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Let the good times roll

AS THE US economy endures high unemployment and a jittery stock market, President Barack Obama has preached sacrifice and fiscal discipline. But the pictures coming out of a sun-splashed Spanish resort may be sending a different message.

First lady Michelle Obama is in the midst of a five-day trip to a luxury resort along with a handful of friends, her younger daughter, aides and Secret Service. Her office said the Obamas would pay for personal expenses, but would not reveal the taxpayer cost for the government employees.

Mrs Obama is staying at the Hotel Villa Padierna, a Ritz-Carlton resort outside Marbella. It has two golf courses, a spa with Turkish baths, views of the Mediterranean and a restaurant specialising in avant-garde fare. Room rates start at $400 and rise to $6500 for a two-bedroom villa. Mrs Obama flew in on a type of aircraft used by Vice-President Joe Biden. It costs the government $11,555 an hour to operate the plane, according to the air force. Assuming a nearly eight-hour flight to nearby Malaga, the total round-trip cost of the flight is about $178,000.

Back in Chicago, President Obama dines with friends, including Oprah,  at a River North restaurant in celebration of his 49th birthday.

He once counseled that families saving money for college should not “blow a bunch of cash in Vegas.”  As a candidate, he promised that “When I’m president,  I’ll do what you do in your own family budgets. You got to tighten your belt. You make sure you’re spending money wisely. The government needs to do the same thing.”

How far would you go to save a buck in today’s tumultuous economy? People are finding more ways than ever before to scrimp and save.

Read on as expert penny pinchers detail six bold ways to cut costs — and in some cases, generate a little revenue — during tough economic times. Are you extreme enough to give them a try?

Posted:  08.08.10

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President Obama is really funny

President Obama does well as a stand up comic.

I guess he thought Wolf Blitzer was at the annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Dinner last night, but Blitzer was in fact filling in for Larry King Live which was on at the same time as the dinner.

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Wolf Blitzer is here. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

OBAMA: He’s the only man — the only other man in America with his own situation room.(LAUGHTER)

OBAMA: People assume that mine is cooler. But this is not the case.(LAUGHTER)

The Brian Williams joke was laugh out loud funny.

OBAMA: I have to admit, though, it wasn’t easy coming up with fresh material for this dinner. A few nights ago, I was tossing and turning, trying to figure out exactly what to say. Finally, when I couldn’t get back to sleep, I rolled over and asked Brian Williams what he thought.(LAUGHTER)

Another good one:

OBAMA: Look, it’s nothing personal, but this dinner conflicts with my date night. I was supposed to be going out with Michelle for Thai food…..

in Bangkok.(LAUGHTER)

And meanwhile CNN, Larry King Live is being hosted by Wolf Blitzer, where an in-dept analysis of the event is on going.  Click link for a complete transcript of the show.

And in stark contrast, we then break away to:

BLITZER: This is a potentially very significant moment in the history of Iran right now. Let’s get the latest on what’s going on, because it’s a very fluid and dramatic situation.

Makes me feel so proud that the President of the United States can really deliver a joke and that he has such good timing,  you know, and all that stuff.  But he’s had lots of practice.  Watch video of a rehearsal session done for his appearance on the Colbert show in May.

Posted:  06.20.09

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