Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Breakfast in Utah, Lunch in Aspen, Dinner in DC

The morning after President Barak Obama used the national television stations to scold the Congress about reckless spending, his wife Michelle boarded one of our Air Force planes to attend fundraising affairs in Utah and Colorado.

The first stop was breakfast at the Park City Utah home of Mark and Nancy Gilbert with 200 to 300 other guests. The Gilberts live and work in Boca Raton Florida and have been heavily involved in Democratic fundraising for years. As a reward of their hard work, Mr. Obama appointed Mrs. Gilbert to a 5 year term on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council this past June 10th, 2011.

Afterward, Mrs. Obama is flying to Aspen Colorado to attend a reception at the home of Jim and Paula Crown. Mr. Crown is President of a privately owned investment company and is a director of General Dynamics Corporation. This is the same company where Thomas Ayers (father of Obama's friend Bill Ayers) served years ago.

Remember, "defaulting on our obligations is a reckless and irresponsible outcome ..." and  we are "... asking Americans whose incomes have gone up the most over the last decade -– millionaires and billionaires -– to share in the sacrifice everyone else has to make". (Obama: Address by the President to the Nation - July 25, 2011)

The only thing wrong with today's fundraising is that everyone has flown from and to various parts of the country in order to give money towards the Obama 2012 Reelection. While its not a private jet, Mrs. Obama is using our Air Force as her own private vehicle, yet the president wants to raise taxes on those who own private jets.

Perhaps instead of spending taxpayer money recklessly during a fiscal crisis, the First Family should demonstrate restraint and fiscal responsibility themselves.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Divided Government Limits Obama's Travels and Spending

During the past three weeks, the President has been confined to Washington, pushing the Democratic senate and congressional representatives to stand strong and block all Republican suggestions and solutions for capping the national debt. Armed with bully-tactic rhetoric and a stubborn refusal to stop spending, both the President and Vice President have been forced cancel fund raising appearances across the country (Obama, Biden cancel fund-raisers to stay in DC for debt talks).

Listening to his response to a question at a University of Maryland town hall discussion last Friday, we learn of Mr. Obama's frustration of having to work.

Because the American population insisted on fiscal accountability, the President is forced to work with a divided government. As he says, if he didn't have this distraction, he wouldn't have to attend so many meetings, and could spend more time with his family.

What the President really meant is that he could spend more time traveling on Air Force One collecting donations from wealthy jet owners in California, Seattle, New York City, and Washington DC. He also means that VP O'Biden would be free to travel to Atalanta, Nashville, and Dallas for money there.

Even so, the First Lady will continue doing her part, making a one day trip to Park City Utah and Aspen Colorado tomorrow to attend two fund raisers where admittance will cost guests $1,000 to $35,000.

The sad part is that if we do not raise the debt ceiling, then the Obama family will be forced to limit (or hopefully stop) their voracious and continuous spending of our hard earned tax dollars, which is the real reason why Mr. Obama needs to raise taxes across the board.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Deficit Spending Authorized for Attending the World Cup Finals

The debt ceiling negotiations have forced the President and First Lady to remain in Washington the past week, giving the taxpaying Americans the impression that they care about the economy.

However, that did not stop them from authorizing an all expense paid trip to Germany for Chelsea Clinton and Jill Biden. Since the President had to remain in the U.S., he named these two women to head a special U.S. delegation that would cheer our women's national soccer team in the World Cup finals.

When normal citizens face budget constraints, they usually cut back on frivolous spending. But, since Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden are working overtime trying to raise the debt ceiling, they have found  no shortage of good old American taxpayer dollars to be spent on entertainment purposes.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peas, Shakes, and Tears

While the President held a news conference yesterday telling us Americans that we must eat Peas, the First Lady was eating a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake, and a Diet Coke for lunch. Unfortunately, the Washington branch of the Shake Shack had to close for security reasons while she was combating her childhood obesity tendencies. (source: Michelle Obama orders 1,700-calorie meal at Shake Shack).

Today, she has flown to Palm Desert, CA to attend the memorial service for former first lady Betty Ford who died last Friday. While no other details of her trip have been provided, it will be interesting to learn if she flies directly back to Washington, or if she takes this official opportunity to squeeze in a little fundraising as well.

Friday, July 8, 2011

No Fundraising Travel this Week

We believe that the 4th of July work week is ending today and the President, First Lady, and Vice President have all remained in Washington this week.  Today, Mr. Obama's schedule ends after a set of news interviews beginning at 11:30 AM. And, Mr. Biden has not publicly published his schedule since an 11 AM meeting yesterday. Perhaps the budget crisis, high unemployment numbers, and Operation Fast and Furious are keeping the paid politicians working instead of fundraising.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The President, VP, and First Lady all in Washington Today

Nationals ParkImage by rpongsaj via Flickr
This first week of July finds the President, Vice President and First Lady all in Washington at the same time.  Today, both Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden will attend two meetings together, one at 11:30AM and the second at 4:30PM. After that, the public schedule is blank.

Tonight, the Washington Nationals will be playing the Chicago Cubs at home. Mrs. Obama will be featured in the pregame ceremony when the team honors military families.

Unfortunately, the President was forced to cancel his scheduled golf game yesterday because of impending thunder storms. Since that was the only game planned last weekend, the cancellation resulted in the the President's weekend golf streak to end at 13 weekends.
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Friday, July 1, 2011

Flying for Dollars & No Time for the Budget

I just realized, there's only a one letter difference between:

Flying and Lying

While the President flew off to Philadelphia to attend two fundraisers yesterday, the First Lady boarded the second plane and campaigned in Boston, attending a private fundraising luncheon for the Democratic National Committee. After, she flew to Vermont to attend two more fundraisers. Needing an official excuse to write off the DNC and reelection campaign appearances, she stopped at a National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Burlington to give a speech. It's interesting to read her remarks at two of the stops, because both of them are nearly identical in the beginning. Sure, the names had to be changed, and the stories modified to relate to the audience, but these should have been easy for her speech writers to construct.

At the DNC, she begins:

MRS. OBAMA: Thank you. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness. (Applause.) Good job. Thank you so much. (Applause.) Oh, my goodness! (Applause.) Got to come to Vermont more often! (Applause.) Yes! (Applause.) Oh, my goodness, thank you so much. (Applause.) ....

I want to start by thanking Marcelle for that very kind introduction and for all her hard work on behalf of our Guard and Reserve families. But I also want to personally thank her for being my big sister in the U.S. Senate. She told you that we met then, but the truth is, is that she’s my big sister. She was assigned to me to look after me as a new spouse, and she did that well then and she continues to do that. She is a truly wonderful woman who I consider a dear friend, and she has always had my back. So we have to give Marcelle Leahy a big round of applause. (Applause.)

And I also want to acknowledge someone who couldn’t be here today but who would have been here today. She’s been a phenomenal partner to me every day on this issue. She’s a military mom herself, a tireless champion for military families, and also my friend, Dr. Jill Biden. (Applause.) ...

Source: Remarks by the First Lady at DNC event in Boston, Massachusetts


At the Armory, she begins:

MRS. OBAMA: I won’t be using the box. (Laughter.) Oh, my goodness, thank you so much. Oh, okay, let’s just go home now. (Laughter.)

I can’t tell you what a pleasure it is to be here with all of you today. And I want to thank Elaine for that very kind introduction, and to Elaine and Jerry and their entire family for hosting this event here in their beautiful home. I can’t tell you how much this means to us to have your support. You are true public servants, as well. You live it out every day. You live it out throughout the generations. And it is that foundation that allows Barack and I to do the work that we do. So we are so truly, truly grateful to you for your work and your dedication, your support. So thank you again. (Applause.)

I also want to thank your fabulous governor, who is one of my favorite people in the whole wide world. Yeah, yeah, he is. (Applause.) Governor Patrick. And the only other person I like more than you is Diane. (Laughter.) It’s okay. I know how that goes. (Laughter and applause.)  ...

Source: Remarks by the First Lady at Vermont National Guard Joining Forces Rally

Now that the Air Force One and Two planes are back in Washington, Vice President O'Biden will be using one of them to fly out to Las Vegas and deliver remarks at a Teamster Convention this afternoon.

Since the weather should be good this weekend, the First Family will be entertaining at Camp David. It is a long weekend, so we expect the President to get in 3 rounds of golf in between planning next weeks campaign fundraising trips and the associated official excuses for we tax-payers of these flying trips.
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