Skip to comments.Media Matters Palace Guard Defense of Michelle Obama Backfires - Big Time
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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..
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.
Michelle is a one-woman reparations collection agency.
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.
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.
Just look in the mirror, American tax-payers.
London tabloid, Daily Mail, stated they took the Marie-Antoinette monicker from a right wing blogger.
Onyx and others posted more on the Arabs and Michelle in Marbella here:
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].
But remember you CAN’T go to Las Vegas!!!
Is this article still there?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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