Sad to say, Obama appears to be embracing that tyrannical principle.
The other is a bit more mundane.
This one is called to mind by reports of Michelle Obama carrying a $6,000 clutch purse on a trip to Russia. The maker, VBH, was sure that it was the $6,000 model, but when the White House said that the First Lady was only carrying a $900 VBH clutch, VBH backed down. "If that's what the White House is saying, then it's [the $900] bag," the VBH representative who was certain otherwise earlier in the day.
Oh, well... if it was just a $900 purse, that's OK...
It's not like it's the first "Let them eat cake" situation for the Obamas:
- "America may be in the midst of a deep recession, and the nation may be facing unprecedented deficit spending and debt, but the White House will not reveal the cost to taxpayers of the European vacation that first lady Michelle Obama and the president’s two daughters, Malia and Sasha, took last month."
- "For the evening, the first couple jetted to New York City for date night.
"They dined a little more than two hours at Blue Hill, a West Village restaurant, then headed to the Belasco Theater to make it in time for Joe Turner's Come and Gone.
"The play by August Wilson is about black America in the early 1900s, with residents of a boardinghouse recalling their migration from the sharecropping farms of the South to the industrialized North.
- "Hors d'œuvres -- chicken curry, wagyu steak -- will be served in addition to drinks [at the White House cocktail party celebrating the passage of the economic stimulus bill]." [Wagyu beef is the generic term; Kobe beef has to actually be raised in Kobe, like champagne has to be made in Champagne. It goes for $100 to $150 a pound.]