The last candidate who paraded around as if they were inevitable crashed and burned. Yes, Hillary crashed and burned hard, and alienated herself from her own party. And now, for the Obamamessiah, apparently scrubbing his campaign jet of the American flag in favor of his own “O” symbol was not enough. He’s done the interior now too, complete with his own little chair marked President. It’s being dubbed “O-Force One”.
Barack Obama’s new campaign plane is nothing short of grand. Well, for the candidate that is.
Obama’s section of the plane rivals that of any first class. Recently the front cabin of the Boeing 757 was retrofitted to install four individual chairs that resemble La-Z-Boys. They are free-standing and made of plush leather with pockets on the sides. There is also a booth which seats four for a meeting or a meal.
His chair has his name and campaign logo embroidered on the back top — “Obama ’08” on one line and “President” underneath. To one side is a small table stacked with newspapers ready for the candidate’s arrival. The table of the booth is always covered in snacks and cheese and is where Obama spends most of his time during flights meeting with staff and sitting for the occasional interview.
“Typically the candidate’s cabin is like business class — roomier and less chaotic than the staff and press areas, but still short of the accoutrements of a pro team’s charter,” says Politico’s Mike Allen, a frequent campaign flier.
After looking at a few photos of Obama’s cabin, Allen quipped, “Air Force One may seem a tad claustrophobic.”
Check out the Obamamessiah’s special President chair:
I wonder if they serve arugula on his cushy little plane, too. Does Obama really not understand why he turns off so many middle-class voters? His elitist arrogance is a huge red flag. And while McCain may or may not have the same elitist arrogance, if he does, at least he has the common sense to rein it in. At least he can act like a normal American. Obama, on the other hand, seems perfectly content to run around like a celebrity and a rock star, basking in the praise and adoration of the international media, and makes no effort whatsoever to bring himself down to Earth. He’s just better than us little people, I guess. He can do the fist bump, folks, come on. He’s not even the President, just a Senator hoping to become the President, but already he’s decked himself out in a plane that makes Air Force one look modest.
Seriously — is he incapable of reining in the elitism? There’s a reason he got the nickname Snobama, after all, and when things like this keep popping up over and over again, it doesn’t make him look any less the arrogant, elitist snob.
I am stunned at how unsophisticated Obama really is. Does he think that the American public is impressed with a 46-year old with little or no experience, acting like le roi soleil in a campaign plane that already dwarfs Air Force One? It’s as if his people were secretly working for the McCain Campaign, setting them up with one opportunity after the other. All the McCain folks have to do now is make an ad showing shots of McCain carrying own luggage, as he did last summer, juxtaposed with this cushy nonsense. Global warming,my fat hen! Is Obama the new John Edwards… not for his personal behavior (Michelle would brain him upside the head), but for his tone deaf entitlement?
You know, if the Obamamessiah does land the Presidency, I think John Edwards will be able to breathe a sigh of relief. His “Two Americas” schtick will actually have some truth to it.
Hat Tip: My colleague William Teach at Stop the ACLU