Friday Bits and Pieces
Aaaaand …they’re off! Preezy and MO (with a full entourage of family and friends) will be leaving on an extended trip to Africa. The trip will cost the taxpayers a measly $60 million to $100 million. They had planned a safari in Tanzania, but reminded how the “optics” would look to Americans struggling to just pay their bills and feed their families, the safari has been nixed. We’ll all pretend, right along with BO and MO, this is not another over-the-top high maintenance paycayshun but a state visit of the utmost importance.
After the paper questioned the costs of a planned family safari, the White House nixed the plan. “The president and first lady had also planned to take a Tanzanian safari as part of the trip, which would have required the president’s special counter-assault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat, according to the planning document. But the White House canceled the safari on Wednesday following inquiries from The Washington Post about the trip’s purpose and expense, according to a person familiar with the decision.”
According to the White House spokesperson the safari trip was not nixed due to the press finding out about the trip and its expense….riiiiight
When The Post first asked White House officials about the safari last week, they said no final decision had been made. A White House official said Thursday that the cancellation was not related to The Post’s inquiries.
“We do not have a limitless supply of assets to support presidential missions, and we prioritized a visit to Robben Island over a two-hour safari in Tanzania,” said spokesman Josh Earnest. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t do both.”
Internal administration documents circulated in April show that the Obama family was scheduled to go to both Robben Island and the safari park, according to a person familiar with the plans.
We still don’t know the purpose of this “trip”, but can conclude it isn’t for “state business”. We do know MO was “mulling” over an extended summer break for the family. Sooooo, we will be entertained by all sorts of traveling plans to exotic places. It is part of the pattern of running away from serious decisions and governing by Preezy and the entitlement attitude that is pervasive in the White House.
More waste and abuse at the hands of the most transparent Preezy evah…. Michelle Malkin covers another Obama slush fund
We all know now what the vengeful Obama IRS has been doing to conservative nonprofits the past four years: strangling them in the crib. But do you know how much pampering and largesse far-left welfare-state charities have received while limited-government groups suffered?…snip
The Dems’ 2008 party platform proposed the creation of a “Social Investment Fund Network” to subsidize “social entrepreneurs and leading nonprofit organizations (that) are assisting schools, lifting families out of poverty, filling health care gaps and inspiring others to lead change in their own communities.”…snip
The Obama administration’s politicization of charity — or the “Solyndra-ization of philanthropy,” as the Manhattan Institute’s Howard Husock calls it — has created a permanent taxpayer-backed pipeline to Democratic partisan outfits masquerading as public-interest do-gooders. There’s nothing “innovative” about underwriting the same failed dependency-inducing community organizing fronts while persecuting others based on ideology.
Why are we joining a fight that has been ongoing for hundreds of years?
The White House is currently considering proposals to arm the rebels in Jordan, according to U.S. officials. White House National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden declined to comment on the details of those deliberations.
The limited no-fly zone wouldn’t require the destruction of Syrian antiaircraft batteries, U.S. officials said.
Officials said the White House could decide to authorize the U.S. to arm and train rebels in Jordan without authorizing the no-fly zone recommended by military planners. A White House announcement could come soon, officials said.
That will work out as well as the Libya debacle…..BENGHAZI. What could possibly go wrong?
German outrage over a U.S. Internet spying program has broken out ahead of a visit by Barack Obama, with ministers demanding the president provide a full explanation when he lands in Berlin next week and one official likening the tactics to those of the East German Stasi.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman has said she will raise the issue with Obama in talks next Wednesday, potentially casting a cloud over a visit that was designed to celebrate U.S.-German ties on the 50th anniversary John F. Kennedy’s famous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech.
Government surveillance is an extremely sensitive topic in Germany, where memories of the dreaded Stasi secret police and its extensive network of informants are still fresh in the minds of many citizens.
In a guest editorial for Spiegel Online on Tuesday, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said reports that the United States could access and track virtually all forms of Internet communication were “deeply disconcerting” and potentially dangerous.
“The more a society monitors, controls and observes its citizens, the less free it is,” she said.
No matter which part of the globe the Obamas trot off to visit they always find a way to muck it up and embarrass the United States. Get the popcorn ready, we’re going to have one heck of a summer.
- What sequester? Obama’s upcoming Africa trip could cost us up to $100 million (twitchy.com)
- Germans accuse U.S. of Stasi tactics before Obama visit (reuters.com)
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