Thursday, August 5, 2010

CBS News-Even In Spain, Haters Try and Rain On 1st Lady's Parade

First Lady Michelle Obama: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images 
(Story reported by Sharyl Attkisson)

(CBS)  When Michelle Obama visited the Gulf coast, she reminded us that many beaches were still open and suggested it was a good place to vacation. Right now, she's vacationing in Spain and taking some flak for it back home. 

t's not the quiet mother-daughter trip the first lady would have been able to take as a private figure, CBS News Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports.

Last night, Obama and daughter Sasha dined with friends in Marbella, Spain. That was after a shopping trip.

Earlier, a 15-vehicle convoy shuttled the entourage - an undisclosed number of staff, Secret Service agents and friends - to a posh hotel where rooms normally run from $300 to $6,000 a night. The first lady's group is said to occupy 60 rooms.

It's not unusual for a first lady to take a private trip abroad, and nobody expects her to stay in a cheap hotel, but with the U.S. economy in such dire straits critics argue the trip is simply in poor taste.   

(click here to read the full story on the CBS News website)

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