HOT AIR by ED MORRISSEY (MY TWO SENSE: My son hasn’t had a 40 hour a week job in 4 years. My daughter goes to school and works full time just in case she might better provide for a better life for her child and herself. Both son and daughter have college degrees, and my son cannot find a job in his field, so he works at other part-time jobs and struggles to pay off student loans. My daughter is working in her chosen field, however, in order to make a decent living, and not have to live paycheck to paycheck, she had to go back to school, take out more student loans, and work full-time hours for health insurance. My kids do not suck off tax payers, and they don’t suck off me, even though they could if they wanted to. They don’t want to. They want to make it on their own, and no matter what any sonofabitch says, what they have done thus far, they have, indeed built it themselves, and they, in fact do own it! Now, why in the hell is this selfish, bigoted, flamboyant White House family taking another vacation on the backs of tax payer dollars?! And why is the first dog living better than half of the hard-working Americans in this country?? I am morally outraged at this narcissistic family’s egoism, their greed, and lust for more and more–their constant demands on tax payers. It boggles a rational mind how any of their behavior is acceptable to anyone at all. My God, Presidents and First Ladies, before this crew, went without elegant lifestyles when this country was in trouble, but this family is too good for that. So much for bobama and his continuous bashing of the rich. Are you people, on the Progressive Left, even noticing this enormous paradox perpetuated by an extremely wealthy President that continues to suck dry the sweat from the brow of American laborers! Barack Hussein Obama is one of the wealthiest people in the world! How is he getting away with it? JM)
The inevitable “Bo gets his own Osprey” post
posted at 8:41 am on August 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
File this in the too good to check category. As the Obamas trekked to Martha’s Vineyard for vacation at the multi-million dollar estate of a private equity mogul — not Mitt Romney, of course! — they must have run out of room for the First Dog, at least according to the Telegraph:
Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft.
Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his health care reforms. Instead, he will spend the next eight days playing golf, going to the beach, and buying books from the Bunch of Grapes bookstore.
In the air he swapped his suit and tie for khakis and a blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves, while Mrs Obama wore a yellow-and-white summer dress.
Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.
Color me highly skeptical on the spin applied to this rather mundane statement. The V-22 Osprey has enough capacity to carry as many as 24 troops seated or 32 without seats. The Obamas’ Secret Service details and the support communication equipment that has to accompany the President probably took up all of the room on one Osprey. If Bo traveled separately from the Obamas, he probably went with some of the support personnel who also traveled to Martha’s Vineyard on a second Osprey.
It seems doubtful in the extreme that the other V-22 Osprey would have gone empty to Martha’s Vineyard with just Bo and a bowl of Iams. The Telegraph certainly insinuates that Bo flew first class on his own in the first paragraph, but nowhere reports anything except that Bo went on the other Osprey, not that Bo was the reason for the second Osprey.
Presidents go on vacation all the time, and it’s always fun for a little class warfare no matter who’s in office at the time. Still, the choice of David Schulte’s residence provides a heaping helping of hypocrisy from Barack Obama, whose campaign demonized private-equity investment firms and Mitt Romney throughout all of last year:
Obama and his family arrived Saturday at the $7.6 million home of David Schulte, founder of the private equity firm Chilmark Partners. The four-bedroom, 5,000-square foot home sits on nine and a half acres in the Chilmark area of Martha’s Vineyard and boasts “floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic.” According to Bloomberg’s Juliana Goldman, “While the First Family’s there, they can swim in the Infinity pool, they could shoot hoops on a half-basketball court, even hit the gym, they could also play tennis on the tennis court there.” …
Schulte, whose private equity firm specializes in mergers and acquisitions and corporate “restructuring,” was one of Obama’s 2013 inaugural donors. Before founding the Chicago-based Chilmark Partners in 1984, Schulte, a Yale Law School graduate, directed the Wall Street investment bank Salomon Brothers’ “Corporate Reorganization Group.”
Meanwhile, another private equity group founder, former Bain Capital CEO Mitt Romney, slammed President Obama’s job performance in a speech last week in the New England summer resort town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
Private equity is now cool again, huh? Go figure.
The inevitable “Bo gets his own Osprey” post (hotair.com)
Bo Obama flies on Osprey chopper to Martha’s Vineyard vacation (washingtontimes.com)
First Dog Bo Airlifted to Join the Obamas’ Martha’s Vineyard August Vacation (katenews2day.com)
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