From Black Voices — Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha took a trip recently to Spain. Apparently, that now makes them elitist, according to some conservative bloggers and commentators. For some reason, people have a problem with seeing the Obamas living the lifestyle of presidential figures. The Bush family took a multitude of vacations during W.’s time as president, and conservatives didn’t seem to have much to say. In fact, Bush set a record for the number of vacation days taken by a sitting president.
Some conservatives have tried to link the Obamas’ vacation spending to the national debt and taxpayer dollars. When it comes to Michelle Obama and her travel habits, an extra $100,000 in security costs are meaningless when compared with a $10 trillion deficit—or the $700 billion in tax breaks Republicans want to give to the rich. In addition, it has been established that the Obamas paid for all their personal expenses, and that the lavish hotel was recommended by the Secret Service because it could be more easily protected. To top it all off, Michelle went on this trip to comfort a friend who was mourning the death of her father. She was attacked for spending her own money to help a friend.
Why is this?
For starters, the attacks seem to represent politics at its finest. The Republican Party has been very good at attacking the Democrats on even the tiniest issues, and the attacks work quite well when mobilizing their base. But have the Obamas also earned the ire of many Republicans because they don’t know their place?
In workplaces across America, many African Americans are extremely conscious about what they drive to work, where they live, and what they wear. Much of the anxiety is due to their concerns that White coworkers may become jealous or resentful of Blacks who have more than some Whites think African Americans should.