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June 3, 2009
Upset About Obama’s Date Night? Would You Prefer Booger-Eater
Judging by the amount
of coverage President Obama’s New York City date with his wife got, the
Jolie-Pitt circus has left town to make way for a new first couple of
glamour. Michelle looked stunning in a little black dress, hair upswept
as they went to dinner and a play.
Yes, they held up the
traffic and the play by 45 minutes. Yes, the production (including the
private jet) came out of taxpayer money. That he earned, and not through
his shares in Halliburton. If the president wants to spend his paycheck
wining and dining his wife, I say we count our blessings because, unlike
our head of state, some have truly annoying relationships.
Take for example
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Tact and social grace have
never been strong suits of the 72-year-old as photos of him consuming
his own boogers in a café a few years back clearly demonstrated. Married
and a father of three, Berlusconi has been seeking solace for his
pre-election jitters in the company of an 18-year-old underwear model.
After pictures of the
woman holding up the gold necklace Berlusconi gave her for her 18th
birthday were published, Berlusconi’s wife released a public
announcement to the press stating, “That really surprised me because he
has never come to the 18th birthday parties of any of our children
despite being invited.”
Although Berlusconi, a
conservative, denies a sexual relationship, he did request that the 700
or so pictures of him with topless and bikini-clad young women taken at
his villa be prevented by the courts from reaching the press. The court
granted the request, partly because the former Czech Prime Minister
makes an appearance in the nude.
And although in Italy
the age of consent is 14, Berlusconi’s wife announced that she is
divorcing him, on the grounds that he “consorts with minors”. An
irreconcilable difference if there ever was one, although you never know
with the Italians.
In the world of
politics, “a few good men” is an understatement. A president smitten
with his wife and willing to drop a pretty penny on the time they spend
together is a part of the American Dream, at least for most women.
Instead of resenting the public nature of their romance, let’s breathe a
sigh of relief that the only underage girls you see Obama vacation with
are his daughters.
A happy marriage – in
this day and age, it’s rare enough to stop traffic and turn heads,
Secret Service in tow or not. Instead of pettily analyzing the Obama’s
large-scale date night, maybe we can take a hint and learn a thing or
two from the first leader of the free world since who-knows-when who
likes his wife.
Besides, their healthy
marriage with all the perks is in our interest: It’s a proven fact that
a positive home situation increases work efficiency and energy levels.
Not to mention the peace of mind that comes when “the president is in
town” is not synonymous with “hide your daughters!”
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