Skip to comments.Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing after telling Americans to sacrifice
Posted on 02/20/2011 9:54:50 AM PST by Innovative
Full title: Obama accused of 'double standards' as family go skiing just days after telling Americans to sacrifice their own holidays (shortenend to fit within word limit)
President Obama has been accused of having double standards after appealing for Americans to sacrifice their holidays just days before his wife and children went on a costly skiing trip.
First Lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha are said to be on a 'private family trip' to Colorado for Presidents' Day Weekend...
Although the Obamas will pay for a portion of the skiing trip, taxpayers will still shoulder many of the costs.
'I don't know whether to laugh or cry,' said one of the president's most outspoken critics, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh. 'He's got the single largest deficit in the history of the country and he's trying to tell us that we really cut back here.'
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
I think Michelle has adapted very well to enjoying the good life. She’s got four years (or eight) to live a life of luxury, and she wants to make the most of it.
Can you imagine the reaction if Laura Bush, or any Republican first lady, took a separate luxury vacation, as the president stayed home? Michelle took a luxury vacation to Spain last year, and now if taking this separate luxury ski vacation. Yet the liberals will have zero to say about it, I’m sure.
But if an evil Republican did this, the MSM would be full of stories of luxury living while talking about record numbers of homeless and millions grappling with poverty.
He doesn’t care about anything except destruction of the US.
Imagine the attacks from the liberal media if the Bush family had vacationed like the Obamas do.
“Let them eat cake” — Queen Michelle Marie Antoinette Obama
Why sacrifice when you have the kind of money they have that they never earned. Reminds me of an old episode of CARTER COUNTRY. The black Sargeant pressured the Chief to hire a black cop. He finally hired him then had to fire him for incompetence later in the episode. The cop said “You’re just firing me ‘cause I’m black.”
The Chief responded, “No. I HIRED you ‘cause you’re black. I’m firing you ‘cause you’re a lousy cop.” I doubt that could be made today.
It won’t take much effort for her to get down the hill with her posterior and gravity at work.
How many Obama vacations have we had to pay for these last two miserable years?
Well, in the interest of factual accuracy, Laura Bush went on several foreign "vacations" without her husband. Just off the top of my head, I recall trip to Italy and an African safari, with both her daughters.
I'm sure if you looked at the travel itineraries of First Ladies going back to Teddy R, you'd see similar vacations.
Deep down inside, I think the Baraqqis know the party may well end in Jan 2013, so I expect them to milk the system full bore up to that point.
“the MSM would be full of stories of luxury living while talking about record numbers of homeless and millions grappling with poverty.”
Back when Bush 41 was president, the MSM ran stories on a near daily about homelessness in America. But as soon as their boy Bill Clinton was elected the MSM stopped reporting on the homeless problem. The issue was clearly used as a weapon to defeat an incumbent Republican president.
Imagine, Obama and hypocrite in the same sentence.
“How many Obama vacations have we had to pay for these last two miserable years?”
I’ve lost track of the many luxury vacations of the Obamas. The guy hasn’t been in the WH very long, but there’s a long list of vacations.
Accused? How about “guilty of ...”
This is what liberals mean when the refer to “shared sacrifice”.
Gee....sure looks like their having fun in that picture!
They sure are an unhappy bunch, for a family that has the world and pretty much anything they could ever want at their fingertips.
but then again, being around the Wide-load Wookie and all her charm day in and day out would kinda take the lust out of life.
The difference I think is the time, we are in crisis and 0dumbo has told us over and over we have to sacrifice.
When Laura Bush went to Africa she was actually bringing notice to increase in malaria as well as AIDS> I hardly think visiting mozambique’s mosquito infested areas qualifies as a luxury vacation.
The MSM has tried to ginn that trip up to offset manchelles trips, first to spain and now to colo. they don’t get the facts right but that doesn’t stop them
What better place to cool off than a luxury ski resort?
Also, she knows that Bammy need his “Reggie time,” so she takes the girls and skips town, so the boys can be boys.
LOL... the arms...
“Chins up for arrogance” is the new catch phrase
I have no problems with critical examination of Presidential expenditures. But, I do think hypocritical pettiness is unhelpful. Yes, Laura Bush took vacations. And yes, some of those vacations happened during the recession years between 2001-2003. You can do a simple google search and find her vacations to Mammoth Lakes near Yosemite and to a resort lodge in Washington in 2003. And, those were straight vacations. Laura, like every First Lady before her (and after), also managed to work in some R&R during "official" visits to foreign locales.
This isn't a scam that was crafted by the Obamas, nor will it be a scam that ends with them.
I call her MAO. Me!chelle Antoinette Obama.
It fits (unlike most of her wardrobe) quite well.
Wide load coming downhill with no flags.
Oh, wait... No matter, they cordoned the area because there’s no moose, but Wookie is on the loose.
The article appeared in a UK paper — people are noticing the hypocrisy — THIS is the point. Obama is telling us to sacrifice, while they are splurging.
President Bush gave up golf after 9-11-2001, so he wouldn’t appear frivolous. The Obama’s have no such concern, they have no problem with hypocrisy.
Its the way communist dictatorships work. The Inner Circle has all the perks. There is no shared sacrifice from the leaders, only the stooges they fool.
Pray for America
Ok, explain this one. Yesterday morning, with Sasha in Vail, CO, Dear Reader (while there was social unrest in Madistan, WI, two Iranian warships zipping towards the Suez Canal, and his administration being held in Contempt of Court over his Gulf drilling moratorium) took a 15 car convoy to the northern Virginia suburbs, to coach his ‘skiing’ daughter’s elementary school basketball team.
Hundreds of LEOs (from Secret Service down to local PDs) had to mobilize for the trip to happen. Thousands of Americans had to be inconvenienced as both road and air traffic was rerouted...so that Barry could pretend to be a big time basketball expert.
Their excess and self indulgence know no bounds.
They threw tantrums everytime President Bush spent time at his Texas ranch. They never mentioned the fact that he took "working vacations."
I think they believe they will live in the WH forever as eventual King and Queen..first King and Queen of American and black in the bargain.
How is that to get even with all the plantation owners of the 1700 and early 1800s before the Civil War.To them that would be sweet justice.
Right, but I'm talking about the hypocrisy comparing MO to Laura Bush. Someone earlier made the inference that Laura Bush didn't take luxury vacations. She did, even during the height of the recession, as every First Lady has, even in troubled economic times. Criticizing this first lady or any first lady while ignoring that this is standard First Family behavior, is hypocritical.
"President Bush gave up golf after 9-11-2001"
No, President Bush gave up golf in the late summer of 2003. In large part, this was motivated by the UN diplomat that was killed in that truck bomb inside the US green zone. Google is your friend, here.
I have no problems with this president, or any president recreating and relaxing. Plus, the guy makes 400K a year (to say nothing about his residual book sales). How many families making 400K annually aren't going to take a vacation or two each year?
The “scam” is obama has said people may have to make sacrifices including giving up vacations.
If you don’t get that nothing anyone can say will help you see what you don’t want to
It’s not a double standard.
When he says “We”, he’s not talking about himself and the Ruling Class. He’s talking about the little people.
No thanks. I have no interest in defending Obama, or his personal daily entertainment and/or scheduling decisions.
But, I will point out simple hypocrisy when it presents itself.
Don’t expect to see this story in the NYT.
Zer0 and the first Wookie need to spread some of the luxury around. I had never even heard of arugula until IWon showed up on the scene.
She has such a greedy face.
She reminds me of a girl I went to elementary school with who without fail took more than her share and while eating she would position her arms defensively and greedily around her food...as if to ward off anyone who might think about touching her food. There was no reason to be like this; I and others spent lots of time at her house and she had plenty to eat. She was just straight up greedy.
No, what you don't get is that I'm not a fair-weather conservative. I believe people should enjoy the fruits of their labor, without criticism based on class-warfare, even if that criticism is politically expedient. I don't like political expediency.
Obama makes more than I do. I imagine he makes more than you do. And, statistics tell me he makes more than most everyone, except for a tiny, tiny minority of super-rich.
If a president - this president or any president - says "people have to sacrifice", more power to him. In fact, I hope he says it more often and I hope he means it. And, if at the moment he utters those words, he's stepping on Marine One to take him to golf, or sailing or whatever it is a guy who makes $400K/annually likes to do to recreate, I couldn't care less. Why? Because he gets paid that much money and he should spend it anyway he damn-well wants to. That's how conservatives think.
I'm not a "class-warfairist", even if it would make me feel good to bash my political opponent.
I agree, 0dumbo should be ab le to spend HIS money howeve he chooses but not OUR money for his wife for vacations after he tells us all we should sacrifice including giving up vacations.
If she’d paid the entire trip to where ever she wishes to go the she shoudl go and enjoy. But not ONE dime of taxpayer money should go for her to go anywhere.
Dont’ ask us to forego vacations and then have a non elected POS jet off at our expense.
Now if she announces that she will pay the entire cost of the trip, ski and spa away
Not to mention the $250,000 junkets to Paris, or buzzing a post-911 New York in Air Force One for a photo op without notice.
The hypocrisy belongs to Obama.
The unfortunate older girl in the picture looks just like daddy.