While spring break students visiting Washington DC are locked out of the sequestered White House, the resident students of the White House, Malia and Sasha Obama, are enjoying their spring break. First they jetted off to the Bahamas for sun and fun and then, for a change in weather, jetted off to Sun Valley, Idaho for some skiing. Certainly their parents purchased carbon offsets to neuter the pollution.
But, unless you got an early glimpse of the Drudge Report or a local Idaho television news report, the Obama sisters' double spring break vacation disappeared from the news.
Obama Daughters Vacationing in Sun Valley
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According to Breitbart's Alexander Marlow the White House requested that the post be removed. (snip)
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.
Normally I would have been very sympathetic to this request. It is quite understandable that these young ladies, traveling alone without their parents and with just (government paid?) highly armed, highly trained Secret Service agents to protect them, might be in danger and their loving parents wanted to protect them.
But then I remember how the press followed and mocked the twin daughters of President George W. Bush (R) when they were in college; hinting, without any proof, that their normal high spirited youthful behavior indicated excessive drinking.
The following years the media absolutely gloried in degrading vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's (R) children, ridiculing them--and her--about their names and even questioning the maternity of her youngest afflicted with Down's Syndrome, which they cruelly also thought joke worthy. The Palins' oldest daughter, an unwed pregnant teen, was a special target of scorn and bullying, not only from David Letterman but others.
"Protect the security and privacy" of these vulnerable young ones by toning down the vitriol? "Censorship!," the liberal media bellowed as they relentlessly pursued them.
So what has changed? President Barack Obama (D), the media darling, is president.
What else aren't the media telling us?