Tonight is set to be a busy night for Barack Obama, as he speaks at not one but two A-list fundraising events in Manhattan.
However, the President’s re-election campaign will not have to pay the full cost of his jaunt to the Big Apple, as he is combining the trip with an official event which will be charged to the taxpayer.
Before the fundraisers, one at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house and one at the five-star Plaza Hotel, Mr Obama scheduled a visit to the World Trade Center site.
The World Trade Center, which Mr Obama has visited several times before, is a major building project and recipient of generous federal aid, as well as an iconic national memorial.
It is unclear what prompted the President to return to the site on this occasion.
Some New Yorkers reacted with anger at the prospect of footing the bill for Mr Obama’s fundraising visit to the city.
Lauren Greenwood, a 28-year-old who works in medical sales, said that while she had no objection to the President attending campaign events, ‘it shouldn’t be on New York taxpayers’ dollars to support him having parties.’
Much of downtown Manhattan was temporarily sealed off for the duration of Mr Obama’s visit, and the street in the West Village neighbourhood where Ms Parker’s house is situated was closed to pedestrians.
Some pedestrians bemoaned the disruption caused to the New York streets by the presidential motorcade – Mary Grach told ABC that Mr Obama’s visit was ‘really inconveniencing a lot of commuters’.
She added: ‘There has to be a better way to go about it rather than putting out how many thousands of riders out of commission, and having to find another way home.’
I have never in my life seen two people who reek of entitlement and privilege as much as Barack and Michelle Obama do. The money part is bad enough, but if they weren’t there for a fundraiser we would be picking up the tab for the whole trip.
Barack and Michelle not only don’t mind inconveniencing people, I really think they enjoy it. They visit Manhattan during rush hour on a work day. They drop by Broadway on a Saturday night. Busy streets are blocked off for hours, disrupting travel for thousands of people.
In Washington DC they can go from the White House to the airport or to Camp David without disturbing traffic. At the White House and Camp David they have some of the finest chefs on staff, ready to prepare gourmet meals in an instant. They can send aides to any store or restaurant to pick up anything they desire. They have their very own movie theater with the newest movies on demand. They host luxurious parties and concerts.
They complain that they feel trapped and bored.
The presidency isn’t like anything else in the world. A POTUS and his/her family can’t live like the rest of us. But that doesn’t entitle them to be inconsiderate of us little people.
They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.