You and your husband live busy lives. Have demanding jobs and have to work at keeping the magic going, but it’s worth it! You love each other. You’ve got kids. So how about dinner and a Broadway show?
And that would be fine and dandy and sweet and romantic if you’re just Joe and Jane America. Minding your own damn business. But your husband is President Barack Obama, leader of the free world, and you’re Michelle Obama, First Lady and chronic magazine cover girl (whether you feel like it that week or not). You think you can just have a romantic night on the town in NYC and catch and show and not hear complaints from the very loud peanut gallery?
After all, all the previous occupant did was go on vacation more than any other president in history to his ranch all the ding dang time. But, you know? His family was RICH and they owned compounds and ranches and the previous occupant really didn’t like going to fancy pants places and needed to be in bed by 9 p.m. every night. Like your grandpa or something.
Current occupant has no compound to retreat to and can stay up past midnight. He also still likes to do stuff. So does the wife. But that won’t shut people up about it. Noooo. The president and his wife went to see “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” at the Belasco Theater on West 44 Street and had dinner at the Village’s Blue Hill restaurant in New York and everyone’s mad.
But he PROMISED! No take-backs or it was going to be nothing but the frozen face for months! Am I right, married folks? Am I right?
Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest read a statement from Obama: “I am taking my wife to New York City because I promised her during the campaign that I would take her to a Broadway show after it was all finished.” (Politico)
But who cares about the health of the presidential marriage. We need something to bitch about Mr. 69 Percent Approval Rating! It costs too much money! It was a stunt! GM is going bankrupt! It’s bad timing! Where was this cacophony of complaints when we had a president who seemed to be allergic to Washington, D.C.? As if the city was a fungus and the only way to remove it was brush cutting in Crawford? It wasn’t like it was cheap to gas up Air Force One go through the same song and dance all 77 visits to Crawford and 149 visits to Camp David. But hey, he and Laura didn’t go see a Broadway show and have DINNER at some restaurant and kick down a few bucks to New York’s recession plagued entertainment district so that makes it OK.
Shut up, peanut gallery!
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