Shhhh! You are not supposed to know about this. Reports place the President’s 13-year-old daughter out of the country this week on a luxurious vacation, unaccompanied by her parents. Guess what. You and I are paying for it. However, initial news reports about the trip began disappearing as a result of an apparent self-imposed media blackout.
AFP, the French news agency, first reported around mid-day Monday that Malia Obama was vacationing in Mexico with 12 friends under the protection of 25 Secret Service agents and a number of local police officers…
Since the story was first reported, it appears to have been scrubbed from a number of news outlets. The Huffington Post, International Business Times, The Australian, The Telegraph and Global Grind have all removed the article.
The White House has issued the following statement:
From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.”
Forget for a moment the fact that sending a 13-year-old on a lavish spring break romp overseas is just a bit, let’s say, over the top. (OK, maybe irresponsible is a better word.) Given then current trillion dollar plus federal deficit and the presumed millions of dollars in transportation and security costs necessary for mustering two dozen plus secret service personnel, is this trip a prudent use of taxpayer dollars? When taxpayers are footing the bill, I’d call that kind of waste a “vital news interest.”
Since when do 13-year-olds travel abroad for spring break unaccompanied by their parents anyway?
P.S. Let’s hear it for the 99%.