President's 13 Year Old Daughter Spent Spring Break in Mexico-Truth!

President’s 13 Year Old Daughter Spent Spring Break in Mexico-Truth!

 
Summary of eRumor:
Emails are circulating alleging that President Obama’s 13 year old daughter, Malia, spent her Spring break in Mexico.
The Truth:
It is true that Malia Obama spent her Spring break in Oaxaca, a large city on the southwestern corner of Mexico. The 13 year old was with her class mates from Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. on a field trip volunteering their time at an orphanage. They also reportedly visited archaeological sites.

Her trip had not gotten the attention of the American press until a major earthquake hit the area on March 20, 2012. The young Obama was reported to be safe and unharmed from the massive quake that registered over 7.0 and rocked much of Mexico. For security reasons the White House had requested that the media not report on the teen’s trip which, according to the article, was an event that her school had organized for years.

Exact details and cost of the Oaxaca trip have not been released.  According to a  March 20, 2012 article in The Blaze, Senator and Presidential candidate Rick Santorum was discussing State Department travel warnings to Mexico on the Glenn Beck program when Santorum said, “If the administration is saying that it’s not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it.”

Updated 4/4/12

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