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The Tin Ear: More Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Kingsmill Spa and Resort

Kingsmill Spa and Resort

Yesterday, President Obama expressed outrage at Wall Street’s “excesses” and  said he would cap the salaries of CEOs in institutions getting federal bailout money to $500,000 a year.  If that isn’t absurd enough:

Adding to the outrage was a flurry of reports that after taking taxpayer rescue funds, some big banks were still planning to purchase corporate jets, planned executive junkets to Las Vegas and Monte Carlo, or had spent millions of dollars on office renovations.

Can’t have that – well, except if you’re the Democrats:

The House Democratic Caucus spent more than $500,000 in taxpayer money over the past five years for its annual retreats at resorts in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

On Thursday, Democrats will head to the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in historic Williamsburg, Va., for the three-day planning powwow. The resort boasts multiple championship golf courses, a full-service spa and six restaurants.

Kingsmill's River Course - Democrats only

Kingsmill's River Course - Democrats only

And guess who’s jetting in to say “hi”:

Tonight, Obama takes his first trip as president on Air Force One for a one-day “out and back excursion” to the House Democratic Caucus retreat at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Va.

To be fair, the Republicans had their retreat as well. But the Republicans aren’t carping about executive pay and company junkets at the presidential level, are they?  And don’t forget about the recent Democratic corporate junket with Citi.

What, there’s no place in DC in which the Dems could “retreat” to do any of this?

If a President is going to insist on box lunches and Day’s Inns for others, it might be wise to look at cutting back on a few things himself (like no more $100 a pound Wagyu beef?). But that’s leadership. And leadership is usually developed throughout life by doing things, not talking about them. So turn down those thermostats, America – while they grow orchids in the Oval office.

Hope and change.

~McQ

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6 Responses to The Tin Ear: More Do As I Say, Not As I Do

  • McQ - If a President is going to insist on box lunches and Day’s Inns for others, it might be wise to look at cutting back on a few things himself (like no more $100 a pound Wagyu beef?). But that’s leadership. And leadership is usually developed throughout life by doing things, not talking about them.

    I would say that this “walking the talk” isn’t leadership: it’s common sense and stems from a sense of decency and humility.  Unfortunately, TAO – like most politicians and celebrities – seems to think that rules are for other people.  He’s not only the President of the United States (heaven help us), he’s The Annointed One, the messiah, the gift from the world to the United States who will save us all.  Why should rules apply to him?  Why should he be expected to behave even remotely like an ordinary person, or obey the rules that ordinary people have to obey?

    It’s really sort of like how I’ve heard Nietzsche’s “ubermensch” described: a superior being not bound by conventional rules.

  • So, I’m not going to be allowed to drive an SUV because that pollutes too much, but his Royal Barack-ness needs to take a 747 for a 157 mile trip?

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  • Take 3 (sorry, my HTML-fu is weak). I’ll just use your HTML button.
    157 mile trip

  • It is about a two hour drive from DC to Williamsbug, probably less if you go as fast as the Secret Service probably will.  It is all interstate. Flying probably takes longer since Williamsburg doesn’t have a local airport that will handle a 747, or if he decides to get a Presidential haircut.  A helicopter would be even faster. I guess he just couldn’t wait to take the plane for a spin.

    The outrage may be hypocritical but it will certainly resonate with voters. Having lost a substantial amount myself, I am none too happy with executive bonuses and grandiose perks either.

  • Pork, pork, and more pork.  Congress really doesn’t get it.  Everyone in America is hunkered down and our elected officials, AND their families get to play golf on our nickel.   Kind of leaves a foul stench in the air.