Ed Driscoll

The Horror: Shutdown Ruins Obamas' 21st Anniversary

As the late Kenneth Minogue wrote in 2010, “We must face up to the grim fact that the rulers we elect are losing patience with us.” Particularly when we interfere with their leisure-time plans:

According to the Associated Press, the government shutdown is responsible not merely for shuttering the White House switchboard, but for ruining President Obama’s and First Lady Michelle Obama’s 21st wedding anniversary: “And there was no fancy night at a restaurant for the president and Mrs. Obama, who marked their 21st wedding anniversary Thursday.”* That’s a far cry from 2009, when President Obama took Michelle on an infamous “date night” to New York City that cost taxpayers some $74,000, including three private jets, two helicopter rides, and security.

Gee, wait’ll Mr. and Mrs. Obama and the AP discover how much World War II repeatedly interfered with the wedding anniversaries of Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt, the Korean War with the Trumans’ anniversary plans, Vietnam with the anniversaries of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, etc. It’s hard out there for the man who would be king.

And don’t get me started on how badly the Civil War interfered with the Lincolns’ marriage…

* But why, when Mr. Obama has refused to negotiate with the GOP? How long does it take for him to call up Speaker Boehner and say, “Nyah!” into the phone, then hang up and go to dinner?

Related: “Absent in Two Places at Once.”