So Barack Obama is buying Michelle a $30,000 ring for inauguration night. How sweet.
I don’t begrudge the man for buying his wife an expensive gift with his own money (assuming it is his money). He created a product (his books) that people were willing to hand over money in exchange for to the tune of $4 million bucks. He is entitled to the fruits of his labor as his natural right – as am I.
Which is, of course, the beef. He doesn’t seem to get the “as am I” thing.
If you’re going to lecture Americans on the need to be more “neighborly” through forced charity, or tell us that “spreading the wealth around” is “good for everyone,” maybe you ought to start yourself. Lead from the front, Mr. President Elect, and keeping it in the family doesn’t count. And if you want to maintain enough moral authority in tough economic times to call on ANYONE to make sacrifices, maybe this isn’t the way to start.
Or you can just be a conservative – buying your wife whatever she wants that you can afford, without being a ridiculous hypocrite on account of it.