Bloggers like Matthew Boyle and Daniel Halper have noticed that the Obama family’s been on an extravagant vacation binge since the beginning of the year. Last year, the Obamas avoided going on their usual exorbitant vacations
for the good of the country because it was an election year. But now, they’re making up for lost time.
“In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month. And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas,” Daniel Halper reported at the Weekly Standard.
The Obamas began the new year in Hawaii. Then Michelle and the First daughters vacationed in Aspen over President’s Day weekend. While the rest of the family was in Colorado, Obama flew to Florida for a golf weekend with Tiger Woods.
And now it’s being reported that the first daughters are on Spring Break in the Bahamas. “Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned,” a report reads.
At Big Government, Boyle noted;
Earlier this month, the White House canceled public tours as a result of the recent budget sequester, citing Secret Service staffing costs.
According to Judicial Watch, Malia Obama’s trip to Mexico last spring break, during which she was apparently accompanied by Secret Service protection, cost taxpayers $115,500.87. Sasha did not accompany Malia on that trip.
And that’s the deadly part of the report. Obama’s sequester demagoguery – with the closing of the White House tours (ostensibly because of the Secret Service expense) which the Regime desperately wanted to blame on Republicans, (even though they tried to send Obama a bill that would have given him as much flexibility as he needed to make prudent cuts, and it was rejected by Democrats……so they could blame Republicans), is flopping badly. And this story isn’t helpful, especially in light of the fact that the Regime insisted on keeping the White House doors closed to the public, even as families traveled to Washington on Spring break, and many others will be in Washington in April to see the cherry blossoms. It doesn’t look good.
Enter shrill race-baiter, Joan Walsh, shrieking raaaaaacist to anyone who mentions this very inconvenient (to the Regime) narrative.
Arguing that Boyle’s reporting has a racial undercurrent, Walsh’s post is entitled: “How not to seem like a racist: A tip for right-wingers angry about charges of racial bias: Try treating the Obama daughters with decency.”
Walsh’s general theme, and explicit advice she repeats, is: “Try treating his [Obama’s] daughters with respect.”
Walsh goes on to decry various recent reports concerning the First Daughters, noting that “[r]eporters don’t write about minor first chidren except when they’re attending ‘official or semi-official events’.” She then quotes the Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi’s writing on the subject last year:
The ban on such coverage has existed through many administrations by informal agreement with the White House Correspondents’ Association, which represents the interests of journalists who cover the president.
“There’s a general feeling among the press corps that it wants to be respectful” of the president’s children, said Caren Bohan, the White House reporter for Reuters who is president of the WHCA.
In the viciously worded article, Walsh not only refers to Boyle as “untalented” but quotes Esquire‘s Charles Pierce’s recent post describing Boyle as “that pudgy little monster.”
And, one might very well walk away agreeing at least with Walsh’s theme that reporters should all treat presidential “daughters with decency.” Fair enough. Except — oh, wait… there’s this:
Oh snap! Joan Walsh, you just got serrrrved by AJ Delgado of Mediaite.
Keep reading to fully appreciate how vicious the depraved and hypocritical Walsh was in her hit piece on the Bush girls. I remember hearing about it and thinking, good Lord, leave the girls alone. They’re in college!
But here on the right, no one is attacking the Obama daughters, personally. “Sasha and Malia Obama are quietly vacationing at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island in the Bahamas, Breitbart News has learned” is not a personal attack. Nor is it raaaaacist.
We are questioning the First Family’s decision to take these expensive vacations when “we’re all supposed to be sacrificing a little.”
Since no one in the MSM wants to do it.
Speaking of race-baiters….you’ll love this via Watching the Watchdogs: SPLC — 2013 — Still No Minorities at the Top After 42 Years:
Last week, Watching the Watchdogs examined the Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest “hate map” fundraising tool and broke the amazing, astounding, unprecedented news that for the first time in history the number of alleged “hate groups” designated by the SPLC’s Public Relations chief, Mark Potok, (something even the FBI cannot do…), actually DECLINED!!
While this inconceivable turn of events left many investigators gasping in amazement, a quick head-count of the SPLC’s top executives reveals a caucus as Caucasian as it was the day Morris Dees opened the doors of the company in 1971. There are still some unbroken traditions that one can count on in this mad, mad world.
This seeming incongruity was brought to the attention of Mr. Dees 19 years ago by journalists Dan Morse and Greg Jaffe in their week-long exposé in the SPLC’s hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, in 1994.
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers