The first lady’s third trip abroad without her husband is turning out to be a “real treat” after all — and the family’s apparently treating it with real class.
The presidential suite at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang where Michelle, her mother and her two daughters are staying costs a whopping $8,350 a night, and taxpayers are picking up the tab for every dime of the “official” trip, according to the White House Dossier.
The tab’s likely to total more than $1 million, the White House Dossier reported.
In addition to getting the privilege of footing the bill for another royal vacation by the first family (without the member of it whose actually on the government payroll), taxpayers are being represented abroad with manners that would make a real royal – or even “The Ugly American” – blush.
The Mail Online reported Friday Michelle Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, has been “barking at staff” since the family’s arrival Thursday and the hotel workers are “fed up.”
“We can’t wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth,” one staff told the Mail in a phone interview. “We entertain many important people here, but this has been, I think, very different.”
And that’s on top of the normal hurly burly that comes with American “royalty” on the road, like the Secret Service taking over an entire floor (again, paid for by the American taxpayer) and monopolizing elevators for security purposes. The Washington Times reported Thursday that the whole road show works out to about 70 people getting taxpayer-funded trips to the Far East so Michelle could get her mom out of the White House for a few days.
Could any of that be why reporters were kept out of the trip?
In a Twitter post, Fox News contributor Britt Hume said he thought so.
Maybe this is why the Obamas didn’t want US media coverage of the 1st lady’s trip. http://t.co/et23shBkgX
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 22, 2014
Some of Hume’s readers agreed. Here’s a sample, compliments of Twitchy.
— Sandy (@RightGlockMom) March 22, 2014
@brithume Bossy is in the house.
— stew berens (@ARSuper72) March 22, 2014
— DallenH (@d_allen_h) March 22, 2014
— Kay W Barry (@hope4kay) March 22, 2014
@brithume And these people deign to lecture us all about income inequality. Disgusting exhibition.
— Linebacker8599 (@Linebacker8599) March 22, 2014
This one might have summed it up the best.
@brithume So they “can’t wait for this to be over,” huh? Now they know how a lot of us feel.
— Jim Shelton (@jimshelton60) March 22, 2014
CORRECTION: The original version of this post identified Brit Hume’s network incorrectly.
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