June 2, 2009

Repukes: "we got nothin'!"

Latest rethug faux outrage: the President using AF1 instead of Biden's grandpa's Studebaker or an electric 3-wheeler borrowed from Ed Begley Jr in order to go to NYC. Media Matters (mostly):

On June 1, Drudge linked to a May 31 New York comPost article using the headline, "THE $24,000+ DATE...," suggesting that the cost to taxpayers due to the Obamas' May 30 visit to New York City is somehow unusual. In the article, the Post reported that "[t]axpayers footed the bill for the big night on the town, which included a total of at least $24,000 for the three aircraft used to ferry the Obamas, aides and reporters to New York and back," adding that "[t]he White House declined to say how much the trip was costing taxpayers."

But neither Drudge nor the Post noted that such use of taxpayer funds for private travel by the first family is typical; former Preznit Disaster McGameBoy, for example, reportedly used Air Force One for trips to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, which he reportedly visited 77 fucking times over the course of his eight years in office.

And if the President hadn't gone? The headlines would have read 'Obama lies and breaks a promise to his wife! He doesn't believe in the sanctity of marriage!'

Joe Conason adds:

"You have to wonder whether any of these people got exercised, for example, when [Pretzaldunce Golfcart] spent something like 40 percent of his time at Camp David, Kennebunkport, and his ranch in Crawford. I don't know how much all of that travel cost the taxpayers, but nobody on the Democratic side said, "Oh, the president shouldn't be doing this" -- even though he was doing this before 9-11, during the war in Iraq.

"[T]his is what the presidency is. When the president travels -- as George Bush did, as Bill Clinton did, as presidents have, you know, throughout history -- the government pays to keep them safe, to keep their communication secure. This is just -- this is part of the job."

Bush spent 487 days on vacation during his reign of terra. Shit, even Ronald Reagan took his wife to NYC on a date.

Next: Barry HUSSEIN Osama going to the MidEast to apologize, terrist-fist-jab his homies.

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