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Our Petty, Country-Be-Damned President

Inflicting pain for political gain.

by
Tom Blumer

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March 8, 2013 - 12:16 am
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Sometimes, the smallest things can be the most revealing.

On Tuesday, the nation — or at least the part that’s still paying attention — learned that President Barack Obama’s administration, in what can only be seen as an incredibly petty and virulently vindictive response to spending “cuts” imposed by sequestration (properly described in most cases as “reductions in projected spending increases”), decided to cancel all tours of the White House beginning March 9.

As a result, to name just one of what are surely many examples, sixth graders at an Iowa elementary school which had received approval to take a March 16 tour learned, barring what would seem to be a quixotic effort to change White House minds via Facebook, that it’s not going to happen. They’re reportedly going to make their trip to Washington anyway, because, according to the school’s principal, it’s an important opportunity for them to “find out more about how the government works.” They’ve clearly already learned quite a bit.

So have we.

The tours are run by volunteers. According to an estimate worked up by ABC News on Wednesday, the White House will save $18,000 per week by not utilizing 30 Secret Service agents during the tours. Even that savings figure is suspect, as original reports about the tours’ cancellation claimed that “Uniformed Division Officers assigned to the public tours will be reassigned to other security posts,” which “will reduce overtime costs as well as potential furloughs that could have been required.”

Even if the estimated $936,000 in annual savings ($18,000 times 52 weeks) really occurs, the cancelled tours of what Michelle Obama still calls the People’s House, but which should now be renamed Barack’s Barracks, could have been completely avoided if her husband, knowing that sequestration loomed, hadn’t spent over $1 million on a golf weekend with Tiger Woods in mid-February. A 10 percent less expensive outing would have enabled the tours to continue for another five or six weeks, which would have minimized the last-minute disappointment thousands of children and adults are now experiencing. But why would we expect Mrs. Obama to think of such things, when the tab for just three of her vacations also tops $1 million?

The only conceivable conclusion to draw from all of this is that Barack Obama and his administration don’t give a damn about any suffering their deliberately destructive and disruptive decisions will cause if they believe that they can exploit the related pain for political gain.

It’s far too early to know for sure, but it appears that our Punk President and his Gangster Government have, in this instance and several larger ones, seriously miscalculated in two ways:

  • First, in their belief that the American people won’t come to understand and deeply resent their strategy.
  • Second and unfortunately less likely, in their trust that those who have served as their lapdogs in the press during the past five years going all the way back to the 2008 presidential campaign will continue to consistently cover for them in such egregious circumstances.

On March 1, as he conceded that sequestration was going to take effect with a signature he was under no compulsion to provide, Obama cried wolf over the supposedly imminent sacrifices Capitol janitors and security guards were about to endure:

Starting tomorrow, everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol … they’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.

That was more than Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler could stand. The next day, he gave Obama’s claim “four Pinocchios” (i.e., a “whopper”). His easily obtained evidence was that Capitol officials were so alarmed about the untruthfulness of what Obama said that they rushed out “not true” statements.

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Why doesn't he suspend all vacations for himself and Michelle. That would almost cover the cost of sequestration right there! Maybe let him go to Camp David for a weekend if things go hard for him on the golf course that week!
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To put things in perspective as to how petty Obama's decision to stop WH tours is, the so-called savings of $18,000 per week should be compared to the $180,000 to operate Air Force One PER HOUR.

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Nice little country you have there. Sure would be a shame if something were to happen to it because you all voted for the wrong folks ...
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Correction. The kids from Iowa are not going to Washington to see how the government works....they are going to Washington to see how the government does not work. Hope they throw rotten tomatoes at the white wash...I mean house.
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They won't even be allowed on the grounds. No one is. Except those His Imperial Majesty Barack Obama Soebarkah I or the Imperial Chancellor / Royal Vizier Valerie Jarrett permits.

This move of his was just the final step in ensuring that no mere citizen can enter the Royal Palace. Sequestration was a convenient excuse.
1 year ago
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What did Americans expect when they elected low-life thugs from Chicago?
1 year ago
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2000 illegal alien criminals set upon the good citizens. They deserve it!
1 year ago
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After Bill Clinton desecrated the Oval Office, I haven't wanted to set foot on the White House grounds.
1 year ago
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The White House is not what it used to be. I visited it a number of years ago. At that time, I was sure I wiped my feet before entering. Now, I would want to wipe my feet after I left.
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Petty is too nice a word for Obama. According to a report this afternoon, the president said he was forced to move his mother-in-law out of the White House because of sequestration cut-backs. http://www.thedailyrash.com/sequester-cuts-force-obama-to-kick-mother-in-law-out
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She had no business being there in the first place. We may have to support Barry, Michelle, and their little darlings; Michelle's family was not on the ballot. I think we should invoice them for her room and board for the last four years.
1 year ago
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Why is anyone surprised? We got a preview last year during the debt ceiling debate which resulted in the sequester. Then he threatened to cut off social security checks and funding for the military. He is attempting to finish the radical transformation of the US begun by Woodrow Wilson, but fate does have a funny way of intervening.
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I wonder how many who voted for Obama are ashamed to admit it. I sure would be.
As a person, he can't face up to losing: As a president, he hasn't the courtesy to admit defeat. As a spoiled brat, his sulks. If I had parented such a one, I'd hide my head. Incidentally, has anyone ever seen his mother ? Maybe she is hiding in shame.
1 year ago
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I don't know but Yahoo used to be like "shark-infested" waters with Obama's recruits and voters. You got nabbed and nipped every time you stuck a toe in but now the comment section has all who despise him and hate what he is doing. Who would have guessed it.
1 year ago
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His mother has been pushing up daisies since 1995.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Dunham
1 year ago
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Besides, she was an obnoxious commie herself.
1 year ago
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I've always thought it a great shame she wasn't more selective in her bedmates. Or that someone had told her about contraception.
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why would anyone be surprised by this? POTUS has had a 'country be damned' philosophy from the launch of his campaign, the same philosophy shared by the shadowy group that coordinates the perpetual Obama campaign. This is who these people are. The sad reality is that a voting majority is okay with it.
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The sad reality is that a majority of voters support and feel the same way.

They are going to ride the great European Christian nation states to the ground, as they divvy up the loot.
1 year ago
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Why doesn't he suspend all vacations for himself and Michelle. That would almost cover the cost of sequestration right there! Maybe let him go to Camp David for a weekend if things go hard for him on the golf course that week!
1 year ago
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It's because he and Mooch are each canoodling with separate partners, and the vacations let them get away from the press.
1 year ago
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Maybe that's why Jarrett has 24/7 protection. Should we refer to her as the First Concubine?
1 year ago
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Michelle in 2016, and 2020!
Wait for it.
1 year ago
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Well, if they do that, the GOP will have no choice but to nominate a Black man or woman as the top of the ticket, and maybe as the bottom too.

I know I'll get flamed by someone for this racialist observation, but I have observed that once the Democrats succeed in getting a black candidate in any office, it is virtually impossible for any white candidate to be elected by the GOP, or to win any primary against a black candidate. For some reason, the reciprocal does not apply to the GOP.
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You got it.
1 year ago
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Agreed, They are going to run Her in 2016. The Chicago Machine is not going to allow The Clinton's back in or for that matter anyone who's not part of them.
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