Fame is fleeting, but the internet is forever. Unless, of course, you’re President Barack and First Lady Michele Obama’s daughter, Malia.
Malia and her friends took a trip to Mexico recently, accompanied by 25 Secret Service agents. When some news organizations, such as Yahoo! News reported on the petit voyage, the White House asked them to pull the story. It seems that almost all the organizations complied – the links to the article now redirect readers to their homepages or give 404 errors. Nevertheless, the story likely survives in parts, as it really is almost impossible to remove something completely from the world wide web.
Why would the Obama administration want the story pulled? The official reason is “security related.” But there’s also a more sinister political motivation for the White House to want it blocked: President Obama has been criticized numerous times for expensive vacations, and the fact that taxpayers are footing the bill for Ms. Obama’s trip to Mexico with her friends would only further enrage an unhappy electorate.