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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    You know whats really easy to notice.
    The secret service.
    They aren't very secret.
    Ha, this is what I was thinking. I counted atleast nine.

    And about the story, I think its a non-story. The first family have done this kind of thing for many years. This isn't the first, and it won't be the last time the first family takes trips like this.
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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

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    Ha, this is what I was thinking. I counted atleast nine.
    Pasty white guys and gals, with the occasional brother, but they all have collared shirts with sleeves.

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    And about the story, I think its a non-story. The first family have done this kind of thing for many years. This isn't the first, and it won't be the last time the first family takes trips like this.
    Well if you think about it, it counts as unearned income.
    They are getting a free airfare to another country for leisure purposes, they should have to pay taxes on it in the least.
    Not picking on the Obama family but saying in general.
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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Pasty white guys and gals, with the occasional brother, but they all have collared shirts with sleeves.
    And the ever subtle ear piece


    Well if you think about it, it counts as unearned income.
    They are getting a free airfare to another country for leisure purposes, they should have to pay taxes on it in the least.
    Not picking on the Obama family but saying in general.
    I wouldn't disagree with that. Though I think its more of a perk to the job, than something outrageous.
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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

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    I wouldn't disagree with that. Though I think its more of a perk to the job, than something outrageous.
    It's not outrageous.
    I don't expect people with money to live a certain way, taking trips is fine with me.
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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

    Okay, granted, the cost FLOTUS and her daughter's trip to Spain likely wasn't all on their own nickle, but let's be honest here, folks. Can it ever be?

    She IS the First Lady. As such, she has to have the Secret Service around to protect her and her daughter not only whenever she (FLOTUS) travels INCONUS but abroad. To those complaining about her travel and lodging arrangements, do you honestly believe she can travel first class like the rest of us? C'mon! Not since the days of Eisenhower have the President and the FLOTUS travelled by anything less than the most secure means at the taxpayer's expense. That said, we don't know if the FLOTUS wanted to travel via other means or if the Secret Service insisted that using AF1.5 was the best way to keep her and her daughter safe.

    As to the lodging...it seems rather lavish, but again was it her idea, the Secret Service or the Spanish government's insistance? Are they staying there on the taxpayer's dime or did she pay out of her own pocket? How much of her shopping spree is out of her own pocket versus how much will the taxpayers pickup? And how often has this happened with former FLOTUS? Which brings us back to the same questions so many have repeatedly asked to those who apparently are upset about this:

    "Where you that pissed off when Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagon, Betty Ford or Patricia Nixon all took trips abroad on the taxpayer's dime? Or were you just upset when Jackie-O, Rosaline Carter and Hillary Clinton did it?"
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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

    Quote Originally Posted by Objective Voice View Post
    Okay, granted, the cost FLOTUS and her daughter's trip to Spain likely wasn't all on their own nickle, but let's be honest here, folks. Can it ever be?

    She IS the First Lady. As such, she has to have the Secret Service around to protect her and her daughter not only whenever she (FLOTUS) travels INCONUS but abroad. To those complaining about here travel and lodging arrangements, do you honestly believe she can travel first class like the rest of us? C'mon! Not since the days of Eisenhower have the President and the FLOTUS travelled by anything less than the most secure means at the taxpayer's expense. That said, we don't know if the FLOTUS wanted to travel via other means or if the Secret Service insisted that using AF1.5 was the best way to keep her and her daughter safe.

    As to the lodging...it seems rather lavish, but again was it her idea, the Secret Service or the Spanish government's insistance? Are they staying there on the taxpayer's dime or did she pay out her own pocket? How much of her shopping spree is out of her own pocket versus how much will the taxpayers pickup? And how often has this happened with former FLOTUS? Which brings us back to the same questions so many have repeatedly asked to those who apparently are upset about this:

    "Where you that pissed off when Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagon, Betty Ford or Patricia Nixon all took trips abroad on the taxpayer's dime? Or were you just upset when Jackie-O, Rosaline Carter and Hillary Clinton did it?"
    I understand the role of the secret service and have no problem with that but she and all the other presidents/their wives could charter a private jet at their expense.

    Just sayin, it doesn't seem right.
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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

    **CORRECTION**

    Richard Nixon's wife's first name was Thelma, but they called her "Pat" for some reason...

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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    Um... aren't you the same people who usually defend the rich from "unfair taxation" and the like? Why do you suddenly care what the Obama family does with their personal money?
    1-The fact that the taxpayers ar efooting the bill for AF2 and rooms for 72 secret service members at 4k per room a night might call to question "their" money...and

    2-Its not a little bit like the Kerry situation...rip the wealthy and large ass (oops...I mean largess...some how that MObbama ginormous badonkadonk snuck in there) but then epitomoize the lifestyle and practice they profess to despise...while foregoing those cuts the little people have to make...

    the hypocrisy thing...you know...

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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I mean I'd love to take my family to Spain and would if the airfare were free.
    I can afford the room and board.
    Pretty unfair.
    I could fly to Spain just for the taxes. My girl friend's parents have worked for an airline for decades..

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    Re: Material girl Michelle Obama is a modern-day Marie Antoinette

    It should come as not surprise that the author of this hit piece is a frequent Fox News contributor.

    Tantaros thinks Obama should model Bush's vacation schedule? | Media Matters for America

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