As in past years Lady M delivered a sack of toys to the Toy’s for Tots program, that Staff members were asked to donate to the cause. It’s part of our annual holiday gift extortion program in which Big White staff members are
required requested to “donate” toys to Lady M’s sack so she can “contribute” it for redistribution by the Marines.
Perhaps it was because we departed for warmer climes immediately after this last photo op of the campaign year, butt I thought we looked more festive than in our previous Toy’s for Tot’s outings. Although we always like to wear a touch of our signature festive holiday color: black.
At last year’s appearance at Toy’s for Tots, we did our best Santa from the 'hood impersonation:
And here we are back in 2009, before we really got the whole “military families” thing. Nobody looked very happy here. Even though we wore our festive black bow shirt.
In our last official sacrifice of this year, Lady M took time to thank some of the little people.
This is hard work. It takes people who take time out of their own families, time to come, shop, sort toys, make sure things get out. I mean, this doesn't happen automatically; it happens because people give up time, precious time with their families to make this happen. So this wouldn't be possible without all of the volunteers. So I want to extend a very big thank you to all of you, especially all of our troops and all of our military families who have led this effort this year, and who lead it every year.
I know that might sound like MO’s on autopilot, butt may I remind you that it’s been a very long year of sacrificin’ around here. Who wouldn’t be a little burned out?
However, there was a special little highlight at this year’s T4T event. After all, how many times does Lady M get hit on?
While the official story is that Lance Cpl. Aaron Leeks asked MO to attend the Marine Corps Ball with him next year, you’ll see in the video that Lady M called an aide over to handle the request. I couldn’t hear the exchange between them, butt usually when this sort of thing happens it’s Big Guy’s calendar that they’re more interested in.
Butt Lance Cpl. Leeks looks like a very nice young man, he was probably just being polite. And if that’s not his girlfriend standing to the right in this picture, it must be his girlfriend’s sister ‘cuz she doesn’t look any too happy about this little tête à tête.
Or maybe she just wanted a little hug from Lady M herself:
Anyway, we punted this one into the oval office: MO told Aaron that she would have to check with Big Guy. Because he’s the decider.
And that’s why he’s staying behind while we start enjoying the island breezes: to decide who to blame if Congress doesn’t pass his bill to save the middle class from the re-imposition of a horrendous payroll tax. He’s done everything he could: he even ordered Congress to stay here until they pass his bill.
And now after we’ve already had to charter Air Force Won Too (at an extra $100k) to fly Lady M, the Wee Wons, and a whole bunch of stuff to Hawaii while Big Guy stays in Washington to do the work of the unions, environmentalists and crony capitalists – it looks like Congress struck a 2 month deal!
And it’s a win-win: R-words get a vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline, Big Guy gets to extend the (Bush) Payroll Tax reduction (that he was against before he was for) and we all get to stop watching the stupid Big White count down to middle class catastrophe:
Click to watch the seconds click away to Armageddon
The President said that Congress cannot go home without preventing a tax increase on 160 million hardworking Americans, and the deal announced tonight meets that test. This is an important step towards enacting a key provision of the President’s American Jobs Act and a significant victory for the American people and the economy, because as independent analysts have said, failing to extend this tax cut would have had a damaging effect on our recovery and job growth. The President urges Congress now to finish up their business for the American people.
Now that we dodged that bullet, maybe Big Guy can squeeze in a little relaxation before joining Lady M in Hawaii. Maybe a late season round of golf, a little one on one, a game of catch, some fantasy football or a sleepover.
After all Big Guy’s play date friend is going back to school in January.