Obama, Dems Go To a Spa After Tough First Weeks But No Stimulus

Air Force One took The New President of the United States to a Spa tonight — on a taxpayer funded trip to a resort and a meeting of high rolling Democratic lawmakers.

We use the term “lawmaker” loosley as the stimulus, still, is not a law but a wish list of pork-laden spending.

President Obama is expected to rally his troops tonight after a tough week over his nominations of high-powered lobbyists and tax scofflaws while congressional interia set in and bipartisanship evaporated faster than spilt beer on an Arizona afternoon.

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Even “Republican in Name Only” Senator Susan Collins said, “I can not vote for the stimulus package the House passed.”

The President  Obama Fan Club is at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa in Williamsburg, Virginia tonight.

The first trip of any president aboard Air Force One is considered historic, significant and special.

Obama has gone to a Spa.


Photo for illustration only….

“Well, I’d — you know, I’d — Williamsburg is — has a lofty place in our country’s history,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said, when asked if there was any special significance to the president’s choice. “I don’t know that there’s any great symbolism in this one in particular.”

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Joseph Curl of The Washington Times had the best take on the president’s first few pre-spa weeks:
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Democrats will ride together to the resort on a chartered Amtrak train at a cost to taxpayers of about $70,000, the Hill reported. Taxpayers will also foot the bill for security helicopters to fly above the train. The caucus will spend thousands: In 2003, for example, they spent $11,200 on food and $6,900 on entertainment, the paper said.

The trip comes after several Democratic lawmakers criticized American International Group Inc. executives for spending nearly $500,000 at a company retreat in California just days after the federal government bailed the company out with $85 billion in taxpayer funds. In addition, Wells Fargo & Co., which received $25 billion in taxpayer bailout money and recently announced a $2.3 billion loss for the last quarter of 2008, canceled its planned 12-night junket to expensive hotels in Las Vegas for events that included a luxurious four-day employee sales conference.

Mr. Gibbs said the Vegas trip “didn’t happen because of the diligent work of many in the reporting of these and the outcry that ensued.” But no one in the briefing room Wednesday asked about the expensive Democratic retreat.

Meanwhile, Mr. Daschle’s politics of mirage emerged as he fades into the shadows from whence he came.

“Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter,” he said in 1998 during a debate on a bill reforming the Internal Revenue Service.

Mr. Obama’s nominee to head the HHS said he thought a chauffeured limousine provided by a wealthy Democratic donor was a free ride and simply didn’t know that the limo should have been considered “imputed income.” Even though he paid nearly $140,000 to the IRS, he could not survive the political heat that followed.

Just Tuesday, the president made the rounds on every TV network to apologize for abandoning what he called the highest ethical standards ever enacted in any administration. But living up to that pledge has been trying from the start, and the White House said on Wednesday that it fully expects to fail in the future to meet that threshold.

“I don’t doubt that there are times that we might not live up to those lofty standards,” Mr. Gibbs said, licking his upper lip. “I think that’s safe to say. … He asks us every day to meet them. There are days that we won’t.”

“Are there lessons learned here?” a reporter asked the spokesman Wednesday.

“Well, as I said – I mean, you know, we – the president didn’t think that we were going to come in here and change everything about the way Washington worked in such a short period of time. You can rest assured that we understand that we’ve not yet marked off all of our to-dos.”

Read it all:
http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/
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http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/0
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4 Responses to “Obama, Dems Go To a Spa After Tough First Weeks But No Stimulus”

  1. forevergrace54 Says:

    Oh, my gosh! Can I come to the spa? I need a massage! I am tired of reading how politicians need these luxurious spa treatments to help them recover. Well, we, Americans who are footing “your spa” are sick and tired and need a spa treatment, too! What gives them the right to take a spa break when the entire country is working its bones off to pay its bills and then pay for this riciculous “stimulus” package, and the politicians see fit to go off and have a spa treatment? What arrogance and snobbery! Well, President Obama, I guess you have arrived! You have tasted from the well of elitism and have forgotten your “roots” of the Chicago neighborhood where you helped the down-trodden. You have arrived. Why would you look back? This is a sad day. I was hoping for a change, but a “real change”.

  2. llabesab Says:

    As I understand it, the Democratic Party is staying at this retreat with funds furnished by we, the taxpayers. Later this month, the Republican Party will hold a similar retreat but that will be paid for by “lobbyists.” It won’t cost the taxpayers a red cent. But of course, the Democratic Party and Pres. Obama don’t want lobbyists to foot the bill because so many lobbyists are still on the Democratic Payroll–like the person nominated for Deputy to Gates; Leon panetta who made over $700,000.00 on speaking engagements to firms having business with US security agencies, ets., etc.

  3. Linda Says:

    But, Total Shame on the Evil, Evil, private sector for having private jets and going to Spas.

  4. Paky Says:

    They are hypocrites who think they are entitled and so much smarter than we are that they need to tell us how to spend our money. The ones who elect them need to wake up…..they are stealing from hardworking Americans to live lavish life styles. Obama talks the talk but he is not walking the walk….. off to a spa during what he calls a crisis…. what a phoney.

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