Hickpolitics.com is a Conservative blog I had not previously heard of, however, I stumbled across a post this weekend that perfectly framed my feelings about the endless summer vacations being enjoyed by the First family. The press and liberals have in deed, if not in mind, elevated the Obama’s to royal status. Some might even argue, god-status, and I might agree. One thing I have learned in my years in the entertainment industry, if you treat someone like a god, they come to think of themselves as a god. I have watched as very humble people puff into intolerable ego maniacal prima donnas.
That said if there was ever a humble bone to be found in either of the Obamas you can rest assured it has been completely removed. And this would be why our dear King and Queen can vacation dozens of times throughout the summer while millions of Americans are trapped at home, hoping for jobs to feed their families and keep their homes from foreclosure. Tens of thousands will lose that fight while our royalty bask in the luxuries of countless vacations, only affordable to the super-rich.
MinnPost.com defended the First Lady by citing lavish vacations taken by other left-wing royals, Hillary Clinton and Jacqueline Kennedy. However, we are living under significantly different economic times. Eleanor Roosevelt was not photographed strolling Rodeo Drive during the Great Depression or lounging poolside in Miami, so comparisons to former First Ladies falls quite flat.
And it did not escape my notice that the comparisons to lavish vacations were all with other Democrat Fist Lady’s. What about those lavish Laura Bush vacations? Oh wait, Laura Bush visited U.S. National Parks and went camping. Hmm. AT least in the end, the writer, Mary Stanik, recognized that however one can justify it, lavish vacations during a severe economic downturn, do not look good. I’d go farther, they are not good.
Enough of my two cents, oh, did I mention a Prima Donna?Can We Dispense, Now, With The Myth That They Feel Our Pain? Originally posted at Hickpolitics.com by Dave Poff
Honestly, I don’t care about the frequency with which our King and his Queen vacation from the tough grind of their having to talk out of both sides of their mouths. And I’ve long since grown accustomed to taking a shiv in the back at the 4th rib from the Monarchy on a fairly routine basis. And I’m fine with them going places I’ll never be able to afford to see or getting really cool stuff I’d never dream of being worthy of owning…but, can we please stop now with the nonsense of being asked to believe that our rulers are just private folk; simple and humble and understated like the rest of the riff raff that walks the streets and pays their bills?
And could someone please tell the White House and that Gibbs creature to shut the hell up already?
The first lady is paying for her own room, food and transportation, and the friends she brought will pay for theirs as well. But the government picks up security costs, and the image of the president’s wife enjoying a fancy vacation at a luxury resort abroad while Americans lose their jobs back home struck some as ill-timed. European papers are having a field day tracking her entourage, a New York Daily News columnist called her “a modern-day Marie Antoinette” and the blogosphere has been buzzing.
The White House said it would not comment. “The first lady is on a private trip,” Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said this week. “She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip. And I think I’d leave it at that.”
Nothing about the President and the First Lady is “private”…I mean, I know they have forgotten that we are their employers and all…but it’s not like they can turn their lives on and off like a switch. And, how ever much of their glamorous lives they pay for on their own, we’re still spending hundreds of thousands of dollars of OUR money to make sure nothing happens to them while they do it. There’s really no need to rub it in our faces…is there?
Millions are out of work, millions are on food stamps, and millions more on welfare. Our idea of a vacation is the phone being disconnected long enough to miss a few days worth of collection calls. Do we really need to be asked for some level of interest or concern for what the Queen is doing in Europe when she could be here…spending that time on the poor folk from whence she wants us to believe she comes, and believes she is well-suited to relate to?
Enough already.–Dave Poff