Once again, American taxpayers are the wind beneath Michelle Obama's wings - this time flying her to China, along with every female member of her immediate family except Barack.
Theoretically, this is a Spring Break trip for the Obama girls, Sushi and Malaria, which will allow them to learn about China. Although so far, it sounds like the main thing they've learned is that hotel rooms in China cost $8000 a night, but the working class chumps back home will be picking up the tab.
The girls are also learning about dignity, humility, and respect for other cultures by observing the exact opposite in their grandmother's ongoing efforts to make the hotel staff in Beijing miserable with her unending demands. Presumably, the same ridiculous demands which are readily slavishly met while she's living in luxury on the taxpayer dime at the White House (a change of status and address which probably represented the first time in her adult life that she was proud to be an American).
While in China, the First Lady is giving speeches which encourage China to allow unfettered Internet access (presumably so that the Chinese people can be added to her husband's fundraising email lists) and the free flow of information. But you'll just have to take our word for that, because American reporters were banned from the trip to prevent information from flowing freely.
And although Mrs. Obama has said that she won't be addressing human rights abuses (because her daughters certainly shouldn't be learning anything about an archaic subject like human rights) she is hoping to reduce the current tensions between the Chinese government and the Uighurs. Specifically, she's encouraging Chinese authorities to stop calling the Muslim ethnic group "Uighurs" and go with the much friendlier "Uig-gahs."
Still, Hope n' Change can't begrudge the Obama daughters their wildly expensive "educational" trip. After all, with their own eyes (and watching their own family) they're getting lessons in hypocrisy, ingratitude, wretched extravagance, and an unearned sense of entitlement. Everything they need to learn to someday have political careers of their own.