Rep. Michele Bachmann last week took a beating from the mainstream media after having declared at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 16 that President Obama enjoyed a “lifestyle that is one of excess” in the White House.
If the mainstream media are upset about it, it must be a righteous issue. That, at least, appears to be the thinking of Fox News host Sean Hannity, who last night piloted a segment titled “Obamas, Bidens live lavishly while WH remains closed.” The host pushed the idea that the president could forgo his allegedly vacation-intensive ways and steer the savings to opening the White House for tours. The president, Hannity contended, is “living larger than anybody I’ve ever seen.”
Guest Austan Goolsbee, a former chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers whom Hannity credited with helping to “get us into this economic mess himself,” countered that President Obama has taken one-eighth the vacation time of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Hannity then consulted Google and couldn’t find any data to support Goolsbee’s numbers. A search of “obama vacation days vs. george w bush” surfaced this piece, which appears to align with Goolsbee’s contention. (Others give different tallies).
Goolsbee and Hannity team up for excellent politico-tainment television: They somehow manage combativeness and collegiality at the same time, whether the topic is a throwaway evergreen like presidential vacations or something that matters.