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Michelle Obama Decides to Ski Aspen

by Keith Koffler on February 18, 2012, 8:17 am

Michelle Obama has embarked on a skiing vacation with her daughters in Aspen, Colorado, according to the Aspen Daily News.

The first lady, who just returned last month from 17 days of relaxation in Hawaii, is skiing in Colorado on Presidents’ Day Weekend for the second year in a row. Last year she went to Vail.

Michelle’s decision to ski out West again instead of hitting slopes closer to Washington would seem an inopportune choice for a first lady who is helping her husband campaign on issues of “fairness.”

The Obama campaign has set itself up as the defender of the poor and the middle class against the “One Percent,” a theme which clashes with the image a first lady who is taking frequent and exclusive vacations.

Just last August, she sojourned on Martha’s Vineyard, and the month before she travelled to southern Africa for a trip that mixed official business with tourist outings like an African safari. In July 2010, she took an exorbitant excursion to the southern coast of Spain, flying out with friends and family on a large jet that often serves as Air Force 2 and then staying at a ritzy hotel.

What’s more, as the government struggles to cut the deficit, the symbolism of a first lady jetting out to Aspen with a security entourage at taxpayers’ expense to ski would seem to send the wrong message about cutting back on spending.

For her last two Hawaii vacations, Michelle left separately from her husband at extra cost to taxpayers in order to ensure she got the full vacation while the president was forced to remain in Washington a few extra days to finish work with Congress.

President Obama last summer called for “an attitude of shared sacrifice” to solve the nation’s deficit woes.

Michelle this weekend is reportedly staying at the Aspen home of a wealthy Obama backer from Chicago. She held a fundraiser at the same residence last July.

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mary February 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

First Lady is skiing this weekend and not attending the services for Whitney Houston……

Teacher Reader February 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Until people realize that when a progressive speaks about sacrifice that they mean everyone, but themselves things will not change. Those voting for progressives (dems and repubs) need to wake up and realize this.

Mrs. Obama doesn’t give a rats behind about the 99%. She is only out for herself, which is why she has taken so many vacations and leaves before the president. There are plenty of places to ski and snowboard a short distance from Washington. There was no need to spend so much money on another vacation, but it’s not her money and we keep paying for them.

I do believe that any future president needs to a have a spending limit on the security that the people are willing to pay for. They and their families should not be able to globe trot on our dime, while we work to pay our bills.

Michele February 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Hey, I have to enjoy all these freebies,in my mind and Barry’s we know there will be more good times in our future. I wish you all would be more considerate, look at all the hard work I do, telling you how to feed yourselves and your children, how to exercise.
You all are all such sheep and cattle and need to take a deep breathe and just follow where we will lead you. Soros is in charge around the world, and is placing all his people where he wants them for the New World Order. Barry just loves the directives he is given as one of his chosen ones. His friends are really enjoying all the extra income they are making with the insider help.
And so you dummies understand, to Progress we must spend, so the ones who don’t have will start hating and resenting the ones who have money.
What better way than to use the poor taxpayers money to take our lavish vacations, and rub their faces in how the rich live, while they struggle. Our next step is to gain control of all media this does include the web, so I will not have to read anything else negative from anyone about myself or Barry in the future. SO….
Just sit back, shut up cattle and sheep and enjoy OUR show!!!!

sop February 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

It is seeming more and more like “The last fling in Paris” Does she know about something coming down the pike that we don’t know?

howard philipson February 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

The article should be headlined “CONTINUES her 3 year vacation”-

Kim Baliey February 19, 2012 at 11:26 am

Or ……………..Bigfoot goes to Vail….!

peeweesurfs February 18, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I haven’t taken a vacation in years. My employees have. They even drive nicer cars than me. I could lay a few off and take a vacation then again what would their families do for food and I would have to work even harder. The arrogance of the president and his wife are astounding. They preach to the melancholy of the poor while they lavish in the excess of aristocracy. Truly a classless first family with no regard for the job he was elected for. Their extravagance is bold and yet minor compared to the destruction of our nation and our values. When you become president your responsibility is to the American people not your narcissist self-interest. This is a presidency that must end for the good of America’s future.

Janna February 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Well said and thank you for taking care of your workers.

JungleCogs February 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Another vacation on the taxpayers dime.

billybeer February 18, 2012 at 12:58 pm

They have renamed the Aspen ski area after Moose-chell. It’s now known as Fat Aspen……..

Jack Kinch(1uncle) February 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Living high on the hog and still complaining? Witch.

rulierose February 18, 2012 at 1:01 pm

I don’t suppose people like Cynthia, who believe that politics began with George W. Bush, even remember what Nancy Reagan went through. she was accused of being this richy-rich diva who required new dishes (remember that?) and was perceived to be living high off the hog. and she took a lot of heat for that.

but she was not black. how do you explain that?

Americans don’t like their presidents to act like they are kings. we didn’t like Nancy Reagan when she acted hoity-toity and we don’t like it when Michelle Obama does.

add to that Moochelle’s famous comments about not being proud of her country, and how America is “mean,” and we REALLY don’t like it.

I understand that you have nothing BUT “the race card” to play. Obama has been a disastrous president, and you dare not talk about his record, because it’s dreadful. so you pretend that there’s this deep hatred of black people in America–the same country that overwhelmingly elected a black man in 2008! do you think we all just noticed he was black for the first time? hardly.

there are many reasons to dislike the Obamas. the color of their skin isn’t even in the Top 100.

Cynthia February 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Who mentioned Bush?

crazyrightwingmom February 19, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Nancy got donations to upgrade the very poor White House China and borrowed clothes from designers to wear and was ostracized every day!

Liz February 18, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Moooochelle on ANOTHER vacation. What a leach. Mmmmm….separate vacations???

Seamusnh February 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Nice to see that she can relate to the average American…

LEL February 18, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I didn’t think tofu and alfalfas sprout provided enough energy for that kind of physical activity. Hey, what the hell America, it’s on us.

jb80538 February 18, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Another vacation! It’s time they begin a permanent vacation!

Thomas in Jacksonville February 18, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Once more the Obama dictatorship shows it’s disregard for the taxpayer. It is the taxpayer that will foot the bill, not just for her and the kids, but for the food and lodging of all the security personnel as well. It will also disrupt the lives of all the people working there. How many will be told to not come to work because they don’t pass the security check demanded by the Secret Service? How much traffic will have to be re-routed for the Queen Goddess? How many people will not be allowed on the hills if she or the kids are up there? How many of her “friends” will she bring along on Air Force 2? And just how much will this cost the taxpayer? These people MUST be voted out of office! We can’t afford their vacations, let alone their attempts to have big government take over and control our lives.

In the O.C. February 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

They don’t care what anyone says about their vacations. They don’t care how it looks. They’re only in it for the MONEY and the POWER. We’re NOTHING to them except potential VOTES. That’s all we are, that’s all we’ve ever been, that’s all we’re ever going to be. Votes.

Eagle1Jim February 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Isn’t that wonderful. I wonder if the taxpayers are paying for the $103 per day lift ticket. There aren’t many poor or middle class Americans that can take their family to Aspen for a week-end of skiing anymore. I thought $12 a day in the early 70′s was a little over the top. As they say in Hollywood, “Break a Leg”.

LAURIE February 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

gee, I hope see doesn’t hit a tree…..poor tree

john martin February 18, 2012 at 1:23 pm

it’s don’t do as i do etc. record unemployment,record high gas and home heating oil. 50 million under the poverty level. record number of people on food stamps. sky high insurance rates. housing market sinking even lower. record number of businesses gone under. socialism really works.but lefties don’t take any blame,they blame president bush. get over it!! bush was three years ago. barry is president(sort of). this is his turd.

Lipstick February 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Here I sit poor my house payment late and needing to help a relative make their house payment also. This is what I face. Many more of us are in the same boat. These carpet baggers are ruining this country and no one in Washington or in the judicial system will do a thing. When I say judicial I mean that not one court has gave a fair hearing to any of the complaints about the birth certificate. Not one. Even that crap in Georgia was a farce. It is shameless that the American People cannot have closure on that. Until we get it no one will look upon this president as legal. Another thing is why does she need to get away from the lap of luxury so much? Is she tired of her husbands company or just tired of Washington. She’s the only first lady I can remember who has acted like a princess. I am in my 60′s and have seen quite a few of them also.

mike wolf February 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Yeah, I could go on vacation several times a year to the detrement of my household (bankrupcy). Isn’t that where this nation is heading to, bankrupcy!
Shame on the hypocrits……….

Joseph February 18, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I have had one vacation in the last ten years. This women has ten or more vacations in one year. And I bet it’s on the tax payer dime. How pathetic the Obama’s are. We suffer and they act like the French Royalty before the revolution…despicable.

katherine savage February 18, 2012 at 1:38 pm

so much for SHARED sacrifice

Captain Obvious February 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Damn, I’d need a break from all the vacations they take.

jim February 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Michelle could spend 50 million a day. It doesn’t matter with the hypocrite president we have.Five more years of these two clowns is gonna be hard on the country.

Matt February 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Michelle Antoinette indeed.

vrytix February 18, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Michelle is determined to see and do a lot of vacationing when she can be pampered at least partly at public expense.

She and her husband are now part of the one percent her party and supporters like to criticize. Of course, her frequent and expensive trips set a horrible example at a time of severe economic gloom.

Staying home, if you still have one, is for “the little people.”

Timothy D. Naegele February 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

America’s “Marie Antoinette” is at it again. Is she totally “tone deaf” and insensitive to the human suffering taking place here in America?

See, e.g., (“Michelle Obama: “Let Them Eat Cake!””) and (“Poverty In America”)

cudmaster February 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

No one in their right mind would ski on the east coast if they had the means and opportunity to ski in Colorado. So apparently, I agree with Mrs. Obama on something, weird.

MichelleIndependent February 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Michelle Antoinette is nouveau riche.

DirtyDave777 February 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Redistributing Americas wealth to themselves one vacation at a time.

Kim Baliey February 19, 2012 at 10:34 am

While we starve, unemployed, hungry and broke!

Mom From Mars February 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

So, what else is new? Did you expect any thing different??

In the O.C. February 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Michele Obama can do any damn thing she wants to because she is married to the first black (well, 1/2 black) president – AND – they are both Social Democrats, to boot. Therefore, austerity will not and shall not EVER be useful to these nor to any of their team (ilk). Democrats NEVER have to do what they expect everyone else to do, since they are different than all the rest and have the Media licking their shoes in obescience. They are More caring. More concerned. More open. More full of ____. But I digress.

Carol February 18, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Is that all this b&^ch does is go on taxpayer funded vacations?

In the O.C. February 18, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Yes. Aside from that she’s virtually useless.

Janna February 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Scared the dogs laughing….thank you OC : )

Anonna February 18, 2012 at 2:51 pm

She appears on tv shows and on most of them she either jumps around and people kindly call it dancing or she pleats her brow like an accordian and parrots meaningless drivel on nutrition.

Frank February 18, 2012 at 1:59 pm

This is the new Progressive aristocracy. Get used to it.

Blackland February 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I personally would not ski anywhere on the east coast, there is no snow anywhere this year. Vail and Aspen are nice. I skiied Jackson, Wy last year and like it better than Colorado, but it is probably too difficult for the young Obamas to handle (it is pretty steep).

So, why should any of us care where they ski?

Mills February 20, 2012 at 10:22 am

When it’s on OUR dime you nimrod!

Mark February 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Maybe Moochelle Antoinette needs to work off some calories after dining on one of her cheesburgers while she sets up inspections of our childrens lunchbox’s.

ohsochillywifthethermostatsetlow February 18, 2012 at 2:03 pm

bet she doesn’t need to pack or rent skis – simple pair of flats will do.

In the O.C. February 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Furthermore, I just paid $4.15 per gallon of gasoline at Costco in Tustin, CA. $30.01 bought me 7.159 gallons of gasoline. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS, PEOPLE! And yet, this woman – this so-called “first lady” (I will not capitalize) jets off to VAIL TO SKI ???? Are we insane? Can this man Obama not be stopped? Millions of people still DON’T CARE WHAT THIS FAMILY IS DOING ON OUR DIME??? God – hear us, please! Defeat Obama in November. We MUST defeat this man.

Ilene February 18, 2012 at 2:05 pm

What do you think the press would have done to Mrs.Bush had she pissed away tax dollars if the country were in the crapper when Dubua was POTUS??

In the O.C. February 18, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Right on, friend! Here here!

Jonas Kniger February 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Can we please put this wo-man on the back burner? It is time to remove these two idiots from the White House! Please America vote these hypocrites out of office! He is destroying our country and she is what – the food monitor in chief? Except when she shovels down the fries & tacos to increase the girth of her belly & the dimension of her derriere? Please put a bag on her head so the children don’t have to cry themselves to sleep after watching the wicked witch on TV! Can’t she drive an electric vehicle to Colorado like the hoi-polloi (look it up)?

ken February 18, 2012 at 2:24 pm


Kim Baliey February 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

The Only one out there to defeat the Kenyan is Ron Paul.
Join the Ron Paul Constitutional Revolution!
He is our only hope..

Wigglesworth February 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Michelle Obama is like Goldie Hawn’s character in the movie Overboard.

csrdrunner February 18, 2012 at 2:33 pm

They make me want to VOMIT, ops! that is oVOMIT. In my opinion the do not have a clue about America and never will, hey! they can spend the money and hang with the 1%, now lets see that on the news.

Richard_Iowa February 18, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Just got an e-mail from my sister that she is at Aspen today. Hope she does not run into whatshername. Wonder if they closed the entire ski resort down? If so maybe that would make her proud of her country.

Patriot1742 February 18, 2012 at 2:35 pm

You know she has been needing a little time away – been almost 50 days since they got back from a little get away to Hawaii – 17 days at cost of a million plus – maybe P Obama can break away from the spending and spend some quality time with M-the mooch.

The Original February 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

$4M was the cost of the vacation in Hawaii at Christmas.

JoeDog February 18, 2012 at 2:36 pm

It is absolutely stunning that the main stream media and the Occupy crowd who supposedly hates the 1% gives the Obama’s a pass on their in your face over the top endless vacation spending using our tax dollars… Not one word from the Hypocrites… And don’t give me that “They are entitled to a vacation” BS. Yes they are entitled to a vacation, but they are NOT entitled to jet all over the world endlessly on our tax dollars… Enough is enough with these people. November 2012 … Bye Bye Obama… Bye Bye…

G Volans February 18, 2012 at 2:39 pm

So in 3 years now the First Hypocrite has taken 2 Hawaiian vacations, 2 ski vacations to Vail, 2 or 3 Summer vacations at Martha’s Vinyard, an exclusive trip to Spain with an entourage of friends and family, an African safari and I’m sure I’ve left out one or two others as well. Admittedly a few of these trips had a thin varnish of some official business but ALL had excesses and extravagances that fly in the face of any “shared sacrifice” – unless that phrase refers to the shared sacrifice of taxpayers to support the Freeloader in Chief, his family and co-conspirators (ahem!), I mean “friends”.
I would love to know if the family took this type of vacations annually (quarterly!) when it was out of their pocket?! I’m counting at least 8 MASSIVE vacations in 3 years. The costs of these are crazy enough, then you add costs of security details, extra 747s to tote her royal behind around the world a few days early etc. absolutely crazy.
I hope the Obamas have plenty of free time for long distant vacations (at their own expense) come January 2013.

James Jordan February 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm

She doesn’t care about fairness, she cares about Michelle and spending as much of our tax dollars as she can, (as quickly as she can) before her big-eared bo get’s booted from the Oral Office in Novmeber!

Delores Sapp February 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Poor Michelle. She is one of the one percent and she revels in her opulence.

CKAinRedStateUSA February 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I don’t begrudge Ms. Obama’s and her daughters’ trip.————But I resent her and her husband’s naked hypocrisy in railing against the so-called 1% — and I don’t resent the 1% — when the Obamas seem to behave similarly.————Their timing of all these vacations remains wildly offensive, especially when ordinary Americans face record levels of unemployment, underemployment, rising inflation, rising prices of commodities such as gasoline and foods, etc.

john martin February 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

top 10% of earners pay almost all of the taxes in this country.