

    August 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  131. Sheila

    Jack, c'[mon, the Obamas have paid for some things out of their pocket that no other family chose to pay just to keep you off their back; besides Jack, she represents the US with class, and it speaks volumes to the new recent way overseas now feel about the US.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  132. Rosetta

    You know in my opinion as a taxpayer I say Michelle deserve to go on nice vacation at our expense.We've been footing the bill on other First Ladies so why not Michelle? I say you go Michelle and live well if it's O.K for BP CEO to live lavishly after this oil disaster why not our royals in the White House. People should stop hating and treating our first family as if they are commiting a crime by going on lavish vacations at our expense.This nothing new under the sun and is just another ploy to undermine the wonderful work our President is trying to do. Get a life or go on vacation!!!!!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  133. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    I'm not surprised one bit. After the election was won but before the inauguration I read many articles on how she was going wild buying expensive things. One article even said that Obama himself insisted she stop. This little sojourn of hers will bring her ratings down and her husbands some more. Thank you Mrs. Obama for revealing to the American public what a narrssist you truly are. This vacation shows no regard for the American people.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  134. Ron Regan - Merritt Island FL

    This is yet another example of the arrogance of this administration even in light of the current economic climate. Middle class families struggle to met basic requirements and the White House flaunts its position with New York date nights to theater and lavish foreign travel. Accountability will begin this November.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  135. Mike L

    It doesn't send a message because the Obamas can afford any vacation to any place. Spain is one of the most affordable countries to visit in Europe with so much history and tradition. Good choice for Michelle to take her daughter there for a great learning experience. They will make their dollars stretch and have fun at the same time. As First Lady, Michelle is representing the U.S in the world theater so her presence in a glitzy resort in Spain is O.K. Good for her!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  136. K Morgan

    A leader should be a role model. As First Lady, this sends the wrong message...US citizens are suffering financially, and we are in a record deficit. Who is paying for all of this? The US taxpayer...we can't afford to pay for these personal vacations, and should we? NO!!!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  137. Jane - WI

    Michelle Obama can take any vacation she wants -- as long as she foots the entire bill. This First Family has taken one vacation after another, hosted lavish weekly parties, etc. at the White House while telling us we just avoided the next Great Depression. The insensitivity of this couple is astounding, and their sense of entitlement knows no bounds. How much is this jaunt costing the taxpayer?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  138. MJ in Wisconsin

    Michelle's spouse had no problem spending taxpayers's money to bail out other "Rich and Famous" within the first year of office. Do you think the Obamas are feeling any financial pain like the majority are in the United States? How many relatives and friends do you know that are taking a vacation–even if they are employed-and certainly not for a week and with 40 friends and in a foreign country!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  139. Raymond

    The commitment of this first couple seems to always be in question. Can we compare the 65 days of vacation of this first family to the 224 days of vacation at the same point in the previous Presidents term? I for one think the first family has every right to vacation where the please due to the fact where ever that is will be questioned.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  140. Greg

    This is outrageous and unacceptable, Obama is showing he just another politician.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  141. Sheba - New York

    Plus i don't remember anyone criticizing Bush's vacations when the country was going under. Let Michelle vacation if she wishes – she is spending her money not our money. Leave her alone. Republicans should get a life and fix the problem they created not pass the buck.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  142. Jim

    Knowing how far in debt we are as a nation and how desperate many communities here in our own country are for any economic boost, why couldn't Mrs. Obama and her friends show even a minute amount of compassion for American families whose pocketbooks would benefit greatly from the hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on this extravagant and plush trip of hers?

    It demonstrates how far from normal the Obama's really are and that they are not at all familiar with the struggles that every day Americans live with on a daily basis. Perhaps this is the most "transparent" administration in history!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  143. Steve

    Think about it, her husband was a "community organizer" If someone gave you the keys to the white house would you really go to California?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  144. Chuck Howley

    First Jack Air Force 2 is the Vice President's and NOT the First Lady's plane. Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the United States and NOT the First Lady of the world! SHE and HE belong here in America and especially now! The full cost of her trip should be paid by She and He, but it won't. Why is she off to Spain when America has 50 States for her and her entourage to visit... Hello.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  145. USA Vacation

    How many vacations do the Obamas need on the Taxpayer's dime? Didn't Obama misrepresent himself and his wife as "ordinary folk" durihng his campaign? Well, ordinary folk cannot afford to enjoy the extravagant life style the Obamas have enjoyed since usurping the WH.

    What did it cost to fly Obama on Air Force One to Chicago so he could party with his buddies? And, Michelle's expenses for her lavish Spain vacation are clearly "over the top"! Perhaps it's time for the Obamas to discover all the beautiful vacation spots right here in America and help support those communities that have been adversely affected by the economic downturn as well as issues like the oil spill, SB1070, etc.

    Who made them King and Queen of America? Some Royals don't live as lavishly as these two!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  146. Carol

    Michelle Obama is arrogant, a hypocrite and she is insensitive to all Americans who cannot even afford to pay their taxes.. The cost to us taxpayers could be better spent on school lunches in poor neighborhoods. If she paid for the trip out of her own pocket, I'd say okay, but I'm paying for her extravgance-and it's wasteful spending. The president is in over his head, but Michell is way over the top. I can't wait for the Obamas to move out of the White House. DeKalb, Illinois

    August 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm |
  147. rickey

    hi, i do know she is the frist lady and were she go is up to her and not u all. so when do we tell them were to travel.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  148. Debra

    She is entitled to vacation wherever she wishes. She has spent the past couple of years being a good mother and a good representative of what a President's wife should be. Have we heard great comments about this from the right. They only know negative. Are you joining this group?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm |
  149. Debbie

    Absolute detachment from reality are the only words I can use to describe this latest escapade. The fact that Mrs. Obama cannot understand what hardships that the people of this country are going through right now is yet another indictment of the Obama's being out of touch with reality. When you have families who have lost their homes and people still out of work. People who are struggling daily to make ends meet while the Obama's have gained a new checkbook with unlimited funds to lavish on their friends and family at the expense of the American taxpayer. I wonder if they had to pay for each and every vacation with their own money if they would be doing the same?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  150. john downey

    This is just an other reason why this country needs a third party.Why can't we have this happen?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  151. J

    Suggestion for her – Gulf Coast Vacation!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  152. Ken in NC

    It says she went on vacation where she wanted to go and it's none of our business.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  153. Dee Forchason

    Jack, You are absolutely right, spending on a livish trip, in an exotic spanish resort, seem, out of sync with the present American reality.... wrong time for the trip, i wish that trip would have been in myrtle Beach SC.......
    Dee NC

    August 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  154. Brooke Remmert

    How quickly we forget Reagan royalty ,Bush Sr's vacations, and Jrs. cowboy days, clearing brush and ignoring the country's needs, all partying with rich and wealthy friends, to the hilt. I think the media is always looking to put the worst light on the Obamas. Why don't the facts get portrayed correctly? Michelle is a positive representative for our country. They have already vacationed in different parts of the US, this summer. Part of her job is to travel to different countries. Taking her children, to learn about other cultures makes us look less self-absorbed. If they stayed at a Holiday Inn, they'd be criticized. It's just not that big of a news day, is it? As an added point, she didn't cause the present financial situation, the previous administration did. Espana is a beautiful and diverse country. Enjoy yourself, Michelle!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  155. Elizabeth Ader

    If the cost of th Iraq and Afghanistan wars doesn't upset the American people in this current economic climate, than why should the First Lady's trip to Spain upset us? Her vacation is a lot cheaper than the wars.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  156. Raymond

    oh by the way Jack if she went to California everyone would have said she supported overturning prop 8!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  157. Giovanna Passarella

    I was just watching your show,
    I am so mad, even more when you see people living with no furniture
    at all and see the first Lady going on an: " EXTRAVAGANT VACATION",
    on her husband birthday!........................
    I came in the States 27 years ago and even Became a Citizen not long ago.
    I Voted for the first time in my life for OBAMA, I am now sorry I did!
    America SUCKS! It is not the" AMERICAN "dream Anymore!

    I also want to go back home!
    I am loosing my home, single mom of four!
    What else do you want from us, poor people?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  158. Candi

    Yes, she is the First Lady, and yes, she has traveled to Spain with her daughter and friends. Give her a break. The government requires that she travel with Secret Service. Should her children miss out on this vacation just because she is the First Lady?. Lighten Up!

    August 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  159. Mark Flanigan

    Well Jack...It means no politician is in touch with the people they are supposed to fight for..no matter what party they belong to...oh that's right there is only two isn't there...I'm a disabled vet. still waiting on a long list...and it's not the VA..they try their best...it's self serving politicians..DC is just the east coast version of Hollywood...it really is...the two party system will fail us all...and people just don't get that....I don't have anything against the first lady....just all the rest of them!

    Mark F
    Grand Rapids, MI.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  160. EBF

    It tells me that Obama does not care about the hardships that most
    american people are going through. On one hand he states he will
    stop goverment spending on the other his wife goes on a trip to
    Spain paid for by us. She could have vacationed anywhere in the USA.
    The east coast would have been nice. Florida, Louisiana, etc.
    A few months ago she was advising tourists to visit these states,
    that these states need the tourist dollars. Too hot for her maybe??

    August 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  161. Angela

    Being the first lady has to be stressful.She is the one person that Pres. Obama probaly shares all of his true feeling and opinions. For summer break we allow our kids to choose where we vacation. How do we know that Sasha didn't choose Spain. After all, her big sister left her to go to camp? Honestly, had she chosen CA, folks in FL and VA would have been whinning about her not coming to their town. Who are we to tell her where she should spend her vacation. People love judging her, but she should be allowed to have fun.

    Hunstville, AL

    August 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  162. Mickey Watts

    The good will marketing Michelle is promoting 0verseas will pay back 10 fold. I consider it a fight against terrorism. If you look at her and her husband's public service record over the years and the fact that he gave his Nobel money to charity. It gives her the right as much as any of us to go have a good time. I live in a small studio apartment and just make a living and it doesn't bother me. Look at the big picture. Don't cry and moan because we can't go with her. Be happy a caring, intelligent First Lady is an Ambassador for the greatest country on earth.
    Mickey Watts
    Norfolk, Va.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  163. margaret wagemaker

    Grow up! Mrs Obama has every right to take a trip. Her husband's job
    and her position as first lady must take up most of her time. Also, Mrs.
    Obama has her own money,was a successful lawyer, and, for all you know, saved it and is spending it in Spain. God help your wife if she's not allowed to go anywhere without you – everyone need time of their own.
    Maybe you don't even believe what you implied yourself, in which case shame on you for pandering to narrow-minded, old-fashioned, citizens.

    Margaret Wagemaker
    El Cajon, Ca.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  164. Doug

    She isn't the president, she doesn't have any more obligation to the country than any other citizen.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm |
  165. Savannah Robillard

    She is a hypocrite – she herself told America on TV to vacation on the Gulf to help their local economies. Did she? Did she?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm |