Thursday, August 05, 2010

The Obamas Are Just Like You and Me--Sorta

Photo credit: Thanks to a brilliant and very funny commenter at Michelle Obama's Mirror's Blog, "Granny Jan," whose avatar is "Jihad Kitty." Granny, you are one creative cat.

Sixty rooms? Really? On whose dime? Oh, let me guess. I'm just so thrilled that Lady Michelle has traveled to Marabella, Spain where her trip will pump boatloads of cash into the Marabella economy. Don't go to Las Vegas or anything, MO. Of course not--how gauche.

As Stephen Woodward at the (St. Louis) points out, the First L_dy (I can't quite bring myself to type all of it) has three residences at her disposal, yet the "right call" in her judgment is to book 60 rooms "at the fabulous Ritz Carlton in southern Spain"? I think Granny has it right--Evita Obama, indeed.

What, Camp David doesn't suit? Taxpayers (that's you and me) already underwrite the cost for that. Evidently it's not Chi-Chi enough for Michelle-O and her gaggle of people bought off to be nice to her, including staff. friends. Instead, she goes off on Michelle-O's Excellent Adventure; it's estimated that the roundtrip flight alone will cost taxpayers (that's you and me) at least $193,000.

Obama (that's her husband--you know, the one who had to spend his birthday with "the guys" in Chicago while wifey was playing with "the girls" in Spain), on one of his recent campaign stops, assures "the masses" (that's you and me) that he feels our pain. Seriously. Read the Chicago Sun-Times article: "Obama: Our finances have suffered too."
Obama says the first couple is "not that far removed from what most Americans are going through." He tells the network "it was just a few years ago that we had high credit card balances, we had two kids, thinking about college. We had our own retirement accounts, wondering if we were going to be able to get enough assets in there."
You know what I have to say to him? Shut.Up. And next time, Evita-O, maybe you could consider a U.S. city for your excellent adventure--just sayin'. Oh, that's right, "next time" (August), the Obama's are finally going to get to go on vacation--to Martha's Vineyard for 10 days. Yep, just like you & me. Well, not really, since we're paying for it.

Update. Michelle Obama's Mirror's Blog (MOTUS, for those who aren't following along) assures those taxpayers who are paying for Lady Michelle's trip (that would be you and me) who are worried about the cost: Michelle-O pays for all of her non-official, personal expenses. "So far, that includes the breath mints,Tums and Sasha’s barrettes," says MOTUS. So quit yer bitchin' about how much this is all costing us--the "us" of us who pay taxes, that is. The only thing it's costing those 50% or so of us who actually pay taxes in this country is plane fare (as above), the costs of three shifts of Secret Service details, plus all the costs for "support staffers." Oh, now I feel so much better.

We are also told, by Lynn Sweet, Politics Daily correspondent, that the First L_ady's Spain vacation is one of eight vacations she's taking this year. "She has no official duties in August"--oh, how hugely nice and well-deserved! Sweet says that whether she will "jump on the campaign trail to help Democrats in the November midterms is still up in the air." Seriously? I thought Lady Michelle was the Dem's secret weapon or something, especially since her popularity is about 20 points higher than O's--although that might change. Just saying. Sweet says that the "East Wing" (Michelle-O's office staff) has put it all into perspective for us: "The East Wing argues that Mrs. Obama is not an elected official and, as a private citizen, is free to focus on her family and friends." Michelle Antoinette.

So of course, we serfs who pay for all this need to remember that the Royal Wons are entitled to a little down time, as we were told by spokesperson Bobby Gibbs: "I don't think the American people begrudge a president taking some time with his family that's well earned and well deserved, for a few days to see and spend time with them."

These Obamas continue to be ridiculous, clueless shits. Big, big surprise--I so thought they would change.

Update #2. Even Susan Estrich is pretty sure Obama doesn't get it. Estrich writes: "I'm thinking here of the president's forthcoming vacation to Martha's Vineyard, one of those terrible decisions that has even his strongest supporters shaking their heads. Why is he going to Martha's Vineyard? For vacation. Because he likes it. Because he knows people there, has friends there, enjoys himself there. . . . I don't begrudge the president a nice vacation. But having already spent time in Maine this summer, a second vacation [and of course, in Lady Michelle-O's case, a third] to a place other than the hard-hit Gulf is an invitation for people to think what too many already think: The president just doesn't get it." Duh.

Here Estrich is saying the 2008 presidential election would be "historic." Little did she know. This must seem to her like a very long time ago. I don't think she has much love for the O's.

Update #3. This is the main headline, image, and link on the Drudge Report this afternoon (Friday). Here's the article at the Mail that's linked to the image at Drudge: "Spanish police close public beach for Michelle Obama's L250,000 Spanish holiday." The White House had to know this would not go over well. The only conclusion I can draw is that they simply don't give a damn. She's barely going to have time to get ready for their 10 days in Martha's Vineyard when she gets back. Oh, that's right, her 37 staff members can help out with that.

More Updates. It would seem that news of Michelle Antoinette's extravant trip to Spain is making the rounds--and people don't like it. What a surprise that one is--who could have seen that coming?

This is from the Los Angeles Times: "Michelle Obama's Spanish vacation draws critics."
As the economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sun-splashed Spanish resort this week may be sending a different message. . . . Every first family takes vacations. The criticism aimed at Michelle Obama is that she chose to visit a foreign country rather than remain in the U.S. and support its fragile economy.

The Times reminds us that Obama once scolded his American stump-audience that families saving money for college "shouldn't blow a bunch of cash in Vegas." Yeah, instead we all ought to fly to Spain and pump money into their economy.

And the HotAir commenters never disappoint, remind us--let's see, who said this one again? --“Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zone . . . Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual – uninvolved, uninformed.”

Well baby, guess what. We are now involved, informed. 2012 can't come fast enough, Big Mamma.


srdem65 said...

Private citizens do not have access to AF1, or Secret Service protection or have the taxpayers cough up $2million dollars a year for their assistants.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see Camp David, but I am not important enough to be invited. As for MO's friends, I think they are probably pay-offs for some political dealing. I have never heard of MO having any friends -- interesting, isn't it?