So the New York Times notes that President Obama likes to conduct business in his shirtsleeves. But he's also turned up the thermostats in the White House.
WASHINGTON — The capital flew into a bit of a tizzy when, on his first full day in the White House, President Obama was photographed in the Oval Office without his suit jacket. There was, however, a logical explanation: Mr. Obama, who hates the cold, had cranked up the thermostat.
“He’s from Hawaii, O.K.?” said Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Axelrod, who occupies the small but strategically located office next door to his boss. “He likes it warm. You could grow orchids in there.”
The orchid comparison seems appropriate, considering how much of a hothouse flower the President has been so far. I wouldn't care about this much, except for this little bon mot that candidate Obama let fly last year:
"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK."
I suppose it's old news when our betters instruct us on how to behave and then don't follow suit. There's a cottage industry of bloggers and wags trailing in the wake of Al Gore's carbon footprint, to use just one example. I guess all I'd say is this: during the winter we set our furnace at 68 and during the summer we set our air conditioner at 78. We aren't doing it to demonstrate our moral goodness; we're just trying to save a few dollars. What other countries would say about it is of no concern to me.
Enjoy your toasty warm White House, Mr. President. I sincerely hope that the other countries say OK. You may want to check with Ahmedinejad just to be sure, though.