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Tom Toles

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    Which is worse: receiving a watch as a gift or denying regular Americans access to White House tours as President, yet offering those that can fork over 500k a VIP all access tour?

  2. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @ConserveGov

    That’s the only gift McDonnell received?
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    Not that it matters. It’s okay if a Republican does it.

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Ethics is being out bid by “speech” in the form of money from the rich and their groups. It corrupts the system.

  4. cjr53

    cjr53 said, about 2 years ago

    @braindead08

    Well, really, not just okay, but expected and DESERVED.

  5. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, about 2 years ago

    Ahem:
    “Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also made trips to multiple African nations involving similarly laborious preparations. Bush went in 2003 and 2008, bringing his wife on both occasions. Bush’s two daughters went along on the first trip, which included a safari at a game preserve on the Botswana-South Africa border.” (The Obamas canceled their safari.)

    “Obama’s trip could cost the federal government $60 million to $100 million based on the costs of similar African trips in recent years.” Similar African trips, such as George W. Bush’s.
    This is Obama’s first such trip apart from a stop by Ghana, whereas Bush and Clinton had multiple such trips.

    “A report from the Government Accountability Office found that Clinton’s 1998 trip to six African nations cost the U.S. government at least $42.7 million.”

    ““The infrastructure that accompanies the president’s travels is beyond our control,” said Ben Rhodes, Obama’s deputy national security adviser for strategic communications. “The security requirements are not White House-driven, they are Secret Service-driven.””

    “This is what you need to support the American presidency,” Atkiss said of the requirements, “regardless of who the president is.”
    (http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obamas-trip-to-africa-poses-special-challenges-enormous-costs/2013/06/13/29d9270a-cd29-11e2-8845-d970ccb04497_story_2.html)

    We don’t have a lot of resources to help with this in Africa, as we do in Europe, for example. Unless you think it’s important for us to say, in effect, “we are important everywhere in the world…um, except Africa,” this trip has diplomatic value to the US.

    So quit quoting this as if it actually means something, please. This trip is standard operating procedure for any president.

  6. grapefroot

    grapefroot said, about 2 years ago

    Where did this $100 million figure come from? I think this is BS. Please provide evidence of your claim.

  7. lafayetteann

    lafayetteann said, about 2 years ago

    Is today the day that Gen Beck and Rush Windbag told conservatives everywhere to carp about White House tours? Good job getting with the program guys!

  8. CasualBrowser

    CasualBrowser GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @motivemagus

    “Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also made trips to multiple African nations involving similarly laborious preparations."
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    Doesn’t matter, there are oxen to gore, and political agendas to promote. This is about waving your flag while trampling on others’ flags, not about truth or honest measure.

  9. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    @motivemagus

    Nice presentation, mm. But, of course, ypoons and CG continue to adhere to The Rule:
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    It’s okay if a Republican does it.

  10. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    You have been flagged.

  11. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Bush W took more days not in the White-House than any other president. Yes I agree that Republicans feel ENTITLED to many things that they scream if any one else would do it.

  12. Godfreydaniel

    Godfreydaniel said, about 2 years ago

    Cheney spent more days in his undisclosed location than Bush spent in the White House……..The real humor comes when Republicans fight each other. Newt Gingrich: “I only cheated on two ex-wives and one current wife!” Rush Limbaugh: “Oh, yeah? I cheated on three ex-wives and one current wife, and did part of that while being a drug addict!” Before rabid conservatives get all, like, you know, RABID……let me point out that I’m a pro-life moderate. Just saying.

  13. Gary Williams

    Gary Williams GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Who is Gov. Mc Donnell???

  14. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, about 2 years ago

    I don’t call people trolls so I’m still here.

    Plus none of the libs here can back up their boy demanding $500k for tours of the White House.

  15. zeimetr

    zeimetr said, about 2 years ago

    According to whom?

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