August 04, 2011

Connections

Victor Davis Hanson has a spot-on article today at The Corner. He writes,

For example, on his (Obama's) fiftieth birthday, instead of hosting a $40,000-a-person fund raiser for “millionaires and billionaires” and “corporate jet owners,” he could have a picnic in a small farm town, eating hot dogs with rural folks and staging a photo-op driving a tractor (though I acknowledge the risk of a Dukakis-tank moment). Then, given that there are three wars ongoing, he could have renounced all golf outings until the troops are out of harm’s way; horse-shoes at the White House or jogging would send a better message for an era of 9.2 percent unemployment.

During the August vacation time, Obama could veto the now accustomed first-family junkets to places like Costa del Sol and Martha’s Vineyard, and instead try a middle-class American favorite like a trip to Yosemite or Yellowstone. Given the president’s emphasis on green energy and rising gas prices, coupled with the current difficulty with the Chevy Volt, Obama might occasionally, for short trips, trade the huge SUV caravan for a motorcade of Volts.

Indeed. In yet another bullet point of "progressive" hypocrisy, why is it that libs like Obama -- who doesn't even come from money, unlike folks like the Kennnedys -- perpetually do the swanky vacation and cater to the uber-wealthy ... when it is so contrary to their constant [populist] rhetoric?

As Hanson notes, even Ronald Reagan and George Bush hit their respective ranches and chopped/chainsawed wood. Even though they're wealthier than a pol like Obama, this at least made a connection to their foundational constituents. How does The Messiah make such a connection other than to the [relatively small in number] insanely rich Hollywood types and faux guilt-ridden wealthy east coast white liberals?

Speaking of which, in a semi-related matter, I was flipping through the TV guide the other night and was amused by [Verizon-penned] synopsis for the film "Bob Roberts." It was pretty much like this: "A rightwing politician uses folk songs and manipulates the media during a Senate campaign." Heh. Just switch a few terms around and this describes election 2008 to the proverbial tee, eh?


Posted by Hube at August 4, 2011 12:55 PM | TrackBack

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The worst part is that my wife now wants a $36K a plate fundraiser for HER 50th Birthday tomorrow.

Posted by: Rhymes With Right at August 4, 2011 08:27 PM

Hube asked:

In yet another bullet point of "progressive" hypocrisy, why is it that libs like Obama -- who doesn't even come from money, unlike folks like the Kennnedys -- perpetually do the swanky vacation and cater to the uber-wealthy ... when it is so contrary to their constant [populist] rhetoric?

It's all explained by the term nouveau riche.

Posted by: Dana at August 5, 2011 03:20 PM