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get-attachment-3.aspx.jpeg Mrs. Obama leaves the Eiffel Tower she toured with her daughters. Behind her is deputy chief of staff Melissa Winter and spokesman Catherine McCormick-Lelyveld. (AP photo)

A dispatch from one of my French connections about the Obama family landing in Paris on Friday.......How they did it, I don't know, but they arrived in Paris all together.
The Faubourg Saint-Honore, one of the very chic-est street in Paris (Hermes, Sotheby's, Lanvin, etc.) where the ambassador's residence and the Elysee Palace are, has been blocked all day and there are many complaints.....Tomorrow's dinner at the Jules Vernes seems to be on.....

and a note from another one of my French spies....The program has been disclosed by the AFP....The 3 girls (First Lady Michelle, Malia and Sasha) went to the Tour Eiffel ....They'll go to Notre Dame tomorrow. Then: private dinner.....They'll go to the Modern Art Museum on Sunday....Then Michelle will go to the Elysée to see Carla + Nicolas Sarkozy and kids
......Then shopping spree in a children's store in VI ème arrondissment (Rive Gauche / Upscale)

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Michelle Antoinette d’Obama and the Norris Ax

The recent picture of Michelle Obama in Paris Match and the fact that she and her two girls arrived in Paris Friday for a long weekend of sightseeing and perhaps taking in a shopping trip or two with Carla Bruni Sarkozy to Primtemps near the Place de Concorde for fancy lingerie, scarves, and $1000 training bras, while being totally hands off and ignoring the newly made destitute Pakistani orphans catching measles, diarrhea, and malaria on account of her husband’s AfPak strategy, is simply our First Lady’s “Let them eat…cake” defining moment.

Perhaps Jackie Norris, Michelle Obama’s newly former Chief of Staff, advised Mrs. Obama that a trip to Paris with her children while millions of Pakistani children are in refugee camps because of her husband’s Afpak policy would be a public relations catastrophe.

Norris was right.

Perhaps this is why Norris got the ax.

Michelle Obama should try to be a lot more like Princess Diana in civics causes and a lot less like Marie Antoinette in frivolousness and fashion.

Who cares what they do.Really!...but it appears that they just needed a well deserved 'vacation' again... so soon on the heels of the booty call to NY's Broadway, which we taxpayers are footing.
I just can't get over the 'screams and hair pulling' of the MSM every time the Bush family took a vacation to Crawford or to Camp David....
Imagine if George took Laura and the twins to Paris to shop....
My head just exploded....!

Thank goodness they can go shopping! Today they have to suffer through that dreary business at Omaha Beach. I don't know how they can tolerate hanging out with all those old men, and the sea air is just terrible for your hair style. Maybe they can fly Air Force One over Paris, scare off all those dirty French, get rid of all the annoying traffic and go shopping again!

Fiddlestix. Politicians of either party at any level of today's corrupt "public service" schemes can hardly wait to take advantage of perquisites that "come with the job." We The People need to throw ALL of these bums out. And the horse they rode in on, too.

Let's get out our French:

Arrivistes.

Parvenus.

Gauche.

I'm sure this is done in the name of ACORN and oppressed people everywhere - HE was the one you were waiting for....THEY are taking this trip for you. You deserve for them to go shopping in Paris.

Oh how I wish someone would get the hook and end this nightmare.

To the Obamas the world is their stage. They seem to love and crave the good life they are living and the one we tax payers are footing the bill for. Dinner, Broadway show, a family French vacation....living life in excess while people back home are losing jobs, cutting back etc. A great leader would lead by example. I guess with Obama it is an "us" vs "them" mentality. I wonder if Michelle, living the high life in the White House with all the "free" perks still considers America to be "a mean country." The Bushes would have been crucified in the press. I sure miss them.

I worked 48 years of my life, experienced my 2 brothers fighting the Germans on D-Day, experienced the great depression, had 7 sisters and 4 brothers - now 4 living, taught work ethic, importance of spiritual commitment, love of my fellow human beings not matter what their culture, religion, color, sex, and age, many times worked two jobs to pay bills and support my two children and assist family members.

Unfortunately, hard working Americans have listened to Barrack Obama's speaches that were written for him thoughout the Presidential campaign, but did not research what this man really is.

As for Michelle Obama's trips to New York and Paris, mostly at the expense of the American tax payer, is not surprising to me. She has no idea what it means to be a hard working American with most Americans' principals and/or experience of the apparent long-lasting economic hardships they are presently experiencing.

Barrack Obama and Michelle Obama WERE NOT POOR, hard working people during their adult life. Michelle Robinson Obama met Vallerie Jarret, 1st assistant to Chicago Mayor Daly, 19 years ago because Michele was seeking a job that, as she told Vallerie Jarret during her first interview with Ms. Jarrett, (paraphrase)"I'm not making any real money working as a lawyer representing people that are not rich people. I'll be honest with you, I want to represent the rich and powerful, make lots of money, and, of course, my fiance, Barrack Obama and me want to become a part of the rich and powerful group of people, especially political groups that are well connected to other rich and powerful people." Vallerie Jarrett promoted Barrack Obama into the political sphere by introducing him to mostly rich and powerful black politicians and, afterwards these politicians mentored Obama.

President Obama's first assistant is Vallerie Jarret. And Ms. Jarret mentors Obama in all areas of his policies now taking place. By the way, Ms. Jarret was born in Iran. She was interviewed by Time magazine in August, 2008. She told time magazine that Iran is a beautiful county, her childhood memories are very special to her, and, of course, Iranians love their country and leaders, contrary to what is being told by the far right journalists.

Americans better wake up and smell the coffee!

JC and Sandra,

I can't believe you are serious. Your hatred does show. In this case, all of us in America should sell America and give it to the rest of the world because honesly, we are the rich of the world. We should sell everything we have, give it to the poor and tell God we don't want America. For as long as we survive the hatred that exists in the world, we Americans should never have to apologize for being rich because everything we have is a gift from God. While we can enjoy some of what God gives us, we should share with the world, not deny ourselves a vacation or a $1,000-dollar bra if it fits our fancy. Show some respect to the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AND HIS FAMILY. As Americans, we should be proud that our President does not need a handout from the rest of the world.

The previous posters are absurd (fortunately, one's head exploded, so we don't have her to concern us anymore).

There were few women more frivolous than Princess Diana. Michelle Obama espouses just as many worthwhile causes while being a hands-on mom to her two girls.

The plight of Palestinians (and any of the world's needy people) will be best served by strengthening the ties with the French and other European nations whose help is needed. Mrs. Obama's sightseeing visit with her children reinforces the growing friendship between our countries and is hardly out of line. Meanwhile, the Bush girls took many trips abroad with their parents. Given that George rarely left Texas before his presidency, it's good that he got to see a bit of the world he was responsible for. The posters are being ridiculous.

I think the criticism of the Obamas is pretty funny. Clearly, some people resent the fact that we have a President who is respected and widely regarded as successful.

Don't hate! =)

The unkindness of many of your previous posters is a sad commentary on the insular and envious nature of too many people. The Obama children give up a lot because of their father's career. I have no doubt that they'd rather have stayed in Chicago with their friends and in their own home and not a museum. If if is possible for those girls to travel with their parents then what is the harm? Michelle had to be there, would you seriously have proposed that the British and French spouses have been their and we Americans would say, "Sorry, we are too poor to send our First Lady?" Did Laura Bush stay at home for these ceremonial events? She did not and rightly so. In addition, does anyone seriously think that the Obama women are going to shop for such expensive and silly items as mentioned above? Really??? Silly and outrageous purchases can be made in any large city including our own in the United States. Our family went to Paris when our son was nine. It was a BIG DEAL for my husband and myself as well as our son. We are working-class people who saved for the vacation. We did all of the tourist things and we all remember it to this day. So please, people, don't make a Federal case out of going to Paris. We didn't begrudge President Bush going to Crawford or the Bush family's summer compound at Walker's Point in Maine. Presidents and their families deserve AND NEED some vacation time. Envy is really ugly.

You people need to stop drinking"HATERADE". I think it is fabulous that Michelle and Her daughters get to experience Paris this way. Barack had to attend these events, the plane was already going, it is not as if cost any more money because they went along. Be proud that we have someone as family oriented in the White House for a change.

Obama has prescribed "restraint" and "sacrifice" during these hard economic times. His inaugural speech proclaimed a new "Era of Responsibility", and of course his campaign motto was CHANGE. Yet, as millions of Americans go through grueling times without jobs or homes the Obamas flagrantly live it up in NY and Paris on tax payer's money. Not only are The commander in Chief's actions are inconsistent with his rhetoric, but they demonstrate an appalling lack of judgement during these critical times.

I find it painful to read the hateful judgments regarding the Obamas. In a society that makes stars of 'Jon and Kate' and an 'Octamom' I find it refreshing to have someone with a brain and a heart, not to mention a conscious, representing us here and around the world. What are you doing to serve this country, what are you doing to mend the brokenness of previous mishaps? They are doing the best they can in this fractured world, while every move is recorded for your scrutiny. I hope they can find some enjoyment on this so called vacation which seems to call for hours of diplomatic ceremony and speeches that remind us to be mindful of the consequences of our actions. I doubt most of us work so tirelessly.

When our beloved President, Barack Obama, speaks of our shared ideals,hopes and dreams as human beings, regardless of where we hail from, it is also true that we are all, share something else as well, the misfortune of having fools and idiots among us as well. Greetings from the greatest Nation on earth, The United States Of America. May men and women of all faiths,nations, and ethic origin rise up, and stand tall in the face of evil, liars, and hate mongers.

People are so negative about the Obama family having a few hours of sight-seeing and dinner while on official business in France. Were they supposed to sleep in the D-Day cemetery? He's staying at the US embassy, not a hotel. He's having dinner with his wife and the girls went to the Eiffel Tower. These are ordinary family activities if you're in France for 36 hours, especially when dad's been away for a week on business. Besides, if Mrs. Brown and Carla Bruni were at the ceremonies, protocol requires Obama bring his family as well. This is like the "company picnic" for world leaders. That's just reality for them now. I'd say, people are jealous, partly because Obama is being exceptionally presidential on a global scale---during a recession. Obama hasn't come home to Chicago since February. Bush practically ruled from his ranch. He also alienated the world, which Obama must remedy. Also, if Obama were to come back to Hyde Park once a month, security would shut down the neighborhood. He has to snatch short breaks where he can. And, let's face it; Americans need a First Family that is well-cultured, showing an example by taking in a play, a museum visit and a bit of global diversity.

During the eight years Bush was in office, where were this concern for over spending taxpayer money? Hell we paid for a darn war we had no business starting, when Bush and Cheney invaded Iraq. How much has that cost us so far? Bush and his family ran all over the country, and other places, but no one complain. The bottom line is most, not all,but most of this complaint is coming from people who don't like the fact that the Obamas are in the White House. And we all know why that is. The Obamas didn't make a special trip to Paris to go out on a date, or shopping. They were over there on official business, the remembrence of D-Day,so after the business was taken care of, what is wrong with taking alittle time to see such a special place? If Mrs. Obama spent every minute of the day trying to help the poor and needy, you people would still fine something wrong to complain about them. I struggle to pay my bills each month, there are plenty of things I don't like my taxes being used for, and you better believe an unnecessary war are one of them. How much was those dishes from China that Mrs. Bush order? Who's paying for Gitmo? Yes people are losing jobs, this economy have been heading downward for years. This President was left a big mess to try to clean up. Thanks to you know who. As for America being a mean country, let's be for real people. Blacks were treated less than human for many many years in our great America. So let's not pretend now. And if some people had their way we would go back to those days. I like the President and his Family. I wish them peace, love, ans happiness. If that cost me anything, so be it.

Thank you Jan,

As I was reading these comments I wondered where sanity went until reaching yours! And that's all I have to say about that.

Thanks again.

developing and or well established contries build relationships with each other (that) can make our world a more constuctive place for all of us -- to me that is what this presidency ( that of Barack Obama) is about (and) it may be our last best chance to get it close to right

What are they (Obama's) thinking? While Americans from coast to coast are in the midst of a deep recession...the Obama's go off to enjoy a week of spending our money in Paris! American should be outraged! Thousands of Americans have lost their jobs, afraid of loosing their homes, and wondering where the money is going to come from to put food on the table and pay for light and heat. All the while the "first family" are enjoying a "wonderful" vacation on us in France! They should be ashamed of themselves! They should be doing what every other American is doing...tightening their (spending) belts and LIVING ON LESS...
THEY ARE NOT SENDING A GOOD MESSAGE TO AMERICA...
What they are doing is flaunting their newly aquired wealth in our faces, wealth that belongs to us, our tax payer money.
WAKE UP AMERICA...WAKE UP MR. AND MRS. PRESIDENT!

People kvetching about the Obamas in Paris are INSANE. Don't they realize how much good it does for our allies to see that our president and his family is interested in their culture, that he wants his daughters to be exposed to the culture? As as for attending a Broadway play: don't they realize how many tickets they sold to a SERIOUS play, one that was struggling to fill its seats? Do they have no regard to the importance of the president in promoting culture? Every dollar spent on making the Obamas safe while they travel will be paid back tenfold.

Let them eat cake... how hypocritical these obama really are--- unless i hear they paid for this shopping soire on their own instead of the tax payers, i for one will not be voting for these frauds again. I feel like a such a fool... the audacity of hypocracy... change i can no longer believe in. so many of us drank the kool-aid much like a jim jones sheep in the guyana. how wrong could i be about someone.

Missyme:

While I agree with you on some of your comments; I do have to add something to what you said when speaking of us being a rich country. Yes, it is a gift from god, but it is also as a result of slavery. Free labor was TAKEN by force to build and enrich this country. As far as Obama going to Paris, I believe that the Obamas (aside from representing the country at special events), should be left to spend their own funds when it comes to purchasing $1000 bras, etc and when sightseeing. This type of activity is not building a relationship with any country. Wouldn't that be expected of us?

I agree with Jan. This is the first family and I am delighted that the world finally warms to an American President. Michelle Obama knows what it is to struggle, focus and work hard for her goals. I am delighted that they ate at the Fontaine de Mars on Rue Saint Dominique. This is not a five star restuarant but just a neighborhood restaurant with wonderful food. I doubt if Princess Di would have been eating there. I am proud of our leader and his family and the love they show for each other and the care and concern they exhibit about the world.

I think the timing of the excursions could have been a little bit more sensitive to the feelings of the American people, particularly those in foreclosure or without jobs. Hilary and Bill took Chelsea along to some great destinations as well. I think the NYC thing I(touted as date night) was a bit much. If the President had official business in NYC and then they made a night of it I could swallow that but for the taxpayers to foot the bill for a date night is beyond imaginable in our economic times. Michelle Obama certainly does seem to be enjoying the good life far away from the south side of Chicago. I agree if the Regans had done it would have been arrogant. If Laura and George Bush had done it we'd hear Pelosi screaming. Oh yeah, I almost forgot that Pelosi insisted on a bigger government jet to transport her back and forth to California because she didn't want to stop to refuel. I fear this is only the beginning of the souvenir collection.

It's worth millions of dollars of pro American good will to see pictures our our First Family around the world. While the office of President requires security and expense, the life style the Obamas represents a wholesome balance of values. All presidential families have traveled extensively, some more publicly than others. Installing and maintaining security at the Crawford Ranch cost millions so W could chop wood for photo ops. Regan's ranch wasn't so bad. Fitting Kennybuckport cost millions, the Clintons flew to California to see their daughter regularly.

The Obama's have spent less than most previous presidents in moving into the WH and have cut many WH expenses from previous administrations. But my goodness, I'm sure the Obamas would prefere to fly to NY privately but the job doesn't allow it. They're a young vibrant family that works very hard at their respective jobs. Obama doesn't go to bed at 9:00 pm every night or takes naps like Regan, he works hard and likes to get out for a Burger on occasioin or a date night. Sure, it's fancy for some but for two Harvard educated people who've worked very hard to attain the American dream and who also work very hard for our Nation, give them a night out on the tax payers. I think we'll get our monies worth in return. Obama has the highest approval rating than any recent president and internationally, he's doing wonders to heal the damage from the past administration's inability to heal wounds.

I wonder if some of these posters whined when George Bush took his 6-week vacations in Texas. Granted he was "clearing brush," but was obviously asleep at the wheel, and left a huge mess for President Obama.

And if you haven't noticed, Michelle Obama is constantly working to advance children's causes. Princess Diana did promote charitable causes, but please....she was the ultimate fashion icon, wearing expensive designer dresses and lavish jewelry.

I am with Jan. Mrs. Obama's sightseeing visit with her girls definately reinforces the growing friendship between all countries and is seconded
by me as well as all who want peace relations to exist around the world. She is a mighty extension of her husband's tireless endeavors to do all that he is doing. I think both are doing a terrific job no matter who's paying for the ride. My thanks goes out to Pres. Obama and his whole family. Hope they had a wonderful time.

Yeah, Michelle and the girls should be clearing brush in Texas.

The posters are being ridiculous indeed.

Bush spent one-third of his days as president on vacation with secret service protection. His 77 trip to Crawford to have BBQs with his friends cost taxpayers $17 million over 8 years. Where were all the voices then? This money could have been used for the poor of the world.

Let's be honest, the posters are upset that a BLACK president dares to entertain his black family in style, even if he is paying out of his own pocket. Get over it folks!

I'm a bit shocked by these comments. A ticket to a museum is $9 a piece and I suppose they got a free ride. Dinner probably was a lot less than in any upper-scale Manhattan restaurant and.... bankers and greedy industry moghuls and Bush's ties to oil and high finance turned this world into havoc. That's why you're gonna be working a lot longer for a little less money. So we have this guy and his family, who's in the job for 4, maybe 8 years, and he can't go to a fancy restaurant ?? Well... what d'you suppose you'd do, you all hard working people, if you were into that position ? Eat bad steak, wear old jeans and stay put in a $80 motel ??? You think a few thousand bucks saved by the Obama's will change anyone's life ?? Come on !

Michelle Obama did not come from a privileged background and it is by dint of her smarts, her application of her talents and her relational acumen that she has developped into a woman we can all be proud representing us here and abroad. Her sense of style derives from a sense of herself and her comfort with combining clothing which we can all afford to clothing which promotes designers and businesses which derive panache because of her attentions.

The life of the Obamas has changed to one in a glass bowl. They value their personal lives and their relationships with each other. To whatever extent they can optimize this Whie House experience while still maintaining their family life, we can all benefit. Role models such as these, finances notwithstanding, are always welcome.


The bitter GOP can't resist the chance to spread more hate, distortion and lies. Who gives a rip where Jarett was born. And June, what's wrong with wanting to prosper? You had your chance and others have theirs. The only way you can get to the middle class is aim for the upper class. Michelle is the great granddaughter of slaves. Some of her own family members barely live more than 5 miles from the plantation her great grandfather lived on. Jilly; there is no nightmare. The old days of a bunch of wild, bumbling, lying cowboys running Washington are over with. Deal with it. I hope the Obamas enjoy themselves in Paris and wherever future travel takes them.
That's part of building memories --which is vital for all families, right JC? Or do you know what's best for everyone?

I am so tired of people talking about the life style of the Obama's. Why don't you just lay your heavy burdens down and admit that those of you who have a problem with it just can't stomach the fact that a Black family is now enjoying the same privileges white families have enjoyed for centuries. Get over it. The President of the United States of America is a very deserving intelligent Black man.

Obama gets no respect from me. He lost it the day he through his grandmother under the bus to protect Rev. Wright. He continues to let the media and the people around him play the race card to shut down any opposition. There will always be people criticizing the President they ALL had their share of it so Obama can take his. This has led to an even big divide between the races. Just what we needed. So to all of you that cry "It's because he's black"
welcome to politics and you get over it.

Here, Here Ferguson! That last sentence needs to be stated several more times.

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Tax payers money @ works ! Why they don't fly a commercial plane for a shopping trip to Paris ? It does not matter if the person is black , white or yellow. A shopping trip should be a private matter , not paid by us , US citizens. The "black" card is getting old .....

6,000 of 69,000 pregnant women are scheduled to give birth in tents next month in squalid Pakistani refugee camps rather than in the comfort of their own homes or in hospitals because of her husband's Afpak policy, and half of these 3 million -- and rising -- refugees are starving children. The largest tally since Rwanda.

So don't even try to put the spin on this that it's the right time to whip out the taxpayers' way over the limit Amex card on the counter for another Boeing 757 Air Force Jet to take Grandma, BAPS, and appendages on to another shopping junket to Harrod's cheese bar today, just after Paris!

Au...de scandalous!

I know for a fact that the Obama;s paid their own dinners and that of their friends while in Paris and also paid for everything but the of course
stay in the Embassy there. Also when they went to NY they paid for the night out and are you aware because when even ex presidents go anywhere the US taxpayers pay for it we also pay for all of GWBushes trips for golf etc. (they all unfortunately have to always have secret service protection)
Leave this family alone. At least they read books and seem interested in getting to know more of the countries they have to visit than the last group did. I thought his comment about wanting to walk around Paris and have a picnic in the park was a bit wistfull. (living in Paris, I know how this city grows on visitors who want to experience it. Since Paris essentially is a city of twenty separate little villages each with its own markets and style there is much to be discovered by walking. I am glad he went to a bistro I and my friends often frequent rather than just the places all the Americans usually flock to.

The Obamas children are being exploited, just like the Jon and Kate children! In the obamas case its for political gain. On whose dime yours and your children! There is no wisdom or growth in such fancy dates and travel! Like Jesus (who rejected the Devils offer for worldly rule) said what does it a profit a man to gain the whole world to loose their own soul? Obama doesn't care about his soul or the peoples! The writing is on the wall, Obama is a god less man, who shuns our God given freedoms, for the sake of international approval! Wake America a jihadist leads you!

I am in France, we are wondering why the obamas continue to fly Air Force One. Is not US ready to go bankrupty? Is this Chinese money they are using to pay their transportation? Look everybody know that USA is ready to collapse because of crisis, so it would fine if the obamas stop to fly Air Force One to save the country.

I can't believe how uninformed some people are about the Presidency of the USA.
What's even more unbelievable is that they post that lack of information here for all to see and read.
It is an embarrassment to read so much unintelligent ranting and raving.
It sounds like a rerun of the Limbaugh/Gingrich radio show.

Hey everyone, give them a break. I'm proud that they are seen out and about. It's great that the family spends time together in whatever way they can. As for the girls, seeing the world is a great education and gives them an opportunity to build on their unique experiences. Face it, the First Family is never going to be able to live exactly as a Regular Family will live. To have the world see our president's famly as intelligent, polite, and happy is one of the best things we have to represent our country.

Obama's trip are good for the world.
Bushes trips were worthless and he also used Airforce One, with his family.

I WONDER IF ALOT OF PEOPLE WHO BLOG, STILL THINK
THE ELECTION IS GOING ON, IT IS OVER AND YOU GUYS
NEED TO CHILL OUT, GIVE SOME CREDIT TO THE NEW
PRESIDENT, THE MAN IS WORKING HARDER THAN THE
OTHER GUY EVER DID, BUT SOME OF YOU STILL HATE
THE PLAYER, INSTEAD OF THE GAME!
BARACK OBAMA WON THE ELECTION!
HE IS THE 44TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!
AND HE WILL WIN AGAIN IN 2012, BUT SOME OF YOU
WANT RUSH, PALIN, GINGRICH, ROVE, HANNITY, GET
WITH THE WINNING PROGRAM AND VOLUNTEER SOMETIMES
AND YOU WOULDN'T HAVE ALL OF THIS NEGATIVE ENERGY!

George W. Bush is collecting an $800,0000 annual pension from us taxpayers for doing nothing more difficult than walking his dog. I have not heard he declined to take it because he wrecked our economy and standing in the world and times are tough for many Americans, and he is plenty wealthy without his government welfare check every month. So don't be screeching and screaming when our President and his family represent America to the world. That's what we pay them to do.

There are over 6 million people unemployed in the US. Obama has the nerve to come back from overseas and tell us how bad the economy is while his family, including Michelle's whole staff and mother! are having a long sightseeing vacation in Paris and London.
This is the epitome of arrogance! He said they are paying for their own airfare! What a joke! There is no way they are paying for all the fuel, security and wages for what it has cost for all of that family to have a nice European vacation.
It is the American taxpayer who is footing the bill. I would like Obama to come clean about what this has cost us. But of course he won't.
And even though the internet, and some newspapers are buzzing about this, wonder why the tv media has been silent? Obama has two standards, one for us regular people and one for his fancy wife.

MAYBE THE PRESIDENT SHOULD FLY JET BLUE AIRLINES,
ARE YOU GUYS REALLY READING WHAT YOU BLOG ABOUT?
THE PRESIDENT IS THE PRESIDENT, AND YOU SHOULD
START REALIZING WHAT HE IS, BECAUSE SOME OF YOU,
KEEP THINKING THE MAN IS A REGULAR CITIZEN, HE
IS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD!
LET'S GET A GRIP ON WHOM THE MAN REPRESENTS!
YOU MAY NOT LIKE HIM, BUT I THINK YOU DO, AND THE
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ON THE MALL VALIDATED THE LOVE
FOR THIS MAN ON INAGURATION DAY!
STOP CRYING THE ELECTION IS OVER!
STOP LISTENING TO RUSH, ROVE, HANNITY, O'REILLY,
AND CHENEY THE DRAFT-DODGER, THESE GUYS ARE MAKING
A TON OF MONEY, AND CONFUSING ALOT OF AMERICANS
AND LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK!
THESE GUYS DON'T WANT A HEALTH CARE BILL PASSED
THAT WILL STOP THE COMMON MAN FROM FILING BANK-
RUPTCY BECAUSE OF MEDICAL BILLS!
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A FRIEND TO ALL AMERICANS!
THAT IS WHAT THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW!

Why does Michelle Obama and the girls have to tag along these nice places like New York and above all Paris. We tax payers are paying for them to go and see the world, ship - you name it. I voted for Barack, but he and his family sure aren't trying to cut cost at all. The rest of us have to.

Why does Michelle Obama and the girls have to tag along these nice places like promising Michelle that you would take her to dinner etc. and above all Paris. We tax payers are paying for them to go and see the world, I voted for Barack, but he and his family sure aren't trying to cut cost at all. The rest of us have to. The way he is spending money on needless things, he just might not get re-elected. I also think that you should check into the welfare program. A lot of those people don't need assistance and they should all be checked out real good. What about the old people that don't have insurance and can't afford medicine and going to the Doctors. These kids (my child) the parents can either quit having kids or both go to work and pay their way. A lot of these welfare people eat better and go more places than the average person. I also don't think that people on welfare and people that rent should not be able to vote. Sure they want everything, but are they paying their way in life. No they aren't. Also, another way to save money is when we have (for example) Presidents Day, Martin Luther Day ect. I feel that its okay to give them that Monday off, but do they need to be paid. They should be thankful that they at least have a job.

My oh my, what hateful posts here of our president and first lady. Unbelievable.

FYI...This is expected of all elected presidents past, present and future. This is nothing new.

Presidents Bush, Clinton, Bush W.,Reagan, all took vacation trips on AirForce One.
Older Bush to Kennebunkport, Reagan to his Calif ranch many times, and of course...G.W. Bush spent 490 days at his ranch in Crawford and 487 days at Camp David. He was known as the "absentee commander in chief. "

Okay, to set this matter straight... let's take for example FL Laura Bush...Did anyone speak out about her trip to Paris in the springtime, Budapest and Prague? On that specific trip and along for the ride, were daughter Jenna, a 20 yr old student, and top aide, Karen Hughes. (Oh, yes, we musn't forget Karen Hughes.) For Mrs. Bush, the visit to Europe, as it was at home, was a mix of old friends, new business and a pinch or two of politics. After Paris, Laura Bush joined her husband G.W.in Berlin for another week of travel through Germany, Russia, France Italy.

Let it be noted,The Obama's are committed to following all the revelant rules and regulations regarding the reimbursement of travel expenses as all presidents do.

I am proud of my President Obama and First Lady Michelle and her family. They are smart, intelligent and they represent our country well.

I continue to be shocked, disappointed and amazed at the bitterness, envy and hatred that's directed at the Obama family. Some of the comments are among the most vicious and vilest I have ever heard. This is very sad. Where is the civility? This harshness reflects a lack of self esteem and self respect. People who respect themselves would never speak about others in such a mean spirited and unkind manner or display such uncivilised and savage behaviour. It also demonstrtes a serious case of inferiority complex.

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