As I noted earlier here and here, political leaders (the UK’s new PM excepted perhaps) live more like monarchs than is befitting a republic. Well, if you have quasi-kings, you gotta have queens too apparently.
Michelle Obama, according to one account, is channeling the former Queen of France: Marie Antoinette! This is a bit of an exaggeration to say the least. But isn’t it at least unseemly and bad politics for Mrs. Obama to try to top Entourage by bringing her 40 gal pals to Spain for a vacation – at much expense to the U.S. taxpayers? Here is one snip from the story with this admittedly over-the-top comparison:
But while most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns – or forgoing them altogether – the Obamas don’t seem to be heeding their own advice. 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.
Reports 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.
To be clear, what the Obamas do with their money is one thing; what they do with ours is another. Transporting and housing the estimated 70 Secret Service agents who will flank the material girl will cost the taxpayers a pretty penny.