Michelle Obama usually manages to steer clear of controversy. But her expensive trip to southern Spain last week -- with daughter Sasha and several family friends -- is really pissing people off.
Though the First Lady covered her own personal vacation expenses (hotel room, shopping, sightseeing, matching mother-daughter sundresses, etc.), critics are irate over the public cost of her security, support staff, and Air Force Two flight there and back. In fact, some members of the media are estimating that Mrs. Obama's vacation will end up costing taxpayers a staggering $250,000!
Can you think of a better way to spend a quarter of a million dollars?
Most would agree that Mrs. Obama should be able to take a lavish European vacation with family and friends if she chooses and can afford it. Rather, it's the exorbitant cost to taxpayers -- who are already facing tough economic times and soaring rates of unemployment -- as well as the fact that her trip did not have an official agenda that's ruffling the feathers of critics and supporters alike.
A quarter of a million dollars can go a long, long way. Here are a few ideas for how that money could have been better spent:
Do you think Michelle Obama's vacation to Spain was too extravagant?
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