Thursday, January 29, 2009

Obama to Peasants: "Heat for Me, But Not for Thee"

Ed Morrissey reports:
Last week, Barack Obama caused quite a stir when he allowed himself to be photographed in the Oval Office without wearing a suit jacket, ending the Bush tradition of coat-and-tie for the West Wing. The New York Times reports on how Obama made that possible during a colder-than-usual Washington winter. All Obama did was turn up the thermostat to Hawaii hothouse levels:

... 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.”
While candidate Obama talked endlessly of the need for energy conservation and limits on the use of fuels that produce so-called greenhouse gases, President Obama has no trouble heating the White House for himself to greenhouse levels, according to David Axelrod. Did the Times even note the hypocrisy, or at the very least the incongruity, in its report on Obama’s White House? Not at all.

Many people in America, especially where I live, would like to heat their homes to a comfort level where sweaters and coats become unnecessary. However, Obama and the Democrats want to impose ruinous taxes and penalties on energy production and fuel that produces carbon dioxide — a naturally-occurring element — and make that choice economically unbearable for us. In fact, candidate Obama spoke directly to that end in
May of this year:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.
Well, apparently some of us can, and those lucky few do call themselves “leaders”. The rest of us call them hypocrites as we fetch another sweater.
My Comments:
Maybe some of us would take so-called "global warming" a little more seriously if those of our leaders who are out front pushing that agenda acted as if they themselves took it seriously by putting their money where their mouths are rather than expecting the rest of us to take up their slack.

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At 1/29/2009 1:42 PM, Blogger Zach said...

Let me think about that for a minute . . . Nope, still wouldn't take global warming seriously. :)

At 1/29/2009 2:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone looking at politicians for the truth regarding global warming is looking in the wrong place. The truth-value of global warming comes from science. I honestly do not know what "good science" concludes on the matter, nor am I particularly interested in conservation because of global warming as much as because the resources are going to run out. The point is that President Obama's hypocrisy on the matter does not in any way affect whether global warming is true or false.

That being said, if you are basing your moral obligation to care for the environment based on the consistency of the president, then part of the moral failure is your own. Take seriously what deserves to be taken seriously, no based on the merits of a politician, but on the merits of the issue itself.

Like Jesus said of the scribes and pharisees, do what the president says to do, but don't act as he acts. Conservation and less pollution is good, no matter who advocates it. Do what is right, and don't worry about what everyone else is doing.

That is my advice.

At 1/29/2009 4:29 PM, Blogger Jeremy and Jessie said...

In response to anonymous, its not that the peasants aren't already "doing the right thing", its that our ruling class is seeking to impose "sacrifices" on us in the form of higher prices, etc, that they are unwilling to first impose on themselves. They talk about raising the price of gas "to relieve congestion" but of course, if they were following their own advice, they wouldn't want less cars on the road because, they would be on the bus. But no, they want US on the bus and uncomfortable in our small houses riding inconvenient public transport.

At 1/29/2009 10:10 PM, Blogger Pro Ecclesia said...

Actually, Anonymous, I think it's all a load of crap. I'm merely pointing out that the President, by his actions, appears to agree with me.

At 1/29/2009 11:16 PM, Blogger Christine the Soccer Mom said...

Wasn't it just a couple days ago that President Obama complained that Washington, DC, schools were being wimpy for canceling because of ice?

I don't care if he wants the heat up high, just don't give me the "do as I say not as I do" crap.

At 1/30/2009 1:20 PM, Blogger BeyondGreen said...

I just finished a wonderful new book called The Manhattan Project of 2009 Energy Independence Now by author Jeff Wilson. It is without a doubt the best book out there. We seriously need to get on with utilizing alternative energy. The high cost of oil this past year seriously damaged our economy and society. The trickle down effects will be felt for years to come. The cost of fuel affects the price of every consumer product. Oil is finite it will run out one day in the not too distant future. We are using oil globally at the rate of 2 X faster than new oil is being discovered. We have so much available to us in the way of natural energy, wind , solar, wave plus the modern technologies of hybrid etc. What America seems to lack is a plan. This book even outlines a plan, a legislative agenda. It is fascinating and brings the act of weaning America off oil into perspective.

At 1/30/2009 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oil and alternative (solar, wind, etc) electric generation are completely unrelated things. Oil has nothing to do with electric generation, as it accounts for less than 5% of our generation portfolio (and shrinking), and all the wind and photovoltaic in the world can't power a car. I wish people would stop conflating these issues.


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