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

First family to gather in Paris

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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
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Reality Check

    Paul from Phoenix,

    Thank you for bringing this to light! I agree that the women are put into this position out of fear. They are repressed socially and educationally and how can one say the women CHOOSE to have it that way! They are terrified for their lives and the lives of their children.

    Wake up people and get a clue.

    June 4, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. Get Real

    Marc in Va

    Nice...wishing death on the first family....

    I guess that goes right in hand with the neo-con ideal of killing those that you don't agree with...

    June 4, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. Leslie

    As the rest of America suffers economically, Hussein Obama and his family are in Paris having a grand time at taxpayers expense. I hope they'll end up with swine flu.

    June 4, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. No Support

    What spending more of the TAX PAYERS MONEY, Obama has NO RESPECT for the current economy.

    June 4, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. annie for Palin

    To Jon – it is not obama's fault, he just hasn't been able to find the location of the oval office.

    By-the-way, what priceless gift did obama give King Abdallah? Wasn't it in the 70's or 80's that all the black pimps in movies were wearing gold chains? Do you think maybe Abdallah was trying to insult obama?

    June 4, 2009 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. w.l. jones

    comme tally voov Madame: we we. Paris. France is beautiful this time of year. Have fun first family.

    June 4, 2009 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  7. Pat, CA

    Ken in NC June 4th, 2009 4:40 pm ET
    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.
    Please tell me when President Bush took his daughters abroad on taxpayer expense?

    June 4, 2009 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Ken in NC

    I'm getting sick and tired of you butt holes complaining about every time President Obama walks out the door of the White House costing tax payers money. If you had half a brain you would realize that 99.9% of his trips are in some way work related and even when his travel is for personal reasons, he is still the POTUS. I get the weekends off and I leave work at 3:30PM but this man is President even when he is in bed sleeping. When he goes home to Hawaii, he is still on duty as the POTUS. Get over it people. 90% of you nuts never complained like this until an African American went into the White House. Deal with it. You do not get to tell him when he can come and go. He is THE BOSS. DEAL WITH IT.

    June 4, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Pat, CA

    anni June 4th, 2009 4:06 pm ET
    I'll stick with President Obama's values.
    Of course you will! YOU don't have any values! Other than gimme-gimme-gimme!

    June 4, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  10. concerened parent

    Pitiful, just pitiful......with our country in such a financial bind and we can barely feed our children they take off overseas to have fun, and unwind. What's going to happend when all the baby boomers start retiring in a few months? Who will pay then. I know I will be glad to see 2012 get here!!!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  11. Sari

    That's fine that they go on vacation but some of these comments are so syrupy sweet it's downright ridiculous.

    I can just see it...If they did a story about them taking a crap together..
    'what beautiful feces coming from such beautiful people! I am so proud of my President's crap!!!'


    June 4, 2009 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  12. Brandon V in DFW


    Are you kidding, it wasn't just that the president was visiting his home there. It was officially the "Western White House". The tax payer footed the bill for all services provided when he was there.

    The costs to the country of maintaining the White House and the Western White House are astounding when compared to a couple of trips by President Obama and his family.

    Also you will note that they are incorporating these in to business trips. The president is our head of state he has to travel and meet with and socalize with other world leaders. His wife is a public figure now also and people request her presence and experience as well.

    June 4, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  13. Nicole from Ohio

    To the First Family:
    Have a wonderful and safe vacation! I hope that you enjoy your time in Paris, France. Please continue to be a shining example of hope, class and idealism and ignore all the bitter naysayers out there. : )

    June 4, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  14. Dee, NJ

    Pres "O", you need a rest! The family has done there job! Rest!, and Thank You!

    June 4, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
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