March 29, 2013

WHERE IN THE WORLD ARE MALIA AND SASHA?:   The Bahamas?  Skiing in Sun Valley, Idaho?  All of the above?  Breitbart is reporting that an earlier report of the girls’ visit to Sun Valley by an Idaho TV station has been taken down at the request of the White House:

The White House has confirmed the report was removed on their request. From Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady:

From the beginning of the administration, the White House has asked news outlets not to report on or photograph the Obama children when they are not with their parents and there is no vital news interest. We have reminded outlets of this request in order to protect the privacy and security of these girls.

While I certainly understand the concerns about security, presumably the Secret Service is accompanying these girls wherever they go.  If these media reports are true and the girls have been to both luxurious and expensive locations during their spring break, this would be legitimately newsworthy at a time when the President has halted White House tours and other basic government functions, supposedly due to sequestration-based budget cuts.  The public deserves to know whether the Obamas are being hypocritical and/or squandering tax dollars during a time of economic austerity.

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