One would be hard pressed these days to not know that many people in this country are struggling. New Unemployment claims continue to be over 400,000 weekly, and unemployment benefits have been extended to 99 weeks (yes, almost 2 years). The DOW continues to hover around 10,000.

Home foreclosures are skyrocketing. People are struggling, they are suffering, they continue to lose their homes, and their jobs. The Gulf area has been particularly hard hit, as one can imagine, for an area that depends on fishing and tourism.

Which makes this piece of information all the more maddening.

As you most likely know, the Obamas have been on vacation this weekend. No, no, not to the Gulf Coast, despite both Obamas suggesting regular Americans should go there. No, they went to Maine. But they were not the only ones who went to Maine. Their dog, Bo, also went to Maine. On his own plane. I kid you not (H/t to my friend, Nunly, for providing this link).

Oh, how I wish I was making this up, but it was reported in the local paper there:

Arriving in a small jet before the Obamas was the first dog, Bo, a Portuguese water dog given as a present by the late U.S. Sen Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. and the president’s personal aide Reggie Love, who chatted with Baldacci.[snip] (Baldacci is the governor of Maine.)

Wait – are we being punked? Does Ashton Kutcher own this newspaper or something? How else to explain flying a dog on his OWN jet with a few staffers, including Obama’s personal aide, Reggie Love? Why were they not both with the Obamas?? That just doesn’t make any sense to me. As an animal lover, if I am taking my animals somewhere with me, then they are WITH me. I know these jets had to be smaller than AF 1, but for heavens sake, it isn’t like Bo is some Bull Mastiff or something. Sheesh.

And that makes the following product all the more timely. This video has been cropping up all over the internet this weekend, and for good reason. I consider this a PSA, though the disclaimer is I/we do not endorse or promote any sales of this item. This is purely for entertainment value. And entertaining it is:

I love that it will also remove Obama Bumper Stickers from a Prius. Too funny. And I have to say, I have noticed a lot fewer Obama stickers over the past few months, so clearly there is a market (again, not promoting the product or sales thereof).

After this most recent display of the complete and utter out of touch mentality of the Obamas – both of them – I am guessing I will see fewer Bumper Stickers still. At least, I hope I will. Just another indicator that people are finally coming to their senses in this country, and not a minute too late.

Come on, November…

  • creeper

    Well yes, Ferd.  But Loring’s a hundred miles from the beach.  It would’ve taken SO long to get to Bar Harbor.  And they were already dressed for it…

  • creeper

    Apples to oranges.  Bush went home to Crawford.  Barry goes surfing in Hawaii.  Bush worked when he went home to Texas and many times left for a day or two to attend to business.  Barry doesn’t even work when he’s in Washington.

  • creeper

    Hmmmm…embed not working.  Link to smart dog:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/72328875@N00/3819499229/sizes/m/

  • creeper

    EllenD, if I recall correctly, Bo’s first stop after moving into the White House was at a dog training facility.  He spent a couple of weeks there.  Watching him drag the people along on his leash, you’d never know it.

    Some dog breeds are brighter than others.  There are days when I think our Standard Poodle is smarter than I.  Maybe the Portugese Water Dog falls a litle farther down the list.

  • arky oyster cracker

    “Also, many people don’t vacation down in the Gulf during the hot summer months.”
    You are kidding, right? As a frequent vacationer there, I KNOW that summer is THE time to visit. 

  • Annie Ak Mak Cracker

    Because the gulf, right now, is just for the peons.

  • AbigailAdams

    Reggie Love?  Really?  That’s the dude’s name?  Oh, come on!  What is he, in witness protection?  A former porn star?  That is really his name???  Is he brother of Buddy Love — the Nutty Professor?  And what’s this I hear about his chef being made a ‘czar’?  With czar status and pay?  I know he’s trying to rule the country from the exec branch through the appointment of czars, thereby making congress irrelevant, but I can’t understand whose job he is replacing in congress with a food czar.

    You know, Beck pointed out today that this is what Augustus Cesear did in the last days of the Roman republic.  He gathered all the real power to himself, made a mockery of the senate (but let it continue for window dressing).  Next thing ya know, there goes Rome.

  • Annie Ak Mak Cracker

    Start mentally preparing.  Think of how nice it will be getting up early, getting ready to go to work, having a new focus and feeling successful.  Think of that nice paycheck.  Think of losing the angst and strain of that big question mark all of the unemployed have hanging over their heads.

  • AbigailAdams

    Like moi.  Good call, Ferd.  “common practice”  — I guess because bushII was a dip*&*) that it’s okay for barry to also be one.  We all know how pampered the potus is, but bad form to rub so many of our noses in it at a time like this.  Watching the first family is like following the Hilton sisters on a tour through Europe without the odd arrest here and there.  I’d like to read the uncensored diaries of their staff.

  • Annie Ak Mak Cracker

    They could have gotten a French Bulldog.  They don’t like much exercise or overexertion, don’t shed, can sleep a lot (good for photo ops) and sort of look like MEshill.

  • Annie Ak Mak Cracker

    BO knows he’s the Alpha Dog, dragging that pretender behind him.

  • Annie Ak Mak Cracker

    They’re picking up their $100/week UI benefits.  Still in Mom’s basement living on Cheetos.

  • Nobama4me

    In National Enquirer we trust…

  • oowawa

    In spite of the hilarious mess they make of it in this spoof, Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear the Reaper” is IMHO in the top ten of the greatest rock songs ever written . . . But the cowbell does detract a bit from its gothic majesty!

  • Annie Ak Mak Cracker

    Thanks for reminding me Nobama4me.  You are, of course, quite right.  I wonder how long it will take after he leaves office before he’s outed to the general population?

  • sowsear

    MO told everyone to come on down, the beaches and water are fine, just not for them.

  • sowsear

    I railed against Bush I, too. Then I railed against the Repubs for all of the law suits and investigations of Clinton… many moons ago when I was a Dem. To think, I used to ask myself why the Dems let the Repubs get away with so much…OMG!

  • sowsear

    That would have been the sane thing to do. Reggie could have stayed home with him.

  • Docelder

    I think the sheep need some sheep dip, so they don’t catch fleas from these demorats.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheep_dip

  • ~~JustMe~~

    A. It is the country’s fault for not recognizing BHO’s greatness. 
     

    Let’s hope he doesn’t run a second time till we get it or rub out noses in it just for the hell of it! He could do it just for spite….. 😉

  • kenoshamarge cracked cracker

    Me too Carol, fingers crossed.

  • helenk

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jul/18/wrinkles-found-in-postal-service-pact/

    just read this article and was wondering. Since goldman sachs runs the government anyway would it be cheaper to furlough congress and the executive branch? We are spending money for nothing. The expense to the american people now outweighs the return. It does not seem to be good business to keep up the outlay.

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • Cindy

    canymarl—sounds like your hubby has a “nose for news” 😉

  • kenoshamarge cracked cracker

    Go get-um Annie!

  • Cindy

    jwrjr—hilarious!!

  • candymarl light brown cracker

    🙂

  • kenoshamarge cracked cracker

    I’m saluting too in my own way.

  • Ferd Ritz Cracker Berfle

    A. It is the country’s fault for not recognizing BHO’s greatness.
    ==========
    What a great line. LMAO

  • Ferd Ritz Cracker Berfle

    You’re spot on. He can go anywhere he wants, candymarl. And may I say that your light brown is quite becoming.

  • FLDemFem

    Guest, Obama’s disdain and disrespect for the Constitution and the citizens it protects shows his lack of patriotism.

  • jwrjr

    Q. “I did not vote for Obama and I wondered how the people  
    who did vote for him feel now?”

    A. It is the country’s fault for not recognizing BHO’s greatness.

  • candymarl light brown cracker

    Uh,  Central Mass I lived in Florida and now live in Georgia so I know that’s not exactly true.

  • jwrjr

    sorry – is, not ps

  • jwrjr

    I would prefer to think about what Bo is doing in the WH than think about what BHO ps doing there.

  • candymarl light brown cracker

    My husband says the WH is full of sh*t so why shouldn’t the dog poop everywhere?

  • Cindy

    If it’s that awful, why is Michelle telling all of us to go there?

    EllenD—Because to Princess Me, we ain’t nothin’ but white trash.

  • Ferd Ritz Cracker Berfle

    Unfortunately, Samb, the new boss is the old boss. The Who were prescient.

  • Samb

    I did not vote for Obama and I wondered how the people
    who did vote for him feel now? Do Obama voters who
    do not like him now, walk around proud that they screwed
    everyone else or ashamed, I guess maybe both.
    Obama is very quickly becoming the biggest joke of 
    a president ever to be elected, he is now squeezing out 
    the marrow of the American people and using the American 
    tax dollar to fund his social climbing life style.
    In the end the Obama voter screwed themselves
    If you are unemployed, you are struggling.
    If you own a small business, you can not grow.
    If you are rich, well we all know how Obama feels about the rich.
    if you are, middle class, you will pay for everyone else who isn’t.
    i guess there is still time to switch out, Mr. Dumb Dumb and his
    fellow Dumb Dumbs.
    To quote a great song (maybe not perfectly)
    I hope ” The New Boss Isn’t like the Old Boss ”   

  • EllenD

    My gosh. Can’t they even housebreak a DOG?

  • EllenD

    Also, many people don’t vacation down in the Gulf during the hot summer months.

    If it’s that awful, why is Michelle telling all of us to go there?

  • Ferd Ritz Cracker Berfle

    Too cool, Cindy.

  • Cindy

     Ferd, you’re so right.

  • ~~JustMe~~

    Reggie, is a sweetie, right?

  • Ferd Ritz Cracker Berfle

    Central Mush-LMAO.