Michelle Obama headed to Africa
June 3rd, 2011
12:33 PM ET

Michelle Obama headed to Africa

(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is slated to make a goodwill trip to Africa later this month, the White House announced Friday, part of her ongoing efforts to be a forceful advocate for emerging leaders abroad.

The official state visit, from June 21-26, will include stops in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, and Gaborone, Botswana, and is aimed at promoting education, health and wellness in addition to leadership. The first lady has engaged in similar efforts during past trips to Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, India, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

The visit will mark the second foray to sub-Saharan Africa by a member of the Obama family since President Obama took office more than two years ago. President Obama himself traveled to Ghana in July 2009 to address the democratically elected parliament there, saying then that “development depends upon good governance – and that is a responsibility that can only be met by Africans.”

That trip was viewed as particularly significant because Obama’s father was born in Kenya.

Mrs. Obama will deliver a similar message her husband did two years ago, scheduled to keynote the Young African Women Leaders Forum in South Africa where she will stress Democracy’s link to sustainable development and economic opportunities. Both Botswana and South Africa hold Democratic elections.

According to the White House, the first lady’s trip will “underscore that the United States has an important stake in the success of Africa's many nations and underscore the historic connections between the American people and those who live on the African continent.”

The first lady will be accompanied by her mother, Marian Robinson, and two daughters, Sasha and Malia.


Topics: Africa • Michelle Obama • The News

soundoff (445 Responses)
  1. WiscBadger

    Why are we paying for her to fly all over the world?

    June 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • counterviews

      Being First Lady is like winning the lottery, especially for this current bunch. She ought to stay there.

      June 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Citizen Twain

      We are broke, or that's what they keep telling us. STAY HOME and stop spreading your madness around.

      June 4, 2011 at 1:27 am |
      • Lisa Brennan

        Bush broke us, you historically challenged imbecile. It takes a few years for the fallout. And the president is still doing triage. His wife is lovely, smart, and very popular. Get the tea bags outa yr eyes. 0 0
        X

        June 4, 2011 at 3:31 am |
      • winchesterla

        Saying shut up to you might seem rude but that is exactly what you have to do, you dimhead

        June 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • Howard

        While the hypocritical Obama administration keeps telling us to tighten
        our belts, they continue to spend OUR hard earned money like drunken
        sailors. For example, with Obama's recent trip to England, the British
        press was entranced by the sheer size of President Obama's traveling
        entourage. And no wonder.

        Obama arrived with 500 staff in tow, including 200 Secret Service
        agents, a team of six doctors, the White House chef and kitchen staff
        with the president's own food and water.

        And, according to the Evening Standard, he also came with "35 vehicles
        in all, four speech writers and 12 teleprompters." For sure, our
        president is not going to be at a loss for words.

        The press duly reported on Air Force One and all its bells and whistles
        but also on the presence of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, and
        a fleet of identical decoys to ferry him from Stansted airport to
        central London.

        When George W. Bush heard about the Fort Hood shooting, he got in his car without any escort, apparently they did not have time to react, and drove to Fort Hood. He was stopped at the gate and the guard could not believe who he had just stopped. Bush only asks for directions to the hospital then drove on. The gate guard called that "The President is on Fort Hood and driving to the hospital." The base went bananas looking for Obama. When they found it was Bush, they immediately offered escort. Bush simply told them it was o.k. and to let him visit the wounded and the dependents of the dead. He stayed at Fort Hood for over six hours, and was finally asked to leave by a message from the White House.
        Obama flew in days later and held a "photo" session in a gym, and did not even go to the hospital.
        Those who wanted "change" certainly got it. Someone, PLEASE, show me anything that will tell us that Obama has ANY respect for the country he leads!

        SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

        June 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm |
      • Karen

        Another paid vacation while the midwest is in shambles Can't wait to vote them out in 2012..

        June 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
      • John

        Hey Lisa – your Bush is old – time to move on to the administration that has been in charge for 3 years. I know you libs feel this guy is only responsible for positive things, but he owns it.
        I can't wait until the Repubs get in (in 2012). I am sure the libs will say they are responsible from day one and simply ignore the billions and billions that BO pissed away.

        June 6, 2011 at 8:45 am |
      • Stephano

        @Howard

        Are you a American or a moron? Read what you wrote and think again!

        June 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Michelle

        What's broke is your mind. How appropriate the name – Twain.

        June 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
    • rs1201

      That's the first thought that came to mind...her mother and her two daughters are going along...I can only imagine how much this is going to cost the American taxpayers. How totally inconsiderate, perverted, and mindless are the actions of the Obamas. They're opportunists who know that they're going to get thrown out of the White House in 2012 and want to take advantage of freebies on the back of the American taxpayers as much as they can. Who exactly cares about "emerging countries in Africa". That whole continent is a third world continent and nothing would be lost if it totally sank into the sea. Why are we being made to pay for this extravagance when our citizens are out of work, living in the streets, and hungry. Obama...is the worst president this country has ever had and I might as well say what I think. His dismal performance in office will make voters out there think twice before voting for another African American for President. He has shown himself to be an extremely arrogant opportunist. That would be tolerated if he had done something to lift our economy from the gutter...he hasn't...he's just dug it in deeper with his handouts and his asinine healthcare reform. In my entire life, I have never seen unemployment as high as it is and people as desperate as they are. Our housing industry is finished...it'll take another 30 to 40 years before it can come back. No more incentive to own property...Obama doesn't care and even if he does...he doesn't know what to do about it. He has surrounded himself with a bunch of inept morons who I wouldn't hire to pick up the garbage. Can't wait till 2012.

      June 4, 2011 at 6:00 am |
      • Notfooled

        Have you heard of Congress? Especially the House of Representatives? Made up of Republicans that do everything in their power to make this President a one term president. How can he get anything done with this bunch of losers. Wake-up and go back in history you'll see this did not start with President Obama. Do your research before you condemn a man who hits a brick wall everytime he wants to move this country forward.

        June 4, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
      • Mulu M

        Nothing would be lost if Africa sank in to the sea? You ignorant fool Obama hater, how about you sink in to the ocean so that we can be one less ignorant moron in this world?

        June 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
      • TrueAmerican

        The rest of your statement about the Obamas was absolutely lost to me after your incredibly ignorant and RACIST statement about the whole continent of Africa being a third world -and who would care if it sank in the sea. Are you really serious? I hope I misunderstood your meaning because if not, you're just another sub-human who has no right to call themselves American

        June 5, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
      • Dan

        your are jealous brother, work and study hard instead of blaming successful peoples ok. You looser.

        June 6, 2011 at 3:19 am |
      • thereik1

        To rs1201,
        How remarkable that you made little effort to hide your contempt and hatred for someone you know little about, who has done nothing against you, taken nothing from you and I bet given the opportunity will desire to act kindly towards you. To your friends, family and those who love you, I believe you would like them to think of you as a decent person. Forgive me if I am wrong, but while I have no idea what race you would be classified as, I have no doubt, you would not be called "black". Everything you have said arises from a certain presumptious position takes the stance that a successful black person has taken something away from a non-black person, typically white. Your invective against President Obama is not merely an opinion, it is a hateful attack on a man who recognizes that America's political system is broken and wants to do the best he can to fix it, so that ordinary folks can have a sense of security. Why you would assert he has been worst President in the history of this country, when only a few years ago, his predecessor waged an unwarranted war against Iraq that resulted in the loss of lives of many US soldiers, some who you probably know personally, is beyond comprehension. There are certain things that go beyond political arguments or opinions. The war against Iraq was wrong, it was immoral and no consequence of it is justifiable, other than by the grace of God. It was not started by President Obama. In fact he opposed it.
        The first lady's trip to Africa in the scheme of things, will cost the taxpayer very little. My family pays more taxes than the vast majority of American families earn, and I do not oppose her trip. The foundation of the wealth of this great nation was established on the backs of the inhabitants of that third world continent, Africa. The price they paid for it was (and is) their humanity. The consequence to the spirit of the African American is unfathomable. A quote from the Prophet Isaiah may suffice: "He was (is) despised, and rejected of men. A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief."
        I am sure you are indeed a decent person, who does good things for friends and neighbors and family. But please, be mindful of what you say of others – especially those who have done nothing at all against you. Wish her well, and pray that the work she is going to do will have lasting consequences for the good of humanity.

        June 6, 2011 at 10:35 am |
      • John

        TherIk1 – We are talking about wasteing millions of taxpayer dollars so a person and her family and her servers and her security, and her trandportation, can take a trip. The money would be better spent in so many ways.
        I am a taxpayer also – how much do you think we have spent on travel for this family in the past 3 years when this country is broke and people are homeless and hungry in this country. Rome is burning and people like you ignorant.

        June 7, 2011 at 7:35 am |
      • shortdogg

        You are so right. my thoughts exactly.

        June 7, 2011 at 9:22 am |
      • nancy soros

        the obamas are carpet baggers of the worst kind-parasites-anti-American-liars-hypocrits...
        why don't some of y-o-u dimwits (democrats) find out how much this latest all-expense paid luxury trip with a bunch of her relatives cost decent Americans?????

        June 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • JeriD

      Because she is the best ambassador we have – The rights and freedom women. Living proof of the American Dream lives on. The embrace of diversity and inclusion by the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!

      June 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
      • brown

        Michelle has been a very good First Lady.

        June 7, 2011 at 12:01 am |
    • John

      Hey libs, think of all the old and poor people who could benefit from the millions being wasted by this woman. How could you still support this administration?

      June 6, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Howard

      Michelle Obama, and her husband, are both incompetent, arrogant, ambitious, extravagant opportunists, who were at the right place at the right time, to corruptly assume public office, and suck the life out of this economy, and this country, like voracious vampires.

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
      • jean2009

        Sorry Howard, they were too late to do all the things you state, because George W. Bush and his drove of rapacious hogs got to the trough first. As a white person who lived several years in the south I can honestly say I know a racist when I hear one. As the old saying goes: If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then I would assume it is a duck...and you fit the description very well. President Obama did not create the policies that caused our current problem, and he without any help from a foot dragging congress is doing everything he can. OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

        June 6, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  2. NVa NAtive

    I wouldn't say anything negative about any First Lady past or present, but Mrs. Obama will be remembered as one of the "Greats". She understands that being First Lady means putting all your own ambitions, and sometimes your own family, behind your husband’s commitment of being our President. She is an intelligent and strong person who handles herself with grace and dignity in every situation.
    No one is perfect, but we are very lucky to have the Obamas representing and working for all of us.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • SCOTO

      I agree completely. I'm disappointed to some degree with Obama but no denying they are a class act. I comfort myself with the absolute disaster this country faced with a MCain / Plain win. Now THAT was big bullet we dodged.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        Because she is the first lady and as such represents us; I think she represents us very well.

        June 3, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
      • Lisa Brennan

        McCain still owes us for bringer her out from under her rock....that is why he can only talk positively about her but he really despises her. And so does the little wife...

        June 4, 2011 at 3:33 am |
    • pleasesomeonelead

      Both Michele and Barack lost my respect when Michele said when he was elected "This is the first time I am proud of this country"

      June 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
      • wes

        Catch up will you!!!!!!!! How long ago was that????

        June 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • JB Cal

        And what was wrong with her statement? I certainly understood where she was coming from.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • Drogo

        She made that statement during the campaign you MORON!

        June 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
      • Dopier

        Liar! They never had your respect! You couldn't even wait to formulate your lie in an intelligent manner whereas someone less informed might have believed you. It wasn't after he won she said that.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
      • Cake

        That is not what she said. Get your facts right. She actually said in the entire context “What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback. And let me tell you something — for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I’ve seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it’s made me proud.”
        Note the word REALLY.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • db

        You know what, only white folks would have a problem with that statement. But I can tell you its been a long time waiting for a real sign that African Americans are equally accepted, and a Black President was that sign. And if you don't understand that, than I can only say that you're part of the problem because you choose to ignore and act like nothing ever happened.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • anna

        She should stay in Africa.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • Skylark

        After reading the posts here from top to bottom, I can say that if these ugly, cruel, Obama bashers are representative of Americans, then I am truly ashamed of my country. I am hoping that these nasty people are being well paid by the GOP for their efforts to sabotage our President. In my opinion, this is treason. If I had a magic wand I would wave anonimity out of existence and expose you for what and who you really are.
        Shame on you!

        June 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • Shermani

        I could not agree with you more. Thank God next year America will vote in a new President, and one that is not about entitlement, and arogance. America has been a ruderless ship adrift in the ocean since January 20, 2009.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • wARD

        Well you need to get your facts straight. She said it while they were still campaigning, not after Barack was elected your POTUS. I certainly related and understood what she meant and I agree with her. This country has been one of the THE most shameful and dysfunctional countries for a long time. Billionairs/Millionairs pay no taxes, and the gov't expects the struggling American to make up the difference by sacrificing whatever they can. Yet big corporations and the wealthy sacrifice nothing. The big corporations and wealthy get the best of America. The rest of us get squat, yet we are supporting these thugs with our tax dollars. Why don't we rise up and demand something better? Non violence of course.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Bellabeans

        I'm assuming you did not grow up in this country as a black person. If you still don't get it, you never will. Don't try. Just go on having lost respect for the first Lady. Who cares.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
      • noladebby

        Oh please. Get over yourself. Spoken like a true white male or female that has absolutely no clue of what it is like to be a minority in America.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
      • asrael

        The net worth of pleasesomeonelead's "respect" duly noted...

        June 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
      • Sally

        I Agree !

        June 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
      • obamasucks

        I agree with you, if her husband being elected president is the only time she has ever been proud of America, then she is a very strange lady. Michelle please stay in Africa, and take B.O. with you.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • geneo

        It doesn't matter when she said it but that she said it.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • george

        Its not the billionnaires and millionaires that do no pay taxes but, rather, the 45% of the lazy people on democRAT freebies!!! Stop the crap like that. Its the millionnaires that pay amost all taxes you idiot!

        June 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • ok

        hey george thats because they have all the money. and in my state the top 2% pay a lesser percentage than the rest. so suck it

        June 3, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
      • kayla

        i wonder what the red necks think about herman cain?

        June 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
      • jean2009

        Michele Obama said: " For the first time I am "really" proud of my country." She did not say that she had never been proud of her country before, just that for the first time she was really proud. There is a distinct difference in the meaning of saying the phase the correct way, and wrapping it in a lie to make it something that it was totally not. Not nice!

        June 3, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
      • pleasesomeonelead

        This is exactly why she and the rest of you don't have my respect. For one statement you make me into a bigot, a racist, an idiot and I need to be killed by dropping me from a plane. If I mistakeningly picked the wrong time when she said it, please forgive the blunder. Thank you for correcting me Cake. Now That I read your post I understand the whole statement....and I stand by what I said. I have been proud of my country "ALL" my life, we have made mistakes but I respect our flag, our pledge of alligence, our constitution, bill of rights. Especially the right of free speech. That right shouldn't be threatened by dropping me out of plane for stating my opinion...nor arguing, coming back with "you're a moron, idiot. This is why this county, and both paties are so far apart.

        June 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm |
      • Barbara

        cake-
        her statemnt almost (i say almost) sounds like what she was trying to "prove" in her princeton thesis. hhhmmmm.

        June 4, 2011 at 12:32 am |
      • Lisa Brennan

        I got what she was saying, too. We are not a perfect union. American love it or leave it makes no sense. It is American love it and work to make it better. We all of us have had hard times, and being a person of color gives one a different vantage point. Obama/2012

        June 4, 2011 at 3:37 am |
      • rs1201

        As shameful as that statement is...what's more shameful is that the Obamas were going to services at a church for the last 20 years...a church with a hatemonger and biased minister. According to Obama, he never noticed that the minister was as despicable and biased as the press has shown him to be. What was Obama doing when this b-strd was preaching his sermon...day dreaming about becoming President perhaps. The Obamas are despicable people who don't deserve to be in the White House. It's too bad that McCain picked Palin as his VP. If he had picked Romney, Obama would never have seen the inside of the White House. But 2012 is not that far off...Obama will be thrown out!!!

        June 4, 2011 at 6:15 am |
      • Howard

        Michelle Obama also spent TWENTY YEARS along side Barack, in Jeremiah Wright's anti-American, racist church. At which time, Wright's church gave a lifetime achievement award to the openly bigoted racist, Louis Farrakhan. Both of the Obama's are ambitious opportunists, who will say, or do anything to get ahead. The characterization of the hypocrite, Michelle, being like Marie Antoinette's statement of, 'Let Them eat cake', is extremely appropriate. Michelle tells Americans to tighten their belts, and eat apple slices ... while her and Barack hired a full time, personal, pastry chef, paid for with our tax dollars ... not to mention, her continuous episodes of gorging herself with lobster.

        SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

        June 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
      • John

        Wes, make that comment to your Bush bashing friends...

        June 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
    • jb

      does her mother really need to go to Africa....I guess we the tax payers could afford it ....not a bright move....sounds more like a vacation and an expensive one at that

      June 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
      • ALKP

        My thoughts exactly!

        June 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • tj

        Bet you never said that Nancy couldn't have her psychics, ultra extravegant clothes, parties or her trips etc. Just think about RR's legacy of superlative travel and tastes. Or George on a US Carrier. Would you have found their children, spouses, and gueats acceptable tax spending?

        June 3, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • wARD

        Humm....good points tj. All first ladies have taken trips abroad and taxpayers have footed the bill. Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Hillary CLinton, Nancy Reagon, etc. etc. etc Yet no one ever complained about it that I recall and I've been around for a while. Makes me wonder why people 'now' complain about Michelle Obama's trips....makes you wonder too huh?

        So what's the difference? Why the double standard toward Michelle? Hum.... Can someone explain it?

        June 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
      • noladebby

        She's the babysitter. Who would watch the kids when Mrs. Obama is fulfilling her First Lady duties? Don't be so negative.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
      • Sally

        they have to get their trips in before Obama looses the next election !

        June 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
      • jb

        Michelle , End the NFL lockout. Please

        June 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        Did you complain when Laura Bush and her two daughters went to Africa for a month long vacation? I bet not. Don't you think this make you seem a little irrational and petty?

        June 3, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
      • Patcee

        I am sure there will be times when the children will not be accompanying Michellle to dinners and speeches – and her mother will be there for them. I see nothing wrong with that. I would hate to have my two daughters watched by Secret Service instead of someone they are familiar with. Foreign diplomacy has always included wives and families visiting other countries. I don't understand why all the fuss over Michelle Obama doing what other first ladies have done in the past. She is an excellent representative for our country.

        June 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm |
    • Goodgold

      I would say something bad about her. Her only real job was given to her when Obama got her employer a lot of money. She has been disbarred. Her rear end keeps increasng in size from all of the partying and vacations, while she lectures everyone else on how to eat. She does not take her kids to church except on very special occasions. I will be so happy when 2012 comes around and we get her and Obama out of there and get someone like Barbara Bush who had so much class.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • Peri

        Hey Goodgold, now that we know you can lie, how about telling the truth?

        June 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • astralgirl01

        Wow, how impressive that your lies are so bold but your intellect is so dim!

        June 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • twentyplenty

        ??? what does when and where she takes her children to church have to do with anything

        June 3, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • Jan E

        If Mrs. Obama just stayed around the White House and did nothing the same ones complaining would say she is a lazy no good for nothing. Now she is making a "Goodwill Ambassador" visit and she is stealing from government. I have never in my life read so much hatred and the only reason people are complaining is because of her race – nothing more. No wonder other countries have so little respect for Americans.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
      • thisisold

        Stop reading the e-mails you get from the fringe. She was not disbarred. Make sure you know what you are talking about, before you run off at the mouth. Go read Snopes on that subject and get a clue.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
      • tj

        Can't read English? Only FOX?

        June 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • wARD

        @ Goodgold ....her only job was given to her by Barack......
        Actually, as you will recall, Michelle Obama was a practicing attorney when he first met Barack. In fact she was his mentor. Got any more lies to debunk?

        June 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • asrael

        Perhaps Goodgold should post a pic of his/her rear end so that readers can compare...

        June 3, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
      • Dick

        ...good for her! I don't take my kids to church either – I want them to grow up with clear heads!

        June 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • morninglory

        Obama will be president for another term. You can take that to the bank.

        June 3, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • jean2009

        Wrong! Actually Michele Robinson worked for the law firm before Barack. She was assigned as his adviser when he was hired as a summer associate just out of Harvard. That is when she and Barack first meet and started dating. Isn't it strange how you like to make things up without checking facts? Even more amazing some people would probably believe you without someone to points out the facts.

        June 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
      • Notfooled

        Don't tell me you go to church? What for when you talk about people like this? Is this what your church teaches you? Shame on you.

        June 4, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
      • Howard

        The legions of brain washed Obama worshipers posting here, are doing their all, to create a completely fake image of their messiah. Their blind devotion runs so deep, they will continue to defend the Obama's no matter what actual facts continue to reveal the Obama's for what they truly are ... self-serving, anti-American racists, who have no regard for our constitution, our history, or our traditions. They take no responsibility for their own actions, blame everybody else for their faliures and short comings ... and, they are bankrupting our country.

        SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

        June 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
      • Patcee

        If you judge first ladies by the size of their rear ends, I didn't notice that Barbara's was very small in comparison.

        June 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • scar

      Hopefully they will keep her. She is a big as a waste as her husband. The USA would be a better place if they both left!! They are so Anit-American. H?e has done everything possible to run our country into the ground.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
      • Sam

        Yes so anti-American such as save the entire U.S. auto industry, saved the economy from sinking into a Great Depression, found Osama Bin Laden after years of fail, passed the first healthcare reform in decades, thoroughly revamped the student loan programs. Yes, that is so "Un-American". I guess what we need to do is probably send billions and billions of dollars to foreign countries like Iraq that will go unaccoutned for? Yes lets ignore that bridges are falling down killing our citizens and instead send our tax money to rebuild Iraq. You sir are a fraud, and the very definition of an un-patriotic person. You sir are a traitor, plain and simple.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • thisisold

        Run the country in the ground? Yea, ok , your mom and dad must be proud of you.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
      • Sally

        AMEN!

        June 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • LNB

        @Schram ( Scar in German) ~ you are 70 years too late and a continent away ...with that vile of yours.

        June 4, 2011 at 4:21 am |
    • bobcat

      She has done so much for the world , I`m thinking what she has done , can think . I take it back .

      June 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Oh, I don't know, trying to raise awareness of a disease that is killing Americans at an alarming rate (Obesity)....Maybe by supporting and raising awareness to the needs of military families. Oh, lets see, by hosting forums to highlight the accomplishments and the challenges (e.g. human trafficking, domestic abuse, poor/inadequate access to health care or clean water, etc.) that still face women across the globe.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • Peri

        @bobcat, that's no surprise. I suspect "thinking" isn't your strong suit.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
      • asrael

        Can't type, either...

        June 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
      • che-3

        Hay Racist "bobcat", is English your 3rd. language? You can't even write.
        You’re a disgrace to America Educational System. This is what Pres. Obama talks about constantly and daily. Education, Education, Education …................ Education! Education will help you FREE your RACIST mind from Faux News brainwashing machine. You want First Daughter, Sasha Obama to teach you how to write English? She’s colored though? Will that drive you trailer park NUTS? Keep pigging! Hah, eat your RACIST heart out.
        Obama WINS in 2012 and there’s nothing you can do about it. Yack, some dimwit!

        June 6, 2011 at 7:47 am |
    • P

      Oh my goodness...I can't think of a thing she has done for America...She has spent most of our tax money going on vacation and running around with the other nut in office...I'll let you know in about 50 years what she did for America....

      June 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • nate.paris

        I really could not have send it better myself... NICE JOB!!!!

        June 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • JeriD

      Her influence on child obesity concerns, education of young females, and her role as a role model for female/youth education Americans, South Americans, Indians, Brits... cannot be measured! For me, I love what she is doing with the arts and remaking the White House around the arts (poetry, music, and the visual arts) most of all. Hard to think of other who could bring all these things together in only 2 years! Incredible!!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • nate.paris

        let's not forget inviting a cop hating rapper to the white house, wow what a role model!.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • Elaine Connelly

        Mrs. Obama pales in comparison to Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, Barbara Bush and Rosalyn Carter.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Dave

      Taking the two daughters along, sounds more like a vacation than a formal government business.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
      • Arc

        Taking her daughters along sounds like the act of a responsible parent.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • db

        And if she didn't takeher kids, you would have said she is neglecting her family to deal with other non important issues....people like you get me sick. When you have someone you hate, you will find anything to bash him/her. It's hard to come up with good things when you're blinded by hatred!

        June 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
      • noladebby

        Actually no, it doesn't sound like a vacation. It sounds like an offical business trip and why do you even care that her two little girls get to go? Are you jealous because your kids will never be well-traveled?

        June 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
      • asrael

        Yes, any number of previous presidents / first ladies ... never ... took family members along...

        June 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
      • Karen

        It's only official buisness if the President goes. This is a vacation where she will give a speech.

        June 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
      • che-3

        Trailer park toothless RACIST; did you complain when imbecile George Bush took his whole family for a month vacation across the continent? Yea right, do I need to mention his numerous internal or local vacations across the country at tax payers’ expense and driving the US economy to the ground? It doesn't take any higher IQ to figure this one out unless you’re being brainwashed by Faux news bigots. Looks like you've an IQ the shoe size of trailer park mouse. How's that? Like all Trailer park toothless RACIST, backward Repthugs, I guess brainstorming ain’t your strongest suit.

        June 6, 2011 at 8:02 am |
    • DaveNYUSA

      THAT is laughable. Obama's put themselves first, period.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • LNB

        WRONG

        June 4, 2011 at 4:06 am |
      • che-3

        Dummy! You said so by your own inferiority NOT the Obama's. At least they have exceptional active brain cells unlike silly, RACIST backward Republicans with very low IQ's. Hey dummy, do you need "Boo's" aka, The First Dog Birth Certificate too to make sure he's a US Born Citizen dog? This is Just in from Faux News! Boo was born in Kenya 100-yrs. ago and shipped under the sea to Obama's White House by Russian Submarine. He’s ripping all the walls in your so-called White House to be replaced by imported dry bamboo sticks painted Jet Black this summer from Communist China. That’s how silly you Racist, brainwashed Faux News bigots usually sound to the rest the World with active brain cells. You lost your way. Seek some Education, FREE your mind and EVIL soul from Faux News Demons.

        June 6, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Sublime

      The State Governments laid-off what... 29,000 people this past month due to shortfalls in income (tax dollars). Good to know the Federal can afford to send the First Lady on a trip.

      And no, I'm not dogging her as a person. But unfortunately it costs money to "raise awareness". Additionally, this is sending a poor message to the people of the United Stated: we are more interested in issues abroad than the decay of the economy.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • nate.paris

      lars. You must live in a hole. Idiot!

      June 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Robert

      If it was Laura Bush you would be against it.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • jean2009

        It was Laura and both daughters who took a month long African safari and I didn't hear people complaining. Even if we had been against ti she would have gone anyway. Get a life.

        June 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
      • Diogenes

        Jean – Grow up and learn something. Here is your answer from a post on Yahoo Answers from Jacob W:

        "They didn't go on an African Safari. They traveled to Africa and other countries promoting Aids awareness. Remember? Bush gave billions to Africa to combat Aids. Funny you should bring up First Lady Bush's travels but not mention First Lady Hillary Clinton who traveled to a whopping 82 countries promoting children's issues along with her daughter.

        But I am sure Michelle Obama was promoting something in Spain, on that exclusive beach, that exclusive hotel and at exclusive restaurants. I just haven't figured out what it was or why it required so many of her friends to accompany her."

        June 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • mike smith

      are you crazy. snuffy is there for the free ride, she dont have to go to africa to help out, shes needs to work in the united states

      June 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Truth

      She is looking for Omamba's REAL birth certificate!

      June 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • che-3

        Pres. Obama's Real Birth Certificate is UP your stinky itchy yeast infected rare end.

        June 6, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • Dana

      She understands a free hand-out and traveling on the taxpayers dollar. She will be remembered for her expanding hips and lousy fashions. In essence, she will be easily forgotten.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • skipca

      It's really nice that Mrs O's personal assistant (you) is able to blog in on her behalf. Is this very expensive trip really necessary in these times of hardship and unemployment?

      June 3, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • traci

      they don't work for me – if that was true, they would have been fired long ago. guess you weren't aware that hussein passed a policy that u.s. servicemembers are not allowed to speak at any event where it is faith based......how's that for admireable? if i could AFFORD to move to another country, i would.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • LNB

        I am a vet and that is not true. Combat engineers ...and you are.... Wrong Barack Hussein Obama ROCKS~ so does my First Lady. BTW, like the way you use the middle name as if it means something only you and yr sinister tea-baggers and birthers can understand. Really crass and really stupid.

        June 4, 2011 at 4:00 am |
      • LNB

        Well every other country developed country has socialized medicine and socialized higher education, except maybe for S. Africa. Lobbyists are illegal in most developed countries, and campaign finance is Federal only~ no private money. Where, pray tell, would you like to go?

        June 4, 2011 at 4:05 am |
    • Elaine Connelly

      The Obamas have done nothing for America, what they do is meant to stroke their egos, nothing more, nothing less. And please don't tell me he's the greatest president ever. You have to take your head out of where you have it firmly placed. (WHERE THE FLOWERS DON'T GROW AND THE SUN DON'T SHINE.)

      June 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • YuGottaBeKiddingMe

      Hahahahahahahaha! Idiot...

      She's just an affermative action grad like he husband. Never had a real job, and respond with BS job she had at that Chicago hospital...over $300K/yr at a non-profit? Please.

      Wanna bet she takes the kids on this "state visit"? Funny no one remembers the $1 Million taxpayer loss on that "trip" to Spain? Of course not. She feels as entitledd as the ego-in-chief.

      We're going bankrupt, but we find the money to send Moochel on another vacation.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • jean2009

        Hospital? .Honey she was an attorney with a law degree from Princeton University and Harvard Law who represented the University of Chicago Medical Center as Vice President of Community and External Affairs. She also worked for the same Chicago law firm that hired Barack. For her work history she also was an assistant to Mayor Richard Daley and later became Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.
        Frankly, what type of poison tea have you been swilling? You should give it up it is ruining your mind.

        June 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        Do you also remember that Laura Bush and both daughters took a month long African Safari on the national dime....or are you just normally a petty person?

        June 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
      • cher

        Go to guidestar.org and review the IRS Form 990 filings of the major reserach universities and their medical centers and you will see the salaries of their top leaders. You will notice that a $300k salary is far from the top of the heap.

        June 3, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
      • Tim

        Amen......... Maybe we can get some cheap plastic surgery for ugly azz while she's over there.

        June 6, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
    • Barbara

      sorry but she does not represent me in anything that she does. it is not that i do not like her, i do. but i did not "elect" her for any public sevrice office. she goes to africa to represent her husband and those that support his agenda. count me out.

      June 4, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • rs1201

      I don't know what you're using to measure the "greatness" of Michelle Obama. I cannot and will never forget what she said about America...did you forget....something about never having been proud of this country and electing her husband is our last chance. She's a miserable b-tch with a chip on her shoulder.
      The first lady that has gone down in history as being great is Eleanor Roosevelt...certainly not that moron...michelle.

      June 4, 2011 at 6:05 am |
      • jean2009

        Please read the entire quote of Michelle Obama's speech. Don't misquote it out of context as you have done. Her speech was given in February 2008 before the primaries, before the Democratic convention, and before Barack was elected President...so you are totally wrong.

        “What we’ve learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback and let me tell you something, for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment. I’ve seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it’s made me proud. And I feel privileged to be a part of even witnessing this, traveling around states all over this country and being reminded that there is more that unites us than divides us…”

        She never says that she had not been proud of her country before just that she was "really" proud for the reasons stated. In February 2008 she did not know he would be selected as the Democratic Party candidate.

        June 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • Dan

      Well said.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • Howard

      Michelle will be remembered as one of the great WHATS ??? Greatest at gorging herself with Lobster ??? Greatest at gluttony at the Public trough ??? Greatest hypocrite, telling the rest of us to tighten our belts, and eat apple slices, while her and Barack use our tax dollars, to hire a full time, personal, pastry chef. Michelle and her husband, are both incompetent, arrogant, ambitious, extravagant opportunists, who were at the right place at the right time, to corruptly assume public office, and suck the life out of this economy, and this country, like voracious vampires.

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
      • jean2009

        Why do I bother, since you are obviously brain dead from all that poison tea you have been swilling. Training people to do bad deeds with a computer may I say Andrew Breitbart moron?

        June 6, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FLOTUS is an attorney and as well educated as President Obama which again means "water seeks it's own level". Sarah and Todd Palin, both uneducated and the other a dog slede rider, water seeks it's own level.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Claudia, you have made this type of accusation before. In your segregated world there are two types of people, those that the attended an Ivy school and everyone else. Most blacks in our country do not have a high-school education, let alone a college education. Why do you choose to throw cuts at them, to say that they are less? Is this just your perverted way of being an elitist? In your last post you equated it to trailer trash. Now you attack education.

      Fact:
      1) The First Date does not have a law license. The Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois issued a disciplinary action, the court ordered her to stop practicing law (disbarred).

      2) Gov. Sarah Palin did attend college.

      3) Todd Palin is a business man, you know the kind that create jobs, and pays taxes so The First Date can travel to Spain, drink, and hang out on exclusive beaches.

      BYTW – If you are going to throw rocks maybe you should correct these grammar errors before posting again. its should not have an apostrophe, slede is spelled sled. I would be a same if your water level should sink, no telling who you would attract.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
      • Mike

        Jay you don't know what you are talking most African-Americans do have High School educations. By the way I'm African-American and am working on my second Master's degree.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
      • BSL

        She is voluntarily inactive. She has no disciplinary action and was not ordered by any court to stop practicing law.

        http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_was_Michelle_Obama_disbarred

        June 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
      • guest

        sarah palin is no longer governer......she quit

        June 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • sh

        Jay in NC

        "BYTW – If you are going to throw rocks maybe you should correct these grammar errors before posting again. its should not have an apostrophe, slede is spelled sled. I would be a same if your water level should sink, no telling who you would attract."

        Wait, maybe this was your attempt at sarcasm by typing "I would be a same if your water level should sink". And if you were, I have jumped the gun and for that I apologize.

        If not, hello pot, I would like for you to meet my friend kettle. This is another classic case of do as I say and not as I do!
        Yours is a fail of epic proportions Jay in NC.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
      • thisisold

        You better check your facts before you run off at the mouth. Go check Snopes. Michelle Obama does have a Law License and has not been disbarred. Stop believing all those e-mails you get. It's not true and is a bold face lie.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • Kimberly

        Sorry to tear EVERYTHING you just said apart, but...
        1. she WAS NOT DISBARED! That is an outright LIE!!!! Get the FACTS before opening your ignorant mouth
        2. Palin attended 4 different community colleges to get a journalism degree that SHOULD have taken TWO years, took her 4!
        3. Todd is NOT a business man, PLEASE name the BUSINESS he started???
        Oh, and your post, FULL of grammer errors, FULL!!! Yet, you found time to call the original posters post grammer challeged? idiot!

        June 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • Kenyon Callahan

        You are questioning some one elses grammer, you need to reread yours and make some corrections. Todd Palin is not a business man, he is a day laborer plain and simple who doesn't even believe in America. Sarah Palin is a quitter who can't even finish one term as governor of Alaska. So before you throw stones about others let's look into the backyard of people who you defend.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
      • excitizen

        NC pretty well says it all, doesn't folks – this is so typical of your party – DON'T LET FACTS OR REALITY GET IN THE WAY – just say lies and $tupid people will believe them!

        June 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • iab

        Please folks stop calling each other names. It's OK to express ones opinion. Son one has the same fingerprints to WE ARE NOT all going to think like or have the same view point about anything. So lets respect each print our thought on any given subject with out calling each other names. This is a reflection on you and your character when you make derogatory remarks about others. If you have true facts then print them with backup.

        Please print facts, your opinion which is ok but do not degrade, call others names.

        THANK YOU

        June 3, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
      • demetri

        1.) Neither Presidenet Obama or Mrs. Obama was ordered to stop practicing law in Illinois. That is another rumor/lie that has been spread but has been proven false many times over, just like the bither issue.

        The Illinois Supreme Court never issued disciplinary actions against either one.

        As an attorney, you pay a fee every to practice in most states along with continuing education classes you are required to take, which can add up if you choose not to practice; you can give up your right to practice if yoiu no longer want to pay the fee and practice in that state, which is what both she and her husband. You would be suprised at the number of attorneys on record who are not allowed to practice in thier state; yes not allowed, because they freely gave up their right because like me they no longer want to practice law. Either to go in another career direction or they moved.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Re read my post, I said "If you are going to throw rocks" You is the operative word. She was the one that was putting people down for their education, yet made many mistakes.

        I should have said that most blacks do not have a college degree, let alone any college. However the point is sill true. The original poster was bashing people for not being educated in an Ivy school. OK welcome to America, most have not.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
      • bquinney

        First, let's address the "inactive" status:
        Here is the pertinent excerpt from the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission ARDC of the Illinois Supreme Court:

        "E. Supreme Court – Non-Disciplinary Action

        In addition to activity in disciplinary cases, the Supreme Court entertains pleadings in non-disciplinary matters that affect an attorney's status. Chart 17 reflects the orders entered in such cases during 2000. With the amendments to Rules 756 and 770, adding an inactive status registration category and deleting Rule 770 court-ordered inactive status, effective beginning with the 2000 registration year, transfers to inactive status are now accomplished without Court order, and, therefore, are no longer reflected in Chart 17. As was true in 1999 when the rule amendments were announced, many lawyers who had transferred to inactive status under Rule 770 petitioned to return to active status under Rule 759, with the result that the number of petitions filed under Rule 759 was significantly higher for 1999 and 2000 than in past years. The transition stage will end during 2001, and there should be a significant drop-off in Rule 759 filings in future years. "

        This is a verbatim quote from the ARDC Website, found at:

        https://www.iardc.org/main_annreport.html#7

        To reiterate:

        1) According to the ARDC, ALL lawyers who requested inactive status prior to 2000 had to obtain a court order in order to receive it.

        2) There are NO disciplinary actions against Michelle Obama.

        3) Her license is listed as "VOLUNTARILY [emphasis is mine] inactive."

        In other words, before 2000, any lawyer who wanted to go on VOLUNTARY inactive status had to get a court order to do so. Therefore, ALL lawyers who voluntarily became inactive – did so via COURT ORDER. There were NO disciplinary actions against Mrs. Obama. She is eligible to return to active status at any time by paying her fees and completing the continuing education required of all lawyers.

        So, the ARDC's site indicates that her VOLUNTARILY inactive status came at HER request and was granted by a court order, as was ROUTINE before 2000.

        NOTHING on their site says or implies that there was a disciplinary aspect to it.

        Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_was_Michelle_Obama_disbarred#ixzz1OF0tQbi9

        -

        Now, we'll tackle Failin' Palin's school career:

        http://www.usnews.com/education/blogs/paper-trail/2008/09/05/sarah-palins-extensive-college-career

        Sarah Palin cares about education—which makes total sense since she went to at least four different colleges over the course of six years before getting a degree from the University of Idaho in 1987, the Associated Press reports.

        Palin's collegiate career began in the one state younger than Alaska, where she attended Hawaii Pacific University in the business administration program. She started in the fall of 1982. Next she headed to North Idaho College, a two-year institution, where she was a general studies major for two more semesters, spring and fall of 1983. Although she never received a degree there, she received the school's Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award this past June.

        In the fall of 1984, she transferred to the University of Idaho, where she majored in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast news. She stayed until the spring 1985.

        The next fall, Palin headed back to Alaska to attend Matanuska-Susitna College, just 14 miles from her hometown, Wasilla.

        After one semester, she returned to the University of Idaho, which she attended for three more semesters—spring 1986, fall 1986, and spring 1987. She (at last!) graduated with a degree in journalism. After her roundabout tour of higher education, she worked a short stint as a sportscaster at a station in Anchorage, reporting on the Iditarod and Detroit Pistons basketball. Check out the video.

        There are also some reports that she attended the University of Hawaii at Hilo for a couple of weeks just after her high school graduation, but there seems to be no record of her enrollment.

        -

        As for ol' Todd:
        Palin was a union member and belonged to the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (United Steelworkers).[11]
        For eighteen years, he worked for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska. In 2007, in order to avoid a conflict of interest that related to his wife's position as governor, he took a leave[12] from his job as production supervisor, when his employer became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with his wife's administration.[5] Seven months later, because the family needed more income, Todd returned to BP. In order to avoid potential conflict of interest, this time, he accepted a non-management position as a production operator.[2][12] He resigned from his job on September 18, 2009, with the stated reason as a desire to spend more time with his family.[13]
        He is also a commercial salmon fisherman at Bristol Bay on the Nushugak River.[5]

        June 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
      • JB Cal

        Exactly how many colleges did sarah have to attend before finally getting that degree? Is Todd the same businessman that was a member of a group that wanted to secede from the U.S.?

        June 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • Ken

        That is shame, not shame.......

        June 3, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
      • jean2009

        I don't know how many hoax emails about the first lady loosing her law license, or that both she and Barack have made the rounds...but Snopes should straighten you out that it is a hoax.

        Her law license has never been suspended or inactivated by any court action, and she has not "voluntarily surrendered" her law license. She in fact has a valid law license, and has only asked for her license to be listed as "inactive". She could if she so wished reactivate her license at any time. However if her license were currently active she would be required to fulfill certain duties,and pay certain fees such as: bar association fees, malpractice insurance fees, take continuing education classes, and numerous other obligations that would be totally unnecessary if she did not plan to use her license to counsel clients.

        I'm amazed at how gullible and uninformed some members of the public are, and how some actually want to desperately believe any wrong about this President and First Lady; and actively resist educating themselves so they can persist in falsehoods. This really speaks more about their lack of integrate than it does about the President and First Lady. Sad!

        June 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Annoyed

      Jay you are a moron. State your sources or don't spew nonsense about people's education level!

      June 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Annoyed, I posted as many sources as Claudia, Houston, Tx, the original poster, funny how Liberals are such hypocrites. They do not hold them selfs to the same standards.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • j james

        I read postings about Sara Palin, and Todd. Why ? she at least paid for her education. how did O pay for his?No one figured out how he lived, it does cost money, or did he get it from his stash?Sara has been investigated, and trashed. O has never had deep scrutiny, I don't care what you say one day it will come out.

        June 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Sagebrush Shorty

      I'll bet you that Sarah and Todd can spell "sled".

      June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    please keep them both

    we will send food

    cheers

    June 3, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  5. PeterD

    Please don't forget to take Barack and Kids with you and stay there where you belong.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
    • XWngLady

      You just made any point that I could have possibly made (against the GOP, Tea Partiers and their ilk), for me. Thank you!

      June 3, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • Geez

        I am Conservative and a Tea Party Member. I have no problem with her going. Your logic is flawed.

        June 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
      • XWngLady

        But if I hadn't said anything, would you have lifted a finger to denounce his clearly racist and ignorant comment? If you sit back and don't distance yourself from those within your party who do say and do this kind of stuff, then you are just as culpable.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • Ken

        I don't see anything Peter said, racist. Telling someone they belong in Africa is a racist statement? How so...? How if I said you belong in Iceland.. What does that make me? Now if he would have used a slang or color referance then perhaps it would be consider racist. See how it is done? You all accuse fox as distorting the truth and the are the only ones who does. So you are telling me all the other Media Outlets do not lie? Tell me something everyone who reads this.. Are you happy with the direction where the current administration is taking us? If so... Go back to RUSSIA where you belong.. I suppose that makes me a racist as well.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
      • Howard

        While you're calling everybody who disagrees with Obama a racist, it's very clear that YOU are the racist. If we had an African American President, who actually knew what he was doing, instead of running America into the ground, he would be respected and praised by all ... but, you continue to support, and defend Obama, with all his failing poicies, simply because he is black ... that's why it's YOU who is the RACIST !!!

        June 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
    • Duane

      Boy Peter, are we a little racist?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
    • D

      @ PeterD...I assume you are Native American? If not...where do you get your hood washed?

      June 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
    • mosi

      @Peter D,what a asinine thing to say,she is as as an American as you(i'm assuming you were born here) are, but with more intelligence and class that you will ever have.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
    • Mike

      Peter your statement just proves the racist stupidity that is endemic to the teabagger Republicans. Time for me to make another Obama/Biden '12 donation!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        People said the same thing when they visited Ireland. Did that make them racist? You Liberals have degraded the race card so much that one day, when it is truly need it, no one will listen.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • XWngLady

        "one day when you truly need it (the race cared) no one will listen"....This is the most ridiculous statement that has been posted on here. Let me educate you. The "race card" is not a "card" to be played. What you refer to as the race card is merely regular people highlighting the prejudice and descrimination that has been present for decades/centuries, which still exists, however less overt, but that people now actually have outlets in which to redress these greviances. I am convinced that people who rail against the so-called "race card" do so because they're guilty of it and it hits a nerve.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • excitizen

      PeterD – spoken like the raci$t, trailer tra$h that you so proudly are – go back to the sewer "where you belong".

      June 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
    • Kimberly

      people like YOU are the reason the gop will NEVER EVER get back the White House. THank you for being you!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • Calypso

        Never, ever? If you think the GOP won't get it's clutches on the prize again in the future, I'm inclined to mark you for a fanatic. Using absolutes in debate is a grave error. Try harder, next time.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • Tim

        LOL...what? Are you implying that the GOP will never, ever make it back to the White House? Did you not pay attention to the most recent elections all across our country?

        Regardless of whether or not YOU (or anyone else) are willing to admit it, there is a VERY strong disapproval of Obama's handling of our country's finances, his B.S. Healthcare reform joke, and his actions/comments as Commander in Chief of our country while "representing" us around the world. I very highly doubt he'll be re-elected, let alone another democrat who just wants to dump our hard earned tax dollars into the pockets of people who don't work or live here illegally.

        Just wait and see. You will eat those words of yours.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • thisisold

      Way to be a racist loser.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Rhonda

      I KNEW someone was going to say that. Just a matter of time....shame shame.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Calypso

      If you can't take a step back and find humor in this post, you're too uptight. I think it was distastefully hilarious. Go forge yourself a sense of humor. You'd probably find yourself less angry and dissatisfied with life.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • wes

      Still bitter I see...suck it up, and hold on for another 4 years!!!

      June 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
    • Roger Ogilivie Thornhill

      I just had to verify that there were going to be racist comments like this. You yokels fell right into the liberal trap. Wise up Buford.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • asrael

      It seems that where Peter lives, his comment passes for humor...

      June 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • obamasucks

      Amen

      June 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • che-3

      PeterD:
      Your silly white pillow hook have NO poked holes in them? Or you're just plain hate filled imbecilic IDIOT?
      Come on spill it!

      June 6, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  6. XWngLady

    I just heard a collective, "Oh No!!!!! We can't have her empowering the Africans. They might actually unite and become self-sufficient and prosperous, then we won't have anyone to denigrate and look down upon. She must be stopped, mocked and blocked at all costs....Let's start by complaining that its a 'waste of taxpayer dollars' to be helpin' Africans, when so many hard workin' white folks are still out of work"

    June 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Tim

      My experience lately with this is I don't have to do anything for this to happen. There is always one African out there willing to fill the sterio type. And what does the African community do about it? They cheer it on. So I say, Obama, stay at home and organise African American communities to stop the stupidity that keeps setting every one back here. Clean your own house before you worry about other people's houses.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
      • Kimberly

        Tim, I would encourage YOU to go back to school, get an education, and learn how to spell! UNREAL! You blast ignorance, yet your spewing it!

        June 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Kenny

        Tim, why didn't you make those complaints when Barbara and Laura Bush did the same things when they were our FLOTUS? I had no problem with the work they did back then and, in fact, I was supportive of the work they did around the world. Now why is the work of First Lady Michelle Obama any different? It can't be that she is "Dragging" her daughters with her because Laura Bush took her daughters with her to Africa when she was our First Lady. It can't be that she is "Dragging" all these security people with her because our First Ladies have their Secret Service Detail at home and away. Oh well, I'm sure you will find some reason to make what she is doing different from the work of our previous First Ladies.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Jennifer

        Way back then, our President & democratic house of representatives hadn't jacked our national debt up to 14 trillion dollars.

        Sorry, guys, we don't have the money to send anyone on vacations anymore. Nor do we have billions to pour into the failed social experiments in Africa.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
      • excitizen

        and you Tim are a perfect stereo type of dumb white racist tra$h – congrats! I'm sure you're being all you can be.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • thisisold

        No Jennifer the Republicans only jacked it up 10 trillion and wrecked the economy on the way out the door. Great selective memory you have there.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
      • Jennifer

        Yes, put your blinders on and forget that Democrats controlled the House of Representatives during the last two years of Bush's presidency – which is when things went all to hell.

        Don't mind me, you're busy drinking the kool-aid.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Yes. Jennifer, but the Democrats couldn't pass SQUAT without the signature of the REPUBLICAN President (Bush) who was presiding at the time. Its funny how you conveniently leave out that fact.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • taintraider

        i am sick of everyone complaining about how bad the economy is. easy way to help fix it, lets demand

        1. that politicians take paycut from 174,000 to lets say 50,000 per year
        2. they don't get any money from government when they leave office
        3. they don't get free cars to take them everywhere

        90% politicians make over the $174,000 per year number i gave. why do they need that much?

        i am also sick of the race card being played whenever someone says anything negative about first lady or president. all politicians SUCK! everyone demand changes and they will have to listen, but until all this BS complaining about each party stops no one will take it seriuosly

        June 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • excitizen

        Jennifer – like the republicans do now – and haven't done a single thing about the jobs, jobs, jobs, they promised. Was it the democrats that forced Prez. Bush to stand up in front of the whole country (only two weeks before the bottom fell out of the banking sector) and pronouce to all that our economy had a solid foundation??? talk about koolaide??

        June 3, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
      • excitizen

        Xwnglady – to them – facts don't count – they belong to the party of "I beileve whatever Faux News says without question" This is why education needs to be improved in the US.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • nate.paris

        XWngLady, Can you name/list one thing that the Dems tryed to pass during the Bush days that would have helped this country, ONE THING!!!!. I'll probably be able to build a house waiting for your reply

        June 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
      • obamasucks

        I know that there are spelling errors on many of these posts, but come on guys! Why are we all trying to be teachers correcting grammar? If the only remark is to say there are grammatical or spelling errors on a post then save your energy, some of these people are just writing a quick comment, not trying to make a business proposal.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually Jennifer, eliminating the Bush era tax cuts would eliminate 50% of our national debt by 2020. Don't just take my word for it Google it. Since it seems to be your hang-up you can visit several sites that state this, and also provide petitions you can sign to get the ball rolling.

        June 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Goodgold

      Uh, I've been to Africa. No need to worry about them becoming self sufficient and prosperous. Ever since apartheid, it's been downhill.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Did you really just say that? Wow.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • Abou

        You need to read some books about Africa and stop believing everything the media in the US throws at you. Shame on you for believing what you are thinking...You are nothing but an ignorant fool

        June 3, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
      • CNN-troll-slayer

        Wow. Tell us how you really feel.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
      • asrael

        Thanks to Goodgold for the unbelievably uninformed comment...

        June 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
      • YuGottaBeKiddingMe

        Good point...all you all you experts throwing the "R" word. Name one successful country in Africa the doesn't depent on American welfare (oops...sorry development funds) or Chinese investment or oil reserves. Oh and be careful what you define as successful...I mean the country is profitable.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • pleasesomeonelead

      Are you totally blind to what is going on in this country? Have you seen the destruction from flooding and tornados down south, the midwest and in MA? Have you noticed that the U.S. is on the verge of bankruptcy? That Obama involved us Libya without congressional approval (Bush may have gotten into something in the mideast we shouldn't have gotten into, BUT he had congressional approval)? New employment has suddenly dropped, unemployment has risen, house values have dropped even farther...... IF Obama is going to lead, please have him stop sending our money overseas, stay home and fix our problems, not the rest of the world.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • excitizen

        you want someone to lead? then ask your republican representatives to stop the billions of big oil subsidies for one...as far as not being able to afford vacations – I'm sorry, but every first lady in modern times has travelled to support causes – why should she stop now becuase the republicans put the country in an economic tail spin. Bridge to nowhere dude – bridge to nowhere. But its ok if your party wants to kill medicare so their oil buddies keep getting millions?

        June 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
      • jean2009

        How about asking the 1% of the richest people on the planet to go back to the Clinton era tax rates? That is where the GOP have dug in their heels. These are the people who reap the greatest rewards from our society and 3 cents on every dollar over $250,000 that they can't find a way to write off seems like a small price to pay to put this country back on its feet. George Bush had no business giving his rich friends the surplus Clinton left in a tax break, he could have used that money to pay for his unfunded wars, and to pay down the deficit. Did he do that NO? Did his wife and daughters still take trips....yes. If you are going to whine then just think that eliminating the Bush era tax cuts could pay off 50% of the national debt by 2020.

        June 3, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
      • pleasesomeonelead

        Did anyone actually read my post that replied? If your ideas will solve the the finacial mess we are in, then great! But dumping more money abroad isn't going to do it. Yes the First Ladies of the past all took trips, however, couldn't her time be put the better use during this mess by spending time in the south or midwest where there is so much suffering. Maybe helping the needy of the U.S. get back on their feet...hopefully spending time correcting our problems it would lead to her being able to go abroad when the country has been on a longer "upward" spiral than it has been for the past 4 years. Now you can attack me saying Obama didn't do it, Bush did....doesn't change the fact the U.S. needs to help itself more than the rest of the world for the next few years.

        June 3, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • Bill

      Why do you think 1 trip will empower Africans. They haven't been self-sufficient and prosperous in a thousand years. Yea the white people will complain. As soon as you make a negative comment about the Obamas the racist card gets played. Its getting old .

      June 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
      • XWngLady

        The same reason that Astronauts visit elementary schools and the Dalai Lama travels across the globe. It only takes one great, person to inspire the masses. Awaiting your snarky, insulting comment about First Lady Obama.....And as far as the race card is concerned, I will keep pointing out racism no matter what. If since Barack Obama and his family were introduced to this country we didn't see comments/images of the Obamas photshopped as monkeys, african witch doctor with a bone through his nose, daughters called nappy headed h0s, watermelons on the white house lawn, Obama Welfare Bucks with fried chicken and kool-aid, "Welfare President", Barack the magic ne-gr0 song, nooses faxed to black Congressmen, Pres. and First Lady photoshopped as Pimp and prostitutes, many of these from Republican officials/leaders themselves, then you might have point, but I've seen it with my own eyes, and I'm going to call it like it is.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • asrael

        I love it! All one has to do is say "it's getting old", and the larger reality vanishes in a puff of "I ain't no racist" smoke...

        June 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
      • YuGottaBeKiddingMe

        XwingLady,

        so let her visit American schools. Do anyone honestly think her visit is going to "empower" the Africans? The only thing they seem good at is slaugtering the tribe next door or spreading AIDS. No doubt this will draw the race card...so prove me wrong ;)

        June 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
      • jean2009

        You know not of what you speak. By the end of this century some of these African countries will be the emerging economies. You may think only China, but you need to remember some of the African countries are resource and agriculture rich countries right now, and will be even more so in the next quarter century. This explains some of the issues that are going on now in North Africa, and then you have other African countries such as Nigeria and South Africa that in a few years could be competing with us on many levels.

        June 3, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • nate.paris

      Are you not missing your favorite show (The View) to post on the BIg Boy forum?Please don't go away mad, just go away.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • anna

      She can do what she likes in Africa, it wont make a bit of difference.

      Most of the blacks in Africa are quite happy to sit around and do nothing. All they want is handouts, and that goes for the governments as well! Africa is a bottomless pit that will never be able to look after itself.

      I have lived in Africa, it is a beautiful continent but is now run by idiots.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
    • Karen

      It's not her job to empower Africans! She's supposed to tend to the issues in our own country!! That's what we're paying them for!

      June 5, 2011 at 11:52 pm |
    • Howard

      White guys did a pretty good job fighting for our independence, creating America's constitution, Bill of Rights, and building the United States into the greatest, freest, richest, country in the world, for the past 234+ years ... so get off the baseless dumbocratic 'white guy bashing. It's getting old, and makes you look like a stupid racist !!!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • jean2009

        If memory serves me right white guys were not the only ones fighting for our freedom...or did you miss history class too.
        Over 5000 black men fought in the Continental Army and 100's more at seas. They fought at Concord, Lexington, and Bunker Hill. There were even black battalions.
        As for the Civil War, 10% of the Union Army was made up of black men, by the end of the Civil War roughly 179,000 black men served in the Union Army and another 19,000 served in the navy.
        But then you probably never crack a book before you post gibberish.

        June 6, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Sig 45

      XWing is a troll and an absolute racist. you only see life through a black or white prism. clearly you are the type to find a racial component in anything a non-black person says. we all know peter made a racist comment but your response was clearly as racist against white people. you are a very shortsighted and small minded person. the problem i have with people like you is that you are hypocrites but hypocrites of the worst kind, racial. everything is an attack on the black minority. it is you struggling against the white world and heaven help you if you succeed. you are a racist bigot and need to look in the mirror before spouting YOUR hatred. people like you are the ones who continually perpetuate the race CARD and continue to dilute your own argument. despite your best efforts, you are actually helping race relations by making racial attacks less relevant and meaningful. if you keep yelling that everyone who has a genuine beef with this prez is a racist, then your argument eventually will ring hollow. in the first two years obama was prez EVERYONE who liked him called EVERYONE who did not like him, a racist. however, over time this potent rhetoric has been diluted relegating only a few TRUE racists to the task. you XWing, have filled that spot nicely.

      i think the reason people have a problem with these types of trips is not the person in office but the timing in which the person in office is taking these trips. noone can argue past prez' have done the same thing. however, the country was not as broke as it is now. for the last 30+ years this country has been running on cheap goods and easy credit with no real meaningful production and now the crows are coming home to roost. this crisis cannot be tied to a single prez and anyone who does is simply throwing political rhetoric; it is bigger than that. it is decades and decades of a culture that feels entitled, as if it is owed something. the current generation is as much to blame as the x and yr's paying with plastic. overspending and underproducing will possibly be this nation's undoing.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  7. John

    What the heck – it's only money. Where are the libs talking about all the poor old people who can't get food or medicine because this woman, her two kids, her mother, her entorage and their security is costing this country millions. Her name isn't Bush so I guess it is ok.
    Bush couldn't work at his home or at Camp David without talking drap from Libs, but this is OK?

    June 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
    • Alert Citizen

      get education!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • obamasucks

        "get education", haha.. sounds like you are the one who needs to get an education.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • excitizen

      Which planet exactly do you live on John? Bush – really??? He spent most of his presidency on vacation – including ignoring Katrina victums for days while sitting only a couple of hundred miles away on his ranch! Get a grip on reality man or go take your meds!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        It took Barry a week before he visited Joplin. Never did visit the fires in TX.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
      • John

        Actually, given your comments I could ask you that question. It appears you are following this POTUS blindly. You do realize MO has 26 "helpers" at over 2 million in salary (about a million above both Mrs.'s Bush's).
        This current President has taken more vacations than any other 4 year term President, and that does not include his basketball Wednesdays and weekends of golf. It also does not include his campaign trips and fund raisning dinners.
        How could you continue to be a follower of this guy. He has completly ruined this country and he continues to blame Bush 3 years later – and some people still buy that crap.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        'You do realize MO has 26 "helpers" at over 2 million in salary (about a million above both Mrs.'s Bush's).'
        You do realize that is total and utter BS right? MO staff wages was recorded at $1.6mil, Laura Bush was recorded at $1.4mill.
        But at least you dont seem to be one of those that think Laura Bush only had 1 staffer working for her.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
      • jean2009

        John you need to use Fact Check.org they have debunked your myth... according to that site Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Obama have the same number of staff which is 24.

        June 3, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • thisisold

      The Republicans wouldn't even repeal the oil subsidies at 10 billion dollars, but you have a problem with the First Lady doing the job that has been that of a First Lady for decades and even during recessions. Face it, it's about who she is and not what she does that bothers you.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • che-3

      Hey "John" the dummy:
      FYI: if you RACIST trailer park toothless bigots don't stop your evil, hate filled bigotries; The First Black Family wouldn't need any security detail(s) to protect them from evil, demonic demons like you. Idiot, The First Black Family will be protected to the HILT by your tax $$$$’s and that's their Birth Right ........ period! How’s that? Get over it. It's called protecting real human beings from the sons and daughters of the Devil, Lucifer of your kind.

      June 6, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Howard

      While the hypocritical Obama administration keeps telling us to tighten
      our belts, they continue to spend OUR hard earned money like drunken
      sailors.

      For example, with Obama's recent trip to England, the British
      press was entranced by the sheer size of President Obama's traveling
      entourage. And no wonder.

      Obama arrived with 500 staff in tow, including 200 Secret Service
      agents, a team of six doctors, the White House chef and kitchen staff
      with the president's own food and water.

      And, according to the Evening Standard, he also came with "35 vehicles
      in all, four speech writers and 12 teleprompters." For sure, our
      president is not going to be at a loss for words.

      The press duly reported on Air Force One and all its bells and whistles
      but also on the presence of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, and
      a fleet of identical decoys to ferry him from Stansted airport to
      central London.

      When George W. Bush heard about the Fort Hood shooting, he got in his car without any escort, apparently they did not have time to react, and drove to Fort Hood. He was stopped at the gate and the guard could not believe who he had just stopped. Bush only asks for directions to the hospital then drove on. The gate guard called that "The President is on Fort Hood and driving to the hospital." The base went bananas looking for Obama. When they found it was Bush, they immediately offered escort. Bush simply told them it was o.k. and to let him visit the wounded and the dependents of the dead. He stayed at Fort Hood for over six hours, and was finally asked to leave by a message from the White House.
      Obama flew in days later and held a "photo" session in a gym, and did not even go to the hospital.

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • jean2009

      Yes, we know Bush spend 2 years, 247 days at the Crawford ranch during his 8 year presidency and left his cohorts to fleece us with their war contractor profiteering.

      June 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • jean2009

      John is obviously a product of the "no child left behind" education fiasco.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  8. patNY

    In view of these tough economic times, the FL should not be taking any trips of any kind...instead, to save more tax dollar money, the entire cleaning and cooking staff should be let go, and she should be cleaning the White House, scrubbing the floors and bathrooms, and cooking all the meals. And the landscapers should be let go, and the kids mowing the lawns! The utter audacity of this woman amazes...only the crazies. I'm being sarcastic.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  9. Tee it Up

    So, First Lady Michelle is now going to Africa. And how many millions $$$ is this going to cost us?? CNN and the general media has announced this goodwill trip as a chance to be an advocate to blah, blah, blah. This just shows the media's incredible bias. George W. couldn't leave the White House for any reason without being criticized and the Obama's can't stay in Washington for a week without jetting off somewhere. And this is okay?? Give me a break!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
  10. nintex

    We are lucky to have such a good First Lady as Michelle Obama. She represents our country very well in the world. Don't spout any crap about a "vacation" at the taxpayers' expense – she is an ambassador of goodwill and that's part of her job as FLOTUS. People who use the "vacation" garbage, like they did about the Obamas' recent state trip to Europe, are so ignorant and hateful that they should be embarrassed to be heard in public.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
    • Tim

      With the condition of the American economy, debt, and budget, I can't think of a better time to complain about it. Money better spent if she stayed at home and did something for this country.

      June 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Kimberly

      How silly of you to think repukes would try to see further than the tip of their nose. they seem to think that they rule the world and we dont need anyone else or any other country to like or support us... You are correct though, vacations is what bush did, more than ANY OTHER PRESIDENT IN HISTORY, all the while destroying our country!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
    • obamasucks

      she does represent this country well. She was the one who said she was never proud of America until her husband was elected president. Yeah, she is a great American and we should be proud of her. LMAO

      June 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  11. Geez

    I wonder if shes taking her Food Plate diagram....

    June 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
  12. Rich

    Homecoming!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  13. TrixieRose

    Wow,another trip,didn't they just back from another vacation?How much is this one costing our country that is trillions in debt and millions out of work?

    June 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  14. ifly

    This FOTUS (and her POTUS scoundrel of a husband) is a disgrace and I can't wait to evict her from our house. January 20, 2013 then END of an ERROR! there are much better ways to spend the taxes we pay. Buh-bye....

    June 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  15. Babsno1fan

    I am thrilled to hear of her trip, but I wish it would have at least included some of the areas where that type of attention and backing is most needed (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Congo, Rwanda, Zaire, etc.).

    June 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  16. Ga Peach

    Going to hang out with the home boys!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  17. HOSE MAN

    HOME SWEET HOME!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  18. Russell

    WOW Taxpayers have to pay for Michelle's mom to go to Africa too? Who is paying her trip?

    June 3, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  19. Jeff

    She is so ape-like.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Dennis

      All humans are.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • JB Cal

        True, but Jeff even more so.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
    • asrael

      Too late: Jeff went back into his cave...

      June 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  20. Tim

    I hope our tax money is not paying that bill. But still, typical that our government and their spouses are more concerned and working harder for the rest of the world than they are for the United States. No more foreign aid until the budget is balanced and the debt is paid.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
    • Libertarian

      Of course our tax dollars are paying the bill. The taxpayers need to send Obama to the unemployment line in 2012. With the state of the economy, we need to be worried about the USA not Africa.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Sad. You should be proud that your tax dollars are being used to assist someone less fortunate than you. But we have degenerated into a "ME, ME" nation, incapble of seeing past its own nose.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Melanie

      I fully agree with Tim. Right now, might our First Lady hold off on her international trips and instead spends her time, energy, and resources helping all of us to improve the crisis of all sorts we're currently faced with in the US? I respect our First Lady but charity begins at home. We can use her help in addition to what the President is doing. I'm certain other countries will fully understand if she doesn't visit them now!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • obamasucks

        XWnglady.... Americans are sufferning so much, we cant keep forking billions of dollars to these countries. We give billions in aid to Egypt and China, and we borrow the money from them to do it. We borrow their money to give back to them. Thanks B.O.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
    • Karen

      XWing Lady, our tax dollars should be spent on our own country!

      June 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
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    You can even post your own content!

    June 3, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  22. jj

    This woman is having the time of her life trying to spend as much money as possible in order to help Obama bankrupt the country. Hurry 2012 before it's too late.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  23. Jeff

    Simeon-like.

    June 3, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Peri

      Who? Your mother?

      June 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  24. Mike

    1,2, 3 here come the racist Teabagger Republican comments!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  25. taintraider

    well if they did not take a damn vacation every month, no one would care. why does her mom and kids need to go if this is official. anyone else who took their family with them on their boss's dime would get fired in a second. STOP praising everything they do, our ecomony is worse, military is in worse shape than years prior, but yet lets spend millions so she can take a VACATION with her mom and kids.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  26. lance corporal

    given that headline it is going to be a hate fest – to bad those posters are shameless so they won't feel what they should

    June 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  27. Kenny

    Ms. Obama is a strong First Lady and I'm proud to have her representing the US, however, we should all try to understand that she is an ambassador of goodwill and that's part of her job as FLOTUS. While I was not a supporter of Bush #41 or #43, both Barbara and Laura Bush represented the US well abroad and they both went to Africa to support the work of our government. Sometimes I laugh to myself just thinking of how much better off we might have been if our FLOTUS had been our POTUS and their husbands had been our FDOTUS (First Dude Of The United States). Right now Todd Palin wants that job. My only problem with that is the fact that for him to become our FDOTUS, we would had to have elected an airhead for POTUS in Sarah Palin and the people of the US would not be able to cope with that situation.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
    • XWngLady

      Don't waste your keystrokes Kenny. It will only fall on deaf "ears".

      June 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Kim

      Thank you Kenny. I agree with you 1000%.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • jean2009

      Count me in Kenny I agree.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
  28. mar23

    saw this coming TWO weeks ago. barack thinks that he can dupe africans (again) by sending his wife to do his bidding for him since he has been proven to be nothing more than the "brown skinned imperialist" as they call him over there. SHE WILL FAIL! let me give you folks the truth and the facts about this trip.

    barack is persona non grata in ALL OF AFRICA AND HE KNOWS IT! barack is has continued the illegal and racist sanctions against zimbabwe and president mugabe simply because mugabe took back his country from (not making this up) 4500 white bigoted brits who had stolen over 92% of all of the land in the country that had over TWELVE MILLION landless black people!

    barack lied to president zuma of south africa and stated that UN resolution was NOT for regime change! well we now know that barack was lying because that is exactly what they are trying to do now! africans govts also know that america and the nato forces are defending AL-QAEDA in Lybia just to enforce their regime change agenda!

    you all dont believe that the so called rebels are al-qaeda? just google "Ibrahim Bin Qumu" or "Abdel Hakim al-hisadi" and see for yourselves who the so called rebels are! Michelle is wasting her time if she and her husband thinks that they will be duped by them ever again. barack has sided with AL-QAEDA just to steal gadaffi's oil and africans now know that too.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • anna

      The white Brits as you call them didnt murder blacks like Mugabe has done since he took over.

      Zimbaba (Southern Rhodesia) once was a thriving country. Since it was given to Mugabe it is now the poorest and one of the most dangerous countries to live in.

      You have no idea what you are talking about.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  29. Jennifer

    I'm so very glad this administration continues to spend the tax-payer's dollars on vacations for his immediate family. Whatever would we do with the billions and billions of dollars in excess we have?

    Oh, wait...

    June 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
    • Kimberly

      bitter much? FYI- the LAST idiot in office spent WAY more on trips, however, she is NOT on vacation, shes doing mending! you idiot!

      June 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
      • Jennifer

        How about she heads down to downtown Detroit then, and do some mending there. Or downtown Cincinnati, or any of our other third world urban zones RIGHT HERE IN THE US.

        Oh, but I forget, she wouldn't get adoring crowds worshiping her here in the US. And her daughters might see the welfare state we actually keep minorities in here in the US, and we wouldn't want that. It might reflect badly on the Democratic Party's efforts to keep poor people under their thumb.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Jennifer, please gets your facts straight before you post. Michelle Obama was doing work in the inner city communities before you or any of us ever knew her name. As a matter of she grew up the inner-city of Chicago. So I think she knows a little bit about what goes on there and is qualified to teach her daughters. I recall her taking her Sasha and Malia to serve the less fortunate at soup kitchens and food drives and to events geared to helping military families. She's also a dues paying member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, a Sorority of thousands of African-American women who work hard to uplift African-American communities across the country....You know, ignorance is a sickeness...Please get some help.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • Jennifer

        Yes, indeed. Democrats have worked SO hard in the inner-city areas over the past 50 years. So hard that these communities went from just bad to pure hell. And Michelle Obama and her community organizer husband are, in part, responsible for that.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        @XWngLady, what is wrong with Jennifer's facts? Are you saying that downtown Detroit is OK? What does The First Date paying dues to a sorority have to do with any of this, she should visit US cities, let her daughters see the truth.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
      • XWngLady

        No. I'm suggesting that Jennifer's criticism of Michelle Obama for not doing anything to help the inner cities and the suggesetion that Michelle has neglected to teach her daughters about what goes on in the inner-cities is minformed and off-base...And even if she and her "community organizing husband" (Who incidently is the President of the United States to you) had spent every cent and every moment that they had, they wouldn't have been able to cure this country of the ills have have befallen it since the 1960s, which have affected the inner-cities the worst.

        June 3, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • NVa NAtive

      Jenjen -She would be welcomed in Cinncinati, Detroit, probably any major US city by huge positive crowds too. But spouting your self-righteous BS I don't think you would be – but why don't you give it a try – and keep up that tough talking bully crap too.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  30. Kimberly

    I am SO proud of our First Lady. Grace and dignity are oozing from her. She represents this country so well. She is driven, and actually is DOING something, unlike the last first lady that was content to make cookies and cover up for her husband. I LOVE this woman, dare I say I may actually like her a little more than her husband? LOL! BOTH GREAT AMERICANS, and I am SO glad that they will be representing us for another 6 years...

    June 3, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
    • Dave

      You might try oozing a little less partisian hatred.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • mar23

      NVa NAtive.....if you are referring to my comment,you are dead wrong! first off,I am from the SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO! I voted for this fraud obama also! and if you dont believe anything that I posted why dont you google all of the info that I posted and see for yourself?

      June 3, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • nate.paris

      Kimberly, please turn off the VIEW and OPRAH show, there really is a real world out here, come on in and learn something!

      June 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Howard

      At the drop of a hat, Obama's legions of blindly devoted, brain washed 'brown shirt' bloggers appear online,
      with endless tributes to their empty suit messiah. The arrogant, self-serving, Obamas, have been gorging
      themselves at the public trough, while continually tearing down our constitution, and our economy.

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  31. Sagebrush Shorty

    Your tax dollars at work,or should I say play?

    June 3, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  32. mar23

    on another note, if barack and Michelle care so much about africa, and kenya where "baracks dad is from" why did barack not recall the white supremacist racist bigoted US ambassador to Kenya Michael Rannenberg after he got caught RED HANDED this past november HANDING OUT AMERICAN CURRENCY to the citizens of kenya to entice them to stage revolts and uprisings as is happening in northern africa?

    thats right folks barack tried this in KENYA before it happened in northern africa. barack knows that none of these revolts have anything to do with democracy! these revolts are the results of WIKILEAKS and muslim extremist who learned through the wikileaks cables that theyr govts were and are puppets to america!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  33. Evelyn Sealy

    My thought: this is costing the taxpayers plenty of money. It's just another of her trips before the campaign really begins. I wish someone would add up the cost of her and her entourage. Every day Americans are having to conserve and regroup, and these people just keep spending.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  34. joyce

    This trip is a very worthwhile excursion by Michelle Obama and her daughters and mother.
    Laura Bush did the very same thing with Jenna and Barbara when she was in
    the White House. This is a very important trip and I am glad to see
    Michelle Obama traveling on her own like Hillary Clinton did before her.
    Besides I am anxious to see how the Obama daughters have grown
    up right before our very eyes in the past 3 years.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  35. Evelyn Sealy

    She's traveling, not mending. She a slug on the American people.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  36. NVa NAtive

    Amazing how these ugly and nasty comments so easily come from low-life people of the shadows – and they think it’s OK. But I guess that is the norm from these unbalanced degenerates who have been empowered by their barking celebrity idols of faux news shows and "reality" TV.
    But soon – or at least in 2012 – they will see how much the rest of America and the world rejects their sickness of hatred, fear, and bigotry.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You complain about ugly nasty comments by calling people low-life, of the shadows, unbalanced degenerates. Wow, talk about a sickness of hatred, fear, and bigotry. Your post is an example of Liberal hypocrisy at its worse.

      June 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Saying that "Michelle Obama should take Barack and their daughters and stay in Africa where they belong" IS ugly and nasty and the people who would say such a thing are low lifes/degenerates....Pointing out the obvious is NOT hypcritical.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  37. Me, Only Me

    Jun 21, 2011, and school is out. Great! Time for a goodwill vacation to Africa for the kids and don't forget granny the nanny!

    June 3, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  38. Evelyn

    It's better to be honest about how you feel than be a kool-aid drinker. This family is not without faults. However, y ou can't seem to accept that. I don't think the GOP can win the White House in 2012....I just hope they can take the Senate and put a stop to the mindlessness we are suffering at this time.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  39. Joe Fattal

    South Africa!. She don't need to be there. She needs to be in central Africa where help is more needed, where famine is widespread, where women rape is a matter of daily business. That's where she needs to be if she want to do anything about her race, not about her glamour, fame, and fortune.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • XWngLady

      First of all, the article says that her trip will INCLUDE places LIKE South Africa and Botswana. So we don't know exactly all where she will be going yet. But if security will be an issue in certain countries, like Central African countries, then I don't think that she should go there either.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • db

      What she needs to do is stay home and clean up Washington DC and all the crime, rape, and stupidity there. But that is not as flashy nor is it a vacation either,why else are the kids and mommy going. Give me a f–king break.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  40. Diana

    I am just amazed at the blinders that my fellow americans wear everyday. The blame of where we are today as far as economics, health care, etc. lies on us. We focus so hard on who to vote in as President, but where the actual problem is the Congress. Next time you go to the polls to vote, pay attention. If it says incubent, vote opposite or write someone else in. We need to get Congress cleaned out of OLD money and get in the bright, intelligent younger generation to help get our Country back on track. Everyday, I hear how Congress is not doing this or that. It is not President Obama or any past presidents that have created our woes. IT lies with us, the American People, SO please pay attention at the next election.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  41. TPAguy11

    Plenty of land for the First beast to graze.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  42. Jerry

    Wow! The permanent tourists! Why doesn't this clueless half of the whole go where she MAY really do some good: The areas devastated by tornadoes, high unemployment, etc., etc. etc.

    Oh I forgot; it's not their dime that is being foolishly spent.

    America, PLEASE remember 2012!

    Oh well...

    June 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • jean2009

      Because we can't forget 2001-2009.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
  43. JUSTATHOUGHT

    Just wondering if she is flying maw with her and if they are taking in the slave trade locations on this trip. For someone who was "proud to be an American for the first time in her life" when her husband was elected president, she certainly has become a world traveler on the dime of the American tax-payers. Oh and by the way, before she opens her pie hole about how the rest of the country should eat, she should look in the mirror and lose some of her own fat.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • jean2009

      You need to research your misquote and quit making up things which the first lady has not said because you are taking words out of context and eliminating key words...does doing that make you sound professional...NO.

      "What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. And let me tell you something-for the first time I am really proud of my country. Not because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment, I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it makes me proud." –Michele Obama – February 18, 2008, in a speech before he ran for president.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
  44. Gary

    I don't have a problem with the First Lady taking the trip, but only when the country can afford it. We cannot afford to send a person from the mailroom to Africa, let alone the First Lady and entrouage. We saw the employment numbers today, dismal at best. The country is about $14T in debt and no plans on paying it back. Let pay down the debt, get unemployment down, and get the country moving in the right direction. Once that happens, send the First Lady anywhere she needs to go.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • jean2009

      Give it a break...do you for a moment think that George Bush's two unfunded wars and spending the surplus left by Clinton instead of not giving tax cuts to the rich he could have paid for the wars, or paid down the debt. You don't see that as part of the current problem...better buy some glasses. However, during that time Laura and both Bush daughters took a month long African safari...how fast can I say double standard. I just don't buy your whine...don't tell me it's raining.

      June 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm |
  45. 1stlady-vacawhore

    Why in the HELL does grandma and the kids need to go? If it was a "good will mission", they'd be staying. This is absolutely a family trip on the US people. NVa NAtive – you work in Mrs. O's staff, Dept of PR

    June 3, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
  46. Vince Gotti

    I'm Tired of all the Racist People. FIRST OF ALL / Every Race is exactly The Same. There's no such thing as a different RACE. There never has been / there never will be. This why I can't stand Red Necks, Republicans, and all you Rich Conservatives. Michael Savage is the worse Talk Host that ever lived, that's why nobody listens to him. God Bless Martin Luther King Jr. (The Greatest Person of All-Time). God Bless Johnny Cash / God Bless P. Dianna / God Bless Bob Dylan

    June 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • db

      Didn't MLW father children with other than his wife, seems Jessie Jackson did the same thing. Where did their Reverand come from anyway? What was their church? School?

      June 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
  47. sylvan finkelstein

    PERFECT DESTINATION FOR MO SHE SHOULD TAKE BO WITH HER..NEITHER ONE HAS DONE ANYTHING POSITIVE
    FOR THIS COUNTRY WE CALL THE USA...WHO'S PAYING FOR THE CELEBRITIES TRIP..NO QUESTION WE ARE
    WHAT SUCKERS WE HAVE BECOME

    June 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  48. Vince Gotti

    How could Sarah Palin have 20 Million Dollars / 3 Houses / and 6 Cars. While 2 Million Children in Haiti don't even have Shoes or Socks. Maybe people should Spread the Wealth Around. Nobody in the World is worth 20 Million Dollars / not even Albert Einstein.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • db

      Who cares about Palin, she is a private citizen and can do as she darn well pleases. She is no longer an elected offical so what is your beef? "Where's the beef?"

      June 3, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • Jim

      Typical. Another Socialist looking for a handout. What makes you feel you deserve any of that 20 million? If you didn't work for it and earn it yourself you have to no right to claim any of it. If you do feel that is a just plan, I'll quit my job tomorrow and we can share YOUR salary...

      June 3, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  49. Dennis

    She's a true first lady.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • v

      Stop the hate people! Go Michelle! Grandma and the Girls! *Obama 2012*

      June 3, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  50. v

    Wow People....Really?

    June 3, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  51. mary

    Just how much is this family VACATION going to cost the tax payers?? You know – the taxpayers sitting home unable to afford a vacation...

    June 3, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  52. John Gotti

    FIRST OF ALL / there's no such thing as The Greatest Country. America is not the Greatest Country. Every Country is the Greatest Country. ISRAEL / CHINA / JAPAN / INDIA. We're all One World. No Reason to compare unless your a Dumb Racist Bigot. GOB BLESS Martin Luther King Jr. 1929-1968 (The Greatest Person of All-Time)

    June 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  53. db

    I have one question, WHY? She is not an elected official no matter how much she wants you to believe it. She is the Presidents wife only! Why are we spending megga dollars for her to blow while on tour of places we could really care less about. Sorry but that is the truth. If a person is not an elected official and does not head up a mission to someplace then they should not be allowed to use tax payers money to do so. These two spend thrifts in office think it's their duty to blow as much money of ours as they can while not spending a dime of their own. This nonsince has to stop. Is this really another vacation? God, how many does this make this year for them. I only get 2 weeks vacation and I have been working for 10 years for the same employeer and only get 3 weeks when I reach 15 years with them.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • XWngLady

      It is clear that you haven't followed US politics a day in your life until Barack Obama got elected. If you had, then you would know that every First Lady and President have traveled and vacationed no differently than what the Obama's are doing. If anything, they did it more....By the way, are you equally as disgusted by NJ Governor Christie's use of the public helicopter for his personal business? Oh yes, I'm sure you are.....Rrrrrright.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
      • nate.paris

        which he wrote a check for, hows your first day in politics going?. Be carfeful this is a big boy forum

        June 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • db

        Unless any elected individual is using their time and our equipment for the fullfillment of their official duties, it should not be used. Since the First Lady was not elected, she should not use our equipment unless she is accompanied by the Preident himself. It is a gross misuse of our, the citizens of the USA, equipment and money, especially when children and parents go along with them. That is called a family vacation.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Did not NJ Governor Christie pay the state back? Will The First Date pay us back as well?

        June 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • XWngLady

        First of all the First Lady of the US is a Goodwill Ambassador to the World and the Country.....Republican and Democratic First Ladies have alll done the same thing!! Why no complaints when Nancy Reagan or Barbara Bush did it?....As for Christie, paying the money back after you've been caught does not erase the initial offense. Too late.

        June 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Well that explains it you must be very young, maybe in your 20s. First Lady Reagan was constantly criticized by Democrats, you were too young to remember this but I remember the fall out from her refurbishing, repairing, decorating the White House, after from years of neglect. The First Date is just enjoying a long tradition of scrutiny. Time for her followers to grow up and accept the truth.

        On the subject of Christie paying the money back. So you do not believe in restitution, redemption or rehabilitation? Once someone does something wrong there is no way they can ever be accepted by you. Does the same hold true for you and your Liberal gods, or are you like other Liberals and have a double standard?

        June 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
    • Karen

      Yes this iis ridiculous. Michelle is always on a trip somewhere while the problems at home are ignored. They are just trying to fit in as many free trips as possible.

      June 5, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
  54. Mark

    Oh what is she doing over there? Wasting our money? She is not an official. If she goes please stay over there.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  55. Jon

    I'll toast that ugly broad with a hot beer. I hope stays in Africa.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • sunshine

      Your Mother must be proud.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  56. pokewoman3

    Interesting dialogue folks. Lots of blame to go around. Once upon a time in the U.S., rich people paid their share of taxes. Now 1% of our population controls over 95% of our country's wealth. Wondering where all the jobs are? Check overseas for the manufacturing jobs that Americans used to have. Corporate greed ruined this country. Not Obama. Maybe baby Bush and his ilk who for sure have reaped tremendous profits from the two wars that we're in and the financial meltdown. People keep saying there are no jobs and blaming Obama for it. Well be willing to pay a little more and buy American goods, so American people can make a living wage. Stop shopping at stores like Walmart where everything is made abroad. You can't have it both ways.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
    • Karen

      Obama was supposed to change things, not be a continuation of Bush. Obama just wants to be accepted by the global elite. That's why he extended the Bush tax cuts, and why he didn't hold BP accountable. When you look at the history of social change in America, it comes from rich white liberals like FDR, Ted Kennedy, Susan B Anthony, etc .They are already elite, so they don't care what anybody thinks. Even the NAACP ws founded by white people in 1909. There was no black person in charge of the NAACP until 1975!

      The Obamas want to be celebrities and they want to be part of the wealthy global elite. To me, it doesn't seem like they care about this country, and are only thinking of their careers ater the White House.
      Now she's going to Africa because she cares about young leaders there, but what about young leaders in our own country?

      I read that mainline Protestants are no longer welcome on the GOP. I miss those old mainline Protestants who founded our country. Their work ethic, etc We need that again.

      June 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  57. Mark

    Why isn't she visiting struggling Americans with unemployment? Flood victims? Tornado victims? Remember this is in 2012.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • Karen

      Because they don't care. The global elite are more interested in taking the money from this country and spreading it all over the world. That's why they will no longer fund education or infrastructure. That's money they want to spend on some foreign country.

      June 5, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
  58. db

    "The first lady will be accompanied by her mother, Marian Robinson, and two daughters, Sasha and Malia. ", great more freeloaders. Why not take some tax paying citizens with her too. At least we would feel that we might be getting something out of this besides an imagination streched "good will trip", African vacation for the "Obama Family". These people are millionairs already, why am we paying for their vacations?

    June 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • XWngLady

      So were the Bush's daughters or Chelsea Clinton freeloaders when they did it?

      June 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
      • Karen

        Laura Bush only took one overseas trip without the President. All of her vacations were low key and in the United States. And Hillary during her first two years in the White House was working on healthcare. She did not take overseas vacations like visiting the King of Spain.

        Why did Obama need to visit England and Ireland? There was no G-8 summit. It was just a vaction. He even had dinner with the Queen two nights in a row. Who has a state dinner and then another official dinner with the same person the next day? The Queen is not a politician.

        They need to focus on the issues here at home!!! I am so tired of hearing about globalism.

        June 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  59. v

    Haters will hate

    June 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • db

      Not hate, just disgusted at the abuses of trust.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  60. v

    Go Michelle :) Grandma and the the Girls :)

    June 3, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • db

      Are you paying for their trip?

      June 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
      • Lynn

        Hate on haters, hope you stroke out being all mad because you are so jealous. I hope all the pictures make you beet red and have cardiac arrest right on your keyboards.

        June 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  61. Dean

    Back to the 'hood.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  62. ART

    Jay in NC seems as dumb as the Palins,and to hell with all of you ,she is the first lady and she can do whatever, and have Tax payers pay for it.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
    • db

      Excuse me, but where does it say that in the rules of conduct of the President or First Lady of the USA?

      June 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  63. LUCKY LUCIANO

    Martin Luther King Jr. was Better then everybody President Put Together. He's The Father of America.
    The only Presidents I liked were probably Thomas Jefferson Abraham Lincoln, someone like that.

    1929-1968

    June 3, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  64. Wayne

    Going back to her roots!! Pick that cotten!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  65. Kevin

    hows that hope and change working out for ya?

    June 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  66. pokewoman3

    Some of you are some scary people. So much anger, worry, doubt and fear. I'll be praying for you as I pray for myself having to live in the world along with you.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  67. Robert

    Who is paying for this trip? We are. Any benefit for America? Nope. Just great.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  68. Jerry

    ART, you are the dumb one! If you weren't such a BIG moron, you would realize that Ms. Palin does not hold any elected office. Te NObamas DO!!!

    You are so ignorant to opine that MO "can do whatever". Taxpayers are not making a big fuss right now because as soon as they do, people like you will accuse them of being racist.

    Being a First Lady does not entail MO, or any other first lady for that matter, to blow taxpayer funds on frivolous/wasteful trips.

    Get an education; a job; and stop living off the "dole."

    June 3, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  69. JDMD

    A well deserved trip back to her homeland.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  70. LUCKY LUCIANO

    Whose more Important: ROBERT DE NIRO or RONALD REAGAN. I believe De Niro is 10 Times more important then Reagan.
    Whose more Important: TED WILLIAMS or HERBERT HOOVER. I believe Ted is 10 Times more important then Hoover.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
  71. MIKEI

    WHY-WHY-WHY

    June 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Johnny

      I don't have an answer for you. It simply defies logic and all that is holy.

      June 3, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  72. Johnny

    The purpose of her trip is to inconspicuously find and shred a certain birth certificate in Kenya.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • Kimberly

      I just HAD to say, if you seriously think Obama will NOT be president for another term, your are SERIOUSLY ignorant! there is not a chance in HE LL that ONE of the idiots, running against him could possibly win! I am actually registering as a republican this year in Oregon JUST so I can vote for palin in the primaries if she runs...If NOT, I will cast it for pawlenty or bachman, oh my to watch our AWESOME President TEAR them apart would be soooooo much more fun than watching him beat boring romney...

      June 3, 2011 at 7:09 pm |
  73. Amom

    Does any one else have the feeling that as 2012 approaches and the Obama's feel the end of their reign coming that they have increased their rate of state-paid vacationing?

    June 3, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • Kimberly

      Actually, since its NOT a vacation, and your an ignorant TWIT, its hard for me to respond, but I felt I must! His approval ratings are near 60% and only going up- not ONE moron on the right running has a chance in hell of beating him... so go suck a fig bitter b@#$h

      June 3, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  74. MissRebaZ

    The ignorance on this forum is simply astounding.

    This country is NOT BROKE. The money is there. We can fix most of our problems by returning to Clinton Era tax rates and returning troops to pre-2003 levels. But of course, no one on Fox would EVER say that (as facts are useless to them).

    What's wrong with taking her daughters with her on a goodwill mission? I'd think it'd be a very educational experience for them.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  75. MissRebaZ

    I'd much rather pay for the Obamas to go on diplomatic missions than for Citibank executives to host a convention in Vegas any day.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  76. Jim

    Can anyone say "One Way Ticket???"

    June 3, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  77. Paul

    She is staying there... right?

    June 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  78. barry nobama

    Dear Michelle,

    please stay and find your roots.

    xoxo

    Barry

    June 3, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  79. Sherwin

    People who lie should see what the truth look like. Snopes says this about Michelle Obama being disbarred:

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/lawlicenses.asp

    June 3, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  80. w l jones

    Our first lady and family traveling to an area hold ancient knowledge Malia an Sasha will cherish the rest of there life. Who knows what our first lady will will bring back that will enlighting the world need not to say our scientic world far into the future.Bless.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
    • Paul

      Here is a story line from CNN "Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya."

      No wonder michelle is travelling to, as you put it, "an area hold (I think you meant of) knowledge...". She will have to before her megalomaniac husband bombs and destroys it.

      The obamas are really One Bad A$$ Mistake America. Don't make it again.

      June 3, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  81. v

    Go Michelle Grandma and the the Girls :) woop woop :) did folks complain this much when any other First Lady went any where?... I'm just wonderin...:) * Obama 2012 *

    June 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  82. Lindalou

    You people are so predictable. I could have recited chapter and verse on what negativity would come out. Grow up people.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  83. JB Cal

    To bad you didn't come up with this when the other First Ladies were doing the exact same thing.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  84. paul

    Don't complain, just hope she doesn't come back!

    June 3, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
  85. The Official

    Psss, she is going to Africa on a secret mission to find out for herself if her husband was indeed born in Kenya, Africa.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  86. maikl

    Go spend money in Africa or other place. It's not yours so it is easy to spend. Buy one more ticket to BARAK SO HE GO AND STAY THERE.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  87. Mark from Louisiana

    What a waste of our tax dollars, good think America has plenty of money in the bank......ohh wait, we have to borrow from China to send the wide load to Africa.

    Less than two years till the end of an error.........

    June 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  88. Bob Davis

    Good place for her.

    June 3, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  89. v

    http://www.firstladies.org/FirstLadiesAsAmbassadors.aspx

    June 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  90. Parkerman

    She is no better (or nor worse than that matter) than any other first lady. Those of you singing her praises also forget all the good work previous first ladies did, but never got this kind of credit some of you seem to give this one. I feel sorry for those previous first ladies who proabably did more than this one will ever do. I also notice the lean both her and her husband seem to put on talking to other blacks and touting their position instead of treating everyone as equal. If we are all truly equal they would not be putting that lean on their messages. Color or race should not be a factor in anything the president or first lady does,

    June 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  91. Nope

    OH YES!!!! YAY! Michelle O is going to Africa!!!! Oh, wait.....she's coming back afterwards?? Nevermind......

    June 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  92. JD

    Its summer time ... kids out of school ... vacation on tax dollars...shameful !

    June 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  93. Parkerman

    She is no better (or nor worse than that matter) than any other first lady. Those of you singing her praises also forget all the good work previous first ladies did, but never got this kind of credit some of you seem to give this one. I feel sorry for those previous first ladies who proabably did more than this one will ever do. I also notice the lean both her and her husband seem to put on talking to other b l a cks and touting their position instead of treating everyone as equal. If we are all truly equal they would not be putting that lean on their messages. Color or race should not be a factor in anything the president or first lady does

    June 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  94. Jim

    Keep her....

    June 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  95. Parkerman

    She is no better (or nor worse than that matter) than any other first lady. Those of you singing her praises also forget all the good work previous first ladies did, but never got this kind of credit some of you seem to give this one. I feel sorry for those previous first ladies who proabably did more than this one will ever do. I also notice the lean both her and her husband seem to put on talking to other b l & c k s and touting their position instead of treating everyone as equal. If we are all truly equal they would not be putting that lean on their messages. C o l o r or r a c e should not be a factor in anything the president or first lady does

    June 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  96. Barbara

    I have not agreed with every president but I have never felt the need to disrespect or insult the wife of any president. I have not seen this kind of attack on a president's wife before and I do not believe I will see it again until we have another black president. People who are attacking the wife of this president need to HONESTLY say why they are doing so. (You have gone this far, I think you can say it!)

    June 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • Patcee

      Well said!

      June 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
  97. ArizonaYankee

    I wish the racist, narcissistic, witch would stay in Africa, and maybe even join a mosque, to show their true colors.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • che-3

      To Devil "ArizonaYankee": It takes another WITCH to know. Does this ring a bell or your RACIST house in Arizona has been burnt to the ground by Hell's Fire? Demonic EVIL Lucifer; Deal with it. Don't come crying on TV for help.

      June 6, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  98. FedUp

    Everyone is wondering why people are upset with Michelle traveling and not other first ladies. Well let's see could it because the economy has not been so bad since the great depression? Of course not. Everyone just thinks it's because of her race. I guess you forgot that she got into the WH because of all the whites that voted for her husband. Without millions and millions of whites he would not be where he is and yet you racists still pull that race card at every turn. Disgusting!

    June 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Mariah O.

      OMG could you PLEASE shut up, and stop whining? Waah-wahhh! Stop playing the victim. YOUR mistakes, YOUR debts, and your kids, who were probably mistakes/accidents too, are YOUR problems. Stop blaming Obama. Here's an idea: go home, sit down, and think of who spent the money in your life. YOU did. You are not a victim. Besides, this was about Michelle going to Africa. I'm afraid you are off topic. Get over yourself. :-|

      June 3, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  99. jasonalta

    Wah wah wah, "you must not have grown up as a black person in America then" if you don't like her saying "for the first time in my adult life, I'm proud of my country." STFU! You black people will never get over the damn slave days, simply because it is an excuse to always be able to explain away black failure and to hold yourselves as some especially worth, owed people! Black people have more opportunity– if they will seize it by working for it like everyone else has to– in America than they do in Africa where they are the majority. It is this victim mentality that gets on my nerves more than anything else. What have black people brought to the table for American society in the last 150 years besides welfare dependency, sky-high crime rates and bitching and griping?

    I knew when she went to Europe that she would soon be going back to Africa. She and her husband are in the white house for the perks, and they are taking advantage of them to their fullest. This is also about her showing her love for "her people" to consolidate black support.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • Barbara

      we will have to wait until after obama leaves office in jan 2013. it is then that we will see how much michelle keeps up with these "causes". someone compassionate about the things she is doing will forever be involved. lets just wait to see how involved she is and then we can say for sure whether she was just in it for the perks.

      June 4, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  100. Jeremy Griffin

    I'M SO ANGRY! I'M GONNA VENT MY RAGE ON A USER BLOG! LISTEN TO MY OPINIONS!!!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  101. CBR

    The First Lady represents us extremely well. She always takes the time to speak to young girls and younger women. Her style is less formal and she meets and greets people . Letting young women see how important an education is and to hear her tell them they can do great things if they get that education.

    Her smile is genuine and she truly enjoys what she is doing.

    To those who so easily criticize what she does and where she goes are showing that they do not understand the role of First Lady. She is not a freeloader because her mother and daughters accompany her. First Ladies have been doing this for years. Abigail Adams did this while John Adams was President. They bring a sense of hope and empowerment.

    To those who feel the need to interject race in every conversation, please find a way to criticize people without bringing race and religion into the conversation. You can support other candidates and you may criticize the administration for mistakes they make and for decisions you do not like but please do not criticized them for their race, creed or religion.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • YuGottaBeKiddingMe

      So what...let her do that on facebook.

      BTW...people have been complaining about first lady excesses for years, regardless of party.

      This first lady nonsense needs to be stopped. They are one thing...spouse, perhaps mother...why does the taxpayer have to fund anything else. Soe the wife of of my CEO travel to employee towns?

      A great waste of time regardless of FL. One last thing...a $1 million+ staff? Really...hey here's an idea, perhaps the 14 million unemployed could be hired by the FL. That would get the ego-in-chief elected in a second.

      June 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
      • YuGottaBeKiddingMe

        Sorry.."Does the wife" before all the spellcheckers and grammer queens get angry.

        June 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  102. Arick

    A lot of Republiscum out today.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  103. Rod C. Venger

    Where does this person come up with the right to make an official state visit? That's what the article says it is. While she may have some ceremonial value, she was neither elected nor hired. She is no way legally represents the interests of American citizens or the country. There's is something amiss here. Hillary did the same when Clinton was in office. It's an illegal usurpation of powers given to the People. We have diplomats, career and politically appointed, with decades of experience and instead a social butterfly is going over to a foreign country, in our name. Please take my name off the list. I do not consent to her being an "ambassador' for anything.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
    • jean2009

      Don't forget Laura Bush and both daughters went on a month long African Safari...oh right you missed that. Why?
      Did you complain when George W. Bush took the most vacation days of any president?
      To be exact 977days that is exactly 2 years and 247 days of vacation out of his 8 years.
      Bill Clinton took 174 days of vacation in 8 years.
      During his first year in office President Obama took 26 days vacation.

      June 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  104. LILA K

    GET USED TO IT PEOPLE THERE IS WELL EDUCATED, CHARISMATIC BLACK FAMILY LIVING IN WHITE HOUSE. AND THEIR NOT SITTING SOMEWHERE ON COMPUTER LIKE SOME OF YOU BLOGGING MEAN, HATEFUL AND SORRY STATEMENTS ALL BECAUSE SOME OF YOU KNOW DAMN WELL YOU WILL NEVER EVER EVER BE ANYWHERE NEAR OBAMAS ACHIEVEMENT SO GET USED TO IT AND FOCUS YOUR NEGATIVE ENERGY INTO YOUR SORRY SELVES.

    June 3, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  105. asrael

    If you want to emulate simian behavior, you really should know how to spell it...

    June 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  106. Nobama

    Hopefully they will keep her!

    June 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  107. v

    Yay! Lila!

    June 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  108. sickenedbythis

    I would neveeeeeeeeeeeeerrr understand people!!! Isn't it the same thing that Princess Diana did during her years of royalty and everybody adored her for the work that she was doing. Whether it was dealing with hungry and poverty stricken folks to campaigning about HIV and AIDS. She was adored my many!! Why are we so hypocritical? WHether black or white, blue or purple we should give accolades to the individual for the effort because if many of you were given the opportunity you might have just stay in the White house and drink champagne and eat caviar!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • Karen

      Michelle is not royalty!

      June 6, 2011 at 12:04 am |
  109. Jerry

    Hey Lila K, please stop drinking the NObama's spiked CoolAid. And most of all; PLEASE watch your language (if you can). Some children are bound tho read these blogs. Have a little respect and common sense, at least for them.

    Also, if you clamor for respect, you need to reciprocate.

    June 3, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  110. w l jones

    Pss.. don^t tell nobody the whole planet Earth is Africa, the first family just went across the street visting. Bless.

    June 3, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
  111. Kimberly

    Republicans are ALL scum....bottom line- I REALLY wish Michelle would have told all these idiots there was free Keystone beer and Marlboros on the plane, put them all on it and DROPPED them in the ocean from 30k feet! They are scum! BUT on a brighter note, we get to hear this crap til 2016- when PRESIDENT OBAMA is out of office

    June 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  112. VooDoo

    Take Barack with you and don't come back!

    June 3, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  113. Karbop

    Is she really going to be doing something no one else can on this trip? Is now really the appropriate time to be spending time outside of the states? All those people saying no one complained when the other First Wives took their trips, do they remember the postings from those times? I would guess not. There have always been plenty of complaints. However, it's more noticable now as the country has no money for anything extra. The Obama's tell us to tighten our belts but don't lead by example.

    June 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  114. PHILSTA

    The White man and woman can never understand. They soon will, pay attention to the weather and storms and who dies. Then read in your Bible Genesis 15:13 and John 8:33 and you will know what time it is and whats happening. The mystery Babylon spoken of in Revalation is America and she is going down. All over the Earth you see the darker people and the change in them. The white man is getting older and dying. while the dark ones are growing and getting stronger. What Hoover feared the black messiah is not Obaam.. he is just like a modern day Jackie Robinson. You need to watch Farrakhan thats the one to fear.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  115. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I recently looked up the biography of the late FORMER FIRST LADY PAT NIXON, whom I thought was a wonderful, gentle, compassionate FIRST LADY. I even had a soft spot in my heart for her husband because he came up with 'birthday lottery' and managed to stop the long time running VIETNAM WAR! Her biography tells us that she was THE most travelled FIRST LADY ever, up until HILLARY CLINTON was FIRST LADY. I was sure you loons were going to start in on Michelle Obama and the girls though. That's what you cons do!

    June 4, 2011 at 12:14 am |
  116. Kim Bailey

    Isn't Moochelle a disbarred Attorney?
    Why would anyone listen to her?

    June 4, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  117. max

    obama will go down as the worse president ever and you hands out liberals cant change that fact

    June 4, 2011 at 8:02 am |
  118. dew

    the only reason obama wanted to be the so call pres. is that his faimly would go on trips ever month, and the taxpayer would pay for everything, and i don't care what bush did , everytime someone says something about obama the idiots come back with your a rasicts of bush did the samething, i said the samething when bush was in office. obama tore this country apart he is a racists and the worst pres. ever

    June 4, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  119. Liz Carter in Georgia

    rs1201; if you want to claim Mrs Obama has a chip on her shoulder, you've got a boulder on your shoulder! I read every word of your biased, bigotted, double-standard, racist posts and each one was full of nothing more than hate, envy, malice, and frustration with an African American First Lady, period. She's having the same opportunities afforded her as have every White First Lady; and you just can't stand it!. You're a great example of the sick mindset in AMERICA Rev Wright talks about! Most of us know it!

    June 4, 2011 at 10:54 am |
  120. Liz Carter in Georgia

    From reading your posts you're more of a hate mongerer than Rev Wright is. Rev Wright is just like me, he tells the truth of the continuing racial divide and differences in America and people like you call us racists and hatemongerers. After a 'bar' or standard has been set strive towards on most things in this nation, we continue to see the perpetual moving of the bar when it comes to black American entry and success! The low-lifed, unfounded accusations you just lodged against the OBAMAS prove it!

    June 4, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  121. Liz Carter in Georgia

    They maybe using AIRFORCE ONE to go to Africa but what else do presidents, first ladys and familiys travel overseas on? You are not paying for it. That money has always been written into the budget through Congress from OMB; for governmental usage and operations. I'm sure the money has ALWAYS come from the taxpayer base. Technically, once you pay your taxes, did you know that the money is no longer 'yours'? It's the portion of your income that belongs to the government in the first place for it's operation.

    June 4, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  122. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Now I must agree that we as a nation can hold our government accountable for what it does with it, especially since we're trying to climb back out of a hole, but to question the movements of the FIRST FAMILY as being the reason that the nation ended up there is nothing short of hatefulness and maliciousness. Whenever the President travels, there's just an equal firestorm; whether it be for business or pleasure. He's always tried to merge his relaxing schedule into some business need, meeting or something!

    June 4, 2011 at 12:27 pm |
  123. Liz Carter in Georgia

    My problem with you haters is what happen to all of the 'taxpayer money' outcry, when the BUSH/CHENEY/RUMSFELD/ROVE/RICE entourage and the rest of their MINIONS were leading us down into this cave using our 'taxpayer money' for their own personal gains, networking with the top 3% of this nation? Where was all of the blatant disrespect and hateful screaming and b++ching when all of this was going on, and I mean from EITHER side! Talk about arrogance and not caring about the poor and homeless; no comparison!

    June 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  124. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @dew; who did you say it to? You must have whispered it. I was here and watching those whole 8 years, and I know the complaints and outcries were quieted and shutdown. There wasn't even all of the negative media coverage going about it 24/7, 365! We often sat and talked about what we thought was happening in groups, and among ourselves, but the idea of coming out on the medias internet blogs, polls etc., with daily ratchetted up RAGE of anger, hate and disdain was NIL; chances were far and few in between!!

    June 4, 2011 at 1:20 pm |
  125. Liz Carter in Georgia

    ....And by the way you evil little jealous trolls, the OBAMAS were in the top 3% when they came to the WHITEHOUSE! They can pay for anything that they want to do in this world. They can go wherever they want to go. They can go to EUROPE, AFRICA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA, GERMANY and any where if they choose to, anytime they choose to. They will probably travel even more whenever they leave the WHITEHOUSE! You hate that too! When a minority is no longer dependant on your 'go ahead' in his life, he's now arrogant!

    June 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
    • maikl

      HOW MANY TIME YOU GO ON VACATION? I CHECK RECORD {YOUR ADVISE TO ME) ON OBAMA. I SEE SO MANY VACATION,, THAN ANY REGULAR PERSON. O, SORRY, I FORGET THEY CAN DO IT BECAUSE THEY NOT REGULAR.... YOURS DEFENSE VERY POOR AND YOU CALL ME RACIST ONLY BECAUSE I'M NOW AGAINST OBAMA.IT SHOW HAW
      SMART YOU ARE AND SOMETHING ELSE.

      June 5, 2011 at 12:12 am |
      • jean2009

        Is there something wrong with the Caps Lock feature on your keyboard?

        June 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • che-3

        Hey "maikl" you STILL struggling with Basic English aka, your own mother tongue "English" just like George Bush?
        Also, is your computer stuck on "CAP"? Locked "CAPS" for "Computer DUMMIES"! You feel me? Even a 2-yr. old in Kabul can write Basic English better than you as so-called American. No wonder US is sinking soooooooooooo low in intellect.

        June 6, 2011 at 9:04 am |
  126. Diogenes

    It's bad enough that we have to pay for this moocher to vacation worldwide; but you can be sure that she will be carrying the U.S. Taxpayer's checkbook with her to hand out billions of dollars.

    June 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  127. maikl

    I LIKE IT. anything AGAINST OBAMA==RACIST . it's STUPID AND PLANING CARD. I HAVE TO SAY ONLY GOOOOD ABOUT OBAMA OR I'M RACIST. GOD HELP AS ALL.I VOTE FOR OBAMA IN2008, BUT NOT ANYMORE. JOBS,GAS PRICE,HOUSING, BROKE PROMISES,LIES..... SO LEDYS AND GELTS. I'M RACIST. I DID NOT BEFORE ABOUT IT.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • che-3

      You see? You lose your train of thoughts and become incoherent when you're filled with HATE and whatever you wishes to write is all Faux News brainwashed lies and not your own. You see the idiot you have become by exposing your primitivism and intellectual backwardness or lack thereof to the World at large. You’re a real disgrace to America Educational System of your inability to write or convey your own thoughts in prints other than Faux News brainwashed talking point lies you receive by email daily. Seek some Education and don't miss out on Pres. Obama's daily Educational lectures at high noon. Make sure you get a front roll seat so that every word gets through your plugged swine ears. I will be checking on you once in awhile, just to be sure you’re keeping up. The World at large has NO sympathy for your backwardness and illiteracy in this 21st. Century. I bet you will blame this on Pres. Obama too or Sasha Obama ........... Right? Some Dimwit!

      June 6, 2011 at 8:56 am |
      • Sig 45

        che-3. Sheesh, where to start?

        Ok..

        "whatever you wishes to write is all Faux News"-1st error: wish, not "wishes".

        "You see the idiot you have become by exposing your primitivism and intellectual backwardness or lack thereof to the World at large."-2nd and 3rd errors: Primitivism is not a word. Ya, you just made that one up. I mean, come on. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/primitive.; "World" is generic and should not be capitalized.

        "You’re a real disgrace to America Educational System of your inability to write or convey your own thoughts in prints other than Faux News brainwashed talking point lies you receive by email daily."-4th, 5th and 6th errors: "disgrace to..." there should be "the" after "to". American, not "America".; "of your inability..." there are many options that would be grammatically correct here. "of" is not one of them.

        "America Educational System"-7th error: Unless the previous is a formal agency it should not be capitalized.

        "of your inability to write or convey your own thoughts in prints other than Faux News brainwashed talking point lies you receive by email daily."-8th and 9th errors: Print, not "prints"; "Faux News" would not be brainwashed. You are attempting to imply, albeit poorly, that the reader or recipient of the "Faux News" email is brainwashed.

        "Seek some Education and don't miss out on Pres. Obama's daily Educational lectures at high noon." 10th error: "Education" is generic and should not be capitalized. In addition, you are attempting to assert you superior intellect indicating that others should "seek some education"....well.

        "Make sure you get a front roll seat so that every word gets through your plugged swine ears." 11th error: Row, not "roll".

        "The World at large has NO sympathy for your backwardness and illiteracy in this 21st. Century." 12th, 13th and 14th errors: see error 3.; Illiteracy is not a correct tense of illiterate. You are looking for "illiterateness"; which you would think you would have used since the suffix "ness" had already been used in the previous insult. "21st." does not require a period (.) as it is not an abbreviation.

        So, in total I found 14 errors in your hateful post, 12 if I'm being generous. I only did this example because you have trolled this entire blog slinging arrows at anyone with a comment contrary to yours. Perhaps you should "seek some Education" of your own and you won't face these schoolboy corrections in the future.

        June 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  128. maikl

    I LIKE IT. anything AGAINST OBAMA==RACIST . it's STUPID AND PLANING CARD. I HAVE TO SAY ONLY GOOOOD ABOUT OBAMA OR I'M RACIST. GOD HELP AS ALL.I VOTE FOR OBAMA IN2008, BUT NOT ANYMORE. JOBS,GAS PRICE,HOUSING, BROKE PROMISES,LIES..... SO LEDYS AND GELTS. I'M RACIST. I DID NOT KNOW BEFORE ABOUT IT.

    June 4, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
    • tnwoman1948

      @maiki:

      What? Is English your second, third or fourth language?

      June 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
      • jean2009

        I'm betting on his fifth language.

        June 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • maikl

        You right-I speak and wright German,french and Italian. And you?

        June 6, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  129. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Not ANYTHING against him, Maikl, just MOST THINGS! Believe it or not, most of the time. You say you didn't know about it before; well now you know. However, if you are truly concerned about the policy decisions that are being made by OBAMA, do some research and read up on the ones that were passed and signed by him. You will find many good bills. This man has been up against a rock and a hard place ever since he took the oath! BTW, sorry, we certainly will miss your vote in 2012! OBAMA 2012!! ANYWAY!

    June 4, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
  130. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Check out 'TOO BIG TO FAIL on HBO!

    June 4, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  131. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @jean2009; Thanks for trying, but these loons will argue with a sign board! They don't want to hear, read or see the truth before their very eyes! They're just a bunch who wakes up every morning to another days work of degrading the First Lady and the President. They don't want to look it up on Snopes! Typical conservative reaction to the truth! As long as they can continue to spew it, that makes it true! Truth be d+mn+d! It's the same way about the RYAN PLAN on medicare! Truth be d+mn+d! Wer'e misguided!

    June 5, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  132. Patcee

    What a bunch of complainers! I am so glad Michelle Obama visits anywhere because she helps heighten what those countries think of us after having the Bushes around. She is a lovely, smart, sophisticated First Lady and I am proud to have her represent the United States of America. I can just imagine the horrible cartoons and hate emails that will be around because of this trip, but I tell myself it is only a small percentage of our American population who stoop so low. Hooray for Michelle and I wish her a successful trip.

    June 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  133. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @CAKE, Thanks for posting the First Lady Michelle Obama's comment about her 'pride in her country' in it's total and complete context. However, I'm sorry to say that I'm sure the 'cons' will rather put their eyes out with bleach than to re-read it and own up to their outrageous stupidity!

    June 5, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
    • Howard

      The Obama's must have used our tax money to train Acorn members, to use computers, and to blog in their behalf.
      At the drop of a hat, Obama's legions of blindly devoted, brain washed 'brown shirt' bloggers appear online,
      with endless tributes to their empty suit messiah. The arrogant, self-serving Obamas have been gorging
      themselves at the public trough, while tearing down our constitution, and our economy.

      SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

      June 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  134. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @pleasesomeonelead; Is that trumped up lie really the reason you lost your respect for Michelle Obama? It didn't take much did it? You didn't have any respect for her nor her husband in the first place! Just tell the truth will ya'! You 'cons' are such cowards, you're just fake! That's more disgustingly sick than anything else!

    June 5, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  135. Patcee

    If Michelle wasn't black and if she were not going to Africa, none of these hate-filled comments would exist. You people should be ashamed. She is a great First Lady and representative of the USA. And Africa needs our attention and diplomacy. You haters need to open your hearts and minds and let in some fresh air.

    June 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm |
  136. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @jasonalta; thankyou for your racist honesty, but I'd just like to list a few names of African Americans you may be interested in researching to find have in fact contributed to the American Society. Your question was 'what have black people brought to the table for American Society in the last 150 years besides welfare dependency......'? Besides fighting and dying in every war this country's EVER waged or participated in, especially while being disenfranchised and discriminated against by whites......

    June 6, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  137. Karen

    They weren't gone for as month. And Laura Bush took one overseas trip without President Bush in eight years! All of her vacations were in the USA. Michelle has been First Lady for two and half years, and she has already taken many vacations.

    Meanwhile nobody is addressing the problems here at home. If you can't see how bad this looks, then you are blind.

    June 6, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  138. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Contd: and we still are. Between what's considered the height of the US involvement in Vietnam, 1965-1969 the internet reports 12.6 of the military was African American, and at that time we were only 11.% of the American population! There's no telling how many of us died over there, I know the truth will never be told! There was approximately 406,000 in the whole of WW2 from what I found on the internet of that number from my calculations it was at least 115,000 African Americans in that war! Pop/Perc??

    June 6, 2011 at 12:26 am |
  139. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Contd: all of the other wars, including the 'Civil War', the war between the North and the South were faught with black inclusion. We have paid our dues to this country and continue to do so right on up until as I right this post. All under the assumption that someday we will enjoy in full, the same freedoms, rights, benefits and opportunities as other Americans do! Look it up! Here's the begining of a list of African American people you may want to look up: Booker T Washington, George Washington Carver,...

    June 6, 2011 at 12:42 am |
  140. the kid

    @rs201 such an ignorant remark it really disgusts me. you just want an excuse to hate on African Americans. give me a break!! we arent going anywhere and we are here to stay and will continue to strive as minorities!! life isnt fair and it never has been for many african americans. you just like to hate and spew racial BS, while stating no written facts about what exactly obama is not getting done. all you have as an opinion is uneducated racist remarks. you truly are an idiot. educate your self dumbA

    June 6, 2011 at 1:16 am |
  141. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Contd: Dr Charles Drew, Benjamin Banneker, Madame C J Walker, Garrett Morgan, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Riley B King, Lena Horne, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Ruby Dee, Paul Hamilton Williams, Joseph W Robinson, Paul Revere Williams, Richard Allen, Leon Higginbotham, Elizabeth 'Bessie' Coleman, Ida B Wells-Barnett, Satchel Paige, Marshall W Taylor, Eugene Bullard, Alexander Twilight, James Baldwin, Oliver Otis Howard, Judy Johnson, Alain Locke, and many more so don't EVEN think we haven't contributed!

    June 6, 2011 at 1:29 am |
  142. che-3

    Who are "WE" you claim your statement above? Speak for yourself neither do your speak for the rest of us. Did you complain about Bush Tax cuts for the rich? Also, do you have the courage to complain about $1B/day being spent bombing Iraqis by the decision of your "F-Grade" student from Yale University aka, imbecile president George Bush?
    FYI: A US contractor with no academic degree makes $40,000/month in Iraq. Faux News wouldn’t tell you. I just did. Just shut the heck up and go to your little room.

    June 6, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  143. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @XWngLady, Lila K, @Patcee; Beautiful! You Go Girls! @che-3; LOL! I have to again give you your 'props', because in your own 'special' way, you always hit the nails on the head!

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  144. Dale

    This is the first time I am proud of this country, When she send this I stop Likeing her.

    June 6, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  145. Howard

    The Obama's must have used our tax money to train Acorn members to use computers and blog in their behalf.
    At the drop of a hat, Obama's legions of blindly devoted, brain washed 'brown shirt' bloggers appear online,
    with endless tributes to their empty suit messiah. The arrogant, self-serving Obamas have been gorging
    themselves at the public trough, while tearing down our constitution, and our economy.

    SAVE AMERICA ... DUMP OBAMA IN 2012 !!!

    June 6, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  146. ChristianPatriot

    She should also take her lying, Kenyan born, communist husband with her and stay

    June 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  147. i8jomomma

    do us a favor ...........stay there and don't come back

    June 7, 2011 at 1:56 am |
  148. Brian

    Well every one here seems a little misguides in some but not all areas. I mean to say yes making these trips are totlay wrong when were broke. Not to metion the vores elected Obama not his wife. The real problem is not if dem or rep hold office as a single majority but the fact that they are the only two elected in any numbers. Get more independents and folks who dont get elected for the perks of oil and Corp moniy to sell us out. We need persons who actualy care about the people not there estates. If you look at the Rico act I would think congress and the senate are guilty, but hey the write the law and not held acountable DEM or REP. Think the freeze federal wages while giving them selfs a raise. REP fight helth care when once elected they get it for life with retirment even if only on term. We are so broken it is imposible to fix. Welcome to third world america. I love this dying country but ultimately we the people are to blame. It is our elected gov so we are to blame. One last note, if we stopped fedding the word and paying off other gov we could use those trillians to pay off our rich elected officails bills called the deficit.

    June 7, 2011 at 5:26 am |
  149. Deborah

    This trip to Africa is uncalled for in this time of huge uncertainty for all Americans. We have had to go without so many things with this horrible economy. We lost our home and my husband works now for a little above minimum wage with a BA. An expensive trip to Africa will cost the taxpayers millions of dollar. That money could help hundreds of suffering families.
    Powder is dry. God Bless America.

    June 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
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