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Is It Okay for First Lady Michelle Obama and Sasha to Go on Lavish Vacation in Hard Times?

Apparently it’s not easy to travel light if you’re the First Lady! Michelle Obama and her youngest daughter Sasha, 9, arrived on Spain’s Costa del Sol today for a short summer break on the same day as her husband’s 49th birthday. They are staying for four days in the luxurious five-star Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, rated as one of the world’s top 30 hotels, where they have reserved 60 rooms to cater to family and friends who plan to join them.

President Obama is not expected in Spain, and eldest daughter Malia, 12, is at summer camp. Michelle Obama and Sasha are also expected to visit Spain’s King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia at their summer palace on the island of Majorca, and are being protected by 250 spanish personnel and about 70 U.S. Secret Service agents, some of them dressed undercover as tourists. Incidentally, is this costing the U.S. tax-payers any money? According to Politics Daily: “The first lady is traveling with a small number of friends, who arrived on their own. While Mrs. Obama pays for her personal expenses, taxpayers pick up the costs of three shifts of Secret Service details and other security and support staffers, plus most costs associated with her Air Force plane.”  According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Obamas will spend 10 days in Martha’s Vineyard starting August 19.

Is this a well-deserved holiday or an unnecessary luxury during hard times? Tell us what you think.

Photo: Pacific Coast News

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