Another trip Michelle? HOW MUCH did it cost taxpayers for the transportation, the Secret Service, etc.?
February 21, 2011
President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip.
First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are on a ‘private family trip’ to Colorado for Presidents’ Day Weekend.
So much for the diet: Anti-obesity crusader Michelle Obama feasts on ribs during pricey family vacation
February 22, 2011
Michelle Obama feasted on ribs while on her skiing holiday, it has emerged.
The First Lady, who has spearheaded a campaign to change American eating habits, ate ancho-chile short ribs from a restaurant next to her luxury ski hotel in Vail, Colorado.
The Obamas have already come under fire for the vacation, with the President accused of double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on the costly skiing trip.
The first lady went to Restaurant Kelly Liken in Vail Village on Saturday night, dining on a braised ancho-chile short rib with hominy wild mushrooms, the Vail Daily reported.
Chef and owner Kelly Liken said: ‘Yes, it’s true, the first lady dined at our restaurant tonight and seemed to really enjoy it.’
The family is staying at the upscale Sebastian Hotel on Vail Mountain, where rooms start at $650 a night and range up to more than $2,400 for multi-bedroom suites.
The family appear to have flown there on Air Force Two.
The trip came just days after the President tried to sell his cost-cutting budget to the American people by asking them to stay at home.
‘If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, or you might put off a vacation,’ he said.
While Mr Obama is staying put at the White House, the rest of his family headed to Colorado – rather than visiting slopes closer to Washington in Virginia or Pennsylvania.
Their trip came despite previous criticisms over the family’s extravagant vacations, including a trip last summer to Spain.
Mrs Obama also raised eyebrows when she left earlier than her husband for their annual Christmas holiday in Hawaii, incurring additional expenses estimated to be more than $97,000.
The Sebastian Vail hotel in Colorado
Luxury: The upscale Sebastian Hotel where the family are staying. The trip will cost the taxpayer thousands of dollars in security, at a time when the President is calling for spending restraint.