Bradlee Dean, the rather dim evangelist who is suing Rachel Maddow and my old employer, seems to have discovered the startling fact that presidents travel by plane today instead of horse and buggy and that things are more expensive now than they were in colonial times. And this fact has left him spouting a lot of nonsense.
In light of Obama’s recent visit to North Carolina, an investigative reporter did research to see how much taxpayers spend whenever the president leaves the White House by plane. He found that it costs $179,750 to fly Air Force One for just one hour! That expense is only for fuel, maintenance and sundries; it does not include all of the staff and security personnel that accompany every move the president makes.
Making the clear distinction between then and now, George Washington bears the cross, while this president wears the crown.
Uh, yeah. You see, planes cost more to run than horses. You can’t just feed the plane a bag of oats. This does not make this president, or any president, a king because he rides in a plane. I bet Obama’s shoes cost more to make than Washington’s too. I’m sure our crack detective is on the case for his next silly column. Of course, I bet those 80s-style Adidas track suits that Bradlee Dean likes so much cost more than Washington’s clothes too.