Air Force One, Military Do Not Belong to Obama

George Clooney & Barack Obama
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George Clooney & Barack Obama

By Roy A. Barnes

COMMENTARY | CBS News reported Friday that President Barack Obama held a fundraiser in Los Angeles at the home of movie actor George Clooney Thursday, and raised about $15 million.

Yet the most troubling part of the report was the following words, “The star of the evening, the president, arrived at LAX in his private jet, Air Force One.”

The mainstream media had better get this straight — Air Force One is not the “private jet” of the president, period. We are supposed to live in a country where presidents don’t conduct themselves like kings, and the establishment media enables this “king” mentality with such reporting. Continued references like this are a big turn off to voters, especially to those who are struggling. And the president needs to also keep that in mind because he’s had an issue about what is his and isn’t this week.

If Air Force One belongs to Obama, why do taxpayers pay the brunt of the $179,750 per hour for the operating costs of this plane, per Defense Department calculations as reported by WSOC-TV? Individuals or corporations who own private jets pay all of the operating costs. By CBS News’ logic, Obama should be paying all of these costs. On his presidential salary of $400,000 per year, that wouldn’t be enough to run the plane three hours.

As for the president himself, when he came out for same sex marriage earlier this week, he made an interesting reference to the military during his interview with ABC, remarking, “those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf,” as reported by The Weekly Standard.

As the troops are stationed around the world risking their lives, they aren’t doing so on the president’s behalf. When other Americans get up to face the challenges of the day, they are doing this for themselves, their families and loved ones, not the president. On the other hand, when Obama gets up every day, he’s supposed to be working on behalf of the American people.

Obama’s re-election campaign can spend tons of money trying to get out its message to contrast Mitt Romney’s message, but such overt attitudes about what supposedly belongs to Obama don’t fall on deaf ears to voters.

The mainstream media and Obama need to watch their language regarding what belongs to whom.

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