Do as I Say, Not as I Drive
In his Inaugural speech Tuesday, President Obama stood before a throng shivering in 30-degree Washington weather–12 degrees below normal–and scolded that “we use energy to strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.” But, he went on, “we will work tirelessly to . . . roll back the specter of a warming planet.”
He then climbed into his brand new, gas-guzzling, Cadillac limo–the one based on the GMC Topkick truck platform and dubbed “The Beast” by the Secret Service–and led the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue flanked by a fleet of giant GM SUVs.
Of course, the president’s limo suggests that saving his life is of greater concern than saving the planet. Just as millions of Americans find gas-powered SUVs suit their lifestyles. But in the age of “duty and sacrifice,” such choices will be mocked. Unless you’re the emperor.
A pity no child came forth to point a finger at the spectacle and shout: “But he has nothing on!”