Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Obama State Department Pulls Warning About Racism in Spain, Just in Time For Queen Michelle's Luxury Stay

Nice to see Michelle Obama finally get a chance to unwind and relax after an arduous summer of vacationing with her husband and picking vegetables the labor at the White House has been growing for her. And in typical Obama style, she's going first class all the way, but not before the dolts at the State Department were left with egg all over their faces.
The Obama administration faced an embarrassing diplomatic blunder today after it was forced to pull a warning about racism in Spain - just as the First Lady arrived in the country for a summer holiday.

Staff at the U.S. State Department removed the contentious advice to travellers, which included the phrase 'racist prejudices could lead to the arrest of Afro-Americans who travel to Spain,' on Monday.

The First Lady landed in the Costa del Sol this morning for a break with her youngest daughter Sasha, nine.

She is on a four-day visit and will be staying at the five-star Villa Padierna, rated as one of the world's top 30 hotels, with 40 friends. The party has reserved 60 rooms.

But Mrs Obama's trip now risks being overshadowed by a row about institutionalised racism.

The State Department advice sat alongside information about ETA and Islamist terrorist attacks in the country.

Officials from The Office for Consular Affairs noted that there had been 'isolated reports' of travellers being arrested.

They cited an incident last year in which police detained two US government employees, both of them African-American, for no apparent reason.

But the warning was removed after calls from the Spanish media about Mrs Obama's visit.

The State Department said it was no longer relevant as the incident took place 18 months ago.

America's First Lady's Air Force Two jet touched down at Malaga airport where Mrs Obama, who turns 49 today, arrived wearing sunglasses and carrying a large black bag.
How much are we on the hook for her using AF Two jetting over there? Did her 40 friends travel with her on the taxpayer dime?

These folks sure know how to live large.
The Obama group is expected to occupy 60 to 70 rooms, more than a third of the lodging at the 160-room resort, which consists of hotel rooms, suites and separate villas. Listed prices start at 300 euros, or nearly $400 per night at the resort, which uses Italian marble as a decorative theme.
A shame the millions of American out of work due to her husband's disastrous economic policies can't enjoy such luxury.

Let's hope Mrs. Obama can relax before the grueling 10-day vacation on Martha's Vineyard begins in a couple of weeks.

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