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Obama Likes It Hot, While The US Freezes

From an oblivious to hypocrisy New York Times:

White House Unbuttons Formal Dress Code

By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
Published: January 28, 2009

WASHINGTON – The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

Thus did a rule of the George W. Bush administration — coat and tie in the Oval Office at all times — fall by the wayside, only the first of many signs that a more informal culture is growing up in the White House under new management. Mr. Obama promised to bring change to Washington and he has — not just in substance, but in presidential style…

Gee, it seems like only yesterday (perhaps because it was) that Mr. Obama was chiding the denizens of Washington, DC for not being tough enough because they closed some of the schools due to the winter ice storms:

Moreover, it seems like only a few months ago (actually, back in May 2008) that candidate Obama opined:

If we lead by example, then we can actually export and license technologies that have been invented here to help them deal with their growth pains. But keep in mind, you’re right, we can’t tell them don’t grow. We can’t drive our SUVs and, you know, eat as much as we want and keep our homes on, you know, 72 degrees at all times, whether we’re living in the desert or we’re living in the tundra and then just expect every other country is going to say OK, you know, you guys go ahead keep on using 25 percent of the world’s energy, even though you only account for 3 percent of the population, and we’ll be fine. Don’t worry about us. That’s not leadership.

And now Mr. Obama has the White House thermostat turned up so high you can grow orchids while many of the citizens of the United States are freezing in their houses without heat or electricity?

Where is the leadership, Mr. President? Where is your skin in the game?

Do notice, by the way, that the explanation for why Mr. Obama has his jacket off still makes no sense.

(Thanks to Michael Schmidt for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, January 29th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

65 Responses to “Obama Likes It Hot, While The US Freezes”

  1. Reality Bytes

    And the dress code under Clinton was? (pun completely intentional)

    • JohnMG

      Jimmy Carter redux. Cardigans and blue jeans. Oh, my how the dignity of the office was sacrificed on the altar of malaise.

      It took a Ronald Raegan to restore dignity to the office, a Bill Clinton to turn it into a SNL skit, and now Obama to moon the rest of the country with his obnoxious superiority complex and entitlement attitude.

      “Let them eat cake”!

    • Confucius

      At least Carter put on a sweater.

      This putz is just flaunting it.

  2. jobeth

    S & L quote

    “And now Mr. Obama has the White House thermostat turned up so high you can grow orchids while many of the citizens of the United States are freezing in their houses without heat or electricity?”

    And it will get worse when the energy costs skyrocket.

    He will be “roasting” in his tropical oval office while his illegal Aunt will be freezing in her public housing.

    Sounds right….to HIM!

    • Reality Bytes

      In order to follow my President’s example, (while I prefer warmer climes, AC is a gift from God), I will crank up the the bedroom’s heat tonight & sleep snuggly with the windows open. Ahhh, the sweet silence of winter.

    • retire05

      I guess when Michelle Obama said that her husband was not going to allow us to stay in our “comfort zone” that he didn’t include himself in the mix.

    • pinandpuller

      Not to mention all the grow lights he has plugged in up in the attic…

  3. wardmama4

    “He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?”

    Well just as The One ™ proved in his opening salvo – America is the greatest country in the World, now join with me to change it. . .Alxerod has just shown how stupid (you can fix ignorant, there is no fixing stupid) he is. The One ™ has lived a total of 15 years (birth to 7 &10 to 18) in HA, 3 years in Indonesia (7 to 10) and the rest of his life (29 years) in NY and IL. . . Seems to me The One ™ is just displaying a spoiled rotten, living the high life and enjoying it to the max, immature lifestyle, i.e.:

    Typical Liberal Person – Do As I Say, Not As I Do.

  4. Steve

    Mr. Limbaugh is talking about this thread as we type.

  5. TickTock

    Nine days and counting…

    Dress code: All dresses shall be dry-cleaned immediately upon leaving the Oval Office. (Better known as the “Lewinsky Rule”.)

    His dress code and high thermostat reflects a total lack of self-discipline and complete disregard for the gravity of the office he holds.. As well as a dearth of empathy for the people he claims to champion.

    Pencil-neck tough-talker, but can’t walk his own talk.

  6. According to Axelrod – Palin would make the most energy efficient WH resident…

  7. heather08

    If it’s so hot that he needs to take off his jacket, maybe it’s too hot? Just asking…

    • jobeth

      yeah, now that’s a concept!

      Turn the thermo down and dress properly for it!

      Wow, bet he never thought of that…or maybe couldn’t…I mean everyday his “lightbulb” seems to shine a bit dimmer.

      LOL

  8. Anonymoose

    Meanwhile if Bush (or any Republican) was doing this, the press would be complaining about how insensitive he was for not thinking of everyone else out there and letting Rome fall apart while he lounged about.

    Why isn’t Gore about to knock the door down over all the carbon being generated? Pelosi complaining about the waste in electricity? No, all we get is: “Obama? pffft! It’s just his style………………………”

    • jobeth

      Hey, I forgot about Gore and global warming!

      Why silly prez…It’s WARM out there already.

      The icecaps are melting! The shoreline is flooding! “And fast” says Gore.

      Soooo tell me again why the prez needs to make is office hotter?

      Of course we also forgot to factor in all that hot air from the libs in office too.

      So…maybe he didn’t actually turn up the thermo.

      Do you think O’Balmy paid for any carbon certificates for all that oral flatulence?

      I Wonder how many cows must now die to make room for “O” and crowd to expound.

    • pinandpuller

      In the summertime Obama can open a door for ventilation instead of using AC. Or maybe a window. I know its one of those two! They look a lot alike.

  9. proreason

    Mao and the commisars also indulged themselves at will. Curiously, Hitler was relatively austere.

    It looks like the Moron is choosing to emulate the former examples with his personal habits.

    But hey, what good is being the god in charge of the planet if you can’t indulge yourself a bit, eh?

    • Colonel1961

      Bonsoir, PR! Bring on the Krug (vin.1990) and the caviar (Petrossian Ossetra, please) my good man…

  10. Rusty Shackleford

    This…….is only the beginning, folks. Imagine the mountain of hypocrisy that will be the legacy (is that the right word?) of the O-blahblah presidency. “Dammit, YOU people….save energy (wipes forehead of sweat from sweltering White House heat), YOU people, stop wasting gas (gets on board AF -1 for his ‘historic’ trip to Iran — which burns between 15,000 and 30,000 lbs/hr depending on weight), YOU people YOU people YOU people.

    Marcia, Marcia, Marcia

    I read the book by Aldrich that indicated what the Clintons did to the White House. Looks like deja vu all over again.

    Every time I hear this clown talk, every time I read what he has said, I get that sick feeling. That feeling that I get when I know the trouble is coming and in this case, is here.

    But…I also see glimmers of hope that SOME people are listening to what’s going on and wondering. They’ll never admit they made a boo-boo by voting for Bo-Bo….But they will eventually have to admit that Bo-Bo DON’T know national security; Bo-Bo DON’T know economics and that Bo-Bo DON’T know nuttin’

  11. “We need to fix our public education system.”

    TCO sends his kids to private schools because apparently there are no good public schools in Washington, D.C.

    “As a nation we need to conserve energy. Dress in layers.”

    TCO cranks up the thermostat.

    Perhaps the White House will enjoy energy savings during the hot humid summers, ’cause that’s more like Hawaii or Indonesia?

    I’m going to get another blanket to layer over my sweatshirt now.

    Always an excuse for TCO.

    How many more day are we being held hostage?

    • wardmama4

      How many more days are we being held hostage

      The clock is ticking – 1451.

      My God protect America from this Obamanation that has befallen us.

  12. Lisa22

    Omigosh – but what about the rest of the world looking to us for an example?? Does Obama not care about how much he turns up the thermostat and how people around the world will feel about that? I just don’t understand… :)

  13. dalej78

    Wow;

    This is hypocritical! Also, I really miss President George W. Bush who had so much respect for the office he held and treated it with dignity and respect. I think this is a related article on how PBHO fails to present himself in a dignified manner. http://michellemalkin.com/2008.....two-roses/

    Dale

  14. Reality Bytes

    Hey, Mr. President, instead of all the talk, why not take a cue from George Bush. His accomplishments were many. His words few. It’s only been two weeks and already just the idea of it sounds so refreshing.

  15. Reality Bytes

    Postscript Proposal: In order to accommodate our new young president’s preference for warmer temperatures, moreover, in the interests of reducing the carbon footprint of the President, I propose all air conditioning systems from The White House, Air Force One, Marine One, Camp David, All Presidential Limosines, etc be removed.

    Imagine the absurdity: He likes it warm….in his shirt sleeves. What class did he take at Harvard to learn that logic?!

  16. curvyred

    Hypocrisy thy name is Democrat in particular That One.

  17. VMAN

    So the O hole in chief likes it hot. I’m sure he will enjoy HELL!!!

    • Liberals Demise

      IF I may quote a famous American who won the Medal of Honor, ran coast to coast, ping pong champion and World Reknown Shrimp dude, Forrest Gump: “Stupid is as stupid does”.

  18. clifcrds

    One of my favorite authors, Thomas Sowell, had these guys pegged almost 3 years ago:

    The new nomenklatura

    One of the bitter ironies of the 20th century was that communism, which began as an egalitarian doctrine accusing capitalism of selfishness and calloused sacrifices of others, became in power a system whose selfishness and callousness toward others made the sins of capitalism pale.

    The ruling elites of the Soviet Union, called the “nomenklatura,” had their own separate and superior stores where ordinary citizens were not allowed to shop, their own separate and superior medical facilities, as well as their own separate and superior living quarters, all off-limits to the masses.

    Everyone in communist societies addressed one another with the egalitarian term “comrade.” But some comrades had the arbitrary power of life and death over other comrades.

    . . . .
    http://townhall.com/columnists.....menklatura

    And just another little ‘told ya so qoute that seems to be more realistic these days:
    “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened.”. . . Norman Thomas, U.S. Socialist Party presidential candidate 1940, 1944 and 1948

    • proreason

      Communism’s purpose was to entrench the ruling elite. Socialism is just the tool they used.

      The Moron is doing the same thing. The Depression Stimulus isn’t about improving the economy. It’s about creating a tax burden so huge that the productive people in the country will never be able to work their way out of it.

    • dalej78

      Proreason, Amen! Why are Americans blindly accepting this though? Do they not realize how many of their freedoms are eroding while King Obama strengthens his hand every day and weakens our national sovereignty and security?

  19. TheChicagoWay

    If Pres Obama is so chilly, maybe he should back off on the intensive exercise program. Maybe a little fat on those “chiseled pecs” will help him handle those harsh DC winters….

    As far as having no “skin in the game”….Unless he can completely and succesfully distance himself from “Porkulus” when it fails and blame “the republicans” for the next terror attack, he will most certainly feel the “chill” from these early decisions…..May he join Jimmy in the “Democratic Party one-termers club”…. He can write a bunch of crappy books and provide his unsolicited personal wisdom to the next five or six presidents……

  20. U NO HOO

    All that a human being has to do all day is think.

    President Obama, and henchmen, please start to think.

  21. U NO HOO

    Obama and Geithner were just on FNC sitting around talking with their arms resting on their legs, if they were in military fatigues they would look like they were on KP peeling potatoes. Or is it potatos?

    Back to O and his henchmen, sadsacks all. It is going to be an interesting 4 years.

    Oh, yeah, keep your pants on and STD prevention costs nothing. Works everytime its tried.

  22. Melly

    This is just the beginning of the comparisons between Barry and Jimmy. Barry’s doing Jimmy the biggest favor. Sooner than we all think Jimmy will no longer be referred to as the worse President in history.

  23. Kilmeny

    “He likes it warm.”

    I never thought I’d have something in common with Obama. How exciting!

    Unfortunately for me, the cost of being warm enough to hang out in shirt sleeves is $300 some-odd dollars. Every two weeks. I’m sure the elderly neighbour I keep an eye on would just adore to run around in an orchid-growing environment. But, since she’s not the Messiah, she must be content with the Snuggie outfit we gave her after our little ice storm a few months back. You know, the kind that closes schools, much to Obama’s amusement.

    Yep, change we can believe in.

    • JohnMG

      You’ve got him pegged, Kilmeny.
      …..”change we can believe in…..”

      His goal is to “change (what) we can believe in”.

    • proreason

      Let’s not forget that The Moron has never had to make a living. He had a few piddling little jobs (a few months at a Wall St company, about 3 years as a low-paid Community Organizer, less than a year as a Civil Rights lawyer (without a case to his credit), a part-time law lecturer for a few years, a few years as a State Legislator (57,619 currently).

      Yet he has seemed to live pretty well in Chicago Brownstones eating arugula, paying off his and Thunder Butt’s 6-figure school loans, paying his gym fees, and treating his daughters to $10K annual piano lessons apiece. It wasn’t because of The Moron’s family’s money. They don’t have any. He did get the magic $160,000 in advance as the only unpublished author to ever receive anything close to that sum for a book of any kind. Over 20 years, that’s 8K a year. Thunder Butt, of course, had her salary tripled when The Moron was elected to the U.S. Senate. Her employer suddenly realized how valuable she is. Miraculously, their confidence in her abilities, was rewarded less than a year later, when a million dollare earmark fell out of the sky for them. And besides, there must be thousands of Community Outreach specialists working for a hospital and make over $300K a year.

      No, the genius is so smart he hasn’t had to mess around earning utility money or anything like that.

      So turning up the thermostat in the house isn’t anything he’s had to worry about.

      He’s far far above all that.

      After all, he has a country to destroy.

  24. Rusty Shackleford

    Fox News: “This morning, president Obama awoke at 10 AM and after a lengthy shower and brunch, sauntered to the oval office to check his e-mails.”

    New Your Times: “Dawn broke silently over the capital as His Royal High Holiness and seer of all, Barack Hussein Obama the FIRST, slowly opened his amazingly alluring eyes and stretched his supple, yet firm muscles in preparation for his seventh glorious day as emperor of the free world. Instantly, he was alert and awake and sprung out of bed in cat-like fashion, ready to attack his evil nay-sayers and the disloyal/unfaithful. Barely touching the arctic like floor of the royal bedchamber, he seemingly floated to the bath chamber and while his footman adjusted the water temperature and was rightly scolded for getting it one degree too cold, His Eminence floated into the steaming streams of relaxing, stress-relieving water from the solid gold fixture his lovely and adoring wife had picked out from SAKS.

    The water washed away his aches and pains from the substandard $50,000 custom made mattress and His Highness made a mental note to have the manufacturer barred from any stimulus monies. Rightfully and correctly. His Highness showered from 10:05 to 11:15, used shampoo made from the finest whale jelly and baby seal spit that money could buy. Then, lathering his body with soap made from the leaves of the Alula plant, a plant so rare and endangered that each bottle of specially made soap costs an extraordinary $95,000. But it’s worth it to have Him as our leader.

    His Royal Highness, after being thoroughly dried by eunuchs of mixed African race, dressed carefully with a 100% pure silk undershirt made by those wonderful children craftspeople in China. No cotton undergarments for this Beacon Of Holy Light. In fact, no cotton anything out of respect for those who suffered in slavery. Indeed, he would not be able to cope with the irony and injustice, such is His sensitivity to the plight of others.

    Then, a suit. Also made of the finest silk as well as the tie, a belt of the finest Italian crafted leather and his matching Bruno Magli shoes.

    The Beloved Annointed one was then hoisted gently onto his litter, for indoor purposes, as opposed to the lovely sedan chair, donated to him by the people of Iran, which he used on the White House Grounds to keep his shoes from getting dirty, and was taken to the kitchen where he dined on bean curds, mushrooms and banana grass from Central America….a dish he had come to love as a child and never lost the taste for it.

    After the early meal, The Beloved Annointed one noted a funny text message from his new best friend and confidant, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, or “Mammie” as he called him, and he laughed a wonderful, inspiring laugh that one must hear to get the full, inspirational effect. He texted him back and put his blackberry away in his jacket pocket with his slender, authoritative and graceful fingers.

    Then, into the Sedan Chair for the trip to the oval office while slowly sipping on cranberry juice. He says it “keeps him sharp”. Indeed, today he must be sharp. For today, he is meeting many dignitaries from around the world to discuss endangered species, child enslavement and wastefulness and perhaps the abuse of power that some nations are known for.

    We hope he succeeds

  25. bobbys

    I wish millions of dead babies had the chance to feel hot or cold.

    Tell ole Pharoah let the babies go….

  26. chestnutt

    Besides the expected hypocrisy, Obamy in shirtsleeves just made me shiver to my toes thinking of Jimmy Carter”s “Fireside Chats” in that ghastly red sweater…Oh God, I’m going to hurl….

  27. canary

    Obama should spend at least one night in Iraq with no heater.

  28. artboyusa

    Nice job, Rusty. Mine’s not as good but here it is anyway:

    ARE YOU UP ON OBAMA? HOW MUCH DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE MAN THEY CALL ‘THE ONE’? Take this fun and simple test to find out!

    Ever since his first incarnation President Barbarella has been praised for His many great qualities: His toned physique, His sonorous voice, His enormous intelligence -as demonstrated by His ability to read a speech that someone else wrote and which is slowly scrolling past his face in letters six inches high (to be fair, that’s more than Bush could ever manage) and His exciting vision of hope and change, as shown by His ability to repeat tired platitudes in an authoritative voice.

    But how great is President Osama really? And are YOU, the ordinary Joe Lunch Pail and Sally Housecoat, as aware of His Greatness as you need to be?

    To find out, simply answer the multiple choice questions below and then compare your scores with those given by the all-knowing Obam-O-Meter ™ Good luck!

    1. The nation’s economy is in trouble. As President, do you (a) follow Jeffersonian principles and do nothing, allowing the economy to heal itself? (b) blame it all on the previous administration? (c) promote a gazillion dollar “stimulus package”, stuffed with pork and which won’t work and which your grandchildren’s grandchildren will still be paying for?

    2. You got into Harvard, you did some teaching, you worked in the local community, wrote a book which sold okay-ish, then you got into politics for a couple of years. You are now fully qualified to be (a) selling Bibles door to door in Sadr City (b) nothing. You have never had a real job (c) President of the United States

    3. What is wrong with the following sentence fragment? “She threw herself through the door…” (a) Ouch! If she tried to do that it would really hurt (b) it should be “threw herself through the DOORWAY” – it doesn’t make sense otherwise (c) nothing. Sounds okay to me, since it’s from “Dreams From My Father” by Barbie Odorable and that’s a worldwide bestseller and the best book I’ve read since…well, ever.

    4. Which one of these public figures is most in love with Barack Obama? (a) Chris Mathews (b) Michelle Obama (c) Barack Obama

    5. What is Barack Obama’s religious faith? (a) Sunni Muslim (b) Episcopalian PresbyLutheranist (c) He doesn’t need one anymore. That whole circus with Rev Wright (“Mumbo Jerry”) was just to keep in wid da folks in da hood and he doesn’t need them anymore, so he gets to sleep in on Sundays now.

    All done? Great! Now let’s look at the correct answers, as taken from the Obam-O-Meter ™. The answer to all of them is (c) of course. Give yourself 20 points for each correct answer! If you answered (a) or (b) to any question, give yourself zero points for each, you hate-filled bigot.

    If you scored the full 100 points – congratulations! You are a perfect Obamadolator!

    If you scored 75 points, hmmm -not bad but maybe you need to spend more time meditating on the Excellence of Barack.

    Any lesser score, well sorry, but you are badly in need of re-education. Please report at once to your local city hall or Federal building for collection and processing. You may bring with you one small suitcase, one toothbrush and one tube of toothpaste and an extra pair of socks. Thank you and enjoy your re-education!

    • wardmama4

      Great job artboy (as usual) – I scored a zero but laughed my a** off, hmm, does that count as my exercise for the day? I would say by Obamanation standards, yes it does. Oops, my bad – Yes I Can.

    • I’m proud to be a hate-filled bigot according to this test! LOL
      For my re-education I will spend time with some Obama-loving groupies who worked phone banks during the election. Don’t worry my friends, I think I can withstand whatever pablum they throw my way. I won’t be weak!

  29. ThreeBus

    “O-blahblah presidency”

    Thanks Rusty! Peeeerfect. :-)

  30. RightWinger

    If it wouldn’t leave a bitter taste in my mouth, I would go to the store and buy a $14 “Snuggie” and send that to the White House so nObama could keep his campaign pledge and lower the thermostat there. While he is bundled up with the Snuggie, he could use the free reading light that comes with and he can re-read his campaign speeches chastizing those who keep their thermometer at 72F.

    On a side note, I bought one for my wife and my 6 year old for Christmas and they love it. My daughter will wrap up in it while she is watching her cartoons and it keeps my wife nice and warm while we have our thermostat set at 67F on those 20F nights outside. Not because we are trying to conserve energy mind you, it’s because the natural gas bills are murder enough as it is.

  31. Icarus

    Off the teleprompter, or when he’s taken the time to memorize a speech; along with the cyclical talking points… he sounds good.
    But is it just me or is this guy’s shtick starting to wear thin… almost becoming bizarre in nature.

    Whether you liked Bush or not, the man was “real”
    This guy is getting weirder by the day!

  32. RightWinger

    “Whether you liked Bush or not, the man was “real”
    This guy is getting weirder by the day!”

    That’s because Bush was a man and nObama is a 10 year old boy stuck in a 47 year old man’s body. nObama may be a smart guy, but his insecurities and childish behavior are going to get worse as time goes on.

  33. ptat

    Awwww, he’s so cute, isn’t he? Talking about the cold in D.C. and his daughters—how CUTE! We have the most adorable and cute president in the WHOLE WORLD!

  34. Confucius

    Of course he likes it hot. Don’t all of Satan’s minions?

  35. Barbie

    In my opinion, Obama’s lack of a suit jacket shows he has little respect for the office and it is an unconscious statement he does not take this position seriously.

  36. Reality Bytes

    Epiphany! Oval Office heretofore referred to as the “OZone”. They say there’s a hole in it & I’m pretty sure I know what kind.

  37. Reality Bytes

    Correction – substitute “Hereinafter” with “Heretofore”. Sorry, I know it’s the thought that counts, but we here are held to a higher standard.

    • jobeth

      Poifect!!

      That’s perfect…Wish I had thought of that!

      What you said in your first post…(grin)

    • ptat

      Very well put! A perfect analogy–especially since I understand that the hole in the OZone is caused by excessive gas and will grow larger and larger with the release of this “gas” or “hot air” or, well, EMPTY RHETORIC!




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