Another day, another vacation.
You can almost hear the Leftist media, “George W Bush took plenty of vacations. Why can’t the First Lady take her daughter to Espana and book 30 rooms at a 5-star hotel for unnamed friends, bodyguards and family?”
Well, perhaps because the President and his wife made speech after speech before and after the election encouraging ordinary Americans to get out there and volunteer, spread the wealth around and just hang in there while he made sure the unemployment rate didn’t go above 8%.
At his inaugural address Obama said this:
Our journey has never been one of short-cuts…it has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.
Then Michelle addressed a gathering in May, 2009 at an event sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Services in Washington:
And as you know national and community service is near and dear to my heart. It is the reason that I breathe…and for many Americans, it may seem impossible to squeeze even one more minute out of the day and do more because we all have busy lives but I strongly encourage people to think about volunteering and community service.
In selling the $787 billion stimulus bill a little over a year and a half ago President Obama reminded us:
We also inherited the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression.
Michelle will get to breathe in her dedication to serving others as she basks in the sun on the Mediterranean in Marbella, Spain. Meanwhile we can try and “squeeze one more minute out of the day'” to pay for a stimulus bill that most Americans did not want; or continue to look for work in the private sector where the president promised over one million new jobs would be available.
In the “most profound economic” crisis since the 1930’s, we must cut the Obamas some slack as they “seek the pleasure of riches and fame.”
After all, Michelle gave up a Harvard law degree to work in the community of the University Medical Center of Chicago, earning an annual salary of $350,00o. Hubby returned to Chicago after his own graduation from an ivy league university to be a community organizer and teach Alinsky tactics to fellow Marxists. He hooked up with Bill Ayers , among others, and ended up a millionaire. But hey, that’s all apples and oranges.
Next month the first family will appease the critics who called them out on their choice of Maine over Florida last weekend and spend some time on the Gulf coast. Then it’s off to Martha’s Vinyard. Yeah, for yet another vacation.
It must be nice being president or our nation’s First Lady.