As her husband celebrated his 49th birthday in Chicago, first lady Michelle Obama was halfway around the world, on vacation with her 9-year-old daughter, Sasha, in Spain.Some critics have laid into the trip’s price, while others are highlighting an apparent diplomatic gap between the United States and Spain. On the Other hand Criticism of Zardari’s decision to continue with the visit has been heightened by the catastrophic floods in Pakistan – which have claimed up to 1,400 lives and affected more than two million people – with many insisting that he should have stayed home to deal with the devastation. Lets compare the difference of royalty between two state officials.
The Obama entourage is staying at the luxury Hotel Villa Padierna. Rates range between $500 and $2,500 a night. While President Zardari and his entourage will stay at the five-star luxury hotel Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, located in the Marylebone area, adjacent to Park Lane, and minutes walk from Hyde Park, Marble Arch and Buckingham Palace. A local newspaper reported that nearly half of the ninth exclusive floor called Regency Club Level, which has 18 suites and 10 executive type luxury rooms and each costs £7,000 per night, has been booked and blocked for any commoner to venture into on the grounds of security reasons. Around 10-12 luxury cars have been hired at the cost of £400 per vehicle and they are engaged with the delegation for the entire duration of the presidential visit. But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that the first lady will pay her personal expenses — as will the friends who are traveling with her while PPP leaders have confirmed that Pakistan High Commission in the UK and Pakistani government will jointly bear the expenditures for the public rally and coaches have already been booked from all major cities.
It is necessary to mention here that Cameron’s remarks have caused a storm both in the UK and in Pakistan and if he persists with his remarks standing next to the bruised president of Pakistan, it could fatally damage President Zardari, who is risking his credibility and the policy to press ahead with this visit amidst universal opposition to it.