Monday, March 19, 2012

Curious Story

The Obamas went to church (church!) without Malia yesterday, so it looks like there might be something to this story (which is fast disappearing from the internet tubes):

President Barack Obama’s 13-year-old daughter, Malia Ann Obama, will be spending her spring break in the Mexican city of Oaxaca with 12 friends and 25 Secret Service agents.

The young tourists will be in a downtown hotel in the city known for its colonial architecture and native traditions, reported a state police official.

“We are here to block access to the hotel by other people and escort the vehicles that are carrying the visitors to tourism sites,” the police official told AFP under the condition of anonymity.

Along with the 25 Secret Service agents, Obama and her friends will protected by a slew of Mexican police officers, according to the AFP.

But now the story is disappearing.

So I wonder why. Malia isn't with the family so she must be somewhere. If she is in Oaxaca, is the story being scrubbed because:

  • She's 13 and the Obamas just realized that is too young to go on spring break without your parents?
  • This isn't the time to be telling the beleaguered American taxpayer that he's paying for this crew's lavish lifestyle when he couldn't afford to go on vacation at all for the last two years?
  • The kids are in a dangerous area and publicity puts them in more danger -- plus the smartest guy in any room didn't realize there would be publicity around the president's daughter and her posse jaunting down to Mexico?

Whatever is going on, it's got Obama written all over it.