“The Obamas,” a book by New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, reveals that the White House secretly hosted an “Alice in Wonderland costume ball,” considered by some to be poor taste in the middle of a recession.
And while President Barack Obama has been using the language of economic populism to bolster his political standing, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said Monday that the president is just an ordinary politician pursuing the trappings of wealth and power for himself.
“There is something else that explains all of this — the Solyndras, the health care waivers, the entire regime,” Limbaugh said. “I really think it is nothing more complicated than money. I think you have — I’ll never forget Marion Barry at the 1984 Democrat convention, San Francisco. And I don’t know specifically what he was referring to but his speech was, ‘Tonight, tonight we’re on the inside,’ meaning ‘OK finally we got our chance to be in charge of things.’”
And that theory holds especially true for Obama and his wife, Limbaugh said.
“Now I believe in addition to whatever drives Obama and his party ideologically, also near the top of the list is the pursuit of money without having to work for it,” he said. “Be able to pass it out to their friends and set their friends up to be wealthy for the rest of their lives. I think there’s all kinds of that going on too.”
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“Look at the way the Obamas live, with Michelle with her separate vacations and not being concerned about how much it costs to take separate airplanes, there’s no question in my mind that they view this as, whatever else they view it as — as an opportunity to live high on the hog without having it cost them a dime,” he continued. “They justify it by thinking ‘we deserve this,’ or ‘we’re owed this’ because of what has been done to us or our ancestors — who knows.”
Limbaugh said it was also true of the Republican establishment, and alluded to the jockeying for committee assignments in Congress. (RELATED: Full coverage of Barack Obama)
“Everybody in Washington wants to be in charge of the money,” he said. “Everybody wants to run the committee chairman, I mean the committees, be the chairman. Everybody wants to be in charge of the budget. Everybody wants to have power over it. Do not discount ever the money.”
The case of the Obamas’ Hollywood party at the White House is proof that they enjoy having control of the purse strings “without having to work for it,” said Limbaugh.
“When you have a big time Hollywood party, like this,” he said, “Or any other show of extravagance — to me it’s patently obvious what’s going on here: A bunch of people taking advantage of having control of all that money, a chance to get a lot of it without having to work for it, under the guise of being entitled to it, pulling the strings because in their view it is what all their predecessors have done.”