Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Obama’

How Barack Obama spends his leisure time is the least of our worries

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 1.42 pm

This week’s column is born out of frustration with seeing otherwise thoughtful, reasonable libertarians and conservatives alike wasting their breath on stuff which really doesn’t matter. Who cares how often the President golfs?! Let’s look at how often he hand-picks people to die, instead.

I don’t know if it’s a longstanding American tradition to waste political discussion on topics that really don’t matter, but in the last decade or so, we seem to have really honed this skill:

  • The frequency and cost of President Obama’s golfing trips is a favorite topic.
  • Apparently he doesn’t lift heavy enough weights at the gym.
  • Any time the Obama family takes a vacation, the rumblings of criticism instantly begin, with left and right constantly quibbling over whose President took pricier trips.
  • Michelle Obama, too, is a frequent target of criticism. Her dresses cost too much. She eats her food too quickly.
  • And earlier this month we hit a new low, with multiple nationally-known commentators tactlessly suggesting (based on her appearance) that the First Lady is actually a man.
  • There were even complaints when Michelle Obama Skyped into the Oscars, despite the fact Laura Bush and Ronald Reagan both participated in Oscar ceremonies during their own time in the White House.

The current obsession is President Obama’s decision not to visit the United States’ southern border to—let’s be realistic—do photo ops while making some vague comments about immigration policy.

Now, I’m far from a fan of the President—but this critique just doesn’t make sense. It especially doesn’t make sense after all the aforementioned complaining about the cost of his other trips.

Ironically, Texas Governor Rick Perry, who did go to the border, managed to squeeze in an awful lot of photo ops despite declaring, “I’m not interested in photo ops.” He even tweeted the photos…on multiple Twitter accounts. If that’s not a photo op, I don’t know what is.

But here’s the thing: None of this truly matters.

And spending time talking about this kind of frivolous stuff distracts from the very real abuses of liberty and power the Obamas impose on us when they’re not on vacation.

Honestly, I’d like to see the President on vacation more often. At least when he’s on the golf course, he can’t completely override the rule of law with his pen and his phone! Let him vacation all day, every day if it means he’ll stop expanding the size and scope of government at home and abroad. Maybe if he’s occupied elsewhere, the rest of us can get busy actually making our communities and the world more prosperous, safe, and free.

Read the whole thing here.

On Non-Substantive Critiques, or, stop arguing like a jerk.

Posted on February 25, 2013 at 5.13 pm

If you watched the 2013 Oscars last night (I didn’t), you know that the surprise presenter for the Best Picture award was First Lady Michelle Obama, and she wore a pretty dress. The presentation was broadcast live from the White House.

If you read about the political reaction this morning (I did), you know that a lot of people were extremely upset.

Writes Washington Post Right Turn columnist Jennifer Rubin,

Now the first lady feels entitled, with military personnel as props, to intrude on other forms of entertaining (this time for the benefit of the Hollywood glitterati who so lavishly paid for her husband’s election). I’m sure the left will holler that once again conservatives are being grouchy and have it in for the Obamas….

No one, it seems, gets within a mile of the White House with any sense of restraint.

On Twitter, likewise, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth. And, of course, the ever scandal-mongering Breitbart.com commented that Michelle Obama’s appearance was “just obscene, and rather frightening in what it suggests about how low we have fallen as a nation.” Mrs. Obama, it seems, ruined the Oscars.

Now, there is ample room to criticize the personality cult that surrounds the White House, and the Breitbart post kind of went in that direction. The President is not our national dad or the “boss of the country,” as some have bizarrely suggested, and a healthy cut-back in the celebrity that the Oval Office brings is much overdue. America often maintains an obsession with the presidency which isn’t conducive to reasoned critiques of any administration’s policies.

But I’m pretty sure that most of the criticism of the First Lady’s appearance is not coming from a position of principle. After all, our last First Lady, Laura Bush, made an Oscar appearance in 2002 in a pre-recourded short, and I recall no such virtuous outrage. And Reagan himself sent a taped appearance to the Oscars in 1981.

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