Michelle Obama’s Little Vacation
Life can be stressful in Washington, D.C. To help celebrate President Obama’s birthday (Aug 4), Michelle and her daughter Sasha, took a little vacation, traveling to Marbella, Spain. Marbella is on the southern coast, near Gibraltar.
Obama, however, will be in Chicago, having a simple dinner at Graham Elliot, with a few friends, including Oprah Winfrey.
Michelle and her daughter will be staying for four days at the Hotel Villa Padierna, one of the Ritz-Carlton chain (and one of the three in Spain). It’s considered “one of the world’s top 30 hotels”, and, according to the owner, “recently voted Spain’s most luxurious”. He said, “They don’t want anything special.”
According to the hotel’s website, it has 129 rooms, three 18-hole golf courses (too bad Obama won’t be there), no less than two Presidential Suites, three Villas, a 21,000 square foot spa “with more than eight themed baths”, and the other usual amenities expected in a 5-star hotel. The rooms start at $382/night, up to $552. The villas go for $6500. I can’t find a rate for the Presidential Suites, but they’re much smaller than the villas.
Part of “not wanting anything special” is that they reserved 60 of the 129 rooms – just about half the entire hotel. That’s understandable, considering that Mrs Obama and her daughter brought along “40 friends”. Then there are the bodyguards. You might be able to see a few of them in the photos on the Daily Mail website. The article says
About 70 U.S. Secret Service agents are also in Marbella, some of them dressed undercover as touriststs.
Look closely at photos 1, 3, and 5. Be the first to “Spot the Agent”. In photos 3 and 5, the tall bald guy seems to be wearing some sort of decorative pin at the top front of his shirt. Another one of the “tourists”, in photo 5, seems to be taking an interest in the photographer.
Travel to and from Spain is on Air Force Two. That’s the call sign used by any aircraft carrying the Vice President, First Lady, members of the Cabinet or Congress. The plane is a modified Boeing 757.
One estimate puts the cost of the trip, including those 70 Secret Service agents, at about $238,000.
But don’t think that this is a cushy jaunt at taxpayer’s expense. Not at all. The taxpayers are footing the bill for a serious diplomatic purpose:
Mrs Obama and her daughter are expected to visit Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at their summer palace on the island of Majorca, a short flight from Marbella.
Of course, nobody on the Left is going to say a word about the “carbon footprint” that the 7600-mile (round trip, D.C. To Madrid) generated.