Answer: STFU, you racist!
Bylan Dyers at Pathetico:
On Tuesday night, The New York Times reported that no reporters would be traveling with First Lady Michelle Obama to China, and that she would be giving no interviews while there. Nicholas Kristof, the Times columnist, called the First Lady’s decision “a mistake,” and said it “signals weakness or fear of coverage.” Several conservative outlets picked up the Times report, including the influential Drudge Report, which linked to a Weekly Standard article about it.
Shortly after noon on Wednesday, I reached out to the First Lady’s office to inquire about the decision. A spokesperson for the First Lady responded to my inquiry but declared the response “off the record,” meaning I wasn’t allowed to use the information therein. When I told the spokesperson that I needed a response I could use, the spokesperson replied with another off-the-record statement regarding the First Lady’s trip.
The spokesperson then wrote, “If you need something attributable, you can take this on background from a White House official…”
The statement that followed did not address my original inquiry. Instead, it offered a formulaic explanation about “the power and importance of education” and “reaching people,” followed by an explanation that the First Lady would participate in open press events and take questions online and in forums.
By now it was 5 p.m. ET, nearly five hours after my initial inquiry. When I told the spokesperson that I did not see why the quote needed to be anonymous and attributed to “a White House official,” the spokesperson said if I needed something on the record I could refer to the First Lady’s travel guidance and a transcript of a press call regarding the trip. These documents did not contain an answer to my question regarding why no reporters would be traveling with the First Lady.
As usual, the media misses the real point. The issue is not the lack of media access on Mooch’s trip, the issue is THE ALL-EXPENSE-PAID-BY-TAXPAYERS VACATION TRIP TO FUCKING CHINA!!!
Sasha and Malia are on spring break from that exclusive private school they attend along with the other children of the Washington DC rich and powerful. So Mooch is taking the girls, her mother, and the FLOTUS entourage of courtiers and pillow-fluffers to exotic Cathay for a non-political “‘people-to-people exchange’ emphasizing the importance that both nations place on education..”
AND WE ARE PAYING FOR IT.
My question is, did the White House dogs go too or are they taking a separate vacation this year?