That was President Bush. And every year for the past five, I've thought about what that meant to me. (By the way, some years, I got holiday duty, which meant I was off to Waco, Texas, the day after Christmas. But once again, the Bush White House had us covered: A press plane flew out with the president, and back then, reporters could pay $100 per family member for the plane ride. So sometimes, the family went along. For the kids, it was an adventure; for me, well, we were all together.)
All that has changed with President Obama. No more press plane, for one. Reporters are on their own — so taking family is, say, $1,000 a pop. Not likely. And this president would never delay his trip to his island getaway. He's off every year well before Christmas. Hundreds and hundreds head off with him, leaving family behind.
No Christmas at home. Instead, the Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Nice, but not exactly home.
Anyway, that's why I think of George W. Bush every year in the week between Christmas and New Year's. Probably will till I die. Thanks, GWB.We couldn't top the observations of Charles P. Pierce and Digby on "Curl's Complaint," so here they are, starting with Charles:
It takes a special kind of man to confess that his devotion can be bought on the cheap, let alone one who will reprint the Bill Of Sale every Christmas season. (This column apparently is going to be come a regular holiday treat for the whole family, like that kid who gets his tongue stuck to the flagpole.) Of course, there are some 5000-odd Americans who won't get to be home with their families for Christmas ever again. Thanks, GWB.Your turn, Digby:
Those awful Obamas force the press corps to go to Hawaii in the middle of the winter. The humanity. And I'd guess they don't feel they could get away with having the taxpayers foot the bill for all the reporters' families to go with them as George W. Bush did. After all, there's no doubt that the Washington Times would dog them mercilessly if they tried it.You can be sure "Curl's Complaint" will appear in the Moonie Times every Christmas season through 2016, to be followed by a slightly edited version for President Hillary Clinton's Christmas getaway to some other godforsaken place.
(Photo: The entitled and sorely miffed Joseph Curl)