We have noticed a disturbing trend in recent times, of European politicians flaunting their wealth in public, and generally demonstrating the fact that they are nothing like the “normal,” members of the public because they are busy spending money from the public purse. The recent G 20 summit in the South of France for example saw insane amounts of money being spent. A good example was the closing of the local interstates between the Nice airport, and the city center where the summit was being held, while politicians rode stretch limousines to their destination.
In order to achieve this closure, the French government imported 30,000 gendarmes to police the area around Cannes. No private boats were allowed to approach the beach, no private cars were allowed to enter the designated area, and the interstates were closed for hours at a time, with dozens of policemen stationed at every exit. It is difficult to gauge exactly how much money was spent, but seeing the world’s top politicians swanning around and acting like movie stars caused something of an uproar.
One of the politicians wives was seen flaunting her collection of pink sapphire rings at a table on the sea front of Cannes, and given the fact that members of the family were supposed to be staying at home and not have the vacation paid for out of the public purse, this also caused a bit of an uproar.
It is hard to know what to do, given the fact that the French government owns most of the media in France and there are very few independent newspapers or television stations left, so we tend to get the watered-down version of events spoonfed to us. Unlike the United States of course were similar situation is in place, only the media is owned by private individuals instead of the government, but they invariably have a vested interest.
Money on display
Michelle Obama has been referred to as the first lady who is most like Jaqueline Onassis on quite a few different occasions. From the way that she carries herself, to how she dresses, interacts with other people, and even how she chooses to decorate their private home.
When it comes to the outdoor areas around Michelle and Barack’s home she tends to use more of the faux wood blinds, and other similar styles. The faux wood helps prevent them from showing their age too quickly, and allows for the blinds to be easily cleaned. Having them around the pool area and in the sun room makes the rest of the decor pop.
Michelle also loves to use real wood bamboo blinds for the interior of the home, in areas where the windows allow more light to come through. Michelle and Barack love the look and feel of tropical, lush settings and having natural bamboo wood in the home helps them achieve the look that they are going for. Bamboo wood blinds are incredibly easy to clean, giving the housemaids less to do when there is dust and pollen in the air.
When it comes to putting together a high class decor, Michelle Obama loves real wood bamboo and faux wood blinds.
I appreciate the guest post, Jamie Guy
I’m absolutely determined to get this new tattoo. I’ve done everything I can to save money. Ready for the list? Garage sale, car wash, no more Starbucks, sitting in the dark and Shope electricty rates TEXAS for better power rates, wear dirty clothes, eat Ramen, flirt for free drinks, and go home for meals on the weekends. I’m ridiculous, I know. But working at Best Buy barely pays the bills – which probably means I don’t really NEED this new tat. No, I do. I’m thinking full sleeve on my left arm. Thoughts? My friends say I’m turning into Kat Von D and I am totally okay with that. I don’t do piercing, though. Ouch. I just love the stories that tattoos can tell on your body and the artistic abilities of the people I’ve had do mine. So, this time next month, I will hopefully have a tribute to Bob Marleyon my left arm complete with dreads, music notes, his face of course, and a little “greenery” to top it off. My mom will just die. Looks like I’ll be wearing long sleeves year round…
Tatted Up:I appreciate the guest post, Jamie Guy