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The -- segment tonight the watchdog group judicial watch has uncovered the expense to the taxpayer.
A Michelle Obama's trip to Spain in 2010.
Using the Freedom of Information Act judicial watch estimates -- cost of the trip to be nearly a half million dollars.
Obama spent five days in Spain with the youngest daughter perhaps as many as ten of the people the air force will not reveal the exact number citing security reasons.
Which -- kind of strange after the fact.
And joining us now from Boston Jim Braude who commentator on radio in New England cable news he's in -- Leslie Marshall tonight and from forward Texas radio talk show host Janine Turner.
-- what say you.
We all I believe this is that.
-- this scenario Americans are struggling.
The head of the household and the husband and wife they're they're being hounded by bullied by creditors they're unemployed.
They they can't afford the gas and -- -- household says tiny.
Take a vacation to Spain.
And I think that Obama is if President Obama is is a collective is is the head and the collective body of people and so it's his wife who.
He represents that and to take this vacation.
Wind when Americans are struggling especially in 2010 with unemployment in the debt and ended the bullies and mean bullet by the country's just -- And -- gonna.
You think he's inside the people's money you think it's insensitive.
In the climb.
The climate that we live how do you see -- -- Well I should look on the brighter side both the view I think.
As long as there is no.
Public billing dispute between the Secret Service and local vendors in the Coleman's -- should be happy cardinals are politically notes again -- we don't know that because it's a -- and -- that's correct -- But in all seriousness you know politically obviously be better if Michelle Obama got -- limousine.
Driven down -- Baltimore something that Bo the dog was not on the roof and stated motel 6 but I am of the belief that we live in the most stressful environment in the world.
The fish -- and all fish polls.
As long as you're not committing a crime whatever you gotta do to relieve that stress is perfectly fine with me -- I think I'm not so -- -- -- American people.
I don't I'm not -- -- the American people are gonna buy that Jim because look -- point is this we're living in very very precarious times a lot of people are suffering.
-- sure we expect our leadership to be sensitive to that suffering.
We have and sixteen trillion dollar debt and you run up a half million.
All right by going to Spain you know I I I mean I don't mind First Lady going to Spain and have been five days off I don't.
But I think that she should have not taken the on -- -- that she should have done it is economically as possible -- she did one thing one thing.
She met with Spain's royal family Juan Carlos and queen Sofia.
And and Mallorca.
All right just not a bad place to meet with that -- this pretty knots so all in all this is what happened on this trip.
And and I want both of you to comment we'll show you -- after I this is what happens.
It was a five day junket.
Where Michelle Obama and her youngest daughter I think it's such right.
They they got worse all the beautiful country Spain I've been there.
-- themselves reimburse the government for about 2% 3% of the cost but using Secret Service an Air Force One and all of that.
Racked it up to a half million.
In this kind of.
A climate Braude I'm I bet -- 80% of the public sees it as excessive and unnecessary.
What they've probably in the short term -- right bill but try use up my one self imposed limit of Republican quotes it's the economy and we're not stupid said Mitt Romney.
This is a symbol we all agree it's a half million bucks I would argue.
That other symbols on which Mitt Romney is on the wrong side and brought goes on the right side before billion dollar oil subsidies -- according -- bad behavior you're going added his own you know we don't do that here I don't know.
No but -- and since this is a symbol -- by the way I'm not suggesting there's not some pain on this thing.
But when these judicial watch people compare this for example they said to the GSA the General Services Administration thing.
Which is really a bunch a rogue potentially criminal I don't.
See reds down well at all I I don't agree with you it's not that level it's I don't see at that level at all.
I think it was an insensitive.
Move as -- say great but it was -- in sensitivity American public and got -- -- you know let's knock it off.
And let's respect our tax dollars.
Because we -- sixteen trillion dollars in debt.
So take your -- vacation but cut it as you said maybe one night in motel six have the Secret Service.
Didn't you know commodity -- now glad -- the united -- 88 well I think President Bush dissenting it was really commendable and I think this is that what we expect -- the head of the household of the collective family.
The wind wind we enter -- Star Wars Afghanistan I -- he never played another round of off.
On and I think we need excellent -- lot Americans are struggling out of work and they -- so many people it you know it round the country so much money.
This is just not the time is not proper it's it's not compassionate.
All right good -- you've got here is big.
Friday I gotta go this is an adult fun you know that I -- -- -- -- -- on the Ottawa Canada a call we appreciate my -- that was a good debate.
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