News stories regarding the Obama daughters’ purported vacation destinations appear to be disappearing from the Internet at the request of the White House, a repeat of a similar occurrence that happened when Malia Obama took a trip to Mexico last year.
Idaho’s KMVT-TV deleted a story about Sasha and Malia Obama taking a ski trip to Sun Valley, Idaho, during their spring break this week, and Us magazine did the same with a report about first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters going to the Bahamas. Breitbart News reported Monday that the Obama girls were going to the Bahamas and named the resort where they were said to be staying.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze about the deleted stories, but Breitbart posted a statement from Michelle Obama’s communications director affirming that the KMVT report was pulled at the administration’s request.
“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,” first lady communications director Kristina Schake said, an identical statement to the one given after Malia Obama went to Mexico last year.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Wednesday ripped the president for sending his daughters on vacation for spring break after so many dire warnings about budget sequestration.
Speaking on an Iowa radio show, King was responding to a caller who said watching the Obama girls go on vacation was “hard to stomach.”
“You’re on point and on the mark all the way through,” King said, in remarks flagged by the liberal site ThinkProgress. “You’re right on the president. I mean, he needs to show some austerity himself…he sent the daughters to spring break in Mexico a year ago. That was at our expense too. And now to the Bahamas at one of the most expensive places there. That is the wrong image to be coming out of the White House.”
It’s custom for the president’s family to pay for their own vacation expenses, while costs for security and White House staff are picked up by taxpayers.