The right-wing media attacked President Obama for traveling on buses that reportedly cost $1.1 million on his bus tour, but left out significant facts; One of the facts being that the buses are provided for both parties, Republican and Democrat. Republicans have yet to nominate their choice, but a bus is waiting.
President Obama could campaign on a tricycle from State to State and Republicans would still demonize him as a spendthrift, “Does he really need three tires at our expense?” We can only conclude that they prefer this President, as opposed to every one before him, not have any security detail. Barney Fife and Gomer Pyle could be hired as his sole security team and it would be too costly for them.
Secret Service officials stated that the buses will pay for themselves over time and there has been a need for these buses for some time now. Sean Hannity, from Fox ‘reports’ on this, in his ‘fair and balanced’ Free Republic rhetoric, calling President Obama the ‘Anointed One.’
HANNITY: And today, President Barack Obama embarked on a three-day bus tour in the Midwest that the White House says will allow him to escape the Beltway bubble and hear from actual Americans. But let’s be honest, he doesn’t have to waste your tax dollars and travel around in a $1.1 million luxury liner to find out what is on the minds of these so-called commoners. Because the American people, well, they are speaking loud and clear about the president’s performance. According to a brand new Gallup poll, only 39 percent of those surveyed say the anointed one is doing a good job, while a 54 percent majority say they disapprove. And both of those numbers are the worst of the Obama presidency
Many Conservative papers and blogs are writing this up as if it’s the economic Apocalypse, which Obama initiated by utilizing full security and a bus. But, not one mentioned the special treatment Sarah Palin was afforded on her bus tour, and she’s a private citizen.
Jason Easley from PoliticusUSA reports:
As a private citizen Sarah Palin is allowed to visit any public place that she wants, but the taxpayers should not be responsible for her escort and security any more than they would be for any other citizen. Why are taxpayers footing the bill for Palin to get the VIP treatment? After all, she was supposed to be on a “family vacation.” In these tough economic times America can’t afford to make the transplanted Cactus Queen feel like a VIP.
Sarah, ‘the Anointed One’ Palin (we can play that game too) has been getting a free pass from the right wing media, but the leader of our country uses the same services as his predecessors and they are aghast. Fucking hell, Fox really should be sued for their ‘fair and balanced’ tagline for misrepresentation and false advertising.
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