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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: 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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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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