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The Income Equitists’ Annual February Getaway

Originally posted at American Thinker blog Let’s face it — it’s exhausting leaving Washington DC early to stay in Hawaii for 17 days and then remaining behind for 10 more days to unwind at Oprah Winfrey’s multi-million-dollar Maui ranch. That’s why, when mid-February rolls around, the first lady starts to burn up with a cabin fever that can only be quenched with braised ancho-chile short ribs with hominy wild mushrooms and sautéed kale.

And it’s understandable!

After all, the poor woman hasn’t had a vacation in nearly four whole weeks. The good news is that for Valentine’s Day and President’s Day, right on schedule, Michelle and Barry part ways and spend three days as far away from each other as humanly possible. Michelle grabs her snow goggles and her two daughters and heads for Vail or Aspen and Barry grabs his nine iron and heads for the links.

This year was a little different though, because the first couple had just hosted an expensive State Dinner at the White House where Michelle Obama showed up in a $12K Carolina Herrera gown. That’s why the general consensus was that there’s no way, after eating chocolate-misted ganache and emerging from those heated Monet-inspired tents, that the Income Equitists would dare gas up Air Force One at $181K per hour and jet westward for a post-party breather.

Yet here we are, just days after François Gérard Hollande, the socialist leader of France, headed home and wouldn’t you know it, vacation getaway history is repeating itself.

To rest up after that grueling trolley ride to and from the French-inspired Blue Room to the massive tents on the South Lawn, both Michelle and Barack have taken off — separately — for an extended weekend, with travel expenses and security compliments of the beaten down, worn out, discouraged proletariat.

Before heading to dinner with King Abdullah II of Jordan at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, Barack attended the House Democratic Issues Conference in Maryland. Between those and other official duties, the president, along with his spiked saddle shoes and nerdy shorts, plan to squeeze in an extended golf weekend. As for Michelle, minus a token poor person onboard, she, Sasha, Malia and company landed in Aspen under tight security, which delayed the arrival of other affluent vacationers trying in vain to get to Aspen for their own ski weekends.

With hubby in California, the first lady has three days to make like a Sochi skier and schuss her way down the Buttermilk Mountain bunny slope. Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo said he was informed of the trip three weeks ago, which means one week after her arrival home from Oprah’s place, Michelle scheduled her next getaway.

Economic malaise or not, by most standards, this Obama vacation thing has gotten way out of hand. Who gets to go to Hawaii at Christmas, Martha’s Vineyard in the summer and Colorado in February, and then round out the tri-annual excursion schedule with trips to various locales around the globe? Sometimes, in June and October, Michelle uses private time with Sasha and Malia as an excuse to drag along ‘close friends’ to Spain or to visit Africa to fill up on oodles of fried fat cakes.

If an old Hollywood movie were to depict the Obama lifestyle, Barry and Shelley would be Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Shall We Dance. Meanwhile, like Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath, a huge swathe of Americans shuffle around in a dustbowl of despair.

Adding to the outrageous nature of the president and first lady taking luxury vacations while the rest of the nation languishes in a state of unrelenting financial, social, and emotional misery is the fact that the real costs of the Obama jaunts are virtually impossible to document.

Tom Fitton, President of watchdog group Judicial Watch, claims “The Obama administration has simply stopped voluntarily producing information about the costs of the travel… They are in cover up mode.” And well they should be! Although Mr. and Mrs. Obama do pick up the tab for some personal expenses, when hotel, security, car rentals, and airfare expenditures associated with the 20+ vacations are factored in, the estimated cost to taxpayers totals more than $18 million.

What’s unclear is whether those calculations include the alleged $10 million in public monies Michelle Obama was said to have spent on personal vacations between 2009 and 2011.

Either way, Fitton is convinced “The Obamas are abusing the perks of public office,” and that “Taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for their luxury travel.”

With all due respect,Mr. Judicial Watch sounds rather judgmental. Isn’t Tom aware that as far as Michelle and Barry are concerned, every vacation is a “working vacation?”

That’s right, despite every second of everyday that they spend frittering away taxpayer money; no one is more concerned about income inequality in America than Barack and Michelle Obama.  

Mama Obama’s Half-Century Birthday Gift: A Vacation!

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Originally posted at the Blacksphere

It’s generally agreed that Michelle Obama loves to vacation, and vacation she does.

Rumor has it that during the president’s first term, the First Lady spent a total of $10 million on vacations.

What we do know is that on more than one occasion, with zero concern over Air Force One costing $181K per hour, Michelle has flown to Hawaii ahead of her husband. But this time it’s different. After an extended 17-day, estimated $4-million family getaway in Oahu, Michelle has decided to linger awhile after hubby and the kids headed back to Washington DC.

Usually there’s an excuse for Michelle Obama’s luxurious self-indulgence. In 2010 when unemployment was at 9.5% Mrs. Obama spent approximately $500K of taxpayers’ money on a trip to a resort on Spain’s Costa del Sol that included 40 people who tagged along.

The ‘you better not criticize’ excuse that time was that she was on a “private, mother-daughter trip” with Sasha.

This time, the spin is that “As part of her birthday gift from the President, the First Lady will remain in Hawaii to spend time with friends ahead of her upcoming 50th birthday.” Judging from some of the photos that circulated during the family portion of the vacation, it looks like Michelle remaining behind might have nothing at all to do with a pre-birthday gift.

But whatever the reason, most Americans would agree that it’s important for the birthday girl to chill out with BFFs at Oprah Winfrey’s “exquisite” Maui estate.

So, while sick people are storming out of emergency rooms, because although they enrolled in Obamacare they have no insurance, Michelle is enjoying additional time relaxing with friends in a “remote up-country region, where the houses that dot the moss-covered rock [Hawaiian] hillside face the ocean.”

After all, in anticipation of hitting the big 5-0 the first lady does need to rest up before the Dougie dance party the White House has planned for January 18th.  Not only that, but 17 days of vacation does have a tendency to wear a girl out.

With that in mind, Michelle has sent the kids home along with the old man and is now officially part of a “Waiting to Exhale”-style “girls’ getaway” attended by Oprah’s best bud, CBS’s Gayle King, Barack Obama’s best bud Valerie Jarrett. Also invited, Sharon Malone, Attorney General Eric Holder’s wife and co-owner with her sister of Old National GYN, an abortion clinic building in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Hawaii home of billionaire media mogul, Oprah Winfrey, has been described as “an ordinary little gray ranch.”

However, it has been renovated and is now “the perfect 21st century farmhouse.”  Horses surround the ranch, which has raised ceilings and French doors throughout, and is wrapped around by a porch that looks out over the Pacific Ocean.

That’s why the American people should breathe a collective sigh of relief that our very own first lady isn’t bunking just any old place.

In a story for Oprah.com, Ms. Winfrey spoke fondly about her Hawaiian house. “I love, love, love my house,” she said, “[i]t’s a gem, so sweet and exquisite. Such a real, normal house. It feels like a nice blanket. A lovely and soft cashmere one.”

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Oprah has described her estate as a place so tranquil and “sacred” that she’s had New Age experiences she’s described as “some transcendent, powerful and revelatory moments on the island.”

That’s why there’s a chance that Michelle Obama is having similar “transcendent, powerful and revelatory” experiences, which could bode well for America.

Perhaps after sitting on Oprah’s “front porch …[watching] the greatest light show on earth” for a day or two, “sip[ping] drinks inspired by whatever is fresh and delicious — mango, guava, pineapple, cucumber, basil,” or riding “horses to the top to watch the moon rise over the ridge,” Michelle’s weary, overworked soul will be restored.

Then, after Mrs. Obama has had that long-overdue revelatory moment, hopefully she’ll finally come to realize that her depraved indifference to the suffering of others is really starting to irk the restless natives stuck back on the mainland with Barry and the kids.

 

The Medal of Freedom Free-for-All

Medal-of-FreedomOriginally posted at American Thinker

On the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s establishment of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Barack Obama, the guy who’s done more to obstruct freedom than any American president in history, will be the one handing out the medals.  Having Barack Obama dispense freedom medals is on par with Hitler lighting Shabbat candles or Bill Clinton hosting a couples’ seminar on the joys of marital fidelity.

Nonetheless, according to the White House website, the purpose of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which is the nation’s highest civilian honor, is to pay tribute to those who’ve made “meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

President Obama had this to say about the Medal of Freedom:

The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours. This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world. It will be my honor to present them with a token of our nation’s gratitude.

The individuals due to receive the medal are supposedly selected by the president or recommended to him by the Distinguished Civilian Service Awards Board.  Judging from the list, it’s easy to see that when choosing the 2013 recipients, Barack Obama was guided by his own personal opinion.

This year’s group is made up of the following luminaries: liberal politicians from the left-of-left wing to the just plain old RINO left wing; one liberal journalist, plus a Berkeley-schooled psychologist; a departed Obama-supporting female astronaut and a living Jimmy Carter-supporting coal miner’s daughter; a Cuban musician; a Berkeley-schooled Mexican scientist; a black athlete; a female Democrat judge; a deceased LGBT activist; and a couple of civil-rights leaders.

Although the group consists of many standouts, three in particular have Barack Obama’s fingerprints all over them, the first being former President Bill Clinton.  If Bill Clinton deserves anything, it would be a medal for freeing the Oval Office from the confines of presidential dignity.

While Commander-in-Chief Clinton cavorted with a chubby intern, lied about it, perjured himself under oath, and was impeached, now that the “vast right-wing conspiracy” has been fully exposed, he’s one of 16 candidates for a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Barack Obama had to be behind giving Bill Clinton a medal.  After all, what better way for the present occupant of the White House to make his sorry self look good than to give a medal to someone just as sorry?

Therefore, Bill Clinton deserves a Medal of Freedom for freeing Barack Obama from a future of indignity associated with being a God-awful president.

Then there’s feminist Gloria Steinem.  How she got on the list is a Ms-tery.  It must be because Obama respects Gloria for dedicating her life to America’s enrichment by fighting for the right to deprive children in the womb of the right to be born.

Seventy-nine-year-old Gloria proudly wears an “I had an abortion” T-shirt, openly boasting about aborting her own child who, had he or she lived, would be 57 years old today.

Ms. Steinem fondly reminisced about that abortion:

I used to sit and try and figure out how old the child would be, trying to make myself feel guilty. But I never could! … Speaking for myself, I knew it was the first time I had taken responsibility for my own life. I wasn’t going to let things happen to me. I was going to direct my life, and therefore it felt positive.

Who can argue with Obama choosing to give a medal to Steinem for being so cold, heartless, and self-serving that she makes a guy who believes in allowing babies born alive in botched abortions to die without warmth, hydration, or oxygen seem like a pillar of compassion?

Hence, Gloria Steinem deserves a Medal of Freedom for decades of freeing fetuses from the wombs of women who refuse to be deterred from directing their own self-absorbed lives.

Last but not least, we have Oprah Winfrey.  Besides being a gazillionaire and a media magnate of gargantuan proportions (shh, don’t you say it), Oprah was one of Barry’s biggest supporters in 2008.  She probably secretly credits herself for singlehandedly catapulting Barack Obama from the mean streets of Chicago into the family residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Among her many achievements, Oprah is an actress, broadcast journalist, and talk show host who, in a similar way to how Gloria Steinem’s dead baby was Gloria’s new lease on life, considered the untimely death of the newborn infant she delivered at 14 years old a “second chance.”

Oprah Winfrey deserves a Medal of Freedom, all right, but not for her varied accomplishments, nor for her outstanding ability to bring home the bacon.  Rather, she should take a medal for involuntarily freeing her false eyelashes from her eyelids during Barack Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech in INVESCO Field.

Anyone who can be so moved by Barack Obama’s “transcendent” oratory that the salty droplets gushing from her tear ducts dissolves her eyelash glue and destroys a perfectly good set of Ardell Demi Lashes deserves a medal.

Couple the eyelash episode with being identified as Oprah, which sort of resembles the name Obama, and Winfrey may very well have shown up the other 15 recipients and earned herself not one, but two Medals of Freedom.

With the award ceremony months away, there’s still time for Commissioner of Liberty Barack Obama to hand out medals to a few more freedom-lovers.

Let’s see…how about Queen of Free Birth Control Sandra Fluke, MSNBC Head Lesbian Rachel Maddow, IRS official Lois Lerner, ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and the no-longer-closeted basketball player/newly-christened homosexual icon, Jason Collins?  Meanwhile, Barack Obama is probably trying to concoct a way to give one of those medals to his number-one choice — himself.

Obama’s Vanishing Lead with Women Voters

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

The Democratic party likes to portray itself as seeing women as equal to men.  Yet it’s the Democrats who think they can woo female voters by dangling free contraceptives in front of them like a carrot luring a donkey.

For months America has been hearing how it’s President Barack Obama who has the estrogen vote sewn up. Now, according to a recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, America comes to find out that Mitt Romney is currently leading Barry the Birth Control President in the top battleground states, and the women he thought were willing to sell the country down the river for an IUD are driving that lead.

In 2008, a large contribution to Barack Obama’s 13-point margin of victory came from women swept up in the euphoria of a wave of Oprah Winfrey flag-waving hysteria.  In 2012 it appears that Winfrey and her tear-soaked eyelashes are sitting this one out, and so are all the women who followed her lead.

According to a recent article in USA TODAY entitled Swing States poll: Women push Romney into lead, Susan Page writes

“As the presidential campaign heads into its final weeks, the survey of voters in 12 crucial swing states finds female voters much more engaged in the election and increasingly concerned about the deficit and debt issues that favor Romney.”

Much to the chagrin of the mainstream media, feminist activist Sandra Fluke, and Obama shills like ingénue Scarlett Johansson and Eva ‘Border Security Expert’ Longoria, “the Republican nominee now ties the president among women who are likely voters, 48%-48% while he leads by 12 points among men.”

According to USA TODAY/Gallup Romney now leads among likely voters in the swing states Obama thought he had in the can a few weeks ago. If this keeps up, it looks like Barack Obama is going to have to give away free weed whackers to the fellas just to stay in the running.

These more recent polls are consistent with a national Pew Poll taken after the first presidential debate that showed Barack Obama’s 18-point lead among women had dissolved; leaving him tied 47%-47% with Romney among likely female voters. In addition, married women, who tend to vote Republican, are more enthusiastic this election cycle than unmarried women, who tend to vote Democratic.

Whatever the reason, Democratic pollster Celinda Lake admitted that since his strong performance in the first debate, “In every poll, we’ve seen a major surge among women in favorability for Romney.”  According to Ms. Lake, “Women went into the debate actively disliking Romney… came out thinking he might understand their lives and might be able to get something done for them.” Presidential prospects for Mitt Romney have only continued to improve after the second and third debates.

Why? Because as a rule, the fairer sex is generally more discerning and Mitt Romney just doesn’t display the demeanor of guy who would leave a woman “dying on the floor” as Nancy Pelosi predicted he would if he’s elected – quite the contrary.  On the other hand, without those Styrofoam Greek columns, during the first debate in Denver Barack Obama looked too weak and disinterested to aid a woman even if she was “dying on the floor.”

Romney pollster Neil Newhouse also maintains that “The first debate had a significant impact on these voters as they watched it and Governor Romney appeared nothing like the candidate that was essentially a caricature in the advertising by the Obama campaign. It’s these voters who began to realize that the picture being painted of him was not reality.” In the 2012 campaign season, misconceptions about the two candidates are being revealed, especially the hyped-up impression of Barack Obama, who’s turning out to be the world’s emptiest suit.

Suffice it to also say that working women are not impressed by a man who touts signing an equal pay bill while paying his own female staff roughly 18% less than his male staff. Moreover, despite the fact that our “abortion extremist” President is convinced that the way to a girl’s heart is promising free contraceptives and abortion on demand, the truth is that what impresses most women is a confident air of leadership that displays the character traits of strength, stability and security.

Hence, when compared to President Obama’s three debate performances, Mitt Romney’s poised but assertive, polite, take-charge steadiness makes him look like a knight in shining armor to female voters who are clearly paying attention.

In the end, as shocking as it may seem to Barack Obama, it’s the competence and ability to turn the economy around, create jobs, and reestablish national security that mean much more to American women than being outfitted by the White House for a lifetime of sex without consequence.

Oprah’s ‘Favorite Thing’ Is Obama in 2012

Originally posted at BIG Hollywood

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey announced that once again, she is “happy to be of service to Obama in 2012,” which proves that some people just don’t learn, and Oprah is one of those people. It also means that, regardless of the extent of the damage Obama has inflicted on employment, the economy, and the future success of the American people, the same voters affected by the President’s disastrous first term may very likely vote for him again.

All around, Obama’s negative influence is so severe that even gazillionaire Oprah Winfrey has not been immune to the “Obama Effect,” where people who were working in 2008 are either no longer employed or are concerned about what effect his continued presidency may have on job security.

Since Obama won the Democrat presidential nomination in June 2008, the employment rate has soared from 5.8% to as high as 9.8%. The President’s policies are so toxic to the workforce that a 31-year-old Ohio breakfast restaurant he touted as an “indirect beneficiary of the government’s Chrysler bailout” closed after he made a passing mention of the establishment’s success in a speech.  One word from Obama and Chet’s omelet machine began collecting dust.

When Oprah Winfrey made her famous career-changing decision to support the Senator from Chicago, the talk show queen had already enjoyed 20+ years of pre-eminent ratings.  Apparently, Winfrey had so much faith in fellow Trinity United Church of Christ ex-congregant Barack Obama that she referred to him in Biblical terms and for the first time ever was willing to “throw her brand behind – a political candidate.”

If ratings equal job security, then Winfrey too has fallen victim to job-related issues, albeit on a much grander scale than the rest of America. Although it might be conjecture, after Ms. Winfrey stuck her $500 red-soled Christian Louboutins into the political waters it does appear that her talk show ratings began plummeting.

Unlike millions of Americans, billionaire Oprah may still be employed, but there’s no denying that since endorsing Obama she is less popular than she was in the past, and probably should have just stuck with Dr. Phil.

After breathless “He is the one” preacher-like speeches, Oprah’s “favorable ratings fell from 74 to 66 percent” and “her unfavorable ratings jumped from 17 to 26 percent.” In 2008 Oprah was so caught up in Obama fever and so busy “crying her eyelashes off” at packed rallies she didn’t realize her political activism was offending some of her viewers.   From day one of the endorsement, Winfrey’s daytime audience began dwindling. From nearly “9 million at its height in 2004-05,” by 2010 just prior to her finale, Oprah’s viewership had fallen to just four million.

In tandem with a struggling job market and mirroring Obama’s freefall in the polls, two months into Oprah’s newest endeavor with the Discovery Channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), the millions of screaming fans “who usually snap up anything she blesses with her seal of approval” are now choosing Ellen DeGeneres as their new BFF and watching Judge Judy instead.

Moreover, as the President continues to lose support even amongst disenchanted liberal females, Oprah’s OWN channel audience of “135,000 consists of only about 45,000 women” in the 25-to-54 age group, which is problematic because that is precisely the demographic the channel is targeting.

There’s no denying that for some reason, Oprah Winfrey’s amazing success has taken a downturn since the President took office in 2009.  In fact, investors are worried that “OWN is a drag on Discovery’s stock” and are questioning whether Harpo Studios’ job creator, Ms. Oprah, has “lost her golden touch.”

Perhaps the reason is that Oprah’s “golden boy” isn’t so golden after all and her audience realized it well before she did.

At some point, the media mogul may have noticed the correlation between supporting the President and losing viewers and realized the last thing OWN needed was her out on the campaign trail wearing an Obama 2012 balloon hat, a fashion choice that would probably deliver yet another blow to her Discovery Channel enterprise.

With that announcement, Oprah appeared to be moving in the right direction – away from Barack Obama. Then, somewhere between April and August of this year, in a not-so-stunning turn of events, Oprah announced she’s supporting the President’s 2012 bid for reelection.

After re-evaluating her hasty decision to remain apolitical, she stepped forward on behalf of the President and said, “I supported Barack Obama in 2008 because I believed then as I do now that he is the right man for the job.”

Winfrey said, “If the campaign needs me, I’m happy to be of service. I’m in his corner for whatever he needs me to do.”

The reason for the sudden change of heart?  Either Ms. Winfrey believes OWN’s new Rosie O’Donnell Show will save the besieged channel, or her original “ear for eloquence and a tongue dipped in the unvarnished truth” endorsement so destroyed any hope for future ratings that at this point, career-wise she has nothing to lose if she endorses Obama a second time.

Either way, despite a much smaller viewing audience Oprah must have a renewed faith in her ability to resurrect the same level of fervor she generated in 2008.

Even if Obama’s reelection ushers in continued job loss for all Americans, further impacts her decades-long high approval ratings and the size of her cult-like audience, and possibly even influences the future of her shaky collaboration with the Discovery Channel, the talk show queen has clearly counted the cost.  Oprah Winfrey has decided that if it’s on behalf of Barack Obama, jumping into the political arena a second time is well worth the price.

‘Better things to do’ Obama goes to NY to fundraise

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

In an effort to raise awareness for Wounded Warriors, former President George W. Bush took a 62-mile Texas mountain bike ride with combat soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Current President Barack Obama doesn’t have the luxury of leisurely bike rides. Obama has “better things to do,” like laying to rest birth certificate controversies and exposing the “silliness” of  “carnival barkers.”

Lucky for the President the missing birth certificate showed up in time for him to move on to more pressing issues, such as “helping his pal Oprah Winfrey wrap up her syndicated talk show in style.” Three years after being elected, Obama and Michelle chatted with the talk show queen free of the “sideshow” distraction of having to prove the President is eligible to hold the most powerful office in the world

While G.W. spent days bonding with American heroes, Obama did “better stuff.”  Referring to the birther controversy, Obama said “We’ve got big problems to solve, and I’m confident we can solve them, but we’re going to have to focus on them, not on this.”

It appears that one of the more pressing problems Obama is concentrating on is raising a billion dollars’ worth of billboard, television ad, and backup Teleprompter re-election campaign money! Since becoming a re-election candidate, “Obama has embarked on an aggressive inaugural fundraising tour that included three events in Chicago … and six events in two days last week in Los Angeles and San Francisco.”

To hell with $4 a gallon gas prices, the debt ceiling, Middle East wars, unemployment, and a humongous deficit. Such minutia was placed on the back burner as Obama headed to New York City to jam up the Big Apple and attend three Democratic fundraising events. “Obama 2012” galas were “scheduled across midtown Manhattan, including…at the home of financier and former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and … at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel.”

“Attendees at both events were asked for the maximum contribution—$35,800, a Democratic official said. The first $5,000 goes to the Obama campaign, with the rest to the Democratic National Committee.”

Continuing with his “better stuff to do” trek to New York, Barack will leave the Waldorf-Astoria and head to a “concert-style event at the Town Hall Theater where, in honor of America’s native son, hip-hop band The Roots will entertain the President and a throng of youthful supporters.

With Obama’s entourage clogging up Park Avenue, G.W Bush and a troop of injured soldiers probably got through a 62-mile bike ride and parked the Cannondales in less time than it took for NYC commuters to make it nine miles by car to College Point, Queens. After two days of raising money and his Presidential profile, “Better things to do” Obama was not “due back at the White House until the wee hours” of the following day.

Meanwhile, former President Bush said his “three-day ride on the desert trails of Big Bend National Park, on the US-Mexico border in southwestern Texas, was ‘real cool, unbelievable.’”

While Barack Obama was busy doing “better things,” Tour de France champion/cancer survivor Lance Armstrong, 15 wounded soldiers, some with prostheses, joined the 64 year-old former president on the final leg of the bicycle ride

Far from the glitzy set of Oprah and light years away from Park Avenue, while Obama was busy doing “better things,” G.W. expressed heartfelt appreciation for the bravest among us, saying “As a commander in chief, it was my decision to put them in harm’s way in the first place. I feel a special bond toward them and I want them to know I’ll never forget them.”

 

Oprah’s ‘Shift in Consciousness’

The woman was so overtaken with INVESCO Field-Obama-acceptance-speech emotion she cried her false eyelashes off. Oprah Winfrey, Barack’s most famous advocate, said Obama’s words were both “transcendent” and “transformational.” During the campaign, the second biggest “O” prayed in the “deepest part” of her “being that America [would] rise to [the] moment” and elect the biggest “O.”

Television tycoon Oprah Gail Winfrey conquered poverty and a “troubled youth” to become the most influential woman in media. She is an Oscar-nominated actress, author, humanitarian, and billionaire, as well as a one-woman charitable organization and Life Time Achievement Emmy winner. Yet despite all of her personal accomplishments, on the night of candidate Obama’s nomination speech, Winfrey confessed: “Obama’s presidential race and quick rise in the Democratic Party was the most powerful thing [she’d] ever experienced.” which doesn’t say much for Stedman, best friend Gayle, or the casts of the Color Purple and Beloved.

In fact, after Obama was elected, Oprah hosted a post-election special wearing a “Hope Won” T-shirt and wildly waving an American flag, holding up a newspaper with Barry’s picture on the front page while rowdily chanting “Mr. President!” Winfrey whooped it up and told her audience that if Obama lost, “Trust me… we’d be doing the show today from Northwestern Hospital with a drip.”

Oprah remains popular.  However, since endorsing Obama her high regard and huge viewership has steadily eroded. The Queen of Daytime TV’s foray onto the political stump has cost her a ton of fans. In light of Obama’s present standing in the polls, Oprah may be able to remediate the situation with a new T-shirt that says: “Hope Won, but please don’t hold it against me.”

According to Pew Research, Obama is “struggling with white voters.” More surprising is his “approval ratings among black voters plummet[ing] … to their lowest levels ever.” Gallup also found that “support [for Obama] among Hispanics took a tumble in the same period.”

At the same time as Obama’s quick descent from his lofty perch of glory, Oprah is branching out to “her own cable channel called OWN” and a source said she has been “struggling to find an audience,” and “fighting every day” to get viewers to tune in.

Therefore, after Barack announced his 2012 reelection campaign, Oprah decided it may be in her OWN best interest to avoid recreating her hysterical 2008 Tom Cruise-jumping-on-the-couch, Barack-Obama-for-President moment.

Which means for Oprah’s May 25th final show, a disappointed audience may not find a 2O12bama license plate frame in the complimentary gift bag.

Wasn’t it just yesterday that Oprah swooned in full-fledged Obama ecstasy?  Well this time around, growing a new audience for her joint venture with Discovery Communications must take precedence over wearing a “Yes we can” sombrero on air in honor of an increasingly out-of-favor president, because while it’s certain Winfrey will support Obama again, she’s decided to do so in an undisclosed location.

A source explained: “Helping a friend keep the most important job in the world is great,” but ensuring that her network endeavor “thrives is now [Oprah’s] priority.” The current “shift of consciousness” Ms. Winfrey now strives for and the “most powerful thing” the $2.7 billion dollar media mogul looks forward to experiencing includes growing a cable channel, keeping her false eyelashes firmly in place and preventing Barack Obama from single-handedly making her Oprah Winfrey Network venture the first thing she attempts that doesn’t succeed.

Jersey’s Newest Girl?

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Move over Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Eddie Murphy, the real “Boss,” Oprah Winfrey, may soon be “living her best life” in a sprawling domicile located within the state borders of New Jersey.

Can Oprah Gail still afford a mansion? If she can it’s a downright miracle because Lord knows, if Barack Obama’s success-squashing policies were in place when the girl from Mississippi was climbing the media ladder to mega-mogul status, the self-made billionaire and CEO of Harpo Inc. would be flat broke like the rest of America.

Born the illegitimate daughter of a sharecropper, Oprah disregarded the barriers that race and poverty often pose and fulfilled the type of dream that first black president Barack Obama claims is nonexistent for minorities in America.  Don’t tell Barry, but when not behind the pulpit, Reverend Oprah, head evangelist of the First Church of Obama, actually practices a gospel of pluck and ingenuity reminiscent of Raggedy Dick of Horatio Alger fame.

Oprah Gail once said, “I don’t think of myself as a poor, deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew she was responsible for herself – and I had to make good.” Based on that philosophy, Oprah obviously adheres to a standard quite different from the one practiced by pay-my mortgage/fill-up-my-gas-tank Barack Obama followers.

Defying all odds, the farm girl turned entrepreneur surmounted paucity and teen pregnancy to accrue not millions, but billions of dollars.  Winfrey earned the title of the richest black person in the world and did so by implementing behaviors and attitudes quite different from those promoted by a candidate she encouraged millions of book club members to elect.

Prior to Barack’s historic presidency, Winfrey built a huge empire that consists of more than fame and money. The TV tycoon is the proud owner of high-end property in trendy locales like Hawaii, Antigua and Telluride, Colorado. Looking to accumulate a few additional “favorite things,” Oprah has started her own network and is presently mulling over the purchase of a $68 million dollar mansion in New Jersey.

Two years ago, during a house-shopping hiatus, Oprah Winfrey turned her attentions from real estate to foisting Barry’s “share the wealth” mantra on everyday America. Two years later, the billionaire businesswoman who did better, was better, walked taller, and whose stockpile of money has always been higher is again moved, but this time by the thought of relocating to an ostentatious North American castle in New Jersey.

The media maven denies it, but a three-car contingent, including a few environmentally hostile, gas-guzzling SUVs and a van, supposedly were spotted perusing the New Jersey Turnpike. Oprah’s caravan rolled up the gravel driveway of the Frick estate to inspect the “grounds and grand interior of [a] mega-manse in Alpine.”

Don’t tell Barry about this either, but after the hoi polloi were shooed off the grounds Oprah spent the afternoon touring the “30,300-square-foot, English manor-style mansion, which is part of the lavish ‘Estates at Alpine.'”  The manor has “walnut and marble floors, Venetian plaster walls, a carriage house, English gardens, a library, ballroom, movie theater, tennis court, a saline pool and wine cellar.” How can an Obama supporter like Oprah Winfrey personally justify dwelling in such excess?

Reportedly, Oprah earns $385 million annually. At a 36% tax rate the media magnate pays approximately $138.6 million in taxes a year.  If Obama raises the percentage rate on anyone making over $250,000 to 39%, Oprah stands to shell out an additional $11.6 million per year, a mere pittance for someone gagging on greenbacks. Nevertheless, few would argue that there is a marked disconnect between Oprah’s massive stockpile of assets and her support for Barack Obama, whose view and opinion of affluence, overindulgence, and fair distribution of wealth differs greatly from Winfrey’s opulent lifestyle.

Thus, taking into consideration the enormity of Oprah’s possible new real estate acquisition, a “share the wealth” bureaucrat from the Obama Administration, on behalf of the less fortunate, should be dispatched to New Jersey to gather a detailed account as to the number of underprivileged people that could comfortably bunk and bathe in a facility of that size.

Either way, when it comes to distributing “pieces of the pie,” kingmaker Oprah’s slice is the size of a Cake Boss whopping sheet cake. The tax-the-rich Obama supporter/self-made billionaire Oprah Winfrey is forced yearly to divvy up megawatt earnings to share with the government, which may explain why one of the richest people in the world is suddenly attracted to a state presided over by anti-tax governor Chris Christie, who one day soon may be a viable contender for the White House.

Costa del Solace – American Thinker – August 10, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker

Those of us who thought the “Michelle tours Marbella” saga ended after the First Lady dined on char-grilled turbot with the King and Queen of Spain and returned to Washington DC were mistaken.

Seems today the Obama spin team has taken prevarication to a new level.  I knew things were getting dicey when Michelle decided to skip the Starlite Gala hosted by Obama friend and frequent White House guest Eva Longoria, and Zorro, better known as Antonio Banderas.

Supposedly, the star-studded event was coincidentally scheduled for the same weekend Michelle and her entourage visited the Villa Padierna.  Trust me, with the Obamas nothing happens by chance.

When Mrs. Obama surprisingly declined the invitation to Marbella’s toniest event, it was obvious Barry must have warned America’s jet-setting first wife to cool it because political blowback was splashing all over him and the Democratic Party.

Bloggers, cable news shows and every major news organization, including even CBS, questioned the Spanish trip’s timing.  Americans struggling to pay mortgages and feed families justifiably felt Michelle’s “ritzy vacation in Spain while the U.S. faces tough economic times was off-message — as was highlighting the beaches in Spain after urging Americans to head to Florida’s Gulf Coast to help out the tourism industry impacted by the BP oil spill.”

Americans are disgusted by Michelle flaunting excess in the face of struggling unemployed citizens who just last week were told the España excursion was a “private” mother-daughter trip.  Fed-up, people are not buying the newest heart-wrenching story that the five-day jaunt to Spain was a self-sacrificial outing made to comfort a mourning friend. As a result, damage control is officially in full swing.

Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times wrote that Michelle Obama “made the trip because she promised one of her closest friends, a longtime Chicago pal who just lost her father, she would spend time with her.”  Are Americans supposed to believe that a quarter-million dollar plus, transatlantic taxpayer-funded trip took place in lieu of a belated condolence card and a floral arrangement?

The story being circulated is that Anita Blanchard, Michelle’s obstetrician, lost her father recently and supposedly, “Mrs. Obama was not able to make the funeral at the beginning of July.”

Does Michelle Obama rearrange the calendar only for vacations, but not for funerals?

Dr. Blanchard purportedly promised her daughter a trip to Spain for her birthday and invited Michelle and Sasha to tag along to spend post-funeral time together. So let’s see, Michelle left Barack with Oprah Winfrey on his birthday to travel with baby doc Blanchard to one of Europe’s poshest resorts.

How did the conversation unfold?  “Oh Anita, I’m so sorry about your dad’s untimely death. Let’s assuage the grief by spending some girlfriend time eating tapas and chatting inside a canvas beach hut beside the sunny Mediterranean Sea.”

Sorry, but Michelle strutting through Marbella in a one-sleeved black and white Jean Paul Gaultier top and oversized Chanel sunglasses doesn’t exactly convey the message of a woman consoling a bereaved friend.  Maybe it’s just that Middle America is unacquainted with the Chicago funerary tradition of flamenco dancing a month after burying a parent.

The White House is also saying that Mrs. Obama did not travel with three-dozen close and intimate friends as reported in the press. So why were 60 rooms reserved in the Villa Padierna for an average of $2500 a night?

According to Mrs. Obama’s spokeswoman Catherine McCormick Lelyvel, the grief getaway included “six White House advance staffers and two East Wing staffers, Deputy Chief of Staff Melissa Winter and Mrs. Obama’s personal assistant, Kristen Jarvis.”

In addition to the 250 security personnel supplied by the Spaniards, Mrs. Obama employed “three shifts of uniformed and plainclothes agents and military personnel flew with her on a big Air Force 757.”

In addition to attempting to clarify Michelle’s trip, Lynn Sweet asked the obvious question: “So why did Mrs. Obama go to Spain at this time? She’s not tone-deaf politically.”  Does the Washington Bureau Chieffor Chicago Sun Times mean politically “tone-deaf” on the style of President Obama?

In the article entitled, “Inside story of Michelle’s trip,” a probative Lynn Sweet inquired even further: “What was behind the ‘mother-daughter’ vacation?”  You mean besides perusing exclusive shops, strutting around town in strappy Maison Martin Margiela sandals, sunning on a balmy beach, dining in exquisite restaurants and paying homage to Spain’s “cultural tribute to Muslims” Alhambra Palace?

Presently, presidential Spin Meisters are submerged in a campaign to head off trip-to-Spain flack and are answering Sweet’s inquiries by saying Michelle “felt it was important as a dear friend” to do what? Travel to a five-star resort, barricade off large swathes of a public Marbella beach and flout the privileged perks of the elite in the face of struggling Americans?

Presidential apologist and shameless lackey, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked at a briefing if there was any concern about “the appearance” of Mrs. Obama’s Spain trip.

With a straight face, Gibbs actually made the following, very private statement: “The first lady is on a private trip. She is a private citizen and is the mother of a daughter on a private trip. And I think I’d leave it at that.”

Wrong! The day Michelle Obama launched the Let’s Move governmental task force and became America’s spokesperson/monitor for BMI and CEO of the fatty food patrol, the First Lady officially became a very public figure.

This week that same public figure expects America to swallow the story that $75,000 a day was spent on the Costa del Sol to console a bereaved friend, when overdue hugs and tears could have been shared in Washington DC at no cost to the American taxpayer.

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