Is Obama doing things that are so outlandish that many people don’t believe it? Has he decided he’ll push the envelope further than any other president and he’ll get by with it? Is he dulling us to all the outrageous things he is doing by continuing to do them?
Evidently. Whenever George W. Bush did anything, press tongues wagged. If he played golf, that was an in your face gesture to those serving in our military. If his daughters listed a glass when they were underage, Bush was proclaimed not fit to run the country if he couldn’t even control his family. If he went to humble Crawford, Texas, for some R&R it convinced some that he wasn’t up to the task of the presidency. If he made mistakes in speeches, he was a dullard. It went on and on.
With President Obama, the perks he takes as president are unquestioned. After he won the presidency, his elaborate family vacations got thumbs up. Michelle ran off to Spain and took about 300 people with her, booking them in extravagant hotel suites. She’s doing it again – what, is this her fifth vacation trip in six months? – with the girls, taking them to Ireland. Air Force One and Two will be used and she is staying in the Princess Grace Suite, a hotel room in a five star costing taxpayers $3,000 a night.
Then, the family will go to Africa on a trip that will cost us almost $100 million. The Washington Post reports, “”Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.
“Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts, giving 24-hour coverage over the president’s airspace, so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close.”
Then they will return home just in time to ready for their family vacay to Martha’s Vineyard where they rent another house, at an exorbitant cost. Maybe Michelle will wait 20 minutes for him so they can just take one plane. In 2011, I believe, she flew off on Air Force Two rather than wait for Bam.
All this in the context of White House Tours being unavailable for tourists because there isn’t enough money in our budget for them.
Maybe the point of all this extravagance, aside from personal fun, is to dull the public. If we become used to seeing them living large, maybe we’ll get used to some of the other outrageous things they do, like spying on our every email, siccing the IRS on Tea Party people and taking away our private health care.
Or, we might not notice that Obama has no real foreign policy. Nor any economic policy.
Who can be shocked anymore? Whatever I could make up as a story about the Obamas could never match what they have done for real. It’s shocking, but we’re not shocked anymore.