Poverty and unemployment are at near-record levels, the economy is stalled, and a record 47 million Americans are on food stamps, yet aides for first lady Michelle Obama’s tweeted out a picture of her two dogs apparently dining at a table laid with crystal and china.
“Bone appétit!,” the aides added to the insensitive tweet, using the language of France’s queen Marie Antoinette, who was executed by radicals in 1793.
Bone appétit! pic.twitter.com/vuXRoKEnGY
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 11, 2014
One dog appears to be wearing a jeweled necklace. The other is wearing a red ribbon.
Obama’s media courtiers applauded the ostentatious display of canine luxury. “Bo And Sunny Obama Get Decked Out For The State Dinner And It’s Pretty Adorable,” says the headline on an article at the Huffington Post.
In 1980, Ronald Reagan’s wife, Nancy, was relentlessly criticized in the press after she ordered a new set of china for the White House during the painful recession created under Democratic President Jimmy Carter.
The china was bought with donated funds, yet it prompted so much media controversy that it was not used until February 1982. “Nancy Reagan’s new china set survived its White House debut intact. Nary a $48 cup was broken,” declared a snarky AP article.
The palace dogs tweet was quickly praised by Obama’s followers.
“So cute! Aww!” said a tweet from Erica.
“OMG SO CUTE,” said Jessica.
Others reactions were jaundiced. “#Boneghazi,” said a tweet from SeaWorldSammy. “Don’t laugh. That will be the @FoxNews headliner tomorrow,” he added.