This edition of the Dumbass Diaries has a guest blogger. My highly intelligent and well-read sweetie recently received this email from an ultraconversative co-worker (typos preserved):
After driving the U.S. more deeply into debt than any other President, this should make you shake your head. If George Bush’s daughters or Bill Clinton’s daughter had done this, it would have been all over the news and the voter’s would have been calling for heads to roll 24/7.
But with the chosen one, you hear nothing on the major media.
Want to know where Obama’s 13 year-old daughter went with 12 friends?
On “spring break” in Oaxaca Mexico , on your dime.
She took two jets, 12 friends and 25 secret service men.
A thirteen year-old? What the?
Why haven’t you heard about it?
The Obama Administration has had the Secret Service scouring the web ordering that any website mentioning this be taken down because letting the travel plans out could have endangered the president’s daughter’s security.
Nonsense, the “royal couple” just want to hide the way they are ripping off the U.S. taxpayer. Only a few Canadian Web-sites still have it up.
The Obama’s are laughing at the “suckers” who are funding their Imperial Lifestyle.
This trip cost more than most Americans make in their entire lifetimes
PASS THIS ON IT NEEDS TO GO VIRAL!!!
Naturally, much like the Princess, the Litigator (so dubbed because he manages to use that circular legal logic to slide out of every argument and frustrate me to no end), is not one to just jump wildly into defense mode without some ammunition–in fact, he’s way better at it than I am. So after much research and thought, he replied as follows:
Glad this is not a busy morning yet…so I read the articles. How much did the trip cost?? No price was mentioned. Makes sense to have the information scrubbed due to security. The Snopes article confirmed that she went to Mexico as did the Edmonton article. As far as the price there wasn’t any mention of it. This is a fabricated controversy. As far as presidents go no one mentions the multiple trips that the Bush family took. 77 trips to his ranch on Air Force one is quite expensive and this article does have numbers in it.
Also, for a group of people that typically espouse strong Christian and patriotic values reading the comments listed in the previous article leaves me to believe that they aren’t learning the teachings of Christ and the values the US stand for of respect, freedom, and tolerance. Kind of hypocritical in their actions.
Also there is this article:
She took a Spring Break to a cultural area of Mexico. Not a wild party area. Also, it was an area that is small so security would be a concern but the same security offered to this First Family would be offered to any other First Family.
Excerpt from the Article:
The ugly truth is this: The President did a horribly responsible thing. He forced his daughter to spend her spring break somewhere both safe and culturally significant. She was in genuine danger of learning something, and that was pretty much the full extent of her peril. (Well, there was that earthquake, but we’re not going to blame President Obama for that, are we? That’s the fault of homosexuals.)
Rather than shipping her off to Old Europe — which would have given his critics something to grumble about (“pretentious,” “out of touch with the common man,” “fries without freedom”) — he conveyed her to Even Older North America. His critics of course don’t realize this: Their semi-dimensional view of Mexico involves sombreros and body shots; the last thing they can be expected to know is that Malia Obama was visiting a city that makes the United States of America look like an infant. A culture whose accomplishments are, viewed from a neutral distance, no less impressive than America’s.
I can hear Rick Santorum snorting from here. And to be fair, from his perspective the greatest local achievement might in fact be insignificant: The Zapotec in Monte Albán invented writing.
Still, to some people that’s kind of impressive. It’s a thing that can be said with certainty of only one other civilization: Sumerian Mesopotamia. Even China, India, and Egypt may have inherited the rudiments of writing from other cultures. (Okay, a recent highly dubious discovery suggests that, just maybe, the Olmec in Veracruz were writing letters home to their mothers even before the Zapotec. I’m not convinced, however. And neither, I’m sure, is Malia.)
The Zapotec capital is older than London, older than Paris. Malia will have encountered glyphs in a language more mysterious than Mayan: We’ll almost certainly never crack the Zapotec code; we do not have the equivalent of the Rosetta Stone, and probably never will.
The President’s daughter made a pilgrimage to El Tule, the largest tree in the world. (I know this because I was in a taxi and the guy on the radio said so. Not because I was stalking her.) She has experienced wonders. No wonder Obama’s critics are annoyed. How dare he educate his daughter?
I’ll pass over in silence the fact that she was volunteering at an orphanage. Some things are just too obscene to contemplate.
Julie Gunlock at the National Review speaks for me: ”I am shocked that they don’t recognize Malia’s time-out in Mexico as a fundamentally inappropriate activity for a 13-year-old, and a terrible message to send American families….”
Like you, I prefer my presidential critique with a side of meanness and hypocrisy, and the schoolmarms have not disappointed here. Rick Santorum in particular scrooged eloquent: Obama was spending taxpayers’ money on a Secret Service detail to keep his daughter safe.
If Obama truly had family values, he’d want her to be in danger.
But if you want information on the Bush family and vacations here it is.
Amongst a host of vacations for her (Laura) and her friends they (The Bush family) managed nice vacation in Africa but it was billed as an official event which meant the taxpayers picked up the tab.
Excerpt from the Article:
Amid a growing barrage of front-page headlines, U.S. embassy officials “strongly suggested” President Bush’s twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, cut short their trip to Buenos Aires because of security issues, U.S. diplomatic and security sources tell ABC News.
But the girls have stayed on, celebrating their 25th birthday over the weekend and producing even more headlines about their activities.
Officials say the media coverage upstaged publicity plans for the new U.S. Ambassador Anthony Wayne, who had only recently arrived in the country.
Neither the White House nor the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires responded to requests for comment.
The Argentinean press blitz followed a report on “The Blotter” last week that Barbara Bush’s purse and cell phone were stolen last weekend while dining at the popular San Telmo outdoor marketplace despite being guarded by the Secret Service.
Stories of the twins’ visit took on wild proportions in the Argentinean press. One tabloid headline had the young women running nude in the hallway of their hotel.
I think I would prefer my daughter going on the educational trip, learning another culture, and going to the orphanage then partying like rock stars. They both went to south of the border countries and I respect their right to do so and their privacy when they do. They both did something similar but only one family was reacted to with rage, hatred, and indignation.
PASS THIS ON IT NEEDS TO GO VIRAL!!!
He might often be a smartass, but the Litigator is no dumbass.