The Obamas’ European Vacation

Jun 10, 2009 7:11pm

 The Obamas European VacationABC News' Sunlen Miller reports: After a weekend of sightseeing in Paris with President Obama, the First Lady and first tweens Malia and Sasha extended their European vacation to take on London this week.

The First Lady’s office confirms that after President Obama returned to the States on Sunday night, the First Lady, and daughters stayed abroad, and have been quite busy tourists.

Perhaps a birthday present for Harry Potter lover and birthday girl, Sasha Obama, who today turned eight, the Obamas visited the Harry Potter set where Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is being filmed.

They also have gone to Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London and even taken in a show, The Lion King, at the Lyceum Theater. On Monday the First Lady sat down at 10 Downing Street with Sarah Brown, wife of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

First-grandmother, Marian Robinson, is also along for the trip as well as several friends of the First Lady.  Aides say that the First lady thought this would be a good time to take her daughters abroad, because they have just finished their school year.

How is this European vacation being paid for?

“The Obamas are committed to following all of the relevant rules and regulations regarding the reimbursement for travel expenses,” the First Lady’s office says.

Over the weekend the full Obama family, coming off the heels of President Obama’s Normandy speech, spent some time touring Paris – visiting Pompidou Center art museum, Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and eating at a popular Parisian restaurant, the Fontaine de Mars.

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