Top 5 'Let them eat cake' moments of the Obamas
Not included in this list was the $700,000 and more spent by the Obama's jetting off to Copenhagen to lobby the IOC to choose Chicago for the 2016 Olympic games.
Still, the Obama's apparently like the perks and prestige of the office and feel no remorse whatsoever about living high on the hog at the taxpayer's expense.
Responding to a new book by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor that characterizes the first lady as an occasionally unhappy and strident White House resident, Mrs. Obama said in an interview broadcast Wednesday on CBS that people have inaccurately tried to portray her as "some kind of angry black woman" and that "I love this job. It has been a privilege from day one."
Missing in Mrs. Obama's self-defense, which primarily pushed back against reports of tension between her and President Obama's top aides?
A rebuttal to ongoing criticism that the Obamas have seemed out of economic touch with a nation struggling with high unemployment and the ongoing fallout of the Great Recession.
Case in point: Ms. Kantor's book depicts a lavish, unpublicized 2009 "Alice in Wonderland" White House Halloween party featuring director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp, a soiree that has drawn negative scrutiny for taking place during the deepest dip of the economic downturn.
As Nancy Reagan once learned after being blasted for buying pricey White House china during a recession, both political opponents and the general public can quickly turn against presidential glamour - at least when it comes off as less Jackie Kennedy than Marie Antoinette.
The top 5 examples include:
1. Trip to Spain to stay at a super-exclusive resort for 5 days.
2. Obama's New York city "date night."
3. A poetry session at the White House featuring the rapper "Common" who sang the praises of cop killers.
4. The 17 day trip to Hawaii, staying in a house costing $75,000 a month.
5. Martha's Vineyard
While some of the cost was born by the Obama's, all the security and most of the travel came courtesy of you and me.
So live it up Mr. and Mrs. Obama. Just don't expect my vote in November. What you might expect is that the next president present you with a bill to payback the taxpayers for your extravagance.