Obama has stopped whining about FOX news, for now, and has instead shifted his attention to conservatives. He’s particularly miffed that he caught heat for taking his wife out on an extravagant date night to New York.
“People made it into a political issue,” Obama told The New York Times Magazine for an article about the Obamas’ marriage, appearing in the Nov. 1 issue. The article was posted on the Times’ Web site on Wednesday.
“If I weren’t president, I would be happy to catch the shuttle with my wife to take her to a Broadway show, as I had promised her during the campaign, and there would be no fuss and no muss and no photographers,” he said. “That would please me greatly.”
Again, this is part of Obama’s massive narcissism. ‘I just wanted to take my wife out for dinner! Is that so wrong?’
Usually, when people find fault with something I do, I perform an internal examination to determine if my course of action was indeed misguided. If I wore a lampshade on my head, and danced around in my underwear at a party, would I then whine about the people complaining about my actions? Or would I say, “Hey, maybe the Lampshade Underwear Mambo wasn’t the classiest of maneuvers?”
Obama’s still living in the world of Obama, not the world of the President. Obama the Senator could charter a helicopter to fly him and Michelle to New York to dine at a 4 star, then hit some swanky parties and get home at 4 AM. But with the office of President, you are now charged with being the Head of State. You have to arrange travel through the Secret Service, as well as transportation to New York from D.C. The NYPD need to be alerted and involved. The FBI has to run checks to make sure there’s no elevated risk of terrorist activity. Effectively, a little harmless jaunt costs the US money in protection and manpower. Worse, we’re paying for security for a private date– this doesn’t even have any official State function. Effectively, the US paid $80,000 so Obama and Michelle could have a date. And yes, Mr. President, that is a political issue.
Presidents become trapped in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue by means of elaborate security measures. We need our Head of State to be safe. And if you don’t understand the inherent costs to the taxpayer for your indulgence of the New York Nightlife, you’re just confirming everyone’s suspicions you’re aloof.