- CRITTER TALK
I receive emails from the Obama campaign, and some I save, others I don’t. Strangely, I saved this one.
I know your life is full — with work, or school, or family — and yet you still find the time to help out when you can.
You may have a tight budget, but you give what you can afford.
A woman recently told the campaign her family skipped a pizza dinner at their favorite place so that they could make a difference in this election.
That is the commitment that drives this campaign.
If you can support Barack with a donation today, please know it makes a huge difference. If we win, it will be because of what you did at moments like this….
P.S. — It meant a lot to me to speak with you and everyone else last night. Thank you for everything you do.
Okay? Okay. Nowhere in that email does Mrs. Obama suggest that my family skip a meal in order to contribute to President Obama’s campaign. She is simply telling the story of a family who ate at home rather than go out one night for pizza so they could make a small donation to reelect her husband. That’s it. The family did not starve, they ate at home.You typically eat at home when you don’t go OUT FOR DINNER.
As to the vacations. Holy crap, do we really have to go over this time and time again? I am tired of dealing with this, so here:
Aside from Camp David, President Bush’s two favorite vacation retreats were: the Crawford, Texas ranch he bought just before coming president in order to look like a regular guy, and his father’s Kennebunkport, Maine compound. Bush’s Crawford ranch — a sprawling, 1,583 acre riverfront property Bush reportedly purchased for $1.2 million, on which he built a 4,000-square-foot main house, a guest house, next to the already-existing “Governor’s house” — certainly qualifies a “posh” in my book. And I would challenge anyone to refer to Bush the elder’s estate, which reportedly was built for his grandfather George Walker in 1903, and boasts nine bedrooms, four sitting rooms, a pool, tennis court, dock, boathouse, and a guesthouse — and is reportedly worth $8 million — as “low-key.”
But getting back to her suggestion that following Bush’s example would save taxpayer money. President Bush took 149 trips to Camp David, 77 visits to his Crawford ranch, and 11 trips to his father’s Kennebunkport mansion. Since Air Force One reportedly cost $56,800 per hour to operate in 2004 (which Bush used to get to Crawford), and the plane can travel up to 630 miles per hour, it cost at least $259,657 to get the 2,880 miles to Crawford and back, each time Bush went, or roughly $20 million dollars just for taking the plane on the Crawford trips alone. Add in the cost of putting up Secret Service and other staff for the ranch trips, as well as the Kennebunkport and Camp David trips, and you get, well, a lot. (Thank you Media Matters; I could not bring myself to look it up for the 4,564,323th time.)
Listen! Do you smell something? Yeah, that’s desperation. Everything from now until November will be more of this nonsense. The right wing loons can’t actually hang anything factual on President and Mrs. Obama, so I predict a lot more channeling of Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter over the next two months.
How about we turn it into a drinking game? Wait…no that’s a horrible idea. We’d all end up on A&E’s “Intervention” by Halloween. I wonder if tighty righties know you can make pizza at home.Click here for reuse options!