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Michelle to Travel to Southern Africa

Well, it’s kind of an expensive trip to take while President Obama and Congress are engaged in a desperate struggle to slash spending, isn’t it? But the White House is making clear that, unlike her vacation to Spain last year, which cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, this is an official trip. It is the kind of thing all first ladies do to promote the United States and its interests overseas.

Now, does that mean she – and her mom, and her daughters – ain’t going to get in some sight seeing or sample some roast antelope at a swank Johannesburg eatery? I’m sure they will.

But as long as she spends plenty of time working, this is normal first lady stuff. The schedule suggests they’ll be bouncing around too much to get too comfortable. From the White House:

First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she will travel to Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa and Gaborone, Botswana during an official visit to Africa from June 21 – 26 focused on youth leadership, education, health and wellness. The trip is a continuation of Mrs. Obama’s work to engage young people at home and abroad, from mentoring students in the United States and encouraging them to gain international experience, to encouraging young people to excel academically, serve, and lead . . . Accompanying Mrs. Obama on this trip will be her mother, Mrs. Robinson and her daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.

In addition to advancing her international youth engagement agenda, the First Lady’s events will amplify the President’s support for democracy, development and economic opportunity across Africa. During her trip, Mrs. Obama will deliver the keynote address to a U.S.-sponsored Young African Women Leaders Forum in South Africa. Forum participants include young women from across sub-Saharan Africa who are leading or involved in social and economic initiatives in their own countries.

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27 Responses to Michelle to Travel to Southern Africa

  1. If marinated and slowly simmered, antelope is quite tasty. However, like deer, it can be very tough if you get a buck or it’s cooked quickly over high heat.

  2. Is this really stuff that other First Ladies did? I understand that MoochMO is going to urge young people to get involved in their societies. Don’t other nations have people in their own cultures that can do that job? What does this American politician’s wife have to offer that makes it worthwhile for her to travel to another continent?

    I also understand that she is going to highlight our traditional ties with Africa? What does that mean?

  3. Also, is it traditonal for First Ladies to take their kids and mother on such trips? Are you sure, Keith, that this isn’t another Spain trip with a sprinkling of official busywork to minimize the blowback?

    • It’s a good question, A. Remember when Hillary was attacked by Serbs she had Chelsea along. I think it’s a legit trip, but we should watch it to make sure it’s not what you are thinking it might be.

  4. Puleeeze, this kind of crappola spin on an expensive, unnecessary, high profile excuse for MrsO to promote some silly nonsense to the women of South Africa is over the top. If this is an “official” trip, why are the children tagging along; we never see MrO taking the children on his “official” trips.
    There are also out of the country trips planned for BoraBora and other places.
    These vacations at our expense will cause some major political backlash.

    She “works”? at what pray tell? Telling people how to eat? Who asked her?

  5. South Africa and Botswana… now those are two vital US interests that require an official visit by the first Lady. How about Israel, Canada, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, etc….. ? Unreal.

  6. The only good thing about this new vacation is that as the entourage leaves the protection of the sycophantic msm, they pick up the attention of the paparazzi. Works for us.
    Is there any way to wrest the passenger manifest from the bowels of the WH?

  7. More photo ops for the WTF campaign, and her future political ambitions. What will she tell them about getting involved in their communities, pray tell ?
    “Ok, here,s how political extortion works.” ?

  8. Could the trip be intended to deflect attention. If everyone is in a spin over Chelle’s “working”vacay, then folks may not focus so much on BHO’s issues at home: economy, Libya, Harrison Bounell (his newest alias), Blago’s trial and possible disclosure of his dealings with Rezko (sp?)’ etc., etc. Just a thought.

  9. Damn, I hate these commie grifters.
    It scares me that there are still so many morons out there that
    haven’t figured out what a lying shyster he is.

    • I am worried that people will think…gee, he is suppposed to be so smart, maybe he just needs more time and these other ones might screw up, too…sooo. YEAH, time to completely ruin us!

  10. I think with the President and Congress discussing ways to cut spending she needs to stay home for a while like the rest of us have to do. Her elaborate spending on taxpayers dollars is like a slap in the face…it is saying do as we say…not as we do….how much longer do we as a country put up with the Obama’s elaborate vacations at our expense? I am sure all this will be brought up during the upcoming elections…I know their spending habits and elaborate vacations will certainly change my mind on how I vote in the next election.