Michelle Obama showed off how out of touch she is with the American people by posting a Twitter photo of her dogs eating from fine china. With one of her dogs wearing a jeweled necklace and the other sporting a red ribbon, the First Lady tweeted “Bone appetit!” to her followers. Although it’s unlikely that the dogs ate from fine china, the Twitter photo was insensitive at best given the ongoing economic crisis.
But while liberal outlets praised the dog photo as “adorable,” the reaction might not have been the same if it were a photo coming from a Republican. Back in 1980, Nancy Reagan came under fire for ordering new china for the White House during the recession at that time. Even though it was bought with donated funds, the backlash was so severe that it wasn’t used until 1982.
But fine china and crystal isn’t the only way that the First Lady isn’t wasting taxpayer money. Americans ultimately covered the cost of the private jet that took her to Oprah Winfrey’s beach house in Hawaii last month for an “extended vacation” to celebrate her 50th birthday, as well as the heavy security that guarded her throughout the trip. But while even Winfrey can live quietly in the Maui community, Obama made her presence felt.
A local coffee shop owner reported “bomb sniffing dogs and Maui police” in the bushes near her business. “We’re very close to her property,” she said. “They’ll probably walk up and down the road.”