Posted Thu, June 17, 2010 1:14pm EST

Bonnie Asks: Michelle Obama, Why Are You Having A Hollywood Vacation At A Billionaire's House While Your Husband Faces Biggest Man-Made Disaster Ever?

Posted Thu, June 17, 2010 1:14pm EST

Box seats at a Lakers/Celtics NBA playoff game, dinner with Ryan Seacrest at a Mario Batali eatery and now a Malibu beachside day at a billionaire’s mansion …

That’s been Michelle Obama’s schedule in the past few days.

While the President has been trying to finally convince the nation that he really is angry and alarmed over the 3 million gallons of oil that BP has leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, the Mrs. plus Sasha, Malia, and Michelle’s mom, have been motorcading with a large entourage all over pricey hotspots in LA.

In fact, on Tuesday evening June 14, while her husband was addressing the nation from the Oval Office, in a very serious attempt to turn around his 83 percent disapproval rating on his handling of the oil crisis, the Mrs. was cheering on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Is it just me, or does this seem more than a little insensitive? I’m not saying that Michelle needed to be sitting by her husband’s side while he gave his address to a worried nation, but was it really a good idea for her to be sitting in highly priced $5000-per-ticket LA Laker seats, at the very same time?

Thousands of Gulf residents have lost their businesses and their livelihood, thanks to the eight-week-long BP oil spill. Ocean and beachside wildlife are dying by the hundreds of thousands. People devastated by this disaster are getting poorer by the days; it doesn’t seem to me to be appropriate for a public display of luxury lifestyle by the First Family.

Besides, the Lakers appearance where the Obama girls were given a Lakers jersey with “Obama” on the back as a Father’s Day gift for dad, the First Lady and her entourage have dined at the kind of restaurants that most recession-hit US residents cannot afford for dinner on Sun. June 13, the Obama girls, accompanied by about a dozen Secret Service agents, ate a $45 per person dinner of Colorado lamb with fava tartine, and Bing cherry clafoutis with creme fraiche. On Monday they settled in at famed telegenic chef Mario Batali’s, Pizzeria Mozza, where Ryan Seacrest was also holding court.

Finally, on June 16, Michelle, her mom and daughters, were driven to billionaire financial mogul Howard Marks’ beachside Malibu estate to enjoy a relaxing beach day by the Pacific Ocean. Marks, the founder of Oaktree Capital Management in LA, is worth $1.1 billion and reportedly donated $57,000 to the Obama Victory Fund.

The First Lady was escorted by a police motorcade to his gigantic estate with tennis courts, a swimming pool and a party pavilion.

Listen, I know that Michelle and her handlers have wisely made a decision to avoid politicizing her role or image. But, at this particular time for many Americans, the LA road trip strikes me as a disappointing display of ostentation.

Would it really have been so terrible for Michelle to have accompanied the President on one of his three visits to see the devastation of the Gulf?

Taking a few hours to talk to hard hit local residents and feel their pain, would have been a hugely appreciated show of warmth and concern for our citizens. And hey, I bet it would have helped her husband’s approval ratings.

I understand that Michelle and Barack are the Presidential couple and as such deserve a life of a certain status. But when one in ten Americans are unemployed and most Americans still feel recession-hurt, I think humbler vacations are still a smart decision. We’ve had enough out-of-touch “patrician” presidents. Don’t forget Team Obama — we elected you largely because you were one of us. Please stay that way.

— Bonnie Fuller

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Posted at 7:38 PM on June 22, 2010  

She has every right to have a leisure day. We all at some point and time do that. Why is it in the news that she is at the Lakers game . Please

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Posted at 5:53 PM on June 22, 2010  

Well never having had a Black First Lady before I think Michelle should have had better people instead of the inept aides she has. With the right people to show her how a first lady is supposed to act she would be well liked and no one would care what color she is because she could do the job. Her color seems to come up alot and is blamed for her actions. She’s a very poor role model for any other women of color that wish to become first lady. Unfortunately
Michelle Obama’s personality is the problem. She seems to t take whatever she wants when she wants and doesn’t care who s it affects. I guess right about now she’s feeling like she’s got some gravy train going on. Good luck with that!!!!

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Posted at 5:15 PM on June 22, 2010  

These Prayer Warriors, are they a cult or is it a new racist religion?

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Posted at 4:54 PM on June 22, 2010  

Do you remember when 911 happened? And I’m positive you all do, well Pres. Bush was reading to a classroom full of toddlers and when told, he finished the story then excused himself and left. He didn’t want to frighten the children by leaving abruptley. Well was he crucifide by the dems for not acting immediately! What kind of messed up idiots are they condemning Bush and then going on to blame him for everything obama screwed up himself. I never heard obama take the blame for anything. This man is totally inept!!!!!!!!!!!

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Posted at 4:37 PM on June 22, 2010  

Do you think they really care about the gulf and the pain of the people there? They’re living the high life and aren’t intrested in giving up anything. They’re taking advantage of this historic blunder, after all it’s going to end in 2012!

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Posted at 2:34 PM on June 22, 2010  

If all of you people do not feel that is a topic for discussion stop reading this blog. I am pretty sure that we still have freedom of speech! And yes when disaster happen in this country it is the presidents job to fix the problems quickly. This was a man made disaster… Not like hurricane Katrina, which everyone of you liberals screamed at George Bush!
Social Security is going to rin out because of the millions of lazy ass americans that are “milking” the system without paying into it. Which started LONG before either Georges or Obama. Welfare Social Security illegal immigration it’s all our problems. Even the elitest in your high towers.
And yes while homes are being forclosed on and there are tent cities and homeless. Our first lady should be down playing the privledges that she receives. And the children should see a disaster first hand this is an excellent teaching opportunity to raise morally correct children.

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Mrs Johnson

Posted at 12:39 PM on June 22, 2010  


Get a life….

CM: Our president is doing more than “keeping up appearances”….
What efforts have you done EVER to make this world a better place ??

RAE: You are the ONLY one who don’t belong in the white house…..not even to mop the floors !!
The FLOTUS has shown more class, style, compassion and intelligence than any other first lady in recent history !
Open a book and read….you might learm something.

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Posted at 7:34 AM on June 22, 2010  

Because HE has to keep up appearances.

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Posted at 7:31 PM on June 21, 2010  

around the water cooler and quiet break rooms everyone says the same thing… michelle obama does not belong in the white house – now her husband – that’s much different of course. but michelle not so much – she’s just riding the wave. surfs up michelle but stop using my tax dollar to buy your board wax!

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Posted at 1:17 PM on June 21, 2010  

The biggest problems with us American’s is we love to play the BLAME GAME. (Oh and check your sources next time the 83% was for BP not Obama. Only 53% disapproved for Obama. Thank you.) I like how an oil spill turns into well Obama’s fault. I can’t pay my light bill, Obama’s fault. No one has to stoop down to anyone’s level of what they think is suppose to be the correct way. In all it is just an OPINION. I am sure everyone would love to have your job of writing these OPINIONATED editorials and get paid for it while you sit 1 degree to access any star you like.

And let’s face it, if you got the money to do it. Then do it. Their is nothing wrong with enjoy life. You have know idea what she had to face in the past or child hood. So by all means if you have the means to enjoy life then enjoy it, you only live once.

Everyone says this and that and this and that but what about the BILLIONS AND BILLIONS Bush is setting when Gas was $4.89. If Bush was President as soon as the oil leaked gas would have went up $5. What about this war in Iraq, to Iran, to Afghanistan forcing country to change their government and force democracy? Over $1 Trillion and still counting has been spent. $1 Trillion on not American’s. Overseas for the fight of oil. I am sure you seen Jarhead the oil spilling everywhere because they are their to protect and seize it?

You let a president fool you. The times are hard because of previous administration not this administration and it’s easier to blame the face you see versus the face you do not see anymore. Republicans. Clinton had everything on track before Bush took over.

What about my social security running out by 2025? Didn’t your Bush promise he would put a lock box and not spend anymore out of the ssn fund? He went right along ahead. Most would rather hear a lie than the stone cold hard fact ugly truth. Greater the man who is doing something and trying to fix versus the man who risks and gambles it all and causes gas prices to inflate, inflation to increase, 35 million jobs to leave overseas, bankruptcies hit it’s highest level (75% of bankruptcies you would think were from poor people, but it was actually with people $150,000 + incomes), stock market become volatile and people lose pensions, hosing marketing goes to waist, a war that’s been going on for 9 years, health care skyrocketing with 30 – 50% increases every year and I am sure America has a future of Bankruptcy of it self because crooked policies and not preventing has already been established decades and decades before Obama came. Remember what lies in the closet dormant a sleeping giant will one day wake.

It’s all a pyramid scheme even your grand social security and with American history since the beginning it’s not what he is going to do about it, but you.

It’s easy to bark out orders on the side lines but 99% of you with all these opinions when stripped of a title do not even amount to what they have accomplished without the title in a lifetime. Get it? Now go out and make a real change.


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Posted at 10:18 AM on June 22, 2010  

HA! You talk about the blame game and how everyone blames someone else? You are a hypocrite! You talk about the previous administration and place blame! I’m not blaming Obama for the BP mess, however, I do believe he could have faced BP executives sooner then the 56th day of the oil leak! Is response has been slow, an something needs to be done.

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Posted at 1:15 PM on June 21, 2010  

Bonnie, Give Mrs. Obama a break. She has 2 young children and they are entitled to a vacation. Geez Bonnie, you are an idiot!

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Mrs Johnson

Posted at 1:04 PM on June 21, 2010  

one last note:

It’s not as though the Obama’s can just go off to the beach by themselves.

Going to a private home with protection:
1. Is more cost effective – for security reasons
2. Is more private so they can relax…everyone would be bothering them if they went to an “open to the public” locale.
3. Doesn’t our FIRST FAMILY deserve the BEST ??

There is no other country in the world that would expect THEIR LEADER….the LEADER of the FREE WORLD….to not have a private vacation – in a private locale….


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Mrs Johnson

Posted at 1:00 PM on June 21, 2010  



Your opinion is SO far OFF the mark !!!!!

We DID NOT elect Michelle Obama….she’s in her position by default.

She is doing MORE to help OBESITY IN CHILDREN than ANYONE ELSE right now.

Don’t you take a vacation EACH YEAR ??

She has children – is she NOT suppose to have a “summer vacation” with her children ???

Are you putting your PLEASURE TRIPS ON HOLD to HELP THE GULF ??? Aren’t you a PUBLIC FIGURE ????

Take a CHILL PILL !!!

Our president is Barack Obama – not Michelle.

Our president is juggling more crap at one time than any other in current history has…..and even HE deserves a break….first class !!

Have you never heard of burn out ???

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Posted at 12:51 AM on June 21, 2010  

I live in Louisiana so does that mean if i dont cancel my upcoming bday party I dont care about my fellow Louisianians or the animals/land thats being destoryed?

Last I checked I care a great deal! This article is a waste.

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