August 10th, 2010
12:55 PM ET
soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. nini

    I have no problem with people taking vacation any where in the world.

    I just think timing is everything specially when your husband keeps demonizing people that go to vacation spots like Las Vegas.

    Now our first lady is going to Spain, why not spend that money in the states we have spots that are as pleasant as Spain.

    BTW, Where is Melia?

    August 10, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. ST

    Let us be fair here. Michelle's trip was known 2 weeks before departure. No one raised any questions then. How come now? Can't one think it is because after we watched how she was received there and where she stayed!!!

    August 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. BB

    No issues here! Good for you Michelle! I couldn't be more proud of any other 1st Lady than you!!!
    I figure once the Rethugs explain how they went from a $238 Billion Dollar Surplus in 2000 to a 10.4 Trillion Dollar deficit in 2008. Then we'll worry about who goes where and when. And we also won't worry about what our President Obama has had to add ($3.6 Trillion) to the deficit to save our country. The REPUBLICANS brought this country to it's knees, they drove the car in the ditch and now they want the keys back? I don't think so!!! They cannot be trusted. Change and moving forward can be painful, and I'll go through the pain with the gears in "D" to keep moving/Driving forward with the "D"ems, I don't believe anyone in their right mind wants to put the gears in "R" and go in reverse/backwards with the "R"ethugs!!!!!!
    Michelle....go on vacation and don't worry about the cry babies....they have shown the world that crying and whining and complaining is really all they are good at!!!!!!!

    August 10, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Chaco

    Are the Republican members of Congress going on vacation ? Are the executives of AIG, General Motors and BP going on vacation? How about Lloyd Blankfein and the rest of All Star Greed line up at Goldman Sachs of Cash takin g a vacation? Move on to a real story please.

    August 10, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. Diana

    Explain the difference in the taxpayers providing the salaries for the Secret Service protection for the Clinton wedding including airspace block and Mrs. Obama receiving protection on her trip. Both were at taxpayers expense. Is it because of a racial difference? Everyone was happy over the wedding but taken aback over Mrs. Obama's trip. Basically, the media is saying that the Obama's can only travel were the media dictates such as the gulf. There will always be a crisis that deserves the President's attention. It does not mean they have to stop their lives totally but that's the impression I am getting from the media. He is not angry enough, he is not vacationing on the gulf, etc. The Bushes didn't vacation in New Orleans during Katrina. The Clintons didn't give up their vacations nor the elder Bushes.

    August 10, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. Donald

    Damn GWB spent over 900 days on vacation and people mad at the first lady.

    August 10, 2010 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  7. geecee

    The Rethugs are going to beat this to death. They will absolutely get as much mileage out of this "most egregious" event as possible. How awful!! Spending five days out of the Country visiting a head of state, instead of on a golf course or some where else in the USA about 191 times a year!! Doesn't matter if she and her entourage paid their own expenses. It's the Secret Service and Airline charges (regardless of the fact that they are required, not requested) that the NO party will moan and groan about. Michelle should reimburse those expenses and maybe the Rethugs will quiet down as they don't have anything else to slam her with but she really ought to try not to give them any excuses for slinging the mud. They will jump on anything as we all know.

    August 10, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Dr. Phil

    This is really non-sense. Everybody deserves some free time, especially the first family. We all know who the complainant are. Get a life...also, try spending more vacation time with your families, the world may be a better place if you did.

    August 10, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  9. waheid

    If the Republicans find it necessary to start criticizing Michelle Obama's vacation destination, they must be getting pretty desperate. Where were these whiners when George W. was spending huge amounts of time at his ranch in Crawford. (Of course, in his case the country was somewhat safer when he was vacationing!) Presidential families of both parties have complained about a sense of confinement in the White House. Let the lady be!

    August 10, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. jekyllover

    Michelle Obama should be free to travel wherever she desires. Her trip should receive no notice when compared to the outrageous bonuses, salaries, stock options that corporate executives award themselves.

    August 10, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Michelle Obama gets heat for just breathing from the ridiculous right....

    August 10, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Sweetie

    This now stale news.....let's move along people!

    August 10, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. gaysforpalin

    Queen Michelle Antionette Obama should have vacationed first and only along gulf coast.

    not some weekend afterthought trip that is coming up.

    August 10, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  14. Really?

    The Obamas r very insensitive to the economic climate we all face. While we are tighten our belts, forgoing vacation, or choosing to vacation locally, she takes an extravagant trip and flaunts it in the face of those struggling to make ends meet -ie the American People.

    Had this been Laura Bush, (& I seriously doubt that Mrs Bush would do something so classless), the MSM, including CNN would be on fire!!!

    On a different note, can someone please get Michelle Obama a stylist? She looks embarrassing. Good grief as First Lady you think she woudl walk around looking a heck of a lot more dignified esp. when meeting other heads of state!!

    August 10, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Millions of Americans wish they could vacation in Spain, or get a job or pay their mortgage or put food on the table.

    August 10, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. Sensible Cape Coral FL

    I was on a cruise two years ago and was speaking to a woman who had been on a tour of Western Europe several years before. She said that as her tour bus pulled into a city, the guide told them to say they were Canadians if anyone asked them. It was just SAFER to do so.

    Thankfully that is not true any longer. Thank you Michelle for improving our image even more.

    August 10, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  17. Terry from West Texas

    Mrs. Obama and her daughters can go anywhere they want to any time they want to. Is it in bad taste for my wife and I to go out to dinner when some Americans are hungry? Is it in bad taste for CNN to publish news when some Americans are illiterate.

    There are no standards of taste or rules of behavior we can all agree on. All this story does is give people who hate Obama something to complain about. They have already grabbed as one of their stupid talking points that Obama is away on vacation while ordinary Americans suffer. Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

    (By a curious coincidence, Nero was the Antichrist mentioned in Revelation. The number 666, according to scholars, is some sort of numerological or astrological reference to his name. Early Christians, like their modern day counterparts, were very superstitious. Harris polls says that 25% of Republicans believe that Obama could be the Antichrist.)

    August 10, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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