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Thomas D
03-05-2009, 07:18 PM
The news just reported that the Obama children have a new $7000 playset. Said Obama paid for it himself.

Tough economic times regards.

badbullgator
03-05-2009, 07:33 PM
Out of touch
Market down 281 points, but it was his own money so I guess it is no big deal
Must be nice

Raymond Little
03-05-2009, 09:03 PM
Every child needs a jungle gym that
cost $7,000.00. It has gotta be big enough for all of the monkeys in congress to play on.

Patrick Johndrow
03-05-2009, 09:05 PM
I guess being a community organizer paid well.

Thomas D
03-05-2009, 09:09 PM
It's all about setting an example. Guess he wants everyone to SPEND.

The story ranks right up there with how toned Michelle (My Belle) Obama's arms look.

M Remington
03-05-2009, 10:01 PM
If this is all you conservatives can pick on, the Republicans are in worse shape than I thought.

TN_LAB
03-06-2009, 07:30 AM
I heard an interesting term the other day...wealth envy.

I didn't vote for the guy, but I could not care less about how much he spent on his playset.

paul young
03-06-2009, 09:17 AM
this forum should be re-named the Obama hate club.

it really is pitiful, and those i'm addressing should be ashamed of themselves, but they are not.

i don't for even one moment think that my occasional input here will be missed, but i'm done with this portion of RTF.-Paul

badbullgator
03-06-2009, 09:25 AM
Paul......yes I don't like BHO. I didn't like him before he was elected so what in the world would make me start to like him or his policies now? Why is that wrong? Just because he won we all have to change our views on the guy? I really believe he will destroy our great nation and I cannot get on board for that and thus I hate him. I will be happy to agree with something he does that I think is good, but I have not seen anything like that yet.
He will make Jimmy Carte look like a mental giant and Nixon look honest.
BTW- notice I said I don't care it was his money. Now I do care that he was serving Kobe beef at his superbowl party on the taxpayers dime, but all of them are wasteful with our money and I an sure Bush and all the rest freely spent our dime of similar things (the beef not the play set) so that is not restricted to the dems of BHO

Smokin' Guns
03-06-2009, 09:46 AM
That Kobe Beef sure is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've only had it once and I sure haven't forgotten yet.

badbullgator
03-06-2009, 09:48 AM
That Kobe Beef sure is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've only had it once and I sure haven't forgotten yet.


Was that at the White House??????
I have had it a few times and it is worth every dollar

Illinois Bob
03-06-2009, 10:13 AM
it really is pitiful, and those i'm addressing should be ashamed of themselves, but they are not.


http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/06/study-dow-decline-marks-fastest-new-president-nearly-century/

I'm not ashamed at all.The people that voted for him made a HUGE mistake.

road kill
03-06-2009, 10:43 AM
I personally am more concerned about what President Obama is doing about;

#1--The Economy
#2--The Market
#3--The Deficit
#4--Defeating terrorism
#5--Taxes
#6--Illegal immigrants
#7--Gas prices (taxes again)
#8--The Porkulus package
#9--The Treasury plan
#10-Wallstreet
#11-Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
(there are more,but you get my drift here)

I could care less about;

#1--Michelle's wardrobe
#2--Swing sets
#4--Carville, Begala and Emanuel's hatred for Rush!!

Govern for God's sakes!!

Matt McKenzie
03-06-2009, 10:52 AM
I don't care how he spends his money. I'm worried about how he wants to spend MINE.

Who cares what kind of dog he's buying or what kind of swing set he buys for his kids or how his wife dresses or how much she works out. So what if his hair is suddenly turning gray? I could not care less about his brother in Kenya or his aunt in New York. All of that stuff is just distraction from the real issues. I don't dislike the man personally. I don't know him personally. I simply think that his positions on many issues are either misguided or intentionally distructive to our nation.

lennie
03-06-2009, 11:04 AM
Okay, since I am now on a roll today.........

The problem I see with the $7000.00 swingset is who swindled BO into that one! The most that darn thing SHOULD have cost was $2000.00!

Another example of someone over inflating prices.....what did it have $200.00 bolts holding it together......

Why has this happened throughout our governments history? Why does the government always pay 5X what something is worth. I know he used his "own" money but I am sure some staffer helped him find the overpriced thing in the first place. Looks like more wasteful spending to me.

Still don't get regards,
Earlene

YardleyLabs
03-06-2009, 11:57 AM
As a matter of interest, where did the $7000 price quote come from? The dealer's quoted price for that set is about $3500. We actually have a similar set at my church from the same company.

Mike Noel
03-06-2009, 12:03 PM
As a matter of interest, where did the $7000 price quote come from? The dealer's quoted price for that set is about $3500. We actually have a similar set at my church from the same company.

The same procurement guys at the Navy that used to pay $2000 for toilet seats got him that deal;)

BrianW
03-06-2009, 12:07 PM
Just to be the fly in the ointment, the President is supposed to be a leader and part of being a good leader is setting a good example.

From his own words, "we're ALL going to have to make sacrifices..."
WHAT sacrifices do you see him and Congress making?

This doesn't need to be the "I hate Obama" club, it needs to be the "I hate hypocrisy" forum.

road kill
03-06-2009, 12:12 PM
Just to be the fly in the ointment, the President is supposed to be a leader and part of being a good leader is setting a good example.

From his own words, "we're ALL going to have to make sacrifices..."
WHAT sacrifices do you see him and Congress making?This doesn't need to be the "I hate Obama" club, it needs to be the "I hate hypocrisy" forum.
He wanted the $8,500 set!!:shock:

Hoosier
03-06-2009, 02:51 PM
I don't care if he buys 10 play sets with his own money. I think it was money well spent.

Ken Newcomb
03-06-2009, 03:14 PM
I think it is great that he bought his kids a swing set.

Nothing wrong with taking care of your kids.

Steve Amrein
03-06-2009, 03:27 PM
My thoughts are that his spending will be just like this play set. Full of good intentions but in the end will have zero return and nobody will use it.

Uncle Bill
03-11-2009, 05:00 PM
Hate to burst everyones bubble...BUT the story on the swingset was that it came from a Brookings S.D. company that is a big Obama fan, and it was a donation to the family. Have no way of confirming that, but it was a big story on the Sioux Falls TV stations when it was first set up at the White House. I'd doubt they would smear themselves with that much egg, by not checking the story out.

The eastern part of Sodak, from Aberdeen down through Watertown, Brookings and Sx Flls is quite liberal...as I like to refer to them, "Minesoooooota Lite".:rolleyes:

UB

Buzz
03-13-2009, 01:50 PM
As a matter of interest, where did the $7000 price quote come from? The dealer's quoted price for that set is about $3500. We actually have a similar set at my church from the same company.


That play set was built right here in Brookings South Dakota, probably by people I know personally. So, I'm glad he went shopping for the kids, thanks Mr. President!

Thanks UB, we don't mind the label here. My sister-in-law is a state senator from here. She's VERY liberal!

duckheads
03-13-2009, 03:31 PM
Hate to burst everyones bubble...BUT the story on the swingset was that it came from a Brookings S.D. company that is a big Obama fan, and it was a donation to the family. Have no way of confirming that, but it was a big story on the Sioux Falls TV stations when it was first set up at the White House. I'd doubt they would smear themselves with that much egg, by not checking the story out.

The eastern part of Sodak, from Aberdeen down through Watertown, Brookings and Sx Flls is quite liberal...as I like to refer to them, "Minesoooooota Lite".:rolleyes:

UB

i am sure they will get plenty in return. he is spreading plenty of our money around to many of his supporters!

plenty of pork to go around regards!

YardleyLabs
03-13-2009, 04:19 PM
i am sure they will get plenty in return. he is spreading plenty of our money around to many of his supporters!

plenty of pork to go around regards!

Absolutely. I mean, just look at his speech on education where he's already promising teachers that he will support merit based pay and broader support for charter schools. Oh, I forgot, teachers oppose both of those things.

The release from the white house said that the Obamas had some parent to parent conversations shortly after the election on things they could do to minimize the effects of their forthcoming "move" on their daughters. They decided to buy a playset as one of their actions and ordered it and paid for it last fall. If they did actually pay for it themselves, it was a departure from prior Presidential policies. The incoming President has a budget for redecorating the residential quarters at public expense. The playset installed by the Obamas was not the first in the white house and I suspect and hope it will not be the last. There is no rule that all Presidents have to be old enough to be grandfathers.

Truman was "given" a one lane bowling alley for a birthday present but it was moved for use by other staff. Nixon installed a bowling alley for himself that was paid for by "friends" and Gerald Ford had a swimming pool installed, at tax payer expense, to replace the one that Roosevelt had built but that was converted into a press room by Nixon, who didn't swim. A children's garden was donated by the Johnsons and the children that have occupied the WH since then have added their handprints in concrete.

Personally, I hope that the WH continues to have children as occupants and that it will always be child friendly. I want Presidents who know who they are really working for.

Hew
03-13-2009, 05:17 PM
Absolutely. I mean, just look at his speech on education where he's already promising teachers that he will support merit based pay and broader support for charter schools. Oh, I forgot, teachers oppose both of those things.
Oh, well if Obama promised....

Given that the usual suspects at the NEA gave the speech rave reviews leads me to believe they don't put much stock in his education-related promises, as their knee-jerk response would typically have been to stomp up and down like wet hens about what he said.

His rhetoric, however, is at odds with his actions...given that with the stroke of his pen, Obama just killed the Washington DC school voucher program after this school year. In his defense, it was part of the porkulus package and he didn't have much choice. His spokesflack insists that Obama will find a way to get it re-funded. Add it to the list of promises. We'll see.

At least Obama isn't a raging hypocrite like the Clintons. Obama put his kids in a tony private school and at least pays lip service to public school alternatives. While the Clintons stuck Chelsey in a private school all the while pimping for public schools and whoring themselves to the NEA.

Skybuster
03-14-2009, 02:53 AM
Glad he bought his own playset. If he'd used our money, he may have spent $70,000. You know. Creating jobs and jumpstarting the economy.

Marvin S
03-14-2009, 03:55 PM
Absolutely. I mean, just look at his speech on education where he's already promising teachers that he will support merit based pay and broader support for charter schools. Oh, I forgot, teachers oppose both of those things.

Money on the table always quiets the Teacher's Unions. They know merit pay as unworkable as it will be administered by those already in charge. & they have been providing a unsuitable product for years. Now had he said "We will be providing more money & higher pay for those qualified to teach Science & Math in our country's national interests" there would have been some meat on the table, & you would have heard an outcry. & to that he could have added "We will also supplement salaries for those with IQ's higher than the norm". More outcry. :eek:

As for charter schools, it is my belief that government schools should have competition - charter schools & vouchers are the only answer.




His rhetoric, however, is at odds with his actions...given that with the stroke of his pen, Obama just killed the Washington DC school voucher program after this school year. In his defense, it was part of the porkulus package and he didn't have much choice. His spokesflack insists that Obama will find a way to get it re-funded. Add it to the list of promises. We'll see.

He's a real promiser, & a real take charge sort of guy (as evidenced by his glib talk), who apparently does not understand the remotest about closing a deal. But you wouldn't expect him to know that, he's never done anything where accomplishment was measured & results were expected.

luvalab
03-14-2009, 04:49 PM
Um, given all the places these kids WON'T be able to play for the next four years, 3500--or 7000--of his own money doesn't seem that big an indulgence. So what if it's big enough a couple of 2nd graders can get lost in it for a while (and maybe forget the secret service is watching).

3500 approaches what it might cost to run a dog JH through MH assuming your dog crashes and burns once in a while and you sleep in a Motel 6 rather than at a rest stop, and 7000 might be not even a year of putting a dog with a pro.

Good grief. Let the man buy a nice swingset for his kids.

Gotta say I'm happy with some of you stood up for the kids when you could have taken the usual tone or just kept quiet. That's nice.