Parents, how many of you would allow your 13 year old daughter to go to Mexico on spring break? Now, I ask how many of you would allow her to go if the U.S. taxpayers were paying for the entire trip and that she would have U.S. Secret Service protecting her at all times?
In March, first child Malia Obama went on a spring break trip to Mexico accompanied by members of the Secret Service. Malia was born on July 4, 1998, making her only 13 at the time of the trip.
At 13, I was hesitant to even allow my daughters to go on some of the youth group outings at our church. I only gave permission for them to go a mission trip to Mexico to help build houses after they turned 16, but I said no prior to that age. By the way, I also would not let them date in any way, shape or form until after they were 16 and even then only with my permission.
Knowing all of the flack the Obama family has taken for their numerous lavish vacations all over the country and world, the White House did its best to keep this trip quiet and hidden from the public. It has even been reported that the White House went out of its way to block any news outlets from carrying the story of Malia’s trip. According to Michelle Obama spokeswoman Kristina Schake:
“From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.”
But Judicial Watch has found out and has filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act to find out how much the trip cost taxpayers. More specifically, they are targeting the Secret Service in the case of Judicial Watch v U.S. Secret Service which requested:
“Any and all records regarding, concerning, or related to the expenditure of U.S. Government funds to provide security and/or any other services for Malia Obama and any companions during her March 2012 visit to Mexico.”
The suit was filed in April and according to Judicial Watch, the Secret Service was required by law to reply in May, but the Secret Service is keeping that information secret at the moment.
Is it possible that Malia wasn’t the only one on the trip and that we paid for some of her friends to enjoy a trip when we can’t afford our own? Or is the Secret Service not responding because they know that once the cost of just the security detail is released to the public that there will be some uproar? Members of the Obama family have been averaging a minimum of 4-5 vacations a year and all at our expense. Some of the trips have cost nearly half a million dollars that you and I paid for. When’s the last time you took a luxury vacation with your family? My wife and I have been married just over 41 years and all we’ve been able to afford is 2 real vacation trips in all that time and the last one was 10 years ago. Kind of sticks in my craw that I have to pay for a 13 year old’s spring break trip to Mexico when I can’t afford to take any kind of trip with my wife.