INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY: As Americans struggle, the Obamas make do with 37 Christmas trees. “The economy may be weak, unemployment strong and the first family soon to vacate the White House for another half-month of vacation in Hawaii. But the Obamas have gone all out in decorating their house this year, including a nearly quarter-ton gingerbread White House. . . . How simple, politically astute, symbolically helpful and cost-effective it would have been for the Obamas this year to say that in sympathy with so many struggling countrymen, they were curtailing holiday decorations to match the sacrifices of others. Mrs. Obama took another tack, however.” Shared sacrifice. But just think how many more stories like this we’d see if there were a Republican in the White House.

Just remember, when they fly to Hawaii, it won’t be on one of those evil corporate jets. It’ll be on a virtuous government jet.

UPDATE: Reader Edward Nutter writes: “I’d like to note that when Mitt Romney offered to bet Rick Perry $10 grand about the contents of Mitt’s book, he was putting up his own money. The flight costs alone for a DC to Hawaii round trip will be over 350 times that…of course on the taxpayer’s dime.”