Belt tightening Obama style: Do as I say, not as I do

Appropriately named Broadway play: “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone”

President Barack Obama and his First Lady Michelle, landed in New York yesterday afternoon, and then picked up a helicopter from JFK to fly into Manhattan, drove up the West Side Highway, where the northbound lanes were shut down by police for their visit, past Ground Zero, into the Village for dinner at the Village’s trendy Blue Hill restaurant.

From there, the duo and their entourage hit Times Square, where the Obama’s saw a production of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Belasco Theater on West 44th Street. The title of the play could easily have been, “American Way of Life Come and Gone.”

Following the pair, two other planes carried staff and reporters, Politico reports.  All in all, a pricey date night courtesy of American taxpayers.

Remember Obama’s words during a campaign speech in Ohio? “And that’s why I’m not going to stand here and simply tell you what I’m going to spend, I’m going to tell you how we’re going to save when I’m president. I’ll do what you do in your own family budgets. You got to tighten your belt. You make sure you’re spending money wisely. The government needs to do the same thing.”

We’re waiting, Mr. President.

14 Responses to Belt tightening Obama style: Do as I say, not as I do

  1. Steve says:

    Aw, come on…how many ways can you spell hypocrite?

  2. Captain Marvel says:

    Obama ran as a man of the people. The people foolishly believed him.

    We and our children and their grandchildren will be left to deal with the aftermath of an election by undereducated ignoramuses.

  3. SherriAZ says:

    Let’s hope and pray that in 2012 we can say “Barack Obama’s Come and Gone”.

  4. Seen It Before says:

    Elitists are simply of a different mindset. They can require concessions by the “little people” while haughtily excluding themselves.

  5. Craig says:

    Funny, but I don’t remember a similar outcry when Obama’s predecessor went to his faux-ranch (no livestock) with half the national security apparatus and most of the national press in tow.

    Or when he screwed up daily life in places like Tucson by bringing the same huge entourage when he visited solely for donors-only partisan-political fundraising for candidates like Tim Bee.

    In other words, you’re reaching.

  6. seeingredaz says:

    Talk about “reaching!” Apparently you have conveniently ignored the fact that even Obama has declared this nation is “broke,” and expects the American citizen taxpayers to “tighten their belts.”

    Meanwhile he and the Mrs. toddle off to a multi-mansion Hawaiian compound with a few close friends and family for a beachfront Christmas vacation. And, Michelle, ever the noble woman, picked up a pair of $500 designer tennies to serve soup at a DC homeless shelter. I don’t recall that obsessive arrogance from the Bush family.

    Using the Bush family as examples doesn’t wash, Craig. Presidents of both parties are provided security and it is common for them to campaign on behalf of their own party elected officials.
    The difference in this instance is that Americans are suffering through escalating jobless numbers and home foreclosures under this arrogant Marxist who is nationalizing American business and industry at breakneck speed.

    Incidentally, the link to your own website was unnecessary, and added nothing to your comments. It has been removed.

  7. Joe Evans says:

    Craig:
    We Republicans are not blinded by our own when they stray from the Platform. Apparently Democrats take it all hook, line and sinker. Have you noticed that these are different times and the economy is in a free fall?

    The Obamas ask from us what they would never consider for themselves. Are liberals immune to the concept of leading by example?

  8. Marianne says:

    You seem to be troubled by what you declare is a lack of livestock on the Bush ranch, Craig. Since you expect bonafides in the farming and ranching area, what about those on your side of the fence?

    How many peanuts do you think Jimmy Carter harvested?

    Al Gore was a tobacco farmer, whose own sister, a smoker, died of lung cancer.

    Didn’t LBJ have a ranch? How many head of cattle did he herd?

    The Kennedy’s had a compound. Explain that one, please.

    My point is that there are major problems with the Obama brand of excess in light of the suffering of many formerly middle class Americans. Is this tripe how you deflect the focus?

    I’d bet the farm you are surely a liberal!

  9. Craig says:

    SeeingRedAZ, Joe, Marianne –

    I realize that most of you are loathe to ever read something on DailyKos, much as I almost never look at RedState, but for a good study of this topic, and a comparison of recent Presidents and their time-off days, go here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/5/31/737229/-Obama-NYC-Date-Night-Highlights-Bush-Vacation-Record

    And no bet Marianne. Yes, I’m a liberal.

    It’s nice to see that you are all concerned with the economic crash and it’s effects on Americans; too bad none of you showed this same concern during the last eight years.

    As for the different properties of the various Dems cited, while they may not have done much if any actual cattle herding or peanut growing, those properties and businesses were family legacies, not campaign props that were purchased for use in advertising spots. The Bush ranch was more TV soundstage than anything else.

  10. Margaret Sullivan says:

    Goodness, this Craig is a rude one. I wonder if he is aware of the sacrifices made by the British royal family during WWII? They realized the need to set the standard for the suffering populace. The members of the House of Windsor went to great lengths to avoid even the appearance of excess. The Queen Mother rolled bandages and assumed assistance duties during those stressful times and other family members did the same. Flashing opulence was not in style then and shouldn’t be with these characters now.

  11. Frankly Speaking says:

    What’s this about the Bush’s Crawford ranch being a prop? The Prairie Chapel Ranch was their home and was considered the Texas White House during Bush‘s presidency. George W. Bush bought it after selling his interest in the Texas Rangers. And you might be interested to note that he bought it with his own money, without the aid of a crook named Tony Rezsco.

  12. RA says:

    Maybe it’s a good thing that the Obamas occasionally visit a theater. It’s one more facet he might flatter himself as having in common with Lincoln…

  13. RA says:

    Craig is mostly WRONG about the Democrat properties when he says “those properties and businesses were family legacies, not campaign props that were purchased for use in advertising spots.”

    The Kennedy compound was put together through a series of purchases. Joseph Kennedy bought the first house in 1928, John F. bought a nearby residence in 1956, and Robert bought an adjacent residence. During the late 1950s (and early 1960s) John F. used the compound as a campaign headquarters, summer retreat and photo-op facility. “Family legacy?” NOT a “campaign prop?”

    In 1951 Senator and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson acquired LBJ’s “ranch,” which then consisted of 438 acres (roughly 2/3 of a square mile – not much of a “going concern” as real working ranches in the Southwest go), from C.W. Martin’s widow. “Family legacy?” Not a “campaign prop?”

    Carter is the only one of the three named Democrats who appears in fact to have worked on his family’s peanut farm as a boy and subsequently on its business operations in the early 1970s.

    Al Gore claims to have worked on his family’s tobacco farm, and used this claim to gain support from prospective voters and empathy for his sister, while failing to publicly disclose his continued lease income from his father’s tobacco farm operations – at apparent odds with Clinton policy on smoking and something of a scandal. It should count therefore as BOTH family legacy and campaign prop.

    But what more should we expect? Craig’s a liberal and can’t be bothered with the facts.

  14. FlyingV says:

    Thank you, RA. You researched the facts well. Craig should stick to writing on his own blog. He actually included a link to it here, but the Seeing Red AZ guys took it down. Good for them! Including a link to the Daily Kos is infantile.