The ongoing attempt to push Their Gal Hil up the mountain and over the top has clearly drained morale at the NY Times (their latest brush with reality covers her low standing among young black).
However, good news is where you find it, so today Gardiner Harris of the Times is allowed to have some fun and draw some laughs with this:
Lucrative Book Deals Might Finance the Obamas’ Post-White House Life
Barry and Michelle are going to cash in within nano-seconds of moving out? Say it ain't so!?!
The comedy continues:
WASHINGTON — After he is out of the White House, President Obama has said that he wants to become a venture capitalist, own part of an N.B.A. franchise and avoid taking off his shoes during security screenings at commercial airports.
As to imminent Shoeless One, my plan for breezing through airport security incorporates TSA Pre-Check. But Obama taking commerical flights? I'm dying - he will be cadging rides on the private jets of his "friends", just like Bill and Hil.
Mr. Harris builds on the theme:
All of those goals, serious or not, might soon be achievable if Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, sign post-presidency book contracts for what literary agents and major publishers say could amount to $20 million to $45 million — more than enough to pay the estimated $22,000 monthly rent for the nine-bedroom home they will occupy in the Kalorama neighborhood of Washington and foot the bill for flights on private jets. (Mr. Obama has said he would like to avoid commercial flights once he surrenders Air Force One.)
We would all like to avoid commercial flights but the idea that Obama will actually be paying for his rides is absurd.
I HAVE TO ADD: We are offered some perspective, and a puzzle:
Memoirs by first ladies have also been profitable. Mrs. Clinton earned an $8 million advance for “Living History” after she left the White House...
"Living History"? Should that have been "Herstory"? Even though, obviously, the boss's wife got where she is thanks to the boss.