Monday “Bad Optics” Open Comments

The Washington Times tears into the Obama’s “1% lifestyle”.

Being president of the U.S., the most powerful man in the world, is often most about perception. The man (or, one day, woman) in the job takes actions large and small every day, but it is the perception of the man that seeps into the everyday lives of working Americans.

The article discusses the need for candidates to appeal to the “common man” by participating in “common things,” like Philly cheesesteak sandwiches – without Swiss cheese – to “connect” to the voter base.

The reporter then points out that George Bush made decisions to not participate in certain activities to be sensitive to those “common people,” many of whom vilify him and worship the current occupants of the White House. Hate Bush or not, you have to admit that this kind of stuff, like his much publicized vacation from playing golf, was pretty sensitive to the needs of others:

“I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” he said years later. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them.”

That’s also why Mr. Bush did two other things, without fanfare or praise. First, he never headed home to his Texas ranch until after Christmas, instead going to Camp David for a few days. That way, the hundreds of people revolving around him at all times — White House staff, Secret Service agents, reporters, photographers, all the others — could spend the holiday with their families in and around Washington, D.C. No one ever reported that — until this column.

Second, he rarely attended sporting events… His thinking there was the same: If he went to a baseball game… his mere presence would mean hours and hours of extra security for fans. He once stopped off at the Daytona 500 and the metal detectors through which every fan had to pass left thousands outside in line when the green flag fell; he didn’t attend many sporting events after that.

But something remarkable has happened with these occupants of the White House: Neither President Obama nor first lady Michelle appear to give a damn about perception. They won the White House and, by God, they’re going to enjoy their time there, no matter the cost. And who cares what you think, anyway?

How else to explain the nonstop vacations the pair keep taking during what Mr. Obama calls the “worst financial crisis since the Great Depression”? In 2013, the First Family has already enjoyed three vacations — that’s one a month. (Sorry, Joe America, you might have to forget your week at the beach again this year, but make sure you get those taxes in on time!)

Oh, yes, from Hawaii to Bermuda and points beyond, the Obamas and Bidens have truly been enjoying themselves on the public dime.

And that perception, juxtaposed with reality, more than nearly anything else, tells you an awful lot about this president.

But not anything we didn’t really already know. These people are the biggest elitist snobs ever to live in the best public housing the taxpayers can provide.

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89 thoughts on “Monday “Bad Optics” Open Comments

  1. Tim, From last night, more important than the lift, that 299/319 duration is going to make for quite a loppy idle, I did notice that the max RPM was 6200,….impressive.
    Mornin Gang

  2. But not anything we didn’t really already know. These people are the biggest elitist snobs ever to live in the best public housing the taxpayers can provide.

    Well said and isn’t it strange that the Lame Stream Media didn’t point out the difference between W and the “Man Child”……Nah
    I also like it when all the apoligists say that Bush took just as many vacations, never mind that they were almost always to his ranch.

  3. Good quick morning greeting to ya Hamsters. I’m gainfully occupied today, so check y’all later.

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  5. Saw where Dionne Warwick filed for bankruptcy. She listed twenty-five thousand dollars in assets and ten million dollars in debts.


    That qualifies her for Secretary Of The Treasury .

  6. There is either the rule of law or there is the law of the jungle, and scant middle ground between them. There is utterly no reason for the people of any nation to tolerate being lied to and as a consequence their property winds up being stolen by foreigners with the complicity of their government.

    The international shell game of derivatives and demonstrably and known unsound leverage must end, and those who have engaged in these schemes must be held to account.

    Cyprus House President: Leave The EMS

  7. Good morning Hamsters. Guess the April Fool happened here yesterday afternoon with the near miss on the rain. Sniff :( And it looked so promising. Sniff.

    Congrats to the Astros on winning yesterday. Congrats to all the fans who showed up to watch it. A good day was had by all. One day at a time.

  8. The suggestion for Cyprus to follow Iceland’s lead is a good one. Surely it isn’t only Viking descendants who can pull that off and save the country’s finances.

  9. #6 gjt
    Not me. I don’t need no manties like that all strangulatin’ the muchachos.

    If yer gonna run around in yer skivvies, go with boxers what gots big red hearts all over.

  10. If yer gonna run around in yer skivvies, go with boxers what gots big red hearts all over.

    Ordinarily I would agree with you, sans the hearts, but in the case of playing golf, boxers tend to get in a bunch when one swings the club. Playing golf is much better when one wears briefs, particlarly when it is hot enough to make one sweat.

  11. #16 bone
    now look what you went and did.

    Squack’s gonna take that as an invitation to go flouncin’ around all over the local links in that abominable leopard print speedo.

  12. Ordinarily I would agree with you, sans the hearts, but in the case of playing golf, boxers tend to get in a bunch when one swings the club.

    I do not golf, but I would recommend one size larger. That might give you some more “give” and leeway.

    Forget about all of Tedtam’s coverings, men understand shorts.

  13. Hmm, I can see either Pyro OR Squawk, golfing in a pashmina, plus a snood to tame the unruly hairdo.
    :)

  14. 19 Shannon says:
    April 1, 2013 at 11:15 am
    Sarge’s favorite legislator.

    The Straus House is built around a core of second- and third-term mainstream Republicans who have been able to forge an alliance with the 55 Democrats.

    Translation:

    If you voted for a Republican so that the Party would control the House and deliver Conservative legislation, the Party doesn’t care and aren’t afraid because they’ve got 55 Democrats working with them.

    Straus’s committees are constructed to ensure that hostile legislation will not make it to the floor. Public ed is packed with supporters of schools and enemies of vouchers. Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence is toxic for Texans for Lawsuit Reform.

    They’re not even bothering to cover it up anymore. They used to claim that you were just freaking nuts if you believed that this was happening.

  15. Hey, Squawk –

    Pashminas can also be used to wrap completely around the head.

    In case, you know, it’s needed.

    Their heads, if they look like your pics. My head, if they refuse to cover up.

  16. #32 – WOW! SCHWEET ride!

    p.s. BACA does NOT discriminate by brand names – heck if you can achieve highway speed on a moped you’re welcome to join along! (but NO SPEEDOS – gotta get leathered up! ROFL)

    p.p.s. still have not seen your new / improved email address………..

  17. The vintage scooter has a windscreen for the sidecar, but none for the driver. Is it macho to eat bugs while you ride?

  18. Bugs are mostly made of indigestible exoskeleton proteins like chitin — wonder if that counts as fiber?

  19. Squawk,

    There are some things a pashmina cannot handle. Then it’s time to go to those big blue tarps.

    You know, like the ones that still dot the rooftops of Houston from when Ike came blowing through.

  20. #29 KatFish, I just checked in and when I scrolled down #27 I thought the same thing.
    #32 Squawk,…. Panhead? I can’t see the other side, Katfish what say you?
    #40 mharper42 The side car is for the lady. :wink:

  21. #51 – I’m a relative HD neophyte as Gracie is my very first Harley after a dozen import bikes – BUT I’m reasonably confident that’s a late 40′s knucklehead………(which preceded the panheads)

  22. KatFish, a Knucklehead is a “Side Valve” or flat head, I just saw silver on the top of the head which looked like a rocker cover. If we could see the other side it would be obvious.

  23. #51 SD

    mharper42 The side car is for the lady.

    Dave, Dave… SMH.
    Now that thar is clearly both a sexist and a homophobic POV. What ifn the lady is the driver? What ifn the driver is light in his loafers?

  24. #53 – the dang photo is so heavily copyrighted I can’t get a link to do a search – You’re right tho – tough to be sure w/o seeing the right side………..I’m still thinkin knuckle

  25. mharper42 The side car is for the lady.

    Not if I have my dog.

    What ifn the lady is the driver?

    that is a fantasy. I have never……… never……..NEVER seen a guy in a sidecar with a woman driver
    (Well except maybe in some movie)

    What ifn the driver is light in his loafers?

    Really? You are asking that? Of course it would be for his “lady”.

    heh heh heh.

  26. SuperKatDaveFish
    Lookin at Daves “panhead” photo and the full size flickedout photo man I am not sure that it is not a pan. That does not look like a knucklehead valve cover to me.

    /Disclaimer
    I set to be corrected. If I was standing I would stand to be corrected but since I am setting I set to be corrected. Don’t bother me while I am laying down

  27. #57 Squawkie
    Speaking of same-sex couples: those that involve celebrities, like Rosie O’Donnell, you can tell who is the logical “male” and can understand Rosie referring to whatsername as “my wife.” But does whatsername think of Rosie as her “husband”? With most of the gay male couples I know — not a big sample, I admit — it is less obvious to me if there even is a “man” and “wife” relationship. I can’t think of a celebrity gay male where I have any impression of the partner at all.

  28. MHarper42

    Yanno I have never really paid attention to who plays the male or female roles. It has never mattered to me. LOL and my “gay” associates and friends have never seen it necessary to tell me either.

  29. “gay” associates and friends have never seen it necessary to tell me either.

    Some things are better off unsaid, nudge nudge, wink, say no more. . .

  30. mharper42

    Dave, Dave… SMH.
    Now that thar is clearly both a sexist and a homophobic POV. What ifn the lady is the driver? What ifn the driver is light in his loafers?

    I didn’t mean to be obstinate, BUTT the bike is OLD and was designed when men were men and they treated their ladies like, well “Ladies” so I’d say that I was correct. :?:

  31. OK my #53 I stand sit corrected! The Knucklehead is an overhead valve motor, not a flathead/sidevalve. That said, I’m NOT an expert on Harleys but I’d say that the bike is a Panhead or Knucklehead, like the KatFish said…..I’m soo ashamed that I spoke without conviction. :sad: BUTT, I know that y’all will forgive me. :grin:

  32. #40 mharper42 The side car is for the lady.

    Or the closest facsimile thereof that may be available at the time.

  33. Bones
    #65

    Some things are better off unsaid, nudge nudge, wink, say no more. . .

    Okay I think I understand where you are coming from. They are my friends/associates, I know they are “gay” and it never has been an issue to me as to who is what in their relationship or even that they are gay. We are bonded in common interests like business, photography, politics even religion. Unlike the political movement gays these folks have no axe to grind or prove anything to anyone.

  34. 61 mharper42 says:
    April 1, 2013 at 6:53 pm
    #57 Squawkie
    Speaking of same-sex couples: those that involve celebrities, like Rosie O’Donnell, you can tell who is the logical “male” and can understand Rosie referring to whatsername as “my wife.” But does whatsername think of Rosie as her “husband”? With most of the gay male couples I know — not a big sample, I admit — it is less obvious to me if there even is a “man” and “wife” relationship. I can’t think of a celebrity gay male where I have any impression of the partner at all.

    Is easy.

    Put them both on a motorcycle.

    The one who sits in the back is the “wife”.

  35. I ain’t see’n the supposed “knuckle” or fist in the knucklehead, but bikers prolly envision lots of things I don’t see. :D

  36. Dear Students,
    I know when you’re texting in class.
    Seriously, no one looks down at their crotch and smiles.
    Sincerely, Your Teacher.

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