On Wednesday, April 3, President Obama announced he would be returning 5% of his paycheck to the federal treasury in a show of shared sacrifice with federal workers facing furloughs because of the sequester. The news came as he once again flew about the country pushing his anti-Second Amendment policies and only days after another lavish vacation indulged by the first family was in the news.
But this faux austerity was even too much for Obama apologist and CNN personality Piers Morgan to stomach.
Morgan lambasted Obama’s attempt to spread the pain of austerity to his own household, calling it a “pointless exercise.” He despaired that the President wasn’t doing something more substantive.
Morgan railed, “if he gave up the vacations, which are costing the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of dollars, it might have more impact than five percent of $400,000.”
But even here Morgan soft-pedaled the money the American people have spent on Obama’s many vacations.
Early in January, a calculation of tax dollars spent on Obama vacations came to over $20 million in taxpayer money. But Keith Koffler estimated that even the $20 million price tag for the first family’s lavish vacations was too low because it didn’t take into account things like flying the President’s advance teams around the world to prepare Obama’s destination for his impending arrival.
Naturally, in that same program Morgan also attacked Congress for not acceding to his demands that America relinquish its Second Amendment rights, a topic that is a near daily indulgence for Morgan.
Morgan’s ratings have been cratering for some time despite his oft-repeated condemnation of guns. Last month his ratings sunk to a new low, finding only 87,000 viewers in the key 25-54 demographic.
For an interesting visual representation of what Obama’s big salary cut looks like compared to what the American people spent on the President in just 2011 alone, Erik Soderstrom created a very revealing graphic.