March 20, 2012 26 Comments
Who sends their 13 year old on a spring break vacation to Mexico? Alone no less? The Obama’s do apparently as 13 year old Malia Obama is spending spring break in Oaxaca Mexico. This story has gotten a lot of air play because the Obama’s apparently asked the media to remove the story about the trip and the media has largely complied. This story is interesting for other reasons though as it shows a complete lack of judgment on the part of the Obama’s. Young children need not be gallivanting around a dangerous country such as Mexico, even with 25 tax funded secret service agents.
In February the State Department issued a travel warning about Mexico in which it said “homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery” were serious risks. The State Department warned Americans not to draw attention to themselves or wear valuable jewelery. While Oaxaca isn’t the subject of current warnings, it has been in the past. In fact, a bordering town is on the State Department’s warning list. We know that Mexican drug cartels are a serious danger throughout the country, it should disturb us all that the President is sending his 13 year old to such a dangerous country alone.
The average parent wouldn’t send their 13 year old to Mexico for spring break, especially in light of how dangerous it is. So what is President Obama thinking when he allows his 13 year old to go to Mexico without her parents? Malia isn’t just your average 13 year old, she’s the President’s daughter. Can you imagine what would happen if a drug cartel attempted to kidnap her? Can you imagine what would happen if one of the drug cartels were successful in kidnapping her? God forbid it would ever happen but Mexico is a dangerous place and surely someone in the administration warned Obama about it. Yet he sent his daughter anyway. That shows a complete lack of judgment on the President’s part.
If something happened to Malia in Mexico our entire country would be turned upside down. Obama would be forced to take military action in order to retrieve his daughter and/or punish those who kidnapped her. The cost would be astronomical. Yet we would rightly support his actions, we cannot allow drug cartels to kidnap or harm the President’s children. But at the end of the day wouldn’t we have to ask ourselves why the President is sending his 13 year old, alone no less, to a dangerous country like Mexico?
I have never heard of 13 year olds going on vacation without their parents. But if Malia must partake in spring break, why can’t she go somewhere in the United States? Don’t we have 50 beautiful states each with multiple destinations to choose from? This is the second time an Obama has chosen to vacation out of the country, you’ll recall Michelle’s infamous trip to Spain in 2010. Why do the Obama’s choose to vacation out of our country? Couldn’t tourism use a boost here at home? Aren’t there nice places to shop in the United States? Aren’t there plenty of historical or cultural sites to visit here? Yet the Obama’s, individually anyway, choose to vacation out of the country.
President Obama took an unnecessary risk in allowing Malia to vacation alone in Mexico. It’s bad enough that he’s letting a child go on a spring break trip without her parents. But as President of the United States he put our national security at risk by allowing his young daughter to vacation in a very dangerous country. Malia is 13 and doesn’t have the sense to realize how dangerous Mexico is. But the President should have the sense. His children have been threatened before and yet he allowed his daughter to vacation in an extremely risky part of the world. He put our national security at risk, we must ask ourselves why our President has such poor judgment.