Talk about hypocracy. Barack Obama asked Americans to turn down their thermostats in order to help the environment and whether the sky high energy costs. But what is he doing? He’s turning up the heat in the Oval Office.
Typical of the elitist left, Obama wants us to sacrifice while he and his cronies live it up.
Here are the tasty tidbits from the article.
President Obama lectured voters during the campaign about the need to make sacrifices for the environment. But now it’s warm and toasty in the White House — so much so that aides have likened it to a tropical hot house — and Obama is under fire for turning up the heat.
During a campaign event in Oregon in May, Obama said we have to “lead by example.” “We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times,” he said.
“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen.”
On the first day of his presidency, Obama allowed staffers to venture into the Oval Office without wearing coat and tie, which had been obligatory under President Bush. Fashion observers called it a new age of business casual at the White House.
Obama’s aides had a simpler explanation. Though he’s spent more than 20 years in Chicago, the president was born in Hawaii. And so he “likes it warm” in the Oval Office, said Chief of Staff David Axelrod. “You could grow orchids in there,” he told the New York Times.
With few orchids growing in the heartland, critics are saying that Obama — who urged individual sacrifice in an inaugural address that called for a “new era of responsibility” — hasn’t been willing to bear the cold with the rest of the country.
“It’s stunning hypocrisy,” said Christopher Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and author of two books critical of global warming activists. “Obama spins the dial up, takes off his coat and seeks to mandate that we turn the dial down,” he said.
During the gasoline shortage of the 1970s, President Jimmy Carter famously donned a cardigan and turned down the thermostat in the White House. He urged the nation to do the same during a notably chilly fireside chat he gave from his cooled-off home — a symbolic gesture intended to move other Americans to go easy on the country’s depleted stores of energy.
Yet in the sanctum sanctorum of executive power, Obama has kept it steamy — literally. The entire White House complex is heated by steam radiators, part of an old energy system that continues to undergo renovations.
Critics say it’s time for the president to put his coat — or his cardigan — back on.
Horner said the president should follow the demands he’s made of the rest of the country and start “turning down the dial and putting on a sweater instead of [demanding] sacrifice he talks about for other people.”
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