The Washington Post reports on how Michelle Obama, in need of a few ingredients for supper, proceeded to set up a soundstage, bring in an interpreter for the deaf, send for three TV satellite trucks, closed of part of downtown Washington (creating a massive traffic jam), all while spewing tons of carbon into the atmosphere.
Hey, cap and trade is for the little people...what does it take for the First Lady to go down the block for some leafy greens? Let's find out:
The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.
Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens. "Now it's time to buy some food," she told several hundred people who came to watch. "Let's shop!"
No surprise most of the people there were simply "watching", they can't quite afford the kind of food Michelle Obama is shoving down her gaping piehole:
Obama, in her brief speech to the vendors and patrons, handled the affordability issue by pointing out that people who pay with food stamps would get double the coupon value at the market. Even then, though, it's hard to imagine somebody using food stamps to buy what the market offered: $19 bison steak from Gunpowder Bison, organic dandelion greens for $12 per pound from Blueberry Hill Vegetables, the Piedmont Reserve cheese from Everson Dairy at $29 a pound. Rounding out the potential shopping cart: $4 for a piece of "walnut dacquoise" from the Praline Bakery, $9 for a jumbo crab cake at Chris's Marketplace, $8 for a loaf of cranberry-walnut bread and $32 for a bolt of yarn.
Cap and trade and food stamps for thee, but an armored limo and $12- dandelions for me, Michelle Obama, your queen. Kneel before me, and deposit your organically-grown tribute in the wicker basket...
Not since Marie Antoinette have we seen such hubris in high office. Maybe Michelle should read her history?
"Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", indeed....