It appears that the sequester has not affected Bo the Presidents Portuguese Water Dog. Bo was airlifted separately to Maratha’s Vineyard via an MV-22 Osprey. It really must be the Dog Days of Summer at the Obama White House. Rough Life. We are wondering what the aircraft (call sign) is called that contains the First Dog.
Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft.
Arriving in the idyllic coastal retreat of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, Mr Obama left behind him in Washington DC high profile debates over the budget, government surveillance and his health care reforms. Instead, he will spend the next eight days playing golf, going to the beach, and buying books from the Bunch of Grapes bookstore.
In the air he swapped his suit and tie for khakis and a blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves, while Mrs Obama wore a yellow-and-white summer dress.
Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.
Barack Obama thumbs nose at middle class at Martha’s Vineyard
Why does a story about the White House dog being taken on holiday matter? Because the airlifting of Bo costs taxpayers money, as does the huge security operation for the Obamas’ extravagant vacation at Martha’s Vineyard, playground for America’s uber-wealthy liberal elites. Significantly President Obama chose not to vacation in Martha’s Vineyard last summer. Why? Because the optics would have looked terrible during an election year, and could have hurt him at the ballot box. This year, Obama doesn’t need to worry about re-election, and is this week flaunting a “let them eat cake” image. He’s also aided by a docile liberal mainstream media that prefers not to make an issue out of profligate spending by the White House, even when the United States is nearly $17 trillion in debt. You can be sure that if a British prime minister airlifted his dog at taxpayers’ expense for his summer holiday there would be hell to pay in terms of negative media coverage in the UK.
President Obama’s lavish August vacation, the latest of several high cost holidays during his presidency (which have cost taxpayers over $20 million for the Hawaii trips alone), shows not only a lack of concern for the national debt, but also sheer contempt for America’s middle class. Barack Obama is taking a break from a series of speeches across the country boasting about his plans to help “the middle class.” From Tennessee to Illinois he’s been preaching about his commitment to “the middle class” and helping the ordinary American family, currently struggling to make ends meet, pay the mortgage and send their children to college. The president is conducting this feel-good tour because his White House advisers know that a majority of Americans don’t approve of his handling of the economy, and most Americans think the nation is on the wrong track. However it’s hard to see how an Elysium-like vacation in a multi-million dollar idyll, subsidised by the taxpayer, with his pet airlifted in for good measure, is going to improve the president’s standing with the American people. Mr. Obama has just slumped to a two-year low of 41 percent in the latest Gallup poll. Thumbing his nose at America’s middle class can only send that rating even lower.
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