Despite State Department warnings for all Americans to avoid travel in Mexico due to drug violence, 13 year-old first daughter, Malia, is spending her spring break with friends in the country’s southern most state, Oaxaca. To be fair, Oaxaca is relatively safe. But today, once-safe resort towns, such as Acapulco and Cabo, are experiencing border town violence because cartel wars are escalating and metastasizing.
When I was a young co-ed at Arizona State University my spring break trips to Mexico were preceded for weeks by my mom’s stern warnings of the dangers lurking south of the border.
That was 20 years ago, long before beheadings and disappearances replaced alcohol and roofies on the list of parental spring break fears.
I’m fully aware that Malia’s school-sponsored trip to Mexico included a robust entourage of 25 secret service agents. But if the commander-in-chief wagers that Mexico is safe enough for his middle schooled daughter, what is a 19 year-old thrill-seeking college student to think? Just as importantly, what about his well-meaning parents who are trying, as my mom once did, to discourage their kid from spring breaking in Mexico? They have one less arrow in their quiver now that US State Department warnings appear more subjective.
Is it too much to ask for the President to live up to his 99% rhetoric and at least pretend that government issued warnings apply to all Americans – including the privileged children of the most exclusive and elite private school in America.