Everyone Must Sacrifice… Michelle Obama Takes Aspen Ski Vacation a Month After Hawaiian Beach Vacation …Update: 16th Vacation in 3 Years

(Updated)
Michelle Obama went skiing in Aspen this weekend in Aspen.

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In January 2009, before the president signed his failed $787 billion stimulus bill into law, Barack Obama lectured America saying,

“Everyone must sacrifice for the greater good… Everyone must have some skin in the game.”

Everyone but Barack and Michelle Obama.

A month after returning from her 17 day Hawaiian vacation, Michelle Obama is off to Aspen for a ski vacation.
White House Dossier reported:

Michelle Obama has embarked on a skiing vacation with her daughters in Aspen, Colorado, according to the Aspen Daily News.

The first lady, who just returned last month from 17 days of relaxation in Hawaii, is skiing in Colorado on Presidents’ Day Weekend for the second year in a row. Last year she went to Vail.

Michelle’s decision to ski out West again instead of hitting slopes closer to Washington would seem an inopportune choice for a first lady who is helping her husband campaign on issues of “fairness.”

The Obama campaign has set itself up as the defender of the poor and the middle class against the “One Percent,” a theme which clashes with the image a first lady who is taking frequent and exclusive vacations.

Just last August, she sojourned on Martha’s Vineyard, and the month before she travelled to southern Africa for a trip that mixed official business with tourist outings like an African safari. In July 2010, she took an exorbitant excursion to the southern coast of Spain, flying out with friends and family on a large jet that often serves as Air Force 2 and then staying at a ritzy hotel.

UPDATE: This was the 16th vacation for members of the First Family in three years.

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  • davidt

    It’s good to be the Queen!

  • jb books

    Proles. Cake. You know. Is she one of the 1%?

  • Patty

    We know who these beings are in the White House. We all are well aware that they are cons and manipulators. They feed off the naivety of the underlings. Those of us with a conscience and moral values see exactly what is going on. And we see the Republicans doing nothing to stop the indecency and corruption of a government that is so evidently clear.

    The only hope for America is that we will never have to see their face in the White House after November. It will be hard to win with Network comedians, MSNBC, Media Matter, Soros and his affiliations and foot on the core of American liberals. The articles written by the most angry and evil writers, Hollywood and it immoral response to everything Conservative.

    Michelle Obama has managed to take away a Turkey Sandwich, Banana, Chips and Apple juice from an innocent little 4 year old girl, who was happy her mommy made her delicious lunch. Student is getting death threats at school for a sing a long to Allah. He never wanted to sing a song like that and now, DEATH THREATS.

    So, it will be a battle to win but for the grace of God, with Him on our side, Miracles do happen. And then, we won’t be subjected to this cruelty and maybe a little girl is not damaged by the likes of radicals.

  • bg

    ++

    hey, let me be clear, very clear, weren’t you told not to involve Meesh
    in politics, especially when she’s working the campaign trail for me??

    you duh fuhs you!! ~ B Hussein O

    ==

  • MrGoodWench

    She is sticking it to da man and black folks are proud of her.
    That is all that matters

  • Obama-Biden 2012: YES WE CAN… AGAIN!

    @ Patty
    I just reported you to http://www.AttackWatch.net and a member of “TRUTH TEAM 2012” will be paying you a visit.

  • Patty

    I blame the voters. I blame them so much for what we have been subjected to for the past 3 years. The damage has been done and the only recourse is that the voters can put and end to the worse 3 years in America’s history behind us once and for all. I hope we never have to live through this ever again.

  • Patty

    #7 February 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm
    Obama-Biden 2012: YES WE CAN… AGAIN! commented:

    @ Patty
    I just reported you to http://www.AttackWatch.net and a member of “TRUTH TEAM 2012″ will be paying you a visit.

    I can’t be afraid of speaking my mind. As I see it we freedom of speech is still apart of our Constitutional Rights.

    Why, for telling the truth.

  • Blackbird

    Could you imagine Eleanor Roosevelt taking an Aspen vacation during the worst part of the Great Depression, one month after taking a Hawaiian vacation, after Martha’s Vineyard, after the African vacation, after the South American vacation, … well you get the picture. And people say Marie Antoinette was tone deaf. I wonder if she listed the kids as Senior Advisors again.

  • NeoKong

    He was saying the same thing just the other day.Apparently we are allsupposed to contribute more while his wife flies all over the country like royalty on fabulous vacation only the evil 1% could ever afford.
    We are all supposed to live off of carrot sticks and rice cakes while she is ripping the claws off a lobster with her teeth.

    The hypocrisy is is off the charts and Santorum Newt or Mitt should definitely bring it up.

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  • dunce

    The secret service and all the other govt. employees required to accompany her all get per diem on these trips and are away from their families. Do they care that dozens had to work over Christmas? It might be argued that someone is on the payroll anyway but of course that is beside the point because if they stayed home, they could go home to their families at night. Of course they flew the family dog home for a photo session while they were in Hawaii, but they are not really Christians, the holiday is just an excuse for another vacation.

  • Blackbird

    Meanwhile back at the White House P.R. Department;
    “She did WHAT?! Sweet mercy, pass the Malox and Prozac. Fire up the old spin machine, maybe we can get a few more miles out of it before the wheels fall off. Call up the media outlets and threaten them with their miserable lives if commentary about this appears *anywhere*. Call homeland security and have them start actively monitoring for the term “Marie Antoinette”. Come on people chop-chop, this disaster isn’t going to hide itself!”

  • Suzanne

    She knows the 0bamabots have a short 0bama memory, but they all seem to remember: Boooooosh and Crawford, Texas.

  • bg

    ++

    February 15, 2012

    Obama’s Trillion-Dollar Exaggeration

    [President Obama has repeatedly and falsely claimed that “right now,
    we’re scheduled to spend nearly $1 trillion more” in tax cuts for the
    “wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.” That’s simply not true. The Bush
    tax cuts- which Obama and Congress extended for two years- expire
    at the end of this year, so any plans to “spend” beyond Dec. 31, 2012,
    would require Congress to act again.

    The White House told us that the president is referring to the $968
    billion that “we save” over 10 years by allowing the Bush tax cuts to
    expire as scheduled for high-income wage earners and returning the
    estate tax rate to 2009 levels. But that’s money “saved” compared
    with extending the expiring cuts, not compared with current law. The
    fact is that the U.S. is not “scheduled to spend” that money and can’t
    spend it without changes to current law.]

    [disclosure: Annenberg associated with Ayers & Obama via Woods Fund]

    ==

  • RickS

    “Michelle’s decision to ski out West again instead of hitting slopes closer to Washington would seem an inopportune choice for a first lady who is helping her husband campaign on issues of “fairness.”’—Because Moochelle Antoinette knows that the mainstream press won’t report any of it. She knows she can do as she pleases knowing she will get a complete pass.

  • bg

    ++

    re: #18 February 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm bg

    [The president often refers to families earning more than $250,000 a year (and individuals earning more than $200,000) as “the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.” He did it throughout the debate in the final months of 2010, when he failed to convince Congress to allow the Bush tax cuts to expire as scheduled on Dec. 31, 2010, for “the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans,” and keep them for those earning less than that. We figured — correctly — that the president was referring to the temporary income tax cuts enacted by Bush in 2001 and 2003 and extended by Obama in 2010.

    But we were puzzled by Obama’s repeated claim that the U.S. “right now” is “poised” to spend “nearly $1 trillion more” on the Bush tax cuts. The fact is that when Obama and Congress negotiated a two-year extension of the Bush tax cuts for all taxpayers, the nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation estimated it would cost $363.5 billion through Dec. 31, 2012. That’s not close to “nearly $1 trillion” and that was the cost for all taxpayers, not just the wealthy.]

    more @ link..

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  • Taqiyyotomist
  • Taqiyyotomist

    “First they came for our dead lovers, then they came for our goats….” — Achmed Muhammed

  • kato

    For the first time in my life, I’m not proud to be an American.

    Who can be proud of a country that put these two grifters and their posse into the White House?

    Historic, indeed.

  • Sasja

    Come on guys. Overseeing the diets of our military, school children, and just the population in general is rigorous. Queen Mooshill is pooped and needs some down time. We in the hinterlands need to get on the ball and start earning more so we can pay more in taxes which they need to finance their lavish lifestyle. Gee. Some people are so oblivious to what is truly important.

  • Susan K

    I’m happy to see her out of the news. If I had to watch her dance one more time or see her “make cute” for one more accommodating tv show, I would scream.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    I’m dying to see an “Illinois Necrophilia Ban” thread at GP. Come on, Jim!

    You know, something a little more lighthearted than the usual fare…

    😆

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    Wait. Nevermind. Too soon. What was I thinking.

    DAMN YOU, MATT DRUDGE!!11

  • Taqiyyotomist

    OT:

    The War Is On: Obama’s Gestapo Arrest Catholic Priest For Praying Outside White House

    via Badblue.com

    I’d shorten this link with tinyurl, but the link is too good:

    http://patdollard.com/2012/02/after-occupiers-throw-grenades-at-white-house-unmolested-and-as-occupydc-continues-to-illegally-occupy-park-obamas-gestapo-arrests-anti-contraceptive-mandate-priest-for-praying-outside-white-ho/

  • I hope we get some good photo ops. All her ritzy vacations should make a wonderful GOP ad for next election.

  • bg

    ++

    Taqiyyotomist #29 February 18, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    not the first time.. 🙁

    September 1, 2009

    [“Since assuming office in January, President Obama has not only regularly passed up opportunities to affirm and celebrate America’s Judeo Christian heritage, but at times, he’s appeared to go out of his way to suggest the opposite is true,” said Shirley Dobson, chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

    “In light of these recent events, the president’s decision to carry on the tradition of hosting a White House dinner to celebrate the Muslim holy season of Ramadan is curious. Our disappointment, however, is not with the President’s decision to host such a celebration. Quite the contrary. It’s simply unfortunate that he didn’t choose to extend the same level of courtesy and recognition this past May to the millions of supporters and organizers of the National Day of Prayer.”

    The Rev. Johnny Hunter, an African-American pro-life leader who was arrested on the National Day of Prayer while praying outside the White House, said that by hosting the Ramadan observance President Obama “is distinctly placing Islam above Christianity.”

    “He’s stated before the entire world that we’re not a Christian nation,” added the founder of L.E.A.R.N. Inc. “By him turning his back on Christians on a day when we’re to pray to God, then turn around and make such a flamboyant move toward Islam, it tells me that it’s not America that’s not Christian, it’s the president that’s not Christian.”]

    scroll for a bit more of much more here

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  • bg

    ++

    oops re: #32 February 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm bg

    here.. 😉

    ==

  • democraps suck

    Hey moo shell don’t eat to many cheeseburgers you could wind up hitting a tree like sonny bono 😉

  • daryl

    or maybe here……

  • syvyn11

    What skin has Obama put in the game?

  • Haven’t been able to take vacation in 10 years and most likely want be able to for long while these moochers have been on a vacation for last 3 and half years.

  • Linking to your post because I can’t say it any better.

  • Patty

    This is what First Lady Laura Bush Does. Far cry from Michelle

    Laura Bush Addresses State of Afghan Women

    The broadcast marked the first time a presidential wife has given the entire radio address alone. In June, the first lady delivered a portion of the weekly speech, in a commemoration of Father’s Day. Nancy Reagan and Hillary Rodham Clinton also joined their husbands in delivering radio addresses.

    Though Bush’s remarks and the State Department report contained little new information, they served to spotlight conditions that the administration believes should help it gain international support for the U.S.-led campaign in Afghanistan.

    With the regime “in retreat across much of the country,” she said, “the people of Afghanistan, especially women, are rejoicing.”

    “The plight of women and children in Afghanistan is a matter of deliberate human cruelty, carried out by those who seek to intimidate and control.”

    The first lady said the “brutal oppression of women” was one of the terrorists’ central goals.

    She said 70% of Afghan people are malnourished and one in four children, lacking health care, won’t live past age 5. Women are denied access to doctors and have not been allowed to work outside their homes or leave their homes unescorted, she said.

    “Muslims around the world have condemned the brutal degradation of women and children by the Taliban regime.”

    In Afghanistan, “we see the world the terrorists would like to impose on the rest of us,” Bush said.

    Saying the campaign to protect women should not stop with the military success in much of Afghanistan, the first lady said the terrorists “now plot and plan in many countries.”

    “They must be stopped,” she said. “The fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women.”

    Immediately after her speech, the State Department released an 11-page report on the Taliban’s “War Against Women.” The report, issued by the department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, said the systematic repression of women in Afghanistan was “particularly appalling.”

    “Islam is a religion that respects women and humanity. The Taliban respects neither,” the report said. “The Taliban perpetrated egregious acts of violence against women, including rape, abduction and forced marriage.”

    The report cataloged the abuses women faced under the Taliban: no schooling for girls older than 8, minimal access to medical care, and a restrictive dress code that mandated the wearing of burkas–garments that cover women from head to toe.

    The Taliban closed the women’s university and forced women to quit their jobs, the report said. The regime decreed that women could no longer walk on the streets unescorted. Windows in houses were painted over to prevent outsiders from looking in. Singing, stuffed animals and dolls were banned.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2001/nov/18/news/mn-5602

  • Patty

    Pretty far cry from telling us what to eat, going to Aspen, Hawaii and Spain vacations spending millions of tax dollars.

    Yet, she has a promo spot a Target. Wow, the difference in First Ladies is alarming, now isn’t it.

  • KathyP

    Now, now, now. It’s been more than one month since Hawaii. It’s more like six weeks. Let’s play fair hair people.

  • Buffalobob

    Actually she was on a working vacation in Aspen. They hooked two snow cats to her ski boots and used her to groom the slopes.

  • KathyP

    Edit: Should read,”Let’s play fair, people.” I even read the preview! Too damned much wine on a Saturday night.

  • Joey

    Thank you for setting us straight, kathyp. Let’s see? How long has it been since I’ve been to Hawaii on vacation; or any vacation? Gee, try never…..can’t afford it. The taxpayers won’t pay for mine.lwpp

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  • Adi

    Let’s hope she eats her vegetables.

  • Little Orenthal

    Obama and company has been spending that $787 billion every year over and over in the budget. You ever wonder why the deficit has gone from $187b under President Bush, to $1,250 billion under king obama year after year?

    Who is getting this money? Obamas friends… year upon year. Nobody says a word. Gov’t workers and union freaks get obscene pensions and its being paid out of this fund. We, the working stiffs have to rely on SS that we’ll never get.

    Its all a scam, and king Obama the stupid has done this country to death.

    He’s destroyed us in only 4 years. Near $16,000 Billion in debt now. It was 10 when President Bush left.

    He’ll go down in history as the first black president, and the last president of the US. Affirmative action really did destroy us in the end. People so scared out of their minds with white guilt, that they’d rather destroy our country, and allow their own children to starve, than to keep politics where it belongs, in the hands of educated and smart adults.

    BTW Barracky – Marx is to economics and ‘social studies’, as a retarded Neanderthal is to an IQ test.

    I cannot believe our nation is going to fall because this idiot fell for that idiocy. Ever work out a problem in your own mind Barracky? Dude, Marxism cannot possible work. The 20th century proved that in action for cryin’ out loud. So you’ve got the thought experiment, and hard evidence, yet idiots like you still think its good.

    We don’t deserve this. WE didn’t vote for this.

  • saveus

    she’s exhausted telling everyone else how to live and how terrible the USA is.

    what better way to honor our past presidents than by taking another vacation

    the taxpayers can afford it

  • The grifters in the White House know the jig is up, so they’re burning through America’s cash as fast as they can before the money spigot dries up.

  • Lee Mulcahy, PhD

    Michelle Obama is spending the night 4 blocks from my house here N Aspen.

    What the occupy & the tea party movements have in common is the message of: “Enough!” Or:
    Dear 1%/big govt, treat us little people with dignity.

    I’d like to walk 4 blocks over from my house to my neighbor billionaire Paula Crown’s house [owner Aspen Ski Co/JP Morgan Chase…..] with a big fat Texas white trash sign on my pickup & park it in front of her drive like they do in real democracies down in South America that says:

    …Dear Michelle,
    Hope u r having fun skiing @ my neighbor’s “rustic” Petit Trianon. Are u talking art? [ROFL: Paula is on the Presidential Arts Committee.] Or weapons? [not so ROFL: The Crowns’ big $ is General Dynamics, a merchant of death that sells to both sides.]

    btw, what’s the name of that song Skico banned?

    I’m gonna B frank. We’ve figured u elites out. Games up. We r the 99%. Enough.

    [google Chris Hedges 4 more on this.] If you take a morning walk on Monday, I’d suggest u take a left on Tiehack and go 3 blocks 2 my house & see the sculpture we [all 27 of us N occupy aspen–hey we grew!], made last week. It has lots of references to the Revolution, both American &…. French. We even made a guillotine and hung a barbie from the 3rd floor window. your host, our local Marie Antoinette tried to get the last sculpture removed—it was public art in a public place—really LOL —the City sent me a letter asking me to remove it. It gets funnier. The City copied two VP’s & a CEO from SKico on it.

    Can u say company town?

    but then your husband signed a law that allows him to send Americans 2 Guantanomo without trial without warrant without limits on time….& I love my community here in Aspen so I resort to the power of the net. besides, the hardware store gossip was that the X-tra visitors in town looked like Chicago thugs. not the crown royals —the secret service.

    my european friends remark: u americans r only free 2 do what they tell u. ironically, the aspen art museum summed it up nicely in a recent exhibition on Crown owned property: AMERIKA

    little people—occupy the tea party

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  • bobdog

    Ever get the impression that Mooch wears a tiara to bed?

  • Sally T.

    Bullwinkle on the slopes. Does she even ski? Pictures, please!

  • Shawn

    LET THEM EAT CAKE!!!

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  • Buffalobob and Sally T…..Great posts needed a good laugh today…..

  • dunce

    She and most of the black community think she just getting their “fair” share of luxury activities. While many blacks would love an expense paid trip to Hawaii, few would enjoy freezing their butt on a mountain top and risking a broken leg, that’s a white thing.

  • Patty

    Okay, she spends money. She is finally proud of her country. She tells our kids and us what we should eat. She has servants coming to her beg and call. She wears dresses that some will never ever where as they need food on the table and heaven forbid it is a french fry. Oh, or better yet a Turkey sandwich, banana, chips and Apple juice.

    I heard recently that some politician will be banning smoking in your home. And remember the recommendation of another politician wanting our roofs to be painted white to fight global warming.

    Point is that they are going to far, they believe we are a bunch of dummies. We haven’t sense enough to raise our families without their help.

    When I think of all the money Michelle has spent and then the great works of First Lady Laura Bush, I have to cry. I would laugh but this is so serious and so hypocritical.

    It flies in the face of America, seems it can’t be confidence on her part, this is different this is real arrogance and she is proud of her country for giving her the right to spend and spend and then tell us what we should do and eat.

  • Patty

    correction: #61

    wear not where

  • Taxpayer

    Dear First Lady Obama,

    GET THE H#LL OUT OF MY STATE!

    Thank you.

  • Patty

    Did we hear of the nonsense and stupidity of teachers taking away lunches and great ones from 4 years old before Michelle Obama. No!

    Now, she is skiing, vacationing and I can only hope that others understand the hypocrisy of the Obama’s actions. This is truly, IN YOUR FACE!

  • mcc

    She’s not skiing — it’s more like tentative paralleling that’ll dissolve into snowplowing…and on the easiest of the three Aspen ski mountains – definitely for beginners.

  • Johnny “Stanford” Davis

    So you think not going to Aspen is “sacrificing” and helping people? Sorry, Mr. Pundit, but rich people have every right to spend money. Just because other people don’t spend money, you won’t have more money (in fact, you may very well have less). There’s an Occupy Wall Street protest in St. Louis tomorrow. You should attend, you Occupy Wall Street-er.

  • Patty

    http://townhall.com/video/the-obamas

    The Obamas, a look into their lives by Sean Hannity

    Come watch, bring some popcorn

  • Patty

    #67
    Johnny

    It’s good to be King — or Queen. As the splendid palaces of socialist rulers throughout the starving Third World confirm, no matter the economic devastation prevailing in the country you rule, there’s always enough wealth to be looted from tax slaves for you to live royally:

    White House sources [yesterday] claimed that the First Lady has spent $10million of U.S. taxpayers’ money on vacations alone in the past year.

    Branding her ‘disgusting’ and ‘a vacation junkie’, they say the 47-year-old mother-of-two has been indulging in five-star hotels, where she splashes out on expensive massages and alcohol. …

    The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

    And the first family’s nine-day stay in Martha’s Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week. …

    While the President and his wife do pay for some of their personal expenses from their own pocket, the website whitehousedossier.com says that the amount paid by the couple is ‘dwarfed by the overall cost to the public’.

    She also goes on such “wild shopping sprees” that B. Hussein is “absolutely furious” at her “out-of-control spending.”

    You know your spending truly is out of control when it enrages even President Downgrade, the most profligate spender in human history, who is literally destroying America with his flagrantly wasteful excesses.

    At least the Bitter Half is finally proud of her country now. Otherwise normal Americans who work their fingers to the bone to pay for all this — if they’re lucky enough to have jobs in Obama’s economy — might be offended at the extravagant self-indulgence, which is hard not to see as yet another finger poked in America’s eye.

    http://moonbattery.com/?p=1493

    And this was in Aug. 2011 not counting Aspen and Hawaii

    oh, my, my, my, wake up and smell your money flying out the window along with ours, Johnny.

  • LAURIE

    MAYBE SHE’LL HIT A TREE…..

  • Patty

    Obama was even told my his own administration She was getting out of control.

  • GotFreedom

    Great article at CanadaFreePress that gets it just right:

    “The Obama family are gluttons. Gluttons for bling, gluttons of spite, and gluttons for attention.”

    A must read for all truth loving; truth embracing Americans: http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/44727

  • Buffalobob

    #72, that is required reading for all voters, dead or alve. Please pass it on.

  • Patty

    #72

    I wish I could say what I am really thinking.

    I digress: Canada free press is an excellent site in and of itself.

  • jorgen
  • camilla

    READ the Comments @ 51
    Lee Mulcahey
    It’s true
    MO staying with the Billionaire Crown Family Of Chi-town
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Crown

    James Schine Crown (born June 25, 1953)[1] is an American businessman. He is president of Henry Crown and Company, a private investment company. He is a director of JPMorgan Chase & Co., General Dynamics and Sara Lee as well as being the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the University of Chicago. A member of Chicago’s Crown family, James’ father is billionaire Lester Crown. He earned his BA from Hampshire College in 1976 and his law degree from Stanford in 1980. It is believed his family holds ownership in the following companies: Aspen Skiing Company……

  • Mitch Rapp

    Dan the ASPEN AIRPORT handle a 747 plus numrous Cargo Aircraft to handle the FLEET of SUV’s, GAS GUZZLERS, hundreds of SUPPORT Staff and numerous dear friends or the First Lady? Will the hotel have suffiecnent cooking facilities to handle the Flown in the Fresh Lobster, Kobi Beef, Truffles and make up supplies for the First Lady that hates the USA so much?

    Will ASPEN survive this CALAMITY?

  • camilla

    CROWN Family (the Billionaire Daddy)

    Lester Crown (born June 7, 1925) is the son of Chicago financier Henry Crown (died 1990), who created Material Service with two brothers in 1919, which merged with General Dynamics in 1959.[2] He has been a perennial member of the Forbes 400 list since 1982. Lester controls family holdings, including large stakes in Maytag, Hilton Hotels, Alltel, Aspen Skiing Company, New York’s Rockefeller Center, and pro basketball’s Chicago Bulls. He also holds a stake in the New York Yankees, being a Partner since 1973. Presumably, the large stake held in Bank One at the time of the 2003 Forbes 400 listing has converted to JPMorgan Chase stock and was derived from an interest in First Chicago Bank, which was enumerated in the 1998 Forbes 400 list as First Chicago NBD shares. Recent achievements include brokering a controversial agreement to expand O’Hare International Airport, and spearheading the funding of the new Cook County Hospital (Stroger Hospital). He is a major benefactor of Jewish charities, universities and the Aspen Institute. He is the chairman of the Commercial Club of Chicago and Chicago Council on Global Affairs. His current hometown is Wilmette, Illinois……..

    Political viewsIn a 2008 letter to “a large number of Jewish voters”, Crown expressed his support for Barack Obama, the Democratic Presidential Candidate:

    “While my involvement in politics is motivated by a variety of issues, there is one issue that is fundamental: My deep commitment to Israel and to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship that strengthens both Israel’s security and its efforts to seek peace,” Crown wrote. “I am writing to share with you my confidence that Senator Barack Obama’s stellar record on Israel gives me great comfort that, as President, he will be the friend to Israel that we all want to see in the White House – stalwart in his defense of Israel’s security, and committed to helping Israel achieve peace with its neighbors.”[4]

  • Mitch Rapp

    Stay in ASPEN! Keep away from Squaw Valley! PLEASE!

  • odysseus

    Yeah, 79, cause hussein has always been about the support for Israel…

  • bsfurg

    Did she take her boyfriend with her….. and she works so hard on getting her butt even bigger so be nice…. it should match her mouth pretty soon…

  • camilla

    # 81
    That is from Wikipedia.
    The CROWN Family.
    Daddy Crown suppports Bambi. (Go Figure)
    Yep, and the CROWN FAMILY are Jewish.
    ……P.S. ……….Usually LINKS are carried through from Wiki, but not on BOTH my Links.
    Look up Jim Schine Crown /or Henry Crown Family/ or Daddy (LESTER Crown)
    Billionaires for grnerations that are hosting MO.
    AND MO gave a speech there (Crown) @ about 10 Thousand per ‘plate’.
    from UK DAILY MAIL …

    (((FOREIGN PRESS is great))) Including Canada Free Press.

  • Gerald

    You guys sound like the liberals who criticized Nancy Reagan for holding elegant parties and wearing expensive tailored gowns during the recession – and “homelessness crisis” – during his term. Also, George W. Bush was known to take his share of time off at rather nice locales. And millionaire Mitt Romney won’t take his vacations to the public beaches with the rest of us little people when he becomes president in a few months either.

    Look, the guy is a millionaire (thanks to his book sales) and is president. And when he leaves the Oval Office, that is when he is going to start making real money on speaking fees and business deals just like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and everybody else who didn’t enter the office wealthy. (Come to think if it, the last 3 GOP presidents entered the office wealthy, and Romney will make it 4 in a row.) He is not a regular guy, not like the rest of us, and doesn’t claim to be. So I am not sure what is accomplished by pointing out the obvious, pointing out what has been routine behavior for presidents and their families for decades, other than inflame resentment over the fact that the Obamas are living better than most of the rest of us. Excuse me, but isn’t that class warfare?

    I didn’t like it when the liberals claimed that the Reagans should have lived like paupers during the 80s, and I don’t like this ridiculous conservative theme now.

  • Deborah Leigh

    #85 Gerard, no one is saying that the Obama’s can’t spend their money the way they want. The problem is that he is spending OUR money, and lots of it. Also, Obama ttold us that we have to cut back, but then spends lavishly. George and Laura Bush never traveled for vacation, personal appearances, or campaining the amount that Obama does. This isn’t about wealth. Conservatives are champions of the opportunity to become wealthy. Do you seriously think that it is prudent at a time like this with gas rising beyond four dollars that the “leaders” of our country should be taking back to back vacations? What do you think this cost taxpayers like you? I’m glad I’m not in Aspen. It’s a small town made smaller by Michelle, her staff, and the Secret Service.

  • injunjoe

    no wonder they have the avalanche warnings out….

  • injunjoe

    @ #87

    blah blah blah….

  • Ruready?

    #87 – We paid for her vacation – and you are worried about your silly photo????? Hey, Chris Coucil, why don’t you take a deep breath and worry about something bigger than youself (hint: like you country)?

  • wanumba

    I guess no one has taken skiing lessons lately. Do you know what they tell beginners how to remember fast and slow?

    Skiis parallel are fast – they call that: “french fries.”
    Skiis tips together slow – they call that: “pizza slice”

    So, we have beginner Michelle actually skiiing “french fries” then “pizza slice” “french fries” “pizza slice.”

  • WillofLa

    It’s like I’ve said and said. Obama is the national Community Organizer. His job is to inspire all those around him and inspire them to go to work. See, while he’s done with inspiring those around him like all those in his administration who are actually the one’s who are running the country, then his job is over and he can leave, which he does. He can go because he never has to worry about whether or not anyone got what it was that he was telling them, because they are all a bunch of Communists. They are even more committed than he is as far as that it concerned. Obama tells them, “Okay, let’s move on the the next item on the Communist Manefesto and they all click their heels like a good bunch of Nazi’s, and he take Air Force One to Vail or Aspen or Hawaii.

    Valerie Jerret does his bidding and she’s the one who if anyone has a question doesn’t need to ask Obama about it as far as what it was that he needed done, they just ask Valerie and that’s the same thing as asking Obama. They both speak the same message, the same set of instructions, the same orders. When it’s Obama telling them what to do, it’s just that it’s him. But when he’s gone and the President isn’t there to tell the CIA which American Catholic organization to spy on, and they have a problem, they don’t need to call Obama about his instructions, they just ask anyone in Obama’s administration and they’ll get the right instructions.

    See, the Rules For Radicals says all the same thing and it doesn’t matter who’s reading it. If you have a question you can go to anyone who goes by that book and they’ll tell you what you need to know. It’s so simple the way the left has things worked out. And if they aren’t going by Rules For Radicals, they’re going by the Communist Manefesto.

    This is why Obama doesn’t need to stay in Washington. He never meets with dignitaries from foreign nations because no one wants to see him or talk to him about any agreements with the U.S. because there hasn’t been any agreements with the U.S. from any country. Obama doesn’t need to make any agreements because he leaves that to the U.N.. If anyone needs to know anything all they have to do is call the U.N.. So off he goes with his wife and daughters skiing at Taho, or where ever it is this month they plan on vacationing. It’s time off he deserves you know because he works so hard. Yeah, it’s hard bringing down a great nation like America. But Obama has all the right people to do the job on this country. That’s all he needs to do is leave town so he doesn’t have to answer any questions from anyone either.

  • TigerEyes

    Nothing this Godless woman ever does will knock the chip off her shoulder. The more she hates and blames others for her problems the lower she will sink into misery. She thinks she is sticking it to us but she is really sticking it to herself.

  • Militant Conservative

    Can’t Understand Normal Thinking.

  • Militant Conservative

    #87 February 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm
    Chris Council commented:

    ESAD. What a pant load.

  • L.E. Liesner

    I have heard her liken to Marie Antoinette. Do you think she will end the same way Marie did?

  • Steven

    It’s been reported that Laura Bush took a vacation with 4 of her closest friends “every year” her husband was in office. They lasted 14 days each!!!! #112 Days vacation!!!! Several of the vacations were spent at their ranch in Texas where she would make chili for her guests.

    Tax payers probably had to PAY for ALL THAT CHILI!

  • Steven

    #87,

    If that is the case! You need to learn how to use a camera. Your photography sucks!

    That photo could be Kermit for all we know. It looks like Nobody!

  • Adi

    #86

    So I assume you yourself paid $5,000 for taking an authorized photo of The Queen? /s

    Nonetheless I hope you’ll reach an amiable conclusion from a legal point of view, but claiming “exclusivity” over photographs with “The Royal Family of the United States” might be challenging, especially considering those fees “the Royals” demand for having their photo taken.

    But I agree: at least your name should be credited, and the publication you work at should be mentioned. There are a lot of photos posted in various topics and AFAIK the blog never failed to credit the news agency and the photographer.

  • Chris

    Wow, love seeing people coming on here and bashing those who are trying to get the truth out!!! Way to go to the truthers here!!! All I can say is that these fakes make me more and more sick everyday, constantly scrutinizing us as citizens but they are able to be lavish and extravagant. I am barely making it and feeding my own family but they are taking vacations once or so a month to far away places. Love love love it!!! Thank you Obamas, while I am(and I am pretty sure many others as well) in fear of losing my utilities because I am having a rough time paying them, you are soaking up the rays in Hawaii and skiing in Aspen. I can say so much more, but these people are an absolute wretched waste of time. Welcome to the USSR everyone!!!

  • Chris

    PS……I think this is the correct page that the jackwagon who was threatening Patty was trying to get across……..

    http://www.attackwatch.com/

  • Timwi

    This is funny- look at this old Huffington Post article where the liberals are furious at the billionaire owners who are hosting the Queen in Aspen this weekend. Apparently, the Mulcahy gentleman who left a comment above was trying to get higher wages and form a union for ski instructors and the intimate friends and bundlers for the Obama’s fired him. The Huffpo liberals were outraged. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/01/lee-mulcahy-fired-by-aspe_n_817141.html

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  • jc

    You people are so hateful. Why are you being so mean to these two people, Michelle and Barack Obama, who are trying to transform this country into a place where we can all live and be happy and taken care of? STOP YOUR HATE! These people in the White House are our only hope. They are working so hard for our country. And all you can do is spend your time bashing them and hating them and making it impossible for them to do the great work they’ve come to accomplish. You’re ruining America with your constant criticism.

    Michelle deserves those vacations for all the great work she’s doing. She has virtually saved all the fat kids in this country from certain death. And she’s done it at great personal cost to herself. She told Barabara Walters that she finds herself “slipping pretty low” on her own list of priorities because she’s “so busy caring for everyone else”.

    DO YOU HEAR THAT!? SHE’S SO BUSY CARING FOR EVERYONE ELSE!!! So leave her alone. She NEEDS this vacation and she needs many more!

  • Patty

    OT

    Governor Wrong to Have Flag Lowered to Half Staff for Celebrities

    Yesterday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie ordered all New Jersey State and American flags to be lowered to half staff on Saturday in honor of Entertainer Whitney Houston who passed away this week.

    Last year, the governor did the same for Clarence Clemmons, the saxophone player for the E Street Band.

    In January, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett ordered the state flag to half staff for three days in honor of Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno when he passed.

    We take great issue with this practice.

    Ms. Houston and Mr. Clemmons are both children of our great state and were both wildly successful. Each has made a significant contribution to music, culture, and the arts, and both are deserving of many accolades.

    But just as an American serviceman killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan is not deserving of a Grammy award, musicians and celebrities are not deserving of the lowering of the American flag.

    Simply, not everybody gets every honor.

    There are few gestures as symbolic and as loud as an entire state lowering their flags at the same moment for the same amount of time.

    Seeing a flag at the half staff position should spawn pause and thought. It should make one a bit unsettled but at the same time thankful. It should make one ask, “what happened?”

    A flag at half staff gives publicity to courage and nobility otherwise only mildly publicized. For one day, it is an inescapable message announcing to an entire state that tragedy occurred and reminding everyone that the fruits of each free day come with a price.

    Expanding this honor only diminishes its meaning and raises the question: where does it end?

    Between Ms. Houston and Mr. Clemmons, entire rooms could be filled with the distinctions they have each received throughout their lives.

    In the coming months and years they will continue to be given well deserved recognition for their accomplishments.

    But there are certain honors that should and must be set aside.

    Rifle salutes, aircraft flyovers, and half-staffed flags are among those honors and they should not be on the public menu.

    It is eminently important that we protect the tributes that have become part of the military and public service fabric over the past two centuries. They are part of our tradition and should not be for sale at any price. They should not be available to take, and they should not be available to give.

    The manner in which we lay the valorous when they fall helps define how we should carry ourselves while we live.

    Lowering the flag to half staff should be reserved only for those who perish as a result of public duty and service, protecting our nation and the Constitution, and for those who served as formal leaders and dignitaries.

    This practice must stop.

    http://www.njlawman.com/Editorials/008-flag-half-mast.htm

  • Swish

    Oh no she di’int! Diz be’z an owtraigee!

  • mackykam

    Get real, people! The only reason she’s taking these vacations is that “her buttness” knows they are on the way out, so why not vacation on the taxpayer’s dime?

  • AnnaS

    I have not heard ONE word about this 16th vacation in 3 years on any media (including FOX) except Drudge! Why is everyone covering for her? Real unemployment numbers are about 17% (they will spin them down to 4 % I am sure by election time) and she is taking ANOTHER vacation on the backs of taxpayers? And there is NO outcry except here? Geez Louise

  • Joindependent

    Wow it’s so sad that ppl have to do wat ever they can to disrespect, berate, attack our POTUS & his wife this is gittin so gdam tiresum & I wish that sum one would find a way to DESTROY this rethugnaziteabagme bunch of losers….just so those that belong to the bilderburg society can control this beautiful nation….mark my word they will take control & destroy almost all of us americans & make the left overs slaves to their will & beck & call then let’s see if chit like this will be posted….that’s if ur not one that’s wiped out by them…

  • NEOPS

    I am firmly convinced that the Obummers think they hit the POWERBALL lottery and we are responsible for paying the annuity.

  • Ronald Johnston

    obama works less than I do and I am 75, retired, tired and fed up with 536 corrupt people in Washington destroying our country!!!! We need to vote them all out of office!!!!

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