Michelle Obama, seen here at a cathedral in Granada, the former seat of Moorish rule in Spain, during the second day of her vacation in the country
*Below is a CBS News report about the backlash toward the Spain vacation taken by First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha.
Some folks believe the expensive trip is in poor taste when many Americans are struggling under the bad economy. The New York Daily News called Mrs. Obama Marie Antoinette, the French queen who thought little of her poor subjects as she draped herself in extravagance.
Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus disagrees, stating: “While I’m not sure this was politically very smart, I also don’t see it as a ‘let them eat cake’ moment unless we think that the only thing that acceptable for them to do is have a kind of ‘staycation’ and clean the closets.” [View photos from the trip below.]
First Lady Michelle Obama, right, and her daughter Sasha, left, arrive at Malaga's airport, southern Spain, on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.
Michelle Obama in Marbella, southern Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010.
First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha look out from the Alhambra Palace during her visit to the southern Spanish town of Granada August 5, 2010.
The Obamas visit the historic center of the southern Spanish town of Granada August 5, 2010.
Banner welcoming Obama family near the hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella
A woman holds a banner that reads 'Welcome to Granada, Michelle Obama' as she waits for U.S. first lady's vacation visit with her daughter Sasha to the cathedral of Granada, southern Spain August 5, 2010.
The hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, where Michelle and Sasha Obama are staying during their vacation in Spain. A red-faced State Department removed a passage from its website about possible Spanish police racism after calls from Spanish media coverig Michelle Obama's visit to Spain.