What else does she like to do besides vacation on the taxpayer’s dime and kiss butt?
But here’s the likely true mission: to propitiate the Japanese people, who haven’t quite gotten over the Double Diss of 2014.
You see, President Obama visited Tokyo last year and that delighted the Japanese, ever apprehensive of their global popularity. But when he disembarked from Air Force One solo, without the first lady, the Japanese were dejected.
“Michelle’s absence has thrown Tokyo into a tizzy,” the Monitor’s Howard LaFranchi reported at the time, noting the hand-wringing and national soul-searching that took place as a result. “Mrs. Obama’s absence is a woeful sign of Japan’s retreat from the top tier of America’s allies.”
To add diplomatic insult to injured national pride, Mrs. Obama had the audacity to vacation with her daughters – less than a month prior to the president’s solo Japan visit – in China.
Read more: CS Monitor