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President Obama has been going around the country reminding everyone that despite him seeming out of touch, he’s really not.  

He’s just a normal guy, with the same problems everyone else has. At least that’s the way he remembers it.  

While the federal government was packed up with mothballs this week, Obama was hanging with Rev. Al Sharpton who was hosting an annual gala on Wednesday night.

Obama talked about his best-selling book, describing it as his “college fund.” Because, the president just wants you to know that he’s NOT REALLY out of touch.

Thanks, Mr. President.

Now, I’m telling all my friends reprioritize.  

Instead of using the money from their best-selling books on things like groceries and gasoline to get to work, I’m letting them know that it’s OK to use that money for ”college funds.”

"I try to remind people when they say, 'well, you're president now, you're out of touch. I said, 'listen, it was only a few years ago I was still paying off my student loans,’" Obama says in a report of the event by USA Today.

“Speaking at the National Action Network Annual Gala, hosted by Al Sharpton, Obama added: ‘I don't pump gas now, but I remember what it was like pumping gas .... I remember the end of the month (paying bills). ... I remember that.’"  

See that PROVES he’s not out of touch.  

He still remembers paying bills? How quaint, even for a liberal. Gosh, what a down to earth guy, that Obama is.   

That’s why I’m recommending to my friends that they become president too, you know, in the interest of fairness. That way they can stop paying bills and remember the wistful days when they too had to pump their own gas and pay their own bills.  

So I was particularly disturbed when the White House cautioned yesterday that a family vacation planned by the Obamas to Williamsburg may be in jeopardy because of the looming government shut down.

That definitely proves he’s not out of touch. Nothing keeps you grounded in reality better than going to a replica of a town that existed 300 years ago, where people pretend to be living in another era.  

“The first family has a long-planned family trip to Colonial Williamsburg this weekend,” said Josh Earnest, the deputy White House press secretary. “The president’s priority is working with members of Congress from both parties to avoid a government shutdown, but obviously the family’s plans will change if an agreement is not reached.”

See? N.O.T. out of touch.   

If the government shuts down, he’ll have to sacrifice like the rest of us.

But don’t worry too much: Obama won’t have to go back to paying his bills. He’ll still get paid, just like everyone does when their business shuts down.

No, instead, presumably he’ll just be so busy carrying out the vital functions of the government by himself that they won’t get a chance to vacation.

That guy Obama, he never gets any vacation time.

First the Libyan War-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named and then the tsunami while he went to Brazil.  

Now this?

I assume that Obama still won’t have to pump his own gas. But you never know. In this kind of economy with business conditions they way they are, shared sacrifice might be called for.  

So if you see a guy, dressed like he’s going to a Sharpton gala, filling up a big government SUV with gas, surrounded by Secret Service dudes, take heart.

That’s our president, that’s our government.

And they want you to know, they are NOT out of touch.       

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