YOU the unwashed are going to teach me protocol? You will determine what is a business, personal or official travel by the first lady or any other head of state or his/her spouse? Really?<quoted text>
No, it is not official unless they make it official. by stopping at the Spanish royal family for less than an hour accomplished that.
Just like my friend and his business trips. His wife acts as his secretary so it makes there whole trip to LA, to include the stop at Las Vegas, as business trip and it is a 100% tax write-off.
FYI, and it's very clear, the president and his spouse are working for their country 24/7/365. When they travel, the US embassy is alerted and believe me, what goes on has nothing to do with non-official. You have no idea of the nervousness of the whole chancery. And always, even though it may be a middle echelon rep, the host country has someone at the airport waiting to usher her through the V.I.P. lounge and thereafter a police escort. Many reasons for that, not the least the visiting country's responsibility for, in this case, Ms Obama's and her family's safety/security and simply hospitality. Can you imagine if she was attacked , in this case, on Spanish soil? There are unofficial visits that are just that, but not my the president of the USA and his wife/family, or at least 10 leaders of the world's countries. Our PM and his family can travel pretty much unimpeded by protocol, but not the US, Russia, Japan, China, France, UK, Germany heads of gov't or their families.