Obama, Broadway and the Bada Bing

Maybe it’s just me… but I don’t think Obama gets it.

I think our President made a mistake by having date night in New York.   After knowing that additional employees were laid-off indefinitely by GM and other companies earlier in the week, our President decides that keeping his promise to his wife was more important than the economic crisis that faces America.  He promised the Queen that after the campaign, they’d take in a Broadway show, and darn it, he meant to keep that promise.  No matter what the sacrifice or the cost to the American people.

Taking a look at this whole fiasco, I feel like I am watching a new episode of the Sopranos.  No…the series did not end in that diner…here is proof.  A whole new cast is set for this new season…

President Obama  lives by his own self interests…he does not have to live to any standard other than his own.  He just dictates how everyone else will live their lives. (bada bing)

How much did it cost?  He is not telling… nor is his staff.  With the help from the Washington Times…let’s take a look at this a little closer…

In an odd twist left unexamined by the media (no surprise here), the White House on Monday said it simply would not release the cost of President Obama’s weekend jaunt to New York City, where the First Couple had dinner and caught a Broadway show.   Spokesman Robert Gibbs, keeping the White House press corps in stitches, as he always does, said the Obamas would have preferred using a commercial airline shuttle to New York and back, but the Secret Service would not allow such unprotected travel.  (bada bing)

And that was that.  No further probing; asked and answered; time to move on.  And move on he did…right into this little video release of Obama telling us that the sacrifices already made would be for the better life for our children.  I find it hard to accept that Mr. Obama is  really concerned for their future considering the 10 trillion dollar debt  he has placed on the heads of our children and grandchildren. (bada bing)

Who exactly is the “we” he refers to?  Surely he isn’t referring to himself.  Where is the sacrifice that “he”  made?  Maybe he and Michelle did not get an extra bag of peanuts on the flight.  (bada bing)

That was, of course, an ironic element of the trip.   In February, Obama scolded corporate executives (while also costing Las Vegas some $130 million) when he said: “You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas, or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime.” (bada bing)

Did he not take the trip to New York on the tax payers dime?   Is there any thing different about this than our criticism  for the excesses of corporate America?  Why are we not upset about this?  Union and Non-Union employees are being laid off by the thousands and yet they will continue to blindly “vote” for the democrats…the same democrats that are telling you now to sacrifice…but remember that sacrifice only applies to you. (bada bing)

The media response of the trip has been tempered, with the exception of village idiot Chris Mathews of Hardball on MSNBC.   He rants and raves about the “disdain” and “lack of thought and culture” of George Bush.  That in itself was the reason that the trip was acceptable for the tax payers to foot the bill.   Mathhews claims of “cheap shots” of the Republican party for being angry of a President that has “Interests”.  I agree he has “interests”…  his own selfish interests. (bada bing)

Wake up people this is all happening under our noses.  Is this really the change you wanted?  Are we really better off?

One early estimate (from the New York Post) put the cost at $24,000. Absurdly low. The Daily Mail in London threw out another number — $75,000. Sure, three times as much as the first estimate, but still probably spectacularly low. Remember, joyriding Air Force One around for a few hours over Manhattan a couple months ago cost $250,000, so the cost of the weekend trip was likely not likely that low.

While the White House is simply refusing to say how much taxpayer money it spent, here’s a helpful way to calculate the cost of the trip:

First, the First Couple (and entourage) flew from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base — three choppers (two decoys), if the Marines stuck to standard operating procedure (and they are sticklers for SOP). That means dozens of men and women — radar, communications, mechanics, crews, everyone, perhaps 100, who knows? — were involved. (A batch of tagalongs must’ve taken a taxpayer pool of vehicles out from the White House to AAFB, since it took three jets to get the gang to NYC).

Second, the president moving on a Saturday takes a full operation at and around the White House, dozens and dozens of people. Maybe they’re all on salary, so that didn’t likely cost much. But all the cops involved — D.C. police, uniformed Secret Service officers, Capitol police — were probably paid overtime, even double time. Probably, again, 100 personnel or so.

Then there were the jets — at least $24,000 for the three aircraft used to ferry the Obamas, aides and reporters to New York. The Obamas’ jet, a Gulfstream 500, served as Air Force One.

Third, a C-17 had to fly to NYC to put in place a full motorcade (at least a dozen vehicles, maybe more). The military cargo plane may have taken up at least two, but maybe three, more choppers to fly the whole party from JFK to a Wall Street landing zone, where the motorcade was waiting. If not, the choppers flew there solo (White House veteran reporter Mark Knoller of CBS Radio wrote recently that “The VH-3D that serves as Marine One consumes about 1,200 pounds of fuel per hour.” Ouch. (bada bing)

Fourth, driving through Manhattan is an expensive exercise. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of NYPD have to be stationed all along the way, shutting down roads, holding back pedestrians. There were police cars involved, dozens of motorcycles, and the ever-present NYC ambulance (oh, don’t forget that the White House doctor also probably went — with all his gear). The city likely gets reimbursed by the White House for the cost (they usually do). And they were all probably getting time and a half (the NYPD overtime budget is extraordinary).

Fifth, the United States Secret Service (USSS) had to scope out the whole thing, then station agents all over — sharpshooters, undercover agents, etc. — at a huge cost. Who knows if they were on overtime. And if you think they went up Saturday morning, think again. They were likely in NYC upwards of a week before, planning the whole evening, every second of every movement. They had to map out five movements — from JFK to the Wall Street LZ, then a motorcade to the restaurant, then another motorcade to the play, then a final motorcade back to the LZ, then a chopper flight to JFK, before the First Couple and crew jetted back to AAFB for another chopper to the White House.

One thing is known — The Obamas picked up the cost of dinner costs and their orchestra seat tickets, which cost $96.50 a piece. So if the whole thing cost $250,000, the Obamas offset that by at least a few hundred bucks.  Phew.

Thank you Mr. President for your sacrifice…(bada bing)

I don’t know about you…but I think our President just doesn’t get it…or maybe he does…

Either way, I believe we are in more trouble than we have ever could have imagined.

But then again, maybe it’s just me.

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