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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 02/19/2011

Michelle Obama, with Malia and Sasha, skiing in Colorado this weekend

By Ed O'Keefe

First lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, left the White House on Friday evening for a weekend ski trip to Vail, Colo., the White House said Saturday.

President Obama, who spent Thursday and Friday meeting with technology executives on the West Coast, is not on the trip, according to aides.

"The First Lady and the Obama daughters are on a private family trip to Colorado," Michelle Obama's spokeswoman, Katie McCormick-Lelyveld, confirmed in an e-mail. "The First Lady and several close family friends are chaperoning their children on a ski trip. Personal expenses are being paid for by the Obamas."

Left alone in Washington, the president filled in as coach of Sasha's basketball team on Saturday morning, according to the White House. The games are held at a community center in Chevy Chase, Md. and Obama usually attends. The parent who normally coaches the team was not there today, but no word on whether the team won, according to pool reports provided to White House reporters.

Michelle Obama and Sasha, 9, visited Spain last July with family friends while Malia, 12, attended summer camp. The first lady also took the girls without their father to London and Paris in June 2009.

She will return to London in late May when she joins her husband on an official state visit to Britain, a trip the White House announced Thursday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 19, 2011; 12:21 PM ET
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Comments

May I remind you all that GOP cost cutting bill is cutting BORDER SECURITY!

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | February 22, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

May I remind you all that GOP cost cutting bill is cutting BORDER SECURITY!

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | February 22, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse

May I remind you all that GOP cost cutting bill is cutting BORDER SECURITY!

Posted by: SpotlessCrab | February 22, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

When is this bird cage liner going to report on real news?

We now have four Americans hi-jacked on the open seas AND KILLED according to the latest reports, yet WAPO is more interested in disinformation to distract from the fact that Obama, the C.S. Muslim in charge is doing nothing to protect Americans.
He has yet to even mention the killing of an American on Falcon Lake last year.
He and Napolitano are conning Americans about border security while he plans to open the border from Mexico to Canada when the facts demand just the opposite!
Do we have a subversive in the WH ? The events certainly speak to that!

Posted by: TexRancher | February 22, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

jhnjdy...The truth is that you are partisan,playing childish games with your postings here and also a master deceiver to the extent that you have no clue those are elements of your conscious thinking....that is the TRUTH

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | February 21, 2011 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Wow, some of the comments on this forum are nuts. Anyone who attacks Michelle Obama and her two, young, lovely daughters, has some serious issues, some really serious issues.
Lest we forget, the two girls are children, and not adults. So, if someone has problems with children, then they really should look closely at their own lives and personal values.

Posted by: ruraledcomm | February 20, 2011 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I guess the Obama family is exempt from making the personal sacrifices the President called for the rest of us to make.

No SS COLA - check
More FTW from military retirement - check
Higher food and fuel prices - check

That's the list of my personal sacrifices.

Posted by: g30rg3544 | February 20, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

zuzu2 wrote:Desertdiva1: I guess you don't bother to check facts before shooting off your keyboard. The Obamas' financial records have been made public for years now. It's public knowledge that they became millionaires in 2007 from the sale of his two books...Click, click. Facts aren't so very hard to find.
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How nice of you to give me this perfect segway into the topic. Now they are searching for the ghostwriter of those two books that brought Obama his sudden cash infusion. The writing style doesn't appear to belong to Obama. Stay tuned.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/10/who_wrote_dreams_from_my_fathe_1.html

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 20, 2011 11:53 AM | Report abuse

tafari1_20001...What's the matter little fella? Can't handle the truth?

Posted by: jhnjdy | February 20, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

knjivic,,"Black people on the slopes" a rather racist comment,,many zipperheads are offended by "slopes"

Posted by: schmidt1 | February 20, 2011 10:45 AM | Report abuse

@Ralphinphnx - Why don't you just kill yourself and get over it.

Posted by: cholly85241 | February 20, 2011 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Okay all you snarky Obama haters

Since you will only be happy if we go back to the days when the only way to go anywhere was on a horse...I guess you are going to have to just continue to stamp your feet and scream at the moon. It's not 1776 right now!

Presidents come and Presidents go, and in the meantime they and their families take vacations. Now you might prefer that they just rolled up in a private car to the United Check In desk at Dulles and flew coach next to you to Colorado...but somehow I don't think thats going to happen. So why don't you devote some small part of the limited brain power demonstrated here to discussing how you balance a budget while keeping your retired GOP members on Social Security and Medicare...or something like that? Or does Fox not tell you what to think about that?

Posted by: CalifObserver | February 20, 2011 10:06 AM | Report abuse

@Ralphinphnx - Why don't you just kill yourself and get over it.

Posted by: cholly85241 | February 20, 2011 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Ralphinphnx....Ok Grand Wizard of the KKK...get off the soap box

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | February 20, 2011 9:00 AM | Report abuse

I can hear Michelle now "Let them eat cake".

Posted by: charlie-Imac | February 20, 2011 8:55 AM | Report abuse

So,once again Moocher Michelle Obama and the two spoiled Obama brats are off on yet
another one of her endless vacations,on our
dime again. So,let us not forget that the
claim "Michelle Obama Paid For The Trip Herself"is a damn lie,as the only money,that she has coming in,as First Lady
is whatever huge sums she can rip off the
US taxpayers for and just like her never
ending do not but spend the taxpayer hard
earned money on selfish,extravagance,total
wasteful luxury vacations after making a fool out of her with just a costly totally
harebrained ideas just like Barack Obama
and his hated Obamacare and now ObamaRail
that latest and unused High Speed Passenger
Rail System. And,along with Obama buying two brand new Boeing 747 F to replace the
current two that Michelle & Barack Hussein
Obama have worn out jet setting all over
hell and back! Isn't it 2012 yet by now?

Frankly,I hope Moocher Michelle Obama breaks her neck or legs skiing on our US
taxpayer dime,and which would ground her
for awhile and save the taxpayer a few million dollars that Moocher Michelle ripped off all of us taxpayers for again.
Michelle & Barack Hussein Obama Worst People To Ever Inhibited Planet Earth And
Most Wasteful Couple Ever To Set Foot In
The White House As Well. We need to hold a
2 million strong demonstration outside the
Obama White House Palace and Wave A Shoe
At Barack Hussein and Michelle Obama while
Demanding The Obama's Resign From Power!
May Michelle & Barack Hussein Obama Rot In
Hell! Vote The Royal Obamas Out In 2012!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | February 20, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

This racism (Smarg) wrote:

I will be very happy when this nasty family is ejected from our White House.

Posted by: Smarg | February 19, 2011 9:08 PM
.........................................
Be prepared for 6 more years !!!

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | February 20, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

mlbduffy...Sorry that Mrs. Obama is taking away your food stamps that you get drunk with...

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | February 20, 2011 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Uh, people, the AIR FORCE JETS THAT TRANSPORT THE OBAMA FAMILY TO THEIR MANY VACATION DESTINATIONS ARE NOT PAID BY THE OBAMAS, OKAY?? YOU, THE TAXPAYER, PAY FOR THOSE JETS TO TRANSPORT THEM WHEREEVER-AT A TUNE OF AROUND 100,000 PER SHORT FLIGHT, MORE FOR LONGER, TRANS-ATLANTIC FLIGHTS, AND THAT JUST INCLUDES PERSONAL TRIPS.

THE OBAMAS TAKE TOO MANY PERSONAL VACATIONS-WAAAAY TOO MANY!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | February 20, 2011 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Could care less what Michelle Obama does. Just don't like her or her taking food stamp money to push her agendas.

Posted by: mlbduffy | February 20, 2011 5:27 AM | Report abuse
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At least try and make an intelligent unfounded insult! I believe you're the one on food stamps since you clearly don't have the intellect a good education provides and can't possibly find a job beyond the service sector. Is that what's eating at you? That you actually have to serve people - maybe even some a little darker in skin tone than you?

Posted by: Misty630 | February 20, 2011 8:21 AM | Report abuse

knjincvc...You called Mrs.Obama a witch...you should probable run that by who gave birth to you...

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | February 20, 2011 8:12 AM | Report abuse

crazydude...If it was Mr. Obama's agenda that everyone mostly was in uproar about, then it would be fine. However, that is not the case. They do not like the fact that man with the color of a slave became ruler over the master...and that is the fact. The racists are hiding behind, birther, socialism, moslem and all sort of nonsense...when the fact remains...racism

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | February 20, 2011 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Many middle class families go to Colorado on skiing trips including me and mine; I don't ski but I enjoy them enjoying it. But for some reason in the warped minds of some of the commenters above the President's wife and daughters shouldn't be allowed to do that even though the President and his wife earned a great deal more money before he was President. His daughters unlike my children and grandchildren are supposed to be denied for some reason. Whatever these reasons, some of which are clearly expressed as racist, something not healthy is going on here.

Posted by: withersb | February 20, 2011 6:55 AM | Report abuse

"where was all the complainers when the Bush girls were in South America with secret service escorts getting drunk? I don't remember seeing these type of insults back then."

You must have a really, really short memory. Every day Bush was in office it was Bush and the daughter bashings. But go ahead, continue blaming the bashings on the President being black if it makes you all sleep better. Remember, just because someone doesn't agree with you all doesn't make them a racist.....oh wait, blaming everything on racism makes you sleep better also....forget it.

Posted by: crazydude | February 20, 2011 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Could care less what Michelle Obama does. Just don't like her or her taking food stamp money to push her agendas.

Posted by: mlbduffy | February 20, 2011 5:27 AM | Report abuse

they have a good time while hundreds of millions go without work...
I guess the pain doesn't include them...
like all limosine liberals, they are immune from the pain...

Posted by: DwightCollins | February 20, 2011 4:50 AM | Report abuse

jhnjdy... Your long list of LIES that you are attributing to Obama are typical for a SERPENT...Leave the President and his family alone! They have accomplished a lot for them to become the First Family of these great UNITED STATES...Racists eat your hearts out and go hell

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | February 20, 2011 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Desertdiva1:

I guess you don't bother to check facts before shooting off your keyboard.

The Obamas' financial records have been made public for years now. It's public knowledge that they became millionaires in 2007 from the sale of his two books. From a 2008 NYT article about Obama's financial disclosure records:

~~~In addition to his Senate salary, $165,200 last year, Mr. Obama reported book royalties of more than $4 million in 2007. Those figures reflect the vigorous sales of his two books, “Dreams From My Father” and “The Audacity of Hope,” in the months leading up to and after his entry into the presidential race early last year. ~~~

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/14/us/politics/14disclosure.html

Click, click. Facts aren't so very hard to find.

Posted by: zuzu2 | February 20, 2011 2:59 AM | Report abuse

Welcome Obama family to colorful Colorado. The weather is fantastic, the snowpack is deep, the skiing is the best ever....I had a fabulous day today in the mountains. Come to Colorado people, and enjoy spectacular scenery and skiing. :)

Posted by: AnnsThought | February 20, 2011 1:05 AM | Report abuse

Welcome Obama family to colorful Colorado. The weather is fantastic, the snowpack is deep, the skiing is the best ever....I had a fabulous day today in the mountains. Come to Colorado people, and enjoy spectacular scenery and skiing. :)

Posted by: AnnsThought | February 20, 2011 1:04 AM | Report abuse


mlbduffy posts February 20, 2011 12:24 AM
"Those who complain about Michelle Obama and her activities just basically don't like her. I don't either."

And don't forget the "WITCH" is BLACK ... How dare her ski on WHITE SNOW ...

IMO mlbduffy

Posted by: knjincvc | February 20, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Oh NOOO! Black people om the slopes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: knjincvc | February 20, 2011 12:47 AM | Report abuse

catmomtx wrote: You do know that our President was a millionaire before he became President. He also receives a salary.
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How exactly did you say Obama become a millionaire? That significant 2005-6 income jump of his most definitely raises some questions. From $207,647 in 2005 to $1,655,106 the next year. My oh my that was one very good year indeed.

You have to love corrupt politicians who went into politics dead broke without two nickles to rub together and suddenly they become millionaires. Skiing the slopes of Aspen and eating Kobe beef. Hope he gets all he needs because come 2012 he's gone.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 20, 2011 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Where did the poster get the ridiculous idea that before he became POTUS he was a millionaire?????? I guess libs will believe anything..At the DNC Convention where he was a speaker..he was so broke..they had maxed out their credit cards...he couldn't even rent a car.He talked about this..it was a badge of honor..he was just like us...struggling!!! He also got a sweetheart deal on his house in Hyde Park. of course, we all know that story!!!

Posted by: awsals | February 20, 2011 12:36 AM | Report abuse

Those who complain about Michelle Obama and her activities just basically don't like her. I don't either.

Posted by: mlbduffy | February 20, 2011 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Those who complain about Michelle Obama and her activities just basically don't like her. I don't either.

Posted by: mlbduffy | February 20, 2011 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Why do we have to go through this every time the First Family leaves the White House? They pay their expenses, they have enough money. Our tax dollars pay the same thing in transportation and security cost as they have paid for all other First families. This family will continue to take vacations, weekend trips, date nights and all the other things that normal Americans are doing. If the American people were not taking vacations to ski resorts, Disney World and other vacation spots we would be reading about how the tourist industry is bankrupt. Where are the articles? People who want to take vacations are. Those that aren't may. And this whining about the Obama's going somewhere is old and petty.

Posted by: catmomtx | February 20, 2011 12:09 AM | Report abuse

All at the taxpayers expense when many do not even have a job, Obama is out on the campaign trail again while his wife and children have a ball.......worst president in history, only there for the perks of the office........

Posted by: bstone1931 | February 19, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

You do know that our President was a millionaire before he became President. He also receives a salary. Why shouldn't they go on a weekend trip? I'm sure the ski slopes are full of Americans taking weekend trips here and there.

The worst President in U. S. history set an all time record for vacation days for a sitting President, over o50 days, and he managed to ruin the country anyway.

Posted by: catmomtx | February 20, 2011 12:00 AM | Report abuse

It's good to be rich. At least it looks like a lot of fun from where I'm standing.

Posted by: morattico | February 19, 2011 11:45 PM | Report abuse

where was all the complainers when the Bush girls were in South America with secret service escorts getting drunk? I don't remember seeing these type of insults back then. You show the entire world how small minded you truly are for spewing the hate of a racist by making statements like "black people don't ski" just plain ignorant why should they stay in DC because you don't like it get over it otherwise you will have nothing but hate for about 6 more years because Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann sure isn't going to beat President Obama, they look great on TV but come election time the nation is not going to elect TEA party favorites it's just not enough it's sad that you're best hope is Donald Trump

Posted by: mikey30919 | February 19, 2011 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I hope they are having a great time and get some peace and quiet for the long weekend. As the family of the President, most of their holidays are scheduled for them and involve public events so actual family vacations are pretty rare. People shouldn't give them a hard time for taking a break from DC every once in awhile.

Posted by: ArlingtonMujer | February 19, 2011 10:55 PM | Report abuse

It's good to be rich. At least it looks like a lot of fun from where I'm standing.

Posted by: morattico | February 19, 2011 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Leave the First Family alone. They deserve all the privileges that come with their accomplishments.

These are his accomplishments;
10% Unemployment - Check
25% Unemployment in Inner-City - Check
Quadruple the National Debt - Check
All-Time Highest Home Foreclosure Rate - Check
Record Manufacturing Lows - Check
Unions in control - check

UAW Union retirement accounts fixed by American taxpayers - Check
Oil at $100 plus a barrell - Check
Nationalize the Auto Industry - Check
Force Population into Government Run HealthCare - Check
Open Borders and Sue Any State that Enforces Immig ration Laws - Check

Selectively Apply Federal Discri mination Laws - Check
Watch Helplessly as Iran Builds a Nuclear Bomb - Check
Record Poverty and 50 Million on Food Stamps - check
32 UNELECTED Czars to rewrite America - Check

Worst Enviro nmental Disaster in American History - Check
Fines for employers on healthcare - check
Fines to Americans on Healthcare - Check
2.3 billion to Brazil to drill for Chinese oil - Check
Up next... disarming the American dissidents who dont like his goals

Posted by: jhnjdy | February 19, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

newsflash folks, black people go on vacation.
no words ever when other first families left washington, you people don't want them in the white house, and get ballistic when they leave.
get used to it, you got more years to go, pace your self.

Posted by: ninnafaye | February 19, 2011 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Leave the First Family alone. They deserve all the privileges that come with their accomplishments. Those who are complaining or hating, deserve all the misery or fun that their accomplishments have afforded them. Simply put: If you are a dumb racist you, deserve all the misery in life and if you are a peace maker, who loves the human family you should inherit the earth.

Posted by: tafari1_20001 | February 19, 2011 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Dubya took 2 years worth of vacations during his 8 years at the White House. He was the Village Idiot that destroyed his country, allowing his corporate friends to plunder our resources. It's taking Obama and his crew to clean up the Idiot's mess.

Posted by: cile92 | February 19, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I will be very happy when this nasty family is ejected from our White House.

Posted by: Smarg | February 19, 2011 9:08 PM | Report abuse


THE RACISTS AND HATERS ARE OUT IN FORCE. Enjoy your mini vacation, Michelle.


Posted by: mortified469 | February 19, 2011 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Didn't presidente Obama say last week that "If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, you might put off a vacation." The Obamas are obviously not a family trying to cut back.

http://www.shallownation.com/2011/02/15/obama-press-conference-video-feb-15-2011-presidential-news-conference-2012-budget-speech/

Posted by: luisramos21237 | February 19, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

So funny its pathetic....this was never an issue when the Bushes were in the White house. Folks get a life, which is what the Obama's have....outside of White House. They also have young daughters who seem to be a priority and should not be held captive just because their father is the POTUS; unlike some other parents we won't mention.

These post indicate you are so jealous you can handly stand it and you know envy is a deadly sin.

Posted by: Pstacy | February 19, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

All at the taxpayers expense when many do not even have a job, Obama is out on the campaign trail again while his wife and children have a ball.......worst president in history, only there for the perks of the office........

Posted by: bstone1931 | February 19, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Vail the most expensive? Hardly, a season's pass is only $600. My guess would be Deer Valley or Aspen, especially if you want lodging anywhere close.

The Obamas have been to Liberty several times over the last year. Practically a walk from Camp David. What are they supposed to do anyway, sit ahe round the White House and watch movies for the next two years?

Posted by: xTexx | February 19, 2011 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Vail? That's the most expensive ski resort in the U.S. Guess they're too full of themselves to go to Ski Liberty.

Posted by: RepealObamacareNow | February 19, 2011 6:55 PM | Report abuse

who gives a sheet?

Posted by: pofinpa | February 19, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Were this a white President and his family (ala Pres. Gerald Ford), ther would be no bickering or jabbing. Face it, people aren't used to having blacks on the slopes.

Posted by: bigisle1 | February 19, 2011 6:41 PM | Report abuse

How much is this little vacation costing taxpayers? Of course the usual logistics planning, AF1, Secret Service etc. Counting the days down to 2012.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | February 19, 2011 6:27 PM | Report abuse

He meant to say, "you'll all.

have to.

make.

sacrifices" - lol!

Posted by: deadmanwalking | February 19, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Personal expenses are being paid for by the Obamas. Does that include transportation? How about extra security? Whilst I don't wish to deny anyone a vacation or ski trip I still can't believe one day the president tells us we'll all need to make sacrifices and the next his family is going off on a ski trip in Vail. Not much sacrificing going on there. Unless I guess we're lucky she didn't decide to ski in Europe.

Posted by: randomusername | February 19, 2011 2:57 PM | Report abuse

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