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6/7/2009

L.A. Times Gushes Over Obama Date Night

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Obama — Patterico @ 12:49 am

Faye Fiore, the official gusher of the L.A. Times, gushes over Obama’s New York date night, in an article called First Couple’s date night a fascination and inspiration:


Awww!!

Let the adulation begin!

[T]he impossibly elegant Obamas — he was sleek and tie-less, she wore black — have only raised the bar with a third date night since Inauguration Day.

They flew to John F. Kennedy International Airport in a mini Air Force One, (who knew it came in mini?) helicoptered into Manhattan, ate organic in a chic Greenwich Village restaurant (known to elicit “ecstatic whispering about the quality of summer peas”) and saw a play that didn’t even have show tunes.

This opened a floodgate for detractors, mostly Republicans, who squawked that the First Couple’s motorcade had inconvenienced much of New York and blown a wad of taxpayer money just as General Motors was going belly up.

Damn squawking Republicans!

“Oh, please,” said Chaya Kennedy, a 31-year-old office manager who is divorced, but ever hopeful. “Would we rather he’d be like other politicians and spend it on a prostitute? At least he spent it on his wife.”

Sure, Barack Obama may have spent thousands on a frivolous date night in the midst of an economic crisis. But oh please! What are you going to do, criticize him?

After all, this isn’t a guy who tolerates a schlock affair. He will have his waygu steak. And he will set his thermostat high enough to grow orchids.

And if a car exec dares to fly in a private jet, he’ll have his head!

You got a problem with that? Faye Fiore says: oh, please!

Then again, Faye Fiore is the same person who gushed over Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer: The editors knew exactly what they were doing when they assigned this “story” to her.

Tee hee! Date night is the greatest!!

167 Comments

  1. we can only hope the turkey baster had a headache…..

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:32 am

  2. So we have two Princess Dianas, with unlimited access to the treasury. We need the British media to come over here and save us, like we saved them in WWII.

    Comment by Glen Wishard (02562c) — 6/7/2009 @ 4:38 am

  3. Just wondering if Faye’s tune would be somewhat different if the “night out” couple were W. and Laura, jetting off to spend taxpayer dollars during an economic meltdown?

    Oh, please!“, indeed.

    Comment by navyvet (c45bb5) — 6/7/2009 @ 5:46 am

  4. Perhaps I’m just not reading/watching enough People/View type things but I don’t see the appeal.
    Looks like the media is trying hard to create the new Camelot – yet if they had reported on the president’s date nights 48 years ago the public may not yearn for Camelot in the first place…
    More seriously though the media hype is all about making him the Democrat Reagan in terms of regard. the problem is of course that Reagan held to certain core convictions even if it meant being unpopular and very importantly, he was sincere. I don’t think the “masses” see one ounce of sincerity in Pres Obama.

    Comment by voiceofreason2 (445035) — 6/7/2009 @ 6:15 am

  5. Racists. Y’all probably din’t like the Cosby Show neither.

    Comment by angie o'plasty (0a8329) — 6/7/2009 @ 8:07 am

  6. And like the veritable dog whistle, the NYT chimes in with almost an identical piece in today’s paper. Gag me with a spoon.

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/7/2009 @ 8:22 am

  7. I can’t believe conservatives really want to be so mean and petty over this. The guy took his wife on a date. That’s a Good Thing.

    In doing so, he acted like a regular human being. That’s also a Good Thing. It’s not his fault everything that the President does (other than wither and age under pressure) costs crazy amount of money.

    In doing so, he also kept a promise. That’s also a Good Thing. Maybe he should do it more. It certainly isn’t something he should be criticized for.

    Comment by David Blue (d0ac59) — 6/7/2009 @ 8:27 am

  8. David Blue, why the heck could he have not gone to the Kennedy Center instead of Broadway? Conservatives aren’t being mean or petty; we’re questioning the need to disrupt a city of millions for a date with the first lady.

    And here’s a question: why did they need to fly reporters in to NYC? Don’t you think the media has reporters IN New York that could have covered his date?

    Comment by h2u (147639) — 6/7/2009 @ 8:33 am

  9. In doing so, he acted like a regular human being.

    And a limousine liberal.

    His “progressive” instincts often make him talk out of both sides of his mouth. For instance, a speech he gave a few years ago about the horrors of global warming — about the need to conserve — which was given at a location in Illinois he drove to in his damn gas-guzzling SUV. However, I will give him credit for later being candid enough to admit that he enjoyed driving around in that type of vehicle.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:05 am

  10. It’s not that he took his wife on a “date” — good for him — it’s the gushing, sycophantic, where-are-my-kneepads media. The LA Times can’t go out of business fast enough…

    Comment by sam (a66070) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:08 am

  11. The Vaunted Fourth Estate. The Obama’s can do whatever they please within decorum and reason. My issue is with the press getting drool on their collective lapels over the mundane. One report previously called their love an “inspiration to the nation” or some other excess.

    in a mini Air Force One, (who knew it came in mini?) helicoptered into Manhattan, ate organic in a chic Greenwich Village restaurant (known to elicit “ecstatic whispering about the quality of summer peas”)

    Really, these lines got past an editor? Seriously? Also, remember when Ronnie and Nancy’s PDA’s were “Creepy”?

    Comment by Techie (482700) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:17 am

  12. limousine liberal

    This term was coined by the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York in 1969, Mario Procaccino.

    Comment by Official Internet Data Office (dfee7b) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:18 am

  13. It’s not his fault everything that the President does (other than wither and age under pressure) costs crazy amount of money.

    It was their date, and they should have paid for it – not the taxpayer. There was nothing done that was official business in his role as President.

    Comment by Horatio (55069c) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:18 am

  14. I think what people are objecting to is the continual partisan nature of the starry eyed cheerleading.

    Approving of “date night” for married couples, putting aside the costs during a supposed economic crisis? Sure that is good. But look in the mirror and ask if the press would have written this about anyone with an “R” after their name?

    I also think that it was hypocritical of the President to spend all this cash after class-baiting CEOs about flying to Las Vegas to play golf in private jets.

    Say, what was the carbon footprint of Date Night? I mean, with global warming and all?

    Comment by Eric Blair (44273a) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:27 am

  15. The LA Times can’t go out of business fast enough…

    Maybe people like reporter Faye Fiore should be given some slack. Given how many of them must be looking over their shoulder, worrying about the possible arrival of a pink slip — wondering when the other shoe will drop — they therefore need to get some enjoyment in their life by living vicariously through the Obamas.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:29 am

  16. Ok, inquiring minds want to know, did he get lucky afterwards?

    Comment by nk (c788b4) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:43 am

  17. I guess he’s not that concerned with the price of arugula anymore.

    Comment by the wolf (7cffb6) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:58 am

  18. waGYu.

    Comment by Daryl Herbert (a32d30) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:58 am

  19. I think that it is clear that the President wants other people to sacrifice. When he is asked to do so (say it together):


    that’s different!

    When I was in graduate school, many years ago, Paul Ehrlich (of “The Population Bomb” fame) was one of my professors. He had just written an editorial excoriating Americans for their conspicuous consumption of scarce world resources.

    I asked him how that fit in with the fact that he owned a private plane.

    He replied that what he did didn’t matter.

    What he meant, of course, was that other people needed to sacrifice.

    Not the vaunted Elite, like himself.

    Which takes us back to Date Night!

    Imagine the PR if the President had said he was paying for some portion of the trip, because of the economic pain from which the nation was suffering.

    But that’s not the Chicago Way.

    Nor the Way of the Politician, regardless of D or R.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 10:01 am

  20. I commend these two for donating valuable time to spin the myth that they’re decent people and proud Americans. I would never discredit any liberal for not coming to the same conclusion by now: America’s been had by a shady thug and his angry racist wife. Lunch in Paris just won’t cover it.

    Maybe we’ll see a new Czar of Dates & Photo-ops.

    Comment by Vermont Neighbor (efb5a9) — 6/7/2009 @ 10:06 am

  21. How would the LA Times handle date night with Sarah & Todd Palin ? The same love and adoration ?

    Comment by Vermont Neighbor (efb5a9) — 6/7/2009 @ 10:08 am

  22. I have no objections to a date night nor it being on taxpayer’s dime. George Bush frequently flew to his ranch in Craword, the Clintons to Martha’s Vineyard and the elder Bush and family flew to Kennebunkport for vacations, so it is inevitable presidents and their families will cost us.

    What I object to is the double-standard of Mr. Obama, who annoyingly instructs us to sacrifice, to be willing to give up for others, etc. and instead of being cost-sensitive himself, he splurges. Blatant double standard and all that.

    As far as the LAT goes, they have met expectation with Ms. Fiore’s piece. It would have been surprising had there not been an excessive and embarrassing gush over this. I would have wondered if they were losing their touch. On a personal aside, I suspect Ms. Fiore needs a hot date herself.

    Comment by Dana (aedf1d) — 6/7/2009 @ 10:14 am

  23. You’re all right about the media aspect of this. Totally stupid.

    Nice dress, though.

    Comment by Leviticus (20b7ac) — 6/7/2009 @ 10:18 am

  24. Nice dress, though

    Sure is. I paid for it … so did you.

    Comment by Vermont Neighbor (efb5a9) — 6/7/2009 @ 10:24 am

  25. nice dress? it looks like someone w*rked over a box of trash bags with a weed whacker and then taped the pieces up with duct tape…..

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 6/7/2009 @ 10:50 am

  26. wow…..you guyz sound so mean and petty.
    Is this all you have anymore?
    Sad.

    Comment by wheeler's cat (60a6ff) — 6/7/2009 @ 11:34 am

  27. “The Obamas’ outing in New York — with jet and helicopter rides…Days after President Obama took his wife for a pricey night out on this town, the orchestrated whining about taxpayers footing the $81,000 tab”

    And, these are the guys who are going to save us from AGW and fix the broken economy (broken by irresponsible and greedy corporations…according to liberal dolts).

    What a total joke.

    Too bad the lapdogs in the press are too stupid to see why it’s all so funny.

    Comment by Dave Surls (778732) — 6/7/2009 @ 11:38 am

  28. It’s not petty cause the target is more the media’s lurid Obamaporn not so much our cheesy first couple.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/7/2009 @ 11:39 am

  29. nishi – Did you enjoy getting pimp slapped, really hard, over at protein wisdom? Why is it you only show up here after you’ve been spanked somewhere else?

    Is whining all you’ve got?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 11:45 am

  30. Ear Leader and Worf are the First Welfare Family:

    they live in government housing, she doesn’t w*rk at all and puss nuts has a government j*b that doesn’t require him to actually do anything productive, and we get to pay for it all.

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 6/7/2009 @ 11:47 am

  31. feets, i usta be one of you.
    I got banned by Kos for calling him out on Blackwater, back in the day.
    I tole you guyz a year ago at PW that this was Camelot redux, and u didn’t believe meh.
    and why should i comment at PW n/e more? Dan is deleting my comments to somehow teach me how it feels to be banned and deleted by Charles….I already know!
    Charles has banned me at least 6x that I remember.
    His blog his rules.

    I just don’t remember the rightside being so pissy and trivial and mean is all.

    Comment by wheeler's cat (60a6ff) — 6/7/2009 @ 11:58 am

  32. But you’re wrong, redc1c4 – Michelle did have a high – paying job at one of the local hospitals here, one that was originated specifically for all her lonesome. And never mind that the same hospital started receiving dramatically increased state aid payments after her employement started, nor that her position was immediately eliminated after her husband won the Presidency.

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:04 pm

  33. I got banned by Kos for calling him out on Blackwater, back in the day

    Let’s see some proof, weezie’s hairball.

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:05 pm

  34. Charles has banned me at least 6x that I remember.
    His blog his rules.

    Apparently you didn’t follow them.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:12 pm

  35. It’s a plastic Camelot. But for reals, the dirty socialist media refuses to engage. Jobs created or saved? The American president as Defender of Islam? A quadrupled deficit? Theft of Chrysler and GM?

    No. We get masturbatory date night porn. It’s icky.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:12 pm

  36. oh. Charlie J is a loser. You’re better than for playing in his loser sandbox I think nishi.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:14 pm

  37. masturbatory date night porn … this one is extremely overheated AOL-porn. You read that you’ll want a shower after.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:17 pm

  38. #31: pretty early to be PWI.

    Comment by Eric Blair (00b382) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:20 pm

  39. “I just don’t remember the rightside being so pissy and trivial and mean is all.”

    nishi – The above is a good description of your comments as a serial griefer. WTF?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:23 pm

  40. I want to say though I wish Dan wouldn’t do that but he knows that already.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:24 pm

  41. I just don’t remember the rightside being so pissy and trivial and mean is all.

    Trivial?

    The man ran on Hope and Change. One of the Changes was for every citizen to cut back and sacrifice to keep the oceans from rising. Yet he plays like the “idle rich” by flying a “private jet” into NYC and tying up the traffic grid while there. By the Left’s own standards, that’s irresponsible and wasteful, because not only was public cash blown, but also the size of the carbon footprint.

    A little frugality never hurt anybody. In fact that’s what they advocate to the rest of us, remember?

    The Global Warming crowd should be excoriating such faulty judgment, yet they are silent while the press slobbers all over them.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:25 pm

  42. Must, must deprecate the Obamas’ loving, stable marriage, less dear leaders Rush’s and Newt’s serial adulteries and divorces cast a pall on the “conservative” movement.

    Look away!

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:26 pm

  43. daleyrocks….i went through some bad personal trauma that led me to take it out on the socons by griefing on them.

    I apolo.
    Sadly, you guys were my therapy.
    Better than using my ruger, i guess.
    However, everything I said was true. I just didn’t deliver it nicely.

    So are you greifing on the Obamas because you lost the election?

    Comment by wheeler's cat (60a6ff) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:31 pm

  44. Re: #43… The “Ruger” comment does not help your case. Seriously, get some help.

    Comment by Eric Blair (00b382) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:40 pm

  45. Anyone that does not agree with nishi the genocidal eigenecist is an anti-science fundie neocon.

    Anyone that does not agree with poon is smart.

    Comment by JD (b63e69) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:42 pm

  46. “So are you greifing on the Obamas because you lost the election?”

    Gro up, nishi!

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:43 pm

  47. Must, must deprecate the Obamas’ loving, stable marriage, less dear leaders Rush’s and Newt’s serial adulteries and divorces cast a pall on the “conservative” movement.

    No one here criticized them going on a date, Staunch Brayer poon.

    I don’t begrudge their right to go out socially; I don’t care how many dates they go on. In fact I think they should go on dates more often, as Barack’s Presidential duties allow.

    That’s not the issue here.

    What I do begrudge is unneeded expenditures on the public’s dime. I do begrudge that they engage in wasteful activities while smacking down CEOs for similar behavior. That they don’t apply the standard of cut back and sacrifice toi themselves they advocate for the rest of us to follow.

    In short, I begrudge their hypocritical judgment.

    I also begrudge the MSM shameless saliva slathering.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:43 pm

  48. Rush’s and Newt’s serial adulteries

    We’re not resorting to unprovable assertions and assumptions, are we?

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:46 pm

  49. “less dear leaders Rush’s and Newt’s serial adulteries and divorces cast a pall on the “conservative” movement”

    Why do these morons keep repeating known history as if it bothered people?

    Breaking News…..War for oil!!!!!1111!!!1!!

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:48 pm

  50. “as if it bothered people”

    If it doesn’t bother you, then you’re not really a “conservative” are you, Paul?

    Adultery and divorce are both sins.

    To have two obviously sinful, gluttonous mouthpieces does make every “conservative” a hypocrite every single time one of these two opens their maw to bloviate.

    And it look like the Corner has decided to plumb the depths of the sewer today, too.

    Talk about the wilderness.

    I’m near the end, and I just ain’t got the time
    Oh, and I’m wasted, and I can’t find my way
    home

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:54 pm

  51. I love that business of adultery as a pejorative by Democrats.

    I mean, after William Jefferson Clinton.

    But…

    that’s different™

    Sigh.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:55 pm

  52. I wish they would go on more dates. It would give Teh One less time to f*ck things up for the rest of us.

    Comment by JD (b63e69) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:56 pm

  53. “as if it bothered people”

    If it doesn’t bother you, then you’re not really a “conservative” are you, Paul?

    You got the wrong commenter, Staunch Brayer poon.

    And as an added bonus, you are illustrating your ignorance of conservatives.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 12:58 pm

  54. I love that business of adultery as a pejorative by Democrats.

    I mean, after William Jefferson Clinton.

    Yup, Eric, I find that amusing.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:02 pm

  55. What I do begrudge is unneeded expenditures on the public’s dime.

    Who do you think paid for state-of-the-art security measures at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas?

    Notice any at 5046 South Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL?

    Comment by steve (c42ca8) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:02 pm

  56. Poon is a lying Moby-ish dishonest arse. Standard Leftish BS about Rush and Newt, and how the speak for everyone. Must not talk about teh one.

    Comment by JD (b63e69) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:02 pm

  57. Who do you think paid for state-of-the-art security measures at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas?

    Did Bush run on “We need to cut back and sacrifice” in the name of Global Warming, while indulging in wasteful behavior he criticized CEOs for?

    You’ve already lost this one, steve.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:09 pm

  58. Notice any at 5046 South Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL?

    Why would such measures be needed there? Private gun ownership is outlawed in Chicago, remember?

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:12 pm

  59. Steve drops by to join in the trollery. What is “un-needed” about security measure at the President’s home? I will be happy to compare the actual entertainment and frivolous dollars spent by Bush on Bush as opposed to those spent by Teh One for Teh One.

    Comment by JD (b63e69) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:15 pm

  60. Admit it, JD.

    The Obamas are the real conservatives. They got where they are today thanks to hard work, self sacrifice and personal discipline.

    Every time you guys whine about them going on a romantic date, all real Americans just say, “Good for them!”

    Keep it up.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:20 pm

  61. poon,

    Hard work and discipline, along with government education loans and affirmative action.

    steve,

    The Secret Service imposes significant security procedures in Chicago just as they did in Crawford, although arguably more people are impacted in Chicago than in Crawford. There are also limits on Chicago airspace when Obama is in town, just as there were with Bush. I assume the Secret Service’s security at both homes is state-of-the-art.

    Comment by DRJ (180b67) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:21 pm

  62. The Obamas are the real conservatives. They got where they are today thanks to hard work, self sacrifice and personal discipline.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    That’s a good one, Staunch Brayer poon.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:23 pm

  63. Hard work and discipline, along with government education loans and affirmative action.

    And a couple of friendly judges and election officials to denigrate and remove Barack’s political opponents.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:25 pm

  64. Did Bush run on “We need to cut back and sacrifice” in the name of Global Warming, while indulging in wasteful behavior he criticized CEOs for?

    No, Bush did not run on “We need to cut back and sacrifice.” He was fond of saying we were engaged in a “struggle for civilization” that would substantially be decided by the war in Iraq.

    The troops sacrificed.

    No sacrifice of a corporate character was ever asked of the American people. Taxes weren’t raised, gasoline never rationed, passports weren’t recalled.

    Comment by steve (c42ca8) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:29 pm

  65. poon – The day is still young and already you have done some serious beclowning of yourself. Congratulations!

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:31 pm

  66. Self-sacrifice? OMG. Thanks poon, that was priceless.

    I think most Americans are pretty much aware that they cannot spend $81,000+ of other people’s money just to go on a photo op/date. Essentially, Teh One spent more on dinner and a show than the average American makes in an entire year. Given his over the top coronation parties, and the outrageous fly-by of NYC (we still do not know who was on that flight) this kind of indulgence does not surprise us any longer. Sacrifice is for the little people.

    Comment by JD (b63e69) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:32 pm

  67. “The troops sacrificed.” – Liberals undermined the troops.

    “No sacrifice of a corporate character was ever asked of the American people. Taxes weren’t raised, gasoline never rationed, passports weren’t recalled.” – Were any of these measure you mention necessary, steve? If so, why?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:34 pm

  68. Daley – you know they measure patriotism by raising taxes.

    Comment by JD (b63e69) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:36 pm

  69. JD – We have a Tsunami of Tstupid going on here today!

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:37 pm

  70. No sacrifice of a corporate character was ever asked of the American people. Taxes weren’t raised, gasoline never rationed, passports weren’t recalled.

    Yet Barack asks such daily sacrifice of the American people while exempting himself.

    That is the very definition of a hypocrite, and you know it.

    Attempting to obfuscate that fact won’t change it.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:37 pm

  71. We have a Tsunami of Tstupid going on here today!

    Daley, we need an Troll No-Pest Strip in here.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:39 pm

  72. “gasoline never rationed”

    steve – Was there a gasoline shortage? I mean prices went way up in the summer of 2008 since liberals basically wouldn’t permit new drilling in any of the most promising areas domestically, and still won’t. That kind of hurts our energy independence, but they don’t want to talk about that.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:41 pm

  73. Note how they do not actually want to discuss how Teh One spent over $81,000 of our money to go on a date, all while disrupting the lives of some little people, and giving Mother Gaia a good kick in the teeth. They want to talk about Bush, taxes, Rush, Newt, and everything other than the topic.

    Comment by JD (b63e69) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:42 pm

  74. “I think most Americans are pretty much aware that they cannot spend $81,000+ of other people’s money just to go on a photo op/date”

    Ever wonder why the Democrats consistently win a large majority of the votes of America’s women?

    I think JD just showed us.

    Obama treating Michelle like a fairy tale princess, what a public relations disaster!

    Point/laugh.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:48 pm

  75. Of course not, JD. That’s already been lost. So they try to change the subject.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:49 pm

  76. $81,000 of our money to go on a date

    For JD it may put a dent in his mortgage but..I guess I am one of the little people – this much money would finish my mortgage off quite nicely.

    Comment by voiceofreason2 (445035) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:49 pm

  77. Ever wonder why the Democrats consistently win a large majority of the votes of America’s women?

    No, we’ve long pointed out the Dems buy votes.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:51 pm

  78. With other people’s money.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:52 pm

  79. I assume the Secret Service’s security at both homes is state-of-the-art.

    Odd assumption.

    Bush was able to conduct war counsels by secure satellite link and host world leaders and kings with all their attending staff.

    Comment by steve (1f4e4b) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:56 pm

  80. the msm knocked pres bush pretty hard for going to crawford. fair enough. it was his right to go there. just like it’s obama’s right to do what he wanted. go to nyc and waste 250000 of our hard earned money as a reward to his wife, obambina, not his.

    president bush did not campaign on lower temperature in homes (the white house is heated up like a orchid house); fiscal responsibility (we will all have to tighten our belts – high flying executives got us into this mess, let’s punish them). no, his goal was to keep the american people safe above all costs, against an enemy who hides behind a ‘peaceful’ religion – not embrace said religion like an islamic apologist. his responsibility is to defend the united states of america, not islam.

    the hypocrisy exhibited by this man is unbelievable. anyone else read about how obama/bi have lived above their means for their entire relationship? now he’s got our money to mess about with, doesn’t have to spend any of his own.

    what about the shopping spree of obambi in paris? are they gonna reimburse the taxpayers for that? it isn’t related to the office and duties of the president, or is it? fat chance.

    Comment by ktr (158eca) — 6/7/2009 @ 1:58 pm

  81. Oh please! The favorite liberal phrase for when they mean that they’re way off base and don’t have an argument to defend their position.

    I don’t care if the Obama’s have “date nights”; the New York fiasco was expensive and on the taxpayer’s nickel. But stuff like that will happen.

    They had another “date night” in Paris when they passed up President Sarkozy’s invitation to dinner (eating on the French taxpayer’s nickel) because they wanted a private dinner alone in a Michelin 3 star restaurant Now that’s goofing off on the job–you snub the Sarkozy’s for a little personal rock n’ roll. Bad form that.

    And as for the idea that at least the President was spending his (really our) money on his wife instead on a prostitute like other (Democratic mainly) politicians do?

    The only prostitute in this story was reporter Faye Fiore who prostituted whatever intelligence she may have ever had in writing this story.

    Comment by Mike Myers (674050) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:00 pm

  82. Bush was able to conduct war counsels by secure satellite link and host world leaders and kings with all their attending staff.

    What does this have to do with the topic of the thread?

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:02 pm

  83. steve,

    Don’t you think Obama has state-of-the-art communications wherever he goes?

    Comment by DRJ (180b67) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:05 pm

  84. Nice, Mike.

    Calling a woman a prostitute for doing her job.

    How “conservative” of you.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:11 pm

  85. Re: #74…the real question is why so many women supported Bill Clinton, of course. I loved the feminist support for that disaster in terms of women’s rights.

    And that is because partisan identification of a politician is more important to many voters than the substance of his or her positions.

    So to speak.

    Don’t believe me? Ask the majority of voters—either party—to name their Representative and two Senators. Or the mayor of their town. Or their own freakin’ Governor. Or “Schoolhouse Rocks” level explanation of how a bill becomes law. Why, I still run into PhDs who believe that Presidents write bills before Congress.

    I’ve already dealt with this to some degree in prior comments—where fine progressive Leftists sneer at Carrie Prejean’s comments about gay marriage, which is not very distinguishable from the President’s view on that topic. Pointing this out makes them quite excitable. Why, similar to other posts recently, I will even get colleagues who will claim “..yes, but Barack meant

    Right. They are now partisan telepaths.

    My point is that BOTH parties want the voters to vote in the old Soviet style: look for an “R” or a “D” and vote accordingly.

    We can’t have poll tests anymore (thanks to some charming Jim Crow era antics). But we can test pundits to at least the level that Katie Couric quizzed Governor Palin. Right?

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:15 pm

  86. Ah, c’mon, poon. I thought surely you would be on the side of sex workers everywhere.

    The point, as you know very well, is that the reporter didn’t report so much as give a tongue bath to the rich and powerful. And I would bet you cash money you would have called her bad names indeed if that same reporter had written that kind of juvenile prose about a Republican couple out on the town.

    Go ahead and look in the mirror for a moment, and then tell me different.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:20 pm

  87. Eric,

    A little tip for you and your fellow “conservatives,” woman don’t appreciate being called whores.

    The piece itself struck me as a nostalgic look back at the way our parents entertained themselves with a little class…and how the Obamas went on a retro date.

    As for a Republican couple getting similar coverage, is there anyone who doesn’t throw up a little in their mouths when they contemplate the mating habits of those hippos Newt and Rush?

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:32 pm

  88. Fiore rhymes I think.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:32 pm

  89. Ask pooney tang what it’s definition of “doing her job” actually entails – should be a hoot.

    Who do you think paid for state-of-the-art security measures at the Bush ranch in Crawford, Texas?

    Notice any at 5046 South Greenwood Ave, Chicago, IL?

    Steve, you ignorant git – the Obama’s house has a 8 – block wide massive security detail surrounding it at all times, regardless of whether or not they’re actually living in it at the time. The detail is composed of local police and FBI agents – but of course you wouldn’t know any of that, would you?

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:34 pm

  90. the way our parents entertained themselves with a little class

    Yes, I remeber Dad regaling me with stories of his little jaunts out to NYC in a private jet and helicopter, full security detail, traffic routing, local law enforcement and counter-sniper teams.

    “Back in those days, son,” he said, “we couldn’t use taxpayer money for our date night, so at 81,000.00, we only went on one date. That’s how you came along.”

    Does the President of the United States not travel enough? Not get out enough? Will he never set foot in NY again?

    Seems to me that if one was ‘brilliant’, one could ‘plan ahead’ and take these kinds of trips when one was already at a destination on official business.

    If this crap isn’t an economy related ‘wag the dog’, I don’t know what is.

    Comment by Apogee (e2dc9b) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:39 pm

  91. The piece itself struck me as a nostalgic look back at the way our parents entertained themselves with a little class…and how the Obamas went on a retro date.

    Ah, yes – I remember my parent’s tales of courtship well, and quite fondly. I still remember my father’s story of picking my mother up in his militarily – equipped helicopter, jetting out to Midtown Manhattan, then going for some cheap eats at a Michelin – rated restaurant. He also went to the trouble of arranging to have a four – block area cordoned off, replete with extensive security detail and traffic detours. You know, you just can’t replicate that kind of simple tale of romantic love these days, can you?

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:40 pm

  92. Damn, Apogeee just beat me to it – never mind.

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:41 pm

  93. The piece itself struck me as a nostalgic look back at the way our parents entertained themselves with a little class…and how the Obamas went on a retro date.

    I don’t know about you, Staunch Brayer poon, but my parents didn’t spend the 1950s equivalent of $81,000 on a date while creating a large carbon footprint and tying up the NYC traffic grid. No, they battled Jim Crow laws in South Carolina, while both of my brothers were born in segregated hospitals.

    Heck, $81,000 is four times what they paid for the house I grew up in.

    As for a Republican couple getting similar coverage, is there anyone who doesn’t throw up a little in their mouths when they contemplate the mating habits of those hippos Newt and Rush?

    Denigrating people and name calling? I thought you “progressives” were above that.

    And bringing up Newt and Rush when the Dems tolerated William Jefferson Clinton? For shame.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:44 pm

  94. “How our parents entertained themselves…..” WTF?

    I Officially call out the person that made that comment as a “CEO” type who hates the environment and probably lights cigars (hand-made out of the skin of Cuban dissidents) with flaming copies of the Constitution.

    Comment by Californio (6657ce) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:54 pm

  95. Why is it always about money with you guys.

    The quote about people who know the price of everything and the value of nothing comes to mind.

    Let’s see what David Slurff, the construction worker quoted in the linked article has to say about the Obama’s date night:

    Eighty-one thousand dollars or 81 cents, that’s what keeps a relationship going. He firmly believes a little time with your sweetheart is how relationships survive the insanity of 21st century life.

    Remember when Republicans used to appeal to the workin’ man? Not sure if they ever appealed to workin’ women.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:56 pm

  96. Why isn’t dylan/Dylan chiming in on this thread? poon is throwing out enough stupid for three, so there is no need, but has anyone checked poon’s IP againsy Lovey’s?

    poon – that comment about women not liking to be called prostitutes and then turning around and in the next breath speculating on the mating habits of those hippos, Newt and Rush, the hypocrisy was spectacular. Is there any bar you will not lower?

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 2:58 pm

  97. Hey, poon….

    “…A little tip for you and your fellow “conservatives,” woman don’t appreciate being called whores….”

    A little tip for you: I never did call a woman (or women, for that matter) a “whore.”

    You did.

    I don’t expect you to apologize for your poor manners, given what you post. But you should.

    But then, you are just playing troll games.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:02 pm

  98. Daley, your question was surely rhetorical.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:05 pm

  99. “Eighty-one thousand dollars or 81 cents, that’s what keeps a relationship going.” He firmly believes a little time with your sweetheart is how relationships survive the insanity of 21st century life.

    I’ve been married for fifteen years. And I have the shortest-term relationship relationship in my family. Same with my in-laws.

    None of us ever felt the need to blow $81,000, tying up east Coast airspace and the NYC traffic grid on a single date to keep our marriages going.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:08 pm

  100. Hey poon,

    I’m glad you’re more than willing to reimburse the taxpayers for the 81K, since, as you claim, you’re not all about the money.

    It’s also nice to know that you feel Mrs. O would be on the next train out of DC if it weren’t for these ‘insanity’ reducing trips. Is life in the White House too boring?

    Awww.

    Comment by Apogee (e2dc9b) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:09 pm

  101. This is all just weird partisan cheerleader stuff. The Left has to defend everything that the President does, even while attacking some of the same things done by Republican administrations.

    Because that’s different.

    It will get weirder and weirder over time, I’m sure. The whole concept of Clinton getting excused for diddling interns—by feminists—was just the tip of the iceberg.

    And the responses of hypocrites being shown their hypocrisy is generally nutty levels of anger.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:18 pm

  102. Apogee, I loved your comment. Years ago, a senior faculty member was holding forth that we all needed to pay more taxes, and he didn’t mind doing so. I was a postdoc, and not making much money.

    So I asked him if he wouldn’t mind paying my taxes for me. I mean, since he was on record as not minding paying more taxes.

    He became outraged.

    I told him I understood: he wanted other people to pay more, by his rules. Even though it was their money.

    There should be a check-off on our IRS forms, for an additional contribution: the Presidential Date Night fund. And you know what? Given the way that the MSM acts, they might scare up some serious funds for that prospect!

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:22 pm

  103. Eighty-one thousand dollars or 81 cents, that’s what keeps a relationship going. He firmly believes a little time with your sweetheart is how relationships survive the insanity of 21st century life.

    Only the bestest for President & Mrs. God!

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:25 pm

  104. They already enjoy a world-class kitchen and chef, and (if they really wanted to see that play) they probably could have invited the entire cast to the WH for a special performance on our dime, and it would most likely have cost less than what the trip was.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (e874ac) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:28 pm

  105. While politicians in general and Presidents in particular are notorious self-centered, Obama is taking the “its all about me” theme of his administration to new heights. That’s what this silly event was about, furthering the PR themes of just how cool Obama is. Frankly, it got nauseating long ago.

    Comment by SPQR (26be8b) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:29 pm

  106. Can you imagine our new President cutting brush?

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:30 pm

  107. SPQR you ever notice how many times he uses the word “I” in every speech?

    Comment by Mr. Pink (b0e177) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:30 pm

  108. There should be a check-off on our IRS forms, for an additional contribution: the Presidential Date Night fund.

    Reminds me of Mike Huckabee’s “Tax Me More Fund.”

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:31 pm

  109. Paul, I don’t mind that at all. Let people pay more, if they wish! Because it is their money, and it is bad enough to have the government’s hands in our wallets to the extent they are.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:32 pm

  110. I think the media is revisiting this story because people can’t get enough of the Obamas’ personal life right now. Instead of seeing this as wasteful, everyday People Magazine readers — especially women — see this as the Obamas living a fantasy life with perfect dream dates. Thus, behavior people wouldn’t accept from a neighbor or an out-of-favor celebrity (cf: Jon & Kate Plus 8 ) is embraced with the celebrity du jour, but approval based on celebrity excess seldom lasts.

    Comment by DRJ (180b67) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:40 pm

  111. events like this help spread the “Ghetto Fabulous” style to the world….. we can expense it out under “cultural outreach” on the State Department budget….

    can you imagine the hildabeast in that dress?

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:41 pm

  112. _______________________________________________

    Calling a woman a prostitute for doing her job.

    In light of the guy now occupying the White House, and how words like “hos” and “bitches” have been most popularized by a certain segment of the population that feels the most kinship towards him — and which mindlessly always is in the pocket of the Democrat Party — the following comes to mind.

    Chicago Tribune, November 2008:

    …Obama has been embraced by the hip-hop community like no presidential candidate in history. The nonpartisan group Hip-Hop Caucus and rappers T.I., Jay-Z, T Pain and others spearheaded the “Respect My Vote” campaign, which registered voters between the ages of 18 and 29, most of whom voted for Obama.

    Will.I.Am wrote and produced no fewer than three songs in recent months extolling the Obama campaign, including the YouTube hit video “Yes We Can.” Rappers such as Common, a native of Chicago’s South Side, and New York’s Talib Kweli were dropping Obama references into their songs as early as 2007.

    The video for Common’s ’07 hit “The People” flashed on an “Obama ‘08” bumper sticker. At the time, it seemed like wishful thinking: A black man in the White House?

    Obama has embraced hip-hop whenever he has been asked about the subject in interviews, specifically citing Jay-Z, Kanye West and Common as personal favorites. But he also has been outspoken in his disgust for rap lyrics that go too far.

    “There are times, even on the artists I’ve named, the artists that I love, that there is a message that’s sometimes degrading to women, uses the ‘n’ word a little too frequently,” he said in an interview on BET. “But also something that I’m really concerned about is [they're] always talking about material things about how I can get something; more money, more cars.”

    As Obama said in the BET interview, “The potential for [rappers] to deliver a message of extraordinary power, that gets people thinking [is there]. The thing about hip hop today is it’s smart, it’s insightful. The way they can communicate a complex message in a very short space is remarkable.”

    ^ So Barry Obama, on one hand, is a tad bit unhappy about the rowdy, trashy lyrics associated with a part of the world of rap music, and yet in general he loves it?

    People on the left do have a special knack for talking out of both sides of their mouth. And also having the gall to blame others for the self-destructive characteristics that screw up those communities nearest and dearest to the hearts of both Obama and his biggest fans.

    Comment by Mark (411533) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:46 pm

  113. Yes, Mr. Pink, and its going to get very old. Obama likes to trash the US in order to put the limelight on himself as a person, not even on his policies, but just himself.

    Comment by SPQR (26be8b) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:49 pm

  114. Eric – thanks. The central idea behind the story itself is obscene and absolutely unbelievable – that professional politicians, who spent their entire career (short as it is) campaigning for higher office, having obtained the highest office, need to ‘get away’ out of state for a ‘date night’ after little more than 100+ days in this new position.

    Why this necessity? We’re told that the President is very busy – why he just traveled to the Middle East to give a speech and meet with world leaders.

    But, we’re told, that is business, with all the trappings of pomp and officialdom – life in the fishbowl of public appearance. They just can’t be themselves in that situation!

    So what does he do to get away from all this busy travel and pomp? Answer: Travel some more with a full security detail to a public restaurant!

    I’d buy that he simply wanted to watch a DVD with M in front of the plasma, but not this ridiculous, politically motivated distraction.

    Comment by Apogee (e2dc9b) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:50 pm

  115. Actually, everyone is free to write additional checks to the U.S.Treasury all they want -
    Treasury even has a special fund set up to accept voluntary contributions:
    They get about $1/4-Million/Yr IIRC!

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! (e874ac) — 6/7/2009 @ 3:57 pm

  116. They get about $1/4-Million/Yr IIRC!

    I wonder what percentage of that figure is divorce related?

    Or maybe the money is sent by that 4% that are unemployable.

    If you don’t want bears in your campground, then don’t feed them.

    Comment by Apogee (e2dc9b) — 6/7/2009 @ 4:01 pm

  117. 2009 looks to be setting a record Mr. OS! person I dunno why but looks like it

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/7/2009 @ 4:02 pm

  118. feets – It must be because with Mr. Obama in office the country now has a conscience or something like that is how our ghey dirty socialist media will spin it.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/7/2009 @ 4:04 pm

  119. “The Left has to defend everything that the President does, even while attacking some of the same things done by Republican administrations.

    Because that’s different.”

    - Eric Blair

    And vice versa.

    But that’s different.

    Comment by Leviticus (20b7ac) — 6/7/2009 @ 4:31 pm

  120. Oh, Leviticus, I respect your posts a lot. But you really, really, really want to walk down this road with regard to media treatment of Presidents?

    Truly?

    There were lots of people, like myself, who voted for McCain while thinking he made lots of bad choices, and was not ideal. Please find me a similar number of Obama voters who felt the same way about their vote.

    We’ll wait.

    Oh, that’s right: that’s different.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 4:33 pm

  121. By the way, do you condemn Obama’s statements about gay marriage? Or is that different, too?

    I don’t mean to be rude.

    Comment by Eric Blair (5a226d) — 6/7/2009 @ 4:35 pm

  122. You’re upset about date night?

    We need to focus on the myriad things that are actually bad. Our country is in peril and it is not coming from date night.

    Comment by Harvey M Anderson (a664fb) — 6/7/2009 @ 6:22 pm

  123. So…you are writing to the editors of the newspapers who are gushing about this, to suggest that they focus on real news.

    Right?

    Comment by Eric Blair (57b266) — 6/7/2009 @ 6:47 pm

  124. “So…you are writing to the editors of the newspapers who are gushing about this, to suggest that they focus on real news.”

    This story appeared in some back page of the Times.

    I think it is you righties who are focused on it, Eric.

    Obsessed, even.

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 6:58 pm

  125. Is he ok?

    Comment by happyfeet (71f55e) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:01 pm

  126. oh. Harvey I mean.

    Comment by happyfeet (71f55e) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:01 pm

  127. This story appeared in some back page of the Times.

    I think it is you righties who are focused on it, Eric.

    Obsessed, even.

    If we are, so are you. That’s why you keep on commenting on it, even after we’ve kicked your poontang twelve different ways.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:12 pm

  128. Classic projection on poon’s part. Actually, the Left is not so much obsessed over this as they are obsessed over trying to change the subject.

    Comment by JD (121e64) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:15 pm

  129. As the taxpayer who paid for the date, I want my money’s worth. I claim dibs on Michelle. Whoever swings that way can have Barack. (Yup, no respect for these assholes. Not this time.)

    Comment by nk (c788b4) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:15 pm

  130. I claim dibs on Michelle.

    I’ll pass, nk. I’m happily married.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:19 pm

  131. poon is so clueless that he does not realize that this story exists because Obama wanted it to. The whole event was a public relations set up. Poon blames us for what were actually Obama’s own actions.

    Comment by SPQR (26be8b) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:26 pm

  132. “even after we’ve kicked your poontang twelve different ways.”

    Paul,

    Why is it when you guys claim victory it sounds soooo much like an admission of defeat?

    Preparing yourselves for next year’s and 2012′s defeats?

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:28 pm

  133. Eric: that’s your response? Sigh. The media glamorizes celebrities because that moves papers. This should not be news to you, of all people. I’m going to say the names “Paris Hilton” and “Lindsay Lohan” and you’ll see how futile your suggestion is, if you’re awake. I’m complaining about it HERE, because I have more respect for patterico than for the LAT.

    happyfeet: Am I ok? No, no I’m not. My country is going down the tubes and I want some of our brightest bloggers on the right to do what I cannot: help us focus our resistance to Obama’s destructive policies. Leftist health care “reform” is looming, unemployment is at (or past) critical levels and our debt is so high they’re using numbers that most Americans can’t even conceptualize. I saw the question asked “how many million in a trillion” and only one person in a dozen could answer the question correctly. That’s ludicrous!

    The answer, BTW, is a million. There are a million millions in a trillion.

    Comment by Harvey M Anderson (a664fb) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:29 pm

  134. If Barcky did not want us to notice this, he would not have taken the press with him. This was just an extension of their contrived Friday afternoon photo ops.

    Comment by JD (121e64) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:31 pm

  135. SPQR, I’m telling you, poon is Staunch Brayer. The writing style gives it away.

    The inherent smirk eminating from the word choices, the three-paragraphs-of-one-sentence posts, the abject cluelessness…

    it is all there.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:31 pm

  136. Why is it when you guys claim victory it sounds soooo much like an admission of defeat?

    Because you are a master projectionist.

    And thank you for proving my point.

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:34 pm

  137. I know Paul. The utter incompetence is also a clue … just not one that narrows it down much given the run of trolls we get here.

    Comment by SPQR (26be8b) — 6/7/2009 @ 7:34 pm

  138. You sound ok to me Harvey. Quite sensible, really. Except you should be very very very careful about respecting bloggers or next thing you know they’re subsumed the media. Best to quietly admire.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/7/2009 @ 8:19 pm

  139. Harvey,
    My country is going down the tubes and I want some of our brightest bloggers on the right to do what I cannot: help us focus our resistance to Obama’s destructive policies.

    And that’s precisely what’s going on here at Chez Patterico, in numerous posts in many ways. This post, for example, criticized the frivolous coverage of President & Mrs. God’s Excellent Adverture during a severe economic crisis.

    President God is telling us all to sacrifice, yet he makes no sacrifice at all. He collects the sacrifices. President God is a narcissist, a hypocrite and an economic ignoramus who presumes to dictate to others that we must lower our expectations and suffer to fulfill his dreams. The fellatial worship is disgusting and only an egomaniac would be pleased by it.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:17 pm

  140. “[Do] you really, really, really want to walk down this road with regard to media treatment of Presidents?”

    - Eric Blair

    Was that what we were talking about? I seem to remember taking issue with a statement you made about “the Left”, not “the Media”. You may automatically equate the two, and you even may have an argument for said equation, but that doesn’t mean that I can intuit that equation one way or another. If you want to talk about the media, let’s talk about the media; but in the case of reflexive attack/defense of Left Wing/Right Wing presidents by Right Wing/Left Wing individuals, I stand by what I implied earlier: there’s a hearty helping of that particular type of guilt spread evenly across the political spectrum.

    “There were lots of people, like myself, who voted for McCain while thinking he made lots of bad choices, and was not ideal. Please find me a similar number of Obama voters who felt the same way about their vote.”

    - Eric Blair

    For what it’s worth, I’m one of those people, and so are the vast majority of people I know who give a shit one way or another.

    And thank you for your respect. It is reciprocated.

    Comment by Leviticus (20b7ac) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:20 pm

  141. Nice pic. Kirk and his Klingon bride? Reminds me, I’ve got to see that new movie.

    Comment by HatlessHessian (cca288) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:57 pm

  142. “[Do] you really, really, really want to walk down this road with regard to media treatment of Presidents?”

    Faye Fiore writing about Laura Bush’s first few weeks in the White House:

    The new first lady’s first days in Washington were a study in restraint and good breeding. From the ruby-colored ball gown so exquisitely tailored that it held its place when she raised her arms to dance with the new president to the birthday cake she presented the top House Democrat, she revealed herself to be a skilled, if reluctant, public figure who appreciates the importance of the political gesture.

    http://articles.latimes.com/2001/feb/19/news/mn-27372

    Comment by poon (093c46) — 6/7/2009 @ 9:58 pm

  143. “a study in restraint and good breeding”

    “What are words you will never heard spoken about a member of the Obama family?”

    Comment by redc1c4 (fb8750) — 6/7/2009 @ 10:08 pm

  144. Classy, dude. Way to represent.

    Comment by Leviticus (20b7ac) — 6/7/2009 @ 11:23 pm

  145. “[Do] you really, really, really want to walk down this road with regard to media treatment of Presidents?”

    Faye Fiore writing about Laura Bush’s first few weeks in the White House

    Laura Bush was president? Wow! Who knew?

    Comment by Paul (creator of "Staunch Brayer") (290fb9) — 6/8/2009 @ 3:43 am

  146. Some one owes Don Imus and Nancy Reagan an apology…

    Trackback by lead and gold (6ed3f8) — 6/8/2009 @ 4:41 am

  147. Paul (creator of “Staunch Brayer”),
    Laura Bush was president? Wow! Who knew?

    I’m sure “poon” will respond any minute now with a MSM article that gushes over President Bush in the same way, because Bush always got that reverential treatment.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/8/2009 @ 7:09 am

  148. In this economy, it is up to the President to set the standard for the rest of the country. This so called “date night” is nothing more than misuse of the taxpayers money. Period. It is not romantic to those of us who can’t come up witht the money for one movie ticket! I thought the platform of the Obama campaign was “change”. Seems like the change all has to do with the lifestyle of the Obamas. Wake up, Mr. President! A majority of the people in the country don’t even make $81,000 per year. We have rampant unemployment, homes are being foreclosed on and people are living in the street. The attitude of the White House should not be “let them eat cake!”

    Comment by Rachel (9d1bb3) — 6/8/2009 @ 7:10 am

  149. Brother Bradley – It is not President God, it is God Jr. Come on, you know better than that.

    Comment by JD (1f5216) — 6/8/2009 @ 7:18 am

  150. Hey, these trolls are slipping up. No one has mentioned Sarah Palin shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue, yet. And, while we’re on the subject, did Michelle buy that dress at J. Crew?

    Comment by nk (c788b4) — 6/8/2009 @ 7:41 am

  151. JD,
    With apologies to the Psychedelic Furs:

    You have to have a party
    When you’re in a state like this
    You can really move it all
    You have to vote and change
    You have to get right out of it
    Like out of all this mess
    You’ll say yeah to anything
    If you believe all this but
    Don’t cry, don’t do anything
    No lies, back in the government
    No tears, party time is here again
    President God is up for president
    Line up, put your kisses down
    Say yeah, say yes again
    Stand up, there’s a head count
    President God on everything but roller skates
    It’s sick the price of medicine
    Stand up, we’ll put you on your feet again
    Open up your eyes
    Just to check that your asleep again
    President God is president God again . .

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R. (0ea407) — 6/8/2009 @ 7:41 am

  152. a 31-year-old office manager who is divorced, but ever hopeful.

    LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That made it all worth it!

    Comment by tim maguire (4a98f0) — 6/8/2009 @ 7:44 am

  153. Is that from “President Gas?” Sounded familiar to me, although I would have gone for “What Money Wants.”

    Comment by Dmac (f7884d) — 6/8/2009 @ 7:45 am

  154. Thanks, “poon”, for reinforcing my point about your incompetence.

    Comment by SPQR (72771e) — 6/8/2009 @ 8:15 am

  155. Dmac,
    Indeed, it is “President Gas,” updated for our hopey-changey times.

    Comment by Brother Bradley J. Fikes, C.O.R., (53570b) — 6/8/2009 @ 8:53 am

  156. I do not know what a psychadelic fur is, but if they want to call him President God, they will not be the first.

    Comment by JD (460b5f) — 6/8/2009 @ 8:56 am

  157. I just think Obama liked the movie “Pretty Woman” and wanted to play Richard Gere. I never thought anyone could make me nostalgic for Carter but Obama is doing it.

    I’m with those, however, who would like Obama spending all his time on dates with Michelle. He does less damage then. I think this fellow is not that interested in governing and his government is being run by young Democrat staffers. They wrote the Kennedy health care bill and are probably doing almost all the work anyway. Obama is in it for the ego trip.

    Comment by Mike K (2cf494) — 6/8/2009 @ 9:27 am

  158. Think of it this way, guys and gals: a normal big piece of legislation/policy costs something in the billions ($1,000,000,000); with Obama, a big piece of legislation/policy costs something in the trillions ($1,000,000,000,000).

    A normal date night costs something like $81; with Obama, it makes perfect sense that a normal date night costs $81,000. It’s just the Add Three Zeros To Precedent Rule.

    Comment by Leviticus (20b7ac) — 6/8/2009 @ 11:13 am

  159. Leviticus – excellent.

    Comment by Apogee (e2dc9b) — 6/8/2009 @ 11:26 am

  160. happyfeet: thank you and that’s sound advice

    Brother Bradley, C.O.R.: I suppose you’re correct, but I failed to receive that nuanced tone. I just got that patt’s pissed off that the LAT is having a love affair with Obama. To me that rang like a successful distraction on the part of the left. “Economy in trouble? Let’s throw out date night! It’ll keep the left’s love strong and enrage the right to the point of distraction.”

    Maybe I give them too much credit …

    Comment by Harvey M Anderson (a664fb) — 6/8/2009 @ 12:41 pm

  161. To me that rang like a successful distraction on the part of the left. “Economy in trouble? Let’s throw out date night!

    Also agree with Bradley in that pointing out that it’s a distraction lessens the ‘success’ of the distraction.

    Comment by Apogee (e2dc9b) — 6/8/2009 @ 1:31 pm

  162. BIBLE VERSES OBAMA AVOIDS !

    For reasons known only to him, President Obama avoids certain Bible verses:
    Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): “It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury – how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!”
    Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under “a servant who becomes king.”

    Comment by Stacy (438a6d) — 6/8/2009 @ 2:31 pm

  163. I don’t get that but I think I don’t think I would like it, would I?

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/8/2009 @ 2:35 pm

  164. oh. about the bible verses. I forgot about the caching thing.

    Comment by happyfeet (2d133f) — 6/8/2009 @ 2:36 pm

  165. No worries happyfeet… just another drive-by racist, Moby, lying idiot. Next time he drops by, he might even use a guys name. Not his own, but at least something that sounds male. ;)

    Comment by Stashiu3 (ed6467) — 6/8/2009 @ 2:53 pm

  166. Leviticus,

    They say the best humor has a ring of truth to it, and that was superb.

    Comment by DRJ (180b67) — 6/8/2009 @ 3:01 pm

  167. Harvey – People here don’t seem outraged to me. If some do, they are probably from the left, where outrage usually originates, even though they won. Perhaps you need to recalibrate you meters.

    Comment by daleyrocks (5d22c0) — 6/8/2009 @ 3:41 pm

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