On June 2, 2008 in (in “The Democratic? Party Fractures“) we first repudiated the obvious and growing Culture of Corruption among Obama Dimocrats. By February 20, 2009 (in “Bush Frying Pan Meet The Obama Fire“) we noted the similarities between Mary Todd Lincoln and Michelle Obama. A few months later, on May 5, 2009 (in Let Them Eat Cake) we first linked Barack Obama to Marie Antoinette (a.k.a. Madame Déficit due to the “penurious French treasury”). Those timely assessments, made before anyone else spoke the truth, have been proven accurate.
Democrat Susan Estrich this week asked of Obama, “Does He Get It?”
“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? [snip]
I’m from Massachusetts. I was in my 30s the first time I ever set foot in Martha’s Vineyard. Elite. Fancy. Expensive. Hard to get to. The Estrich family from Lynn considered Nantasket Beach exotic. Martha’s Vineyard might as well have been an island off of Spain.
I don’t begrudge the president a nice vacation. But having already spent time in Maine this summer, a second vacation to a place other than the hard-hit Gulf is an invitation for people to think what too many of them already think: The president just doesn’t get it.“
What is the “it” Obama does not get?
“He doesn’t understand what’s happening out there, out here. People still don’t have jobs, home values still haven’t recovered, and 401(k)s are still in a slump. The only signs of recovery are a lot of highway projects, which, as we are told every day when the traffic slows, are being paid for by us.
The danger for Democrats is that if people keep thinking the president doesn’t get it (and that’s what I am hearing, particularly when those golf course shots hit the front page), the easiest way for them to send him a message, since he’s not on the ticket, is to vote against the Democrat who is. November could be a disaster for Democrats if that mentality sets in. The president may not be in any position to rescue Democrats, but his absence from the campaign trail — particularly if he’s playing golf and hobnobbing with rich donors instead — will be viewed (and advertised by Republicans) as an invitation to send him a message he doesn’t want to hear.”
In between vacations Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are either planning vacations or at parties or “playing golf and hobnobbing with rich donors” and corrupt forces which loot the American treasury.
The vacations and hobnobbing are so plentiful even Big Media outlets have jaws on the floor and eyebrows on the ceiling. The British Daily Mail checked the Michelle Obama Spain tab for American taxpayers:
“She is on a four-day visit and will be staying at the five-star Villa Padierna, rated as one of the world’s top 30 hotels, with 40 friends. The party has reserved 60 rooms.”
The Chicago Sun Times put down the cheerleader pom-poms from JournoLister U and also checked the tab:
“Taxpayers pick up the tab for staff and security at the exclusive hotel and most of the expenses for the plane.
First ladies often go on vacations, with and without the president. An issue for Mrs. Obama may be how many: New York in March; Chicago, over Memorial Day; Los Angeles in June; Camp David — sort of an extension of the White House — in July; Maine in July, to highlight Acadia National Park, and now Spain. Mrs. Obama is glamorizing Spain’s coastal resorts before her Aug. 14 first family weekend visit to Florida’s Gulf Coast, to encourage tourists scared away by the oil spill. Starting Aug. 19, the Obamas will spend 10 days in Martha’s Vineyard.”
So detached from reality, so “don’t get it” are Barack Obama and Michelle Obama they consider themselves as holding back – sacrificing! Whether it was the arduous and failed trip with Oprah (“As much of a sacrifice as people say this is for me or Oprah or the President to come for these few days….”) to Copenhagen for a waste of taxpayer dollars in Chicago, the ceaseless parties or the latest trip to Spain – how they suffer! The rooms at the Hotel Villa Padierna per night cost $2,500.
This is not like the hard working, rarely vacationing, Hillary and Bill Clinton splurging on a weekend wedding for their only daughter in a small town in upstate New York. Even families of modest means consider a wedding of an only child an opportunity to “stimulate the economy” and celebrate and major life event.
The Barack Obama and Michelle Obama looting of the treasury for vacations and parties and slush funds for cronies is paid for by Americans. It is, as noted yesterday at the Daily News, a Marie Antoinette style spending spree and contempt for taxpayers:
“The Obama modus operandi is becoming clear. From lavish trips to Spain to reportedly flying Bo, the President’s Portuguese water dog, on a separate aircraft to vacation with them in Maine, to a date night in New York City that perhaps cost nearly $100,000, their idea of austerity is really just the lap of luxury, at least for ordinary folks.[snip]
Instead, Michelle Obama seems more like a modern-day Marie Antoinette – the French queen who spent extravagantly on clothes and jewels without a thought for her subjects’ plight – than an average mother of two. While she’s spent her time in the White House telling parents they should relieve their chubby kids’ dependency on sugar and stressing the importance of an organic veggie garden, hopping a jet to Europe to meet with Spanish royalty isn’t the visual the White House probably wants to project. Perhaps they’ve forgotten the damning image of John Kerry, on the eve of the 2004 election, windsurfing off the coast of Nantucket?
I don’t begrudge anyone rest and relaxation when they work hard. We all need downtime – the First Family included. It’s the extravagance of Michelle Obama’s trip and glitzy destination contrasted with President Obama’s demonization of the rich that smacks of hypocrisy and perpetuates a disconnect between the country and its leaders.”
Mary Todd Lincoln had a penchant for shopping while Union troops died that forced Abe Lincoln to hide her excesses in the budget. The obnoxious self-styled modern day Mr. Lincoln wannabee does not bother to hide the excesses, but rather indulge in some excess and corruptions of his own to match his former boss and current wife.
“Obama’s Thursday afternoon campaign event for Giannoulias, the beleaguered state treasurer of Illinois, reportedly raked in $1 million. Lagging behind his GOP opponent, liberal Republican Rep. Mark Kirk, Giannoulias has coveted one-on-one, grip-and-grin time with Obama for months. In addition to the cash, photo-ops and video of the Obama fundraising event that Giannoulias will milk from now until Election Day, the White House has dispatched Vice President Joe Biden, White House senior adviser David Axelrod and White House campaign management guru David Plouffe to boost Giannoulias’ bid. Plouffe proclaimed Democrats “all in” for Giannoulias, whom he described as “a great progressive champion.”
Obama gave his own personal seal of ethical approval, telling deep-pocketed donors this week: “I appreciate his strong sense of advocacy for ordinary Americans. You can trust him — you can count on him.”
Barack Obama’s seal of approval on “trust” is as worthless as the latest Oprah diet. Giannoulias, like Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, cannot be trusted:
“Giannoulias’ Greek immigrant family founded Chicago-based Broadway Bank, a now-defunct financial institution that loaned tens of millions of dollars to convicted mafia felons and faced bankruptcy after decades of engaging in risky, high-flying behavior. It’s the place where Obama parked his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign funds. And it’s the same place where a mutual friend of Obama and Giannoulias — convicted Obama fundraiser/slum lord Tony Rezko — used to bounce nearly $500,000 in bad checks written to Las Vegas casinos. This week, the Chicago Sun-Times revealed an additional $22.75 million Broadway Bank loan to a Rezko-owned business in 2006. Giannoulias held an ownership stake in the bank at the time.
Giannoulias served as Broadway Bank vice president and senior loan officer for four years. According to the Chicago Tribune, during Giannoulias’ tenure, some $27 million of Broadway Bank’s funny money went to mob crooks Michael “Jaws” Giorango and Demitri Stavropoulos. Giorango is a hustler who fronted a nationwide prostitution ring and was sentenced to six months in prison; Stavropoulos is behind bars for operating a multistate bookmaking ring. Giorango ran the $400-an-hour call girl operation out of high-rise luxury apartments in Chicago with the infamous “Gold Coast Madam,” Rose Laws. Giorango and Stavropoulos used their Broadway Bank loans to start their own risky lending business for nontraditional borrowers unable to secure traditional bank financing.”
Smile – You’re Paying For Michelle’s Vacations, Giannoulias’ Corruptions, And Barack’s Lies.
It’s not only the bills for Michelle and Barack and the dog. It’s not only the hundreds of millions for Giannoulias. It’s the economy, smartie:
“This isn’t a Recovery Summer. It’s a slow slide, certainly better than the rapid disintegration of 2009, but we haven’t replaced those jobs yet, either. Job losses are cumulative. In a normal recovery with proper economic policies of lower barriers to investor entry, we would see a rapid replacement of jobs in this time frame that would take us back to somewhere around 80% of what was lost, with the remaining 20% being the most difficult to recover. We have not yet even begun that ascent.”
It’s “Relapse Summer” not “Recovery Summer”. As Michelle Obama goes sleeveless in Marbella, and Christine Romer goes back to work in California, unemployment in the United States remains at 9.5% not the ‘if you pass the stimulus scam waste of hundreds of billions unemployment will remain under 8.5%’.
Sleeveless will bite taxpayers for hundreds of thousands of dollars just for one vacation in Spain. Let the unemployed bask in the glow of her sun.
The unemployed can rejoice because Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says all is well and moving in the right direction in Obamaland. Hope is all the Hopium Guzzlers have left now that the Obama “change” has hit them right between the eyes:
“Temporary employment is falling rapidly, suggesting weaker job growth ahead.
For the second consecutive month, the economy created virtually no jobs, net of temporary Census jobs. The Labor Department reported that the economy lost 131,000 jobs in July, 12,000 less than the 143,000 drop in the number of temporary Census workers. The June numbers were revised down by 100,000 to show a gain of only 4,000 non-Census jobs.
The job loss corresponds to a decline in labor force participation. [snip]
African Americans were also hit especially hard. The EPOP for African Americans is back at its low point for the downturn and the EPOP for African American women hit a new low at 54.4 percent, 0.1 percentage points lower than the December ratio.
By education level, the less educated appear to be the big gainers, with a 1.8 percentage-point increase in the EPOP for those without a high school degree. Those with some college had a 0.8 percentage-point decline in their EPOP and those with college degrees had a 1.1 percentage-point drop to 72.7 percent, the lowest level of the downturn.
By age group, the big gainers continued to be the over-55 cohort, which added 54,000 jobs in July, bringing the 3-month gain to 182,000. Older women accounted for 167,000 of this rise in employment. By contrast, employment for women between the ages of 35-44 fell by 253,000 (1.8%) and for women between 45-54 by 186,000 (1.2%) since May.
There were substantial declines in all the measures of duration of unemployment. This likely reflects many long-term unemployed dropping out of the workforce after losing benefits. [snip]
Retail trade added 6,700 jobs, but with a 13,000 downward revision to last month’s job loss number, employment is still 14,000 below the May level. Financial services lost 17,000 jobs, with real estate counting for more than half of the loss. Professional and business services are now shedding jobs, with the sector losing 13,000 jobs last month. Employment services lost 23,300 jobs, a bad harbinger for future job growth. Even the restaurant sector is losing jobs, shedding 10,600 workers in July, the 3rd consecutive decline.
State and local governments shed 48,000 jobs in July, a result of budget cutting coinciding with the new fiscal year. The only sectors that added substantial numbers of jobs were health care (27,800) and, strangely, ground transit which added 10,600 jobs in July, 2.5 percent of employment in the sector.”
Screw you disgruntled unemployed – Barack is having a wonderful time so enjoy his good fortune instead of griping. So what if Barack takes an expensive helicopter instead of his new Limousine to travel 6 miles, a 20 minute drive. Screw you for noticing.
Smile, you’re paying for it all. And you will pay and pay and pay. You will pay and pay until we rid the nation of Barack Obama and all his Obaminations and his Obama Dimocratic Party and his Hopium Guzzler Obamatrons. So smile and pay.
Pay, until November – then it is payback.