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Media Matters Palace Guard Defense of Michelle Obama Backfires - Big Time
Saturday, August 7, 2010 | Kristinn

Posted on 08/07/2010 2:29:49 PM PDT by kristinn

Democratic Party front group Media Matters for America has been loyally defending First Lady Michelle Obama's luxurious Spanish vacation this week even as other liberals concede the Obama administration made a politically insensitive call in signing off on the trip.

Today, Media Matters attacked Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit/Pajamas Media for his critique of Michelle Obama's trip. The headline of the attack piece: Michelle Obama derangement syndrome: Instapundit posts pic of First Lady as Marie Antoinette

Not only does the headline reinforce the growing meme that Michelle Obama is acting like a rich pig, but upon opening the article one is confronted with a huge graphic posted by Media Matters of Michelle Obama as Marie Antoinette with her muscular hand set on a globe captioned Choosing the next Vacation that is four times the size of the brief two paragraph attack article:

The illustration is from the Glenn Reynolds piece which itself is a short excerpt of a Roger L. Simon article asserting that Michelle's extravagant trip is one more indication that Barack Obama has a psychological disorder and doesn't really want to be president anymore.

The illustration is grounded in truth, which gives it a credibility that Media Matters, which is suffering from its own version of Obama Derangement Syndrome, can't see because of its blind loyalty to the First Couple.

Since becoming First Lady nineteen months ago, Michelle Obama has vacationed overseas in Paris, London, Copenhagen and Marbella. She still has a family vacation booked to Indonesia and Australia that has been twice postponed this year because of her husband's incompetence and rudeness. She also vacationed in Los Angeles this year, sans her husband, sitting in a luxury box for an NBA championship game and visiting a private beach owned by a billionaire.

Barack and Michelle Obama have also vacationed across America from Hawaii to Maine, with stays at a $4,000 rental home in Hawaii, Martha's Vineyard (with a second trip there later this month) taken over 300 rooms at a Montana resort, traveled through Western National Parks, two Chicago vacation weekends, one weekend vacation each in North Carolina and Maine (with a Florida weekend planned next week) and the infamous date night in New York City.

When the Obamas don't feel like traveling the world, they bring the world to them at taxpayer expense, including a pizza chef from St. Louis and all kinds of performers for their White House parties.

The Marie Antoinette meme is sticking to Michelle Obama, and by extension her husband, because more and more people are seeing the First Couple for what they are. Now more liberal reporters will see them that way, too, thanks to the blind loyalty of Media Matters.


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To: BigSkyFreeper

It was a joke. This whole administration is a joke, The idea that Michelle is on a diplomatic vacation is also a joke. Those ‘guys’ don’t like talking to a woman whether she is BO’s wife or someone else’s.


201 posted on 08/08/2010 6:10:34 AM PDT by CARTOUCHE (The game continues. Let them come for me and mine.)
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To: kristinn

ping


202 posted on 08/08/2010 6:11:22 AM PDT by Whats the Matter with Kansas? (Freedom is not FREE)
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

You are correct in your analysis.

The current week’s comparisons are not related to the past but the future. The alluders think the First Wookie is going to lose her head in on a bloody chopping block.


203 posted on 08/08/2010 6:13:52 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Greetings Jacques. The revolution is coming)
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To: CARTOUCHE

Oh, I agree and I’ve said the same things recently that The Rookie and the rest of the “guys” in his administration are uncomfortable around women and they don’t treat them with respect that women are afforded. That’s why there are tensions growing between Valerie Jarrett and the men in the administration, and why The Rookie’s chief economic adviser is leaving town.


204 posted on 08/08/2010 7:19:58 AM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: EDINVA
I am not with him..what was so important he had to go to a sign factory ther was no need for that trip, just another way to spend out money before he ruins bankrupts the country..Just another day out for him..This screw ball needs to be reigned in by someone..
205 posted on 08/08/2010 9:01:30 AM PDT by PLD (When you receive a kindness,remember it;when you bestow one,forget it)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Yeah could be he had to tell the workers great job, make thousands more spend all the money you want..The owner is probably a fiend that he is paying back for his support..
206 posted on 08/08/2010 9:04:45 AM PDT by PLD (When you receive a kindness,remember it;when you bestow one,forget it)
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To: spectre
She thinks she is very important but neither one of them are..we could do really good if they would just go away and spend Soros’s money which I am sure they get a good pension from him and the Muslims..
207 posted on 08/08/2010 9:07:42 AM PDT by PLD (When you receive a kindness,remember it;when you bestow one,forget it)
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To: Thank You Rush

He wasn’t working he as having a BBQ for his friends Ayers,Wright an the rest of his neighbors and commie friends..I wonder if he ever gets confused since he is a Communist and a Muslim..Trained in both sick groups..


208 posted on 08/08/2010 9:10:46 AM PDT by PLD (When you receive a kindness,remember it;when you bestow one,forget it)
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To: PLD

This is what every president does. He goes and visits schools, factories, etc. It’s gone on as long as I can remember. When RWR was POTUS, we lived across the street from a major DC hotel; he and his caravan were there about every other week addressing some group or another.

I personally regret that the person doing it now as POTUS is BHO, but that doesn’t alter the fact that it’s part of the job.

Rather than focusing on where he goes and how he gets there, we might focus on what he does when he is IN the Oval Office. Technically, he’s there 24/7 regardless of where he might be, but more harm is done when he is in that physical location than at a factory or school.


209 posted on 08/08/2010 9:58:01 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: EDINVA
No, he isn't at the white house 24/7 he is in Air Force One flying all over the world and this country country one of them are always in a plan going on vacation..He has Pelosi,Soros and her jokers to take care of things and destroy this great country..

I do worry because I am tired of footing the bill for these free loaders..To many people in this country are living on the street and going to bed under a bridge hungry..Go work at the Salvation Army and see what goes on there it will break your heart to see these people with nothing..

210 posted on 08/08/2010 10:08:12 AM PDT by PLD (When you receive a kindness,remember it;when you bestow one,forget it)
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To: PLD

You are personalizing the presidency. I didn’t say Obama is in the White House 24/7, I said he is ‘on duty’ 24/7. Every president is ‘on duty’ with an entire coterie of SS/aides/advisors, etc. around the clock, regardless of his physical location. You may not like the way this president is ‘on duty’ but on duty he is.

The Dems and MSM, knowing better, quite unreasonably gave W all kinds of hell for going to Crawford, and now the R’s are doing the same with Obama. Not a whole lot new there. Except, of course, that W was staying stateside and at his own place. But W was not ‘nouveau riches.’ And, no one seemed to notice that every time Chelsea Clinton had a break from school, the then-FLOTUS had to take a world tour with her daughter.

I have done limited volunteer work with the Salvation Army and the Christian Mission, etc. and even at one time an Urban League tutoring program, since the mid-60’s. Guess what ??? It is no different now than it was 45 years ago. There are still homeless, tho admittedly more since the Carter years when the ACLU got mental patients released onto the streets. There are still abused women/children. There are still ineducable children. There always was and always will be an ‘underclass’ that is heartbreaking. They didn’t arise out of nowhere during Obama’s term of office.

What would you have him do? Stay in the White House Oval Office and devise even more social engineering schemes ? It’s bad enough as it is.


211 posted on 08/08/2010 10:29:47 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Victoria Delsoul

Bingo.


212 posted on 08/08/2010 9:20:20 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: Billthedrill
Michelle Antoinette, livin’ large on your dime, because you owe her, sucker.

Michelle is a one-woman reparations collection agency.

213 posted on 08/08/2010 9:27:01 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Brugmansian
Thus, there will be a meeting between Michelle Obama and Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz, governor of Riyadh and brother of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, while another meeting is shuffled from the first lady with the owner of Málaga CF, billionaire businessman, son of Qatar's Interior Minister and member of the Qatari royal family, Abdullah Al Thani.

May we peasants ask "Why?"

This whole "vacation" affair is beginning to stink...

I would remind the audience that a.) it was Bernadine Dohrn, William Ayers' wife, who hired Michelle into Sidley & Austin and b.) it was Michelle who then hired Barack into the firm and supervised him.

214 posted on 08/08/2010 9:34:10 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: onyx; Victoria Delsoul

I am only speculating, but treasonous activity that undermines the national security of the United States is a far cry from turning a blind eye to affairs, drunkenness, drug use, and boorish behavior in general.

They could even reason that the disclosure of the above could harm national security, but when that security itself is threatened, it’s a whole new ballgame.

We’re in new territory now. I’m sure, without intending to malign the noble character of the Secret Service, that they’ve heard unlawful orders given or have seen a decision-making process that would make Constitutionalists angry.

But, ultimately, those decisions were made by a pro-American president who had a pro-American goal in mind. We’re dealing with a different kind of animal in President (maO)bama and Michelleda Marcos.


215 posted on 08/08/2010 9:37:24 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: noblejones

Just look in the mirror, American tax-payers.


216 posted on 08/08/2010 9:42:20 PM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * ? * RYAN * 2012)
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To: bray

London tabloid, Daily Mail, stated they took the Marie-Antoinette monicker from a right wing blogger.


217 posted on 08/08/2010 9:45:18 PM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * ? * RYAN * 2012)
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To: okie01
No good from the start. What is ironic is Obama represents the faction of the New Left, the SDS, which called Hillary Clinton and those like her sell-outs at Yale. Now they are all together and in power.

Onyx and others posted more on the Arabs and Michelle in Marbella here:

Pleasure and Vacation Policy Michelle (Why is Michelle Reportedly Meeting Arab Officials In Spain?)

218 posted on 08/08/2010 9:45:32 PM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: Brugmansian

This trustworthy organization translates Arab (and other language) media material into English. Many of their translations highlight the unrepentant and destructive attitudes of the Islamists but their material isn’t picked up by the “Enemedia” at all [enemy media aka lame stream media].

http://www.memri.org/
http://www.memriblog.org


219 posted on 08/09/2010 7:39:37 AM PDT by JoyjoyfromNJ (Psalm 121)
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To: kristinn

But remember you CAN’T go to Las Vegas!!!


220 posted on 08/09/2010 7:45:57 AM PDT by danamco (")
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To: Brugmansian

Is this article still there?


221 posted on 08/09/2010 9:38:51 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: kristinn

GREAT thread, once again, Thank you. It is stunning to see all the vacations listed in one place. I was wondering if I was just being kneejerk about these two, but there is NO WAY this would fly with any other President.


222 posted on 08/09/2010 10:49:19 AM PDT by PghBaldy (Like the Ft Hood Killer, James Earl Ray was just stressed when he killed MLK Jr.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Yes but in Spanish:

Placer ¿y política? en las vacaciones de Michelle Obama en la Costa del Sol

223 posted on 08/09/2010 11:03:44 AM PDT by Brugmansian
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To: AEMILIUS PAULUS

LOL!

I liked “electoral spasm.” But I won’t believe we’re a dying republic until I see what happens in the next couple of elections.

I believe Obama was just a novelty to people who thought he was black.

Remember, Obama barely beat McCain.


224 posted on 08/09/2010 11:08:40 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: kristinn

She should be able to recognize prestige and manic spending and consumption that springs from a need for self-esteem, very common among nouveau riche liberals, pathological narcissists, and yuppies with emotional needs and a sense of entitlement. This is what she thinks wealthy and powerful people do. And apparently this need overrides any sense of inappropriateness, given the economic woes afflicting many Americans, the gulf oil diaster, etc. For similar reasons Barry's mother-in-law stays busy eyeing the White House silverware, china, and tea services, tucking away spoons and forks for a rainy day. Those who had traumatic childhoods or who feel they were wronged earlier in life have more trouble with self-esteem spending.

The inappropriate affect and disconnection from reality should be a little alarming for any liberals still worried about trying to salvage this presidency.

Another fantasy shopping spree in Paris should come next. She seems to have an endless need for conspicuous consumption and manic spending driven by a need for self-esteem.

Had Nancy Reagan or Laura Bush gone off running up vacation tabs like this, liberals in the mainstream media would never have stopped whining about how many starving children in Third World countries could have been clothed and fed by the funds for the tab. Or the carbon footprint of such a frivolous and unctuously lavish and luxurious manic episode. Borderline psychotic behavior disconnected from any concern for appearances or what is appropriate expenditure should be a matter of concern when afflicting those in the White House during times of national crisis.

How's Obama's virtually homeless brother, living in the hut in Kenya, doing, by the way? That $75K from just one day of this vacation would probably go a long way for him in Kenya. Any "normal" person would weigh those priorities and be embarrassed by the inappropriate spending.

225 posted on 08/09/2010 2:02:36 PM PDT by HowlinglyMind-BendingAbsurdity
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To: scott7278
But, ultimately, those decisions were made by a pro-American president who had a pro-American goal in mind. We’re dealing with a different kind of animal in President (maO)bama and Michelleda Marcos.

You're exactly right.  We are dealing with people whose agenda is against the best interests of America, and they have the power to enact much of that agenda.

226 posted on 08/09/2010 8:13:59 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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