Stephen Guy Hardin / June 8, 2011

That New ZiL Smell

Ah, it’s good to be the king.

Leaning back into the deep, plush leather seats of “The Beast,” sipping Courvoisier Cognac VSOP from a cut glass tumbler, Louis XVI…. I mean President Obama, inhales the heady aroma of that new car smell. Such wonderful moments of silent reflection are rare for the man in the throes of a revolution to dethrone America from its global pinnacle. If only Michele would stay home more often.

A new report from an independent watchdog group shows that the number of limousines owned by the US government rose by 73 percent during the first two years of President Barack Obama’s administration. A deeper analysis of General Services Administration data reveals the federal fleet has increased from 238 limos in 2008 – the last year of the Bush Administration – to 412 limos in 2010.

For its part, the Obama administration issued a statement stating that the increased number of limousines in the federal fleet reflects “an enhanced effort to protect diplomats and other government officials in a dangerous world.”

Dangerous world, indeed.

Well, dangerous if you are not part of the ruling bureaucratic elite.

But, I digress.

While the pampered officials of the Obama administration are enjoying that new limo smell food stamp usage by Americans reached a new high last month as more than 44 million people relied upon the government benefit to purchase groceries for their families.

The latest report issued by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on May 31 showed that just under 14.5% of the American public received food stamp benefits. This works out to be $133.24 per person or in Obamaspeak $133.24 per vote, which by Democrat Party standards is clearance sale pricing.

In 2010, the total number of people on the SNAP food stamp program broke the 40 million mark, and in the first five months of 2011, that number has grown over 10%. As the progressive economic policies of the Obama administration continue to ensure high unemployment rates more individuals and families have been forced onto the food stamp dole.

I wonder if the irony has not been lost on Barack Obama.

Praised breathlessly to the point of homoerotic suffocation by the leftist media for his preternatural intuitive skills and his ravishingly superior intellect, Mr. Obama must surely recognize the dichotomy of driving around the traffic jams of the proletariat in the nomenklatura lane, just as his Politburo idols did back in the good old days, while the peasants queue up for their food rations at government stores.

It must provide some small measure of consolation to the once and future king as he drives by his legions of disillusioned Obamamaniacs, who are still clothed in the tattered remains of 2008 campaign garb promising Hope and Change, that even though the dreams of his father to deconstruct the white man’s greed has failed, at least Barack can lean back and enjoy that new ZiL smell.

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