June 4th, 2009
03:38 PM ET
6 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.


Filed under: Michelle Obama • Obama family • President Obama
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  1. Proud American

    Funny how non of the Republican Idiots had a problem with Bush taking the entire hillbilly bunch of bushes to Crawford 5 or 6 times a year. Or when the Idiot Cheney wanted to take one of his friends hunting to shoot them. Sounds like a double standard to me..

    June 4, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. LacrosseMom

    @ Mich who wrote:

    June 4th, 2009 4:56 pm ET
    To Mr. Obama

    D-Day is something that happened in June,1944. And it was something we had to do. You don't have to say your sorry for the United States. the germans were shooting back at us. I know that you like saying were sorry for everything. But this time please don't.
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    Did you hear President Obama apologize for D-Day? Why do you GOPers always stretch the truth or even lie? By the way, sir, our Nation is not perfect we have made mistakes and will again.

    June 4, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    @ Jon CA....... As McCain would say, "my friend" I do not know who "Cami" is. I am LacrosseMom. You Republicans are SO paranoid.

    My goodness man, take a breath, go for a walk, relax.

    Peace be with you, pal.

    June 4, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  4. JJ in Chula Vista, CA

    Mich June 4th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

    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.
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    ...uh oh... that's "American" and "dumb" to you, pal!

    You should also site your sources... it would help with your anti-Obama talk.

    June 4, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  5. PKR

    Kitty, Molly, Munchmom, Mich and Jon in CA and all the other sore losers~

    How sad that you can't get past your own silliness.

    Lisa in Laughlin, NV ~
    I have an idea. Why don't you go get a law degree, work your way up a political ladder, giving up any sense of normal life in the process, present ideas that will make our country a better place, work 20 hours a day serving your community and country and organizing a presidential campaign for yourself, travel from city to city, shaking countless hands, kissing countless babies, win your party's nomination, run and win the presidency...after you make those sacrafices in your own life, we will pay for your trip to France. How does that sound?

    June 4, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. Claudia in Houson

    Look at your own senators and congressmen and women paid vacation time along with their families and friends, then come back and make a legitimate complaint about President Obama's time with his family. FACT.

    June 4, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Jim C

    Realist...You are right, President Obama's Presidential salary is only $400,000 and he will not be able to afford it but do you know how much money he has made so far from his book(s) sale?

    2007 Obama's made $4.2 million from book(s) sale
    2008 – Close to $10 million
    2009 – You bet is a lot higher, since he is now the President.

    So do your research first before commenting.

    June 4, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. Teo

    The complaints about the Obamas are coming from people who don't seem to even have their facts straight. I wonder if these folks expect the president to stay chained to his desk in the oval office. And
    maybe Michelle didn't come along because the girls had school???

    The comments that are especially laughable are ones like "I can't afford a vacation, so when is someone going to pay for me to go..."
    The answer is because you aren't the President of the United States!! And, you can obviously afford internet access, so, maybe you could use it to find a job or two and pay your own way!

    Get out of your helpless victim- in- a- recession mindset.

    June 4, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  9. Teo

    TO Marc in Virginia

    Yes Air France has a flight back, and they have a seat reserved for you!

    June 4, 2009 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  10. obamamama

    They can afford it, they are millionaires, and he is the president on official business after all. Why do so many of these posts begrudge BO, because of his race? Of course that's the reason!! Some people can't stand the thought of a classy and wealthy black family, back to the cotton fields with 'em. You frickin' haters should put a sock in it. Enjoy, Mr. President and family, you earned it.

    June 4, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  11. Kimberly

    HAHA, all the people hating on this trip have no idea that this was an invite from France, something that bush did FOUR times with his drunk daughters. FYI the more you loons on the right cry and scream, the more the people with brains come into the light of the democrats, so I thank you. Obamas ratings on the rise, the economy looking up, the world respecting us again, moving from the ignorant red neck uneducated state of az, today is a great day for me...

    June 4, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  12. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Allen June 4th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

    Wonder how much this is going to cost the middle class taxpayers?
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    Funny, didn't hear you squawkin' when Bush when over to Israel to talk against our current President, wonder what THAT cost...funny how you idiots forget conveniently isn't it?

    June 4, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Wha dup?

    Look, this man loves his wife ,children and Americia, it shows like a shining light! Those of you laying in a fetal position crying and wailing like neglected uncomforted babies...suck it up...dry it up ... grow up...and shut the He!! up. You will NEVERRRRRRRRRRRR controll the President with your insidious hatered and fault/witch hunting...NEVER!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  14. Turnabout is Fair Play

    TM in CO June 4th, 2009 4:00 pm ET

    Wow. We are having an economic breakdown and you have the nerve to fly to Paris France for 1 public event and then sightseeing "for a few days" at the taxpayer's expense? I cannot even afford to take a vacation to the next town over because of the economy. Please tell me why on God's green earth does the First Family get to travel and I get to help foot the bill? I voted for this man because I honestly believed he cared about the economic state of our nation and would lead by example. Yea Right!!
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    What is wrong with you right wing idiots!!! Do you not remember that the Obamas are millionaires in their own right!!!??? That maybe, JUST MAYBE, they're spending their own money when they go over there? Even if they don't, you fools never yelped once when ole cowboy Bush went over to that there ranch in Crawford 77 times on TAXPAYER money..double standard?

    June 4, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  15. Proud DHS radical

    Wonder how many of the soon to be unemployed GM dealership employees voted for Obama? I'd bet it's not the change they expected and while they're being laid off and wondering where their next pay check is coming from, it's good to see that Obama is having the time of his life at tax payers expense.

    June 4, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  16. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Rick CT June 4th, 2009 4:06 pm ET

    Anyone notice that the price of crude oil has now about doubled since Obama took office. No wonder his speech is receiving a positive reaction in the Arab world.
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    Don't EVEN try it. The price of crude and gasoline always increases during the summer driving season and will decrease once the season is over. Nice try, but you obviously are suffering from Post Traumatic Bush Syndrome when gas was oh, over 4 bux a gallon?

    June 4, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  17. big papa

    EVERY ONE of you Obama-haters can KOA...

    ...as hard as the President and First Lady have been working...

    ...to regain some moral, economic and patriotic certainty...

    ...that Dick and Lynn Cheney, GWB, Angelo Mozillo and the rest of the Wall Street Gang...

    ...Have totally destroyed...

    ...the First Family deserves whatever vacation they doggone well like...

    ...It's the least we can do for their service to this broken down, wreck of a country...

    ...that the low life conservatives rode into the ground...

    June 4, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  18. Turnabout is Fair Play

    matt June 4th, 2009 4:25 pm ET

    Maybe the French will throw french fries at him when he says something stupid like blame America for the liberations of France
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    Why don't you try reading what you typed here to yourself again and realize just how uneducated and Sarah Palin-like you really are. Ignorant tool.

    June 4, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  19. Rob in Detroit Mi.

    Dam!what's with all the hatin people are acting like the Obamas are the first family to go overseas hes not going to his ranch every other weekend u people are showing every body how hateful you all are keep it up.

    June 4, 2009 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  20. ShayHay

    The kids are out of school and they're going to spend the weekend with their dad while he's over seas. Not to mention First Lady Michelle has an engagement there. How exactly is this bucking a trend? It happens all the time. CNN you're reaching.

    June 4, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. Alicia from Ohio

    Republicans are such sore losers and whiners. Whining for the next 8 years will not be much fun for you. Get a life. The POTUS and FLOTUS are representing the best of America. But you will probably never want to admit that. Change is sometimes difficult. I feel sorry for you.

    June 4, 2009 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. Pat, CA

    Why the heck do the Obama daughters go to Paris on OUR expense? (AND don't tell me WE are NOT footing this bill!!!!!!)

    How about Bo? Is he going, too?

    This is becoming more and more a soap opera. Whatever happened to the presidency of the United States? You know - the one where the person elected to the highest office actually has some DIGNITY?????

    June 4, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  23. Reality Check

    Is this ANOTHER APOLOGY TRIP??? and how much of our money is being spent to bring the family along, too? Oh, and is the mother-in-law there, too? This must be his resolution for reparations.... run the debt up into the trillions and make them pay.....

    June 4, 2009 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  24. Pat, CA

    Get real, people! Obama is giving this nation the BIRD! Nothing more, nothing less - and he's enjoying it royally!

    June 4, 2009 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  25. annie for Palin

    That is so wonderful – flying two different planes just so we tax payers can have more of our tax dollars wasted! Aren't the obamas so stinking thoughtful?

    June 4, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
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