Friday, February 6, 2009

Is ABC News Really That Stupid?

President Obama’s call for restricting Wall Street salaries for executives receiving federal bailout funds got some blowback. Via Think Progress:

In what appears to be an attempt to call Obama a hypocrite, ABC’s Scott Mayerowitz “reports” today that the President also has a “lavish lifestyle.” Under the title: “Obama’s Perks: Private Jet, Chef Tax-Free,” ABC notes that Obama earns $400,000 dollars a year and even has a private jet:

The president makes $400,000 a year, but hasn’t received a raise from Congress since 2001. He also gets a $50,000 annual entertainment expense account (any unused money at the end of the year must go back to the Treasury.)

Then there is the use of two private jets, Boeing 747s better known as Air Force One. And of course the constant security details, drivers, a private chef, a country vacation estate and the rent-free use of a well-known, 132-room mansion called the White House. The president also used to have a yacht, until Jimmy Carter sold it.

I sure hope that this is an attempt at sarcasm. If so, it is an epic failure. If not, well….

Even the most obsessive Bush hater never begrudged the former president and his family the protection of the Secret Service and the need for secure travel, and with Mr. Obama, it’s even more necessary, given that there are enough nuts out there who haven’t gotten the Post-Racial memo. And to even begin to make a comparison between the duties of the President of the United States and some Wall Street executive sails over the Stupid fence with room to spare.