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First Lady Takes "Private" Trip to Spain
Michelle Obama arrived in Marbella, Spain earlier this week for a private trip with 9-year-old daughter Sacha and longtime family friends.The trip has put  the first lady under scrutiny by many who feel that it is unfair for Mrs. Obama to vacation while the rest of the country struggles financially.
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Michelle Obama

Aug. 8: First lady Michelle Obama is greeted by Spain's King Juan Carlos as her daughter Sasha looks on before their lunch at Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca. 

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Michelle Obama

Aug. 8: The first lady is greeted by Spain's Queen Sofia, right, as King Juan Carlos and her daughter Sasha look on before their lunch at Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca. 

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Michelle Obama

Aug. 8: Michelle Obama and Spain's Queen Sofia pose before their lunch at Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca. 

Michelle Obama

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (C) and her daughter Sasha (L) pose with Spain's King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia (2nd R) and Princess Letizia before their lunch at Marivent Palace in Palma de Mallorca August 8, 2010. REUTERS/Enrique Calvo (SPAIN - Tags: ROYALS POLITICS)
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Michelle Obama

Aug. 6, 2010: First lady Michelle Obama speaks with an unidentified person at the Beach Club of Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella, southern Spain.

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Michelle Obama

Aug. 6, 2010: First lady Michelle Obama speaks with an unidentified person at the Beach Club of Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella, southern Spain.

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Michelle Obama

Aug. 6, 2010: Police officers keep onlookers away from the site where first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha stay at the Beach Club of Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella, southern Spain.

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Michelle Obama

Aug. 6, 2010: U.S. secret service agents guard the perimeter where first lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha stay at the Beach Club of Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella, southern Spain. Spanish police used palm trees to mark off the boundaries of a 100-yard expanse for the American delegation.

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First Lady Smiles

August 4: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama smiles while she visits Marbella, Spain, on Wednesday.The White House says the first lady is in Spain for a private trip with longtime family friends.

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First Lady Arrives

August 4: Security officers escort a convoy of cars, one believed to be transporting U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, as they arrive to the Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella, Spain, on Wednesday. 

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Padierna

August 4:  Michelle Obama is said to be staying at Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, Spain.  The White House says the first lady is traveling in Spain on a private trip with longtime family friends and will be paying an official visit to Spain's King Juan Carlos and Queen Sophia as well as other activities which will be closed to the press.

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Visiting Marbella

August 4: U.S first lady Michelle Obama smiles while she visits Marbella, Spain, on Wednesday. 

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Guarding Padierna

August 4: A civil guard patrols the entrance of the Villa Padierna Hotel in Marbella, Spain, where U.S first lady Michelle Obama reportedly is staying.

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Michelle and Sacha in Spain

August 4: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, right, and her daughter Sasha, left, arrive at Malaga's airport in southern Spain on Wednesday.

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First Lady at Airport

August 4: U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and her daughter Sasha arrive at Malaga's airport in southern Spain on Wednesday. 

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First Lady Takes "Private" Trip to Spain

Michelle Obama arrived in Marbella, Spain earlier this week for a private trip with 9-year-old daughter Sacha and longtime family friends.The trip has put  the first lady under scrutiny by many who feel that it is unfair for Mrs. Obama to vacation while the rest of the country struggles financially.

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