“Skin in the Game” Barack-Style– First Family’s Dog Bo Flies to Obamas’ Maine Vacation on a Separate Jet
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on July 19, 2010
Is a separate jet for the Obamas’ family dog to go on vacation in Maine considered getting “skin in the game”? “Skin in the game,” as many of you may recall, was from a speech ages back where then-President-Elect Obama scolded Americans and said sacrifices would need to be made by everyone (well, obviously not everyone, Mr. President) and they’d have to get “skin in the game” in his new “hopenchange” era.
So glad we aren’t buried in the worst recession or worst unemployment this country has seen in decades… otherwise, this “First Dog” story would seem by some people who are struggling to put food on the table and who are trying to not have their homes taken from them to be *ahem* grotesquely inappropriate, extravagant, and ridiculously clueless.
From Morning Sentinel, Waterville, ME, White House wanderers tour Acadia:
Earlier Friday, the Obamas were greeted by Gov. John Baldacci and U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, when they arrived in Trenton about 12:25 p.m.
The president was the first to walk onto the tarmac, dressed casually in a pale blue Oxford shirt and khakis. A few minutes later, the first lady, dressed in black capris, a tank-top and sandals, walked onto the runway. Shortly afterward, Malia and Sasha joined their parents.
Baldacci and his wife, Karen, presented the family with gift bags full of Maine-made goodies, including baskets made by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, popcorn from Little Lad’s Bakery in East Corinth, iconic L.L. Bean bags, University of Maine ice hockey hats, and an assortment of other Maine foods and books.
Karen Baldacci said the bags for Malia and Sasha contained one loon toy and one chickadee toy that sound their natural calls.
Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass.; and the president’s personal aide Reggie Love, who chatted with Baldacci.
From Examiner, Obama family dog Bo flies on his own private jet:
Reports of the Obama family pet dog Bo flying in his own jet to meet the first family has sparked a media fury among conservatives.
First reported by a local staff writer for the Morning Sentinel in Maine, Rebekah Metzler chronicled the first families arrival to their vacation destination. Little did Metzler know, a simple sentence in her article would be the focus of conservative blogs and media coverage.
OK… upon further investigation, the reason given for Bo the First Dog flying in on his own jet is that the airport in Maine reportedly was too small for Air Force One. So two smaller jets had to be used for the Obama family vacation.
Crikey, how “small” is a jet these days… or better still to ask, how many additional people have to go on a family vacation with the Obamas?
Still makes little sense to me… leaving First Dog Bo at the White House with the staff there would not have mattered an iota to the dog. And would have saved a whole HECK of a bunch of taxpayer dollars. Not that POTUS really cares… “skin in the game” applies only to Americans who aren’t in his elite circle.
From Doug Powers, blogging at Michelle Malkin’s blog, Just Plane Crazy: Obama’s Dog Flies to Vacation on Separate Jet:
Not enough room on Air Force One for a Portuguese water dog and Reggie Love? Obama had to have a smaller jet (G3 Gulfstream, according to the story) serve as Air Force One instead of the 747 the president usually uses because of the size of the airport, but still, it’s a dog — and we’re all supposed to sacrifice in order to get through these tough economic times, right Mr. President? … Um, Mr. President?
There was some concern because the jet carrying the First Couple’s egos was a bit late in arriving due to rough weather over Shangri-La.
Incidentally, my dog saw this story and wants his own jet now, too. Thanks Obama.
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