Barack and Michelle Obama’s first post-election interview, with Barbara Walters of ABC News, was filmed on December 11, and was originally intended to air on December 14, but it got kicked back to December 26 due to the Newtown shootings. Joel Pollak of Breitbart News noticed one particularly interesting passage:
Walters: I want to talk about the girls. we have been watching them grow up from little girls to young ladies. now, Malia recently got her first cell phone. do you want to see who she calls and who she texts?
Michelle Obama: I give my daughter at this age — I give her a long rope. and there is monitoring because we have rules. But monitoring may be — you never know when I’m going to walk in your room and i’m going to definitely ask you, who are you talking to and are you talking about school work? But…
Barack Obama: And they’re not very good at lying. We joke sometimes about how Malia’s getting to the age now, and boys start calling and, you know, sort of, I always talk about how one of the main incentives for running again was continuing Secret Service protection, to have men with guns around at all times…
(Emphasis mine.) But remember, protecting your children with armed security is suddenly a crazy idea, propounded only by the whack jobs at the National Rifle Association.
The President meant this as a little jest about the comfort of knowing that his daughters will begin dating under the watchful eyes of the Secret Service, but of course no one in Obama’s immediate family will ever lack armed protection… and if he were compelled to honesty, the President would admit his deep satisfaction with that arrangement.
The privileges of America’s political and media aristocracy are not any less aggravating because the aristocrats enjoy joking about them. And they wouldn’t be aggravating at all, if the ruling class wasn’t so determined to deny opportunities to the rest of us, in many areas beyond self-defense. The distance between the ruling class and the rest of America increases, making their occasional claims to be “just like us” more absurd… and the willingness of certain quarters of the electorate to swallow such pretenses more pathetic.