As reported here on Twitchy, some wondered why the web was scrubbed of stories about this visit. Several sites removed their stories at the request of the White House.

Now, from the New York Times:

Malia, 13, attends Sidwell Friends School in Washington, which has been organizing trips to Oaxaca for years, said Ellis Turner, the associate head of school, who pointed out that there was no State Department travel warning for Oaxaca.

Although the White House asked English-language media to remove articles about the visit from their Web sites this week, the visit was never a secret in Mexico. “The reality is that Oaxaca isn’t that big and it isn’t that easy to hide 10 girls and that security,” said Mr. Zorrilla, the tourism official.

But what the group is most likely to take back may not be a souvenir but the memory of a strong earthquake that prompted the White House to lift its news blackout, acknowledge Malia’s trip and assure everybody that she was safe.