So, the news is all abuzz with the breathless proclamation that Teleprompter Jesus is going to be giving back a portion of his salary to show solidarity with government workers affected by sequestration. Now, while I will be the first to congratulate the President on this gesture, at a whopping 5% it works out to something like $1,600 a month. For a guy that has free room and board and doesn't have to worry about the commute to work. Not to mention he's playing catch-up with Chuck Hagel.
What would impress me more, though, would be to see a stop to the excesses, like canceling the star-studded concert for their ears only (ZOMG! It's broadcast on NPR! See! It's for everyone!) or having Joe Biden spend less than half a million dollars a night on hotels in Paris. My back-of-the-envelope calculations show that President Obama would have to stay in office for another 30 years or so for his 5% payroll decrease to cover Plugs's one night in Paris. But I digress.
I'd get into the many vacations - Joe Biden alone has taken three so far this year - but I'm sure someone would be along shortly to point out that George Bush took more "vacation" time. They'll conveniently forget to mention that Bush was on "vacation" at his ranch in Crawford, Texas - not jetting off to Martha's Vineyard or Hawaii or Europe, but hey! he spent more time away from the White House than Obama!
Perhaps Obama is starting to learn from his predecessor Bill Clinton. Clinton, despite his many failings, was an adept politician and a master at manipulating public opinion. He understood, perhaps better than any president before him - even better than Reagan, that perception is king; that actions don't really matter as long as you look like you're doing something. "I feel your pain" indeed - it appears that Obama is starting to get this message and is trying to look like he's doing something.
Call me cynical, but I suspect that the Obamas aren't exactly going to be cutting coupons over a 5% cut...
That is all.