Good Grief!The mere fact that no other First Lady has ever been
criticized for having a birthday party only shows the unfettered hatred the
right wing has for the President. Seriously folks, how can you deny that at
least some of this vitriol isn't racially motivated? Unbelievable! Seriously, unbelievable. And yes, I'm angry. Leave the
First Lady alone, for crying out loud. Such petty insults.
I understand that people can have an issue with taxpayer funded trips for
elected officials.A dollar spent is a dollar spent. So, if the is
the "real" issue, party affiliation would not matter.But
alas, just another Partisan hater who will sink to pathetic depths to rally more
hatred from the like minded. As if that is necessary.Does the
writer have any idea (or even care) what other presidents have spent on
celebrations at tax payer expense.This new breed of partisan haters
(born in the last 6 years) is off the charts.
Would you be asking the same question if Mitt had won and the Romneys had
celebrated Ann's birthday?
I wholeheartedly thank the Obamas for their fine service to our Nation.....even
if First Lady Michelle Obama's birthday party cost a million
dollars....Michelle Obama and her family deserve our respect and admiration. In
Utah, it is STILL wildly popular to whine and complain about our Amazing
President Barack Obama and His family. Many religions teach that in our nation
we believe in being subject to elections, presidents, magistrates, and laws.
I've yet to hear of a religion that teaches being a poor-sport,
Whatever the figure, it's sure to be less than the cost of the 9 ships the
US Navy wanted to retire, but which Congress legislated to remain in service in
last week's appropriations bill because their maintenance protects jobs
and campaign donors in various Congress Critters' districts. Or the new
tanks the US Army doesn't want but that Congress ordered be built to keep
the assembly lines going for the same reasons.Seriously, that's
the stuff that taxpayers should be angry about instead of constant whining about
the Obamas' vacations or parties, which amount to a thimble in an ocean.
According to news reports, including from Fox News, the President paid for his
wife's birthday party. I'm sorry I missed your letter
asking about Laura Bush's parties while her husband was in the White House,
but I'm sure her husband also paid.
So what exactly is the expected payoff for making such devisive commentts?
Does the author feel better about themself? Do they think they have scored some
political points for having made such comments? What is the point other then to
I imagine your equally angry that the state is going to dump 2 million to fight
to take constitutional rights away from people, being a responsible taxpayer and
Has civic discourse slipped to a level where this kind of letter is worthy of
I'm sure you were outraged at Bush and Regan's parties as well. How
much have the taxpayers paid Mrs. Obama for the work she does with world
leaders? Zip. We're getting a pretty good deal.
Given that the president has to buy his own groceries in the White House (yes,
that's the law) it seems a bit improbable that a birthday party for Mrs.
Obama's 50th is going to be a burden on taxpayers.And when
other First Ladies also celebrated their birthdays in the White House, were you
equally up in arms? Moreover, given that any number of corporations
throw lavish parties for their executives and write them off of their taxes as
"business expenses," do you really believe that in terms of
taxpayer-funded parties this 50th birthday party for the First Lady truly
represents something worthy of your outrage?"Obama Derangement
Syndrome" (a visceral hatred of _anything_ associated with our current
president) is a real phenomenon, and this petty, spiteful letter, unencumbered
by the thought process, is exhibit A.
However, as a responsible taxpayer, I would like to know how much her birthday
celebration cost the United States taxpayers? ====== Good Grief, talk about petty complaints.Stooping to new lows.Birth Certificates didn't work, Fast & Furious didn't
work,Benghazi didn't work, Mitt Romney didn't work, de-funding Obamacare didn't work, shutting down the Government
didn't work...Let's try complaining about the 1st
lady's birthday party!However, as a responsible taxpayer,you should be upset about $100 trillion lost by the Bush economic meltdown,
$4 trillion in unfunded meddling in the Middle East, $1 Trillion in
TARP hand-outs to corporations, and $224 billion lost by Ted Cruz and Mike
Lee's little Shut-down tantrum.Birthday parties....Good
grief.Talk about motes and beams in one's own eye.
Ill bet that party didn't cost as much as what the previous Utah Attorney
General (s) accepted in fun vacations?
Michelle is welcome to have a birthday party, on her own money. Her birthday
party is a private affair, and should be paid for by her (and her
husband's) bank account. As long as that is the way it went down, no
problem. But if the taxpayers paid one dollar for the party, that is
wrong. It is not official business. It should not be paid for by taxes any more
than my birthday party should be a tax deductible expense from my business. I fail to see why any true American would think it is the taxpayers job
to pay for any person's birthday party. We don't have royalty, because
we don't think the taxpayers should lavish anyone by law at the expense of
all.Weird how people defend this behavior, and call everyone names
who does not.
This type of opinion piece does a disservice to the rational people of Utah.
Our state's reputation is poor and an irrational letter like this makes it
Actually it was a good comment and question. One that is okay to wonder and ask
now or in the past. Presidents and their families pay their own groceries.
Whether or not all the costs of birthday parties for either the president or his
wife is paid by them or by the government is not known. But honoring the
president and his wife on their birthday is traditional. And appropriate.
DN, did you pull this letter from the Comic pages? When will this POTUS and
First Lady be judged on the same criteria as their predecessors?
I assume the writer would also have protested the budget-busting price of the
Reagan inaugurals, which as I remember were by far the most expensive in
history. (Of course, that was Reagan, so it's different, right? This is
A White House official made the following statement several days ago, which was
quite easy to find online: "The President threw the First Lady a dance party
last Saturday for her 50th birthday. It was a private gathering of family and
friends and was paid for by the president."The key words, of
course, are "paid for by the President."
It's these types of letters that really make me depressed. I think this
country really has peaked.If we must waste time and ink space on
opinion pieces to write garbage like this, rather than actually tackle real
local and national issues, then how can we expect to solve anything?If the dialog today has become so uncivil, so petty, and so immature, then all
hope in actually discussing solutions for real issues is lost. This
country deserves everything it gets. It deserves to be in bondage to
corporations, its land to be ravaged by big oil, and its youth sent to endless
war. It really is that simple.
I remember Nancy Reagan spending over $1 million (at 35 years ago) for just a
china set.[and I hope Michelle used them for serving cake and ice
mcbillay said:"This is such a pressing issue. It's a
national emergency, really. Especially since food wasn't even served at her
party, netting the First Lady yet another criticism."You know,
you make a great point. Kind of like the way our leftist media swept all of
Obama's scandals under the rug like 1) Benghazi (where our Ambassador and
Seals died!), 2) NSA, 3) IRS harassing conservative groups, 4) Fast and Furious,
and 5) Obamacare, just to name a few, but have devoted non-stop coverage to NJ
Gov. Christie's road closure "scandal."It made me
chuckle that you, with pride, observed: "...food wasn't even served at
her party..." You don't find that just a bit tacky for the First
Family...really? These two tightwads only spend lavishly when it's on the
American tax payers dime.
Badgerbadger gives us this quote...."Weird how people defend
this behavior, and call everyone names who does not."What
behavior are people defending? Having a birthday party is an offense needing
defending? Let me ask you this.... do you think that just perhaps
when Jenna Bush got married.... it cost the tax payers some money? Do you think
the Bush's footed the bill for the secret service detail at the wedding
down in Crawford - and transportation of all the people down and back.... or
reimbursed the local police for the extra protection and security? And surely
the wedding reception held at the White House.... that didn't cost the tax
payer a single cent? Right?Or was that different, because Jenna is
- you fill in the blank. I am sure there is a really good reason for the
different standard being applied.
@The Real Maverick:So, in the mind of a liberal, what's wrong
with our nation are letters like this, and of course, EVIL corporations like
"big oil." Funny no outrage from you concerning our corrupt federal
government. (Benghazi, NSA, IRS, Fast and Furious, destruction of our
healthcare system).It will not be from the issues you mentioned,
that our nation will get what it deserves, it will instead be from the things
that the left celebrates.As an aside, please tell me: 1) do you
drive a car?, 2) do you heat your home?, 3) do you use any petroleum based
products in your home?, 4) Do you ever travel by aircraft?, 5) have you went to
a store in the past 1-3 days to purchase any products or services that you
needed?, 6) do you ever have need for a medication?I'll take an
educated guess and say you would answer "yes" to all of these questions.
The fact is, “big oil” has made our lives, and our standard of
living something we should be thankful for. Instead, you have nothing but
disdain for these companies…which BTW, employ millions of Americans. So,
are you going to stop using petroleum based products?
As long as we keeping track, how come the Bushes always went home to Texas and
the Reagan's to California and the Kennedy's to Massachusetts and the
Carter's to Georgia but the obama's never go to Chicago. And
Michelle's extra stay in Hawaii cost us millions but then all you democrats
who have written to criticize the author don't care and that is part of
the problem.We need a person that is capable of being president not a
person who just moves from party to party and fund raiser to fund raiser and
campaign speech to campaign speech. We need a qualified leader.
Sven.... as a "moderate" ( in your world flamming liberal) who works in
the Oil and Gas industry developing the models to determine the effects of
fracing... I can tell you the extreme picture you portray is based on silly
political rhetoric - or simply hatred - and little on fact.There is
no reason to believe oil companies can't continue to prosper, without
federal subsidies, or subsidies to the level they are today. And in the middle
of this rhetorical sandwich of baloney and ham... it amazes me that some will
fight to subsidize Exxon.... yet argue that subsidies to family farms are
anti-capitalist. Which of the two is more critical to our standard of
living?Challenging business and economic models does not equate to
childish "disdain". It is simply a quest to find better ways. 100
years ago in the town I live, kids as young as 8 used to work in the cotton
mills... deemed necessary to protect their standard of living. We have done
away with child labor.... and our standard of living seems to have survived
somehow.Sven... we get your outraged... but by what is still not
Hillary will be throwing parties for Bill. Watch for letters from 2016 to 2024.
There is no point in responding to letters like this one. There is nothing that
Mr. or Mrs Obama can do that will please certain people. Absolutely nothing.
You might as well not even try talking sense to these "outraged" folks,
because when it comes to the Obamas, they just aren't going to listen.
It's bizarre and like nothing I've ever seen before.
The complete incompetence of you rightwing nutcases is amazing. The level of
your hatred is astonishing. After what George Bush did to this country you even
saying 1 word shows how out of touch with reality you are. Sad that a very high
percent of americans are so bigoted, and out of touch. Greatest narion on earch?
Maybe, but not her inhabitants. Some are just delusional.
Maverick,Other Presidents have been criticized for their excesses.President Bush was criticized for taking vacations (remember Sandy
Shehan camping outside his Texas home)... You're going to have
a hard time selling this as, "unfettered hatred the right wing has for this
President".Criticism of what he spends traveling and
entertaining Hollywood friends in Washington is not limited to THIS President.
Remember President Clinton and his rock-star parties in the White House?===I don't hate this President. I'm tired of any
criticism of this President being assumed to be a right-wing conspiracy, racism,
etc.==="Leave the First Lady alone"?Where were you when Laura Bush was being attacked by the left?As
First Lady, she took five goodwill trips to Africa. The purpose of these has
mostly been to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and malaria, and also stressed the
need for education and greater opportunities for women. And trips to promote and
gain support for President Bush's Emergency Plan for AIDS relief including
Zambia (2007), Mozambique (2007), Mali (2007), Senegal (2007), and Haiti
(2008).And she was criticized. And her travel wasn't to
entertain her and her entourage.
Irony Guy,I know the Reagan inauguration party was paid for by private
donations. I remember the left complaining about it at the time and the fact
that it was completely paid for with private donations. I'm pretty sure
this party will also be paid for by private donors.===Steve C. WarrenRe "paid for by the President."Where
does the President get this kind of money? We pay his salary... right? Do we
pay him millions?I'm pretty sure it's paid for by private
donors (not the President out of pocket).