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Saturday, March 22, 2014

The story behind "live Long and Prosper" and irreverent thoughts about First vacationers

I was surfing the blogrolls of either BRM,OldNFO or Murphy's law and ran across this Site and in it was the story of the Vulcan salute from Star Trek, well I have been a fan of Star Trek since I saw the reruns in 1970 in Baumholder Germany on AFN the 2nd time we were stationed there?  I never knew the back story of the vulcan hand salute.  According to a book I have Leonard Nimoy (Who played Spock) suggested it but not the back story of "why" and where did he get the idea.  The video was a little over 3 minutes long and it was a neat story.

Now on to the First Family Vacationers, 
I Guess going to Camp David is out of the question,  Ya notice that where every they vacation at...it is expensive to go there from the resort in Hawaii, to spain, to south africa and to Martha's Vineyard,and everywhere in between the Obama's hang with the 1%ers, despite the campaign rhetoric stating otherwise
      I have no problems with rich people, I wish I was rich, but my hangup is that with the debt issues we have and the paring down of the military, the Obama's take some lavish vacations on our dime.  If they paid for it all, I could care less it is their money...but in this case, it is OURS...that is my hangup with this. and there are 
From our American Media on this,    I get information from foreign media sources,  This just demonstrates the bias in the American media since they are covering for "their guy" and anything that might be construed as criticism gets squashed.     This is from the Dailymail.UK British newspapers


Michelle Obama and three of her family members are staying in a $8,350-per-night Beijing presidential suite, but despite a 24-hour butler and other perks that come with the lodging, her entourage has inconvenienced 'pretty much everyone' and made the hotel staff 'fed up,' a well-placed hotel staffer has told MailOnline.
The sumptuous pad at the Westin Beijing Chaoyang hotel – its website calls the room 'an oasis of comfort – is a 3,400-square-foot masterpiece including a private steam room, 'corner sofas with silk pillows,' and in-room dining for six. 
But the Obamas' stay has already affected staff and guests at the hotel, with the Westin front-desk veteran alleging that Mrs. Obama's mother Marian Robinson has been 'barking at the staff since she arrived.'
First lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson, and her daughters Sasha and Malia are in Beijing for the beginning of a week-long tour, and their hotel's staff are already tired of them
First lady Michelle Obama, her mother Marian Robinson, and her daughters Sasha and Malia are in Beijing for the beginning of a week-long tour, and their hotel's staff are already tired of them
A senior hotel staffer said Marian Robinson (L), Mrs. Obama's mother, has been 'barking at the staff since she arrived at the hotel
A senior hotel staffer said Marian Robinson (L), Mrs. Obama's mother, has been 'barking at the staff since she arrived at the hotel
Can you spot the Secret Service? Many of the agents in Mrs. Obama's detail are Asian-American, helping them avoid standing out while they protect the first lady -- but confusing some hotel guests who don't understand why they can't board some elevators
Can you spot the Secret Service? Many of the agents in Mrs. Obama's detail are Asian-American, helping them avoid standing out while they protect the first lady -- but confusing some hotel guests who don't understand why they can't board some elevators
Government security forces from both China and the U.S. started Thursday to screen everyone who entered the building, including paying guests, setting up checkpoints that resemble those at airline concourse entrances.
The Secret Service's monopoly on the hotel's highest floors has meant the Westin had to boot guests with previous reservations out of their executive-level rooms.
Secret Service agents are also monopolizing hotel elevators long before the Obamas need them, added the staffer, who identified himself as a member of the concierge staff and spoke English during a phone call on Friday.
'Many of them are Asian, too, or Americans who are Asian, so you know our guests don't understand.'
 
'We can't wait for this to be over, to tell you the truth,' he said in a sudden hush. 'We entertain many important people here, but this has been, I think, very different.'
A spokesperson for Mrs. Obama declined to comment.
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang's 'oasis' presidential suite isn't the only part of the hotel that the Obama's have monopolized: Their Secret Service contingent has allegedly bumped some high-paying guests from their rooms
The Westin Beijing Chaoyang's 'oasis' presidential suite isn't the only part of the hotel that the Obama's have monopolized: Their Secret Service contingent has allegedly bumped some high-paying guests from their rooms
A U.S. Secret Service spokesperson promised answers to MailOnline's questions but didn't provide any in time for publication. The agency generally does not speak publicly about security arrangements for the officials it protects.
A spokesman for Starwood Hotels, which owns the Westin chain, referred questions to Secret Service.
Ordinary Chinese who have met the American first lady have described her in media reports as approachable and friendly, and the hotel staffer agreed. 
'The first lady is gracious, and the girls are lovely,' he said.
The Westin employee and another colleague said Sasha and Malia Obama have been on their best behavior because Mrs. Robinson has kept them on a short leash.
They emphasized that they have had a disappointing experience with the protection detail that accompanies Mrs. Obama everywhere.
Wealthy hotel guests bumped from their reserved rooms into other less-luxurious accommodations have inundated the front desk with complaints.
As a condition of the first lady staying at the Westin, the Secret Service blocked off all the rooms near the presidential suite..
The Washington Times reported Thursday that an entourage of about 70 people is accompanying the guests of honor to China at taxpayer expense.
More guards than guarded? The two first ladies (front) strolled through Beijing's Forbidden City with their protection details close at hand
More guards than guarded? The two first ladies (front) strolled through Beijing's Forbidden City with their protection details close at hand
Blending in: The Secret Service detail guarding Mrs. Obama and her family members includes Asian-American agents like this man
Blending in: The Secret Service detail guarding Mrs. Obama and her family members includes Asian-American agents like this man
'Mrs. Diplomat': Chinese President Xi Jinping joined in Friday for events that were supposed to include just Mrs. Obama and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan. The White House has insisted that the trip is a cultural exchange and not a political mission, however.
'Mrs. Diplomat': Chinese President Xi Jinping joined in Friday for events that were supposed to include just Mrs. Obama and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan. The White House has insisted that the trip is a cultural exchange and not a political mission, however.
Delightful: Ordinary Chinese have described Mrs. Obama as a wonderful visitor, but her mother (at C) is allegedly causing hotel staff headaches
Delightful: Ordinary Chinese have described Mrs. Obama as a wonderful visitor, but her mother (at C) is allegedly causing hotel staff headaches
The White House has taken pains to frame Mrs. Obama's trip as a cultural journey rather than a political one, but taxpayers are paying through the nose for it nonetheless.
China News Service described the first lady on Friday as 'Mrs Diplomatic,' and the Xinhua news agency dubbed the trip 'an unprecedented and historical moment in the chapter of China–U.S. relations.'
The trip won't come cheap.
Judicial Watch, a watchdog group in Washington, D.C., reports that it cost more than $11 million for President and Mrs. Obama to travel to Africa for Nelson Mandela's memorial service in December. 
The first couple were in Africa for less than 13 hours.
The Obamas' 2013 visit to Africa, a longer affair, reportedly cost Americans more than $100 million.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2586367/Beijing-hotel-workers-fed-Obama-entourage-3400-square-foot-8-350-night-suite-inconveniencing-pretty-ladys-mother-barking-staff.html#ixzz2wi26xnKd
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2 comments:

  1. Thanks, and yeah they lurves spending our money... I don't think they like Camp David, too 'rustic' for them... sigh

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  2. When Presidents Bush (both of them) and Reagan vacationed, they went to their own properties that were already set up for security. There was no massive taxpayer cost like is required when the Obamas keep going to new places where everything has to be shut down and secured just for them.

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