October 31, 2009
From a long, long, loooooong piece in this week’s NY Times magazine about the Obama marriage:
“I would say the one time during our stay here in the White House so far that has. . . .” He paused so long in choosing his words that Michelle Obama, sitting alongside him, prompted him. “Has what?”
“Annoyed me,” the president answered.
“Don’t say it!” the first lady mock-warned. “Uh-oh.”
“Was when I took Michelle to New York and people made it into a political issue,” he continued, recalling the evening last spring when they flew to New York for dinner and a show, eliciting Republican gibes for spending federal money on their own entertainment.
“If I weren’t president, I would be happy to catch the shuttle with my wife to take her to a Broadway show, as I had promised her during the campaign, and there would be no fuss and no muss and no photographers,” the president said. “That would please me greatly.”
I too would be greatly pleased if he were not president. But we can’t always have what we want. And if he weren’t president, and was still a “community organizer” somewhere, he wouldn’t be able to afford to hop on the shuttle and take his wife to Broadway. But then, I’m not going to expect a deep understanding of economics from the guy that wants to give everyone healthcare, not raise taxes on most people (and actually cut taxes for some!) all the while not growing the deficit.
He went on to say: “The notion that I just couldn’t take my wife out on a date without it being a political issue was not something I was happy with.”
Everything becomes political here, I offered, gesturing around the room.
That’s so sweet of the writer to make Obama feel better about the whole thing. Plum nice. But don’t think that the media is in the tank for Obama. No, no, it’s just that the Obama administration is doing such a great job that of course the media is favorable to them.