Apparently, some people are claiming that Laura Bush went on a safari in Africa on the taxpayer’s dime as a way of justifying Michelle Obama’s mostly taxpayer-funded trip to the coast of Spain.
Here is the story linked in the tweet (emphasis mine):
As the wife of the U.S. president tours Africa, she will be shining a spotlight on malaria as well as AIDS. While the former does not grab the same headlines, it far outstrips AIDS as the continent’s biggest child killer, claiming one young life every 30 seconds….
During her stay in Mozambique on Wednesday, Laura Bush was due to visit a site near the Mozal aluminum smelter, where authorities want to spray house walls with DDT to ward off mosquitoes, using funds from the U.S. Malaria Initiative that commits $1.2 billion over the next five years. Of the target 15 countries, about half are expected to use some of the money to spray with insecticides.
Très chic, those aluminum smelters and huts doused in DDT.
Media Matters and the other Democratic message machines should stop digging.
Update 8-9-2010: Kirsten Powers has a column today on the subject, A Foolish Trip:
The first lady’s well-publicized, expensive vacation in southern Spain last week was a PR gift to her husband’s opposition.
After all, we’re in the middle of a major recession, with many Americans suffering terribly. President Obama himself, in discussing American economic woes with George Stephanopolous in January, said, “Everybody’s going to have to [sacrifice]. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.”
“Sacrifice for thee but not for me” is not a great campaign slogan.
Actually, it would be the most honest campaign slogan ever.