Beijing Hotel Workers Unhappy with Obama Family; Staff ‘Fed Up’ with First Family
By Keerthi Mohan | March 22, 2014 9:13 PM EST
Michelle Obama and her entourage, including her two daughters and mother Marian Robinson, are staying at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel, and staff there is reportedly “fed up” with the First Family’s extensive security detail.
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama (bottom L), her mother Marian Robinson (top L), her daughters Sasha (bottom R) and Malia walk down the stairs as they exit the plane upon their arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport March 20, 2014.
A well-placed source told the Daily Mail that the Obamas’ visit to the city have inconvenienced staff as well as guests of the hotel, which is owned by Starwood Hotels.
Reportedly, Michelle’s mother has been “barking” at everyone ever since she arrived the hotel, and staff members are eager to see them go.
“We can't wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth,” one of the staff members said. “We entertain many important people here, but this has been, I think, very different.”
A spokesperson for the First Lady declined to comment on the report, Daily Mail reported.
Elaborating on how Michelle’s entourage has inconvenienced others, the Daily Mail, reported that the Secret Service has taken over the hotel’s highest floors, resulting in several guests with prior reservations getting the boot.
The Secret Services has also been accused of monopolizing the hotel’s elevators. Everyone entering the building have to go through an extensive security screening, which have reportedly become a bother to other guests.
However, the hotel staffer agreed with ordinary Chinese citizens who noted that the First Lady was approachable and friendly.
“The first lady is gracious, and the girls are lovely,” he said, adding that Michelle’s mother kept them on a tight leash.
Meanwhile, Michelle’s trip to China has caused an uproar in the US, as tax payers are not happy to foot the bill. White House officials have declined to say how much the week-long trip will cost, but it is believed to exceed $11 million, Daily Mail reported citing Judicial Watch, a DC based watchdog group.
Michelle, along with her entourage of 70, will not touch on serious issues that could possibly dampen US-China relations. Instead, her talks will focus on youth employment and education.
“The nature of her visit is really quite different,” deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes told reporters ahead of the trip, according to reports. “What the first lady really brings is the power of her own story, the power of American values.”
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