Ed Driscoll

Let Them Eat Tofu

Back in July of 2008, then presidential candidate Barack Obama had one of his many Kinsley-esque gaffes when he decided to ignore the ‘prompter, improvise, and expose his punitive and puritanical green supremacist worldview for all to see:

“We can’t just keep driving our SUVs, eating whatever we want, keeping our homes at 72 degrees at all times regardless of whether we live in the tundra or the desert and keep consuming 25 percent of the world’s resources with just 4 percent of the world’s population, and expect the rest of the world to say you just go ahead, we’ll be fine.”

While Obama’s actions after taking office have alienated many of our traditional allies, something tells me they didn’t lose too much sleep over this minor bit of hypocrisy:

The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

And as the Anchoress writes this weekend, “Apparently National Buildings Are Warm:”

I was grousing below about–among other things–being cold in my house as we try to keep the energy bills down.

Then I saw this picture of our First Lady, Michelle Obama, wearing a killer vintage dress she got at a thrift shop for a couple grand:

Now, I don’t begrudge anyone who wants to wear one of those classic, elegant, full-skirted, Grace Kellyesque creations from the 1950′s, and it looks wonderful on Mrs. O. But as I sit here wearing heavy socks, long sleeves and a shawl, I can’t help wondering why I’m not seeing goose bumps on those fabulous, ever-naked arms! I begrudge her the warm room temperatures that allow her to wear it!

I’m guessing that the Obama’s are not subject to quite the sort of stringent home-heating rules that we’re following over here.

Hey at least Marie Antoinette is one-up on Michelle — she was at least willing, as the apparently apocryphal legend has it, for the peasants to eat cake. Michelle Obama doesn’t even grant her subjects that — except when on temporary holiday furlough from the leviathan nanny state. It’s a National Security Issue, don’t you know?

Incidentally, as with the Queen of France, souvenir china dolls are available for purchase by worshipful peasants in the lobby.

I can’t recommend it though. After all, the Obamas and their media supporters say we shouldn’t be consuming as much these days.