Living the High Life

Carol Platt Liebau
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Posted: Oct 17, 2008 11:49 AM
According to gossip columnist Richard Johnson of Page Six, the Obamas aren't waiting to get to The White House to live the high life.  When Barack was at a meeting at the Waldorf-Astoria last week, his wife called room service and ordered

lobster hors d'oeuvres, two whole steamed lobsters, Iranian caviar and champagne.

Sounds pretty tasty -- and pretty expensive.  I guess that's one way of "spreading the wealth around."

Look, I don't begrudge the Obamas their caviar and lobster.  I like lobster, too (caviar? not so much).  It's just that the whole mentality strikes me as typical of Democrat thinking. 

In that world view, the "government class" -- those who "care" about the poor -- are entitled to caviar and lobster, although it may seem sharply at odds with their much-touted kinship to "working people."  But "the rich" -- who can afford to purchase caviar and lobster because of their own hard work and talent -- are to be demonized as "greedy," eating lobster and caviar is to be touted as evidence of "excess," and their wealth is to be spread around.