GETS TESTY WHEN REPORTER ASKS ABOUT NON-STOP EXPENSIVE GETAWAYS
While millions of Americans have been forced to cut back on discretionary spending over the last several years – vacations, new cars and other such luxuries – the family Obama seems to have been on a non-stop vacation, estimated by the Daily Mail at a cost of more than $10 million and counting – courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. Have you received your “Thank you” card yet?
Imagine the outcry from the Obama Media Group were the Bush family to have done the same.
Curious as to the family Obama’s apparent oblivion to the struggles of ordinary people as they cope with high gas prices and the like, a St. Louis TV anchor figured the topic of family vacations was worthy of discussion with the O-man; Larry Conners of KMOV-TV wondered why the Obamas spend an inordinate amount of time vacationing at the expense of taxpayers.
Conners was among a group of local news people from around the nation invited to Washington for individual interviews with The One. He covered several topics with O, but his question about the plethora of the Obamas’ taxpayer-funded family vacations (and O’s ensuing answer) was priceless:
“The economy is a big issue and concern for folks. I mean – the unemployment, trying to make ends meet, gas prices, food prices going up. Some of our viewers are complaining; they get frustrated, even angered – when they see the First Family jetting around; different vacations and so forth – sometimes maybe they think under color of state business, and that you’re out of touch; that you don’t really know what they’re experiencing right now.”
As is usually the case when someone has the cojones to question O’s judgement – or anything he does, for that matter – The One grew testy:
“Well, I don’t know how many viewers you’re talking about that say that.”
Conners continued the volley with:
“We do hear from some.”
The O-man attempted to diminish the question by replying:
“I hear from all kinds of viewers about everything.”
He ultimately responded in typical Obama-fashion by side-stepping the question:
“But the fact of the matter is, I think if you look at my track record, I’m raising a family here. When we travel, we got to travel through Secret Service, and Air Force One, that’s not my choice. I think most folks understand how hard I work and how hard this administration is working on behalf of the American people.”
Memo to O: No one said you didn’t have to travel “through Secret Service and Air Force One.” And what the hell does “I’m raising a family here” have to do with it? Welcome to the club, O; tens of millions of families are “raising a family here.”
The question is, during times when ordinary Americans are struggling to make ends meet – you know; that thing you preach about all the time as an excuse to overtax “the rich” – what kind of message are you sending? And as far as that “how hard I work” thing? That’s the only good thing about your vacations: they keep you the hell out of Washington where you really do damage to the country.
Presidents need vacations just like the rest of us. Some say presidents need them more than do the rest of us. And that vacationing presidents never truly get away from “the office.” Accepting these premises, the point is this: The Presidency is often as much about perception as it is about substance. The fact that the Obamas continue to stick it in the face of ordinary Americans by demonstrating a total lack of judgement during tough economic times speaks volumes as to who they really are. Then again – we already knew who they really were, didn’t we?
Liberal elites are never about what they do; but they’re damn good at telling us what we should do – or not – huh?
Besides, Mooch looks damn good on vacation, doesn’t she?