Matthews: Isn’t it kind of racist to worry about the cost of Obama’s India trip?

posted at 6:24 pm on November 5, 2010 by Allahpundit

Is that what the kerfuffle about his India trip was all about? I thought it was the fact that, hot on the heels of Mrs. O’s Spanish getaway and in the midst of what Obama himself frequently describes as the worst economy since the Great Depression, there were reports from Indian media of fantastically exorbitant spending for the trip. Those reports were untrue, to be sure, but is the thought of blowing $200 million a day on a junket to Asia something Americans … shouldn’t note when they hear it?

Also, if this is racist, how come lefties didn’t mind hassling Bush when they thought his spending on presidential functions was a tad much?

On January 13, 2005, AP’s Will Lester disparaged the “lavish” Bush inauguration, creatively listing how much could be purchased with the millions wasted on the ceremonies: 200 armored Humvees with the best armor for troops in Iraq, vaccinations and preventive health care for 22 million children in regions devastated by the tsunami, even a down payment on the nation’s deficit, “which hit a record-breaking $412 billion last year.”

Lester added that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (the man who would soon hire disgraced Dan Rather for his HDNet channel) insisted President Bush should cancel all his parties and festivities to set an example. Democratic congressmen Anthony Weiner and Jim McDermott were highlighted for urging Bush in a letter that he imitate FDR’s 1945 inaugural, where he served guests “cold chicken salad and plain pound cake.”

But on January 13, 2009, with deficit estimates passing over the trillion-dollar mark, the AP urged that “excess” was mandatory for an inauguration they finally felt was worth celebrating. They wrote of no attempts to ask liberal Democrats if they would now urge Obama to stick to cold chicken salad and pound cake.

As you watch, kindly note that the the thoughtful, fair-and-balanced “Hardball” panel here consists of the editor of Salon and a VP at Media Matters. But see, it’s Keith Olbermann’s donations to Democrats that make MSNBC a joke. Exit question: Should I be worried that my posts are now being tweeted by … Robert Gibbs? RINO-tastic! Click the image to watch.


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Matthews should get a hint about his utter stupidity after seeing what just happened to Olby. Obviously MSNBC isn’t happy with their idiot evening lineup, so they found a reason to can Olby. Matthews is next.

jediwebdude on November 5, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Stupid is as stupid does… At least that’s what Pissy Chrissy’s mom always told him. Then she told him to shut up.

RalphyBoy on November 6, 2010 at 12:18 AM

Exit question: Should I be worried that my posts are now being tweeted by … Robert Gibbs?

If that’s the best proof he has, that’s the best proof he has.
Apparently you accepting as fact that the number “stretches credulity” will have to suffice for now. No one seems interested in pressing him for real numbers.

Ronnie on November 6, 2010 at 1:18 AM

So how much is the trip costing?
They say it isn’t costing $200 million, but how do they know that, unless they in fact know much it is and aren’t saying?
sharrukin on November 5, 2010 at 6:33 PM

White House:
The trip is not costing $200 million per day.
Trust us.
Would we ever lie to you about how much some government escapade costs? ;)

AZCoyote on November 6, 2010 at 6:39 AM

MSNBC will never be challenged because everybody knows it reeks of idiocy and nobody watches it. Matthews could only exist on the likes of MSNBC.

rplat on November 6, 2010 at 7:14 AM

Time to hang up your cleats, or should I say ballet shoes Chrissy.

Quit now while you have an ounce of integrity, oh wait, too late.

elifino on November 6, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Ooooo Robert Gibbs read Allah! So does Jon Stewart. Well, well.

I’m thinking they may learn something… I mean in the comments of course.

Honestly Allah, you should get a better group of friends, peer pressure can be a very bad thing.

petunia on November 6, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Can I get a witness?

OkieDoc on November 5, 2010 at 9:08 PM

this thread.

From AP White House coorespondent Ben Feller in Mumbai:

Obama was determined to show tangible, economic results on his long Asia trip, … and promoting $10 billion in trade deals—completed in time for his visit—that the White House says will create about 54,000 jobs at home.

All that’s left is the voice over.

OkieDoc on November 6, 2010 at 3:08 PM

What’s wrong with this lillywhite old dude that sees a racial angle in everything? Is he echoing his deep inner feelings about racial equality?

And……. did he ever mention just how white the crowd looked at the Stewart rally? He harped on that topic for a good solid week after Beck’s rally. It never seemed to occur to him that these rallies reflect the demographics of this country.

joedoe on November 7, 2010 at 8:53 AM

10 Billion for 54,000 jobs? Saved or created?

Now we learn they are taking 9 aircraft. What a freaking boondoggle.

dogsoldier on November 7, 2010 at 8:58 AM

A little off topic, but has anyone else noticed that Michelle has finally covered those shoulders and upper arms she is so proud of, in respect of the social norms of Asian populations? Wish she would respect the American people enough to do that. There are plenty of Americans who don’t think tank tops are appropriate business wear for the official duties of the First Lady. Remember the lovely thing she chose to wear in Spain to visit their officials?

spudmom on November 7, 2010 at 9:47 AM

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