In the midst of an economic crisis, Obama indulges; UPDATED

In the midst of an economic crisis, Obama indulges; UPDATED

We’re being told over and over again how dire the economic situation is. (The recession could slide into a depression any day now!) It’s why we apparently need an $825 billion porkbarrel spending spree, why we need to bailout the auto industry and the banking industry and any other industry who comes to Washington wanting a handout.

And what does our Dear Leader do?

He throws expensive, lavish parties!

First, there was the most expensive inauguaration in history.

Then, on top of the spending spree about to be forced down our throats, Obama threw a little party to celebrate the bill passing the House.

Oh, I’m sorry. Did I say little? That’s not what I meant. Unless, of course, your definition of little includes alcoholic beverages like vodka martinis, chicken curry, and wagyu steak. Wagyu steak, by the way, is a porterhouse steak delicacy:

The ne plus ultra of beef is commonly known as Kobe, but Kobe is merely the prefecture in Japan where insanely expensive meat, sometimes $500 a pound for the real thing, happens to be produced. These are the well-known cows whose diet is reputedly augmented with sake and beer, and regular massages to soften their meat and enhance the marbling of their fat.

Kobe beef comes from Wagyu cattle, much as French Champagne comes from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. If you happen to eat Kobe-style beef in the United States, it’s probably from Wagyu cattle raised over here, though the folks in Kobe haven’t waged a geographic labeling war like the winemakers of Champagne did.

… Wagyu beef is exquisitely tender, with soft fat that can all but melt at human body temperature, meaning it must be handled with care — should you be lucky enough to get your hands on some.

With such delicate intramuscular fat, steaks must be briefly seared to leave the interior just barely cooked, more like a fine hunk of tuna than beef. The texture is meant to be closer to pate — or, indeed, foie gras. Any more than a few moments over heat and Wagyu steaks are wasted.

That little extravagance costs $100 per serving.

It’s nice to know that, in the midst of an economic crisis, our new President is living it up like Marie Antoinette, all the while telling us that we need to tighten our belts and be prepared to sacrifice.

I guess the Obamamessiah is exempt from making those kinds of sacrifices in times of economic hardship. His is a historic Presidency, after all. Right?

UPDATE: Not only does the Obamamessiah indulge on food and parties, but also on energy usage! While admonishing us mere Americans to keep the AC and heater off, he cranks up the thermostat in the White House to near greenhouse temperatures. Remember this quote?

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

Not going to happen in the homes of us mere mortals. But for the Obamamessiah, it’s splurge, splurge, splurge! And let’s not forget how DC residents are supposed to be toughening up in frigid temperatures.

Sacrificing is for everyone else to do, though! Not for the Dear Leader!

Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin

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  • John says:

    There is a small silver lining here, that was probably American Wagyu. So some small rancher somewhere just got a little piece of stimulus. See, Obama’s just standing up for the little guy! 😀

  • Chris M-G says:

    Should we honestly be surprised?

  • 5kidsnadog says:

    Is anyone else feeling like they’re swimming through jell-o? Every day there are so many outrages that I swear it’s like I’m being immunized. Pretty soon, I’ll reflexively reach for the kool-aid without even noticing it? Words like “Well, what’s in it for me? How is it going to help ME? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO FIX MY LIFE?” will start coming out of me like so much flatulence after a wagyu supper. I literally feel like my hands are weighted down with the knowledge that they are looking us in the eye with a smile on their faces while they screw us. And just when you think it can’t get any worse, they think up some new way to do it. Do you think they want an uprising? Will we be playing into their hand? Will it provide them with excuses that they wouldn’t ordinarily be able to make?

  • Instinct says:

    He only threw that party because he knew the people would want him to and how can he deny the will of the people?

    He is but a humble servant of the masses.

  • Dave M says:

    Well, I suppose one kind of government spending (pumping water from the private sector side of the pool to the public sector side) is just about as likely to stimulate the economy as another. Anyone remember the ALF episode where ALF ran for President (may have been a dream sequence or something)? Said he was going to end unemployment by hiring all the people without jobs to give him piggy-back rides.

  • Slamdunk says:

    Those Hollywood folks have high food and entertainment expectations you know.

    At least I feel better about myself after reading that everyone had a good time–that is what this election was all about: making each voter feel better about themselves, right?

  • Cousin Dave says:

    Here’s another update for you, Cassy: I’m seeing reports this morning that Obama has demanded a 10% budget cut from the DoD.

  • Cylar says:

    Good golly, I miss President Bush and his principled, down-to-Earth leadership. And I remember back in 2000, how overjoyed I was to see grown-ups in the White House again.

    Right now, I’m having that feeling in reverse. Big time. Everytime I see Obama and his jolly group on TV, for a microsecond I actually catch myself thinking, “Wow, great joke guys. Seriously, great SNL skit. Now…where’s the real President so we can get down to business?”

    Then…I remember that this laughingstock was actually put in there by 52 million uneducated voters.

  • Cylar says:

    “Well, what’s in it for me? How is it going to help ME? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO FIX MY LIFE?” will start coming out of me like so much flatulence after a wagyu supper.

    As I recall, every last one of the Democratic “Town Hall” meetings back during the primaries went like that. Words like the ones you quoted were coming out of the mouth of every voter that wanted to question the candidates.

    And it was the same way in ’04, ’00, and pretty much every other election I’m old enough to remember. That’s what the Democrats’ theme has been for generations – “We’re going to make government work for you,” – instead of, “We’re going to get government the hell out of your lives so that you can be free to accomplish extraordinary things on your own.”

  • Mark says:

    Don’t forget the liberal mantra, “Do as I say, not as I do.”

  • btenney says:

    let there be no mistake. The so called Stimulus is the “Political Donors Restitution Act.”

  • Christine says:

    Throwing lavish parties while half the county is unemployed! This guy and his wife need to spend some time with real people in this country. His caring attitude is a crock, if you ask me. How dare he say he cares about America!

  • Mary Poppins says:

    Oh yes, Adults like Bush in the white house! You are so uneducated, you right wing sheep.

    I would prefer Kobe beef in the white house, to a war that is still cossting billions. Where are your gun toting brains? Oh let me guess, ……..never mind, I think I know. And what about all the young soldiers who have died for the profits of the rich! Get real!

  • Fran Johns says:

    Oh dear, oh dear, Cassy. You do have a lot of growing up – and research – to do. I’ll chalk it up to your age – and your right-wing proclivities. The Obama inauguration cost almost EXACTLY what the Bush Inauguration cost. If you are going to publish numbers on your blog, be sure you can substantiate them – and don’t simply rely on Fox News. Trouble is those little darlings are at it again – including the cost of security in the Obama inauguartion costs but not the Bush costs. The Federal Govt spend $115 million on the Bush Inauguration (Media Matters for America: learn to quote your sources,please) – and another $42 million was raised – just as Obama raised over $40 million for his inauguration. Get your facts straight.

  • Angela says:

    the last quarter of 2009 seems promising as we have seen lots of signs of econic recovery against the massive economic recession. i hope that in 2010 all our economies would be back on track. recession really sucks.

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