There’s a certain nobility in actually trying to crunch the numbers and chronicling the code words wingnuts drop to admit they simply pulled the $200 million number out of their ass. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about—which I doubt at this point—$200 million a day is the number that the wingnutteria came up with when they rooted around in their collective asses to look for a reason to be shocked that the President is going on a diplomatic trip to India.
But see, what’s interesting about the $200 million a day number is that it’s clearly a lie. It’s so impossibly large, so over-the-top that the only explanation is that the assholes at Wingnut Propaganda Central got together and said, “Let’s see how much shit people will swallow. Let’s make up a number that’s so obviously untrue, so big as to be unbelievable, and see if the morons who live off our propaganda eat it up.” And the answer was that the wingnutteria will believe anything. Now Fox News if free to start running stories about how Obama grows horns and eats babies, and they can do so with the full assurance that their audience has not an ounce of skepticism or critical thought left in them to say, “Hey, wait a minute….”
Not only did the morons swallow the number, they built on it. As Roy has chronicled, the claim is being floated that this is a “vacation”. I don’t know about you, but I don’t usually give speeches in front of a bunch of dudes wearing too-goofy-not-to-be-ceremonial hats on my vacations.
This whole thing is awesome just for being completely transparent. It’s not just the money and the insinuations of uppitiness. It’s also transparently about establishing the idea that only weirdo furriners would do something like take a trip to a country where a lot of people don’t speak English and the food is downright spicy. And that therefore any attempts at diplomacy and relationship-building—things that used to be considered part of the President’s, you know, job—should be treated as rock solid evidence that it’s about time that Islamofascistcommie that probably reads books in his spare time that the lie-bral media calls the “President” should produce the extra special super proof that he’s got a birth certificate, even though no proof will ever be accepted.
I look forward to future wingnut “scandals”. Wait until they find out that the First Lady has a passport. Then the feigned outrage will definitely get out of control.