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Published:August 6th, 2010 13:04 EST
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Michelle Obama's Expensive Vacation

By Robert Paul Reyes

 

"While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her `closest friends.` According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.

michelle obamaReports are calling the lodgings of Obama`s Spanish fiesta, the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, `luxurious,` `posh` and "a millionaires` playground."

Estimated room rate per night? Up to a staggering $2,500. Method of transportation: Air Force Two." Read more
I don`t expect the Obamas to dine on Top Ramen and mac and cheese to express solidarity with the millions of Americans who are struggling to make ends meet. But by the same token I don`t expect the Obamas to rub their wealth and celebrity in our faces.

Every politician worth his salt realizes that perception is reality. The Obamas are skilled politicians, but they must be so drunk with power they simply no longer care what the "little people" think about them.

Michelle Obama imagines herself this generation`s Jackie Kennedy (what a joke), and an Obama vacation resembles an episode of "The Lifestyle of the Rich and Famous."

While Michelle and her homegirls are dining on caviar and staying in a 5-star hotel in Spain, millions of Americans are wondering why they voted for Barack Obama.

Michelle may be paying for the hotel rooms and the gourmet dinners, but the taxpayers are stuck with the bills for the Secret Service protection and the use of Air Force 2.

While Michelle is living the high life in Spain, her husband celebrated his birthday with his friends. When was the last time a First Lady went on a vacation leaving her husband behind on his birthday? You guessed it, back in the Kennedy administration. Let me channel Lloyd Bensten, and rebuke Michelle Obama: You are no Jacqueline Kennedy! You don`t have her sense of style, charm or beauty.

President Bill Clinton felt our pain, the Obamas cause us pain by exhibiting a "let them eat cake" attitude.

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