Do as I say, not as I do.
President Obama gave a State of the Union speech last week signifying his allegiance to the global warming movement and the downtrodden 99 Percent – and then spent the rest of his week living the life of the jet-setting carbon consumer and One Percent fat cat.
The day after the speech, the president boarded the mighty Air Force One (his Boeing 747 burns about a gallon of jet fuel per second. That’s 38 tons of CO2 an hour) and began hop-scotching the country from his Washington, DC hub - to Asheville, NC then Chicago then Palm Beach, Florida. He continued his SOTU themes – then returned to DC on Thursday for a Valentine’s Day dinner in D.C. with his wife at the ultra-chic Minibar – a restaurant so exclusive that it only seats twelve and can cost $200 a person ($900 with wine).
Then, after extolling the virtues in Chicago of another minimum wage hike – a mandate that has been disastrous for young workers most economists agree – Obama jetted off to play golf with maximum wage-earner Tiger Woods at an exclusive Palm Beach golf resort, The Floridian. The club is owned by millionaire scratch golfer Jim Crane, who affords such toys by virtue of his private equity firm, Crane Capital (rhymes with Bain Capital).
The president’s current economic lifestyle is as out-of-touch as was his pre-presidency resume in social activism. Which might explain why his prescriptions are so out of touch with a struggling economy. One final irony – Obama’s Florida stay could have used a little global warming. The state last weekend shivered through 50 degree temperatures which were near historic lows.