Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Air Bo - Fly the Doggie Skies!

Presidential Speech Excerpt, August 7, 2013:

“Hardworking folks are getting furloughed, families getting by on less, fewer ships available for your training exercises, the commissary your families rely on closed a day a week,” he declared in a speech delivered to U.S. Marines.

“We can do better than that.  That’s not how a great nation should be treating its military and military families,” Obama declared.

“We can do better than that.  That’s not how a great nation should be treating its military and military families,” Obama declared.

To protest the sequester, Obama also shut down tours of the White House.

“Due to staffing reductions resulting from sequestration, we regret to inform you that White House tours will be cancelled effective Saturday, March 9th, 2013,until further notice,” says a recorded statement by the White House’s visitors office...

Fast forward 'less than' one week...

Image:  Courtesy of UK Telegraph

Bo the dog travels to vacation spot on expensive tilt-rotor aircraft, Daily Caller, August 12, 2013:

Two of the nation’s most expensive combat aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor, is being used to ferry President Barack Obama’s staff, luggage, pet dog and journalists to the president’s vacation retreat in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

The aircraft costs more than $10,000 per hour to operate, and is being used even while the president steps up his complaints about curbs on federal spending.

“During today’s flight to Martha’s Vineyard the MV-22‘s carried members of the White House Staff, the Media, and the Secret Service, and MV-22’s will fill the same role during future Presidential lifts,” said an Saturday report from the press pool.


The MV-22’s operating costs are roughly twice as expensive as a the Marine’s traditional helicopters, such as the CH-46.

The costs are also much higher than the operating costs of much larger commercial aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 that is normally used to fly people from Washington to Boston-area airports.

The reason quoted online given for 'Bo' traveling separately from the Obama family?  

A scheduling conflict.

Yes, Bo Obama has a very tight schedule and was unable to travel with the First Family.  It had something to do with a pedicure and 'dip' commitment that 'just couldn't be moved'...

Okay, 'personally', I do NOT believe that Bo had the MV-22 'all to himself' for the trip.  Reading from the original post on the UK Telegraph the writer makes it sound as if the transport was reserved strictly for 'Air Bo'.  (And that's NOT exactly the truth.)

The post quoted above (from the Daily Caller) more accurately states that the transport (designed for 20+ Marines) carried not only Bo, but some members of the White House Staff, the Media, and the Secret Service.  

All of which, presumably, were also treated like DOGS. 
(Which, in the Obama White House means...  Dogs get better treatment than Republicans / Conservatives.)

The problem with the story in the UK Telegraph saying that Bo has his own personal MV-22 Osprey is that...

It just sounds 'SO RIGHT'.

How many of you reading this, looking back at the above images, re-skimming the contents of the above post assumed, as I initially did that, "Yeah, it's great to be HIS dog - he gets his own freaking helicopter / plane / DaVinci flyin' thing up to 'The Vineyard', and I can't take my kids on a tour of the White House?"

Yeah, well, I got news for you (ahem, and ME) - Get used to it AND get over it.  

Seriously, six months into the Second Term of an Obama Presidency and you're still getting your feelings hurt?  Time to toughen up Sport-o.  

Don't buy into the half-truth posts you'll find online, you know, the ones that get you all fired up, and yet do nothing to make your life better.  Here's the thing, if you believe that being angry and hateful makes you 'feel better'?  I've got a newsflash for you, if you're hawking hate, class envy, and bashing 'the other guy', you ought to be carrying a DNC membership card and NOT a RNC ID.  

MARKETING 101:  You cannot focus upon the Opposite of something - you can only focus on 'the thing' itself

Illustration 1:  Remember when you were a kid, riding along the shoulder of the road and a car came up behind you and you think to yourself, "Don't go off the edge of the road - if I do, I will fall."  

You were still thinking the same thing as you rinsed pebbles, grass, and glass shards from your right knee with Hydrogen Peroxide later that evening in your bathroom sink.  

Illustration 2:  You're sitting in Church on Sunday morning and you remember the joke from Third Grade about what Confucius said about being in Church:  "Confucius say, man who fart in Church sits in his own pew."  Then of course, you tell yourself, NOT to laugh, whatever you do, 'don't laugh'!  

Moments later, your family, your preacher, and the guy behind you are looking at you while your head drops, your shoulders shake violently and you do everything you can not to bust 'out' in the middle of a really excellent sermon about 'self control'.

National Republicans spend what little Media time they have telling America that they're going to 'Defund ObamaCare', 'Make Washington live within its means', and, my personal favorite, 'Work with the President when he is right, and oppose him when he is wrong.'  (Yeah, good luck with this last one...  The last thing he's done right?  His dog is pretty cute (and did you hear he has his OWN Osprey???))

Dear Washington Republicans, how about saying any of the following phrases out loud the next time someone shoves a microphone into your face and turns the video camera on?

Instead of 'Defunding ObamaCare', how about?  

"As a Republican, I am all about 'choice'.  I believe that you should be able to choose your own doctor, choose to have, or NOT have health insurance, and to choose how you pay for your own medical treatment(s).  I believe that healthcare coverage should be transportable between states and if you want to participate in a high-risk (a.k.a.:  pre-existing condition) medical insurance pool, you can. 

If you find better options to provide for personalized health care for your family, you will be able to participate in it, without government intervention.  Yes, as I said earlier, it's all about choice."

Instead of 'Making Washington live within its means', how about?

"As you are aware, the Federal Government spends a lot of money.  You probably also know that we do not earn this money, but rather, we take it from you to spend it on things we feel "really, really good about".  Our singular job is to perform those duties directly charged to us by the Constitution of the United States. 
Those items which are not within the purview of the Constitution shall immediately be severed from future funding.  We will use current tax receipts to pay off the National Debt and once the $17 TRILLION in debt is retired, we will reduce the financial burden on your employer, your household and your family.  After all, it is your money, not ours."

Instead of 'Work with the President when he is right, and oppose him when he is wrong', how about?

"Yes, President Obama has one really cute dog there...  Oh, and that MV-22 Osprey rumor, you know, that it belongs to the dog, well, that's just not true.  The Osprey actually belongs to the kids, they were just letting the dog borrow it for the trip up to New England..."

Yeah, I had to go there.

Not because it's true, but rather, because it SOUNDS true, and that makes it funny.  And when you can get other people to laugh at the lunacy of Washington, well, perhaps you're on your way to making a difference in Washington. 

Yeah baby, that's how I roll.

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