Turn up the heat: Yes we can! – UPDATED

Or, more properly, you and I may be wandering around the house in sweaters, but President Obama can turn up the heat.

Just days after calling DC folk wimps for not being able to handle a little snow, and just months after proclaiming his 43 word manifesto, we read a glowing article about President Obama which includes this warm narrative:

The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.

“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”

Sounds like he’s setting the thermostat to at least 72 degrees, doesn’t it? I’d call that a tad hypocritical, wouldn’t you? Just a tad?

Indeed, President Obama may have spent some of his teenage years in Hawaii, but he’s been exposed to Boston, New York and Chicago winters for some decades. You’d think he would be less of a hot-house flower by now.

Ed Morrissey quite rightly rips both the president and – more necessarily – the Sgt. Schultz Press, who know nothing, see nothing and apparently recall nothing that does not serve to embellish, rather than question or (gasp) critique their godling:

Did the Times even note the hypocrisy, or at the very least the incongruity, in its report on Obama’s White House? Not at all.

Many people in America, especially where I live, would like to heat their homes to a comfort level where sweaters and coats become unnecessary. However, Obama and the Democrats want to impose ruinous taxes and penalties on energy production and fuel that produces carbon dioxide — a naturally-occurring element — and make that choice economically unbearable for us. In fact, candidate Obama spoke directly to that end in May of this year:

In fact, candidate Obama spoke directly to that end in May of this year:

“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.

“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.

Well, apparently some of us can, and those lucky few do call themselves “leaders”. The rest of us call them hypocrites as we fetch another sweater.

I’m frankly sick of wearing a sweater in the house and throwing an extra blanket on the bed. But…I don’t mind drinking extra cups of delicious Mystic Monk Coffee. Someone just gifted me with a bag of their “Carmel” flavored java. It’s heavenly.

Perhaps I should send some Mystic Monk Coffee to President Obama, and he can turn down the heat on the draft, energy-gobbling White House to save the world from global warming er, “climate change” and put on a sweater like the rest of us. That would be ummm…leadership.

Hell, even Jimmy Carter knew about sweaters.

Related:
Ed Driscoll

Michelle Malkin predicts Mrs. Obama will shop for sweaters today

Ace: I think that’s actually Mr. Rogers’ sweater but I could be wrong.

Althouse: Never lecture me again about Global Warming, Barack Obama! (Best comments!)

Powerline: Does Obama think we’re suckers? (I want that house boat!)

Jimme Bise, Jr: It is not hypocrisy. He’s just better than you.

Or, as George Orwell wrote in Animal Farm, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”.

Personally I think the bigger hypocrites here are the members of the press, who have spent the last few years promoting the whole “climate scare” hoo-hah, telling us we must fall into lockstep belief and obedience to that idiotic narrative (and who get the fainting vapors at Obama’s every pronouncement) but do not have enough intelligence to all either Al Gore or Barack Obama on their inconsistencies. The press doesn’t even see the incongruities.

And yet they have the power to destroy whole governments or economies. Booooo, press. Booooooooo!

UPDATE: The press is following up with a cover story that emphasizes how cool Obama is (and how uptight Bush was), and doesn’t mention the heat being turned up. This president is not allowed to have anything written about him that might be construed as a negative. The helpful press. Boooooooo, press. Boooooooooo!

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  • joelwickham

    As Glenn Reynolds says, I will start believing that global warming is a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis act like it’s a crisis.
    People like Al Gore tell us all we must sacrifice to save the planet. Good. Does Mr. Gore use air conditioning? Air conditioning uses more energy than heating. Does he keep his thermostat above 40 degrees in the winter? That’s all you need to keep the pipes from freezing. Does he travel by air or by car rather than by foot or bicycle anywhere he goes? Of course, even walking or riding a bicycle means he is exhaling carbon dioxide. Does he use lights in his home, rather than natural daylight? Even candles produce carbon dioxide. If Mr. Gore wants to live a truly “carbon neutral” lifestyle, he should live like a typical citizen in North Korea.

  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    While Obama is living in a place hot enough to grow orchids
    a few days before he took office the municipal utility in
    Bay City, Michigan froze to death in his own home because
    he hadn’t remembered to pay his electric bill and the city
    put some sort of regulator on his meter to turn it off when
    electric consumption reached a certain point.

    He was never told he could go outside and flip the switch,
    and probably couldn’t have due to his age.

    I already hate the Obama Administration for its hypocrisy
    and socialist ideas and he’s only been in office 9 days.

    May God have mercy on us until he is replaced and his socialism erased.

  • http://jscafenette.com Jeanette

    Should have said a municipal utility in Bay City, Michigan
    turned off the heat to a 93 year old WWII veteran’s house
    and the man froze to death.

  • KIA

    My thoughts exactly Anchoress, even down to all of us sending Mr. Pres some mystic monk coffee!

    I would only add one thing. Just like attending church: we dress as we believe!

  • Terrye

    Yes, Booooo press Booooo.

  • http://superherohistorians.com Jason Pie

    Rather than coffee, I would suggest sending tea:

  • Regina

    The first thing that ticks me off about this is that he shows so little respect for that office that he has no trouble with everyone walking around in shirtsleeves in such an historic place.

    What ticks me off most about this is that the officious twit is turning up the thermostat in a FEDERAL GOVERNMENT building at TAXPAYER expense. When I was a Federal employee we dealt with cold winters and hot summers with the energy monitor keeping the thermostat at the approved levels. WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS, WASTING MY TAX MONEY LIKE THIS???

    What a supercilious nincompoop!!

    Sorry for the rant – I feel much better now.

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  • http://thecatholiclibertarian.blogspot.com amcalabrese

    I am with your Joel. I believe the environment is an important issue. I do not want to pave over monument valley or go swimming in sludge.

    But this is not about protecting the environment — it is about control. People like telling other people what to do. Except that people generally don’t like being told what to do.

    So it has to be a “crsis”, a “war”, or some similar such thing. Then people will allow those smarter or more important to tell them what to do.

    Like you and the good professor, I will start believing that global warming is a crisis when the people who tell me it’s a crisis act like it’s a crisis.

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  • ricki

    This kind of behavior – telling “the little people” that they must suffer various privations but that they are apparently exempt, because of their “greater purpose.”

    (I remember snorting with contempt when a particular singer suggested that everyone (but her, presumably) should dry their clothes outdoors, on a clothesline, to save the Earth. That may be fine for some people, but drying my clothes, and worse, my sheets out in the miasma of pollen that fogs my neighborhood 8 months out of the year would surely kill me.)

    Conserving energy is great. It makes good financial sense and it does benefit the environment. But telling people to shiver in 65* houses while the Prez heats his office to 78* sends entirely the wrong message.

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  • Karl

    Given the derivation of the word “orchid”, I’d say he probably has orchids. Big, brass ones.

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  • JeannineK

    President Reagan always wore a suit jacket in the Oval Office out of respect for the place and the office. Once again we see the “classless” society in action.

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