Insert the name "Laura Bush" -- and there would have been outrage. And justifiably so.
Here's what the Washington Post wrote about the necessary precautions to escort an American president's wife to the farmer's market:
The Secret Service and the D.C. police brought in three dozen vehicles and shut down H Street, Vermont Avenue, two lanes of I Street and an entrance to the McPherson Square Metro station. They swept the area, in front of the Department of Veterans Affairs, with bomb-sniffing dogs and installed magnetometers in the middle of the street, put up barricades to keep pedestrians out, and took positions with binoculars atop trucks. Though the produce stand was only a block or so from the White House, the first lady hopped into her armored limousine and pulled into the market amid the wail of sirens.Puh-leeze.
Then, and only then, could Obama purchase her leafy greens. "Now it's time to buy some food," she told several hundred people who came to watch. "Let's shop!"
I hope someone comes up with a breakdown of how much it cost the American taxpayers -- working stiffs who were at their jobs during this debacle -- for Ms. Obama to purchase a bunch of kale. The Post opined:
Considering all the logistics, each tomato she purchased had a carbon footprint of several tons.The hypocrisy of the mainstream -- er, fringe -- media continues to amaze as the silence is stunning.