Friday, March 30, 2012

Filling in the blanks

It’s spring break for the Obama daughters and mom has taken them West for the week. Michelle Obama and her daughters visited Mount Rushmore Wednesday to see the monument where four U.S. presidents are immortalized in stone on the soaring mountainside. She's probably there to see if there's room for a fifth, or maybe remodel one of the others to make it into a great big presidential idol.
Now the Obamas have arrived in Las Vegas for a private family visit. Never mnd that Vegas hates Obama because of his remarks about blowing money in Vegas.
At the depths of the recession, President Obama seemed to disparage Las Vegas visits, at one point warning hard-pressed Americans, “You don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you’re trying to save for college.” Try something to lower the price of gas, I can send 3 or 4 kids to college then.
There is lingering dismay in the Las Vegas travel and tourism industry but, during the political campaign which started in 2009, Obama has been a frequent visitor on official and political trips to the swing state of Nevada. He's been a frequent visitor to everywhere on his fundraiser tour. All on our dime.
The first lady’s private schedule with Sasha and Malia in Las Vegas is short. They travel on to California for publicly announced events, including a San Francisco political fundraiser Friday (what, again?), the Saturday commissioning of a new Coast Guard ship in Alameda, the USGS Mooch, and then a chance to meet music sensation Taylor Swift, who ought to tell her to fuck off.