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Latin America update: Malia in Mexico UPDATE 7.9 EARTHQUAKE STRIKES MEXICO CITY

posted at 1:16 pm on March 20, 2012 by

The big story right now is that, not only did First Daughter Malia Obama, age 13, head to Mexico with a dozen of her closest friends and 25 (count ‘em!) Secret Service agents, but also that the White House told news agencies to pull stories on Malia’s trip.

The Blaze has screenshots from The Telegraph (UK) (nothing to see now!), the HuffPo (which leads to the main website, not the story), and Global Grind (which takes you to Google). The Tatler has even more instances of the disappeared story. Even the Freepers pulled the story.

Putting aside the State Department warnings to Americans planning to travel in Mexico, and the questions of whether a 13-yr old should be going on Spring Break without her parents, whether we the taxpayers should be paying for 40 people to go on that trip, or whatever else you want to gripe about, is the real issue, as Brian Doherty put it,

this unfolding incident…seems to indicate the White House can get a wide range of sites to take down stories, even if it is just with gentle persuasion or appeals to some higher standard. And that is highly unnerving.

Meanwhile, the Mexicans are coping with cars exploding in front of newspaper offices in Tamaulipas (a state on the US-Mex border) in the north, and 12 policemen ambushed and killed when investigating the beheadings of 12 people in Guerrero, in the south.

Makes you wonder why Malia and her friends couldn’t be told to go to Fort Lauderdale like everybody else.

UPDATE:
Strong, long quake shakes Mexico City

A strong, long earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero state shook central southern Mexico today, swaying buildings in Mexico City and sending frightened workers and residents into the streets.

The U.S. Geological Survey initially set the intensity at 7.9 and said the epicenter was 11 miles underground. Mexico’s National Seismological Survey said the temblor had an epicenter southwest of Ometepec.

If Malia’s party is not out of Mexico yet, us taxpayers will also be paying extra for the emergency evacuation.

Cross-posted at Fausta’s blog.

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Makes you wonder why Malia and her friends couldn’t be told to go to Fort Lauderdale like everybody else.

Because it doesn’t even begin to cost the taxpayers enough money to send the kid here in the US with bho and family? They think they are special and go where they dang well please!
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letget on March 20, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Makes you wonder why Malia and her friends couldn’t be told to go to Fort Lauderdale like everybody else.

Well she is only 13, far too young for that sort of thing. Even if it is a school trip, there are times when you just have to say “life isn’t fair kid, and because daddy is president, the security demands are too great for you to go with your friends on a school trip.”

And yes, the Soviet-style airbrushing is frightening, meanwhile an alleged journalist rents a house to spy on a noncandidate and her family.

rbj on March 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

The point is to deplete the Treasury while rubbing it in our faces.

garnkikaloid on March 20, 2012 at 1:39 PM

well, human heads stacked up into a pyramid by murderous drug cartels is not a tourist photo op to be found just anywhere…

mittens on March 20, 2012 at 1:40 PM

The big story right now

it’s HUGE.

breitbart lives.

sesquipedalian on March 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM

With high unemployment, surging gas prices and many Americans doing staycations for yet another year, you have to marvel at the arrogance of the Obama’s making the parental choice that a 13 year old is entitled to a separate spring break vacation.

This story is disappearing from the web NOT because of the traditional “leave the kids’s alone” rule of politics – it’s because it highlights how out of touch the Obama’s are as parents AND politicians

PolAgnostic on March 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

There are also those sites that didn’t have to take it down.
They didn’t see this as a current resident of the White House visiting a foriegn country. Besides, it happens all the time. Why I’ll bet thoughout US history, school age children of Presidents trveled outside the US unaccompanied by a parent.

AlexJ on March 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Interesting that few of the comments anywhere are about the crass stupidity of sending Malia to Mexico. I certainly hope she comes home safe and sound, but what a target she makes. They couldn’t send her to, like, Canada, or a Caribbean island?

J.E. Dyer on March 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

J.E. Dyer on March 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Nothing to worry about. No way the cartels bite the hand that feeds them. They’ve infiltrated every law enfocement agency in Mexico,including their version of the feds.

AlexJ on March 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM

enforcement

AlexJ on March 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Well I guess we can be thankful that bho and mo didn’t let the kids go to egypt to see the pyramids?

I have to wonder what those two in the wh now were thinking by letting this trip happen? Can you just imagine ‘if’ something did happen in mexico with the kids? How would bho, as president and parent, handle it?
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letget on March 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Maybe Malia is working undercover as part of Operation Fast & Furious.

Buy Danish on March 20, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Here’s a reason not to send your kid off alone: a 7.6 earthquake hits Oaxaca–isn’t that where the first daughter is? News outlets say it’s near Acapulco which it is, but the USGS says Oaxaca.

stukinIL4now on March 20, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Interesting that few of the comments anywhere are about the crass stupidity of sending Malia to Mexico. I certainly hope she comes home safe and sound, but what a target she makes. They couldn’t send her to, like, Canada, or a Caribbean island?

J.E. Dyer on March 20, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Or how about doing something for the American economy with a U.S. destination for Malia? I know 40 people won’t make a dent but I would think that’s more positive news spin than sending her to Mexico. Oh, wait…there is no news spin because the media stopped covering this.

Bitter Clinger on March 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

I have to wonder if the White House brought pressure to bear on some of these outlets by threatening to deny access to their reporters- I seem to recall a story from a year or two ago about this happening. Anyone remember the details?

Or did they just say, “this might hurt Obama’s re-election campaign?”

The WH claims “there is no vital news interest” in covering this story. I beg to differ- a 13 yr old girl being sent without a parent to a nation that the government is advising citizens NOT to travel to, accompanied at great taxpayer expense by at least 25 Secret Service agents (I would guess that there’s more to her security detail than just the Secret Service agents guarding these girls), in the middle of a recession, and with her father running TRILLION dollar a year deficits sounds like a story which is of vital interest to the taxpayers who are footing the bill.

Jay Mac on March 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Fausta,
I have been trying to find a map of where the kids are and where the quake struck. Are they close to each other? I haven’t heard of any after shocks yet.
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letget on March 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Jay Mac on March 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

It was a San Francisco newspaper, who’s reporter brought along a video camera.

rbj on March 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

It was a San Francisco newspaper, who’s reporter brought along a video camera.

rbj on March 20, 2012 at 3:16 PM

That’s the one. Thanks.

Jay Mac on March 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM

4.8 aftershock

Fausta Wertz on March 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

but also that the White House told news agencies to pull stories on Malia’s trip.
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Guerrero, Mexico, earthquake
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A 7.4 earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero state
shook central southern Mexico on March 20, 2012, swaying buildings in Mexico city. It was followed by a 4.8-magnitude aftershock. Mexican President Felipe Calderon said, via his Twitter account, that there was no serious damage reported – MSNBC
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Guerrero, Mexico, earthquake ‘In light of today’s earthquake, we can confirm that Malia Obama is safe and was never in danger’ – Kristina Schake, Communications Director to First Lady Michelle Obama; Malia Obama is currently on a school trip in Mexico – @NBCNewsStory metadata:
Submitted 2 hours ago by editor
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US State Department official says no injuries to staff at US embassy in Mexico, but building does have some minor damage – @NBCNewsStory metadata:
Submitted 3 hours ago by editor
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http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/guerrero-mexico-earthquake

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Latest Earthquakes in the World – Past 7 days
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Latest Earthquakes Magnitude 2.5 or Greater in the United States and Adjacent Areas and Magnitude 4.5 or Greater in the Rest of the World – Last 7 days
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http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Two more just hit!

MAP 5.0…..GUERRERO, MEXICO

MAP 4.6…..OAXACA, MEXICO

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

What a great country for a 13 year old to visit! /

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/03/10-decapitated-heads-found-at.html

Warning NSFW pictures Decapitated heads, murdered police officers and other unpleasant things. To tell you how bad it is down there about a year ago the cartels made a snuff video where they killed a guy with a chain saw and sent the video out over the net as a warning to rival cartels.

warren on March 20, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Another just hit,again!

4.5….OFFSHORE OAXACA, MEXICO

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Instapundit has a bit more on Operation Airbrush.

Gladtobehere on March 20, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Now they’re calling it a school trip. Yes, I’m sure it’s educational. Look carefully, girls, this is what our country will look like in a few years.

Kissmygrits on March 21, 2012 at 9:09 AM