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

First family to gather in Paris

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/04/art.bofamgrant0604.gi.jpg caption="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
soundoff (189 Responses)
  1. Gret

    Great! The Obamas are boldly living large like ROCK STARS while we average americans suffer through this economy like we don't have two pennies to rub together. That just pisses me off! You can bet I will do everything in my power to send these losers back to Chicago come next election. And for those of you hating on Sarah Palin for commenting on Obama's economics, why don't we just use Alaska's thriving economy to speak for her economic creditials. I'll bet there are thousands of Alaskans for every one of you brainwashed drones who will attest to the fact that she knows what she's talking about. Biggest mistake was that she wasn't running for President in '08. She would have turned this country's economy around for sure if she was in the Oval Office! Actions speak louder than words. I'm about ready to move to Alaska were people do have work and the economy is rockin.

    June 4, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Feronia

    @ S Callahan

    Would it please your senses if the President and his family just slept in a tent outside on the Whitehouse lawn? Do you begrudge everyone else around you who has more income than you do?

    If not, you're just spouting sour grapes and being hateful.

    If so, you're just spouting sour grapes and being hateful, but at least you're consistent.

    June 4, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Realist

    The bottom line is he thinks he is celebrity first and president second. And all the kool-aid drinking followers that worship him alongside Brad and Angelina without questioning (agree or disagree but do you really question, debate, or even get the facts) his policies just proves to him its working...

    June 4, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. RLE

    kitty, ib, realist et al (and others) The president made two million dollars this past year and a s a sitting president he makes 495,000 so what money of yours is he using to take the First Lady out or the First Family to Paris, when will you tire of being an idiot and speak honest statements even if you disagree

    June 4, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  5. The Broker.

    Carter? What happened in entebi???

    June 4, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. ~~ July ~~

    WOW!!! bitter til the end all of you jajajaaaa

    Poor little laura .. she stay home all this 8 yrs .. never never ever went on vacations with her daughters .... she kept in the basement netting for Bushie ....... and the girls went to church every single day.

    Get real losers!! The Obamas have every right to vacation too ... just like you paid for Bush vacations ... you will also pay for Obamas vacations and the president after Obama ... and so on ...

    June 4, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  7. Cowboy in West Texas

    With so many beautiful, history, and exciting places in the USA = why are they vacationing in Europe at my expense – send the Secret Service, and other government support money in the USA.

    June 4, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I must be psychic. I knew I would see post up here talking about "how much this is costing the taxpayer." You republicans are so predictable.

    June 4, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Jerry

    S Callahan:

    You do recognize, don't you, that all presidents give and receive gifts when they travel? Valuable gifts received by a president, however, become government property, not the property of the president.

    June 4, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  10. Expat American

    It's funny how some people call President Obama an elitist for going to Paris.....When the same people wouldn't even want to go to Europe themselves even they were offered a free ticket.....There's even McDonalds and Pizza Huts there now...Then again, why go to Europe when you can drive your massive SUV to Wal-Mart and eat fatty foods and gain 50lbs a week?

    What, there's no Jello in Europe.....?

    June 4, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Unhappy Dem

    Guess he is going to apoligize to the french also and tell them he is one of them. I see that there are still some on here that just get a tingling feeling in their leg when they think of him. idiots

    June 4, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  12. Jeff

    I had to post this here...

    Islamic extremism or Jewish extremism or Christian extremism it doesn't matter. These are the three factions that lead to the discord. Only sensible moderates and centrists on all sides will lead the way to peace. The Obama administration would be wise to play to the Islamic, Jewish and Christian perspectives, and bring all three together for compromise and solutions. If compassionately shared there is enough land (including "holy") and resources for all. And if indeed one and all are humans there must be tolerance for all religious and non-religious views...and NONE are worth killing and dying over.

    June 4, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Pat

    The number of uniformed, biggeted, jealous remarks on this blog over the President and his family traveling abroad is beyond the scope of reason. I pray that you are in a very very small minority in this country.

    June 4, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Mich

    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.

    June 4, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Lori

    Enjoy your vacation, Mr. President. The last nut-job that took office spent most of his presidency on vacation (even while our fellow Americans were drowing in Katrina). Enjoy your trip because you deserve it. It takes a lot of energy to fix this disaster that was created by the past administration. Relax and hurry back!

    June 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Once You Vote Black: Mute Newt

    I think Obama is doing all of this travel and spending to send a message to the GOP. The message is when you win elections you get to say how the money is being spent. You can cry all you want and even stomp your feet, but you have no say in this because you lost the election. You can thank Operation Chaos and PUMA for all of this.

    June 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. MOI

    Hey "Realist"! Where did you get your information about France?
    You probably get your info from Bush's Book. French people are much more happy than Americans; that is why you have so many Americans leaving there enjoying free Health care, free Education, low crime rate, "37hour work-week", etc.... If Obama get some tips from France, it can only be good for America.

    June 4, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Maggie

    I'm sure the obamas think taxpayers are just so great and generous.
    What trash !!

    June 4, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Gracie

    Aaaaah, I'm so happy for the girls. There's nothing more important than "exposure". Every child should get an opportunity to be exposed to other countries and cultures. It's something they will always remember. Both Malia and Sasha will learn things they NEVER would have learned from a book. Exposure is the greatest BOOK OF LIFE.

    I've traveled all over the world with my parents and it has made me more appreciative and accepting of others, and other cultures. It made me realize that there's MORE to my small world than I ever dreamed of. I also, met some of the most WONDERFUL people and has some of the BEST times of my life.

    I hope the First Family enjoys every minute of this experience and I hope they get to ENJOY EACH OTHER in Paris without the media. They deserve it!

    June 4, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. The Broker.

    So CNN!! What hapened in Entebbe. How many Elicopters did Carter lose????

    June 4, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. fed up

    I have no problems with Presidents taking vacation at taxpayer expense as long as they send each American a thank you note.

    June 4, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  22. Jeff

    President Obama and his family are going there for a D-Day observance at the invitation from France/ NATO – you know our allies. This is standard diplomatic protocol. So we U.S. tax payers are paying for this? Yes, of course and it's okay. So they are taking in French sites and culture. Sure, why not? From the GOP vitriol here...gee, his children get to experience another culture, learn history, et al...become better educated? Good, we could use some more intelligent people here in the U.S...I'm tired of being in the minority.

    June 4, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. JG

    You Repulicans are so stupid! Always complaining about spending e taxpayers money, half of you probably don't even pay taxes because you are to stupid to hold jobs! What about that idiot former president at the Olympics.....did you notice on most of the pictures he was clearly drunk!!!!!

    June 4, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  24. Realist

    I love the people using the 'Bush took the most vacations' mantra. He did log the most hours outside of the whitehouse but keep in mind this was at his home, which he owns, in Texas. Not exactly a vacation, and the cost was less than paying for him to be in DC (more security and personell is required in DC). There isnt a comparison here. In the end all Presidents do it, but to what extent and the timing is important. And to claim the great Messiah is any different with mixing vacations with 'official business' (i.e. a 30 min speech) so the taxpayers pick it up, is a joke.

    June 4, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Realist

    Glad to see his children are curious about the world around them, unlike the bush daughters who were busy drinking. I think one of them finally came around and did some traveling to learn more about the vast similarities and differences around the world.

    To those commenting on travel expenses, get real. Republican presidents and their families didn't stay chained to their desks/the white house in DC. I WANT the first family to have high visibility worldwiide. It only improves America's standing in the world.

    June 4, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
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