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Michelle Obama Goes Skiing in Colorado

First Lady Michelle Obama is on “a private family trip” in Colorado where she is skiing with daughters Sasha and Malia, according to an administration official.

“The First Lady and several close friends are  chaperoning their children on a ski trip,” the official told the press pool reporter who is following President Obama today.

Reports coming out of Colorado say she arrived Friday night and is staying at the Sebastian Hotel on Vail Mountain. Rooms start at $605 per night for a room with two queen beds and head north of $2,000 for multi-bedroom suites.

Here’s a description from the hotel’s website:

For the best in Colorado vacations, stay at The Sebastian – Vail and enjoy Vail’s newest boutiqueslopeside hotel. In the heart of the Vail Village, The Sebastian is welcoming and pulsing with life. There’s Bloom Spa, Frost Bar, Market for nibbles, our visionary Block 16 restaurant. There’s a mountain-view pool, hot tubs and a roaring fire pit. Base Camp offers ski-in ski-out access from Vail’s Vista Bahn lift, just at the foot of Vail Mountain. Our ski valets will help you into warm ski boots and out onto the mountain.

Mrs. Obama has decided to jet out to Vail – instead of visiting slopes closer to Washington DC in Virginia or Pennsylvania – despite already incurring criticism for taking opulent excursions, particularly a trip last summer to Spain. There, she stayed at the country’s swankest hotel and, like this weekend, was traveling without her husband.

Mrs. Obama also raised eyebrows in December when she left earlier than President Obama for their annual vacation in Hawaii, incurring added expenses for taxpayers that likely ran well in excess of $100,000.

The trip to Vail, which almost certainly requires use of a large Air Force jet, would likely be much more expensive for taxpayers than a shorter journey by chopper or motorcade to a resort near Washington. Mrs. Obama will likely pay for a portion of her trip, but many costs of a first lady’s travel are borne by taxpayers.

President Obama today went to serve as the “parent coach” for for Sasha’s basketball team, even though Sasha was not there.

Meanwhile, Vice President Biden and his wife are spending the weekend in Key Largo.

581 thoughts on “Michelle Obama Goes Skiing in Colorado”

  1. Doing what the Obama’s do best, spend other people’s money. Remember when you’d only take a vacation when you’ve accomplished something of merit? What is this, the Obamas 8’th vacation this year? Good riddance to a horrible failed president in 2012.

  2. This is nothing to be so excited about. As the POTUS and the FLOTUS, ther have ALWAYS been trips and vacations for them, as there should be. It comes with the office furniture. Where was the outrage when the other office holders took lavish trips? The one take away is that at least POTUS is still in D.C. trying to look Presedental, not for the offices sake, but his political life.This is something that has always been done, in good economies and bad.

    Fix the budget Mr. President and you can take the whole year off…just don’t sacrifice my childrens future due to pride and the hundreds of special interest groups that you were “lobbied” out to. This all comes out to common sense and understanding that as Americans, we don’t buy into the “throw money at it and it will take care of itself” mentality. Show some backbone and channel Mr. Reagan and bring us back from disaster.

    This outrage is directed at one thing, responsibility and taking the best interest of the country at heart. If we had 4% or lower unemployment and a strong economy, no one would even care. Same as with healthcare. Put us back to work, and take the vacation. Just don’t treat us as “boobs” when it comes to the fiscal responsibility of what has made us great and will make us greater.

    1. The outrage stems from the fact that Michelle, by herself, is taking *a lot* of vacations and the Obama family, including POTUS have taken FAR MORE vacations than any president (democrat or Republican) in probably the last 100 years. I challenge anyone to prove otherwise.

      I’m not talking about weekend trips to Camp David (which many POTUSes use for working getaways), or privately-owned getaways such as GWB’s ranch in Texas, GHWB’s place in Kennebunkport, Reagan’s California ranch, or Carter’s home in Georgia. I am talking about full-blown getaway vacations and, again, I challenge ANYONE to show me a president or FLOTUS who has taken more actual vacations in the last 100 years.

      Betcha can’t do it!

      1. Betcha I can! and I did. Guess what. Your wrong!

        You can get the answer to your “challenge” in about 20 seconds with a simple search. “Presidential vacation comparison” worked for me. Here is one of many sites that will provide a comparison.

        GW took many more vacation days. Also, Democratic presidents in the last 30 years have taken less vacations than Republican presidents. Not that it really matters. POTUS never really gets time off.

        As to FLOTUS. Really? like it matters. I thought it was petty when Nancy Reagan was criticized for doing the same thing. It is petty now.

        POTUS family trips to ANYWHERE will always have expensive security measures. Get over it.

        1. Miky, your teeth are stained from the kool-aid. Wait five minutes.

          As an apologist for the liberal-Marxist, anti-Semitic bigot, your free to take his side. The story posted on White House Dossier, simply posted *the facts*; nothing was embellished, the writer simply REPORTED what took place, based upon WH info.

          Because Americans are suffering and the President has requested “Americans to tighten their belt”, they are a bit peaved when they see the First Lady and Family take expensive, volumpuous, extravagant junkets to far away places, once more, asking the American taxpayer to fund 5-star restaurants.

          Your free to wipe her ass if you want. We have chosen not too, in fact, most Americans (about 75%) are fed up with Barick Nixoma and his madcap fun; we have not seen this since Dick Nixon … remember him?

          So, carry her tonic water, margarita or her tampons – we won’t.

          While the nation still has the freedom to VOTE (before liberal-Marxists decided that is politically incorrect as well), we will defeat your racist prig in 2012 and run our guy (or gal).

          Be sure to wipe cleanly, evenly and say thank you.

          1. facts don’t mean much to you, do they? you put out a challenge. I took up your challenge and proved you wrong. you come back with disrespectful language and avoidance of the actual facts.
            You need to look into the ingredients of your own kool aid of which you have been totally saturated in.

          2. Wait, you didn’t respond to him. The article that you mention only counts Obama’s vacay, not Michelle’s private vacays. You also overlooked the short trips in which they combine a quick jot of work with fun time, such as MO’s trip to the Gulf and her unnecessary trips everywhere for things as trivial as talking to a classroom of kids.

            You also overlooked his point that previous Presidents often went to their own property, where security could be routinized instead of demanding extraordinary amounts of costly work to secure novel locations and public places.

            And you cited only one source, not an unbiased one, and one that did not give complete information.

            I think part of the vacay presidency perception of the Obamas comes from their lavish partying, particularly distasteful when citizens are suffering economically. MO’s hundreds of different outfits and acessories, mostly very high-priced also creates a party and vaycay image.

            So, I’m afraid that your 20 seconds of research got you an answer that’s worth about 20 seconds of attention.

            I remember Mrs. Reagan being criticized for accepting clothing, saying that it would be donated for a museum, and then never doing so. That criticism was right and proper.

        2. So what other president spent the kind of funds it took to pull off the Spain getaway? I can’t imagine the gall it takes to burn tax dollars to pay for an entire 5 star hotel and the transportation of not only friends but white house staff and security staff. (An estimated cost of 85K a day?) I think Bush and others spent many ‘vacation’ days at their ranches or respective domiciles as working vacations. A LOT different from the Spain vacation, which was immediately followed by a Martha Vineyard vacation and then back to the gulf vacation…it’s hard to even keep up. All while their bankrupting the country and supporting unions.. unbelievable!

    2. Oh yeah. Vacations go with the office furninature. That wasn’t the liberal thinking when G.W. Bush went to his Texas ranch to cut brush, and bush hog his ranch! The liberals said he was “out-or-touch” with the people when he was “hiding” in Texas.
      Why can’t you liberals see the double standards that you set ? Were you all born with a mental fault, or did you spend too much time listening to MSNMC/CNN?

  3. Michelle must consider these lavish and costly vacations back-door reparations. One right after the other.
    Will she still be “proud of her country” once the faucet has been shut off?

    1. Former occupants of the Whitehouse, even for four years (Carter, Obama) make wads of cash for life. These losers will vacation for the rest of their lives.

  4. must be nice to be on vacation, skiing and then guess who shows up and ruins it for you by creating massive traffic jams, closed ski slopes and the like. Manchelle is about as low class as they get

  5. I’m so sick of this family. Hubby stands up there and says we all need to perhaps not take that vacation in these tough times. I’m sick to death of flying this woman and her children all over the place. For pete sake she had to get to Hawaii early (couldn’t wait for the old man) and skinned the taxpayers for that flight. It hasn’t been ywo months and already another vacation – these people are just too high maintenance for this country.

    1. via,

      They are going to take as many vacations as they can before they get caught in their theft.

      I just hope it doesn’t have any bad effects on the children. The children didn’t have anything to do with it. I doubt very seriously if they even have any thought of their father’s illegitimacy.

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      19 February 2011
      7:15 p.m.m

      “The First Lady has just found the wet bar at the hotel. We would like to thank everyone for their prayers. The suite had no directional devices or GPS and as such, the First Lady spent a considerable amount of time moving from room to room to find the adult beverage marshalling container. Mrs. Obama would like to thank all those who prayed on her behalf.”

  7. The Obamas are clearly taking advantage of the perks they couldn’t afford as ordinary citizens. I suppose all presidential families do the same, but the Obamas’ trips seem just a bit more ‘get it while we can’ than most.

    1. Hell, Bubbles,

      If you had to spend millions to keep you records under lock and key wouldn’t you take advantage of the taxpayers footing the bills for you?

    2. I don’t know if most Presidential families suck up the goodies at anywhere near the Obama rate. Most Presdents, for better or worse, come from pretty privileged backgrounds and have worked long and hard politically to reach an office that they respect.

      Obama slid up the greased pole and Michelle was at home in Chicago for the 5 minutes that he was Senator. Neither of them knows much about the national or international stage. And I swear that I think Michelle is spending so much because she’s mad that she had to give up her $350,000 fake job and not get paid for being First Lady. That’s about the level of class that she has achieved.

  8. Bad enough to take luxury vacations when you’re broke. Criminal to do it with borrowed money the next generation will have to pay back. Since when is a first lady entitled to live like a Queen on the taxpayer’s back — or the next generation’s back?

  9. Wow, it is getting clearer and clearer that the Obamas are opportunists just like the Clintons. Is it a Democrat thing–enriching yourself constantly at the public trough? Better get it now, Michelle. As of 2012 you will have to pay for it yourself. Or like the hated Hillary, I guess you will write a book and get paid to tell all. Well, karma finally catches up with all of us mortals, and your turn is coming….

  10. Moochelle and the kidlets At Vail. Biden at Florida Keys. B.O. sticking his FAT NOSE in state business. Egypt lets Iranian warships in Suez Canal. Sure have those priorities in order, don’t they?

  11. Typical liberal — I mean democrat scenario here: You ordinary citizens cut back on you vacations while we, the elites of our society, spend you tax dollars so we can live like the royalty we are.

  12. First lday travelling without her husand (like last weekend) and she ‘raised eyebrows’ when she trvelled first to Hawaii before her husband…

    The raised eyebrow set would do well to remember her husband is hired to run the country and when issues arise and he has to attend, why would a good father expect the whole family to suffer,?
    Are these the same ‘raised eyebrow’ set that forbid a woman to speak unless the man allowed her to? or made a woman follow in her husbands shadow, or allow one color not drink from the same source an another color.

    Oh please keep that ‘raised eyebrow’ set away from me and my children.
    We choose love above snobs and divisionists, and a hubsnad that love and honours his wife, and the freedom to be herself, and his equal.

    1. Paula, if Mrs. Obama had paid for that special airplane trip to Hawaii out of her pocket, I would have no objection to her leaving before her husband. But she didn’t. She spent taxpayer money on an unnecessary expense. If she was at all considerate of the citizens who pay her travel expenses, she would have waited to leave with her husband.

      I don’t know how you get from her extravagance and inconsiderate behavior to the straw man of women’s subjugation, but it was really a wonderful thing to see you go slighly nutty because of your need to protect Michelle Obama.

      “Oh please keep that ‘raised eyebrow’ set away from me and my children. We choose love above snobs and divisionists….” — do you realize how snobby you sound?

  13. Well there you have it. All this worrying over the news is just silly. It’s apparently under control. Jetting around the country, spending lavish amounts of time and money. And a good ski trip must be educational for the girls?

    Whatever, I got to go to work this weekend and pay state taxes that are outrageous in the state of ILLINOIS. I’m telling you, they better have this budget under control and in the black soon.

  14. How plebeian. After Spain, how can MO stand the USA. I’m sure St. Moritz or St. Tropez are too touristy. Why not the secret ski resort of the pseudo-rich(other peoples money) and arrogant. I fear I insult the arrogant by comparing them to FLOTUS (floats thru her dream world).

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  16. This is typical elitism. “We” the ruling socialists are better than the “peasants” who must be told what they can do as they are too stupid to guide their own lives. Remember the USSR – the rulers had the luxury, the rest practically starved under an oppressive gov’t. That’s what the Soros, Clinton, Obama, Pelosi and friends want. They want to control the world with their rich counterparts and suck us dry of any prosperity thru redistribution of wealth. They, meanwhile, will live the high life. Anyone who believes the left rhetoric is stupid.

  17. Such wonderful examples the Obama Royals are setting for their two children on how to steal from the American people. This is how bad traditions start and get passed down from generation to generation. Like the Royals of Europe and elsewhere in this world they believe they are entitled to unearned wealth at the expense of others and never give it a second thought.

  18. Are they on a vacation again? They just got back from one. THEY sure are not sacrificing in their down economy. They just mooch off the rest of us and take advantage of us.

  19. After me, the deluge. It sounds better in French. The Obamas have no regard for conditions in the country. They live in a privileged world of their own. We didn’t fight a revolution against the king of England to get these two!

  20. Oh big deal; anyway, Obama has done more for the conseravtive cause than perhaps Reagan by his horrible failures. With all the substance to attack, who cares about this trip. Although it is hypocrisy given their “sympathy” for the poor.

  21. They are no different then all the other Dictators,and third world presidents,why is the rest of the world uprising? Because they are tired of having their countries funds misused,this is going over NUMBNUTS head.He doesn’t realize that the majority of the people who don’t support him are the tax payers and educated citizens,who will only take so much from his regime.If he wasn’t born in a third world country,he sure acts like a third world dictator!!!!

  22. I think this is bad. Mrs O seems to care, but these actions prove otherwise. She was earning $200,000 as a lawyer, so perhaps she would still be taking these trips if she were not FLOTUS, if she were just Mrs O, lawyer from Chicago?

    In comparison to Bush Jr and his twins daughters, Clintons & his daughter; Bush Sr & his sons…what were the expenses for skiing, trips overseas, etc.

      1. $350,000 a year and the hospital ELIMINATED it when Michelle Obama moved to Washington, D.C. It makes one think they were frightened that she might come back or it wasn’t a very important job in the first place.

  23. Sure,might as well cost the tax payers another bundel of money. I`m sure plenty of staff and secret service members went along as well. The kids all ate healthy though, no doubt.

  24. It’s called “stickin’ it to Da Man”. They’re going to suck on the taxpayers’ teat until the very last day they’re in the WH…..that would be January 2013. Surely they must know how this looks to the average, out-of-work American? If they know and they don’t care, shame on them. If they don’t know…..well…..nobody can teach decorum and class. Shame on them.

  25. Mrs. Obama and the girls are long over due for a vacation. It’s been a grueling six weeks of running other people’s lives since their last vacation for Christmas in Hawaii.

  26. Does anyone really believe that Po and Flo care anything at all about us or our kids. Shame on them for having no shame and shame on us if they end up in our house in 2012. Like fish and relatives they need to go away in 2012.

  27. This bi$ch need to be reigned in and now. People all over the country are suffering, states are going bankrupt, the federal gov under her bozo husband is going under and she continues to live like a queen spending our tax dollars while the voters suffer. If he is too stupid to figure this out we are screaming this at him and he is deaf. I am sick of paying the bill for an over the top, fat, overbearing witch. As I was taught my whole live you can not make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. This sow needs to go.

  28. It’s Good to be the Queen…. Who is really paying for all of this ? Biden hasn’t gone into his own pocket his entire life. He has made a career out of being America’s Guest. Wasn’t it Biden who was known as Senator MBNA??? The Obamas??? In their world, Everybody else pays.

  29. she’s like that girl you take out to dinner on a first date who thinks you’re a loser chump and decides to order the most expensive thing on the menu just because.

  30. What are the odds she went to Hawaii ahead of Bo due to an appointment with a plastic surgeon?
    That woman looks absolutely nothing like her former self..
    Now, Vail, oh please, for their snow bunny skill level they would be fine in the Poconos. But the ‘base’ loves her and thinks she can ‘do whatever she wants.’ Er, no, she can’t., but she does it anyway.

  31. I’m no fan of MHO, but suggesting she ski at a closer “resort” in VA or PA instead of Vail is a joke. Those little hills are not real skiing. She’d have to go at least up to Vermont. “Let them eat (yellow) snow!”

    1. you don’t really think that Hulk is going to ski, do you? What she is going to do is put on expensive ski clothes, eat expensive food and tie up traffic.

      Period. That’s what Mooch does best.

      I want to see the food bills. Lobster and butter, whaddya want to bet?

  32. Nice to see Mrs. Obama “sharing the pain” as others are losing pensions, jobs, and homes! A modern day Marie Antoinette but instead of saying: “Let them eat cake” —-Ms Obama throws the cake in their face!

  33. Think,

    her vacations could have paid several of the people’s pensions they are trying to strip which serve as sustenance for several families instead of one fat woman on skis.

  34. Funny, those that think “all First Ladies” take expensive vacations, without their husbands, never mention an example. How about it?
    All the above may have taken trips alone, but they were not vacations.

    1. Gov. Palin is not the issue numnuts – your liberal-Marxist, anti-Semitic, bigoted, racist, pathetic, screwball, mealy-mouth, asexual prig of a President is.

  35. MIchelle Obama is a smash and grab person….I just cannot call her a first lady.
    What a joke. She is ready to smash any precedents set before her and grab any perk she can get.
    What about the carbon footprint she is leaving???? hummmmm
    Don’t do as I do, Do as I Say!
    Enough is Enough!
    Obama, a one term disaster!

  36. I thought we were supposed to live within our means. Oh what the hell
    we have seen these spend thrifts before. I just wished they loved our country.

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