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What’s Spanish for “Best Western?”

August 10, 2010 by  

What’s Spanish for “Best Western?”

I can’t remember a single detail from a single trip taken by former First Lady Laura Bush. After the Lady Macbeth of Little Rock (and Chicago and Chappaqua) served two terms as co-President, the fact that nothing comes to mind is a bit of a relief.

Hey, at least Mrs. Bush never tried to put the nation’s lawyers in charge of the nation’s doctors.

The smart money says that following her junket to Spain, Michelle Obama will figure out the virtues of the Laura Bush school of smiling and nodding at state dinners. Mrs. Obama’s Iberian itinerary went well beyond the usual foreign photo-op and turned into a budget-busting romp that has ojos rolling from here to eternidad.

At a time when more than one in 10 Americans are one step away from wearing sandwich boards declaring: “Will flamenco for food,” Mrs. Obama’s six-figure trip has engendered entirely reasonable discussions about just how out of touch the Democrat ruling elite has become.

To be fair to Madam Michelle, she does seem to be comfortable serving in a ceremonial role best suited for someone who ascended to the people’s crib by virtue of being married to the right guy at the right time. Such acceptance means a continuation of the blessedly unremarkable First Lady-dom of Mrs. Bush, and an abandonment of the damnably noteworthy First Strong Woman-dom of the erstwhile co-president and current Secretary of “Not Running in 2012—Honest!”

Lest you think I’m descending into some “everything the Obamas do = bad” monologue, let me point out that First Ladies have done their fair share of globetrotting in support of their spouses. But there’s a marked difference between kindly women smiling at foreign toddlers—and kicking back with 40 or so pals at the five-star Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella (a Ritz-Carlton Resort®), where the rooms run from $500 to $2,000 a night—if for no other reason, the aforementioned urchins are rarely allowed into such lavish locales unless they’re shining shoes.

We have all seen the news reports of the taxpayer-footed tally for the First Family’s Spanish sojourn (minus the President, he was dining with Oprah Winfrey—positively pedestrian by comparison). Contrary to rumor, Mrs. Obama and her entourage ARE paying their personal expenses at their opulent accommodations. But the images of the First Lady, close to four dozen friends and relatives and the required retinue of security and support staff enjoying the high life while the President endeavors to prevail upon American taxpayers to tighten their trusses is one of the great moments in liberal glibness. (Gliberals—get it?)

So, while it might be unfair to criticize Mrs. Obama and her pals for heading out for some high living, it is absolutely fair to point out that the Democrat ruling elite, with Barack Obama at the head of the table, are dining like King Louis XVI and Marie Antionette while the rest of us are consigned to beg at the Bastille’s back door.

Sadly, every aspect of this public relations disaster was preventable.

For starters, perhaps a hollow apology for calling Spaniards bigots immediately before the Obama entourage arrived was less than smart. Next time, open with: “Buenos Dias,” instead of: “Sorry about that whole ‘Spain is racist’ thing. Here’s Michelle!”

A crowd that large is not doing anyone any favors. Consider a group about the size of a jazz combo, not the New York Philharmonic. The pictures coming back from Majorca look like rehearsal sessions for Michael Jackson’s Thriller tour.

Seriously, the “Villa del Mucho Dinero” is undoubtedly fabulous, but it’s in… um… Spain. (For victims of teachers’ unions—that’s a whole other country. Think Mexico, except the Spaniards still live in Spain, not East L.A.) Madame First Lady, while your husband and his fellow Democrat elitists are firing torpedoes at the nation’s economy, how’s about you try a Hampton Inn near Six Flags next time?

While I suppose that we unwashed non-liberal heathens can take solace in the fact that Mrs. Obama didn’t offer up one of her “for the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country” non-sequiturs, many of us are starting to notice an Orwellian subtext to the liberal elite’s societal disconnect. We’re outside, looking through the dining room windows at the Hotel Villa Padierna in Marbella, trying to figure out who the real pigs are.

Ben Crystal

is a 1993 graduate of Davidson College and has burned the better part of the last two decades getting over the damage done by modern-day higher education. He now lives in Savannah, Ga., where he has hosted an award-winning radio talk show and been featured as a political analyst for television. Currently a principal at Saltymoss Productions—a media company specializing in concept television and campaign production, speechwriting and media strategy—Ben has written numerous articles on the subjects of municipal authoritarianism, the economic fallacy of sin taxes and analyses of congressional abuses of power.

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  • s c

    Elite is as elite does. Mrs. Obama seems to be a bit detached, and so ‘elite’ would be more than a stretch.
    If we had the wife of a prez who was of another political persuasion (say a ‘Republican’ or a conservative), the media would be all over this adventure like flies on stink. We’d be treated to shouts of “this does nothing for the homeless” or “the money spent on that trip would put people to work in America.”
    However, this little charade will be blessed by the media. Everything will be peaches and cream. I wouldn’t mind traveling again, but since I don’t have access to Air Force One or Air Force Two, the cost would be out of my pocket (not courtesy of American taxpayers).
    Then there’s the issue of Mrs. Obama’s “carbon footprint.” Is Air Force Two now a certified hybrid that gets lots of miles per fuel pound? The idea of Mrs. Obama traveling around the world as America’s economy continues to slide into the toilet bowl will no doubt net mucho gossip on The View.
    It almost sounds like a pilot for a reality show, except for the fact that some folks in Washington are light years away from reality – still.

    • Halbert

      I’m jealous too.

      • LEE

        BUT LET ME TELL YOU MY FRIEND, EVEN IF THE OBAMBAMS GET THROWN OUT OF OFFICE ” THEY STILL WON!!!” HOW WILL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE RECUPE “ALL” THE MONIES THAT WERE THROWN AROUND ON FRIVOLOUS VACATIONS, ALL THE GRAFT THAT B.O. (body odor)GAVE TO HIS CRONNIES FOR [offensive term removed], WHAT HAPPENED TO MUSSOLINI SHOULD HAPPEN TO HIM !!!! I’M JUST SICK & TIRED OF THIS BS PRESIDENT, THEY ALL ACT LIKE KIDS IN A CANDY STORE,AS IF THEY NEVER HAD ANYTHING BEFORE NOW….IMPEACH HIM & HIS PHONY MONEY GRUBBING CONGRESSMEN…..AND GET BACK TO THE WAY “IT USED TO BE”

        • Mel

          The way it used to be?

          Politics as usual?

          • mary

            no not the way it “used to be” but a better way that does follow the Constitution. That would work. Repeal all that Obama has done and also his two justices.

        • Madonna Borromeo

          Now yer talkin the language I understand…Yeaaaah fer you!
          Obummer and any follower makes me ill! I think unless he’s ousted were in for the long hall….I BEG, PLEEEEEEEEEEZE DON’T VOTE HIM BACK FOR ROUND 2 PEOPLE PLEEEEEEEEEEEZE!

          • pappy

            What fools
            Bush took more vacation than any other president
            DID YOU HAVE YOUR Klan robes on when you wrote that .

          • independant thinker

            O-ham-a is rapidly catching up,

          • SiliconDoc

            Bush parked his vacationing bottom on his own Crawford Ranch, which he also used to host foreign dignitaries as the crowd trampled all over his front lawn.
            Equally, Barak the crimelord Obama needs to take his skinny clumsy act to his robberbaron estate in Chicago and park it while we all wonder what happened to his foreign national criminal financier Rezko !
            Bush also gave up golfing entirely to show some RESPECT for the horrors that were going on.
            Not this one, it’s PARTY ON HUMPDAY every Wednesday at the White House, and the endless stream of hip and expensive chefs and chefettes this bloated taxpayer dollar crime combo in DC continues to import from all over the world is more than enough to make the large body of worthless and criminal attendants puke if they had a conscience to begin with.
            Face it, mr liar and his wife’s extended family living under the tax tent at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue are sucking every bonus a perk out of it they can possibly grab before sailing off into their free ride sunset millionaires extravaganza life.
            This is the new democrat party. A bunch of cheap worthless words promising the sun and the moon to “the American people” they claim to represent while they SWINDLE endless TRILLIONS and blow tens of millions on their own petty pleasures, and bring a sizeable crowd of spychophants along with to ease the burning guilt and make the party higher.

          • Christin

            I agree, Silicondoc.
            You said a mouth full.
            END the CORRUPT REGIME in WH and Congress.

          • Granny Mae

            I agree and pappy, Bush vacationed mostly at his Texas ranch. Get a grip !

        • Granny Mae

          well said !

          • dstk

            I think they are just simply making it up as they go along… and the robes yes, probably!
            there is absolutely no truth to what they are saying, this went from a diplomatic trip to a vacation and there is a feeding frenzie!

    • slickporsche

      [offensive post removed]

      • Dr. Mabuse

        To paraphrase that most illustious of Europeans Ron White,
        (Tater Salad)
        “You can’t fix stupid.”

    • SD

      How much better it would have been if Mrs. Obama vacationed in her own U.S. and dumped that money into OUR economy, at least at this time. Perhaps there needs to be new “rules” for travel by politicians at every level….they pay out of their own pockets for vacations!!!!

      • SiliconDoc

        Nice idea, but it’s a joke. Even the Congressional “fact finding missions” are one big expensive vacation, ALL THE TIME. They do it YEAR ROUND.
        A few years back during the democrats bloated bag of red carpet tripping exposed after they attacked Tom Delay, I checked around the net for the deeper stories and pictures, and had my eyes opened.
        For instance: A group of 8 DC’ers, congresscritter w his ontourage, fly 1st class to California to get the first public trip on the “new zero emission certified (lie) electric bus”. There was an astounding array of pictures leaked, an awesome vacation with 1st class treatment because of the “important delegation” traveling together.
        Certainly, the PORK BARREL set this pretty little jaunt up for the crew.
        I thought it was sweet 2 of the “interns” were caught in one picture, standing outside their virgin rider bus next to the drooling congresscritter, with folders tucked under their elbows.
        The one saving grace that indicated maybe it was something else besides just one massively expensive joy ride field trip.
        That’s right, FIELD TRIP. The funnest days of your entire school existence, now the pigs in DC do it every week, not just to California, but all over the entire world.
        If people were actually aware of the extent of this massive piggery, they’d sack every single one of them.

      • Robin from Arcadia, IN

        SD… What would have went a long way politically would have been if Michele and group would have vacationed in Louisiana… or maybe Florida… These seem to be the states that have been hit the hardest over this oil spill. What the press could have done with that! The PR people for the prez should have told her this… Wow… What headlines it would have made and so many heads would have turned!

        • SiliconDoc

          Right, and since they are such experts at every public perception they attempt to create, the looming question is why did they not do so ?
          I think the answer is exactly what we all don’t want to believe, yet some state.
          They are so deliberately out of touch, so arrogant, and so selfish and self centered, they could care less in this case. This is “their time”, they will take it, and take along their crowd, and live the high life, incapable of passing up the golden and free opportunity for the greater good.
          That is it. Like a greedy little child demanding the most expensive new toy for Christmas while being a brat forever, and not caring their expensive new toy will deny the siblings and the cousins their presents. Then, after that being pointed out, they just steal the credit card, go out and buy it themselves, early.

    • Christin

      Agree… again early bird, sc.

      The obummers are whooping it up on their watch while they flush the country down the drain purposely to bring about “a good crisis”.

      The Ruling class wins… the American taxpayers lose, and the entitlement population and illegals get a free ride on your hard earned dime while we “fundamentally change” (the ONLY promise he’s kept) into a godless marxist society.

      Sounds depressing… only I know how it really ends.
      The Christians who have put their faith in Jesus Christ will live for all eternity in the presence of our Holy and Awesome God. The rest suffer for all eternity in Hell separated from Him… the Creator they rejected, defied and ignored.

      God’s speed my friends. Our only HOPE is in Him.

    • Granny Mae

      Amen ! This is not only inconsiderate but it is disgraseful at this time. What is wrong with her common sense ?

      • dan az

        shes now the new wanna be opra

  • Jana

    It cost the taxpayers $75,000. a day just for the security and some of her staff to go, as well as it cost us at least $200,000. for the plane trip one way.

    Mr and Mrs Obama just don’t get it. They act more like they think they are royalty and are on a free ride here. Speaking of royalty, even the Queen of England said she has cut back her travels because the country cannot afford it at this time.

    We can’t afford this President or his wife. They have no experience and no common sense.

    • http://www.lostnation.blogspot.com Jerry D

      They do think they are royalty. Since when have such politicians had any trouble spending taxpayer money, especially the Democrats (but also the Repubs)?

      • slickporsche

        They are in a sense. A ROYAL PAIN IN THE ASS.

    • SiliconDoc

      What about Michelle’s 38 personal assistants ?
      What about their flying in some new chef every week from anywhere in the world to cook them some fancy dish on their Wednesday night wine parties ?
      What about Michelle ordering her custom coat from the new hip designer chic and her co in the UK ?
      We have NO IDEA the extent of the monetary malice, we cannot keep up with the endless count and that’s a tiny percentage since the press covers up the other 90%.
      Is granny still parked under 1600 Pen. for free ?
      Why doesn’t Barak give his destitute muslim family members in Kenya some free quarters, or free quarters$ ?
      Nope, mr pig hussein cannot afford the bad publicity, nor does he give a damn, or he’d have done something behind the scenes for his destitute relatives.
      Instead, he put down the woman who payed his pampered way, then used her demise as a political scam trip for pity, and whom knows what birth document CYA falsifications.

      • OtherTim

        The Obummers remind me of the TV show The Jefferson’s. They finally moved up to the East Side, and George was letting everyone know that he was the top dog, at least in his mind. He was also a weazley sort, similar to this top dog. At least on the show, Louise was a bit more reasonable and reigned in Geo on occasion. This family continues to flaunt all the percs they can, and not think twice.

    • Granny Mae

      Jana,

      You are so right. Michelle stated that for the first time she was proud of America, Well Michelle how about making America proud of you? This is the most disgusting display for a first lady I have ever seen. Then to think that all she had to do to get her trip covered by the taxpayers was to be photographed shaking hands with the heads of state in Spain ! Thumb your nose at us again Michelle !

  • JeffH

    I’m of the opinion that Lady O’man is taking full advantage and more to “use” every perk and dollar she can get out of the governments tax collections. As she flies and shops and spends heavily and eats heartily, she’s out pushing her hubby’s Marxist/communist/socialist ideaology to the hilt just as she did for the Tides Foundation and CODEPINK. Get used to it…she’s a very hypocritical and selfish individual. Lady O is like the kid that keeps getting into the cookie jar, keep reaching ’til they’re all gone.

    • Only in America

      Condi did the same thing.

      • http://Cincinnati readmylips

        Specifics, please.

      • DaveH

        Even if so, two wrongs don’t make a right.

        • JeffH

          DaveH, apparently not as the board harpies believe differently.

      • 1TexasPatriot

        No Condi didn’t. She was Sec. of State, her trips were sanctioned, not expensive vacations with 40 of her best free loading friends sucking the taxpayers dollars to finance their fun!

      • Granny Mae

        Only, That is bull crap ! It was that womans job to travel it is not Michelle’s !

  • viktor leben

    Hey ! Let Michelle have a good time ! What’s wrong with that ? Most American voters want her to have a good time, that’s why they put her husband in office !

    You conservatives, you can’t go against “the will of the people”, right ?

    Hey Michelle, could you help get the Tier 5 extension to unemployment passed ? I need some money to eat…..

    • David

      Viktor check your math. How is that 20% of the population wanting mrs. o to have a great time vacationing on our dime mean a majority? You mean the majority of liberal screw ups?

      For the first time in my adult life I am so not proud of the first lady. :)

      They do not care because they are one termers and are taking total advantage…..at their party’s expense.

      • SeaDragon

        The majority is that group of deluded people who voted for “The Obamas”, that is how they got to the Whitehouse. To all those who voted for them and are now complaining (and most of whom don’t read this) You asked for it. If you don’t like your Hope and Change, VOTE in November for another change. As in Throw the bums out!

        • dstk

          Sounds like selective memory! like a child… selective hearing, selective memory.

        • marvin

          SeaDragon were on the voting slip was there two obamas i only saw one we don,t elect wives,she is more like a czar, do what they want with no accountability to the tax payers

      • Madonna Borromeo

        I’m not one who was suckered in …I didn’t vote for the blankedy blank blank. Fishelle is not a lady….and I pray they are really one termers…”O HAPPY DAYS WILL BE HERE AGAIN” We’ll dance on their trash as they leave the WHITEHOUSE…It is still the “WHITEHOUSE” ain’t it…Hope the name color don’t change before they leave….EEEEEEEEEEGADS!

    • Ken

      Viktor, not all of us voted for this lier, but now that he’s in office people realize that they made a grave mistake in voting for him. Know they wish they could take it back and vote for someone differnt. I have black friend that voted for him and now there sorry.
      Can we impeach Obama for not upholding the immagration law? As far a Michelle Obama, this woman has no class what so ever. This is one woman who thinks her sh@# doesn’t smell!

      • Wendy

        When you run a clown like Palin/McCain after a dismal Bush this is what you get.

        Face it the selection was bad and the Tea Party may not offer any solution.

        • Carl

          I am one of those conservatives who did not vote for McCain because of his wanting Amnesty for Illegals and for not strongly supporting border security. BUT I did vote for the Constitution Party candidate because I believe in voting, and it wasn’t a wasted vote. There were just too many candidates in the Republican primary and I think one or two might have been there to be spoilers. That is, to take votes from the more conservative candidates. Fred Thompson didn’t have a chance and yet was on the ballot in SC, then quickly pulled out of the race after taking votes that could have gone to Ron Paul or Huckabee.

          • DaveH

            Carl,
            It wasn’t the number of candidates. It was the MSM. They put their full resources on John McCain because they wanted the most Liberal Republican to win the Primary. During Primary season, John’s face was everywhere on TV. Afterwards, he became very scarce, and Obama’s face was everywhere.

          • independant thinker

            At the beginning of the run for president the msm backed Guilliani (sp?) and Rommney on the republican side and the Hill and O-ham-a on the democrat side. When McCain showed some support from the people they jumped in to support him wile giving enough publicity to Huckaby to make it look like a race.

          • SiliconDoc

            A agree 100% with you DaveH. They’re going to do it again, too, and there’s NOTHING the republican party can do about it.
            They cower in front of the MSM camera works, praying constantly that they don’t let loose an errant “maccaca” or get their personal family records from a decade ago unsealed by some libtard judge in fruit and nut land, hanging on to the sparse limelight delivered with intense hatred for a short time by the endless stream of diseased liberal reporters only when a pre-arranged winning attacking line up of questions is ready for the slaughter.
            Since that apparently isn’t bad enough, their own party will destroy them with a vengeance (that’s the internal PANICKING PR campaign of the GOP with a high smack of self righteousness and a large dose of stupidity) for a single democrat accusation the MSM sucks upon and bleats endlessly with zero evidence, or with a quote and a twist only a retarded population could endorse, but is given written in stone weight, once again by the msm.
            Just figure on battening down the hatches because there is no chance it’s going to get better.
            The best that can be done is a near desperate attempt to reduce the rate of continuous damage increase the left wing communists of the DNC have spread for decades.
            Now, on the internet,(my hobby for instance) elsewhere, I see the constant drone of the insane pop culture click, a very large majority of the posters, who bleat communist propaganda without a clue they are doing it.
            It’s their belief system, as they squeak and squall about this or that unfair profit and make demands as if they own the private sector entity they are attacking. They integrate libspeak and ideas about “competition and free market”, with communistic puke. And why shouldn’t they, their “leaders” taught them in 12 years of forced state mind control and continue to do so on the floor of both houses of congress, and in the MSM and entertainment industries of every sort.
            The rules they profess, they do not apply to themselves, period – and that has also been taught to them endlessly. It is amazing, actually, the level of hypocrisy and outright delusion and stupidity.

          • kate8

            DaveH, not only that, but McCain was dead last in the polls. I didn’t even give him a second thought. I was stunned when he “won” the nomination.

            I will never believe it.

        • marvin

          Wendy i voted for mac and palin,not because i like what he was or is but because the he was the lesser of the two evils open your eyes see what is gong on in the real world not your liberal world were all is great and the obamas can do no wrong

          • JeffH

            marvin, you and not enough others voted for the lesser of two evils…as for Palin, she is not evil but a little to naive at the time to hold a VP title. She’s a lot smarter and wiser now despite the damages done by the Obama MSM.

          • JeffH

            FYI, I also voted for the lesser.

          • DaveH

            Marvin,
            Where did you get that Wendy was Liberal? I missed that part. What she said was true. John McCain was the most Liberal candidate running in the Primaries. The Republican Party has abandoned Conservatism in an effort to appease the Liberals. It doesn’t work. The Republicans enjoy the perks of leadership as much as the Liberals do, so they have abandoned Freedom to grow their power just as have the Democrats.
            The only thing Conservative about their past platform was their Free Market policies and they have pretty much abandoned those now.
            Our forefathers didn’t believe Foreign entanglements were a good thing and I doubt seriously that they would have condoned the Government’s efforts to protect people from themselves, both of which Republicans embrace.
            There is only one party that knows what real Freedom is, and it isn’t the Constitution Party. It’s the Libertarian Party:
            http://libertarianparty.org/platform

        • Cameron

          After the primaries were over I said loud & clear to anybody who could/would listen that neither Party nominated their best candidate. This is an example what happens when you have to choose between two evils. Hopefully both Parties have learned (HA!)& from now on will nominate only the truly qualified & most qualified candidates.

          • Al Sieber

            Cameron, neither party represents we the people.

        • William

          spoken like a true yellow dog democrat wendy, you were probably one of the IDIOTS complaining about Sarah Palins lack of experienc while voting for a community organiser, everyone knows a community organiser has much better experieenc tha a person who has served as a mayor of a city and as Govner of a State the sise of Alaska.yeh buddy obama had all the experienc in the world. signing people up to vote and get wellfare,

        • Granny Mae

          Wendy,
          I agree with you about the running of McCain but Palin was thrown in to bail his butt out and never had a clue as to what she was getting into and the McCain bunch tried to keep her that way because they knew she would outshine him if they didn’t. I think it was all a set up in the first place to insure that Obama got elected. It’s a shoe in when you have nothing running against you. McCain is nothing but a white Obama !

    • http://Cincinnati readmylips

      If most Americans just want a good time and that’s why they put BO in office, that’s a pretty pathetic excuse for voting.

    • Cameron

      It doesn’t make a damn if the person is a “D” or an “R”, waste is waste & fraud is fraud, & you can’t justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior. Suck it up, Lib, and realize we’re ALL in this boat called The United States. If it sinks, we ALL go down & nobody wins. Conservatives will “conserve” (save) this country while Liberals will destroy it in the name of “progression”.

      • JeffH

        Cameron,

        I hear yo loud and clear.

        • Curtis Bostic

          well maybe this is good in a way,the people have to learn and realize that you can’t vote for who has the best show,the Obama show or the McCain show

          • JeffH

            True, break down the nuts and bolts of the matter then decide if it’s worth the effort to support or look for another candidate.

  • TIME

    Ben, Great Blog!

  • John C

    “Let them eat cake”……Marie Antonette

  • Santi

    She’s a big fat wackooo. Her and her husband are both on the banana boat, they are just kicking back and letting the people row the boat.

  • Ron W

    Hopefully, this is not a fantasy ! The Obamas realize that their sojorn in the White House will be limited to a single term and therefore want to “get” as much as they can while they are there !
    Hence the travel, the many vacations, and the many dinners. Hopefully, before they leave they will remove their ugly and inappropriate African, I hate to use the word, “art” pieces from the walls and once again put back up the historic paintings that have always been there ! THESE FOLKS WILL NOT BE MISSED BY THE MAJORITY OF VOTERS !

    • taxman

      But dont forget, they will be on the government entitlements till they die! Pay and perks unless the USA goes brankrupt?????????????

      • Nelson

        That is true

        Entitlements forever

        While Americans go hungry and without work.

        • JC

          Does anyone know the the latest count of Princess Michelle’s Entourage? And ya know…it might have been a little cheaper for her
          and her vangaurd to vacation in Obama’s homeland…Kenya!

    • Dan Burke

      The pessimist in me says that this runs deeper, more clever than that. Take a typical politician. What do they do? They sell you one thing while keep their “options” open. If someone were selling America policies that were going to financially bankrupt her and create such a fundamental transformation that you might actually get a revolution, the “wise” politician would want to make sure they are properly distanced and disengaged at all the right times. Think about it. Although the laws being enacted and debated are what President Obama campaigned on, and still campaigns on, who is taking the real heat for the disgruntled Americans? Congress. It seems to me that all these games of gulf, and all those vacations are actually keeping Obama politically “clean” of the mess that is happening. Sure, there are signs that this effort to be politically “clean” isn’t working considering how the campaigns of the Democrats suffer for his support, but then maybe that is intentional too. More of that “distancing” himself from the problems that are being created by the very policies he preaches. If America were to collapse, and an uprising were to take place, President Obama could be seen as a savior instead of the devil all because Americans saw him playing gulf instead of heavily involved in all the politics. Image in this case is more important than reality. Sad–but true. In other words, it seems to me that if he were part of a clever effort to tear down America from within, that to maintain control in the aftermath, those behind this effort to destroy America must appear to be “above” the fray. Calm, collected, and in control. It must be made to appear that the reasons things failed is because our congressmen did not share his vision and were too afraid to implement his ideals…..

      Urgh! I am sick of letting the pessimist in me do the writing. The more the pessimist in me writes, the more I am afraid. The optimist in me believes that there is hope in America. I am hoping that American’s will upset the power balance in a way that was not anticipated. That those in power will “reveal” their true natures, which I suspect are far more destructive to our freedoms than we realize. And I am hoping that in that, we will remember who we are, and that even if we lose our freedoms for a couple years, that we will not forget and become sheep to the slaughter and stand up for our rights. If enough us are willing to stand up and even give our “every last devotion” for the cause, then I believe we will have freedom again. There is a story I am fond to think of right now, where a group of Christians were threatened with death. They did not run. And when those that were slaughtering them saw that they praised God even as they died, it was written that more men laid down their arms and joined those praying then were slaughtered. So much so that the attacking army retreated (and of course regrouped where their “priests” and “leaders” indoctrinated them more for the next attack, which fortunately the converts were inspired to leave before the second attack…). Yet, as I think of that story and others that have befallen Christians through the ages, I ask myself, will I stand up for what is right and praise God not knowing what good it will do. For those Christians didn’t know beforehand that more would be converted. Even so, as we stand for freedom, there is no promise that we will save our nation, but we certainly hope for it. And it is that hope that brings with it real power for change.

      • Granny Mae

        Dan,

        I’m sure you would make the right decission. The feelings you have are deep and in the heart. You will make the right choice if the time ever came to that. You sound like someone I would like to know !

      • kate8

        Dan, Your post reflects much of what I feel, also. We seem to be on an escalating downward spiral and, still, there is so much oblivion and apathy about it. Nearly everyone I know just doesn’t think things are that bad or, if they do, they don’t want to know about it.

        Our freedom was at the cost of life and property for many courageous and caring souls. Yet, so many of us value their sacrifices so little. We just can’t be bothered about it, or don’t want to deal with the “stress”.

        God forgive us for our inattention, our lack of vigilance, and our failure to honor our forefathers’ blood-soaked gift of liberty. I, too, shudder at what I see coming and, yet, prefer to find hope in those who do show courage in these dangerous times.

        I hope that my courage will not fail me, as well.

      • dan az

        Dan when I read your post about the story of the christians I could’nt stop thinking of the jews that were slaughtered and the nazis didnt lay down there arms.I am left with the belief that willing to die for your faith or die fighting for your faith is your choice.I for one would rather die fighting for what I beleave in than die on my knees.

    • Jim

      Ron I agree with everything you say. Now while I do not consider myself to be a racist, I wonder why it is that every minority that is suddenly propelled from the gutter to wealth and fame seems to react to it the same, by spending like a drunken sailor. You see it in the music industry, in sports, in politics for sure, and to me it seems in every other area of life. Now I am not suggesting that anyone should not enjoy the fruits of their labors, but in the case of the President and his family I can’t seem to find where they did any labor before enjoying the fruits. So maybe someone could tell me why it is that these folks should feel any kind of entitlement. Very Strange indeed.

      • JeffH

        Jim, but the O’man and wife did work hard to get to the WH. Do you think that community organizing is easy? You have to lie, cheat and steal for a living, then hope your conscience will let you get a good nights sleep. That is if you have a conscience, and I don’t think the O’man and his counterpart have one…they’re setting a bad example for their kids also…the horror of it all.

        • kate8

          JeffH, they sold their souls to get where they are. They’d best live it up now, ’cause when it’s time to pay the piper it’s going to be hell. Literally.

          • dan az

            Kate 8
            I would like to know if he was impeached if they would have to pay it back?

  • Michelle

    And the white house claims that she and her friends are going to pay us back for their fight and meals costs? Really? Do we look stupid?

    • dstk

      yup, look and sound!

      • DaveH

        More child-like Liberal comments from dstk.

        • dstk

          I am surprised you noticed, most the comment here at just that child-like and petty ranting racisim

          • DaveH

            Unfortunately, there is a lot on both sides, but the Liberals win hands down (per capita) on the name-calling front.

          • JeffH

            DaveH, that point can’t even be debated…hands down.

          • JC

            Racism…is that all you Libbies have got? BORRRIIING!
            If you actually had anything to base your stupid ideologies on you wouldn’t need to play that tired (dead) old card.

          • rwnut

            dstk….bullshi-.

          • kate8

            dstk, you libs continually work overtime at trying to stir up racial angst.

            I really believe that is part of Odumbo’s job: Exacerbate the racial outrage, resentment and injustice among all Americans. And folks like you do all you can to help him out.

            You should be ashamed for availing yourself to this agenda. And they see you race-baiters only as “useful idiots”.

          • dan az

            dstk
            I would really like your opinion on this site that I will leave here
            It would mean alot to all of us.

            http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/5926

          • JC

            “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well.”
            – Booker T. Washington
            (1856-1915) African American political leader, educator and author

    • Nelson

      Welfare for friends and family

      Like the welfare Cadillac

    • Granny Mae

      Right ! And do ducks fly backwards????

  • Debbie H

    I think that, like congress, they are so detatched from reality, that it hasn’t even occured to them that this trip was in bad taste. Nancy P flies around in a “spiffy” jet too and makes unreasonable demands. NOBODY stops them from spending our money! We need to organize and get “term limits” put on a national ballot so we can get rid of the fat and happy spenders in congress. I find it interesting that we are cutting back on jobs in the Military (excuse me, we’re at war) because we need the money elsewhere. Why not cut back on Government jobs? Most of them are a waste anyway!

    • Andy S

      Term limits are in place; it’s called voting, Quit whining and vote. Conservatives must unite at the polls period, and quit asking for the easy button of term limits. We must get off our asses!

      • Carl

        One of the reasons the Obamas won the presidency and Democrats took full control of congress is that the Democrats turned out in record numbers to vote. Many Republicans and conservatives, on the other hand, sat in their homes and moaned about how bad things are getting. Statistics show that so few conservatives, including Christians, do not go to the polls and cast a vote in most elections. Pastors and church leaders are not urging their people to get out and vote – and they can do that. Every pastor should urge his congregation to vote even though they can’t tell them for whom to vote. Only the black pastors can do that without penalty as history has proven.

        • Bubba

          Plezzz no more Palin

          • Cameron

            I would GLADLY take Sarah Palin over the rectal orifice in the White House now!

          • http://(none) Grant

            I concur – PLEEEZE ! no more Palin. If McCainhad put Je Liegberman on the ticket instead of that ditzy broad, we’d have Pres. Mcain – ad equally hard times but in better spirits and getting a little better.

          • DaveH

            And that is why the Government just keeps growing, Grant. The majority of voters just keep voting for the lesser of two evils, which is still just evil.
            We are not going to see lesser Government until the people start electing politicians who fervently promise to shrink Government. The Republican platform enshrines Government Growth. Not as much so as the Democrats, for sure, but they still grow Government. Neither of the two major parties currently embraces Freedom.
            The ironic thing about the Republican Party is that they get our military involved in fighting for the Freedom of other countries while ignoring the fact that we are losing ours right here in the US.
            We aren’t going to get our Freedom back until the citizens lose their myopic focus on the two major parties.

        • one day…

          i agree carl. Pastor’s everywhere in the USofA SHOULD be calling their people to PRAY for our country. But prosperity seems to be the accepted religion preached from pulpits today.
          One day WE ALL will stand before a Risen KING and answer for every
          decision we made. Our current (and past) leaders in the White House and Congress need to know that they will be held accountable for their every word. They pretend that they are free to do whatever they feel like doing…but there is a judgement to face in eternity.

        • Granny Mae

          Carl,

          I don’t know where you were during the last election but you got the wrong idea on who was voting. Acorn was out paying people to vote and then telling them who to vote for, They were taking people of color and people living on the streets and anyone that they could to vote for Obama. That was all over the news. I would never vote for anyone coming from Chicago. Then when you consider they were backed by the unions you have to know you are dealing with corruption. Coming from Michigan I know what I’m talking about. Everyone knows of the corruption coming from Chicago, and as for the unions—can you say Jimmy Hoffa ? Just keep supporting those unions people. I know them too. I was a mamber for years and even was a union steward for years. Finally saw the light and got the heck out !

          • kate8

            Granny Mae, you are right about how the democrats cheat to win.

            Even the mentally ill and mentally deficient are registered to vote when they apply for assistance, and then told how they need to vote to keep the “help” coming.

      • marvin

        Andy S i 2nd that we have term limits well mabe not in harlem if rangel is not expelled or waters in cal or hasting in fla the people in there dis will vote them back in but we can still vote some of them out VOTE [if the federal court don,t overturn us]like they did in arizona and california

      • William

        Andy you said it so well I have nothing to say but AMEN brother,

      • Granny Mae

        Andy,

        I have voted every election from the time I was 21. Term limits are an insurance policy. We don’t need anymore 40 year term people. It is that situation that fuels corruption. It can take a person with noble intentions and quickly send them over the edge !

    • slickporsche

      I have a better idea. We need to cut way back on their salaries, and entitlements, or do away with the latter, all together.

      • Cameron

        If you get fired from your job after two years for stealing from the boss or another felony, do you get to keep any benefits? Don’t expect these crooks in Washington (or your State Capitol) to cut their “benefits” even (or especially) it it is the morally correct thing to do. It’s called “The fox is watching the hen house.”

      • William

        Slickporsche. that is the best idea yet. I say do away with all intitlements PERIOD,

        • DaveH

          William,
          Social Security is an “entitlement”. They took $180,000 from me. I want it back.

          • dan az

            Sorry Dave there broke I think the 40 million illegals and the illegal with 16 ssi cards took your money and mine just think maybe they will pay it back when he grants them amnesty. ya think?

    • maryleee

      I think short terms/they pay SS and for go the huge retirement package they gloat over – quit giving themselves huge raises each year and shorten the time they can serve – get out and get a real life, instead of living off of us – their first thoughts should be on “serving the people”…don’t see many of them serving or listening! I send messages to my senators – and am tired of the “form letters” I receive!
      Let’s get the trash out of the White house and get someone in there that has the heart of the USA as their main concern – not to runining it as quickly as possible. Get out of vote!!!

    • Bob

      In a couple more years there won’t be anything left to spend.

  • Peg

    What a Disgrace for M O to take her daughter on such a lavish vacation, spending much more of our money! And now they have another vacation planned for the end of the summer..and here we are, stuggling to feed our Families and going without ANY vacation,so we might pay our bills! THE FIRST FAMILY IS A DISGRACE!!

    • Fay

      I like what You said. I Live with My Daughter and are buying a home nothing fancy just a manufactured home. We have had My Son and His Daughter and sometimes His Neice stay with Us until He got on His feet and bought a nice little place and then We had My Granddaughter and Her 3 boys stay with us until She went back to Her Husband who is out of work again. I could not even afford to go to Washington State from Arizona when My Mother died. I helped My Sister with some money to help bury My Mother as the insurance She had no longer paid for everything. I am angry at what this Country of Ours is coming to and hope that with Gods Help and the Peoples vote it can be saved.

    • slickporsche

      Yeah, it kind of reminds me of a communist country or a monarchy.

  • http://www.cindynel.co.za peter nel

    I have a sneaky suspicion that you folks in the good old USA will rue the day you voted this guy and his wife into the White House. They are totally out of depth in their positions and behave like “spoilt brats”…………..but hey, some folks are unteachable you know!

  • J.M.R.

    i’m sick of hearing they are out of touch,this bunch in D.C. are just criminals that are out to get anything and everything they can steal. that clown in the W.H.and his idoit wife just enjoy stealing our quarters.

    • Cameron

      My Daddy used to say that if a politician couldn’t steal enough money in two terms to retire he wasn’t worth a damn & needed to be voted out anyway.

      • Cameron

        When LBJ got elected to the House of Representatives, from TX, he had to borrow the money for bus fare to DC. When he died he was a multi-millionaire. As a Congressman he OPPOSED civil rights legislation until they had a DEMOCRAT in the White House. With him the Party came first & damn the country (a man after the “Rev” Wright’s own heart).

        • Bob

          LBJ married into a rich family.

        • kate8

          With the democrats, party always comes before country.

  • Cribster

    The Obama’s are undeserving, hateful, selfish, despicable trash. Michelle stuffs her underbite with cake and ice cream and insists we eat lima beans.

    • Christine

      As opposed to George W. Bush stuffing his ugly mug with cake and ice cream with John McCain, candidate for President for his birthday while the people of NOLA drowned, suffered and died? Neither one of them slowed down their fun times for even a moment. That’s conservative compassion for you.

      I cannot believe the hatred in some of you. It is frightening.

      • JeffH

        Christine, don’t you have a date with a deep lake or something? You gave your “compassion” for decency away when you said “drowned, suffered and died”. Go fly a kite…can’t you communists look at the here and now and admit you made a mistake, too.

      • William

        I can’t beleiv the STUPIDITY of some of you YOU christine,

      • taxman

        Christine I will check to see if you are working, then I will be around for 60% of what you have. Oh by the way in the last 2 years government debt is 80% of total debt so Bush did less then 20%. so please continue to blame him for your higher taxes. I’ll be back for more…

      • Mark Smith

        I like the fact that NOLA and Katrina were the fault of the FEMA and Bush Administration when the Mayor said he had everything under control and the buses were stopped from picking people up and the Gov of the State said nothing as the Mayor didnt ask for help until they were under water. Its so easy to leave out critical information and then blame someone else if things go badly.

      • True Born American

        It took three days for President Bush to go to NOLA. He was quite correct that he would have been in the way. (security details and lodging) How long did it take Obama to react to the Gulf oil disaster?

      • DaveH

        Compassion, Christine, is when you help people with your own money and time. What you Liberals practice is not compassion. It is Theft.

      • Granny Mae

        Christine,

        I thinki we need to go back to the beginning of certain happenings before we place blame on anyone for anything. First, when it came to Katrina there was plenty of time to evacuate and the chice to stay or leave is up to the individual. I deal with hurricanes every year and there is no way that I would put my safety and the safety of my family in the hands of anyone other than myself. I watched those people stand in line to get into that stadium and I cringed at their decission. One woman was interviewd and said she was there because her daughter decided to stay and not evacuate so she decided to come and stay with her. They both had cars and the ability to leave but chose not to. Some of those people went in there with blankets dragging over their shoulders and carrying a 2 liter bottle of water and by golly they were going to tuff it out ! These people had never given a thought to how bad this thing was going to be. For one thing I would never take my family to a shelter that huge in the first place. You have no idea of all the perverts your family is going to have to be next to. People left their homes without even giving a thought to take their medicine with them or anything they could use to make their stay a little more comfortable. There was a lot more to all the disaster of Katrina than just politicians. I didn’t see anyone in that whole ordeal that I could say used their heads. One young teenage boy used his head and got a school bus and evacuated a bunch of people. He was a true hero ! Too many people there waiting for someone else to take care of them and that didn’t happen ! If you aren’t prepared for the unexpected , no matter what it is, then you can blame no one but yourself !

        • libertytrain

          Your post was excellent and accurate – I guess it helps to live or have lived in a hurricane prone area to fully understand what you are saying and I think that’s the problem – most people don’t – so they don’t understand the potential gravity of the situation – kind of like border states like Arizona faces with their border problem. Hard to really grasp if you don’t live in an area – I’m not defending them, only that they are truly oblivious to the problems faced by parts of this country.

      • JC

        The only good commie is a dead commie Christine.
        If that scares you…you might want to rethink what kind of an American you are.

      • kate8

        Christine, How is your hatred for GW Bush and all things conservative more acceptable than our contempt for the Soetoros?

        You libs are such self-righteous hypocrites.

  • Daniel

    If W Bush didn’t burn his diplomatic capital and piss everyone off Laura could have done this.

    It is called diplomacy.

    The War president’s legacies cost more than 6 figures.

    • Patriot

      Bush ruined America first or second after Reagan.

      • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

        And you call yourself a Patriot?

        • dstk

          he is right

          • rwnut

            He is wrong.

          • Bob

            There weren’t any billionaires until Reagan.

        • Mike

          A patriot will not be afraid to speak the truth.

      • Carl

        I can agree that George W. Bush was not a conservative and did a lot of things wrong including ending his presidency by bailing out banks, mortgage houses, Fannie & Freddie, plus the UAW through GM and Chrysler. But Ronald Reagan was the BEST president of the last 50 years. Bar none!

        • xzimppledink

          Ronald Reagan was probably the worst president we ever had. Everything he did was “smoke and mirrors”. He slept while wife ran the country on the advice of her San Francisco astrolager. The Reagan Tax simplification only mde it easier for the gov to raise taxes by eliminating most of our deductions like SS tax, income averaging, gasoline tax, sales taxes etc. I paid MORE after his tax reductin than before. His “star wars” was pure fantasy, and all those “jobs” he claimed to create were merely stolen from ethe previous generation as companies downsized, move offshore, and fired all their “over 50″ workers.

          • Cameron

            You Liberals are so lost that a company of Rangers couldn’t find & rescue you inside of a year. Besides, I thought that Liberals just LOVE to pay taxes, or is it they love for OTHER PEOPLE to pay taxes? Playing the blame game is childish (as demonstrated so aptly by Sheik Barack) & doesn’t solve anything. Just stick your head back up your rear or down in the sand & let people who care about this country deal with the problems, thank you very much.

          • William

            you sound like a double damne STUPID IDIOT rinkldink

        • Christine

          Ronnie Raygun began the policies which have brought us to financial ruin. He was the second worst president after GWB! When will you folks stop voting against your own self-interests in favor of the rich?????!!

          • True Born American

            The class card is overplayed as much as the race card. I have no white-guilt. I have never received a job from a poor person either.

          • DaveH

            Christine,
            Take off your Blinders. Those Rich you speak of embrace the Democrats. As the Democrats ruin our economy, the Rich are there to buy up the fire-sale property. They shear the citizens like sheep during the economic crises that are created by Government (both Democrats and Republicans, but especially Democrats). When the masses buy high, the Rich are glad to sell to them. When the masses sell low, the Rich rebuild their inventories. Big Government plays right into the hands of Rich people, sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally.
            http://blogs.wsj.com/wealth/2008/10/13/the-rich-support-mccain-the-super-rich-support-obama/

          • 45caliber

            Christine:
            I vote for the GOP due to trying to pick the lesser of two evils. The South used to be Democrat – until they started giving all our hard earned wages away to buy votes from the minority groups about 1965. It was Democrat here since before the Civil War. The Democrats no longer represent the workers. I can easily tell from what you wrote that you live in the north in a union state. The unions try to convince you that the Democrats represent you – we gave up that falicy years ago. To be honest – NO ONE REPRESENTS THE WORKERS ANY MORE. But the GOP is more likely to reduce or at least hold our taxes instead of raising them again to buy more votes. The Democrats? Never!

      • http://Cincinnati readmylips

        Specifics, please. Explain how.

        • Nellie

          I can think of several things but first: No Balanced Budget.

      • JeffH

        Patriot, is that your only arguement to just look back and complain?

        • DaveH

          I’m not sure he said what he meant. I really don’t think he was dissing Reagan.

          • JeffH

            I reread it and still come to the same conclusion.

          • DaveH

            Whatever he said, he didn’t say it very clearly. I am thinking he might be referring to the two Bushes. But even two Bushes are worth more than an Obama in the hand.

    • slickporsche

      Actually Bush did not piss anyone off, it was the Democratic owned media that did that job. People are really gullable and believe what the press tells them. They have all heard the phrase,”Bush is bad”, so many times they end up believing it like you do. It is also the popular thing to do, and people tend to follow others.

      • Quinton

        He pissed me off with that Mission Accomplished banner.

        Also I was pissed off when he attacked Iraq with invented evidence.

        • marvin

          Quinton befor opening mouth and inserting foot congress had the same evidence that bush had and you forgot about the kuwait invasion and the 200,000 iraq,s that were gas to death and congress voted and passed the disarm or be disarmed for iraq but like all liberals half a truth is good as gold just blame bush hell it was bush,s fault michelle wasted $300,000 tax payers money on a private vaction or the obamas spent 1 million tax payer dollars on a hawaii vacation

      • Christine

        “Democratic owned media?” You have got to be kidding!!!!! You think Rupert Murdoch is a Democrat? LOL!!!! You think Fox News is liberal?! You don’t get the “news” on the news channels anymore! You get what the powers that be want you to hear and nothing more!

        • JeffH

          Christine, I agree the MSM isn’t a Democrat media, although the way they suck up to O’man is totally disgusting…but…Soros and the powers that work with him, his organizations and ultimately the One World Globalist elite do control the MSM, not FOX though, and Rupert is one of the ‘elite”. You might not like FOX, but they sure do provide a lot of information that you won’t see or read anywhere else.

          Now isn’t that interesting?

        • DaveH

          The “news” media (excepting Fox) has been pro-Big-Government and anti-liberty ever since I can remember. Fox presents all sides of the issue. On all the programs that I watch, they give plenty of air-time to the Liberals. It just seems like Fox is biased because Conservatives get to say their piece and that makes Liberals look like the dummies they are.

    • kate8

      Daniel, Has Obama lived up to his promise to end the war? NO. He’s accelerated it.

      And now he’s talking about attacking Iran.

  • Annie Ladysmith

    It’s turning into an African Junk Country. What’s next? Mutilating people in the streets, Mugabe inflation and the killing off of white Eurpoeans? I’m sure Mugabe is on their best friend’s list. Things are becoming very racist, I think the Obamas hate white people just like there Jeremy Wright “pastor”, what a joke on us, ha-ha. This complete Jack-ass and his ugly neauvous riche wife need to go if America is to survive as a free country. NO, you see, he will not be running in 2012 because he will already be dictator for life. If people don’t like this, they should show up in force now, before they poison the water supply!

    • Sea Captain

      She only hates white people.

    • eddie47d

      If they are using their own money who cares. Apparently they are using some of our money for a private vacation and that is wrong. If they can’t do it on the Presidents salary then they should have declined the invitation. Annie Ladysmith; You are no Lady and far from it. I would put you in the same category as Rev. Wright in your racial nonsense. No one is killing off whites in America. Everyone of your comments was full of lies. You and the Sea Captain should be thrown overboard and take Rev Wright with you.

      • DaveH

        She didn’t say they were, Eddie. She said “What’s next?”. Before you issue your Liberal comments, Eddie, you really should learn how to read.

        • eddie47d

          Dave I stand by what I said and I read just fine. She’s still a vile “lady”.

      • Granny Mae

        eddie,

        What is the salary of the president? How much was this vacation? How much were all the other vacations and little golf games and all the other places they spend money? Parties and concerts?
        I think it is time they spread the wealth !

    • eddie47d

      Annie Ladysmith; If they are using their own money who cares. Apparently they are using some of our money for a private vacation and that is wrong. If they can’t do it on the Presidents salary then they should have declined the invitation. Annie Ladysmith; You are no Lady and far from it. I would put you in the same category as Rev. Wright in your racial nonsense. No one is killing off whites in America. Everyone of your comments was full of lies. You and the Sea Captain should be thrown overboard and take Rev Wright with you.

    • rwnut

      More than 90% of the farmland expropriated from white owners and given to black farmers are no longer productive,according to South Africas own government.Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti warned that the unproductive farms might be repossessed if they continue to fail to produce food. Nearly 23,000 sq.miles of farmland have been “redistributed” to new black owners under policies implemented by the Marxist-led ruling African National Party. “The farms–which were active accruing revenue for the state–were handed over to people,and more than 90% of these are not functional,” admitted Nkwinti. “they are not productive,and therefore the state loses the revenue. We cannot afford to go on like that…No country can afford that.” Hussein O’s redistribution at its finest!

    • kate8

      Annie, they’ve been poisoning the water supply for years. The toxins just work slowly, and in combination with other chemicals.

      Now they’re trying to add lithium and other drugs and poisons, along with the fluoride and drug residue already there.

      Even chlorine, when combined with certain chemicals (like organo-phosphates) creates deadly toxins.

  • Stamper

    “Mission Accomplished”

  • William

    I hope she stopped at the mosque

  • Only in America

    What does Rush and Beck say??

    • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

      Correction: What do Rush and Beck say? Why would you ask that? What difference does it make what they say? What do you think?

      • Patriot

        CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH, Apparently you are interested enough.

        • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

          You din’t answer my question. Exactly what do you think about Michelle’s extravigant vacation, while tens of millions of Americans are struggling to survive?

          • Only in America

            Try diplomacy.

          • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

            Diplomacy?

          • http://(none) Grant

            Nrs. Obama needs to learn that the cost of security is too high for her to take a private vacation of any kind – even if she’s willing and able to pay her own way. Now, if she did find a way to pay for ALL the elements of the security detail as well as her own personal expenses, then we’d have a little less to squawk about. Maybe the lesson here is the First Ladies and family cannot take real vacations. Thus a strong incentive to leave after 4 years.

          • DaveH

            What gets me is that these same Liberals will whine about the Rich and their opulent lifestyles. But the Rich are spending their own money, not the citizens’ money.

          • JC

            Good point Dave, exactly right.

    • Samuel

      Apparently nobody care about what Rush or Beck say anymore. I don’t.

      • Carl

        Samuel, you are in the minority. FOX NEWS and Glenn Beck have a greater viewership than the other networks. WE CARE!

        • slickporsche

          What do I care what Rush and Beck say?? I have a brain and can make up my own mind and I do think for myself.

          • JeffH

            The liberal minded progressives can’t say that! Oh, they try to, but just can’t!

          • rwnut

            Samuel is in his own “little-leftie” world,so don’t you bother him.HE DON”T CARE! SO NOBODY CARES!

  • LadyMorgi

    Don’t you get tired of saying “I told you so” to all the people who are tired of his crap?? He looked like a dressed up hood-rat from the beginning and here we are showing that you can take the Obamas out of the hood, but you can’t take the hood out of the Obamas.

    No class, no smarts, no sense….and America now looks “ghetto-fabulous” to the whole world.

    How embarassing!!

    • Dr. Mabuse

      Well its obvious that you’re not tired.

    • LEE

      TRULEY WHAT HE LQQKS LIKE IS AN OFF WHITE ALFRED E. NEWMAN “WHAT? ME WORRY??? NO ITS SPEND AND LET AMERICANS WORRY ABOUT OUR FUTURE, BUT PEOPLE THE TIME IS COMING TO A HEAD, BE PREPARED !!!!!

      • DaveH

        He looks like Urkel to me.

    • slickporsche

      You think thats bad, I am now in a foreign country and it is totally embarrassing to go out in public. When they say “are you American”, I really do not like to answer. Why you ask? I have heard all the comments, and jokes that are curculating around the globe. WE the American people have made complete fools of ourselves allowing the queers, Muslims,have their way. Then to top it off, we elect damn [offensive term removed] for president. Totally absurd.

    • Granny Mae

      LadyMorgi

      Amen !

  • Fergus

    I wonder how much it cost Spain for Michelle’s security? Or doesn’t she know that the host country has to provide for her safety whilst she is in their country. I also think credit should go to the royal family for being so gracious and their good manners inviting Michelle to lunch. Spain also is having trouble with their economy.

  • Goldenboy

    Well, you [those that voted him in] wanted “Change”… well you are getting it. It will take several years to undo the damage this president has done to this country. We must all remember, there is nothing free……someone somewhere has to pay for it….and its the American Tax Payer…those that pay taxes….Each time you read where there is a waste of money by the Washington Click, you just put more in the kitty to pay for it…….What ever happen to real leadership in this country…..Kinda like, where have all the flowers gone…..long time passing…. Do you see light in November…..I hope so…..

    • Marcus Aurelius

      Put a Bush back in that will fix us.

      • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

        The Bush’s are Rockefeller Republicans which are not what this country needs. They are closet Progressives.

        • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

          is not are, sorry

          • Mike

            Huh

          • DaveH

            I think you were right the first time.

      • Sea Captain

        W Bush(R) is no longer considered a republican.

      • Alfred

        The Past president already fixed us.

  • Marilyn

    Yep, our country is being well represented by Ms. Obama taking a vacation to Spain on Americans’ tax dollars – while American jobs are scarce, and Americans are looking at huge tax increases. Michell’s trip does not surprise me. Other First Ladies have done the same. Ms. Clinton had a grand trip with her daughter when America was going down the tube with the help of Pres Clinton. It must be the thing to do. When a President has forced himself into a corner and there is no way out, give the Little Woman a vacation using the tax payer’s money. Maybe Michelle had a “gift certificate” from one of their campaign backers. Do you suppose?

  • Caucasian

    I remember when Nancy Reagan blew the budget decorating.

    • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

      I believe that was paid for by private donations.

      • Halbert

        Yeah sure.

        • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

          Prove me wrong. What were the costs? Do you know?

          • Halbert

            Post a reliable link.

          • kate8

            What is it with the libs always wanting a posted link. Don’t they know how to do their own research?

            Apparently not. They are absurdly ignorant and uninformed.

      • Bob

        When the Clinton’s left the White House they stole half of the furniture.

        • kate8

          The Clinton’s were nothing but white trash.

          Ha ha. Can’t even scream ‘racist’ at that one.

        • dan az

          Mostly the rugs were missing I think they found one in the park

    • http://www.personalliberty.com Ben Crystal (The Author)

      I believe you’re referencing Mrs. Reagan’s redecoration of the White House and replacement of the White House china during her husband’s 1st term. The building’s interior furnishings were showing signs of extreme use; and the china collection’s quality had declined to the point at which visiting dignitaries were being presented with meals on mismatched settings.

      Mrs. Reagan, as a part of her official duties as First Lady, organized the renovations, including purchase of a new collection to meet the expanded need. The redecoration was completed; and new china was purchased from Lenox – an American company.

      The funding was provided by private parties and donated to the People (since everything in the White House belongs nominally to Us) at no charge to the taxpayers.

      • dan az

        Thanks ben probably wont help but who cares anyway they will just ask you for more and more and more.

  • Harry

    With the finale of the in your face democrat “a vote for me is a vote for change” is coming to an end. While 20 percent plus America is out of work, (the government figures haven’t been right for at least as long as they have been able to balance the budget), We see extravagance in both travel, attitude and as the bible refers as “you shall know them by the fruits of their labor” and here you have it. Not even two years has passed, and we have corporate giants wanting to control everything, putting a heterosexual hating baby killer and an American hating Mexicano in the supreme court who are liars,union bosses getting payola for favors past and a president and first lady who has literally gone an about face on all their campaign promises. With the exception of one. They have accomplished change, from a democratic republic to a fascist communist dictatorship.

  • Cape Conservative

    REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

    We MUST stop this out-of-control ‘train’ before it wrecks and totally destroys our beloved America! It is quite apparent to any thinking person that the current occupants of the White House are tone deaf – or so arrogant they truly believe they deserve this extravagance while many Americans all across the country are experiencing severe losses of jobs or homes!

    • taxman

      You are too late, the damage is done and the taxman is coming to collect. We want you! to pay for all the pork and give away programs. Ask oprah or Jesse Jackson where they keep there money, I know and it is off shore. The rich are rich inspite of the government, why did Obama line the pockets of bankers and wall street millionaires? Time for you to pay…

      • dan az

        tax man
        with the 1.25 billion that was awarded to the non existing black farmers which obumer had a hand in pails to the waters and rangle misdealings which we as tax payers will half to pay off.

        http://capoliticalnews.com/blog_post/show/5926

  • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

    David Axelrod’s parents were members of the Communitst Party. Valerie Jarrett’s parents were colesly associated with known Communists. Jeremiah Wright has always espoused a Communist philoshopy. In Communism the ruling elite live like kings and force everyone else to live like serfs. Have you never read Animal Farm by George Orwell? It is classified fiction, yet it seems to be a perfect descritption of how Communism really works. The arrogance of the Obamas is not surprising to me. No one should be shocked by their blatant disregard for the plight they are putting the rest of us through. Unless you are one of their buddies, like William Ayers, Get Used To It.

    • Neal Post

      Rant is always good.

      Next it will be about Muslims or Mexicans, or some other buzz word.

      • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

        Not a rant. Simply a statement of fact. What is your point? I do not like Communists because they want to enslave me. Are you in league with them?

      • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

        Mexicans? Do you mean the ones invading MY Country? Muslims? do you mean the Islamic Jihadists who are bent on destroying this Country and all who live here?

      • taxman

        Neal, I come to collect! your share is 60% of what ever you have, 30% will go to the Illegals, 30% for muslims and 40% for Obama. The Obama’s thank you and please make more money, I’ll be back.

      • Cameron

        IF THE SHOE FITS…

    • Bob

      Everybody should read “Tragedy And Hope” by Carroll Quigley. He was an insider in the NWO.

  • Steve

    It’s typical entitlement welfare for the want-a-be rulers of the un-free subjects of their empire. They promote unrest and racism. Dare anyone to object or stand up to their decrees then bring legal action to block and skirt the Constitution they despise.

    • dstk

      well said,

      • dan az

        dstk you didnt get it did you?

  • CONSERVATIVE AT BIRTH

    Halbert, my challenge was to prove me wrong. I don’t really care. Do you? Then, you find the link and prove me wrong. Otherwise, I can make any claims I choose, just like all the left wing loons.

    • Halbert

      You said it was donated. You go and find it. Otherwise it will be assumed to have been paid for by tax payers not political payola from the financial institutions and wall street for favors.

      • marvin

        Halbert read the post by the ben crystal then you will know, the truth is out there if you look

        • Cameron

          Liberals & idealogues don’t WANT the truth, just their way.

      • Earl

        My memory recalls that the refurbishing WAS done with donated $$. I recall hearing it in the news many years ago, as it was not kept a secret, but was well covered. The individual is correct!

      • DaveH

        Here you go, Liberal. Choke on it:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/?title=Nancy_Reagan#Renovation

      • dan az

        I told ben that you would be back for more and more ha ha

  • Condolessa

    I understand that the Obamas are well respected by most of the world leaders.

    I expect the first family will continue to visit.

    • http://Cincinnati readmylips

      I think you understand wrongly. The converse is true.

    • slickporsche

      You are dilusional,and completly wrong.

      • dstk

        no you are!

        • Jeep

          Does your mommy know you are on the internet?

          • Granny Mae

            Jeep,

            You are a stinker!! LOL

  • Bill Byars

    Hey, J. M. R., they (politicians, most of them)are out of touch AND criminals. We’re (this nation) are too much a democracy and not enough of a republic. Term limits would be a great solution to much of our problem today. Actually, ONE term would be best and no grand-fathering plus nobody being able to serve in any other federal capacity including lobbying when their term has expired. Let’s have citizen representatives who go back to running and/or working in a real business after their service is done.

    • Cameron

      When your bread & butter depends on good, fair laws being enacted it makes a huge difference what laws get passed. The trouble is that most politicians can’t make a living in the “real world”, hence no politician will ever propose term limits for himself & his brethren in office. so, they don’t care HOW bad a law might affect businesses because it doesn’t effect them.

  • John Despard

    I am a fairly recent subscriber to this website. I lean much more to the left than most of the opinions I read here. I get most of my news from my daily newspaper. While I consider myself a member of MoveOn, True Majority, Change.Org, etc. I do not donate to them. In the defense of Mrs Obama I would like to point out that at least to my knowledge no welfare mother has received a recipe costing $25 a person in response for requesting advice on stretching food stamps. This was done by the office of one of your heroe’s wives, Nancy Reagan. I have not heard Obama telling us ketchup is a vegetable for our children’s school lunches. It has been Republicans who have recently made comments like “I challenge anyone to live on my salary”(Newt Gingrich, I believe) or “Why don’t the unemployed borrow against their inheritance” (A Republican from a southern state). Our aristocrats in Washington and to a somewhat lesser degree state and local governments are shielded from the reality of life. Just as when Women’s Liberation advocates closed a blind eye to the sexual harassment attitudes of Sen. Packwood because he was a strong voice in Congress for them so do we all tend to ignore the trangressions of our favorites. I don’t follow the news enough to make a fair comparison of how travel by the Obama Administration compares to that of previous administrations but I hope you have. Considering you are undoubtedly Republican I feel this may just be a case of the pot calling the kettle black.

    • taxman

      Hey John, I will be who ever you want me to be. I will be around to collect what you owe. Blame bush and his tax cuts for this, it is ok with me. Please get out 70% of all you have so I can help the obamas share the wealth with all these poor people that need your help, like the obama’s and the poor senators and the rest of the government. I will keep coming back so give generously each time.

      • dstk

        bla, bla bla…

        • dan az

          sheepie I take it.

    • dstk

      I agree

      I’d call it selective memory, selective hearing, sounds child-like!

      the obama’s didn’t put us through this, and how ridiculous to say so. This was going on long before they took office, and as far as M. Obama what she is doing is diplomacy, and you would call it that if it was a republican.

      from above
      “If W Bush didn’t burn his diplomatic capital and piss everyone off Laura could have done this.
      The War president’s legacies cost more than 6 figures.”

      the Bush’s lived just as well, if not better, they all did, and this is just a bunch of useless argument, you don’t know of anything more intelligent to say. It is just a bunch of racist crap! Wouldn’t be surprised if some of you wore white sheets over your heads on the weekend!

      as far as jobs, I lost my job due to cut backs and down sizing, and it started happening in small(er) town america long before bush left office, it just had not hit the mainstream consciousness, you see it doesn’t really seem to matter until it affect those with money or those in the bigger cities. by the way employed again, but am lucky compared to many friends and neighbors.

      I think it is interesting and funny sort of, that now in just recent month(s), the conservative here are talking more about how “american’s are suffering and trying to survive” I have been reading the posts here off and on for almost a year unemployed were all a bunch of loser’s living off the rest of the employed. The tone has changed, it is touch more people and now they maybe aren’t as self-righteous.
      Well maybe they are but now it is them and their’s that are feeling it. Now it is “American’s that are suffering” It always was…

      • Raggs

        You need some cold water thrown in your face…

      • Cameron

        What you need is a reality check, not an unemployment check.

      • Jeep

        You are right, the jobs started to bleed off around 2006. You know, about the time that the dems took control of congress…ooops.

      • (WIA) Wild Indian in Action

        Hook up with the Mexican Illegals, tell them that you are for the Raza Unida, and I’m sure they can find you a job that the Gringos don’t want to do.

  • http://www.charter.net James A Graham

    RECENT VIRGINIA CHURCH SERVICE – STIMULUS SERMON

    Genesis 47:13-27

    I would love to give the Pastor of this predominantly black church in
    Virginia a hug and a high five.

    It is amazing to see that very little has changed in 4,000 years.

    —————————————————

    Good morning, brothers and sisters; it’s always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning and so eager
    to get into God’s Word.
    Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will, to the 47th chapter of Genesis, we’ll begin our reading at verse 13 and go through verse 27.

    Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us?
    ….(reading)….

    Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray…
    So we see that economic hard times fell upon Egypt and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh
    to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest and placed the grain in great storehouses
    that he had built.
    So the people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain.
    And this went on until their money ran out and they were hungry again.

    So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock – their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkeys -
    to barter for grain – and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year..

    But the famine wasn’t over was it?
    So the next year the people admitted they had nothing left except their land and their own lives.
    “There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before
    your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh..”
    So they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh’s government and then sold themselves into
    slavery to him, in return for grain.

    What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?

    That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery? Yes.
    That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master? Yes.

    But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters!
    “Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen ..
    And they gained possessions in it and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.”
    God provided for His people, just as He always has! They didn’t end up giving all their possessions to government, no,
    it says they gained possessions! But I also tell you a great truth today and an ominous one.

    We see the same thing happening today – the government today wants to “share the wealth” once again,
    to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education,
    and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind.
    And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years
    ago – as slaves to the government and as slaves to our leaders.

    What Mr. Obama’s government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh’s government did then and it will end the same.
    And a lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a “Messiah,” don’t they? Is he a Messiah? A savior?
    Didn’t the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord,
    we will be servants to Pharaoh”?

    Well, I tell you this – I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. Obama is no Messiah!
    No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh.

    Bow with me in prayer, if you will…

    Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone.
    We confess that the government is not our deliverer and never rightly will be.
    We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do,
    where it says “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but
    the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

    And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come.
    We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation.
    Lord, we pray for this nation.
    We pray for revival and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters.
    Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh’s government.

    In God We Trust…

    • Bev

      Hear, hear!!! Very good, James!! I’m with you!

  • Rick

    How out of touch with reality are these people, when Michelle spends
    more in one day than most Americans earn in a year? Then, at the same
    time, Barak has a $30,000 a plate birthday party in Chicago, when
    millions of Americans don’t make that much in a year. I doubt that the
    Obamas would be able to make over $100,000 a year if they had to seek
    a job in the same manner as ordinary citizens.

    • dan az

      where did the obomas get there money? the only job that he held was the attorney for acorn when he forced the banks to make bad loans so where did he steal it from?

      • JC

        Go back even further dan…
        Where did the money come from for his education?
        Oh yeah! he was funded by taxpayers as a FOREIGN student.

  • Irenre

    NO, this is not the same as the Bushes or even the Clintons. Don’t you remember when Chelsie Clinton wanted to take a couple of teenage friends with her on her mother’s trip to China??? The media and everyone said “NO!” It would cost the taxpayers money??? You don’t remember that? Well it happened so don’t say this trip Michelle took to get even with Opra because she was miffed that Oprah had a better more expensive room then Queen Michelle had when they all went to Sweeden to make the pitch for the olympics to come to Chicago. Hubby visiting with Oprah in Chicago was the time to show off a little and let Miss Oprah know how important the first lady is. Jealousy from a woman that age tells you more about our first lady then anything else we will see.

  • http://www.crcom.net Not so dumb in

    We are all forgetting one thing. We don’t even know for sure that Obama is truely American. He is our first elected foreign predsident.
    I thought you MUST be American born to even be considered for presidential election. This man has backing that thinks we are stupid, and they can pass off anyone they want for President. I want to know who is standing behind this man, away from public view, that is protecting Obama and keeping the public from impeaching this foreign man. THOSE are the true trators in all this. And I fear they are our own american countrymen in Washington covering for him.

    • Christine

      This is in response to “not so dumb.” The last time I checked, Hawaii was one of the states of the union. President Obama was born in Honolulu, there are newspapers from that year announcing his birth. He is as American as you or I. You need to get past that. There is an American in the Office of President and all your wishing otherwise will not change that. He is your President, like it or not. If you had elected McCain, there would have been a question regarding his birth as he was born in Panama. Can we finally move past this stupid issue and maybe you could support your President as I was told to support the illegitimate pResidency of GWB? At least Barack Obama was fairly elected and not appointed by the SC!

      • True Born American

        Christine, Anyone can put a birth announcement in a newspaper. You don’t have to have proof of a birth to do it. Then there is the little matter of the paternal grandmother who said he was born in Kenya. Also the fact that Obama has spent millions of dollars to keep his school records and birth certificate (not certificate of live birth) hidden. A certificate of live birth does not mean he was born in Hawaii. McCain was born in Panama to two United States Citizens and meets all legal requirements of being a United States Citizen.

      • Bev

        I’ve never seen those newspapers and I don’t believe he was born in the USA either, but even if I gave him the benefit of the doubt there (which I won’t), he is still un-American because he is the most disloyal traitorous president ever!!! And that includes Woodrow Wilson and Roosevelt–neither of whom were angelic themselves! This guy has an agenda that has nothing to do with helping Americans (black OR white) and everything to do with destroying America and her sovereignty in preparation for the New World Order. And WHO will be your dictator….ahem….I mean “president” then??? Can you say “Antichrist”?

        In the meantime, he isn’t MY “president” and I’ll never honor him or respect him as such. He is a traitor and that’s the only title I’ll give him. Traitor Obama. You know what they do to traitors, don’t you? That’s what he deserves…

      • kate8

        Christine, repeating this tripe over and over into infinity still won’t make it true.

      • dan az

        christine what year was he born in was it before he changed it and forgot to so the math which hawaii was not a state? Until he proves otherwise he is a usurper and needs to be tried for treason.

    • Cameron

      Even IF Sheik Barack could produce an original birth certificate that proved he was born in Hawaii most people would probably not believe it because he has steadfastly refused to show it so far. NO school he attended has released his school records (attendance, grades, etc) from kindergarten through law school so far. & nobody has stepped froward with photos of themself & the Sheik as children playing in Hawaii. He is half-white, but the black half has obviously dominated his personality. His mammy may have had white skin, & her white mother MAY have reared the Sheik in Hawaii, but that is no guarantee that he has any love lost for ANY white people. His father abandoned him as a child & all his mentors were white-hating Communists & black activist radicals. Call this racist if you want to, but it’s the truth.

      • 45caliber

        One of his high schools produced some info a few months ago. You might check with WND.com about it. In any case, his bill was paid for by the Indonesian government since he was an Indonesian citizen.

      • 45caliber

        Also just recently, when checking on his mother’s passport, they found a note from her telling the passport department to take her son’s name off her passport as an American citizen because his stepfather was adopting him.

  • Hoss

    Just think…. Reagan started this whole mess back in the 80′s when he gave AMNESTY to THOUSANDS of Mexicans.. Do you remember ‘Red Ronny’??

    • Earl

      Hey Hoss: You rag about Reagan’s “thousands”, but don’t seem to realize that the numbers we’re talking about now are in the order of 15-20 MILLION! (plus their families and the rest of the ones that come with “chain migration”.) That doesn’t even take into account all the one who will run for the border just as soon as the amnesty take effect, so they can get in “under the wire”, so to speak (pun intended).

      • marvin

        Earl don,t forget the 60,000 babies born in one year alone in texas to illegals on the average thats 50 x 40,000 =2 million birth right citizen a year all at tax payer expence,don,t that get you just all warm and fuzzy inside i know it does me and just think in less that 20 years we will be just like mexico

    • marvin

      Hoss correct me if i am wrong but did pres r r give amnesty to 3 million illegals or was it congress that pass the law and r r just signed it in to law un like obama try to do it thru ex order for 20 million illegals did r r say help me give amnesty to 3 million illegals and i will close the border

    • dan az

      hey hoss reagan said he would hive amnesty if the dem congress would close the borders guess they didnt close it huh

  • Dan

    Hoss, you are totally correci. I almost forgot abouit that episode. Thanks for reminding me!!!

  • George

    Dan:

    Do you have a spellchecker on your computer? I do agree with Hoss on that subject matter. Just an added note. Obama sucks.

  • Peggy

    Dan:

    Obama may, or may not suck, but Larry Sinclair does!! Everyone reading this needs to run a search for Larry Sinclair/Obama and see what comes up. Obama is as queer as a three dollar bill. CHECK IT OUT..

  • Christine

    You know, we may not like to see lavish spending but I would like to remind you ‘conservatives’ here that the Obamas spend their own money. Like it or not, this is America, they’ve earned their money and they are free to spend it as they see fit. You would not tolerate someone else telling you that you can’t spend your own money the way you like. Why is the First Lady any different. And for that matter, I never saw the Bushes scrimping on their vacations or anything else yet I did not hear you complaining about that! Please don’t be such hypocrites.

    I agree that the Congress needs to be reined in but that would apply to BOTH sides. They are all too comfortable for the lousy job they’ve been doing in my opinion. I am not happy with either party but for the record, I am a liberal who supports human rights. Neither Republicans or Democrats seem to be concerned with those of U.S. out here that are just struggling to get by in hard times. Let’s stop being such a divisive population and work together on this.

    • Earl

      Better go back and check your facts again….Ms. Obama cost the TAXPAYERS nearly 400,000 for this trip. fuel and payroll for the aircraft, her security detail of 70 (yes, 70) etc. The only thing they paid themselves is the hotel bill ( 38 rooms ) and food and beverage. The aircraft alone costs approximately $12,000 an hour.I’m sure I’m leaving out some incidentals, but this should suffice….

    • Cameron

      Christine, I am a Right-leaning Libertarian who votes Conservative because it is the lesser of two evils, and I absolutely HATE somebody telling me how, when, where, & why I spend my money, which is exactly what Liberals do! They take my money (taxes) & spend it on programs that I don’t think should be getting public money: abortions, “gay” causes, the Nat. Endowment for the Arts, & a host of other causes. If you support these & other causes, then YOU dig down into YOUR purse & keep your grubby little hands out of my pocket. I donate to causes I support, when I can afford to. Several years ago when Newt was Speaker he advocated a tax on entertainers. Just ONE PER CENT of their income, & no one else’s, could be used to fund the NEA at a higher rate than was being funded by Congress (aka the taxpayers), & Alec Baldwin threw a FIT! HELL NO! EVERYBODY ought to be made to support this “worthy”

      • Cameron

        cause of urinating in a jar & adding Grandma’s crucifix, or smearing chocolate all over your naked body & calling it “art”, then YOU donate to it but don’t tell me YOU know better than I do how to spend MY money.

    • marvin

      Christine you said her own money ok her part maybe 10 to 20 grand tax payer part 3 to 4 hundred grand thats $400,000 and that is on the low side wish she had came to the golf coast with the 40 plus friends like fla ala georgia la texas or even cal they all need money

  • Joseph C. Moore, Cpo USN Ret.

    I was no big fan of a man who kept the fireplace and airconditioning going at the same time (as president), but I remember a response to the public about the first lady (Patricia Nixon) wearing a good Republican (unostentatious) CLOTH COAT – a response to the supposed royalty of the Kennedy administration. It would be nice if this profligate administration could, at least, pretend to some fiscal concern for the public.

    • Cameron

      Royalty doesn’t HAVE to pretend squat, or answer to the masses.

      • 45caliber

        I’m reminded of the French royalty – just before they invented the guillitine.

  • jopa

    GW took so many trips without leaving the farm that when he became Prez. he really did’nt know how to plan a vacation.I remember when he was trying to book a Swiss chalet when he was in office but Mick Jagger already had it booked and basically told him to go suck an egg.Thats one of the main reasons he spent so much time at his stage prop ranch in Texass.Out of 8 years of his presidency he was there a total of 3 years.If he spent more time in Washington we would really be screwed.

    • Cameron

      Maybe we can get Sheik Barack to go back home to Kenya & his goat ranch early… NO WAIT!!! That would mean Clueless Joe Biden would become President & that twit Pelosi w/her cosmetically created permanent smile (that never reaches her eyes) would become Veep. God help us!

      • 45caliber

        I suspect that the only reason Oblama hasn’t been assassinated yet is because everyone can see who his successors would be.

      • Hoss

        Cameron:

        So what makes you think that Biden & butt-breath Polosi could possibly be worse than B.O. (body odor)??

    • 45caliber

      At least the time Bush spent on his ranch didn’t cost ME $50,000 a day or more.

    • 45caliber

      I also doubt that planning vacations is a necessary skill for a President of the US.

  • http://www.crcom.net Not so dumb in Texas

    Let’s go back to the very start, when this man none of us had heard of actually made it to being a presidential candidate. Who were his backers that made him think he could pass himself off as partial american and get elected. Who are the ones hiding his birth certificate? Who are the ones that are covering for him behind the scenes? He is, after all, our first Kenyan born president. I think the ones who are hiding his information so carefully are the traitors, and maybe even our treasonists. And more than likely, they are in Washington, DC. This is also the first president this country has had that we, the people, can’t trust to look out for this country’s well-being.

    • JC

      Yep! It’s time to clean house.

  • Madonna

    LETS GET BACK TO THE REAL FOUNDATION OUR FOREFATHERS BUILT THIS COUNTRY ON……PRAYER AND HONESTY….POPLE CARED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF ALL NOT JUST THE NAME PROFESSING GOOD WILL BACKED WITH LIE AFTER LIE AFTER LIE. OUR LEADERS WERE PROUD AND MUCH THE LESS SELF-CENTERED…READ THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AGAIN AND AGAIN AND SEE WHAT WERE MISSING THEN CORRECT IT.

  • William Wu

    I am glad I am not a Conservative with hate and envy in my heart. Everything the President does is reported negatively with hate.

    • marvin

      William Wu being a conseritive or not has nothing to do with not hearing what the people are saying and 70% OF THE people are say stop no more tax,s no more bailouts no more obamacare no more open borders hate has nothing to do with being blind to what the american citizens want and don,t want, and that is stop the spending and give aways,you may not know it but i can only spend a dollar one time un like the goverment that spends the same dollar 100 times and wants more

    • 45caliber

      Actually we don’t report his moves with hate. We simply repeat what the newsmedia reports. What we hate is having him spend our hard earned tax money on vacations all over the world, which is what this article is about. I have no trouble with he and his wife taking vacations – as long as he does the work he is being paid to do and they pay their own expenses on the trip. So far they have failed at both.

    • Bev

      You ain’t just a’whistlin Dixie, honey! I despise him to the same degree the he despises America. Open your eyes!! Take off your blinders!! You are about to embark on the worst seven years of your life, if you don’t! There is a God in heaven and His name is JESUS not Barack Obama. But then if you would rather see hell on earth, then just keep those blinders on. They’ll come off soon enough. And then you’re going to wish you had never heard of BO. Is he the “one”? Maybe. Maybe not. But if he isn’t, he’s preparing the way. Hang onto your hat, though. It is only going to get worse…

      God

      • Bev

        I was going to say, “God help the people who are left behind…”

      • dan az

        I think He took it to be god signing off so he left wet

    • DaveH

      Actually, William, it’s been my observation in the 40 years of my adult life, that the Liberals are the envious and hateful people. Why else would they whine constantly about the Rich? Why else would they do all the name-calling they do on this board?

      • 45caliber

        Why else? I agree.

        But they also have this vision of a utopia where everyone has everything they want and only have to work if they want to work only at jobs they really like. And a deity called “government” which will take care of any problems they might have BEFORE the problems come up. And it will work perfectly with them in charge of everything.

        Every time I hear this drivel, I always ask if they are the ones who are going to volunteer to clean out the stopped up sewers since all work is by volunteers. So far I’ve not found a single one willing to voluneer for this important job.

    • JeffH

      William, what is in your heart then? Social justice? Re-distribution of wealth? Helping the poor, oppressed and lazy achieve equality with someone elses money? Save the world?

      I’d really be interested to know.

    • JC

      Well William, this President is ineligible to be POTUS, he is very likely a Muslim (anti-American), he is certainly callous to American values and he seems to be very much a socialist.
      He is spending us out of existence and he is a major league liar.
      I hate that! :)
      Have a good day.

  • marvin

    a little common sense will go a long way i don,t give a rats ass were or what m obama does or saz as long as it is not at tax payer expence but this it my money i can spend it that ok as long as it comes out of your bank but that jet your flying on is not yours and cost hundreds of thousands to fly, hell i know obama said i am a citizen of the world so his wife must be to there for spain is just another state

  • Hoss

    This post for Marvin..

    Marvin, you don’t have a PhD in English, DO YOU??

    • DaveH

      I thought you Liberals were for the little people?

  • barbm

    louisiana is begging for people to come to the beach there, so she takes her fat fanny to spain, clears the beach of all the people who have a right to be there, then spends into oblivion. she has a staff almost double that of any other 1st lady in history which costs the tax payers twice as much. she has assistants for assistants. she’s a real piece of work.

    • dan az

      barb why does she need a tan anyway?

  • ONTIME

    THis guy we are suposed to call a POTUS has so many strikes against him for just being rude, thoughtless and arrogant the inept, devious and politically out of touch are just a part of his make-up and apparently his spouse and he are well mated. She seems to have no trouble living high on the hog while handing out advise that is contrary to even good logic, her idea of a good time is to forget about the hard times of the country, girls just wanta have fun and it doesn’t matter how much it cost everyone else….

    RE-PARE AMERICA’S GOVERNMENTS…and get these sissy elite know nothings the hell out of office.

    • 45caliber

      Ah … but they are acting as they believe a real king and queen should act. They have others (czars) to handle the administration of the country while they party. Sort of like the royalty of France did – just before the Reformation there that brought out the guillutine.

  • Irenre

    William Wu – Where were you when Bush was Pres.? I can’t tell you how many times I heard people say awful things about him. Don’t think you and your liberal friends are free of hate, you are not. IN fact they started the hate mongering with Pres. Bush so don’t complain. I have not heard anything directed to Pres. Obama compared to what was said about Bush.
    Staying on subject, Michelle’s trip was outrageous. She also has 8 more vacations planned for the rest of the year. You liberals think that is the way to act when people are out of work? Spend our tax money training a single parent to find a job, that would be worthwhile.
    By the way, the USA does not have royalty, they can be replaced.

    • DaveH

      Liberals use words like “hateful” and “racist” solely because they arguments have no legs, so they must manipulate people with childish name-calling.

      • DaveH

        Forgive me, Hoss, I meant “their arguments”.

      • JeffH

        I’m sure you mean Irenre and you’re spot on it again.

      • JC

        And here’s why DaveH:

        “There is a class of colored people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs. There is a certain class of race-problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well.”
        – Booker T. Washington
        (1856-1915) African American political leader, educator and author

    • dan az

      Irenre I thought it was all about deplomicy right?

  • Fergus

    Edie47d; Was Michelle invited or did she request an invitation?? Who knows?

  • Madonna

    You must have had new math when you went to school…yer figures are very wrong …he had far less and didn’t invite all his friends or send his daughters abraod in the lavish Jet with all their friends for a vast fiest…..woah…rein in them horses buckaroo

  • VMCox

    I haven’t read any of the comments, here, as I am too busy. Just needed to say the the editorial written by Ben Crystal, is full of
    lies and misinformation, as usual. The First Lady, was accompanied
    by TWO friends and their daughters. The friends paid for their own
    commercial airline tickets and all other expenses. There were not
    40 people on this trip. The lies and misstatements of the right are
    actually funny and sad. Considering the mess this country is in, it
    is hard to understand the Party of “Do Nothing” and it’s supporters
    don’t have something better to do than actually make up stuff to huff and puff about.

    • 45caliber

      There are forty people IF you count the guards, servants, staff, etc. that are with her. They may not be on vacation as she is but we still have to pay for them.

      • VMCox

        The Secret Service decides how many agents accompany the First Family, on any trip. They are not 40 of the First Lady’s closest friends. The NY Times can tell falsehoods just as well as you people can. Everyone should learn to check this stuff out, before deciding it must be true, because it fits your agenda, which is hating the President, his family, our government, our constitution, etc..

        • JeffH

          VM, Our? Like you liberals support the Constitution! You commies despise freedom…much prefer a place at the trough and then a good seat for Madcow and Olberego…

    • DaveH
      • VMCox

        The article in the NYDailyNews is a lie. Check out the facts, before you tell me I’m wrong. Newspapers and Cable News lie all the time, just watch Fox News and then do some Factchecking…

        • JeffH

          VM, you’ve yet to prove that any of the so called “lies” are lies. Provide something concrete other than your opinion. That is the best way to back up your liberal rant. Why would anybody want to believe a liberal anyway, all they do is lie, cheat and steal from the working people.

          • JeffH

            “According to CBS News, the tax dollar part of the vacation include an estimated $146,000 round-trip cost for the U.S. Air Force 757 aircraft, not counting ground time; about $95,000 in hotel costs for an estimated 70 security personnel — Secret Service and military — who get a $273-a-day government per diem, plus costs for the dozen or so cars in her motorcade. I’m told that three shifts of agents are needed for a trip of this magnitude.”

          • DaveH

            Jeff, he gets his information from Factcheck.org. That explains it:
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:FactCheck

          • DaveH

            Jeff,
            Here is just one example I ran into recently of how the Liberal so-called fact checkers ply their magic:
            http://www.snopes.com/politics/taxes/HR3590.asp

            Note that they are correct that H.R. 3590 doesn’t charge taxes on “all” workers employer-provided healthcare plans. But what Snopes conveniently leaves out is the threshold for single workers’ employer-provided healthcare plans which is $8500 (their figures for families is wrong also, but maybe that was stated before the bill actually passed). That was a pretty big ommission for a “fact” checking service in my book.

          • DaveH

            Here is where you can find the actual contents of H.R. 3590:
            http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:h.r.03590:

            You can find it in the CRS summary for title IX, or go to the full text of the healthcare bill.

          • DaveH

            Bummer. Above link doesn’t work, but you can go to this one, and then look for HR 3590 (roll #165). Pick the HR 3590 link. Then you will be where the above link was supposed to take you:
            http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/ROLL_100.asp

        • dan az

          So vm with all of these facts that where given you why dont you reply with your own? where did you go?thought so just another hit an run

  • http://Yahoo.com Irene Grooms

    I don’t care one way or the other , this shound show the American People how much they really are about the poor here in this country. I cound care lest cause we have people who can’t put food on there tables and she goes to SPAIN. oBAMA AND mICHELLE SHOUND BE DOWN RIGHT ASHAME TO GO ON ALL THESE TRIPS WHEN WE’RE BROKE.tHIS SHOWS OUR PEOPLE JUST HOW SELFISH THEY ARE.dAY BY DAY OUR COUNTRY IS FALLING AND THESE DEMOCRATS ARE LYING THERE ASS OFF AT US CAUSE THEY’VE GOT THE MONEY TO SUVIVE ON AND WE DON’T i’VE GOT ONE THING ON MY MIND AND THAT IS HOW TO GET THESE PEOPLE OUT OF WASHINGTON BY 2012.

  • Red Shelton

    Machelle & her arrogance just reminds me again that we need to be sure that every member of every consrevative family in America is active in every way to defeat these people and all they represent.

  • 45caliber

    When I go on vacation, I pay for it. Why does Ms. Oblama feel that we, the taxpayers, should pay for her vacation? Exactly what has she done to earn that vacation at our expense?

    • dan az

      She had to live with him would you?

  • JK

    I am sorry to inform you that your votes DO NOT COUNT when electing a president. The electoral votes put the president in office. You might hope that your electorate votes your way…. but if one vote over the electorate whole is bought by whomever, the nominee gets all the votes of that state. The Presidential election is a fix for whomever has the most power & money.
    In other words, none of you, conservative or liberal had anything to do with having the president we have in office.
    Sad thought, but true.

  • JK

    This is a good one from the 14th amendment.

    Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

    • dan az

      So what are they waiting for?

  • Da Norseman

    I’d feel like a total heel if someone were to pay for my vacations, but when it comes to me having to have my tax dollars used for some unnecessary vacation Michelle Obummer undertook, clearly goes to show that she along with her husband misunderstands the concept as far as the economy is concerned. Six-digit figures on tax payer expense for her and her huge entourage is going way too far. She was also the subject of criticism by many foreign dignitaries for her poor taste in fashion, especially that one-shouldered-style dress she wore in public.

    It was also bad enough when Michelle was sent off to Copenhagen for the IOC meeting on…yes, on tax payer expense…and Baraaaackhkh said he had to remain behind to do things (probably to take in some golfing), then changes his plans and finds the time to meet with her in Copenhagen. Yup! Flying in separate planes – again on tax payer dollars!!!

    Never had there been so much gallivanting around the globe by any U.S. president or their spouses such as this administration – most of it on vacations – which has in no doubt become the most costly. They travel like it’s going out of style and tax payers are suffering more and more, probably dishing out more of their hard-earned savings than what was spent on the last three previous administrations combined.

    I can hardly wait for November 2, 2010 to roll around as well as November 6, 2012. I am very going-to-the-poll-happy right now!!! Who needs these politicians who constantly ignore the will of the American People and heed to these so-called interest groups as well as these supportive buffoons of globalization and a New World Order?

    • 45caliber

      Be sure to go to the polls if you want your vote counted! Don’t vote absentee.

      The last election there was a discussion about why it took so long to recount a close election. The person in charge said that they had to open and count all absentee votes. The reporter was surprised and asked why they hadn’t already been counted. He was told that if there was a lot of difference in the vote totals they didn’t bother with the absentee votes since they seldom decided such an election. But if it was close they might change who won so they only count them then.

      • dan az

        Dose the dead count as absentee?

        • 45caliber

          It does in some states, particularly when ACORN gets involved.

    • Hoss

      Obama was ‘SELECTED’ not elected. Vote fraud in this counrty is astounding, and if you think what you do in the voting booth matters, then I have a dandy bridge that I’ll make a hell of a deal for you on..

  • J D Logsdon

    The so called ‘democrat messiah’ has been proven to be a liar many times over. The time has come for all voters in the country to get rid of the politicians currently in charge. Vote everyone out this November and lets take back control of the country. Anyone who disagrees with the liberal agenda is called a liar or worse in the Mainstream ‘media’. Pass along the news about the liberal lies to everyone you know….

    • 45caliber

      I’m simply amazed at the lies coming out. It is as if they don’t really care if you believe them or not. Some politician recently was challenged by a lie he had made. He only smiled and went on.

      • dan az

        I think they call that transparentcy!

    • Da Norseman

      What is considered the “truth” to a liberal: anything that is propaganda material or any material that is cleverly doctored or concocted to make it sound believable in order to dupe the public that benefits liberals, the politicians they vigorously support and their agendas.

      What is considered a “lie” to a liberal: the actual truth or anything that is censored by the mainstream media (they are so much into censorship) the left do not want anyone to hear that may derail the very agendas they support, which would go against them.

      The definition of “truth” and “lie” to a liberal was from the same book used in the old CCCP.

  • tracycolorado

    Did you see that RHINO butt that hag has in the two piece bathing suit , She can start a fire with those thunder thighs . Looks like that garden is working for you , NOT REALLY ! just say NO , Chelly , Just say NO

  • http://dreamsalive.mychoices.biz/ Desert_Don

    Goodness gracious! Why all the foofurah? This woman is a member of the royal elite; why, all you need do is ask her, she’ll tell you.
    Don’t you realize, we peons and peasants are here merely to support our gracious rulers in the life to which they’ve become adjusted. Our joy in life is to work and give Michelle, Barry and their ilk the wherewithal which allows them to rule in peace, comfort and luxury.
    Remember comrades, we are all equal; some are simply more equal than others.
    Queen Mar.., er I mean Michelle, is simply exercising that which is due someone of her exalted position, because of her superior intellect, prestige and power.

    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
    -Alfred Lord Tennyson

    • 45caliber

      You know the first time I read that poem I thought those soldiers were stupid and certainly didn’t deserve fame for their act. And in the 50 years or so since, I’ve not had any reason to change my mind.

      • http://dreamsalive.mychoices.biz/ Desert_Don

        Of course they were lemmings. What difference do you see between the British Cavalry of yore and the American electorate of today?

  • DaveH

    For those who don’t know, this is called “monetizing the debt”. The Federal Reserve buys government debt thus putting more dollars into circulation. More dollars chasing fewer goods means higher prices for everything. Hang on to your hard assets. Get ready for the hidden tax of inflation:
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Fed-Citing-Slowdown-to-Buy-US-nytimes-2936632095.html?x=0&sec=topStories&pos=main&asset=&ccode=

  • Nick from Mexico

    Well Americans,

    You deserve it. First you let a white trash Caligula, Clinton. into the White House, a liar, draft dodger abnd an amoral person, then you put in a South Chicago mafia product for a repeat performance.

    You must be out of your mind and you will be paying for it for a long time.

    • JeffH

      …hasta la vista…bebé!

      …el jefe de estados unidos!

    • JeffH

      Well Nick from Mexico…could be worse I guess, like having Calderon running your 3rd world asylum and wanting to cross the Rio Grande for a better life, no matter how you put it.

    • JC

      Nick, you do have a point. We “have” been sleeping at the wheel.
      But the tide is turning…

  • http://gmail i41

    Caldron spanked Onumnutts and the rest of the marxist democrats and they gave him a standing ovation. All of our socialist democrats will do what ever the marxist muslim moron wants to turn us into a sub 3rd world country. When I read some of the dumb morons who either didn’t take government or civics or any history classes in school, when they want the electrol college done away with. They must not understand why it was formed or why it is necessary. Of course then east coast and west coast would decide what crap ideas we would live under. We really have some mental morons with what we have now representing the people , just think what crap we would have!

  • libra

    NEWS FROM THE 2010 CENSUS: ILLEGAL ALIENS NOW REPRESENT 4 % OF THE POPULATION OF THE USA. ONE OUT RVERY 12 BABIES BORN IN USA ARE TO ILLEGALS. HOW MANY MORE ANCHOR BABY CITIZENS DO WE NEED FROM CRIMINAL PARENTS WHO GAME THE ENTITLEMENT SYSTEM? WHEN WILL OUR SO CALLED REPRESENTATIVES GET OFF THEIR DUFFS AND CORRECT THE INCORRECT INTERPRETATION OF THE 14TH AMENDMANT. THE DEMS WANT AMNESTY AND THE VOTES SO THEY CAN BE IN POWER TO INFINITY IF THE USA LASTS THAT LONG. NO WONDER THE AMERICAN POPULACE IS NOW IN A CONSTANT STATE OF DEPRESSION. WE KNOW WE ARE NO MORE THAN PEASANTS HERE TO SERVE THE ELITE POWER RULERS. VOTE EM OUT IN NOV. ELECT FOLKS WITH AMERICAN VALUES.

  • TIME

    For some reason this nation (and the world) loves the Obama’s. I guess I’m missing something, there seems little doubt they’ll be returning in 2012. I can’t help but feel that accusations of being Muslim and the Birther movement is essentially assuring Obamas reelection.

    • libertytrain

      really? the REAL Time please stand up?

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