Obama girls fly to Paris
Another expensive private date, and this time it's a family affair
Sightseers who spot two little black American girls cruising along the Seine on a bateau mouche this weekend, or taking the lift to the top of the Eiffel Tower, may well have spotted the First Daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama.
Michelle Obama is taking the two girls to Paris on Friday. They will join their father, Barack, in France for the Normandy landings anniversary, and then stay on to see Paris with their mother while he returns to Washington.
The Obamas are making the family trip despite the fuss last weekend over another private jaunt, when the President took his wife to dinner in New York and on to a Broadway show. Republicans questioned the cost to the taxpayer of their helicopter flights and attendant securty - estimated to have run into tens of thousands of dollars - never mind that the First Family pays its own way on such occasions.
It will be the girls' first foreign trip since they moved into the White House in January, but not their first journey abroad: both girls accompanied their parents on a 'roots' trip to Kenya when Obama was still a senator.
The White House is offering no official announcements of their sightseeing plans, nor where they will be staying. ·
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