Too many haters are jumping on Brooklyn Nets owner and music mogul Jay-Z (more familiarly known as “Mr. Beyonce”) for spending $1 million on a nursery at the Barclay’s Center for his daughter Blue Ivy. Some commenters have even suggested the unthinkable: leaving that precious child home with a nanny who might be willing to work yearly for one-tenth of that amount and count herself lucky.
Such short-sighted thinking is typical of those who also criticize our President for taking much needed vacations in Hawaii totaling millions, and that’s just for the dog Bo. Everyone needs to reset their thinking and understand the connection between Presidential pal Jay-Z spending large and the President spending larger.
Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce make music and make a lot of money doing it. They also own a basketball team as well as other businesses such as a nightclub. If they want to use their money to create a play space for their daughter in a stadium, that is very much their own biz. Or if they want to leave Blue Ivy at home and hire twelve nannies to watch her (as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are rumored to have done for a recent trip to the Turks and Caicos), that is also an option and it would provide rotational variety for the little tot. In any case, it is not our concern and shouldn’t be yours. Let’s just say the child seems to be well-provided for.
On the other hand, if our President wants to take his family on a vacation that’s costing the taxpayers millions, maybe some accounting should be done. Not that our Chief Executive doesn’t deserve a restful time after having to provoke John Boehner almost to tears in order to serve the greater good. But let’s get real. What would be wrong with a trip to Vegas instead? Wouldn’t that boost Harry Reid’s home-state economy? Aren’t they pals? Or the President could head to California–maybe Malibu? That would give a lift to Diannie Get-Yer-Gun Feinstein’s state, though the immediate neighborhood may not be in dire need except of ridding itself of Babs Stresiand.
On second thought, Venice Beach lies a little further south and the Obama girls could enjoy the usual pierced and tatted-up boardwalk parade. Viewing the weirdos and stray petitioners could give Malia and Sasha a glimpse of real life! But then, there’s always the Inaugural to look forward to.