If you haven’t heard already, our first lady is on vacation. You wouldn’t know it if all you read was CNN. But it’s one of the most lavish vacations any First Lady has ever taken while in the White House. Some are calling her a modern day Marie Antoinette.
What I found odd is that Michelle/Marie took the trip without the President on his birthday, and when Malia was in summer camp. What, no family vacation? Oh, that’s right, they’re going to the Gulf Coast as soon as she gets back, then it’s off to Martha’s Vineyard for 10 days. Wow, that’s some vacation schedule!
The New York Times saw fit to compare “Marie’s” trip to trips Laura Bush took by herself. Apparently Mrs. Bush traveled in a Secret Service plane, not the plane that serves as Air Force Two (or Air Force One when the 747 can’t be used). Also, Mrs. Bush camped and hiked in our National Parks.
So why, on a day when his top economic advisor quit because of disagreements on how to combat the economic malaise, would the President allow this kind of out-of-touch, in-your-face, hypocritical image to be broadcast to the world? I mean, this is the guy calling for sacrifices so that the country can get on its feet. Having his wife take a trip like this is about as tone-deaf as a leader can get. So why do it?
There are two reasons: 1) the president is so used to the Journolist press corps defending him at every turn that he thinks he can get away with it, or 2) he doesn’t care because he doesn’t really want to be president; he just wants the perks.