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January 29, 2009
Obama: Heat as I say, Not as I Do
A piece in yesterday's New York Times featured a photo of an Oval Office meeting last week during which President Obama had removed his suit jacket. And while the Times was quick to point out how this break with centuries old tradition was a sign of a "more informal culture" under this new administration, they neglected to mention the glaring hypocrisy of the action.
You see, the reason the president --- and others -- were jacketless was simple: "Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat."
After all, it's freezing cold out there, and as White House senior advisor David Axelrod reminded us, "He's from Hawaii, O.K," adding that "He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there."
But the limousine liberal elitism didn't get past Steve Milloy at JunkScience.com, who wrote this morning:
Could this be the same Barack Obama who said last May that:"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times... and then just expect that other countries are going to say 'OK.' ... That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."And could this be the same Barack Obama who is looking to sign a stimulus bill that would spend billions of dollars installing millions "smart meters" that would enable your power company to prevent you from being as comfortable as he is on hot and cold days?
While President Bambi is warm-and-toasty in the Oval Office, is he considering the plight of Michigan's Marvin Schur, a 93-year World War II veteran, who was recently found frozen to death courtesy of a malfunctioning electricity "limiter" device installed by his power company?
Granted, neither Obama's elitism nor the media's complicit actions are fresh concepts. Remember how hard they worked to dispel the image of a condescending elitist last April when then candidate Obama was caught on tape talking about bitter country folks and how "they cling to guns or religion?"
But now that he's joined the growing list of do as I say not as I do climate elitists, will they continue to provide cover as he signs energy legislation demanding the sacrifice of personal comfort by struggling Americans?
Particularly while seated in the luxurious tropical temperatures of the Oval Office?