(by Joe Saunders, BizPacReview.com) -- Washington must have been getting boring already.
Not content with already setting a record for travels on the taxpayers’ credit card in 2013, Michelle Obama will be heading to the Far East for spring break with her two daughters and a boatload of Secret Service agents, aides and other publicly paid employees, The Associated Press reports.
While President Obamaheads in the other direction of the globe with a trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia, the first lady will travel March 19-26 to the Chinese capital of Beijing as well as Xian in central China and Chengdu in the southwest, according to AP.
The spring break trip is being billed as partially diplomatic, with Obama scheduled to meet with Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan, the wife of Chinese President Xi Jinping, but there’s no doubt going to be a fair amount of sight-seeing for the first lady, who’s probably felt cooped up in the White House ever since returning from that Hawaiian vacation all the way back in January.
In addition to her daughters, Michelle will be accompanied by her mother, Marian Robinson, according to a White House statement.
The Chinese junket continues a pattern Mrs. Obama has followed since her husband’s election, with extravagant trips abroad or expensive vacations within the U.S. – like the girls’ spring break last year in Sun Valley, Idaho. Read more...