President Obama took wife Michelle had their daughters to the basketball on Saturday – and appeared to have a whale of a time.
The first family flew from the White House in Marine One to Towson University in Maryland after buying books at a small DC book store in support of Small Business Saturday.
They watched a NCAA basketball game between Oregon State Beavers and Towson Tigers. Malia and Sasha sat a few rows behind as the President and his wife had a front row seat for the game.
The Obamas appeared relaxed and happy with Mr and Mrs laughing constantly through the game, except when he paused from the giggles to have a hot dog.
This another one of the “regular folks” stories we’ve been seeing lately – the ones intended to make us think that Barack and Michelle are just like us. But they’re not, no POTUS and FLOTUS can be.
It’s the reality of the world we live in that the President of the United States has to travel with an entourage of aides and security. That involves multiple vehicles, police escorts, traffic disruptions and financial costs. The First Lady needs nearly as much security as her husband.
When I first became a father it was a shock how much a baby changes your life – you can’t just run to the store anymore, you have to wait until the baby wakes up, change his diaper, make a bottle, get the car seat in the car, get the baby in the car seat, etc., etc. Even when you find a sitter you still have to plan a simple evening out for dinner and a movie.
Being POTUS comes with some privileges, but it should include some sacrifices too. Going to sporting events, nights out on the town and Broadway plays are things a POTUS should have to give up while they have the job.
It’s too expensive and disruptive.