News has recently surfaced that the Obamas hosted a lavish Alice in Wonderland-themed Halloween tea party at the White House in October of 2009, complete with décor by director Tim Burton and a guest appearance by the Mad Hatter himself, Johnny Depp in full costume and character.
Sounds like an awesome party to me. So why are we just hearing about it now?
Because it was kept very hush-hush at the time, when the unemployment rate had reached 10%, federal spending had skyrocketed, and the Tea Party movement was gaining momentum in the fight to stop a government takeover of our health care system.
In other words, it might have looked bad for the Obamas to throw a lavish party while espousing to the public the need for shared sacrifice and belt-tightening.
The cat is out of the bag now, with New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor’s revealing new book, The Obamas. She writes about the party:
White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged.
This is what frustrates me about the Obama administration – it’s all do as I say and not do as I do. President Obama claims that millionaire fat cats making over $250,000 (I know, math is hard) need to pay their fair share, then he allows the White House to host a flashy party. How much did that cost taxpayers, I wonder?
Our nation is broke as a joke, and our first family spends money like it’s going out of style. They even take separate planes to their travel destinations mere hours apart, costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars and who knows how many carbon credits (if you buy into that sort of thing).
Michelle takes photo ops at Target, because she’s just like you and me! A real mom taking advantage of the Dollar Spot and boxed wine! Meanwhile, she wears $495 shoes to dig around in the dirt, and dresses that are worth more than most people’s rent.
They ‘support’ the Occupy Wall Street crowd, after having lined their buddies at Solyndra’s pockets with $535 million that our children will have to pay back with interest someday.
These people are not like you and me -- they are wealthy and that is fine. There’s nothing wrong with working hard and enjoying the fruits of your labor. But the fact that President Obama lives an extravagant lifestyle while demonizing private jet owners is hypocritical and annoying.
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