Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top 5 ‘let them eat cake’ moments of the Obama White House

From a sojourn to Spain to island vacations

By The Washington Times Tuesday, January 10, 2012

President Obama holds hands with his daughters Malia (left) and Sasha as they leave Sea Life Park, a marine wildlife park, with family friends on Dec. 27 in Waimanalo, Hawaii. (Associated Press)

President Obama is learning what Nancy Reaganalready knows: When it comes to White Houseglamour - and the spending that comes with it - it’s not so much what you do as when you do it.

Decades ago, the former first lady was criticized for wearing expensive designer clothing and buying a pricey new White House china set - paid for by private donations, by the way - during a recession.

In the here and now, Mr. Obama and his wife,Michelle, have prompted similar complaints for hosting a lavish, unpublicized “Alice in Wonderland” White House Halloween party in 2009 featuring director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp, all while the country struggled with high unemployment and the lingering economic fallout of the Great Recession.

Of course, this isn’t the fist time the Obamas have drawn such scrutiny. Herein, the first couple’s top “Let Them Eat Cake” moments:

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