On Friday, the UK Daily Mail reported that the hotel staff at a Beijing Westin hotel is already fed up with the Obamas, who are reportedly staying in a luxurious $8,350-per-night presidential suite, described as a “3,400-square-foot masterpiece including a private steam room, ‘corner sofas with silk pillows,’ and in-room dining for six.”
A front-desk veteran, for example, says that Marian Robinson, Michelle Obama’s mother, has been “barking at the staff since she arrived.”
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The Daily Mail added:
The Secret Service’s monopoly on the hotel’s highest floors has meant the Westin had to boot guests with previous reservations out of their executive-level rooms.
Secret Service agents are also monopolizing hotel elevators long before the Obamas need them, added the staffer, who identified himself as a member of the concierge staff and spoke English during a phone call on Friday.
‘Many of them are Asian, too, or Americans who are Asian, so you know our guests don’t understand.’
“We can’t wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth,” the staffer said in what the Daily Mail called a sudden hush. “We entertain many important people here, but this has been, I think, very different.”
Joanna Rosholm, Obama’s press secretary, refused to comment, the Daily Mail said, and a Starwood Hotels spokesman referred questions to the Secret Service. U.S. reporters have been banned from the trip
According to the Washington Times, an entourage of about 70 people accompanied the Obamas to China.
All at taxpayer expense, naturally.
Meanwhile, Americans are being told to give up their cable and phone to pay for other people’s healthcare.