Malia Obama, the teenaged daughter of President Barack Obama, recently did the unthinkable: She went on a school sponsored trip to Mexico. And like any time an immediate family member of the First Family goes anywhere, Secret Service agents went with her.
And this has sent the Republican and Tea Party Internet Twitpherse (and our very own local right wing nut job*, WIBC talk show host Greg Garrison) into a flaming outrage. About the cost. About the "example" 13 year old Malia is setting, and on and on and on.
Oddly enough, conservative blogger Erick Erickson has taken to Twitter to defend President Obama and his daughter. Erickson notes that, despite the misreporting, she is on a school sponsored field trip and that Mexico is not on a "do not travel" list.
I often see Republican pundits and Presidential candidate surrogates complain about the media playing "gotcha" journalism. But when Republicans are so eager to dive right into this mess themselves (POTUS candidate Rick Santorum said President Obama is setting a "bad example" for letting Malia go on the school trip), they have no one to blame but themselves.
*Just to be clear, Greg Garrison is a nut job who happens to be right wing. He is not a nut job because he is right wing.