Originally posted at BIG Hollywood
The sizzling temperatures are not the only things turning the heat up all over America. Yet as racial unrest, IRS controversies and other scandals continue to rage, it seems nothing can prevent Michelle Obama from squeezing every last ounce of summer vacation fun out of June, July and August.
In Ireland it was a $4,000 per-night stay in the Princess Grace Suite at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin, an African adventure in the beginning of July, and now, mid-month, the First Lady and the girls accompanied by 20 “friends” gassed up the People’s Plane and flew to Chicago to take in yet another Beyoncé concert.
And all that is just an appetizer for the “extended vacation” plans the Obama women have for Martha’s Vineyard in August.
Nevertheless, while Rihanna, whose boyfriend Chris Brown has been known to rough her up, was storming off the stage after being pelted with potato chips in the UK, Mrs. Jay-Z Carter was performing for American royalty in the Obama hometown of Chicago.
In preparation for the event, extra security swept Chicago’s United Center, and on the night of the concert the 20-person Obama entourage fueled up in a private room at Carmichael’s Chicago Steak House prior to dancing it up with Queen Bey.
Curiously, Beyoncé, who is the spokesperson for Pepsi, wrote a song for and performed in a ‘Let’s Move!’ video entitled “Move Your Body.” Clearly disregarding Beyoncé’s “$50 million, multi-faceted deal with Pepsi,” and despite Beyoncé guzzling soda in commercials, Mrs. Obama, who incessantly harangues America about sugar content, must agree with her husband who said that “Beyoncé could not be a better role model for my girls.” Speaking of great role models, wonder what Michelle thought about the glittery nipple ensemble Beyoncé dons during her “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.”
But before America gets apoplectic about Mrs. Obama spending more tax money jetting around the country and the world having a blast, it’s best to be fair. Apparently, the concert wasn’t the real reason Michelle O and Co. went to Chicago, nor was it so that Mrs. Obama could spend a little girl time chatting with Oprah’s best friend Gayle King while Mrs. Carter sang “Naughty Girl,” nor was it to potentially be in attendance for another Beyoncé-led moment of silence for Trayvon Martin.
Oh no, none of those reasons apply. Mrs. Obama was mainly in Chicago to attend an official event with Mayor Rahm Emanuel (who was recently caught boogying to “Blurred Lines” at a Robin Thicke “Taste of Chicago” event), to help Chicago high school students get summer jobs–in mid-July–while she looks forward to a relaxing time on Martha’s Vineyard in August.
Originally posted at The Blacksphere
It’s so confusing. Michelle Obama and Beyoncé are good friends.
Beyoncé danced in Michelle’s “Let’s Move” healthy kids video where she boogied in hot pants, an off-the-shoulder baggy blouse, and green high-heeled sneakers to convince children that exercise is a good thing. Meanwhile, Michelle Obama takes every chance she gets to harangue Americans into drinking water and converting to veg-fruitarianism.
Then Beyoncé wanders off the reservation and signs a $50 million deal to push Pepsi-Cola on unsuspecting people who follow Queen Bey like she’s a reincarnation of Jesus.
Doesn’t Mrs. Carter know that a mere eight fluid ounces of Pepsi has 28 grams of evil, processed sugar? Let’s not even discuss 20 fluid ounces, which ratchets up the sugar content to 69 grams. Can’t Michelle come out of her self-inflicted prison cell at the White House long enough to discuss with Beyoncé how Pepsi contributes to America’s ballooning obesity problem?
Now, as if diabetes, obesity, and Pepsi-induced death weren’t enough, we come to find out that a fetching caramel-colored diva named Beyoncé is hawking a product with cancer-causing caramel coloring that includes a carcinogen in its formula called 4-methylimidazole, or 4-Mel.
Thankfully, Beyoncé-endorsed 4-Mel is not found in Pepsi drinks sold in California. However, the sleuths over at The Center for Environmental Health tested the soda and found that drinks outside of California still have 4-Mel in nine out of 10 products.
The FDA, which is working hand-in-hand with Michelle Obama’s effort to purge Doritos from vending machines, maintains that a person would have to drink more than 1,000 cans of soda a day to reach the doses that have shown links to cancer in rodents.
Yeah, but isn’t the gist of what Mrs. Obama has been saying for four years, a la Michael ‘Nanny’ Bloomberg, that 32 ounces of soda a day will kill you dead from other types of dread diseases? So what’s the difference – 32 ounces or 32,000 ounces, you’re still a victim of a soda-induced demise.
The difference is that liberals prove once again that they are colossal charlatans. They push healthy eating and drinking in videos, on speaking junkets, and regulate everything they can think of and get away with. Then one of the inner circle signs $50 million dollar endorsement deal for the very soda they claim is unhealthy for children to drink, and everything changes.
People like Beyoncé can show up on television commercials marketing what Michelle Obama has removed from soda machines in school cafeterias, and the silence from the people carting away sugary drinks from school grounds is downright deafening.
This phenomenon is indicative of classic fried fat cake fakery, where Inmate Number 1600, otherwise known as Michelle Obama, and friends dictatorially impose restrictions on everyone and then establish an entirely different code of food and drink guidelines for themselves.
Then, despite what the food and fitness Nazis are unwilling to overlook in others, if a friend, like sexy billionaire temptress Beyoncé, stands to earn $50 million peddling carcinogenic soda pop to kids who emulate her every move, the FDA and Mrs. Obama look the other way.
First Lady Michelle Obama recently headed home to the Southside of Chicago where she dipped her perfectly exercised toe into the gun violence debate.
Mrs. O arrived in the city that has enacted the most stringent gun-control laws in America to address local business leaders on the problem of gun violence. Oddly, Michelle forgot to consider the possibility that gun legislation is the reason for the high percentage of gun-related deaths in Chicago.
Richard A. Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, believes that “The gun laws in Chicago only restrict the law-abiding citizens and they’ve essentially made the citizens prey.”
Yet the anti-gun Left keeps on keeping on in the push to make it even more dangerous for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves. The Left’s argument is that stricter gun laws outside of Chicago would ensure that fewer illegal guns make it into Chicago. It’s sort of like the liberal argument that freezing weather is proof of global warming.
David Spielfogel, senior adviser to Hizzoner Rahm Emanuel, agrees and argues that “Chicago is not an island. We’re only as strong as the weakest gun law in surrounding states.” So in other words, if nothing else works to convince Americans to willingly relinquish their Second Amendment rights, what might do the trick is having Michelle Obama stress that dead children in Chicago are only dead because of relaxed gun laws in other states.
That sort of rationale coincides with the bizarre legalistic belief that if you remove junk food from school cafeterias and vending machines, when the chubby kids leave school grounds, rather than mainlining Fluffernutter, raw string beans will become their after-school snack of choice.
And so it seems that the anti-gun lobby is firmly convinced that the cure for gun violence is to nationalize what has failed so miserably in Chicago. Which raises the question: What is it about the Obamas that if something isn’t working, they work on it even harder?
Even more stunning is that supporters of an administration that purposely funneled guns into Mexico are now blaming Chicago’s crime rate on guns making their way into the Windy City from outside the city limits.
That must be why Michelle gave up her fantasy of being Beyoncé for the day, and rather than equate herself with Brian Terry and Jamie Zapata and hundreds of dead Mexicans shot with Eric Holder-provided high-power weapons, said this: “Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her.”
Speaking to concerned business leaders, Mama Obama compared herself to “a walking angel” who, soon after attending Obama’s Second Inauguration, was tragically cut down while talking with friends in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park.
After Hadiya’s murder, Michelle rushed to Chicago to attend the teen’s funeral and invited her parents Nate and Cleo to sit beside her in the State of the Union sky box. Excelling at the liberal practice of exploiting death for political purposes, Mrs. Obama reminded her audience that in Chicago burying a child is not unusual and that young people are killed after “wandering onto the wrong street… [or]… standing on their own porch.”
About Hadiya’s funeral, Michelle said:
Let me tell you, it is hard to know what to say to a room full of teenagers who are about to bury their best friend…I told them that there is a reason that we’re here on this earth, that each of us has a mission in this world, and I urged them to use their lives to give meaning to Hadiya’s life.
Clearly, Mrs. Obama believes she has a “mission in this world,” and that that self-appointed mission involves assisting her husband in mitigating the Constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans. So to accomplish that goal, posing as an anti-gun raconteur Michelle relayed the heart-wrenching story of Hadiya’s untimely death.
According to Shelley O, “Hadiya’s family did everything right, but she still didn’t have a chance.” And so, because Cleo and Nate couldn’t keep their child safe, liberals like Michelle Obama who hold the collective view that our children are their children plan to step in to implement legislation they mistakenly believe saves lives.
Hey somebody, please tell Michelle Obama that while she was in Chicago speaking to business leaders about eliminating gun violence, an unarmed lunatic in Texas stabbed 14 people with a knife.
In Chicago, the first lady’s work was to get business leaders to agree that in the long run the survival of a future little Michelle Obama far outweighs the preservation of the tenets and freedoms that have abided for two centuries in the US Constitution.
The first lady’s purpose in going to Chicago was not to discuss reality, nor was it to reveal intriguing autobiographical insights about how she and Hadiya Pendleton are a lot alike. Instead, the true purpose of the trip was to prod America further along the road toward a society whose power-hungry government claims it’s attempting to eradicate gun violence by disarming its people.
Evidently, Beyoncé’s $50 million deal with Pepsi didn’t upset anti-soda pop Michelle enough to stand in the way of the hip-hop/pop star lovebirds obtaining a government okay to travel to Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. Heck, the Carters’ $4 million Obama 2012 campaign donation might even be worth granting the Duke and Duchess of Hublot a romantic jaunt to Tehran or Pyongyang.
Although America enforces sanctions against Castro’s regime and Cuba is guilty of racial discrimination, violating human rights, and holding approximately 11 million people in perpetual poverty, Mr. and Mrs. Carter apparently couldn’t imagine a dreamier locale to exchange traditional fifth wedding anniversary gifts of silver and (I’m not even gonna go there) wood.
Cuban-born representatives Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) disagree. The representatives are concerned, not so much that chanteuse Beyoncé’s hairdo might cause a neck sprain, but that the trip “fell a foul of Cold War-era restrictions on Americans’ travel to Cuba.”
The apprehension was that American billionaires throwing around wads of cash with special permission by government muckety-mucks would set a bad precedent and impart the foreign currency the oppressive communist regime sorely needs. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which administers and enforces trade and US economic sanctions against targeted foreign countries like Cuba, reassured Diaz-Balart and Ros-Lehtinen that the Jay and Bey“ green light” was government-granted.
Unimpressed, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s response was “I wish that they would have a little more common sense and understanding and solidarity with the suffering of the Cuban people” who, the congress woman stressed,“ want freedom, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z are there to have a good time.”
However, Ms. Ros-Lehtinen, for one to use “common sense,” one must possess” common sense.” Moreover, in case it’s eluded you, recently the “good time” Carters’ BFFs shuttered the White House to commoners, while inside they behaved like Tudor monarchs being amused by “Memphis Soul Night” jesters.
Yet the idealistic Ros-Lehtinen still maintains that“[n]o one is above the law, even if you are the diva Beyoncé … famous and rich, and Jay-Z, everybody loves him, too. Terrific. But no one’s above the law.” Ileana! Again, where’ve you been for the last four years?
Clearly, Ros-Lehtinen feels that “There are a lot of better places” the couple could have celebrated and not fed what she calls” a monstrous regime.” Agreed! If “Che-obsessed” Jay and bodacious bride Bey were only interested in “feeding a monstrous regime,” they could have stayed home.
Florida senator Marco Rubio, another vocal critic of Cuba tourism, has said that “Cuba is not a zoo where you pay an admission ticket and you go in and you get to watch people living in cages to see how they are suffering.” In response to the “Carter Anniversary Sightseeing Tour”, Rubio is calling on Cuban guayabera-wearing Obama for answers. Sorry Marco, but getting answers is about as likely as accessing you-know-who’s college transcripts.
Although originally it was reported that the vacation was licensed by the Treasury Department and that the couple traveled as “cultural ambassadors,” that story changed.
Obama’s Assistant Treasury Secretary for Legislative Affairs, Alastair Fitzpayne, wrote to Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balbart, saying, “It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba.”
“People-to-people contact?” To shield herself from fans and paparazzi, Beyoncé had taxpayer-funded Secret Service protect her while emerging from a Japanese restaurant.
Fitzpayne, who served as a senior policy advisor to Chicago’s bastion of honesty, Rahm Emanuel, mentioned that the OFAC “does not request the identities of the travelers on each trip.” Then Fitzpayne noted that“ organizations holding people-to-people licenses must certify in writing to OFAC that any travel that they conduct will consist of a full-time schedule of educational activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba.”
Beyoncé Knowles an educational diplomat? Talk show host Wendy Williams once said that when she talks, “Beyoncé sounds like she has a fifth grade education.” In England, Beyoncé remarked, “Y’all are so cute and y’all talk so proper over here. I love England.” So now salsa dancing in a Cuban nightclub has officially been renamed “educational activity?”
On behalf of Michelle, Beyoncé may be teaching los Cubanos how to use locally grown organic produce in their diet, and reminding them that paddling an “Esperanza” from Cuba to Florida, although great exercise, is not a substitute for “Move Your Body.”
To usher in the birth of Blue Ivy, Beyoncé spent $1,700 a night on a round-the-clock, one-on-one nursing care executive maternity suite at Manhattan’s Lenox Hill Hospital. Quality healthcare experiences like that are fertile topics of discussion for Beyoncé and Castrocare mommies.
Thankfully, high school dropout and “people-to-people” person Jay-Z is not communist-averse, Cuban or otherwise. After all, he did contemplate rapping with communist co-majority owner of the New Jersey Nets, Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov, at the Barclay Center. Prokhorov could have taught Shawn how 350 bottles of $300-a-bottle Armand de Brignac Brut Gold can be stacked to create an impressive tower, a perfect educational lesson for Cuban “island prisoners.”
Ros-Lehtinen continues to maintain that if the “king and queen of Cuba’s” vacation is “classified as an educational exchange trip, then … the Obama Administration is not serious about denying the Castro regime an economic lifeline that US tourism will extend to it.” Ya’ think? Ros-Lehtinen also observed that she didn’t see “any evidence of how this scam endeavor will help… human rights activists [who] engage in hunger strikes …to become independent of the regime.”
That’s because human rights and independence from oppressive regimes is not what this trip was about. The purpose of the “educational exchange trip” was to have Beyoncé teach Cuban women how “Sasha Fierce” they can look in designer sunglasses, and for Fedora-wearing Shawn Carter to prove to Cuban men that it’s possible to smoke a Cuban cigar and walk at the same time.
It’s been a whole week and America is long overdue for another up-yours, in-your-face display of Obama-style overindulgence.
This time America is getting a double dose; the White House, which is currently off limits to the little people due to budgetary constraints, is swinging open the doors to welcome the glitterati at taxpayer expense.
The name of the event being hosted by a president without a soul and his equally soulless soul mate is called “Memphis Soul.”
Red-state Tennessee spirit will come to the White House as part of the nationally essential “In Performance at the White House,” otherwise known as ‘Sasha and Malia get to meet Justin Timberlake and Michelle Gets to Play Dress up’ night.
The event was previously announced, giving America fair warning that additional dollars are about to be frittered away on bands like Alabama Shakes, who Rolling Stone Magazinedefined as “down-home, dirty roots-rockers.”
For those spoiled-sports who would disparage ‘In Performance,’ let’s remember that this week, cultural ambassadorship is at an all-time high. After all, someone up high in the government saw to it that ‘cultural ambassadors’ Jay and Bey (complete with a culturally-appropriate oversized basket weave braid hairdo) took their awesomeness to Cuba.
Cuba, by the way, is a country where in reality, based on melanin level alone, Mr. and Mrs. Carter might be bunking in separate jail cells at Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabana rather than touring Old Havana.
Nonetheless, joining the rockabilly ‘Shakes’ will be soul singers and songwriters William Bell and Steve Cropper. Bell and Cropper, together with music director and bandleader for the night, Booker T. Jones, founded the Stax-Volt sound with music greats like Otis Redding.
Superstar songstress Beyoncé Knowles, aka Mrs. Shawn Carter, probably doesn’t realize it, but her new documentary, Life is but a Dream, is doing a serious disservice to Barack Obama’s pro-choice agenda. During the 2012 campaign, pop star/Obama BFF Beyoncé hosted a $40K-a-plate campaign fundraiser for the president at Jay-Z’s exclusive 40/40 Club. She and stage mother Tina Knowles even designed a t-shirt to raise money for Runway to Win.
Then, barely a month after she proudly lip-synchedher way through The Star-Spangled Banner at the president’s inauguration, Beyoncé debuted in a self-directed, self-produced 90-minute “look at me, I’m Queen B” HBO documentary about herself. The two things the HBO Beyoncé-mentary confirmed were that Beyoncé thinks very highly of herself and that although she identifies with the likes of Barack Obama, when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth, she doesn’t toe the liberal pro-choice line.
In fairness, it is possible that Beyoncé isn’t aware of how her lamenting a miscarriage and admission that hearing a baby’s heartbeat in the womb is “the most beautiful music [she] ever heard in [her] life” could negatively affect Barack’s anti-Born Alive Act ideology. After all, Beyoncé did dance up a storm in a Michelle-inspired “Move Your Body” video and then went on to sign a $50-million deal with PepsiCo, apparently without a thought as to how becoming the face of Pepsi could undermine Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move”-away-from-sugar initiative.
America knows where Barack Obama stands on the issue of abortion. However, it is confusing when a superstar like Beyoncé says things about pregnancy like “It is the most powerful creation for you to be able to have life growing inside of you. There is no bigger gift, nothing more empowering” – and then endorses a president who believes that saying when life begins is “above [his] pay grade.”
After the 2012 birth of Mr. and Mrs. Carter’s daughter Blue Ivy, in an interview with U.K.’s Star Magazine, Beyoncé said, “You have the instant connection once you know your child is growing inside you…from the time I knew I was pregnant we have been parents.” Sentiments like those indicate that Beyoncé didn’t read the Planned Parenthood talking points memo prior to the interview.
And it gets better. According to Beyoncé – one of Barack Obama’s biggest celebrity supporters – if you’re pregnant, you’re carrying “a child” and are being granted “an opportunity to bring a life into the world.”
In Life is but a Dream, Beyoncé continues the pro-life theme when she shares her sadness over the loss of her first baby in the early stages of pregnancy. The young mother said that when she first heard the baby’s heartbeat, she immediately picked out a name and “envisioned what [the] child would look like.”
In a prior interview, the megastar had already discussed that devastating loss. Beyoncé said that upon learning that there was no longer a heartbeat, she went to the studio and penned and then sang a song she called “the saddest [she had] ever written.” The words to the unnamed track are those of a bereaved mother telling a baby that would never to be born, “I’m longing for your heartbeat, heartbeat.”
By being such a staunch supporter of Barack Obama, and then sharing maternal feelings toward an unborn child with a name and a face, Beyoncé certainly does nothing to reinforce the “blob of cells” argument that liberals depend upon when justifying abortion.
Beyoncé also expressed the strong belief that a miscarriage teaches a woman things about pregnancy – “Especially after losing a child, the pain and trauma from that just makes it mean so much more to get an opportunity to bring a life into the world.”
Two years after her miscarriage, Beyoncé was blessed when she conceived Blue Ivy. In the documentary, the 17-time Grammy-winner rubbed and cradled her swollen belly on camera and showed clips of her announcing her pregnancy on the MTV Music Awards show in 2011. It was there that Beyoncé looked into the camera and said that the “baby wants to introduce herself.”
With all the heartbeat talk and the black-and-white sonogram popping up on the TV screen, one would think Planned Parenthood would request that the documentary be removed from prime time for supporting “informed consent” and promoting what the abortion-backers refers to as an “invasive procedure.”
The documentary even included intimate footage of Beyoncé preparing to give birth and husband and rapper Jay-Z awaiting the baby’s arrival. After the precious Blue Ivy Carter was born, Beyoncé said that “I felt like God was giving me a chance to assist in a miracle.” He certainly was!
Since Obama’s election in 2008, Jay-Z, aka Shawn Corey Carter, and his bodacious bride Beyoncé have been right at the top of the list of Obama darlings. After all, at the 2009 Inauguration Ball, it was Beyoncé who serenaded the slow-dancing duo into the White House with her own rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.”
The Jay-Zs and the Obamas are so cozy as couples that the President even allowed them to enter the inner sanctum of the Situation Room, situated somewhere in the bowels of the White House. Once there, the awestruck couple looked like little kids sitting inside Saddam Hussien’s mansion following the occupation of Iraq.
In addition to foursome events, over the past few years Beyoncé has been right there beside Mrs. Obama and her “Let’s Move” initiative to get children to move more and to eat smaller, healthier portions. The first lady relied so much on the booty-licious pop star that she recruited Beyoncé to teach corpulent school children how to dance around in hot pants and lime green high-heeled sneakers. Michelle must have had so much confidence in the abilities of “Move Your Body” Beyoncé, she trusted that even the clumsiest kid would emerge from the videotaping session unscathed. Now that’s a sign of a true and lasting friendship.
Mrs. Obama told People magazine that if she could be anyone in the world it would be Beyoncé. Not long after, Beyoncé wrote a gushy letter to Mrs. Obama thanking her for her dedication to “All the Single [and otherwise] Ladies” of the world. Then, the first lady took Sasha and Malia to Revel Resorts in Atlantic City to support Beyoncé at her back-from-maternity-leave concert.
Beyoncé agreed to design a T-shirt for the Obama 2012 “Runway to Win” clothing line, and the entrepreneurial Carter twosome hosted a $40K-per-head fundraiser for Obama at their tony Manhattan 40/40 club. It was there, against a backdrop of 350 bottles of $300 Armand de Brignac Brut Gold, the President discussed with donors how the two couples shared humble beginnings.
Although the relationship by and large has been idyllic, there have been a few bumps in the road. One time Jay-Z had the audacity to express the opinion that he preferred less government. Gazillionaire and part owner of the New York Nets Jay-Z said that he didn’t mind paying more taxes, but wished more of the monies went toward things he believed in.
The high-profile Obama supporter also said that “politics” is a word he doesn’t like because “It implies something underhanded and I think we need less government.” So, the Brooklyn-born rapper desires “less government,” but supports big-government Barack Obama’s big government vision?
Yet despite the contradictory messages, during the first term the friendship has endured the test of time. However, that bond is about to endure an even greater test.
Seems Mrs. Jay-Z, the woman who supported Mrs. Obama’s healthy-eating initiative and who lives in New York Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-soft drink city, just signed a $50 million dollar deal with corporate America biggie PepsiCo. After the first of the year, Beyoncé will be the new face of sugary, caffeine-laden soda pop.
PepsiCo is a world leader in snacks and beverages. The company has made its billions administering 12-ounce/42-gram sugar highs. To put it bluntly, PepsiCo sells carbonated caffeine-and-sugar water.
Moreover, in addition to contributing to soda-induced caffeine addiction, obesity, and Type II diabetes, PepsiCo also manufacturers Lay’s and Doritos, two of the vending machine snacks that Michelle Obama made sure were replaced with carrot sticks.
Tropicana, Gatorade, and Quaker are also under PepsiCo’s mantle. And as if Beyoncé aggravating Michelle by undermining her “Let’s Move” initiative and selling limited-edition soda with her mug on the can wasn’t enough, PepsiCo has “revenues of $60 billion and employs 285,000 people.” Therefore, the same type of conglomerate Barack Obama has spent the last four years portraying as selfish, abusive, and evil is about to be internationally promoted by global partner and Obama familly BFF Beyoncé.
Can the camaraderie survive Beyoncé being the new face of a snack-and-soda company after showing up on a “Let’s Move” video for a first lady whose signature issue disses salty snacks and sugary soda? How is the Michelle Obama going to explain to the kiddies why the pretty lady with the big hair dancing in the “Let’s Move” video can drink Pepsi and eat Doritos, but they can’t?
Moreover, can the foursome’s pop/political partnership outlast Ms. Pepsi-licious Beyoncé’s decision to accept $50 million from a corporate giant? And when the President confiscates half of that $50 million to finance altruistic efforts that are likely different than the causes Jay-Z supports, will Jay-Z restate more firmly his desire for “less government?”
If Beyoncé feels it may be necessary to recycle her Pepsi soda cans for spare change to pay Obama’s exorbitant taxes, will she even want to sing at the next inaugural ball?
There’s a lot at stake here. Like, what’s the couples’ bowling night going to be like after ‘big government’ Barack Obama taxes ‘less government’ Shawn’s wife’s hard-earned PepsiCo dough into oblivion while denigrating the CEOs that will be signing Beyoncé’s $50 million paycheck? Is that what Jay-Z means when he says he dislikes politics because they are “underhanded?”
In the end, it will be interesting to see whether or not Michelle Obama will support her good friend Beyoncé’s creative endeavor/business choice with the same energy and dedication that Beyoncé extended towards Michelle Obama’s – and whether or not Shawn Corey Carter, over a beer at a Net game, will be able to pry his buddy’s sticky fingers off some of the money Beyoncé earns
Despite the poor economy, high unemployment, and the overall state of national malaise, Barack Obama has been hinging his prospects for reelection solely on the fact that the architect of 9/11, Osama bin Laden, is dead. Rather than giving most of the credit to Seal Team Six, who actually risked their lives by entering the global terrorist’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, President Obama has spent months extolling his own steely determination.
Few would argue that after September 11th 2001, George W. Bush’s handling of the terrorist attack on American soil is what likely won him a second term. Be it Timothy McVeigh or al-Qaeda, American presidents staring down extremists on behalf of Americans usually gains them more supporters than critics.
Therefore, listening to Barack Obama talk about his positive impact on the war on terror, one would think that the 44th president finally found a winning formula to ensure a second term and a terror-free future for Americans around the world.
Yet, what Obama never mentions are the 30 Americans, 22 of whom were DEVGRU Seal Team Six elite Navy SEALS who, in the aftermath of bin Laden’s body being dumped in the North Arabian Sea, were shot down by insurgents while flying in Chinook helicopters in Afghanistan. In addition, what Barack Obama also never addresses is the astounding increase in military deaths by hostile Taliban forces since he took office in 2009.
Now, Barack Obama finds himself up to his nostrils in the muck and mire of controversy over a terrorist attack on September 11, 2012. On the anniversary of killing 3,000 innocent Americans 11 years prior, in a pre-planned, coordinated attack on the American consulate in Benghazi the terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia took credit for slaying US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, computer specialist Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
America is now learning that despite the Obama administration’s indignant reaction to a low-budget anti-Islam video which for two weeks was blamed for the loss of life in Benghazi, the White House was fully aware that what was happening was indeed a terrorist attack. In the same Situation Room where Beyonce and Jay-Z had visited months earlier, the White House watched in real time, via unmanned Predator drone, for five of the seven hours that the four Americans struggled to stay alive. In the end, President Obama chose to do nothing to stop it.
Worse yet, it is being alleged that while Christopher Stevens was being tortured, raped, and killed, the president, who had plans to go to Las Vegas for a fundraiser the next day, went to bed. Meanwhile, as the president slept, life-saving troops were but an hour away in Italy.
That brings us to the 2012 election. Despite his desperate attempts to convince Americans that he singlehandedly rid the planet of the world’s most notorious terrorist, unlike George W. Bush in 2004, it appears that the bin Laden slayer is still losing credibility with American voters.
One can’t help but think that if on September 11, 2012 Barack Obama had at least attempted to rescue those four Americans, his prospects for reelection would be quite different today. If the commander-in-chief had demanded that every effort be made to save the lives of Stevens, Smith, Woods, and Doherty, even if the effort failed he would have been viewed as a tough leader. The drama, the bravery, and the dedication of a US president vowing to “leave no man behind,” whatever the cost, would have eradicated any chance Mitt Romney might have had to replace Barack Obama behind the Resolute Desk come January.
Instead, on the anniversary of September 11th Barack Obama chose to turn his back on four Americans whose lives were lost at the hands of Ansar al-Sharia, and the question is why? Didn’t the President realize that by saving their lives, in the process he could have also secured a second term?
So yes, Osama bin Laden is dead, but as the American body count continues to climb, the question that remains is: What possible reason could Barack Obama offer America for sending SEAL Team Six into Pakistan to kill one terrorist, but then refuse to send help to Libya to rescue four Americans under siege by a band of murderous militants?
This time, Barack Obama’s foolhardy decision to put himself first cost four Americans their lives and should also cost him the election.
Originally posted at American Thinker blog
Forget the White House Honey Ale beer. While cash-strapped Americans were attempting to squeeze two cups of tea out of one Lipton tea bag, Barack Obama was fundraising in a ritzy Manhattan nightclub that features an 18-foot tower of gold-bottled French champagne.
“It’s floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space. It’s beautiful – breathtaking,” a rep for the Flatiron District hot spot told The New York Post. “It’s the first thing you see when you walk in.”
That’s right — on behalf of your everyday middle-class American, Barack Obama was out stumping for dollars at hip-hop mogul Jay-Z and his diva wife Beyoncé’s 40/40 nightclub, which features “a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne.” Three hundred and fifty bottles of Armand de Brignac at $800 a bottle comes to a $280,000. Allegedly, the “dazzling tower” was covered by a black drop cloth so the president could mock his wealthy competitor for being out of touch with Middle America without looking like a complete hypocrite.
Following a hard-hitting interview with David Letterman where Barry and Dave discussed pressing issues like the president’s weight and how good he looks and the misfortune of Obama never having seen the late-night comic in the buff, the president’s motorcade zipped over to a 200-person, $12,500-per-family Waldorf reception. From there the entourage proceeded to the Flatiron District to raise money at a $40,000-per-person fundraising dinner with “Jay and Bey,” as Obama likes to affectionately call the power couple.
Once there, Barry thanked his former Situation Room guests for their friendship and acknowledged the similarities he shares with Jay-Z. Taking a cue from David Letterman, Obama exercised his stand-up comedy routine, saying, “Jay-Z now knows, you know, what my life is like. We both have daughters. And our wives are more popular than we are.”
The president further addressed the crack dealer-turned-music magnate directly when he added, “So — you know. So we’ve got a little bond there. It’s hard, but it’s OK.”
In a red cocktail dress, the bodacious Beyoncé was also thanked by the president for being a role model to daughters Sasha and Malia. Barack Obama must believe that gyrating around in your underwear, pole-dancing, and slithering along the ground in a leopard body suit are examples of “class … poise[,] and … talent,” because in the oh-so-very-talented Obama’s estimation, Beyoncé “[c]arries herself with such class and poise and has so much talent.”
Mrs. Shawn Corey Carter reciprocated with a compliment by telling the hundred or so multimillionaires that “I can’t tell you how proud we are to host tonight’s event with President Obama. … We believe in his vision.” It would be interesting to hear Beyoncé share exactly what she understands that vision to be.
While Obama spoke, the tony crowd sat on plush couches munching on hamburger sliders and sipping champagne. Some crowded the overhead balcony and listened as Obama talked about the “choice voters face this fall as they decide whether to give him a second term or elect Republican Mitt Romney. It is a choice, he said, that will determine the long-term direction of the country.”
The president said, “So, I don’t want people to be complacent, but I also don’t want people to be discouraged. We’re on the brink of an election, but more importantly, we’re on the brink of moving America in a direction where we’re going to be more just, more fair.”
We’re on the brink, all right. As for the “fair” part — how fair is fair? Are we on the verge of being so fair that all Americans will one day also be able to pay $40K for a teensy-weensy burger and some bubbly?
Either way, as unprecedented tornadic wind gusts and sideways rain beat against the side of the New York City nightclub, the Pharaoh — I mean Obama — promised the group that although the economy tanked during the last four years, he plans on doing exactly what he’s been doing, fully confident that “[t]he economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody.”
Wait — “the economy’s going to grow in a way that includes everybody?” If the $40,000 40/40 club group gave any thought to what including “everybody” could mean for them, after gagging on those cheeseburgers, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and the donors would think twice before giving Barack Obama another turn at bat to level the playing field.
Nonetheless, in the shadow of the shrouded 18-foot champagne tower, the president declared that, despite his failed attempts at kowtowing to Islam, his being burned in effigy in India, and the ever-increasing anti-American sentiment in the Middle East, re-electing him guarantees an “America that’s respected around the world, because we’re putting forward our best values and our best ideals” — whatever that means.
And in the end, Barack Obama’s ninth New York campaign haul, give or take an $800 bottle of champagne or two, came to a paltry regular-Joe total of $6 million.
For the first time ever in my adult life…I dyed my hair. That’s right, I just turned two years shy of 60-years-old and I took the plunge and rid my head of stray grays. It didn’t change my world; in fact, no one really even noticed. But one thing’s for sure – despite what the book “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin-Laden from 9/ll to Abbottobad” claims Osama bin Laden had hoped hair dye would do for him, it didn’t do for me either, which was to make me sexier.
Still, since my 58th birthday, at least on a hair-dye level I do relate to Osama bin Laden who, allegedly to improve his appearance, “midway through his fifties… regularly applied Just for Men dye to his hair and beard to try to maintain a youthful appearance.”
In his book Manhunt, Peter L. Bergen claims that Osama bin Laden, the pathetic creature we saw last year not long before his death, sitting on the floor watching news reports about himself on an old TV, had expressed the sentiment that “His family life in Abbottabad was a source of genuine solace” for him.
Therefore, the reason the upkeep on his head and beard was so important to him was because, besides jihad and annihilating thousands of innocent people, family man bin Laden “believed deeply…[that]… polygamy was a religious obligation.” According to Bergen, “To his close male friends [Osama] used to joke, ‘I don’t understand why people take only one wife. If you take four wives you live like a groom.'”
There you have it. The al-Qaeda leader’s idea of a frisky groom is someone who, during his downtime, mixes up “natural versions of Viagra,” made of Avena syrup and wild oats.
And when not sowing those wild oats, apparently sex machine Osama kept his gaggle of concubines enamored by walking around the compound with Vaseline around his ears, a plastic bag secured by a clothes pin on his head, and Just for Men combed into his scraggily beard — which I must say, for the female residents of the bin Laden zenana, certainly must have been enticing.
Who would have thought by looking at him that the reason the late polygamist faithfully used Just for Men was to maintain a husbandly stud-muffin facade? It’s understandable though; for Allah’s sake, the man had a harem of women with whom he was committed to regularly participate in sexy time. So, in order to preserve that lady-killer persona he was so famous for, we now come to find out the man’s secret weapons were hair dye and sex tonic.
This brings the conversation around to yet another beguiling 50-ish world phenomenon (besides myself): the eternally youthful Barack Obama. Although it’s never been mentioned by him, it appears Obama has also been known to address a stray gray or two now and then.
Try as he might to hide it, the President can’t, because if you stare long enough at his closely-cropped hair, occasionally it begins to resemble a time-lapse photo series as it changes from ebony on Monday to ivory on Saturday and back to full fledged Just for MenJet Black by the following Monday morning.
Of course, for Barack Obama the effort to ‘youthanize’ himself with paraphenylendiamine is not about acquiring a harem, because he claims to have “improved his gene pool [when he] married up.” But then again, he also will intermittently “brain storm” with border security advisor Eva Longoria, and the “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” Beyonce has been known to drop by the Situation Room on occasion, which would inspire even the most devoted husband to try to maintain a young-looking appearance.
Nonetheless, while Barack Obama remains cloaked in a shroud of hair-dye secrecy, thanks to Peter L. Bergen the world now gets a front-row seat to the Navy SEAL assassination of Osama bin Laden. As an added bonus, we’ll also learn about what went on as history’s most notorious terrorist mastermind padded around in his pajamas for ten years in his comfortable Pakistani hideout.
Manhunt readers will gain new insight into what fueled the Saudi Arabian love machine who, when not plotting mayhem and murder, wrapped himself in a blanket and spent afternoons mixing up love potions. Know this: if he had managed to survive, the egotistical bin Laden would probably never have revealed the secret of his irresistible virility.
The same is true for Barack Obama, because when it comes to smoking, and more importantly hair dye, the first lady appears to be sworn to secrecy. On numerous occasions, Michelle Obama has obfuscated on her husband’s behalf, a practice which has enabled the President to continue to pretend nobody notices the ever-changing black and white kaleidoscope pattern on display directly above his shoulders.
Yet, despite the ongoing mystery, Barack Obama’s weekly disappearing and reemerging salt-and-pepper head gives observant Americans like my newly-dyed self the insight that, at least as far as hair dye is concerned, what went on in Abbottobad is probably not that different from what goes on 7,053 miles away, on touch-up night in the White House family quarters.