Following another dismal unemployment report and tumbling numbers on Wall Street, many people are taking a dim view of Michelle Obama's 5-Star vacation to Spain, which is expected to cost cash-strapped taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Speaking from a luxury resort on the Mediterranean, the first lady defended her use of taxpayer funds saying "for the first time in my adult life, I'm proud to say that I'm getting really excellent room service."
Whitehouse spokespeople also defended the first lady's vacation, pointing out that it was needed to help her rest up from this summer's already grueling schedule of vacationing in Chicago, Camp David, and Maine, and to help her build up strength for this coming weekend's draining Florida vacation, after which she'll have only a few days to recover before leaving August 19th for an exhausting 10-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
Some harsh media pundits have looked at Michelle Obama's tendency to run up huge expenditures while Americans are suffering and compared her excesses to those of Marie Antoinette.
But the first lady is quick to put such critics in their place, saying: "Let them eat flan."