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America’s Vicarious Christmas Vacation

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Originally posted at American Thinker blog

President Barack Obama needs a break.  It’s tiring and takes a tremendous amount of effort to dismantle 250 years of what made America the great nation we once were. So, in anticipation of leaving the drudgery of governing behind, Obama abandoned the wrecking ball he’s been swinging for the last four years, left the 54 holiday trees that lost their lives in the White House, and jetted off with the wife, the kids and the dog for their nine-hour flight to Oahu.

Before Americans get all bent out of shape about the frivolous nature of the time and money involved in the Obama family enjoying an annual Christmas getaway, it’s important to remember that the $4 million estimated cost of the Hawaiian adventure covers things besides souvenirs and grass skirts. Flying in Air Force One at $182,000 an hour for nine hours comes to $3.3 million in round-trip airfare alone. And, in all fairness, the President does pick up the tab for the sumptuous compound on Kailuana Place.

For the other expenses, the Hawaii Reporter estimated that the $4 million price tag covered by the American taxpayer only covers travel, staff housing and protection, and the aforementioned enormous cost to fly Air Force One. Oh, and don’t forget the supplementary cargo plane for various and sundry vacation-related accoutrements.

Moreover, the President, Michelle, Malia, Sasha, and Bo have already made voluntary sacrifices this past year. For instance, last August the first family willingly forfeited their usual multimillion-dollar Martha’s Vineyard summer vacation so the President could toil away on behalf of the middle class without interruption.

Now that the election is over and Obama has securely established the fact that successful, hardworking people are to blame for most of America’s problems, it’s time for him to claim the just reward of a long past-due respite chock full of entertainment and leisure.

During the planned 17-day breather the President will be doing the usual “playing golf, eating at local restaurants with family members and escorting his daughters to island water parks and other activities.”

In other words, while America, on both a micro and macro level, anticipates a future of making do on a painful austerity budget, Barack Obama is resting up in preparation for his splashy, high-priced inauguration party and to resume the hard work he started of fundamentally trashing…sorry, “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.

As for the residents of Oahu or any poor schlub attempting to make his or her way around the island this Christmas, word to the wise: “You better leave early for any scheduled pig roasts, because for the next 2.5 weeks there are expected to be ‘unannounced delays as the presidential motorcade travels around the island.'”

Leis and luaus aside, there is a potential spoiler in the Obama vacation plans. The President may have to discontinue waxing his surfboard, leave the shaved ice behind, and head home before January 6th.  The glitch is that a deal was not reached to avert that fiscal cliff the President and Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner – also known as the Washington version of the notorious cliff-diving duo Thelma and Louise – are about to purposely drive America over.

Therefore, despite Obama’s undying dedication to saving the middle class, as of January 2nd, “a mix of rising taxes and mandatory spending cuts are set to kick in” – thus making Barack ‘Louise’ Obama the proud owner of what John ‘Thelma’ Boehner has coined “the largest tax increase in American history.”

Nonetheless, the President did not seem to be the least bit worried about how it might look luxuriating for two weeks while the nation teeters on the verge of a fiscal nightmare come January 2nd. Nor did he seem concerned one iota that those who bestowed upon him a second term might find it a tad insensitive to take a vacation with such an enormous price tag attached to it at this particular time.

And so, as he bid “aloha” before leaving for the island paradise of Hawaii, the President offered the following holiday advice to the uneasy lawmakers he left behind in Washington DC: “Enjoy some eggnog and Christmas cookies before getting back to business next week.”

A more symbolic gesture would be for Washington lawmakers, in honor of the mess they’ve helped to make, after banging back a couple of shots of cheap whiskey to choke on some stale fruit cake.

Either way, for the rest of America struggling desperately to make ends meet this Christmas, gratefulness should still abound.  Where else but in America could a nation on the brink of economic ruin have the pleasure of living vicariously through the life of the middle class’s biggest champion as he and his family enjoy a $4 million vacation getaway in Hawaii?

Prayer and Pancakes with Barack

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

This year’s National Prayer Breakfast was another opportunity for Obama to link civility to personal faith and in so doing reinforce the message of the Tucson Memorial where reading a couple of Scriptures managed to prop up sagging poll numbers.

Throwing around the right lingo, America’s most liberal pro-abortion President shared that it was 20 years ago while working as a community organizerthat he “came to know Jesus Christ” and “embrace him as Lord and Savior.”

Barack probably didn’t realize that by sharing that “his faith has deepened during his two years in the White House,” he spoke on behalf of an entire nation who, albeit for different reasons, has also been driven to its knees.

America is well aware that core principles and openness to differing opinions are not exactly born-again Barack’s strong suits. Therefore, it was hard to decipher who the President was referring to when he shared his prayer that: “At a time of bitter partisanship, lawmakers must find a way to be open to the ideas of others, while staying true to their core principles.” Obama maintaining liberal core principles like the right to choose and being open to conservative ideas is one impasse even God couldn’t bridge.

Obama also shared that while inside the prayer closet he beseeches the Lord in the following way: “Showme and all of us the limits of our understanding and open our ears and our hearts to our brothers and sisters with different points of view.”

It’s not surprising that Barack’s plea focused more on the “we” and less on the “me.”  Instead of the individual redemption intrinsic to Christianity, the President’s prayer smacked of a collective salvation that includes “Shared hopes…shared dreams…shared limitations” and “a way forward that we can travel together.” Which raises this question: Why would community-minded Obama worship in private and “forsake the assembly?”

At the prayer breakfast Barack addressed the growing belief that he is a Muslim and maintained that despitehosting annual Iftar dinners and regularly attending Sunday morning church services on the Interior Department basketball court, Christianity is a “sustaining force” in his largely secular life.

Obama also reminded those in attendance that when his family’s faith is called into question, he and Michelle are “reminded that ultimately what matters is not what other people say … but whether [they’re] being true to [their] conscience and true to [their] God.”

Revealing the deepest recesses of his personal relationship with the Almighty, the President also said “he had prayed for God’s intervention on any number of occasions though not always on the weightiest of issues of the day.”

When not praying that “‘a better day will dawn’ over Egypt,” Obama sounded like Joel Osteen when he confessed that he offered up fervent supplication for God to intervene in things like Malia’s first coed dance and the length of her skirt.

Barack did not elaborate as to whether his prayers were answered when J Lo accepted the invitation to the White House Super Bowl party, or while eating shaved ice in Oahu, or when arriving home to find someone else tended to Bo’s business.

At the National Prayer Breakfast, Barack Obama exposed deep Christian roots and confessed that being president “has a funny way of making a person feel the need to pray.” A truer testimony has never issued forth from a set of lips, because Barack Obama’s presidency has also had “a funny way” of making everyone in America “feel the need to pray.”

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