Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Obamas' night out

Well, the most powerful man in the world needs a break, too, doesn’t he? President Obama took First Lady Michelle out for dinner and a show on Broadway on Saturday night, according to The Moderate Voice.

Jazz Shaw, assistant editor, TMV, writes: The trip still involved three Gulfstream Jets, a large staff and press corps following, blocking off traffic for hours across several blocks in Manhattan on a Saturday afternoon and evening and a total taxpayer bill which the White House couldn’t even estimate for us. And it took place not only in the midst of two hot wars, but on the eve of GM likely going bankrupt and a rising unemployment rate where millions of Americans are wondering if they’ll be able to afford all their groceries next month. Could the optics of this Broadway fiasco possibly be any worse?”

Shaw adds: “I told my wife during our first year of marriage that we were going to take a trip to Ireland together. She’s still waiting for that trip, and the way things are going it may have to remain on hold until we retire. Thankfully she hasn’t taken that as a reason to dump my belongings on the front lawn and send me packing… at least not yet. Somehow I think Michelle Obama would have forgiven the President if their evening on Broadway had to wait for a while. This was a dumb move by the White House all the way around.”

Brilliant stuff, and this is exactly what we should tell our politicians, too.

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