First Lady Michelle Obama and the first daughters accompanied President Obama on his trip to Ireland. Well, sort of. Air Force 2 is also there, and they are receiving the royal treatment, courtesy of the US taxpayer.
No expense has been spared in catering for the comforts of Mrs Obama and her party. It is understood she will stay in the luxurious €2,500-a-night Princess Grace suite.
It is understood a total of 30 rooms in the five-star, 265-bedroom hotel, have been booked for the visit of Mrs Obama and her entou- rage. During their stay in Dublin, Mrs Obama and and her daughters will visit Trinity College where they will view the Book of Kells.
That would be $3,300 per night in US dollars. Her trip is being billed as a diplomatic mission, but it sounds more like another taxpayer funded vacation.
The White House is billing Michelle’s trip to Dublin as having diplomatic significance, but her itinerary suggests otherwise. She and her daughters will visit the Trinity College library to explore President Obama’s Irish family roots, attend a performance by the world-famous Riverdance troupe, and visit the Wicklow Mountains national forest.
Judging by the tail number of her plane on the ground at Dublin Airport, it appears Air Force Two has been flown to Europe along with Air Force One and is being used to transport Michelle around.
The Shelbourne’s Princess Grace suite is so-named because it was often used by Grace and her husband Prince Ranier.
Watching the Obama travels is like watching that old show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.