URGENT: The White House has admitted to telling news agencies to pull stories on Malia Obama visiting the Mexico for spring break, Politico reports. Rick Santorum is weighing in, saying that President Obama should “set an example.” Personally, I would not have sent my 14 year old son on spring break in any foreign country, unless I was going to be right there with him. But that’s my right and choice as a parent. Rick Santorum giving his two cents is laughable. He was upset when people questioned why he and his wife took their dead baby home, supposedly for closure. Well, the Obamas have a right to send their daughter to Mexico on vacation on a school trip. You may not agree with it, but don’t cry foul when you are attacked in the media for your actions.
Kristina Schake, Communications Director to the First Lady, sent the following email to Dylan Byers:
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.
There’s nothing wrong with a retraction of a news story, but this could have been handled a lot better. The sudden disappearance of the story only added fuel to the fire of controversy and public interest. This would have been a non-story in the past. How many times did we read about where George W. Bush’s children or Chelsea Clinton spent their spring break vacations? Politicians’ kids should be off-limits, unless they break the law. I said it when one of George Bush’s daughters were caught using a fake ID. That was a private matter for the parents to deal with. Not the general public.