Michelle Obama criticised over expense of Spain trip

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Andrea Tantaros, a Republican party strategist, caricatured the First Lady as a “modern-day Marie Antoinette” in a scathing New York newspaper column. Some among a flurry of newspaper and television reports, have estimated the cost to the American taxpayer of her entourage’s trip at $375,000, drawing criticism as much of the US is mired in economic gloom.

Her stay at the lavish Villa Padierna in the hills above Marbella – where rooms cost up to $2,000 a night – has coincided with the news that the US lost 131,000 jobs last month, significantly more than expected.

President Barack Obama struggled to put a positive gloss on the numbers. “The road to recovery doesn’t follow a straight line,” he acknowledged on Friday.

But the blanket coverage of his wife’s five-star Mediterranean break – including private viewings of the Alhambra palace in Granada and an expected lunch with the Spanish royal family on Majorca today – could not have contrasted more sharply with the bad economic news being battled by the President.

Full Story: Michelle Obama criticised over expense of Spain trip – Telegraph