Just when the White House did something right …

posted at 4:50 pm on November 14, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Last week, I wrote relatively glowingly of the White House’s limited effort to implement fiscal responsibility. In case you missed it, as a part of the president’s series of unilateral actions to improve the economy, he recently issued an executive order to agencies to reduce spending on travel, technology devices, printing, motor-vehicle use and “swag” like coffee mugs, T-shirts and pens. As I wrote, the measure will save the government about eight minutes’ worth of federal spending — but it was at least a step in the right direction.

Unfortunately, as the Associated Press reports, that order apparently didn’t apply to diplomatic protocol:

First lady Michelle Obama presented sterling silver orchid brooches and sterling silver cufflinks with Hawaiian Koa Wood to the leaders and spouses who gathered for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. …

World leaders commonly exchange gifts as an act of goodwill and diplomacy. The White House said the gifts represented “a distinct part of the aloha spirit and helps forge new bridges of friendship and understanding.”

The intricately designed orchid brooch was handcrafted in sterling silver by Hawaiian artist Wayne Keeth while the cufflinks were designed by Kara Ross, using wood from Hawaiian woodturner Keith Maile. The cufflinks are engraved with the words: “Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

The article doesn’t mention how much the brooches cost, but the designer told me the White House requested that he not reveal that information.

“They asked us not to,” he said.

Isn’t the president always saying the richest among us should do more? Here’s a thought: Why doesn’t he instruct his wife to spend their own money on these sorts of customs instead of using taxpayer dollars for over-the-top presents? I appreciate the intent of the gesture — but would appreciate the reduction of hypocrisy far more. If Michelle overrides her husband’s request and insists on using taxpayer dollars to make a symbolic move, she could at least dispense less extravagant gifts. Something not made exclusively for Michelle Obama could just as effectively suggest the friendliness and generosity of the United States toward other nations.


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“Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

a little pompous don’t you think?
———————-
do what i say, not what i do

get it straight people

cmsinaz on November 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I’m betting they cost more than a collection of DVDs and a used iPod.

DrAllecon on November 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Moochelle Antoinette. Let them eat broaches.

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM

ooooh good one

cmsinaz on November 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Did she ever touch the silver with her bare skin? This is very important.

Jim Treacher on November 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

“They asked us not to,” he said.

Fire up the FOIA!

TexasDan on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

At least she didn’t give out ipods filled with her husband’s speeches or framed copies People magazine with her on the cover. Credit where it’s due, right?

Dead Hand Control on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Tina needs to start covering the Larry Sinclair story ;)

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

OT: Herman Cain: Ohio collective bargaining law may have “tried to do too much.” Says he supports collective bargaining for public employees.

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Naturally, these extravagant personal gifts were totally paid for out of Obama’s personal wallet?

coldwarrior on November 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Well people, you have to realize poor mo is stuck in that nasty big wh and has to sneak out to feel ‘free’ at target! Her mind is going 24/7 thinking of things to do and it just happens all her thoughts cost the taxpayers MONEY!
L

letget on November 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I’m not as distressed? by the gift as much as I am the “made exclusively for MO” part. WTF? Does anyone want a piece of jewelry that says that? Gross!!

JAM on November 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

WTF
They were made exclusively for the office of the president of the US.
What in the world is her name doing on there. Did she pay for them out of her own money?

oldernwiser on November 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

another strike…

cmsinaz on November 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Some Obama statements have shorter expiration dates than others.

Speakup on November 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

OT: If you were supporting Cain, this video will make you stop: http://t.co/9Xv0CPUk

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I just watched an Annie get your Gun and was reminded how rich royalty would give her expensive jewel laden medals that they eventually sold to keep the travelling Wild West show on the road.

Michelle thinks she has the right to spend “her” money which came from her subjects taxes.

shick on November 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

OT: If you were supporting Cain, this video will make you stop: http://t.co/9Xv0CPUk

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Heard about that. Uggh. He’s gone.

Sarah, we need you.

ConservativePartyNow on November 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM

OT: If you were supporting Cain, this video will make you stop: http://t.co/9Xv0CPUk

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

OMG that is terrible and laughable LOL

ArmyAunt on November 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The article doesn’t mention how much the brooches cost, but the designer told me the White House requested that he not reveal that information.

“They asked us not to,” he said.

So we don’t have the right to see how our tax dollars are being spent anymore?

Petty tyrants.

rbj on November 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Full of herself…and with little reason. Never have been sure which Obama is the most distasteful to me. M. has no class, never did.

jeanie on November 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Yep – if he stands by his statement that public employees should keep the right to collectively bargain, he can kiss my support goodbye. Long ago, I swore up and down I would never support Newt in any of his endeavors, and now I’m about to support him for POTUS.

/doomed

elcapt on November 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM

So anyone work in the jewelry business who would have an idea how much custom-designed & made items like this would cost?

If we paid for them, then we should know the bill.

And,

Tina, this WH never does anything right because it’s the right thing to do. There’s always some kind of self-serving motive.

INC on November 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Did she ever touch the silver with her bare skin? This is very important.

Jim Treacher on November 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

ROTFLMAO!

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Mooch with the brooch.

Steve Z on November 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

OT: Herman Cain: Ohio collective bargaining law may have “tried to do too much.” Says he supports collective bargaining for public employees.

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Ooooffff.

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Maybe they should have just given them iPods with his speeches loaded on them? Cheaper I’m sure.

ButterflyDragon on November 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

elcapt on November 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM

I agree. I have been and have supported Herman since Sarah didn’t run. If this is fact, gads how could he say this? Sorry, Herman, if true, no vote at our home for you.
L

letget on November 14, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I hate to mention it but there is a REMOTE possibility that the Obama’s are footing this bill themselves.

Certainly, if the engraving says it was made for ‘Michelle Obama’ not the ‘United States of America’ or ‘The Office of the President of the United States’, I would think that should be the case.

But I am not holding my breathe for an answer.

OBQuiet on November 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Just when the White House did something right …
Share posted at 4:50 pm on November 14, 2011 by Tina Korbe
printer-friendly Last week, I wrote relatively glowingly of the White House’s limited effort to implement fiscal responsibility. In case you missed it, as a part of the president’s series of unilateral actions to improve the economy, he recently issued an executive order to agencies to reduce spending on travel, technology devices, printing, motor-vehicle use and “swag” like coffee mugs, T-shirts and pens. As I wrote, the measure will save the government about eight minutes’ worth of federal spending — but it was at least a step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, as the Associated Press reports, that order apparently didn’t apply to diplomatic protocol:
First lady Michelle Obama presented sterling silver orchid brooches and sterling silver cufflinks with Hawaiian Koa Wood to the leaders and spouses who gathered for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. …
World leaders commonly exchange gifts as an act of goodwill and diplomacy. The White House said the gifts represented “a distinct part of the aloha spirit and helps forge new bridges of friendship and understanding.”
The intricately designed orchid brooch was handcrafted in sterling silver by Hawaiian artist Wayne Keeth while the cufflinks were designed by Kara Ross, using wood from Hawaiian woodturner Keith Maile. The cufflinks are engraved with the words: “Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”
The article doesn’t mention how much the brooches cost, but the designer told me the White House requested that he not reveal that information.
“They asked us not to,” he said.
Isn’t the president always saying the richest among us should do more? Here’s a thought: Why doesn’t he instruct his wife to spend their own money on these sorts of customs instead of using taxpayer dollars for over-the-top presents? I appreciate the intent of the gesture — but would appreciate the reduction of hypocrisy far more. If Michelle overrides her husband’s request and insists on using taxpayer dollars to make a symbolic move, she could at least dispense less extravagant gifts. Something not made exclusively for Michelle Obama could just as effectively suggest the friendliness and generosity of the United States toward other nations.
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“Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”
a little pompous don’t you think?
———————-
do what i say, not what i do

get it straight people

cmsinaz on November 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I’m betting they cost more than a collection of DVDs and a used iPod.

DrAllecon on November 14, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Moochelle Antoinette. Let them eat broaches.

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:55 PM
ooooh good one

cmsinaz on November 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Did she ever touch the silver with her bare skin? This is very important.

Jim Treacher on November 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

“They asked us not to,” he said.
Fire up the FOIA!

TexasDan on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

At least she didn’t give out ipods filled with her husband’s speeches or framed copies People magazine with her on the cover. Credit where it’s due, right?

Dead Hand Control on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Tina needs to start covering the Larry Sinclair story ;)

MeatHeadinCA on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

OT: Herman Cain: Ohio collective bargaining law may have “tried to do too much.” Says he supports collective bargaining for public employees.

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Naturally, these extravagant personal gifts were totally paid for out of Obama’s personal wallet?

coldwarrior on November 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Well people, you have to realize poor mo is stuck in that nasty big wh and has to sneak out to feel ‘free’ at target! Her mind is going 24/7 thinking of things to do and it just happens all her thoughts cost the taxpayers MONEY!
L

letget on November 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I’m not as distressed? by the gift as much as I am the “made exclusively for MO” part. WTF? Does anyone want a piece of jewelry that says that? Gross!!

JAM on November 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”
WTF
They were made exclusively for the office of the president of the US.
What in the world is her name doing on there. Did she pay for them out of her own money?

oldernwiser on November 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM
another strike…

cmsinaz on November 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Some Obama statements have shorter expiration dates than others.

Speakup on November 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

OT: If you were supporting Cain, this video will make you stop: http://t.co/9Xv0CPUk

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

I just watched an Annie get your Gun and was reminded how rich royalty would give her expensive jewel laden medals that they eventually sold to keep the travelling Wild West show on the road.

Michelle thinks she has the right to spend “her” money which came from her subjects taxes.

shick on November 14, 2011 at 5:04 PM

OT: If you were supporting Cain, this video will make you stop: http://t.co/9Xv0CPUk

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM
Heard about that. Uggh. He’s gone.

Sarah, we need you.

ConservativePartyNow on November 14, 2011 at 5:05 PM

OT: If you were supporting Cain, this video will make you stop: http://t.co/9Xv0CPUk

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM
OMG that is terrible and laughable LOL

ArmyAunt on November 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The article doesn’t mention how much the brooches cost, but the designer told me the White House requested that he not reveal that information.

“They asked us not to,” he said.
So we don’t have the right to see how our tax dollars are being spent anymore?

Petty tyrants.

rbj on November 14, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Full of herself…and with little reason. Never have been sure which Obama is the most distasteful to me. M. has no class, never did.

jeanie on November 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Yep – if he stands by his statement that public employees should keep the right to collectively bargain, he can kiss my support goodbye. Long ago, I swore up and down I would never support Newt in any of his endeavors, and now I’m about to support him for POTUS.

/doomed

elcapt on November 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM

So anyone work in the jewelry business who would have an idea how much custom-designed & made items like this would cost?

If we paid for them, then we should know the bill.

And,

Tina, this WH never does anything right because it’s the right thing to do. There’s always some kind of self-serving motive.

INC on November 14, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Did she ever touch the silver with her bare skin? This is very important.

Jim Treacher on November 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM
ROTFLMAO!

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Mooch with the brooch.

Steve Z on November 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

OT: Herman Cain: Ohio collective bargaining law may have “tried to do too much.” Says he supports collective bargaining for public employees.

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 4:57 PM
Ooooffff.

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Maybe they should have just given them iPods with his speeches loaded on them? Cheaper I’m sure.

ButterflyDragon on November 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

elcapt on November 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM
I agree. I have been and have supported Herman since Sarah didn’t run. If this is fact, gads how could he say this? Sorry, Herman, if true, no vote at our home for you.
L

letget on November 14, 2011 at 5:12 PM

I hate to mention it but there is a REMOTE possibility that the Obama’s are footing this bill themselves.

Certainly, if the engraving says it was made for ‘Michelle Obama’ not the ‘United States of America’ or ‘The Office of the President of the United States’, I would think that should be the case.

But I am not holding my breathe for an answer.

OBQuiet on November 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Fortune cookie says”You very optimistic person”.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Besides all the other angles mentioned here, the Koa Wood thing is Pure Gold, Jerry.

First of all, it’s a member of the Pea family. That would make O’bama proud.

Also, Hawaiian Koa wood is relatively rare, and is used to make guitars and ukuleles as well as the knicknacks Mooshelle handed out.

Technically Hawaiian Koa’s not an endangered species, but the Hawai’i Chapter of the Sierra Club thinks it should be. Some stands of the tree are Federally protected.

Gibson Guitar could not be reached for comment.

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Oops! Sorry.

katy the mean old lady on November 14, 2011 at 5:16 PM

Once the outcry hits the press…

The new official story will be Michelle made them at home with a BeDazzler at the kitchen table.

coldwarrior on November 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM

OT: If you were supporting Cain, this video will make you stop: http://t.co/9Xv0CPUk

andy85719 on November 14, 2011 at 5:02 PM

Is he taking lessons from Joe Biden?

Ward Cleaver on November 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM

I’m surprised Obama didn’t give them all a Chevy Volts. They certainly can’t sell them.

portlandon on November 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM

“Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

Evidently Barry knew this was coming – hence the order to ‘cut down on swag’ – had to find the money somewhere.

Just more of the Obama “do as I say, not as I do”.

GarandFan on November 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM

coldwarrior on November 14, 2011 at 5:23 PM

heh

cmsinaz on November 14, 2011 at 5:26 PM

“Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

Another example of her overbearing presumption that her bowel movements have no odor…

Seven Percent Solution on November 14, 2011 at 5:26 PM

“Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

It could have had all the Obama speach highlights in as far less charachters,

“Um, ahh, mmm, I, me,”

It would have been just like the iPods.

cobrakai99 on November 14, 2011 at 5:27 PM

Gee I hope the wood used in these gifts aren’t from endangered indigenous trees with restrictive export rules otherwise we’re looking at another Gibson Guitar fiasco.

eaglewingz08 on November 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

The article doesn’t mention how much the brooches cost, but the designer told me the White House requested that he not reveal that information.
“They asked us not to,” he said.

FOIA

Abby Adams on November 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM

eaglewingz08 on November 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

+1

cmsinaz on November 14, 2011 at 5:32 PM

The cufflinks are engraved with the words: “Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

The sterling silver and koa wood extravagance as also originally designed and crafted as jewelry is offensively exploitative enough, but that last part there (quoted above) is both obscene AND obscenely offensive: giving a “gift” to self promote oneself is not giving, it’s exploitation and quite ugly at that.

Lourdes on November 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM

The cufflinks are engraved with the words: “Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

The sterling silver and koa wood extravagance as also originally designed and crafted as jewelry is offensively exploitative enough, but that last part there (quoted above) is both obscene AND obscenely offensive: giving a “gift” to self promote oneself is not giving, it’s exploitation and quite ugly at that.

Lourdes on November 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM

…particulary ugly when you use someone else’s money to do so.

This woman (Michelle Obama) is, like her husband, out of touch with reality, so far gone into some sort of pitiful, immature, infant-self-indulgence and self-centered state of mind, it’s flabbergasting to just what extent they both are such. It reminds me of the tales of Caligula and Nero.

Lourdes on November 14, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Gee I hope the wood used in these gifts aren’t from endangered indigenous trees with restrictive export rules otherwise we’re looking at another Gibson Guitar fiasco.

eaglewingz08 on November 14, 2011 at 5:28 PM

See my 5:16 PM post.

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

Now having read the earlier comments, I see others consider that a bad smell, too.

Lourdes on November 14, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Is anyone actually ever going to WEAR these items? I foresee a lot of trips by minders and helpers to various pawn shops worldwide…

Lourdes on November 14, 2011 at 5:41 PM

I hate to mention it but there is a REMOTE possibility that the Obama’s are footing this bill themselves.

Certainly, if the engraving says it was made for ‘Michelle Obama’ not the ‘United States of America’ or ‘The Office of the President of the United States’, I would think that should be the case.

But I am not holding my breathe for an answer.

OBQuiet on November 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM

She’s receiving a salary now?

Lourdes on November 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Why doesn’t he instruct his wife to spend their own money on these sorts of customs instead of using taxpayer dollars for over-the-top presents?

That would be too Palin-esque for the nouveau riche trailer trash 0bamas.

UltimateBob on November 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Don’t suppose it would evah occur to All-About-Me-Chelle to put, “Made specially for our APEC Friends” and the date on the damn things.

No, that would be moving the spotlight.

IndieDogg on November 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

The cufflinks are engraved with the words: “Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

The sterling silver and koa wood extravagance as also originally designed and crafted as jewelry is offensively exploitative enough, but that last part there (quoted above) is both obscene AND obscenely offensive: giving a “gift” to self promote oneself is not giving, it’s exploitation and quite ugly at that.

Lourdes on November 14, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Setting aside the issue of the cost, an appropriate engraving would have read something such as, “APEC 2012,” but never made exclusively for ME to bestow on lucky you.

INC on November 14, 2011 at 5:52 PM

IndieDogg on November 14, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Ditto think! :)

INC on November 14, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Full of herself…and with little reason. Never have been sure which Obama is the most distasteful to me. M. has no class, never did.

jeanie on November 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Well, at least she doesn’t wave and obscure world leaders’ faces or chew gum at important meetings. Well, wait, maybe she does things that are just as tacky and classless….

chai on November 14, 2011 at 5:56 PM

“Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

Wonder who’s idea that was?

ctmom on November 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

“Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

Wonder who’s idea that was?

ctmom on November 14, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Hey, everything else is All Bush’s Fault, why not this?

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM

OBQuiet on November 14, 2011 at 5:14 PM
I hate to mention it but there is a REMOTE possibility that the Obama’s are footing this bill themselves.

Anyone who would say their kids were ‘senior staff’ on a vacation to not pay, would NOT pay for anything they do. Someone, anyone but bho and mo is paying for this! From bho’s stash from solyndra?
L

letget on November 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM

First lady Michelle Obama presented sterling silver orchid brooches and sterling silver cufflinks with Hawaiian Koa Wood to the leaders and spouses who gathered for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. …

(hmmmmmmmm, sterling silver, hmmmmmmmmmmm. Maybe when the American dollar goes down to nothing I can sell this krap for alot more money. hmmmmmmmm)/

sicoit on November 14, 2011 at 6:24 PM

More Comedy Gold from the Yahoo link:

“That’s really one of the reasons I married Barack,” the first lady joked during a luncheon for spouses at the APEC forum. “When I realized that this is where we’d be spending the holidays, I said, ‘Yes — I love you!’”

“Our family has the privilege of coming here — the burden of coming back here every year,” Mrs. Obama said to laughter.

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Did she ever touch the silver with her bare skin? This is very important.

Jim Treacher on November 14, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Are you suggesting that she shaves her palms?

jdkchem on November 14, 2011 at 6:37 PM

I would prefer we just make a donation on their behalf to the human fund….or just give them an IOU.

tommer74 on November 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM

I do not mind the gifts as this is standard diplomatic custom.
I DO mind the engraving!
These are from the people of the United States of America and they should so state.

She’s receiving a salary now?

Lourdes on November 14, 2011 at 5:44 PM

In pounds of lobster per annum!

Bubba Redneck on November 14, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Did she wear a bikini?
Please, oh please say “no”! Think of the children . . .

Bubba Redneck on November 14, 2011 at 6:51 PM

And it’s such a cryin’ shame, they will have to wait a whole 5 more weeks to come back to the Islands…

Del Dolemonte on November 14, 2011 at 6:58 PM

About $100…

http://bit.ly/rADHf9

RC2 on November 14, 2011 at 7:22 PM

I would’a thought they’d have followed their standard gift-giving protocols, such as a box set of 25 DVDs selected by the American Film Institute — the thoughtless gift from the Obamas to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Or, perhaps, a shopping bag from the Duty Free shop at Heathrow airport. That was good enough for the Queen, after all.

Paul_in_NJ on November 14, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Why wasn’t a box of chocolate covered macadamia nuts a good enough choice for these gifts?

She could have gotten them a hawaiian garment from Hilo Hattie’s and they throw in the chocolate box for free!!!
/snark

karenhasfreedom on November 14, 2011 at 7:46 PM

Not knowing the cost of the items I would agree with those who point to the engraving as the real issue. It’s tacky and it’s very telling.

I have gotten engraved gifts for family (it was a very special favorite as a kid) and never once did I have them engraved with my own name. Furthermore, diplomatic gifts are from the people of the U.S., so a more appropriate message would be something indicating such.

Yet another in a series of “all about US” gifts from the current First Couple.

I’ve heard it said about this issue “who here hasn’t gotten somebody a lame gift?”….

As mentioned, even as a child I knew not to get my dad a pair of cuff-links engraved with “from your awesome son Mike”. I also didn’t have an entire office of protocol to help me understand that simple point.

RDuke on November 14, 2011 at 8:10 PM

This WH does not do ANYTHING right.

Sherman1864 on November 14, 2011 at 8:24 PM

It is all clear to me now. Michelle Obama is a bigfoot: Goonie goo goo

mechkiller_k on November 14, 2011 at 8:44 PM

The brooches weren’t made of rhodium????!!!!

Low class.

http://back40feet.blogspot.com/2008/12/michelle-obamas-rhodium-ring.html

Dr. ZhivBlago on November 14, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Isn’t the president always saying the richest among us should do more? Here’s a thought: Why doesn’t he instruct his wife to spend their own money on these sorts of customs instead of using taxpayer dollars for over-the-top presents?

Eh. Not at all a fan of the Obama’s (indeed, my loathing for them knows no bounds) but this is a silly complaint. It is a customary and these costs are picked up by taxpayers. Now if she were giving away gold brooches I’d have a problem with the extravagance of the gift, but Sterling Silver? I do have a problem with this narcissism: “Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

But perhaps our real concern should be that they used Hawaiian Koa Wood. Maybe a raid of their factory is in order.

Buy Danish on November 14, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Full of herself…and with little reason. Never have been sure which Obama is the most distasteful to me. M. has no class, never did.

jeanie on November 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Mooch–elle continues to demonstrate that money and privilege can buy anything–except class.

rwenger43 on November 14, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Reminds me of a story that Jesus told:

1 “There was a rich man who had a manager, and this manager was reported to him as squandering his possessions.
2 “And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an accounting of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’
3 “The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig; I am ashamed to beg.
4 ‘I know what I shall do, so that when I am removed from the management people will welcome me into their homes.’
5 “And he summoned each one of his master’s debtors, and he began saying to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’
6 “And he said, ‘A hundred 1measures of oil.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’
7 “Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ And he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He *said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’
8 “And his master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the sons of this age are more shrewd in relation to their own kind than the sons of light.
9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness, so that when it fails, they will receive you into the eternal dwellings.

Lk 16:1-9

Take heart. This means that the Bamster and Moochelle will be out of a job soon. The day of accounting is November 6, 2012. She’s just gettin’ all she can before that day. When they quit stealing all our money and giving it to their cronies, we will once again be rich.

Christian Conservative on November 14, 2011 at 11:55 PM

How about just a CD with some of her famous lines…

PatriotRider on November 15, 2011 at 9:03 AM

“Made Exclusively for Michelle Obama.”

Made Exclusively for the US Taxpayer, perhaps.

But everything you own is really for Michelle Obama, don’tcha know. Get used to the idea.

Haiku Guy on November 15, 2011 at 1:22 PM