Fanfare for the common man

Number of government owned limos soar under Obama regime. Up 73% and climbing. I seem to recall that Nixon took eight people with him when he first went to China. Now such trips require a cast of thousands. How come?


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9 responses to “Fanfare for the common man

  1. Georgie in Greenwich

    The hypocrisy once again…we all need to double down and cut spending, get green, and share in the sacrifice….yeah, ah hum.

    Thank god for the bloggers….you simply NEVER would read this in the mainstream media.

  2. InfoDiva

    I think you remember wrong. According to one website,

    “Nixon stayed for a week in China accompanied by a huge entourage of aides, policy-makers, spies, reporters, technicians, security men, and cooks. ”

    Things only seemed simpler then, I suppose.

  3. Peg

    The One needs thousands. It is written.

  4. Lisina (Noel) della Schiava

    Don’t focus all your attention on Marisa. Lisina, Walter’s duaghter is out and about in Italian society too partying on. Monica, where did you stash all that cash for Madoff?

  5. Cornelia

    Um, ‘why’?? Never ‘how come’.

  6. Treepart

    What a pile of garbage. Shoddy slanted journalism. The headline doesn’t match the article!

    “According to General Services Administration data , the number of limousines in the federal fleet increased from 238 in fiscal 2008, the last year of the George W. Bush administration, to 412 in 2010. Much of the 73 percent increase—111 of the 174 additional limos—took place in fiscal 2009, more than eight months of which corresponded with Obama’s first year in office. However, some of those purchases could reflect requests made by the Bush administration during an appropriations process that would have begun in the spring of 2008.

    The GSA said its limousine numbers are not reliable, even though the federal fleet numbers are officially recorded every year. In a statement, GSA spokeswoman Sara Merriam said, “The categories in the Fleet Report are overly broad, and the term ‘limousine’ is not defined,” adding that “vehicles represented as limousines can range from protective duty vehicles to sedans.” Asked whether the GSA actually knows how many limos it has in its fleet, Merriam responded that GSA “cannot say that its report accurately reflects the number of limousines.”

  7. Ilene Dover

    @Treepart: Is there no way to ever convince an Obama supporter that he might be doing things wrong? We often justify a politicians behavior to meet our political point-of-view, but in this instance it is perfectly clear that Obama has taken advantage of the system. End of discussion. As George Soros says, Move On.

  8. Treepart

    You poor comprehension challenged fool. Lets try this again. The headline reads:

    “Limousine liberals? Number of government-owned limos has soared under Obama”

    Then in the story, the author reveals that 111 of the 174 limos came on board in fiscal 2009, some of which could have been appropriated during the Bush administration’s last year. So maybe all these increased limos weren’t ordered by the Obama administration.

    Then to top that, it’s revealed that the term “limousine” cannot even be defined and may include everything from a sedan to a protective vehicle.

    But it gets even better, as it seems the GSA doesn’t even know how many limos are in the fleet!

    Is there even a story here? or is this another half baked right wing story. There’s plenty to bitch and moan about with Obama. But in this case the author is…. grasping…..for…..straws…..just…..out……of……reach.

  9. pulled up in OG

    PBS, 9 pm tonight

    Great Performances at the Met – Nixon in China
    A 1987 performance of John Adam’s opera about President Nixon’s encounter with Communist China.