by John Stossel
We are lucky to have President and Mrs. Obama in the White House. They have sacrificed wealth and its comforts… for us.
I know that because they keep telling us. John Dietrich has been keeping track.
The president has repeatedly stressed the need for us to tighten our belts. He has informed us, “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times …” During the campaign, his wife told us that we have to compromise and sacrifice for one another in order to get things done. Shortly after the election, the president said that “(e)verybody’s going to have to give. Everybody’s going to have to have some skin in the game.”
The Obamas have given up a lot.
According to Michelle Obama, one of the Obamas’ first major decisions after graduating from college was, “Do I go to Wall Street and make money, or do I work for the people?” As we all know Barack, decided to “work for the people.” During the campaign, Michelle informed six women in the playroom of the Zanesville Ohio Day Nursery, “We left corporate America.” She advised these working-class women to do the same: “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers.”
Please. The Obamas are part of the Washington elite, who have always indulged their champagne tastes while advising the rest of us to make do with less. The American people don’t need any lectures from the Obamas — or anyone else living large on the taxpayer dime — about sacrifice.
What’s good about America are its volunteers, and caregivers, and foster parents, and military families… who don’t belabor others with tales of their “sacrifice.”