While President Barack Obama stays behind, wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha are quietly scheduled for another trip to the Far East next week, finds Grumpy Editor.
The First Lady and teenage daughters are taking a spring break trip to Japan, March 18 to 20, and Cambodia, March 21 and 22.
Going overseas is an annual ritual.
Last March, Mrs. Obama, her mother and the girls visited China. Earlier trips took the First Lady and daughters to Ireland, Germany and South Africa.
The likely aircraft that will be used in the upcoming trip is a C-32A, a specially configured military version of the Boeing 757-200 extended range aircraft, that usually provides transportation for the nation’s leaders.
(A typical 757-200 accommodates between 178 and 214 passengers.)
In the past, the Obama daughters were listed as “senior staff.”
Others on board, aside from regular staffers, have included Mrs. Obama's mother, Marian Robinson; niece and nephew, Leslie and Avery Robinson, along with the First Lady’s makeup and hair stylist.
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