While you, the hard-working American people, are shut out from the White House, celebrities and rock stars will be filing in tonight for a star-studded performance in the East Room. The Obama's lavish lifestyle continues tonight with a concert celebrating Memphis soul. The performers include Justin Timberlake, Cyndi Lauper, Al Green, Queen Latifah and many more. The guest list, last time I checked, was not going to be released by the White House. Wonder why. The “In Performance at the White House” is paid for by you, the taxpayers, as an official function. By the way, this is the tenth “command performance” for the Obama's to take place in the White House. You would think this would be something that would come to an end, considering the sequester cuts, but apparently not. You would think that someone in the administration would look beyond Washington to the heart of America where people are hurting and see that the optics of these types of events rubs salt in our wounds. But apparently not. While the Obama's claim to be champions of the poor and the middle-class, they sure are seemingly out of touch with them.
Also under the headline of “poor optics,” Barack and Michelle's favorite celebrity couple – Beyonce and Jay Z – magically were able to secure special permission to travel to Cuba for their anniversary. Cuba has been closed to regular American tourists for decades. But Obama's Treasury Department - led by Jack Lew, Obama's former chief of staff - “fully licensed” the trip for Beyonce and Jay Z to Havana. This brings up many questions. Are there more trips like this that are being approved? If not, did Beyonce and Jay Z get special treatment? Marco Rubio is among a handful of lawmakers who is asking for information surrounding the trip, which was used as propaganda for the Cuban regime. Needless to say, the pictures of Beyonce and Jay Z visiting Cuba with the approval of the Obama administration doesn't sit well with many Americans who understand the optics and ramifications of a trip like this.