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Obama chillin’ in Chilmark

president-first-lady-host-girls-scouts-at-first-ever-white-house-campoutOriginally posted at American Thinker blog

President Barack Obama must have felt that after doing a decent amount of damage to the country this week, he earned the right to leave early for his 17-day vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.  This year the president will be kicking back at the same $12-million Chilmark seven-bedroom, nine-bathroom estate that he and Michelle and their entourage rented last year.

The president’s convoy includes the usual tagalongs and top aides, among whom are the gravelly-voiced national security adviser Susan Rice and Obama’s Iranian-born senior adviser/muse Valerie Jarrett.

Also accompanying him on the trip are younger daughter Sasha and wife Michelle and her donut-shaped hair bun, which, of late, she’s been balancing like a bird’s nest on the top of her head.

Oldest daughter Malia is still in New York City, where she’s summer-interning with Lena Dunham.

Lena is the writer/producer/star of the raunchy HBO series Girls.  In addition to dreaming up Girls, Malia’s summer supervisor, whose father Caroll does giant-sized paintings of giant-sized women with giant-sized genitals, also admitted to sexually molesting her younger sister Grace when they were kids.

So while Sasha is learning to boogie-board and taking leisurely hikes with Mom and Dad, 16-year-old Malia will be doing more important things like watching Lena Dunham roll around nude on the set of Girls, learning how to get a woman to crawl on all fours before participating in rough sex, and getting a close-up view of things like flesh-colored pasties and prosthetic penises.

As for the rest of the family, while Congress considers the shameful Iran deal, Dad Obama will be eating “Barack My World” ice cream at Mad Martha’s, donning a ridiculous-looking helmet to go biking, and, before tearing up the links, probably slip into those nerdy-looking khaki shorts and saddle shoes.

Also, while in between a few arm-twisting phone calls to Jewish congressman Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who is reportedly opposed to giving Iran nuclear bomb, Obama will undoubtedly join Sasha and Michelle and that huge bun of hers on outings to Oak Bluff for lobster rolls and fried clams at Nancy’s and delicacies like Fontina Ravioli at the upscale Sweet Life Café.

One potential highlight of the trip does include the prospect of Obama bumping into former secretary of state and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, who will also be visiting the tony enclave for the annual birthday soirée for Ann Jordan, wife of Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan.

Last year the Clintons and the Obamas all self-consciously bit their bottom lips as they robotically danced the night away at Ann Jordan’s 80th birthday.

Speaking of dancing, while the five American service men killed in a terrorist attack in Chattanooga were being buried, Obama was line-dancing in Kenya.  So, who better than the Lipala expert to set an example for the partiers by demonstrating how efficient he’s become at conveying a message of coldhearted indifference.

Hopefully, this year there won’t be another hurricane, flare-up of Middle East unrest, ISIS beheading of an American, or a black thug shot by a white police officer to distract Obama from hanging out in a vacation spot frequented by those he disparagingly calls “life’s lottery winners.”

Either way, 17 days from now, before returning home to Washington, D.C., a fully rested and energized Barack will have had enough time to have thought of a way to exempt himself from his phony crusade against income inequality.

After he figures out a way to relate to the little people, the president can busy himself with illegally overriding any and all opposition to the Iraq deal and negotiating another crushing federal budget.  Then, in September, he’ll welcome to the White House a provocative pope who shares his obsession with nonexistent climate change.

As if all that weren’t enough, the president also has plans to roll out the red carpet for Chinese President Xi Jinping, who, unlike Obama, rather than purge and emasculate the Chinese military, is plotting future world domination by promoting his top military generals.

Obama Vacay: In Your Facemanship

Originally posted at BIG Government

Some people don’t realize that just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation falls into the can-but-shouldn’t category. Yes, yes, presidents deserve a vacation, but sometimes low-key commiseration with the misfortune of others goes a whole lot further than a Martha’s Vineyard jaunt wearing a dorky-looking bicycle helmet.

The issue at hand is the Obama family going on vacation while America is on life support, and transporting themselves to that vacation spot on not one but two taxpayer-funded aircraft.

Presently, most Americans are  crawling around in a desert of misery, begging for a drop of water. Unfortunately, the parched will have to endure until Barack Obama finishes relaxing, reading and recreating for 10 days, holed up in a $50,000-per-week tony Chilmark rental.

Besides being tactless and insensitive, the Obamas’ blatant in-your-face vacation is a perfect example of a “tone-deaf” president disregarding the despair of others and justifying a right to luxuries that few Americans presently have the finances to enjoy.

Granted, the President of the United States and his wife are entitled to eat, but eating shouldn’t include the moral equivalent of enjoying an elaborate buffet in famine-ravaged Kenya while starving refugees nearby consume bowls of cold cornmeal and sip warm muddy water.

If the Obamas insist on spending two weeks in an enclave noted for the rich and famous, especially while the nation’s unemployment rate hovers at just over 9%, then the least they could do is exhibit a modicum of restraint, and try to be as modest and discreet as possible.   Instead, Michelle Obama, renowned for her impatience when it comes to reaching her desired destination, put thousands of additional dollars on the taxpayers’ tab, “so she could have just a bit of extra vacation” – all of four hours’ worth.

Unwilling to wait for Barry to gather his Speedo, snorkeling gear and golfing shoes, professional vacationer Mrs. Obama, accompanied by daughters Sasha and Malia, boarded a US government jet just four hours ahead of the President, who flew into a local airport later that evening accompanied by Bo the family dog.

Mrs. Obama’s early arrival incurred an additional expense that included “the flight on a specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as … extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her.”  In addition, she also had “her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.”

Notorious for being unable to exhibit patience when Mad Martha’s “Lotsa Dough” ice cream beckons, last Christmas Michelle was so anxious to hit the beach in Oahu that she launched the family’s vacation to Hawaii well in advance of Barry’s arrival.  Christmas-gifting herself with extra downtime, the first lady didn’t think twice about spending the equivalent of what two unemployed Americans would be happy to earn in a year.

Many believe that “Mrs. Obama’s separate jet travel sends the wrong message on a host of issues, from global warming to the budget deficit to the economy – in which currently so many people can’t afford to take a vacation at all.” One thing’s for sure – although Michelle Obama began her vacation early, it’s unlikely she’ll compensate for the head start by ending it ahead of time.

Why didn’t the President Obama tell Michelle to exercise some discretion and save a few dollars for America by waiting a couple of  hours and traveling on one plane with him?  Because even the President knows that what Shelley wants, Shelley gets.  In fact, just recently in Minnesota, Obama gave America an intimate glimpse into the dynamics of his marriage when he revealed:

In my house if I said, ‘You know, Michelle, honey, we got to cut back, so we’re going to have you stop shopping completely. You can’t buy shoes; you can’t buy dresses; but I’m keeping my golf clubs.’ You know, that wouldn’t go over so well.

In Decorah, Iowa he expounded on that point, saying:

Everybody cannot get 100 percent of what they want. Now, for those of you who are married, there is an analogy here. I basically let Michelle have 90 percent of what she wants. But, at a certain point, I have to draw the line and say, ‘Give me my little 10 percent.’

Barack getting his “10 percent” probably has more to do with asking Michelle to stop dipping into his dessert than whether or not she takes a $375,000 Spanish vacation during a recession.

Truth be told, Michelle Obama’s continued attitude of insensitive indifference, with her haute couture and epicurean tastes, indicates the first lady is either extremely dense or could not care less about a nation enduring an unending season of unprecedented pain.

So, from sea-to-shining-sea, as Americans experience a modern day Grapes of Wrath, Barry – who plans to disclose economy-changing news, but not until after he returns from vacation – began his furlough by shopping and ironically paying for reading material at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore with a credit card.

Moreover, because they can even though they shouldn’t, while en route to enjoy their annual well-deserved gourmet dinner at the Sweet Life Café, an insensitive President and oblivious First Lady will likely further depress economic solvency by closing down struggling small businesses on Circuit Avenue to make way for their motorcade. By doing so, the vacationing Barack and Michelle will confirm for any remaining doubters that it’s America that deserves a vacation from the Obamas – not the other way around.

Fire and Driving Rain

Originally posted at BIG Government

With the way things are going for Obama he should stock up on good luck charms. Adding to the President’s economic, social and political struggles are natural phenomena that appear to trail and then come up to batter Obama on all sides.

3230145280_white_house_hit_by_lightning_on_easter_answer_1_xlargeEarlier this year, a lightning strike just missed the White House and then one did make direct contact at the president’s favorite local golf course at Andrews Air Force Base. Fortunately, the Golfer-in-Chief and his 9-iron were not on the course.

There have been flies in the East Room landing on the President’s lip and a rat in the Rose Garden stealing the show at a press conference. Now, as the Obama family prepares to head back to Blue Heron Farm, a lavish $20 million, 28.5-acre compound in Chilmark, on Martha’s Vineyard, a wall backing the farmhouse porch caught fire and required emergency attention from local firefighters.

This is the third year the Obamas will stay at Blue Heron manor.  The lush property has a pool, apple orchard, basketball court and private beach. Last year the Obamas rented the home for $50,000 a week, up from the prior year’s $35,000 a week.

It’s odd that the President and his family would choose Chilmark, named the most expensive small town in all of America by Business Week back in 2007.  You’d think the last group of people Obama would want to spend time with are private jet owners, snooty yachtsmen and privileged Vineyard dwellers who look for ways to avoid sharing their good fortune with others.

The secluded property is privately owned by a couple who purchased it after the previous owners died in a plane crash.  Dead former owners of property on an island famous for Chappaquiddick are creepy omens and may explain why, after paying $100,000 for two weeks worth of lodging, it seems that each year there is some sort of furlough-wrecking issue that puts a damper on the president’s vacation.

In 2010, the Obamas’ Martha’s Vineyard ice cream and golf plans were rained out. “Strong thunderstorms … lashed the island off Massachusetts …causing power outages, curtailing air transportation and forcing ferry cancellations. They also triggered traffic jams and long lines at movie theaters, restaurants and other indoor venues.”

As a result of the Nor’easter blowing around various and sundry material, “portions of Tisbury Great Pond, the salt-water lagoon fronting the first family’s vacation estate Blue Heron Farm,” was closed “due to high levels of enterococci, an indicator that the water is contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria.”

Last year the obstacles to holiday fun were moisture, dampness and putridity – this year fire threatened to be the spoiler.

With the Obama family’s scheduled arrival weeks away, a wall in the main house near the porch went up in flames.  Chilmark fire Chief David Norton said the automatic fire alarm in the farmhouse alerted two first responders who live nearby.  The dedicated firefighters quickly responded and rushed to the scene. According to Norton, the cause of the fire was not spontaneous combustion, but a faulty gas grill.

For the Obamas, not being able to take a dip in the pond is one thing, but a broken grill could be even more problematic, especially for the President winding down after the much anticipated “Let’s Pretend We’re Listening” taxpayer-funded battleground state bus tour. Anxious to be amongst the people, while on the road America’s self-sacrificial President will be subjected to the smell of diesel fuel and diner food, which could inspire him to put on his barbeque chef hat, hunker down, and rustle up some home cooking.

If he’s planning to grill up homemade chilidogs or trying to replicate a vacation rendition of Michelle’s favorite Shake Shack Burger, the last thing the President needs is to squander quality family time fanning charcoal soaked with Kingsford® lighter fluid.

What could complicate matters for the Obama family is if another Nor’easter should happen to blow through the Vineyard and the gas grill on the porch should happen to act up again, because then they’d be hesitant to dive into the sewage infested lagoon to escape the conflagration.

It remains to be seen whether Barack Obama, who has managed to apportion his time to fit in high-end fundraising and Ramadan dinners, will “cut his vacation short to deal with fiscal and economic issues.”

Maybe instead, the President will decide to  grab a rabbit’s foot, head to Martha’s Vineyard, and seize the opportunity to finally “heal the planet” by slowing the “rising ocean” and addressing the pressing elemental issues at hand – fire, driving rain, and free floating fecal coliform bacteria.

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