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GLENN: So, I don't know exactly what's up with the Michelle Obama's trip to Spain costing a ton of cash but don't worry. It's only for you. It's costing you $75,000 a day. The White House is firing back that she took a vacation with just a dear friend whose father died recently and there aren't 40 friends so, the media has it all wrong
PAT: Just her a dear friend.
GLENN: Her and a dear friend.
PAT: Oh, wow.
GLENN: And 60 or 70
PAT: Not so dear
GLENN: Secret service. They're saying it's just the staff and
PAT: Oh, okay. Well, she does have I mean, we've seen that list, too. Supposedly she does a staff of 40 people.
GLENN: A cost of thousands.
PAT: Who were dear friends that she just employed at up to $100,000 or more a piece.
GLENN: Right. So, she's got that going for her. So, she was just going with a dear friend who has just lost her father.
PAT: Oh, man.
GLENN: And that's what's happening.
PAT: In Spain?
GLENN: Well, I don't know about in Spain but she's probably just, you know, holding her and rocking back and forth in Spain. I'm not sure how this is working, but some would say this is lavish, but we'll get the word because do we have the guy who actually helped lay this whole thing out on the phone, right? Yeah. We have him? Yeah. We'll go to him in just a second.
First let me play Chuck Todd. This is Chuck Todd on MSNBC talking about well, how did this thing actually happen?
TODD: You know, look. This is one of those things where you get the sense that it doesn't matter what the political guys or the west wing guys would have said about this, this was a private decision to do this and that's probably why this was a little more you know, sometimes when it's a political decision, you can say, defend it easily or criticize it easily and you get the sense here that there was something more to this than just pure politics.
GLENN: Like what?
PAT: Hey, like, wait, Chuck, like what?
VOICE: Chuck Todd just answered that question.
VOICE: I mean, this is in a very uncomfortable position. As I say I'll just be blunt about it I want my first family happy. So but they are the first family. So, they're going to be criticized, but this is part of a bigger narrative, isn't it, about Michelle Obama.
PAT: It's uncomfortable for MSNBC because they find themselves in a position that's untenable and unsustainable for them.
GLENN: Well, a lot of things are unsustainable, I hear. This vacation only happened because of George Bush. This vacation, I believe, was booked by the Bush administration.
GLENN: Inherited this Spanish vacation.
PAT: Holy cow.
PAT: So, this was supposed to be Laura Bush's vacation and he just inherited it?
PAT: Uh huh.
GLENN: Really? And I think that, if you want to get into the politics of the past, we can look at past vacations of past Presidents, you know.
PAT: I don't remember George Bush or Laura ever going to Europe.
STU: Oh, yeah.
GLENN: I think she did. Yeah, I think she did, but you're saying this is lavish?
PAT: I'm saying he went to Crawford and chopped wood a lot.
GLENN: And what did he do? This President went back to Chicago and hung out with Oprah Winfrey on his birthday.
PAT: And NBA stars. So
GLENN: And what man doesn't say, Hey, I want to go and hang out with Oprah Winfrey on my birthday? I mean, seriously. Stu, can you think of a man who doesn't say Oprah Winfrey on my birthday would be a
STU: It's her or Rachel Ray. That's who I want to hang out with.
GLENN: No. Seriously. You get into your Ford F 150 and you say, I'm going to Oprah's house. It's my birthday. I don't care what you say, Woman. I'm going and hanging out with the O lady.
STU: Sounds hot.
GLENN: It is. It's great. Now, we have Franc on the phone oh. It's not Franc. Who is it?
CALLER: It's Richard.
GLENN: Hi. Richard. How are you?
CALLER: I'm fantastic. I would say fabulous.
GLENN: You would say fabulous?
STU: In three words, fab u lous.
GLENN: You are the designer of this vacation?
CALLER: Well, I put this whole thing together for and I'm resenting a great deal. You're calling it lavish. There is nothing to be further from the truth. Today, for instance, let me just go over some of her schedule.
CALLER: Here's what I've arranged, a hot oil and platinum massage for the first lady and her entourage.
GLENN: Wait, wait. Hold it just a second. Wait, wait.
CALLER: She's sleeping on sheets made from the screens of beluga caviar.
GLENN: Wait, wait. Hold on just a second.
CALLER: You can actually eat her bed sheets. That means that saves us, you know, expensive chefs, you know, having to cook the beluga caviar in the morning.
GLENN: You don't cook beluga caviar.
CALLER: actually take the food from the plate to her mouth. And, of course, rather than having the first lady have to move on her own, because she is the first lady, you don't expect her to have to do that, so, we have four Eunuchs whose job it is to manipulate her limbs for her.
GLENN: Okay. I'm just wondering, who are the 40 friends that the White House is now denying that there are 40 friends with her? She says it's just
CALLER: There's just one dear friend.
GLENN: One dear friend. Who is the one dear friend?
CALLER: Just one dear friend who just lost a loved one and she's comforting her.
GLENN: Who is that? Do you know?
CALLER: I don't I can't I can't divulge her name.
GLENN: Now, how long has this been in the planning.
CALLER: This has been in the planning since the Bush administration.
GLENN: Since the Bush admission. So, did she know
CALLER: She would have been happy comforting this dear, dear friend in Washington or Chicago, but this is something she's inherited from the Bush administration. I have to tell you something. She hates all of this. I mean, every time every time she has to go on a vacation such as this, she weeps for the plight of the poor non First Family peasants in America.
CALLER: That have nothing since the failed polls in
GLENN: Okay. The first night in Spain, the menu was sea bass tartar, strawberry gazpacho, sardines, and then the main course you know, everybody knows that wasn't the main course. Then the main course was lobster with sea weed risotto.
CALLER: And what's your point?
GLENN: Well, I'm just I'm thinking that maybe
CALLER: There should have been some filet in there, too?
GLENN: No. I'm thinking that may be a little over the top when we have an economy could I may I ask
CALLER: Sort of a surf and turf sort of feeling?
GLENN: Let me ask you this: I know that the President sold a lot of books, a lot of books, and I know you can make a lot much money selling a lot of books.
CALLER: There's nothing wrong with that, by the way.
GLENN: There is nothing wrong with that. You can sell all the books you want, but they're spending an awful lot of that money, you know. Where how did where do they get all the money for these kinds of I mean, it's like her sixth vacation in two months.
CALLER: And so what's your point?
GLENN: Well, she's got a designer coat coming from England. They called her and just said, Hey, let me design. She seems to spend a lot of money.
CALLER: Well, they're reimbursing taxpayers for over $350.
GLENN: What are you talking about?
CALLER: They're going to reimburse the taxpayers for $350.
GLENN: For what exactly?
CALLER: For the expenses of this trip.
GLENN: I think it's more than $350 that this trip cost.
CALLER: Well, yes, but some of this is because she's the first lady. This is I mean, you can't expect her to, what, take a canoe over to Europe? You can't expect her to sleep in a Motel 6 in Europe.
GLENN: Well, no, but I wouldn't mind if she took a I mean, you remember they flew over to you know, for the climate exchange thing, they flew overseas in the 747. You know, they could have done, you know, a phone conference on that. They seem to lecture us about, you know, how tough things are and also, you know, how unsustainable things are and cutting back and then also on greenhouse gases. Air Force 2 is $11800 an hour. That's
CALLER: Yes, but all of these things are paid for and so much more. All of these things are taken care of through the generosity of the social programs that they are working on passing for the American people.
GLENN: What are you hang on. What?
CALLER: All of these things are just they're all taken care of by the taxpayer, by the generosity of the Obama family making sure the people are taken care of by this government.
GLENN: So, you're saying that the 40 friends are over as part of a social program?
CALLER: Of course they are. Of course they are. This is all part of first of all, I told you at the beginning that she's helping a friend who is grieving right now.
CALLER: And there are 40 other people, not close personal friends but 40 other people who are also there who are being taken care of by the generosity
Glenn: So, this is a job program almost?
CALLER: Exactly right. She is saving and creating 40 jobs.
GLENN: So, this is like a vacation job, like you could be hired to go on vacation
CALLER: That's right. By the Obama family who have created and saved all of these jobs for the American people.
GLENN: Do you think maybe
CALLER: It makes me weep just thinking about the generosity.
GLENN: Do you think maybe she could have created those jobs and stayed a little closer to home and gone to the gulf?
CALLER: No. Because they would have been in the way.
GLENN: They would have been in the way of what?
CALLER: They would have been in the way in the gulf and it would there just would have been such a scene down there and you can't expect the Obamas to get in the way of the people who are doing their job, not removing oil because all the oil is pretty much gone.
GLENN: And so then you had to go to Spain? That was the only other
CALLER: They had to go to Spain. This was important for them to have to go to Spain to get out of the way of the gulf.
GLENN: They could have gone to California. California is struggling. They could have gone there.
CALLER: Create 40 jobs for people who are vacation job workers. This is a beautiful thing that she is sacrificing for the American people.
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