Those who live an honorable life will tell you that the satisfaction is not in doing it, but being an example for others.....leadership by example is a fundamental practice for those who desire to demonstrate that they are willing live what they preach.
NOW then, we come to the polar opposite - The Hypocrtical Person who says one thing, and does another and/or preaches one thing for others, but does something different for themselves....
Defined as follows - " a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, esp. a person whose actions belie stated beliefs."
POTUS has been saying for months all Americans need to sacrifice. So what does FLOTUS do to show her concern?? She takes a ritzy vacation on the Spanish Coast at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars to the US Taxpayer.....POTUS goes to Chicago to party with DOPRAH and his friends....
Official travel by POTUS & FLOTUS is a separate subject ( when on official US Business), but by the end of the summer, our First Lady will have taken EIGHT vacations this year alone - 8 ! These are trips not connected to her duties First Lady but trips where they have been on a personal vacation.
While all are entitled to time off, the "image" this projects shows that The First Family are not sacrificing at all.....and are Hypocrites who preach one thing for Americans who are under economic challenges, and do another when it comes to their own self-centered world.
Most Americans will be lucky to afford one vacation this year but when the First Family helps themselves to 8 in one year, we have reached a point where there needs to be a serious course correction....
A course correction coming via a ballot box near you in November 2010. Hopefully...
First lady under fire for her glitzy Spanish vacation
By Holly Bailey - Yahoo NEWS - 5 Aug 2010
As her husband celebrated his 49th birthday in Chicago with Oprah, first lady Michelle Obama was halfway around the world, on vacation with her 9-year-old daughter, Sasha, in Spain. The two are traveling on what the White House has described as a four-day "private trip" with several Obama family friends along the country's ritzy southern coast.
Of course, no first lady's life is truly ever private, and already plenty of drama is swirling around Michelle Obama's foreign jaunt. Some critics have laid into the trip's price, while others are highlighting an apparent diplomatic gaffe between the United States and Spain.....
Yet the bigger public furor concerns the cost and appearance of the trip. In a scathing editorial published Thursday, New York Daily News writer Andrea Tantaros trashed Michelle Obama as a "modern day Marie Antoinette" for taking such a glitzy vacation while most of the country is struggling to make ends meet.The Obama entourage is staying at the luxury Hotel Villa Padierna, a Ritz-Carlton property often described as one of the world's top 10 hotels. Rates range between $500 and $2,500 a night. It's not clear that the Obama delegation picked this hotel specifically, or if the Secret Service — which often gets final say over where a protectee stays — made the accommodations call.
Either way, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters that the first lady will pay her personal expenses — as will the friends who are traveling with her. But that only covers a small part of the ultimate expense, given that she has full-time Secret Service protection and has to travel with an entourage of staff. That cost, as well as her travel on board an official Air Force charter plane, is covered by taxpayers.
As the Chicago Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet reports, by the end of the summer, the first lady will have taken eight vacations. That includes a June trip to Los Angeles, where she and her daughters attended the NBA Finals, as well as an upcoming trip to the Florida Gulf Coast next weekend and a 10-day visit to Martha's Vineyard later this month with the president.
Michelle Obama is hardly the only first lady to travel overseas without her husband. Laura Bush and her daughters, Barbara and Jenna, traveled to Africa in 2007, where they went on safari. Yet her trip was regarded as an "official" visit and included several public events. According to the White House, this trip is entirely private, save for a photo-op with the Spanish royal family, who has invited the first lady and her daughter for an official visit.