You've probably heard that Michelle Obama and one of her daughters are on vacation with forty of their closest friends at an expensive, nouveau riche hotel in Marbella, Spain. This is costing somebody a ton of money. The Obamas are paying the expenses of the guests, but I don't know about the security. Strangely enough, it might be worth it. This is great PR in Spain. It's the top news story every day. They consider Michelle to be very stylish, which is important in Europe. She's also going to visit the Spanish royal family in Mallorca, which will get even more PR coverage. Most importantly, Spain loves to be noticed by the world. They have a national inferiority complex, due to having been weak, poor, and generally ignored over most of the last three hundred years. I'd say the international goodwill gained by this visit is worth the five million bucks or whatever that it's going to cost the taxpayers.