UPDATE:BLANK SPOTS (NOW OCCUPIED BY “CENSORED” PHOTO) IN THE POSTS ARE DUE TO THREATENING NOTIFICATION THAT I CANNOT DISPLAY ANY OF THE COPYRIGHTED PHOTOS TAKEN BY CHRIS COUNCIL IN THIS POST OR IN THE Getting All Off Piste POST. SO JUST USE YOUR IMAGINATION! THAT’S USUALLY BETTER ANYWAY. OR, CLICK HERE OR ON THE CENSORED PICS TO SEE THEM ON THE AP SITE!
I wake up this morning, and this is the first thing I see:
An InstaPundit reader in Aspen emails: “The Obamas are doing everything they can to be invisible in Aspen. If you didn’t know they were here, you wouldn’t know. It’s clear their press operation fears more of the Michelle Antoinette meme leaking out.” [ed. apparently “everything” now includes censoring bloggers who don’t appear to be on the team]
Well, here’s the thing: being invisible in Aspen is like being invisible at the Oscars. People don’t, as a rule come here to be invisible. And if you travel with an entourage of upwards of 75 people, a fleet of black Suburbans and three menacing black helicopter gunships overhead that makes the task even a bit more difficult. However, if part of that entourage is dedicated to sweeping the crowd for cameras and hand held phone-cams, is does help.
The one photographer who was allowed to take several stills of Lady M - as long as she was perpendicular and the final product was rotated in print to make the bunny hill appear almost treacherous.
Rotated shot, left; correct alignment, right h/t Daizie
You can see from the one shot though, just how good our “sweepers” are: it’s President’s Day weekend – the busiest ski weekend of the year – and Lady M has the terrain to herself. Seriously, even the A-listers don’t get that kind of treatment. Which of course highlights the fact that Lady M’s “press operation” has good reason to be concerned about “more of the Michelle Antoinette meme.” Even though I’ve noticed more of a “Lady M Snowball” meme this time out.
snowball pics complements of MaryJaneAnklestraps via IOTW
I guess this isn’t as malicious as the “elitist Lady M” or Big Guy’s “angry black woman” meme, butt I don’t get it. And frankly, I think the “Michelle Antoinette” angle is more dignified and maybe, even a bit too lady like for Lady M.
The source told TheDC that the Obamas are there with their young children and two female friends of the first lady.
So what if MO brought along a couple of friends? After all, this is her “Me Time” on your dime.
There are a large number of Secret Service agents with them, and the Crowns have reportedly relocated to Little Nell Hotel until things quiet down.
The Crowns just want Lady M to feel like their house is her house: you know, like, “mi casa, MO casa.” Which she does;feel at home that is.
At lunchtime, the Obamas and their friends eat a private lunch at the Crown’s house and the instructors go to Bumps Restaurant. All meet up after.
Come on: who eats with the help these days?
In 2011, the Wall Street Journal named Aspen the “most expensive town in America.” As the real estate market around the country crashed and burned, Aspen was spared the financial trouble. At the time of publication, WSJ reported that, “The lowest-priced single-family home on the market in Aspen is listed for $559,000. It’s located in a trailer park.”
Certainly gives a whole new meaning to trailer trash.
The median price of homes in the town was $4.6 million — the highest in the country, putting it in front of “the Hamptons, Beverly Hills and Palm Beach.”
This place would be perfect for a post-presidential seasonal residence (sleeps 4, currently available to rent for $7000/wk), except for all the white on white around here.
Well, anyway, don’t anyone get their panties in a bundle, we’re back in D.C. now, getting ready to do more sacrificin’ this afternoon and evening. As you know today is Fat Tuesday, Maundy Tuesday, or end of Mardi Gras. Butt since this event has obvious religious overtones, we’re celebrating, instead, Black History Month tonight with a live “Red, White and Blues” concert right here in the Big White! I suggested we call it “Red, White, Black and Blues” butt no one else seemed to like my idea.
So here’s a heads up: live streaming beginning with Lady M pandering to stu-dents this afternoon at 2:30 PM EST and the historic Blues celebration, including Big Guy’s remarks tonight at 7:15 PM EST. Otherwise you’ll just have to wait for it to air on one of our networks, PBS, at a later date.Check local listings.
We are so totally OFF AIR.
AND, AS IT TURNS OUT, NOT JUST OFF THE AIR, BUTT SWEPT OFF THE INNERTUBES. SO JUST PRETEND LADY M DIDN’T REALLY GO TO ASPEN AFTER ALL.
SORRY, I HAVE TO REPORT FOR REPROGRAMMING NOW AND WON’T BE BACK UNTIL THIS EVENING. PLEASE CARRYON WITHOUT ME.
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