Why run the country when you can par-tay?
Tch, tch... blowing the Peoples' money on partying roughly twice a week. In the Peoples' House. As if it was the Obamas' house.
In fact, according to the Chicago Tribune, the stylish Ms. Rogers and the party-hearty First Couple hosted no less than 170 parties and social events through December 3 of 2009. And that does not even include the 17 parties and 11 open houses – feting more than 50,000 guests – ABC News reported the Obamas hosted throughout the Holiday Season.Well, well, apparently they had to do something about the seriousness that came to Washington under those awful Bush Republicans who insisted on actually doing their jobs rather than focussing on partying twice a week.
For those not counting, that means by January, 2010, Ms. Rogers had staged one gala White House event every three days throughout the first year of the Obama Administration, making the once austere Executive Mansion look more like party central.
And it is all by design. As Politico recently reported, Social Secretary Rogers says the Obamas want to “replicate the same kind of environment they had in Chicago.” In the Windy City, the paper reported an Obama friend as saying, “If there was a party or an event, they were there.”
And how does this raucous, riotous atmosphere compare with the previous eight years when the “wealthy Republicans” ruled the roost? Not well, according to that good times arbiter, Vanity Fair. In a December, 2007, article entitled “When Washington Was Fun,” chi-chi scribe Maureen Orth lamented:
“Today, people who remember those days [JFK’s ‘Camelot’] never cease to lament how the capital has changed. The cost of running for office, the proliferation of lobbyists, the intense preoccupation with security since 9/11, the increase in careers for women, the deaths or withdrawals of ruling society figures, and an unpopular president and an unpopular war have all converged to kill much of the fun and excitement once unique to Washington social life.”
Oh, and Obama also golfs more than Bush ever did.
Hey, Barry-O... it's not your house! Get... to... work!