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Instagram influencer Barack Obama has put down a c. $15 million offer for Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck’s 29-acre summer estate on Martha’s Vineyard, an island in the Atlantic long beloved by Democrats, such as Ted Kennedy who had an unfortunate incident fifty years ago on an island off the coast of the Martha’s Vineyard island, Chappaquiddick.

Insert joke here about Unbearable Whiteness of the mansion’s white on white interiors:

One section of Martha’s Vineyard, the Oak Bluffs neighborhood about 8 miles away, is a tradition among upper crust African-Americans who use “summer” as a verb. Lawrence Otis Graham, who chronicles the black hereditary elite, writes:

I considered this point on a recent Sunday when my family and I were attending a church service in Oak Bluffs. We were hosting a close friend who is a Hollywood producer. She and her daughter had flown in from Los Angeles. As I sat in the first row balcony of the octagonal Union Chapel in Oak Bluffs, wedged between my daughter and our LA guest, I glanced around the sanctuary and was quickly reminded that the reason the black elite treasures this community. It’s because so many aspects of their world and their lifestyle are present in this little resort.

As I looked down at the well-dressed congregation lining the balcony and filling the seats below in the main sanctuary, I saw other black families from our kids’ New York City private school. And there were several of our black classmates from Harvard (my wife and I met there). One of them–novelist and attorney Ginger McKnight Chavers–was going to be feted later that afternoon alongside black Harvard Law Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Annette Gordon-Reed by the Cottagers. Cottagers Inc. was founded in 1956 as a society for African American women who owned homes on the Vineyard. They often host literary teas in their clubhouse one block away.

There were members of our kids’ Jack & Jill chapter, as well as members of my mother’s Links chapter. I waved across the room to one of my Boule fraternity brothers. Members of America’s oldest and most esteemed black upper class organizations (The Links, Sigma Pi Phi Boule, Jack & Jill, the Guardsmen, and the Girl Friends) filled the church.

They had come from all over the country because this is where African-Americans gather each summer our beloved Martha’s Vineyard.

Obama mostly only can stand to socialize with the preppiest blacks, so it’s a good fit for him.

 
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  1. peterike says:

    Eight years dismantling heritage America, followed by a lifetime of millionaire level grifting and being feted like royalty by the great and good. What’s not to love? Only in America!

    I wonder if that mansion has a bath house?

    • Replies: @tyrone
    , @MBlanc46
  2. We can’t all be President of the USA and trade our earlier favours to oligarchs for cash today.

    Poor folks like PewDiePie have to do it the old fashioned way … separate bored and lonely young folks from their money by giving them some hope of easy riches and fame. Gaming beats basketball when you’re a white dude.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  3. Instagram influencer Barack Obama has put down a c. $15 million offer for Boston Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck’s 29-acre summer estate on Martha’s Vineyard,

    This is why I want to vomit every time I hear someone praising a hack politician for dedicating his life to “public service.” Every successful politician mysteriously ends up filthy rich at the end of his “public service.”

    Book deal advances, speeches, and wildly profitable business ventures that involve no work, no investment and no risk always drop out of the sky onto these guys as soon as its legal to take the payola (and sometimes before). The Obamas’ Netflix deal is just the latest iteration of this money laundering scam.

    The only question is how much of the largesse is a delayed payoff for past services and how much is payment for future services.

  4. Why didn’t Obama buy a vacation home in Ferguson, Missouri?

    Who got to Martha’s Vineyard first — Methodists or Blacks?

    Who makes better potato salad on Martha’s Vineyard — Methodists or Blacks?

    Did Obama plot to give illegal alien invaders unlawful administrative amnesty while swimming on Martha’s Vineyard in 2011?

    Tweet from 2015:

  5. Obama mostly only can stand to socialize with the preppiest blacks, so it’s a good fit for him.

    I think we’re all better off if Mr. Obama has any and all of his future political ambitions dulled by the lap of luxury for the remainder of his life. Doubly so for his bride.

    • Agree: JudgeSmails
    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
  6. As I looked down at the well-dressed congregation lining the balcony and filling the seats below in the main sanctuary, I saw other black families from our kids’ New York City private school. And there were several of our black classmates from Harvard (my wife and I met there).

    I imagine that after church they chat about how the New York Times 1619 Project is finally showing everyone how they need more affirmative action to escape the “legacy of slavery.”

    • Replies: @An Aussie
    , @J.Ross
  7. R.G. Camara says: • Website

    Since Obama rose, the times I’ve heard about the “black section” of Martha’s Vineyard has increased 10-fold. I don’t know how to do that Google N-Gram thing, but I would bet it would bear this out.

    Anyway, I’m still wondering why this freakin’ place —Martha’s Vineyard, I mean—has held such a place of elite power for decades. I mean, its a nice ritzy island, but it used to be elites changed their summer hangouts frequently, e.g. the Newport Mansions were abandoned after a relatively short time when Newport went from hip to lame.

    Are the Kennedys really still the powerbrokers of the party? Or is it something else?

    Maybe there’s a secret military installation on the island that keeps it more secure than other places? Or maybe there’s an Epstein-like sex island going on there? After all, Kevin Spacey nearly got busted for his activities on underage boys while hanging out there.

    I would think leaders would want to create some distance between themselves and others, if only to keep their own counsel and keep some mystery about them. But every D leader wants to just party with all the others, making them seem less like leaders and more like crass opportunists and overlords.

  8. anon[338] • Disclaimer says:

    more book and speaking fees to come!

  9. An Aussie says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    and the very real necessity for reparations to “balance the books” after centuries of non-coloured oppression…

  10. El Dato says:

    I considered this point on a recent Sunday when…

    Frankly reads like a court chronicler describing who’s in, who’s out and who and what is currently participating in the cortège of the top crustys of the Austro-Hungarian empire.

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
  11. Henry8 says:

    my experience with upper class blacks is they hate middle/lower class blacks more than white racists, since Ferguson/Baltimore/BLM antics always make them look bad.

    Obamas only strength as a politician, going back to the jeremiah wright/Pritzer/Daly real estate triangle, was making ghetto thugs think that, despite the fact that he had nothing in common with them, had nothing to do with them, and lived completely different that them, that he was one of them.

    In retrospect this was one of the most spectacular frauds of the 21 century (so far)…a real life beta male oreo, never called on that fact, raised by whites, who hung out with jews and muslims, successfully pretending to be a black savior of Diversity, america’s greatest strength.

    The only good news is that I made a ton of money off of his pro establishment actions, while blacks got wrecked.

    • Replies: @Federalist
    , @Hidden Cat
  12. tyrone says:
    @peterike

    Bath house?…what ? aren’t bushes good enough any more?

  13. @Hypnotoad666

    Every successful politician mysteriously ends up filthy rich at the end of his “public service.”

    Even the Bolshies…

    BTW, it’s a bribe if for future service … merely a gratuity for service well done if after service.

  14. mmack says:

    29 Acres? That could be developed to house a lot of DREAMERS yearning to breathe free, don’t you think?

    With that much land you wouldn’t need to separate families, right?

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  15. Whiskey says: • Website

    This is our new ruling class. Rich Black preppies who hate Deplorables.

    President Harris will show us no mercy. Prepare.

    • Replies: @Laurence Whelk
    , @istevefan
  16. Rich says:

    There goes the neighborhood…

    • Replies: @Bartleby the Scrivner
  17. A few interesting tidbits about Kennedys and Martha’s Vinyard.

    JFK Jr and companions were on their way flying to Martha’s Vinyard when the plane crashed. Their bodies later washes up on shore on Kennedy property. But then the Kennedys have so much property on that side of the island it wasn’t surprising.

    At one point Taylor Swift was dating one of the minor Kennedys. So she bought a house in Martha’s Vinyard. I don’t know what happened to the house. I think she wrote a song about the break up and made a lot more money than the cost of the house.

    Not a Kennedy, but Bill and Hillary Clinton fled to Martha’s Vinyard with Chelsea when the Lewinsky hit the fan. While there, Clinton ordered some bombs dropped I think in Bosnia.

  18. I am surprised that the upper class blacks would tolerate the presence of of Barack and Michelle. By their standards wouldn’t they have been considered Ruffians.

    • Replies: @Flip
  19. Art Deco says:

    Pensions for former presidents were instituted in 1958 in part because it was known that Harry Truman was rather cash poor. He had a small pension from his army service and some royalty income from his memoirs, but supposedly nada from his 18 years as a federal employee. Herbert Hoover didn’t need the pension, but he supposedly cashed the checks so as not to embarrass Truman, who did need the money. When Medicare was instituted in 1965, a ceremony was held to mark the advent of the program which included the designated first beneficiaries…Mr. and Mrs. Truman. Because the insurance was actually not redundant in their case. N.B., prior to 1965, former presidents had no security detail. Mrs. Truman around the time of her death was assigned one agent, who worked part time and mostly sat in a vehicle outside her house in suburban Kansas City. Around about 1954, the Trumans sat for an interview with their daughter, then employed per diem as correspondent for one of the news networks. (It’s been taken down from Youtube). Mrs. Truman’s participation was grudging and she hardly looked at her daughter during the interview, but she did give a precis of the nuisances they were encountering, such as random strangers picking flowers out of their garden and having to hole up at the neighbors because strangers were congregating outside their house.

    Richard Nixon was criticized for taking a fee for the David Frost interviews (he was paid $600,000 for 29 hours of unrehearsed one-on-one q & a sessions; a contextually similar sum today would be about $4,000,000). Nixon had overdue legal bills at the time, and I think his receipt from Frost was a one-off. The first person to really monetize the ex-presidency was Gerald Ford. Critics of Ford maintained that Prendergast machine wheelhorse Truman received offers as well, but turned them down because he thought it unseemly to accept them. My recollection is that Ford had collected about $6,000,000 in revenues by 1984. Given what nominal incomes were ca. 1980, a contextually similar sum today would be about $30 million.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @Dan Hayes
  20. @R.G. Camara

    Anyway, I’m still wondering why this freakin’ place —Martha’s Vineyard, I mean—has held such a place of elite power for decades.

    Network effect, which is what the article describes. [1]

    Counterinsurgency

    1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_effect

  21. Barnard says:
    @R.G. Camara

    It is possibly a generational preference? Certain parts of Maine attract the uber wealthy in summer too, the Bush compound is in Kennebunkport, but I have heard the same thing about Camden and other spots. Like you mentioned with Newport, it is popular with certain families during certain times and then another spot starts a new trend.

    • Replies: @Art Deco
    , @Hank Yobo
  22. @mmack

    29 Acres? That could be developed to house a lot of DREAMERS yearning to breathe free, don’t you think?

    Especially if you house them in tents.

    • Agree: mmack
    • Replies: @JMcG
  23. syonredux says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    Makes me long for the days of Harry Truman….

    Upon leaving the presidency, Truman returned to Independence, Missouri, to live at the Wallace home he and Bess had shared for years with her mother.[256] Once out of office, Truman quickly decided that he did not wish to be on any corporate payroll, believing that taking advantage of such financial opportunities would diminish the integrity of the nation’s highest office. He also turned down numerous offers for commercial endorsements.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_S._Truman#Financial_problems

  24. @Art Deco

    When Medicare was instituted in 1965, a ceremony was held to mark the advent of the program which included the designated first beneficiaries…Mr. and Mrs. Truman.

    Kind of fitting for the President who gifted China to the Communists and fired MacArthur before he could actually win the Korean War.

  25. Barnard says:

    Insert joke here about Unbearable Whiteness of the mansion’s white on white interiors:

    Not sure where you saw them, but the pictures TMZ posted look old and out of date. The TV in the bedroom looks 20 years old. The furniture does not look like the latest styles either. It is possible the entire house has been remodel and/or updated. It looks almost as ugly as the mansion Michael Jordan can’t sell in Chicago in these pictures. Maybe Obama should put a big O on the front gate.

  26. Anon[217] • Disclaimer says:

    Leaving Obama out of the equation for a minute, what is wrong about successful black families networking, and vacationing together? Sounds like an important ingredient in creating more successful black families.

    Which is all for the good, right?

    OK, now you can bring Obama back in and start flinging poo again.

    • Agree: Bruno
  27. Henry8 says:

    Just some notes…

    Newport failed as a rich haven due to income and then inheritance taxes. Its other main feature (direct rail service) later became less important.

    Martha’s vineyard, Kennebunckport, Marin County, etc. are just nationally known examples of things that exist in every location in the U.S…. I.E. places where the rich and powerful relax and have fun that are close to where they earn money and rule. Weekend getaway places. So on and so forth.

    What made Marthas vineyard, Nantucket, etc interesting is their proximity to the northeast power centers, and the fact that, since they were islands, it took more than a simple car ride to get there, establishing additional isolation. Compare this to the tourist trap/wreck that is coastal florida or coastal california.

  28. At least it’s not a compound. Call it a ranch or a hacienda, but dammit, don’t call it a compound! Compounds are for survivalists, preppers, and Republicans.

    • Replies: @mmack
  29. Art Deco says:
    @Barnard

    I doubt the Bush family qualifies as ‘uber wealthy’. IIRC, financial disclosure forms filed in the last decade indicated that Jeb Bush had a net worth of around $2 million. One of the odd curios during the 1984 election was the revelation that Geraldine Ferraro and her husband had a net worth about 80% higher than that of George and Barbara Bush. The nominal value of the Bush holdings that year was about 2.2x the 1963 sale price of the business he’d operated and about 0.7x the real value of that sale price 21 years after the fact (a datum which suggested that neither Marvin Pierce nor Prescott Bush and bequeathed them much money).

    • Replies: @Intelligent Dasein
  30. Obama, 2010 speech:

    We’re not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that’s fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.

    https://nypost.com/2017/04/25/when-will-obama-have-made-enough-money/

    I guess “enough” must be more than $15 million.

    Diversity is the best disinfectant.

  31. Hank Yobo says:
    @Barnard

    The really “Old” American monied interests travel further north to Murray Bay where the Cabots can only talk to God, in French.

    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/his-quebec-garden-called-canadas-best-kept-secret/article4179930/

  32. Tony says:

    Guess obama doesnt have to worry about anyone “takin his shit” in that neighborhood.

  33. the Oak Bluffs neighborhood about 8 miles away, is a tradition among upper crust African-Americans who use “summer” as a verb.

    A similar, and closer, place is Sag Harbor at the tonier end of Long Island:

    ‘Sag Harbor’: America’s Most Exclusive and Historic African-American Beach Community

    (That’s “beach”, not “bee-yotch”.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag_Harbor,_New_York#African-American_history

    Sag Harbor is not to be confused with the humbler, 97% white Sackets Harbor, 400 miles away in the same state, birthplace of Derby winner Funny Cide.

    Cottagers Inc. was founded in 1956 as a society for African American women who owned homes on the Vineyard.

    Not at all to be confused with George Michael’s cottagers. Indeed, if anything could bridge these disparate demographics, it would be Barry himself.

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/11/cottaging-in-the-age-of-grindr/
    https://www.galop.org.uk/cottaging-cruising/
    https://www.inbrief.co.uk/offences/cottaging/

  34. @Henry8

    How did you make money off of Obama’s actions?

  35. @Art Deco

    How do you know all this stuff? And how do you know so much about the intrigues among the editorial staff at First Things?

    You aren’t David Goldman, are you?

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  36. @Reg Cæsar

    It’s weird, but I never saw a noticeable number of black people in Sag Harbor, despite staying there many times. Oak Bluffs, however, you could not miss, if only because of its proximity to the ferry landing. We never thought of OB as being even remotely upscale, but then we never visited there either. This was way, way back in the 1990s, mind you.

  37. Apparently they haven’t heard about the rising sea waters….

  38. dr kill says:
    @Hypnotoad666

    I was thinking today that the reason Obama is so quiet is that Teh Trump administration have told him if he stays quiet they won’t indict any Obama White House people. Or Obama hopes that is true.

  39. We didn’t get chump change, but I guess he got what he hoped for.

  40. Anonymous[355] • Disclaimer says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Maybe there’s a secret military installation on the island that keeps it more secure than other places? Or maybe there’s an Epstein-like sex island going on there? After all, Kevin Spacey nearly got busted for his activities on underage boys while hanging out there.

    Haha, believe me Martha’s Vineyard is more Insurance Company VPs than it is Bilderberg. Boston and NY both have a large number of rich people, also it gets hot there in the summer. Owning a second house on Martha’s Vineyard or the Cape is nice if you can afford it. It’s a good excuse for drinking and entertaining guests.

    Also, it’s not a coincidence that MV, Outer Cape, Nantucket are all hard to get to: not much economic diversity (you won’t see a lot of Burger Kings or Dollar Generals on Martha’s vineyard if you catch my drift). If you have a critical mass of fancy restaurants, bougie B&Bs and Yacht Clubs it means other rich people want to live there.

    • Replies: @R.G. Camara
  41. Anonymous[706] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    So, boomer, how much are you spending each month to watch all your programs/stories on the YouTube channel? I can halve that bill, just enter your credit card # and 3-digit code into the Reply box below

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  42. @El Dato

    You write like that’s a bad thing. The Austro-Hungarian empire is a, oh wait.

  43. JimB says:

    Where did Obama get 15 million dollars? Even if he saved his entire presidential salary it would barely amount to a million. He actually entered national politics with $50K in credit card debt and zero savings. And so far as I know, Obama has no useful skills for making even a $50K salary. He’s not even a lobbyist. When he isn’t playing golf, he is basically chillaxing. So who’s topping up his bank account? And why?

    • Replies: @black sea
  44. @Paleo Liberal

    No, what the fish had not consumed after five days was found with the plane wreckage underwater.

  45. @Hypnotoad666

    Public servants are the people who own and run companies that are patronized by the public.

    If you ever owned or ran such a company you know that the customer is king, each one is difficult to come by and has to be made happy. When one is dissatisfied and takes their business elsewhere it hits you in the gut.

    The government and its agents which hold physical force over you treat you with contempt. They do not need your approval.

  46. How many upper crust blacks are there? Where do they live when they’re not summering in Martha’s Vineyard? Assuming it’s inherited wealth, when was it acquired?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  47. @Hypnotoad666

    The Obamas’ first Netflix production is American Factory, which just came out. I have no idea how much they actually contributed to it, but it is genuinely very good. In all seriousness- Steve should review it and the commenters here should watch it.

    It’s really depressing, actually. The juxtaposition of the Ohio and China factories, and the American and Chinese workers, is painful to see. Even the difference in physical appearances is really striking. The Americans are obese, tattooed, and dressed like slobs. The Chinese often seem politely baffled by their inferior performance.

    • Replies: @Hypnotoad666
  48. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Obama has vacationed on Martha’s Vineyard for years – does he hang out with the black elites there?

  49. As I looked down at the well-dressed congregation lining the balcony and filling the seats below in the main sanctuary, I saw other black families from our kids’ New York City private school. And there were several of our black classmates from Harvard (my wife and I met there). One of them–novelist and attorney Ginger McKnight Chavers–was going to be feted later that afternoon alongside black Harvard Law Professor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Annette Gordon-Reed by the Cottagers. Cottagers Inc. was founded in 1956 as a society for African American women who owned homes on the Vineyard. They often host literary teas in their clubhouse one block away.

    So hey, we managed to pull off the greatest grift in history – one that still pays dividends today, and looks to do so for the foreseeable future.

  50. I glanced around the sanctuary and was quickly reminded that the reason the black elite treasures this community. It’s because so many aspects of their world and their lifestyle are present in this little resort.

    No one’s brawling at their Chuck E. Cheese, I can tell you that much.

  51. Gabe Ruth says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    I knew that joke was in there somewhere, thank you.

  52. vinny says:

    A rather interesting tidbit is that West Coast elites vacation inland: Jackson, Sun Valley, Aspen, etc, while East Coast elites stick to the shore.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @R.G. Camara
  53. MBlanc46 says:
    @peterike

    That was very naughty, peterike.

  54. @Paleo Liberal

    Clinton launched cruise missiles into Afghanistan and Sudan in August 1998, 3 days after he testified about his affair with Monica.

    • Replies: @JMcG
  55. Joseph A. says:

    I’m sincerely glad that these folks have a place to be themselves. Decent black Americans with good characters and high intelligence are probably the most alienated, significant demographic group.

  56. MEH 0910 says:

    OT:

  57. @vinny

    There are a few higher altitude Old Money Appalachian resorts.

    Crystal Downs Golf Club in Frankfort, MI is an Old Money summer resort.

    • Replies: @Flip
    , @Barnard
  58. @Anon

    Right. I am in favor of classy black families staying classy.

  59. Dave Pinsen says: • Website

    Another angle on this:

  60. R.G. Camara says: • Website
    @Anonymous

    Haha, believe me Martha’s Vineyard is more Insurance Company VPs than it is Bilderberg. Boston and NY both have a large number of rich people, also it gets hot there in the summer. Owning a second house on Martha’s Vineyard or the Cape is nice if you can afford it. It’s a good excuse for drinking and entertaining guests.

    Yeah, that might make sense for it to be local rich person’s getaway. But not a place where the mega-famous Clintons, the Obamas, MIke Wallace, Larry David, Lance Armstrong, and Kevin Spacey play — especially since none of them are from around there. For the latter, you need something more.

    Heck, in Inglorious Basterds (set in WWII) Tarantino made a point that his main character– the human hunter played by Christopher Waltz’s–specifically negotiates for a summer home on Martha’s Vineyard when he’s surrendering to the Allies. Clearly, Tarantino thought it was uber-posh enough even back then for a snobbish Nazi to know if it and want to live there —–so what makes it so wonderful to our rootless cosmopolitans?

    • Replies: @anonymous
    , @Harry Baldwin
  61. Anonymous[169] • Disclaimer says:

    The brisk sea breezes of the mighty Atlantic are needed to waft away the reek of hypocrisy and bullshit.

  62. Dave Pinsen, stop stealing my talking points. LOL.

    global warming is biggest pile of bullshit in the history of the world. the rich keep building expensive property right on the coast. the insurance companies don’t seem to think global warming is a thing either.

    the richest man in the world has his headquarters right on the coast, and tried to build his second headquarters…right on the coast.

  63. black sea says:
    @JimB

    Obama’s net worth is reported to be $40 million. Post-presidency pays well, apparently. Here’s more information about where the money came from and how it is being spent:

    https://www.standard.co.uk/insider/alist/barack-and-michelle-obama-net-worth-2019-how-much-is-the-former-us-president-worth-along-with-his-a4178561.html

  64. eah says:

    Obama always seemed a LOT more interested in ‘being black’ than in being around Blacks — long(er) term it will be interesting to compare the post-presidential activities of Obama and Jimmy Carter.

  65. This guy was a ‘community organiser’ who then got elevated and spent 2 years in the Senate (on what – maybe $250k a year?) and then 8 years as Death-Merchant in Chief (salary: 256k/yr, but all expenses paid, pretty much). 10 years – ~$2.5 mill in salary, pre-tax.

    How does someone with that track record wind up with sufficient net worth to be able to make a cash bid for a $15 million property? (And let’s be clear: this is not his only property, nor the only call on his resources).

    I’ve said this before: politicians retire much much much richer than can be explained by any plausible combination of
    • Salary;
    • Savings Rates; and
    • Rates of Return on Investment.

    • Agree: Dtbb
  66. @Anon

    what is wrong about successful black families networking, and vacationing together? Sounds like an important ingredient in creating more successful black families.

    The second sentence does not logically follow from the first, unless the ” successful black families” reach down to their less fortunate brethren – which they don’t (by and large) because of the type of personality that is required to become really, seriously wealthy (viz., a psychopath*).

    To give context: J-Hole, Davos and Bohemian Grove don’t Granger-cause more rich whiteys; they just enable the currently-über-rich to become slightly überer-rich.

    * there are exceptions, as there are with any general tendency. From time to time someone gets phenomenally lucky (Ron Unz is a good example) – but most seriously-wealthy individuals get there as a direct result of government distortion of markets. (Would Lloyd Blankfein be as rich as he is, if his industry wasn’t protected from genuine competition as a result of government policy? Regulation is what makes those cunts rich – it is their greatest source of barriers to entry, which is why they don’t actually oppose it).

    A non-psychopath might exploit those distortions to become modestly-wealthy (i.e., “not worth kidnapping my kids” wealthy) and figure “OK, that’s enough. Comfortable for life.“… a psychopath pushes the boat out and keeps filling his boots.

    My younger sister is a good example of the former: she got into our Prime Minister’s inner circle; got ‘headhunted’ to be CEO of a firm that got most of its cash from missile manufacturers; bought a lovely place in the country and retired in her mid-40s… and now raises alpacas. Her kid can take up his bullshit basketball scholarship at a tony US university, without her having to worry about his security – because she’s nobody by design.

    There are a bajillion examples of the latter.

  67. @Anonymous

    What, you don’t take BitCoin?

  68. @Henry8

    Bingo:

    Obamas only strength as a politician, going back to the jeremiah wright/Pritzer/Daly real estate triangle, was making ghetto thugs think that, despite the fact that he had nothing in common with them, had nothing to do with them, and lived completely different that

  69. anonymous[159] • Disclaimer says:
    @R.G. Camara

    Reflected WASP glamour maybe?

  70. Flip says:
    @flyingtiger

    I had some business dealings with upper crust blacks and they loved the Obamas.

  71. @Kratoklastes

    Between Barack and Michelle, their publisher advances for book deals, as I recall, totaled around 80 million. Since neither of them could likely compose a grammatical sentence (nearly impossible that BHO wrote “Dreams” or “Audacity” on his own), you have to subtract a tiny percent for the ghost writers.

  72. Flip says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Harbor Springs and Charlevoix in Michigan as well.

  73. Thirdtwin says:

    Has Trump ever set foot in Martha’s Vineyard?

  74. Art Deco says:
    @Intelligent Dasein

    No, I’m not David Goldman.

    The sale price of Zapata Oil was public information reported in the magazine press. (IIRC, the sale price in 1963 was $950,000). I think he had minority investors, so he didn’t get all the proceeds. Still, a nice chunk o’ change in 1963. Geraldine Ferraro had not included her husband’s positions (which were complicated and extensive) in the disclosure forms she was compelled to file to run for Congress. No one noticed until 1984. John Zaccaro had various reasons (some defensible) for not wishing his business holdings to be made public. By some accounts Mondale’s camarilla was retrospectively cheesed with the Zaccaros for not coming clean to them before it was a distracting public embarrassment. She couldn’t legitimately claim an exemption because she was a notional share-holder and corporate officer in the long list of shell companies he set up to conduct real estate transactions; it’s a passable guess that she was only vaguely aware that her husband was putting her name down. They had to put their cards on the table, and it was revealed that their net worth was $3.8 million. It was splashed all over the papers at the time. The Bushes disclousres indicated a net worth of $2.1 million (neither equities nor bonds were good investments during the period running from 1966 to 1982). At the time, Mrs. Bush said that she and her husband weren’t going to hide the fact they were wealthy, “unlike that $4 million I-can’t-say-it-but-it-rhymes-with-‘rich’”.

  75. Lex says:

    Lawrence Otis Graham and Roger Ailes:

  76. Anonymous[418] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kratoklastes

    How does someone with that track record wind up with sufficient net worth to be able to make a cash bid for a $15 million property?

    Book deals and speaking fees.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  77. Ex-presidents are usually regarded as potential assassination risks, which is probably why they do not usually go shopping in Walmart.

    For this reason, they like to have vacation homes on offshore islands where white incel losers arriving on ferries in a pick-up truck with a rackful of rifles and a confederate flag are likely to stick out like sore thumbs.

    Vacation homes are also a good investment, since if they ever want to sell, “home of former president” always looks good on Zillow and invites a premium.

  78. Barnard says:
    @Steve Sailer

    The Greenbrier in West Virginia would fit as well. Plus it previously housed a secure bunker to evacuate Congress in case of a nuclear emergency. Downside for the type of people who like to spend their summer in Martha’s Vineyard is that it is in West Virginia and they might have to interact with low status whites on occasion.

  79. Art Deco says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    At one point Congress passed a law limiting Secret Service protection for former presidents and their households to ten years after their departure from office (with presidents departing office prior to 2002 allowed to retain theirs). I’m not sure if that law is still on the books or not. Jacqueline Kennedy shlepped around Manhattan for 19 years without any security detail, public or private, and the Nixons relinquished their detail in 1986. Harry Truman, who had nearly been assassinated by Puerto Rican nationalists in 1950, had no detail for 12 years after leaving office (while his wife had refused a detail when he was still in office). It’s a stretch to believe gobs of 24 hour security for erstwhile presidents is truly necessary. (Michael Kinsley offered in 1984: “The brutal truth of the matter is that even if Lady Bird Johnson’s life were in danger, the functioning of democracy would not be impaired’).

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  80. Art Deco says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    which is probably why they do not usually go shopping in Walmart.

    They don’t go shopping at Walmart because they have handsome pensions and can afford more upscale merchandise.

  81. @Paleo Liberal

    No, what the fish had not consumed after five days was found with the plane wreckage underwater.

    Clinton launched cruise missiles into Afghanistan and Sudan in August 1998, 3 days after he testified about his affair with Monica.

    Come on Paleo, gotta cross check these references.

    Google is your friend. Uh, maybe not.

  82. @AnonComment

    The Obamas’ first Netflix production is American Factory, which just came out. I have no idea how much they actually contributed to it, but it is genuinely very good.

    Apparently, the Obamas had nothing to do with its production, they just bought the rights after it did well at Sundance.

    Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert have been making social issue documentaries for decades. But the Dayton, Ohio-based filmmaking duo (and couple) got the shock of their careers at Sundance this year, when they learned that Barack and Michelle Obama had seen their latest film, American Factory, and wanted it to be the first release from the former president and the first lady’s new Netflix-based production company, Higher Ground. https://www.sundance.org/projects/american-factory

    They seem to be taking a page from Trump’s old business model of basically just licensing their name to projects. At least they didn’t give themselves a phony “co-producer” credit.

    It sounds good, but I think Michael Keaton already made the same movie in 1980.

  83. Speaking of buying big, do you think someone showed the President this map, on which Denmark dwarfs the US?

    At least the Danes have a Christian flag.

  84. Muggles says:

    Where is the part of the article about the Obamas and their new digs that covers the windmills and solar roof panels they plan to install? Surely this little hideaway must be going totally Green.

    Has AOC and her squadies been called in for a consultation?

  85. J.Ross says:
    @Jonathan Mason

    Do you get all of your information from CNN?

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  86. Mj says:

    I recall that Paul Fussell, in his book Class, wrote that the upper classes (or was it just the toos?) use summer as a verb. The middles go on vacation.

  87. @R.G. Camara

    in Inglorious Basterds (set in WWII) Tarantino made a point that his main character– the human hunter played by Christopher Waltz’s–specifically negotiates for a summer home on Martha’s Vineyard when he’s surrendering to the Allies.

    That really doesn’t make much sense. Martha’s Vineyard wouldn’t have been a big deal in the 1940s. My family used to vacation there every summer from the mid-1950s to early ’60s. My father’s secretary’s family owned one of the cottages on Tabernacle Circle in Oak Bluffs and he rented it from her for some ridiculously low sum like $25 a week.

    I’ve visited Martha’s Vineyard many times since then, staying at the youth hostel on bicycle trips as a teenager, at the Cranberry Acres campground in my 20s, and then renting a cottage for a week several summers when my kids were young. It may be a playground of the rich and famous, but middle-class people vacation there too. If you can afford to rent a cottage on the Rhode Island shore or Cape Cod, you can afford Martha’s Vineyard. It’s all about the same.

    The Vineyard is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been in my life. It’s really remarkable in that way. Also, it remains unspoiled: the towns of Oak Bluffs, Menemsha, and Edgarton look just like they did when I was a child. Most of the restaurants and stores are individually owned, not part of a chain. There’s two A&Ps, a couple of CVS drug stores, and a Dairy Queen, but other than those it’s mom-and-pop operations. There has been development, but it’s mostly on the interior of the island where it’s not noticeable, though the increase in traffic is.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    , @R.G. Camara
  88. @eah

    it will be interesting to compare the post-presidential activities of Obama and Jimmy Carter.

    Carter was regarded as a failed president and something of a joke, so he was motivated to redeem himself post-presidentially through Habitat for Humanity and generally pontificating in a sanctimonious manner.

    As a media darling, Obama can afford to coast for now, though the upcoming revelations about his part in weaponizing the CIA, DOJ, FBI, and IRS may tar his reputation, if the New York Times deigns to mention it.

  89. Cortes says:
    @Harry Baldwin

    Thanks for that.

    I’ve always imagined it as “Jaws” set to an early James Taylor soundtrack – maybe the Apple album.

  90. @J.Ross

    Do you get all of your information from CNN?

    Not any as far as I know. The only time I have ever watched CNN has been in airports, where it seems to be ubiquitous, repetitious, pompous, and annoyingly unwatchable. I guess they figure by booming it out in airports they have a captive audience to boost their viewing figures with lots of foreigners who don’t understand it anyway. However, I have not been on a plane for just over a year, so no recent exposure.

    Yet I was once in Port au Prince in the days after the earthquake of 2010 and was privileged to see Anderson Cooper tooling around town on the back of an old brown pickup truck wearing a tight black T-shirt with his crew, looking for telegenic scenes of destruction as a backdrop for his chiseled looks to entertain the old folks back home with his monologue.

    I also saw how CNN set up a camera tripod on a balcony overlooking the (collapsed) Presidential Palace and handed out large sheets of cardboard, permanent markers, and provided English spell checking to anyone who cared to wave a protest placard and pose for the cameras, so I had a chance to see how the news is made–a bit like my visit to Universal Studios to see how they make movies, and how the quaint New England scenery of Murder She Wrote was created in California.

    Perhaps I should watch more CNN to be informed, but I have not watched any TV for many years now and can get all the news I want from the Internet.

  91. @Whiskey

    I don’t understand why anyone calls Obama “black”. Is this cookie black?

  92. Dan Hayes says:
    @Art Deco

    Art Deco:

    Bess Truman wore the pants in the family since Harry never got over the fact that he was lucky enough to marry the belle of the ball of Independence, Missouri. And Bess would not permit any Jew into her Missouri home. One tough cookie!

    • Replies: @Art Deco
  93. istevefan says:
    @Whiskey

  94. @mmack

    Achmed,

    Someone forgot to tell the Kennedys.

    I think the fact that Achmed has heard the Kennedy family’s Hyannisport property referred to as “The Kennedy Compound” incessantly since his birth is what raised his dander.

    No more “Compounds”.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  95. @Jonathan Mason

    Correct me if I’m in error, but right off the top ‘o my noggin’ I can’t recall any presidential assailant or attempted assailant that resembled the description that you provided in your post.

    An anarchist, a communist, an actor, and man with a political grievance were the successful presidential assailants.

    The attempts on thirteen presidents were carried out by an assortment of delusionals, more anarchists, nationalists, “Manson Family” members, radicals, and foreign terrorists.

    One conspiracy involving white supremacists was uncovered long before it could launched. No information whether it included pick up trucks, gun racks, and rebel flags.

    https://amp-businessinsider-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/amp.businessinsider.com/american-presidents-escaped-assassination-attempts-2017-5?amp_js_v=a2&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQEKAFwAQ%3D%3D#aoh=15666334614829&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
  96. Art Deco says:
    @Dan Hayes

    They were 34 and 35 respectively when they were married. Have a look at WWI era photographs of her. She was quite ordinary, not a belle. She’d turned him down several times over the years and it’s a reasonable wager she married him because he was the last ticket out of the station. Much of the time he was in the White House, she was holed up in Missouri. She had very little interest in his professional life (which he forthrightly admitted) and (in stupefying contrast to her daughter) not a histrionic bone in her body. There was a lot to be said for both of them as people and they had a satisfactory and serviceable domestic life. The house had been inherited from her family and the deed was in her name, so he deferred to her preferences about how it was used. You’ll have to check their daughter’s umpteen reminiscences, but the ones I can recall don’t indicate she bossed him around.

    (I’m pretty sure the five o’clock shadow was bog standard among middle class people of that vintage; my mother and grandmother tangled over it, and neither one ever set foot in Kansas City; IIRC, it is true that it was her rule and not his).

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  97. @JudgeSmails

    An anarchist, a communist, an actor, and man with a political grievance were the successful presidential assailants.

    Just remind me how many of the assassinated presidents were African-Americans.

  98. Dan Hayes says:
    @Art Deco

    Art Deco:

    AGREE (mostly)!

  99. Lagertha says:

    it makes me so sick to realize my brother was right about the mistake of me voting for Obama: “he just wants to get his home and insure his children’s future – he’s a fraude.”

    • Replies: @Lagertha
  100. @Anonymous

    Book deals and speaking fees.

    That’s what is meant by “going green”, for the commenters above that are concerned about this.

  101. @Jonathan Mason

    Get real. Nobody gives a crap about these people anymore once they’ve quit haranguing us and letting the country slide into ruin for another 4 or 8 years. Your rednecks from Jacksonville story is the dumbest speculation I’ve heard in quite a while too. Sure, they are going to drive up with a rack full of rifles, find a grassy knoll, .. yeah, that’s the ticket.

    If you don’t fit in in the real Florida, Jonathan, why don’t you move south of Sanford to Yankee territory?

  102. @JudgeSmails

    Thank you. I was channeling the U-Boat commander Ted K. from the grave, or down below somewheres.

  103. @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    The Obamas’ relative political somnolence since leaving office has been a pretty obvious dog that hasn’t barked. Not that I’m complaining, as you observe.

    What disgusts me are the revealed preferences. The Obamas vote with their feet and their apparently multiple millions of dollars for lebensraum. The schleps have to rely on their governing elites to keep out the teeming millions so they can bargain for the living space they can afford within the nation’s borders. But the governing elites won’t do their job. In fact, their loyalties are to the invaders, and not to their own countrymen. It is unjust for the governing elites to extract taxes if they’re not going to maintain the national borders. So end the taxation and erase the borders so we can draw our own.

  104. JMcG says:
    @The Alarmist

    I was in DC over the weekend for the first time in years. All of the little parks have tents set up in them save the ones labeled “No Camping”. I don’t know why they aren’t all labeled so, but it probably involves a court order.

  105. JMcG says:
    @Anon

    Because they are just figuring out new ways to game the diversity racket.

  106. JMcG says:
    @Prodigal son

    And three years later the serve was returned.

  107. Lagertha says:
    @Lagertha

    oh, and he is not very intelligent.

  108. R.G. Camara says: • Website
    @Harry Baldwin

    That really doesn’t make much sense. Martha’s Vineyard wouldn’t have been a big deal in the 1940s.

    Don’t take it up with me, take it up with Tarantino. He made the reference.*

    *On second thought he might have demanded a house on Nantucket, but that’s merely the twin island to Martha’s Vineyard, so the reference is the same.

  109. R.G. Camara says: • Website
    @eah

    Obama will do what he did when he was president: enjoy being a celebrity and hanging out with celebrities, and leave any thing more important to flunkies, except speechifying, which he’ll read off a teleprompter every now and then.

    Obama was a hands off, lazy president, and it shows with how much his underlings (Hillary, Holder, Lynch, etc.) ran their corrupt departments as if they were completely autonomous.

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