What is it with Democrats who say they’re the party of the “little guy” who then have flashy weddings (like Chelsea Clinton), or go on extravagant vacations. Normally, I wouldn’t care what politicians do on their spare time with their own money. But I think it’s hypocritical when they bash “rich people” whose tax dollars they steal to give to their constituents in the form of government goodies.
Now I didn’t post about Chelsea Clinton’s wedding because that’s all I’ve been seeing on television lately, and I’m sick to death of hearing about whether she would wear a Vera Wang or an Oscar De La Renta gown. It was also quite fitting that she married that Mezvinsky character, since both of them are from a family of Democrat criminals.
It’s no different with Michelle and Sasha Obama’s Spanish adventure. Apparently, such a lavish vacation hasn’t gone over well with some people in the media.
Sacrifice is something that many Americans are becoming all too familiar with during this economic downturn. It was a key theme in President Obama’s inaugural address to the nation, and he’s referenced it numerous times when lecturing the country on how to get back on its feet.
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.
Don’t forget about all those Secret Service agents who have to be shlepped out to Spain to watch over ME-chelle and Sasha. Personally, I can’t imagine any agent wanting to take a bullet for the Obamas, but anyway, moving along…
Incredibly, the Obamas have long portrayed themselves as precisely such commoners. Just this month, Obama told ABC the First Couple is “not that far removed from what most Americans are going through.” And that “it was just a few years ago that we had high credit card balances, we had two kids, thinking about college. We had our own retirement accounts, wondering if we were going to be able to get enough assets in there.”
Here are some photos of the luxury hotel where the Obamas are staying. (Via The Huffington Post)
Surprisingly this extravagant vacation hasn’t gone over well with some of the HuffPo readers either.