As much as I want to express my utter outrage at the sight of the new American kings and queens (all progressive!), I’ll still try to restrain myself and operate with dry numbers, not with raw emotions. Here’re several questions for the readers of this article:
Question One: What do you think is the cost of Michelle Obama’s latest trip to Spain? The trip that you and I, American taxpayers, have paid for out of our rapidly emptying pockets?
The New York Daily News reported two days ago:
While most of the country is pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns – or forgoing them altogether – the Obamas don’t seem to be heeding their own advice. While many of us are struggling, the First Lady is spending the next few days in a five-star hotel on the chic Costa del Sol in southern Spain with 40 of her “closest friends.” According to CNN, the group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodgings at the 160-room resort. Not exactly what one would call cutting back in troubled times.
Reports are calling the lodgings of Obama’s Spanish fiesta, the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, “luxurious,” “posh” and “a millionaires’ playground.” Estimated room rate per night? Up to a staggering $2,500. Method of transportation? Air Force Two.
Imagine the feelings of 15 million jobless Americans who sit with their families in front of their TV’s, watching the modern-day American Queen spend hundreds of thousands of their tax dollars on a trip to a super-luxurious Spanish resort!
But the Obamas – the new Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette – still think (or pretend to think) that they are the same little guy and gal that are “pinching pennies and downsizing summer sojourns”:
Incredibly, the Obamas have long portrayed themselves as commoners. Just this month, Obama told ABC the First Couple is “not that far removed from what most Americans are going through.”