The First Lady has been visiting China, taking along her two daughters, her mother, and an entourage of around seventy government workers, mostly security people—all at public expense!
I vent about this, opining in regard to their accommodations—an $8,400-a-night suite in a plush hotel—that:
Mrs. Obama is not an employee of our federal government … She has no claim on the public fisc other than what she requires to keep up a decent appearance as the President`s spouse.
We maintain a large and expensive embassy in Peking. I have always understood that one of the functions of an embassy is to provide accommodation for visiting dignitaries from the home country. If Mrs. Obama is unwilling to pay for her own holiday accommodations, I wouldn’t mind the embassy putting her up as a courtesy, since presumably they have room, and security people permanently on staff.
The full Radio Derb playbill:
- How I came to stop worrying and not mind the Bomb. (I indulge myself in a little Cold War nostalgia.)
- Land of the knout. (More of the same. Not only do I refuse to worry about the Bomb, I also refuse to worry about Russia.)
- That’s so homosexual. (The thing people and the word people.)
- California in the Crimea. (Paging Mr. Sailer, paging Mr. Sailer.)
- Pomp and circumstance. (FLOTUS in Peking.)
- An unwanted listener. (Whose attention we do not seek.)
- This might almost be true. (Punishing Putin.)
- Update to the Michelin Guide for Nigeria. (Zéro étoiles for this place.)
- Robo-journalism. (News about the news.)
It’s all there at Taki’s Magazine.