Unfortunately we were unable to work out the budgetary details on the Australia- Bali- Indonesia leg of our historic First American Pacific Presidency trip. Despite having reached agreement with the Big White Budget Czar on the cost of accommodations and clothing allowance, discussions broke down over the per diem placed on the table for Lady M’s “personal” expenses: it wasn’t even adequate to cover the cost of her make-up artist, let alone leave anything for trinkets and souvenirs. So we’re heading home to do our sacrificin’ there for awhile.
Yesterday we sacrificed at a Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! fair sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce (along with Lady M and Dr. Jill) to help our veterans and their spouses find employment in this #&*#! economy that Bush stuck us with.
She also announced the disappointing news that she wasn’t going on the rest of the South Pacific tour:
Mrs. Obama told them that although her husband would go on from Hawaii to Australia and Indonesia for more diplomacy, she was “leaving to go back home to Malia and Sasha.”
“You know how it is, mothers — Dad can be gone for I don’t know how long, but short time for Mom,” she said, to chuckles.
Yes, six days seems about right. Five, nowhere near enough, seven, too many; unless we’re on an official vacation instead of official business.
Here’s a little of what else she told the vets and their spouses:
“For a lot of folks, making the transition to civilian life is hard, especially in the midst of a tough economy,”
Yikes! She might discover just how true that is if Big Guy can’t get the R-words to fix this gawd-awful Bush economy pretty soon.
In fact, if I didn’t know better, I’d almost think her Jobs Fair remarks were directed at Big Guy:
“You all have mastered state-of-the-art technologies,
run some of the world’s most complex operations:
“You’ve overseen hundreds of your colleagues,
and you’ve undertaken missions with no margin for error,
working in situations where the bottom line is literally a matter of life and death.”
So I don’t think Big Guy better spend too much more time “away from home” either. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done between now and next November. Not only is our support around the world waning a bit,
Butt support here at home is showing a little bit of softening too, leading Big Guy to explain to his benefactors last night:
"It's going to take a few more years to meet the challenges that have been a decade in the making," the president added. "And I think the American people understand that."
Yes, I think the American people do understand that:
And I think they’re ready to embrace that whole “change” thing again. In fact, I think they agree with Big Guy: “WE CAN’T WAIT!”
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