A Picture Is Worth 10,000 Words. Er, Dollars.

Sigh…

From the Chicago Tribune:

When first lady Michelle Obama comes
home to Chicago next Tuesday, a group photo with her at a campaign fundraiser
won’t come cheap.

The asking price for a ticket to a “family photo reception” is $10,000,
according to an invitation to the event. The invitation specifies that there may
be a maximum of six guests in the photo.

The first lady is visiting Chicago to attend a summit with Mayor Rahm
Emanuel
on the problem of food deserts, areas that lack access to nutritious
foods. While in town, she will mix those official duties with passing the plate
to benefit her husband’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National
Committee.

Makes a great stocking stuffer!

It’s safe to say the average middle-class Obama supporter (You know, one of the “99%.”) probably doesn’t have a spare $10,000 to spend just to be immortalized in a picture with the Queen of Scam-A-Lot.  And if they did, they’d have to be clinically insane to do so.

It’s probably just as safe to say that the people who do have that kind of extra cheddar to throw around would most likely be financially well-off, or ‘rich’, so to speak.

Since we all know the ‘rich’ are part of the “1%” of our citizens which the noble Occupy Wall Street crowd deplore, I’m sure they will be protesting this disgusting, money-grubbing gala with the same impartiality and zeal they have displayed lo these last few weeks.

I mean, this would seem to encapsulate nicely one of the behaviors in which they are most disappointed.  Blatant fund-raising, with rich people stuffing oodles of cash into the pockets of politicians for political advancement.  I’m sure the Secret Service is expecting throngs of vocal, indignant crowds complete with tent-cities and misspelled signs to be lining the streets of Chicago, with old hippies and their young hobos-in-training, voicing their anger at this corrupt, greedy mixture of politics and loot.

$10 grand for a snap-shot with royalty.  Hell, I could Photoshop you next to her for free.

And for $20,000, she’ll let you push her shopping cart at Target next time Barack gets a craving for a pack of franks.

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  • PBunyan

    It takes a Marxist and someone with no clue about free markets to come up with the concept of “food deserts”.  But hey, I’m sure the goverment can fix that.  They’re just so damn good at fixing “problems”.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Odd, I thought Government was far better at creating problems than at solving them.

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

        Fix one, create a new one – not to mention the first one when the fix fails.  So now there are two problems.  Fix two, create two new ones – not to mention the first two when the fixes fail.

        You may notice a pattern here.  Bureaucrats may be annoying and destroyers of wealth and efficiency, but they know how to make sure they never work themselves out of jobs.

        • Anonymous

          Food deserts where the main medical problem is obesity

      • PBunyan

        Yes, I was being facetious.  If there are in fact “food deserts”, you can bet the farm that the root cause was the government.

  • http://twitter.com/directorblue Doug Ross

    Upon scrolling down and seeing that photo, I had the same reaction that Bluto had when the Delta Tau Chi pledge class slideshow got to Flounder.

    ***AGGHGHGHGH!!!***

  • http://www.wizbangblog.com David Robertson

    Uh . . . about that photo of Mrs. Obama . . . well . . . the last time I saw a mouth like that, it had a hook in it.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

      Better your hook than mine, pal!

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Cut the line, cut the line!  For Ghu’s sake cut the line!

      • Anonymous

         Now that is comedy gold Rodney

    • http://2011.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

      It reminds me of the original “Star Trek” episode, “The Man Trap.”

      Update: Credit where it’s due — DStephan beat me to it.

  • Anonymous

    Scooter van Neuter can always be depended upon for the most flattering pictures of Mooshell.

    http://peacemoonbeam.typepad.com/bighairynews/2011/10/first-lady-to-ask-10k-photo-fee.html

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      I’m in need of new eyes and a case of mindfloss…

  • Anonymous

    So? For an extra five bucks can I get Han in the photo with Chewie?

  • Anonymous

    I think you’ve found the Salt Vampire from Star Trek’s “The Man Trap.”
    (Google for previous sightings.)

    • http://2011.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

      Aw, nuts — you beat me to it.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure Chicago’s finest will ensure that peace reigns while the Queen reels them in.  It’s the perfect city to find elite idiots with a big enough ego to spend $10k for a 30 second photo-op.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve seen sea lampreys with more sex appeal.

  • herddog505

    Shawn MallowSince we all know the ‘rich’ are part of the “1%” of our citizens which the noble Occupy Wall Street crowd deplore, I’m sure they will be protesting this disgusting, money-grubbing gala with the same impartiality and zeal they have displayed lo these last few weeks.

    It’s sort of like the feminists and Bill Clinton: the behavior is only bad and protestable when the other side does it.

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