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Will Michelle Go Skiing in Vail This Year??

by Keith Koffler on February 13, 2012, 9:38 am

Last year, over Presidents’ Day weekend, Michelle Obama jetted across the country to take her daughters for three days of skiing in Vail, Colorado.

There was plenty of snow in the beautiful Virginia mountains outside of DC, but Michelle opted for the delicate, powdery stuff on the slopes of Rockies, along with the luxurious accommodations and sophisticated haute cuisine that only a place like Vail can offer. She stayed at an inn where the rooms started at $605 a night. She hit the best restaurant on the hill, feasting on buffalo ribs.

But this is an election year, and the Obamas are running against the one percent. It hardly makes political sense for Michelle to be wasting taxpayers’ money on swank vacations – yes, you picked up the airfare for the Boeing C-32 military jet she used to get out to Vail, the costs of the security detail, etc. – and hobnobbing with the rich while the 99 percent tries to make their heating bills.

On the other hand . . .

Political considerations and optics have hardly slowed Mrs. Obama down before. Just this past December, she flew out to Hawaii without President Obama – who was left at home to deal with Congress – at extra expense to taxpayers so that she wouldn’t miss a day of sun. The president eventually followed once he’d wrapped up work.

Then there was, of course, the legendary jet set jaunt to Spain in the summer of 2010, which was all vaca except for a lunch with King Juan Carlos thrown in on her last day to offer at least a trivial veneer of official business. A year later she got a little smarter, enduring a few more official first lady events during a trip to southern Africa, on which she nevertheless brought her mother and her brother’s kids and bounded out on an expensive safari.

And let’s not forget making up for missed opportunities. Obama family mini-vacations in 2011 to Williamsburg, Va. and to Montana were each nixed because the president had to work.

They made it to Martha’s Vineyard in August, thank goodness.

I am sure the last thing a campaign waging class warfare wants to see is Michelle hobnobbing with the enemy. But if the first lady wants it, and Valerie Jarrett agrees, a ski trip out West will be hard for relative peons like White House political guru David Plouffe and Obama 2012 Campaign Manager Jim Messina to stop.

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Russell February 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

She and girls will go. No doubt about it.

Girly1 February 13, 2012 at 9:51 am

A million $$$ week-end at Vail is just slumming it for Queenie – pocket change! After the election, it’s going to be $20M ski trips to Mont Blanc! Wait and see!!!

Justavet February 13, 2012 at 9:52 am

Heck, let her go….it will be the last time on our dime.

jaytrain February 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

MB she should take a football and toss it around a bit on the slope like that Kennedy moonbat a few years ago . We should be so lucky .

Star February 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

Hey, the Alps are nice this time of yr. Gstaad…

nelly February 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

That little trip will happen if & when “the president” gets re elected. This year SWMBO will slum it at Vail.

GotFreedom` February 13, 2012 at 10:07 am

Hasn’t she been on a tax payer funded vacation the last few days starting in Des Moines and ending at Disney in FL, promoting her propaganda laced “Let’s Move”–move your own fat behind and leave our children alone!! NOBAMA 2012!!! (and that goes for Mooochelle too!)

Lizzy February 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Yes that was a look at me fun trip for HRH we paid oh did we pay:(
And yes she should take a look in her own backyard.

gobnait February 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

I know there are photos of Michelle and the girls posing in skiwear and standing in snow but have we ever seen actual pictures of their schussing down a slope?

Shofar February 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

Gob – Michelle probably still snow plows, and could cut if her life depended on it.

Darrel February 13, 2012 at 11:32 am

The only snow Mooch and Barry are on is a powder up the nose.

GotFreedom` February 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

While I agree with you 1000% Darrel–you had better watch out for BHO’s “Truth Teams” (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/obama-campaign-launches-truth-team/)!!!

And just in case she decides not to go, here are the most recent “Target” ads for her to peruse at her fav location: http://weeklyad.target.com/alexandria-va-22305/pages#1

rawheadrex February 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

Americans can only pray for their country. It must have a complete change of leadership and direction. Putting skis on one of the most visible hypocrites isn’t going to help the rest of us.

Shofar February 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

Keith, I’ve skied the east coast, and you really can’t expect the FLOTUS to ski on the icy, pebbly slopes of Virginia or New England. That would take away from all the fun of a ski vacation.

The Rockies are the only place she could ski and be able to enjoy the sheer exhilaration of schussing down a black diamond and hitting mogul after mogul. Killington is great, but come on, Vail has it so beat. And as far a cuisine, venison is wonderful, but it really doesn’t stand up to BBQ buffalo ribs. Give the poor city girl a break.

(NOTE: Heavy sarcasm in above comment – no flaming please!)

creeper February 13, 2012 at 10:47 am

“Heavy sarcasm”…

You mean this?: “hitting mogul after mogul.”

Thar’s gold in them thar hills.

Keith Koffler February 13, 2012 at 10:29 pm

I’ve never skied out West but I’ve heard it’s pure pleasure. At least maybe I can get buffalo ribs here.

pianogirl88 February 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

Oh, let’s hope so….I’d love to see her lecture the rich and famous about eating more veggies and salads and leaving off the expensive cuts of beef and budget-killing bottles of booze!

Uncle Reggie February 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

Sure she will, or she’ll do something equally extravagant. The Obama’s don’t want the White House any longer. This must be the case. Barry is trying so hard to tick off every constituency that it’s difficult to come to any other conclusion.

MaryOhSoContrary February 13, 2012 at 10:34 am

The 99 percent, if they are so inclined, can ski pretty economically in PA. Were a swing state! Me!Chelle the girls (and entourage) can come to Seven Springs. Then go down to MD or WV for a few more runs on the slopes. Promote the Rust Belt ski industry…

Yeah I crack me up too!

Anonna February 13, 2012 at 10:38 am

She’ll go. Haven’t you seen the recent MSM articles about how important it is to her and Buh-ROCK to get the Princesses Obama out of the White House so they can have normal fun, like staying in pricey hotels, bopping around on private beaches, resting in rented mansions, and skiing in expensive togs down the slopes of Vail.

And let’s not forget that this woman who said that she finds it convenient to put herself first now suddenly says that it’s all about CONTINUING to put the Princesses FIRST. How she does this with all her celeb hobnobbing and travel, I don’t know, but I’m sure a Mommy-Daughtery trip to Vail will be the ticket.

After all, Michelle Obama is the Mighty ChowDown Jumping Bean!

Darrel February 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

Mooch’s mother raises the girls, sort of like Nannies did in the old south.

Mike C February 13, 2012 at 11:05 am

It will be interesting to see what happens, but with the past history of things, I would put the money on SOME sort of vacation. At the moment, the administration doesn’t seem to be long on being politically astute.

Susan February 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

She’s been working hard selling the make believe image, so wouldn’t doubt her carrot stick is another star-studded vacation on the taxpayers dime.

Robin H February 13, 2012 at 11:27 am

Absolutely! I can hear her whine, “But I EARNED it!’

Chris Berry February 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

Didn’t someone do a faceplant into a tree there? Can we post cameras?

Girly1 February 13, 2012 at 11:23 am

I will bet the farm on the fact that Queenie has never been on a ski slope or held a tennis racquet in her hand until she won the lottery. I will also bet the farm that Barry never had a golf club in his hand before he landed in the WH!!

It’s a little known fact that the MOOCH is so obsessed with tennis – she invites her new best friends, the Williams sisters, for tennis play days at the WH.

Life at the WH for these two welfare giants is nothing but fun and games – at our expense. Little by little, the MOOCH is spilling the beans about how she puts herself first….and sneaks out of the WH to visit friends, shop, etc.
How many trips to Chicago and elsewhere are we paying for? Who are we paying to fly into DC for play dates? And then there’s Granny and the kids!

The idea of another 4 years for these two most undeserving grifters is unfathonable….but it looks like a fait accompli! Sickening!

Knothead February 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Yuck, 4 more years, only ill-informed people would agree with this despot’s administration. Sad but true we are in store for a big fall from grace.

MaryOhSoContrary February 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

One more Me!Chelle travel trip to come. Photo op at Whitney Houston Memorial. Bank on it.

Darrel February 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

Well Mooch does have great empathy for drug addicts – look who she married.

Anonna February 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm

You are so right! She can’t miss this chance to pretend to look somber while glowing at the thought that little MoochMORE is in the middle of celebrityville!

GotFreedom` February 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Ooooo, Ooooo, Ooooo–you are right on the money–the phony concern has already begun:

Barack Obama I’m Praying for Bobbi Kristina
http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/13/president-barack-obama-whitney-houston-bobbi-kristina/#.TzmWWVHyVQI

(code for–we better score an invite to Whitney’s funeral)!!!

GotFreedom` February 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Here you go–time will tell if Moochelle/BHO get invited to this:

“Whitney Houston’s Funeral At Childhood Church … by Invite Only”
http://www.tmz.com/2012/02/12/whitney-houston-funeral-church-vip-private-invite-only/

srdem65 February 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

We probably wouldn’t mind so much IF :
1. America wasn’t suffering from high unemployment, inflation and a misery index that’s hitting almost all of us.
2. The Obamas had a history of lavish vacations, pilgrimages to Africa and a penchant for flying off to vacations spots every month.
3. Most important; our President hadn’t called upon us to sacrifice, to be more mindful of fossil fuels, and we knew for certain that the Obamas were paying for the trips out of their own pockets.

Jack February 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

That’s reality. Now we foot the bill for the things they always wanted to do but didn’t want to pay with their own money.

Car in February 14, 2012 at 7:03 am

Which is why their claims regarding how happy they will be to “pay their fair” share even more ludicrous. They’ve never had this amount of money outside of his run-up to being president.

It’s not as if he has a history of happily paying his taxes and not sheltering his money elsewhere.

It will be interesting to see what they do with their money once he’s out of office an no longer has access to all the perks.

Keith Koffler February 13, 2012 at 10:38 pm

That’s exactly it, srdem.

Lizzy February 13, 2012 at 11:30 am

I used to go to Vail when it was new way back in the seventies. Then as it grew it got more costly and got a very different clientele the very rich 1% types.
Last time I was there it was so bad I think Vail would look down their collective
nose jobs at the Obama’s not outwardly but you can bet there are lot’s of jokes
behind closed doors. Trust me she does not fit in with the Vail crowd so she
will probably go.

Darrel February 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

Vail needs to lay in an extra supply of vodka and lobster before she arrives.

Kim Baliey February 19, 2012 at 9:19 am

and pork BBQ ribs the black ghetto pig can’t live without them.

Susan February 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

This yokel hasn’t been in a pair of snow skis in her life. In my younger days I was pretty good on water skis though :)

Wigglesworth February 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

In her own mind she earned that Vail vacation. She deserves nothing less than the absolute best our money can buy.

MarjoJimbo February 13, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Didn’t she think that being first lady was a paid position? Now that she knows it isn’t, all the more she probably believes she deserves it.

Dennis February 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Can’t wait for the Obama ‘truth teams’ to put out the positive spin on this boondoggle.

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/news/2012/feb/13/obama-truth-teams-arming-grass-roots-supporters-in-ar-1685060/

Susan February 13, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Sounds like his “Fight the Smears” goon squad of 2008. We’re going to get anything but the truth from these rabble rousers.

Knothead February 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Michelle will do what she wants to do, She is the Queen and the peasants shall be in awe of her magnificence.

Knothead February 13, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Sie ist die Queen of America.

frosty7530 February 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Thank U Mr. Koffler!

She is one “trip” of a 1st Lady! (as we’d say back in the day). U have it so right; I loved your comments on Valerie Jarret, a lady with a most “exotic” background. We need to talk much more about this power behind the throne. I find it very werid that she is with Obamas 24/7. She is even present on all of the President’s so-called Private Vactions w/his wife & family. What on earth is going on here? If I were a 1st Lady in a happy marriage, I sure would not want my husband’s Aides coming along on my vacations. Those rare stretches of time that allow more privacy for 1st family.

As for Michelle’s MarieA lifestyle, she may not go to Vail this yr; after hearing so many complaints, even from her husband’s closest staffers. Instead she just might pack her bags for the Swiss Alps, the resort town of Val d’Isare has lots of appeal for her. It’s rumoured to be the new Resort of her friends William & Katie. Actor Samuel L Jackson need not concern himself with his people’s support of this President. Michelle’s fans, especially, will be happy to inform all nay-sayers, that Michelle don’t have to answer to ANYBODY! She not being paid by you.

How sad it is, that African Americans feel they have to accept any and all behaviors/decisions of this Administration. Samuel Jackson’s words will be heard by many Americans, no doubt, this zealouness on the part of Black Voters, will have a very sad backlash for them.

I do enjoy WH Dossier, Mr. Koffler. This was one of your very best blogs and I look forward to more follow-up on 1st Lady as well as Ms. Jarrett.