Perhaps that’s a bit too harsh. I do believe we’re in an economic crisis. That’s pretty much an undeniable fact at this point. But it’d be nice if the man in the White House actually began treating it as one outside of his stump speeches pushing for a trillion-dollar pork-laden spending bill.
After warning that we had no time to waste and that failing to pass porkulus would send us into a recession from which we’d never emerge, President Obama and the First Lady put off signing the very same bill so they could have a weekend off in Chicago. Apparently the American people can’t wait another day for Congress to debate the elements of the legislation, but they can wait for the Obamas to finish their personal outings in the Windy City.
Which brings us to another point. Where is the personal sacrifice from the Obamas we were told we’d have to make? Remember this?
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.
“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.
So keeping our homes at a comfortable temperature isn’t leadership? Really? Because we know that President Obama isn’t freezing off his gnads at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.
“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
So if Obama likes it warm in his house it’s just dandy. But if you or I want to keep our homes at a comfortable temperature it shows a lack of leadership in the world. And that’s not acceptable.
Perhaps President Obama can take some time away from his nights on the town, swanky cocktail parties with expensive steaks at the White House, and eating at the Oprah chef-run restaurant in Chicago to recognize his hypocrisy. Sacrifice and swift action for thee, but not for me.