By AATTP Guest Contributor, Rob Ellsworth
“The President should stop traveling during sequestration because it costs too much to move him around.”
Uh… you’re stupid. And I’m guessing you just don’t like that a Democrat is flying around on Air Force One. Would you prefer to have the Leader of the Free World line up in “Group C” on a Southwest flight from BWI to Midway? Get serious, ass-hats. I don’t care if President Obama is going to Chicago, Palm Beach, Honolulu, or Martha’s Vineyard, he gets to roll on the big plane with the M&Ms that have the Presidential seal printed on them. Period.
Presidents are never really “on vacation.” They travel with an entourage, get regular intelligence briefings, and believe it or not, can be reached at a moment’s notice by people important enough to reach them. I defended President Bush when he took a 5-week “vacation” at his ranch in Crawford, TX (the longest ever for a sitting President). The idea that these guys sit behind a desk for 12 hours a day pushing papers is absurd.
And who cares if they golf? It’s therapeutic and gives people a chance to step back and think about big picture items outside of the grind – not to mention building closer relationships. President Eisenhower had a par 3 built at Camp David. Where was the outrage?
I really don’t care for trivial symbolic measures by politicians like “working for a dollar” or “living like ordinary Americans.” Give me a break. Ordinary Americans don’t stop traffic, have an ambulance follow them everywhere, or have a guy in a dark suit behind them carrying nuclear codes. POTUS is a big deal. The biggest on the planet. Get over it.
As for the President taking a pay cut (which he did), do you really think someone who raised a billion dollars to win a job that only pays $400,000 a year is in it for the money or to avoid taking his shoes off before boarding a plane? Take a deep breath (through your nose, not your mouth) and think about what recalcitrant little d*cks you’re being.
As for cost… can you count? Do you have any idea how little it costs to move the President around as a percentage of our budget? I’ll give you a hint, it probably starts with a decimal point and is followed by a dozen or so zeroes before the first “1” appears. If you get serious about reforming the tax code, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and cutting absurd waste in the Department of Defense, or Ag subsidies, then maybe I’ll talk to you about the President and his family flying coach.
Rob Ellsworth is a political consultant based in Washington D.C. and co-founder of The Majority Group