June 4th, 2009
03:38 PM ET
5 years ago

First family to gather in Paris

The Obamas will spend the weekend together as a family in Paris before the president returns to Washington.
The Obamas will spend the weekend together as a family in Paris before the president returns to Washington.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama will be joined by the first lady and the couple's two daughters in Paris Friday as he winds down his latest overseas trip.

While the president will return to Washington Sunday, 10-year-old Malia and 7-year-old Sasha will stay in France with their mother for a few days next week, CNN has confirmed.

The first lady will have a public event in Normandy, France on Saturday.

The rest of the first family's itinerary while sightseeing in France will be private, according to the first lady's office.


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soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Danny J

    What's with the Obamas' affinity to France? They've been there multiple times in just a few months. Aren't there other countries that have a higher priority right now?

    June 4, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. Chris in NH

    Do any of those with negative comments have any evidence to back up their idiotic remarks? Obviously we pay for the President's trip as he went to the middle east as our representative. The First Lady will be at Normandy representing our country.
    Any costs beyond that are reimbursed from PERSONAL funds. So the Obama's will pay the cost for their daughters and the "date" was only partial funded by tax dollars. The Obama's have a right to some form of a normal life considering the responsibilities that they BOTH carry.
    Those of you who can't handle this need to move to Alaska with your ridiculous friend sarah palin.

    June 4, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Jon in CA

    @ Cami (who is really pschitzo "Mari") writes,

    "No, Viva a man who doesn't forget that he is also still a husband and a father. VIVA FAMILY VALUES!!!"

    ____________________

    Yes – what a great example by the President of the UNITED STATES. In such difficult economic times for the US – to be going on vacation to FRANCE.

    Unnecessarily wasting tax-dollars .. and doing so in France. Next we'll here that he, being the effective Chairman of GM, just bought a brand new Mercedez.

    June 4, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  4. Ken in NC

    @ Dallas Independent – thank goodness

    If the First Family is getting under your skin so bad, stop being such a butt about it and move to Cuba. Get over it because they will be there for another 7 years and 8 months.

    Also please note that they are not the first First Family to travel. It is part of who they are and what they do. They are the First Family of our country and they represent all American families.

    June 4, 2009 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. new yorker

    god bless the first family.

    June 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. JM

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the President and the First Family doing this. Both the President and the First Lady had legitimate reasons to be in Paris anyways for the Anniversary of D-Day. They are both scheduled to speak and if they want to bring their daughters along (something the Bush's did with Jenna and Barbara, something the Clinton's did with Chelsea and something the Carter's did with Amy) then there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. They're entitled to do that.

    Republicans, you need to stop whining and get over it.

    June 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Kitty

    I guess spending OUR money for a date the other night was not enough. And you morans that support this president should be the ones footing the $81,000 bill. But NO we all have to pay for this!!!

    Obama STAY out of our country – you want to control the world – move to another part of our world!!! Spend another country's money not ours!!!

    June 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Jim C

    The Obama's are using their money!!!!! (sigh..republicans are one of the most uneducated critters)

    It is clear from the comments that the Republicans are very uneducated and fully dependent on the government. Get out of your sorry butt and get to work. Probably next year you might afford a trip to Paris.

    President Obama, enjoy your trip to Paris as long as you don't spend $400,000 of tax payers money on some stupid China that Laura Bush bought in January 09.

    June 4, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. Realist

    Cant wait to pay for that!!

    June 4, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Adam

    wanna bet that Disneyland Paris will be on the agenda?

    June 4, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Jimmy the Greek

    Obama: "We all must make sacrifices....err....YOU all must make sacrifices for the betterment of our country and future......"

    June 4, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Colin

    Seriously? Republicans whining about OBAMA wasting their money? Did you not notice the last 8 years? It will take well over 50 to 100 years to recover from what Bush did to your country in 8 years, so shut up now!!!

    June 4, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Molly

    I am so sick of this Celebrity President I could Vomit! He has spent more in 6 months than in 30 years combined and the first board is bashing Sarah Palin? She is the GOVERNOR of ALASKA u morons – The Annoited One is only a Community Organizer Windbag!!!

    June 4, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  14. ib

    Obama is living high off our money. At least Bush worked on issues when he was in Texas. Obama thinks nothing of using three planes for a night out on NYC. Wonder how big his carbon footprint was for that little joy ride.

    June 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Kimberly from Houston, Texas

    PONTUS & FLOTUS,
    Enjoy the weekend in Paris!

    Hoping to visit this summer myself!

    June 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  16. Realist

    Maybe he is going to France to pick up some tips on socialism and to see what an awful country we can become? Whats their unemployment and tax rates lately?

    June 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Katie - Atlanta

    @ S Callahan June 4th, 2009 4:27 pm ET

    I try not to be too critical of our President..but it has disturbed me since yesterday that he accepted the 'huge GOLD necklace..or whatever one calls it'…somehow it just smacks hyprocrisy to all those who just lost their jobs, their homes, are being forced to apply for food stamps just to feed their people. Maybe it would have been best to not publicze it. Now, off to Paris..when alot of families can't get enough gas to make it to the next town. I understand the office holds it's own spoils…but come on'…have some grace to those suffering.

    –How exactly is it hypocritcal for him to accept a gift? I don't get your point in all of this. People were suffering while Bush was in office. Did you complain about his trists to Crawford every weekend? I doubt it very seriously. Add to that, we're having financial issues now because of what Bush did. Lay the blame of your issues where they really belong.

    June 4, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Crazy Cat Lady

    Have a wonderful time, Mr. President! You and your family deserve some pleasure amid the daily pains of your fishbowl-life office.

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Molly

    And I quote – "Now we can't take our Corporate Jets and Just go to Vegas for the Weekend" well, well, well, double standard much? What a capital JERK Teleprompter reading Elitist!!!!

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  20. Mich

    Flight to Paris..................$ 300,000.00
    Trip to Euro Disney........$ 5,000.00
    Hotel room......................$ 8,000.00
    Food................................$ 4,500.00

    Fooling the amercian dum down population PRICELESS.

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. CAMI - AM I STILL IN MODERATION????

    @ S Callahan

    Did you ever consider what a slap in the face it would have been for our President not to accept that necklace? That would have caused an enormous uproar around the world. Is that what you do when someone gives you a gift you

    a. can't use or, b. don't like? If so, how gracious of you...

    I was brought up to accept a gift wih a amile and a thank you, regardless of whether I like it or not.

    And to those of you commenting on his "vacation" in France. He is, first and foremost, there to help commemorate D-DAY, which translates into "business". Staying there a couple of days longer is not a problem.

    June 4, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  22. Me

    Those Bashing Bush are certainly enjoying their 4.5% mortgage rates aren't they. This BAIL OUT WILL NEVER END!!! LET's Rescue California next!!! Then the Failing Newspapers!!! Then CNN since they suk.

    June 4, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Realist

    To JIM C, uhhh...no they are not using their money. maybe you missed the whole thing about how as long as he does something 'presidential' on the trip we pick up the bill. Which is why he last trip to Vegas to raise money for Dems was picked up by the taxpayer because on the tarmac he discussed economics for 30 min. And you really think they can afford it anyway? Do you realize how much security and personell go with the President and his family? Do you realize his salary and their overall income levels? Its not fiscally possible for him to fully pay for it, maybe once (unless maybe he is racking up hundreds of thousands in debt, that is his fiscal policy). All presidents do this, but dont think you Messiah is any different.

    June 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  24. Expat American

    I want to know how many of my tax dollars are going to fund this!

    So that I can say.....

    Have a nice time, Mr. President and First Family!!

    har har har Country First Wood Chuck Slack Jaws!

    June 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Brina

    President Obama enjoy your family. I know you've got somethings to do first but after that, enjoy your family. I love the fact that the haters don't get to you.......they are so pathetic.

    June 4, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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