Michelle Obama Is Thrifty

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While the economy is spiraling out of control and millions of Americans lose their jobs as a result, Michelle Obama flew to Spain last month to see a friend who recently lost a parent. Then, you know, go shopping. It was a rather low-key affair, consisting of a private Air Force 757, three shifts of uniformed and plain clothes agents and military personnel, six White House advance staffers and two East Wing staffers, deputy Chief of Staff Melissa Winter and Mrs. Obama’s personal assistant, Kristen Jarvis. It also included a stay at the modest five-star Villa Padierna beach resort where the snack machines served her a lunch of Andalusian-style chilled gazpacho soup, char-grilled turbot, veal escalopes with mustard, Oriental rice with sauteed mushrooms, a Mallorca-style vegetable ratatouille and sliced fruit with ice cream, accompanied by wines from the northern regions of Rueda and Rioja. All totaled, the trip cost U.S. taxpayers $500,000. But wait! There’s more money to spend! National Enquirer reports:

Nearly 15 million people are un­employed, but that hasn’t stopped the first lady from “spending like Marie Antoinette” and appearing to live it up “like a lottery winner,” fume outraged critics. Worried White House advisers have told the president he quickly needs to get his wife “under control” because her reckless spending – on trips, shopping and redecorating – is sending an intensely negative mes­sage to Americans in a bad economy and could under­mine his re-election plans. “The president’s advisers hit the roof recently when they found out Michelle was arranging other ex­otic trips in the new year with girlfriends – on top of sprucing up their White House living quarters and her plans to do some redecorating at their home back in Chicago,” dis­closed a top Washington source. “They’ve estimated that all the spending will top more than $2 million!” “They’ll flip if she takes more exotic vaca­tions – and they won’t care if renovations to the White House liv­ing quarters and their house back in Chicago are done by benefac­tors. It still sends the wrong message.” As The ENQUIRER first re­ported, Michelle and her entourage re­cently spent five days in Spain, ringing up some $500,000 in expenses – much of it on the taxpayers’ tab, say sources. On top of that, the stylish first lady “loves top-dollar designer duds and hosting fancy dinner parties,” said a Beltway insider. “The bad economy seems to have no effect on her.”

I didn’t vote for Obama or McCain, so first off, fuck you. Secondly, the last time I checked, the White House wasn’t a deluxe apartment in the sky. Look, I have nothing against the Obamas personally. They both seem gregarious and honestly seem to mean well, but if 10% of Americans can’t find a job, maybe you shouldn’t be frolicking on the coast of a lavish hotel in the Mediterranean. You can see how that would send the wrong message. But that’s just me. Also the wrong message? Bangs.

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