First Lady Michelle Obama has raised eyebrows by likening life in the White House to life in a "really nice prison." Ms. Obama was speaking at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania, where she is traveling with President Barack Obama and their daughters. Former First Lady Laura Bush was also in attendance.
It was not the first time that Ms. Obama has complained about life in the White House--which has afforded her the opportunity to travel with her husband on a $60-$100 million trip to Africa, as well as to vacation in Spain and other exotic locales with a large entourage, all the while enjoying Secret Service protection.
President Obama himself has expressed similar sentiments. A mere two weeks after taking office in 2009, he and Ms. Obama escaped to a school in Washington, D.C., explaining: "We were just tired of being in the White House." The president also plays golf with great frequency, and takes many vacations--alone and with family.