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Talking Like Mme Defarge, Living like Marie Antoinette

Great Scott! Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 9:50 AM
OT: I wish folks would stop disparaging Marie Antoinette in this way. She was not what she has been made out to be, her cake comment is taken way out of context, and she suffered tremendously under the "enlightened" Robespierre regime...before he too was beheaded. Just my two-cents...
Marc_H Wrote: Dec 04, 2012 10:32 AM
this is more like the Soviet Party elite under Stalin

With the election safelly over, the Obamas are sparing no expense as they enjoy life in The White House.

Look, no one detested it more than I when the Carters sought to downplay the magnificence of The White House, serving hot dogs to visiting dignitaries and the like.  It's also completely understandable that, as the nation's first African American First Lady, Mrs. Obama would be invested in demonstrating what should be clear to all -- namely, that skin color has nothing to do with one's ability to be tasteful and elegant.

But in an era of tight budgets and economic suffering...