“Somebody said insulation is not sexy. I disagree,” Obama said. (ap photo)
On Sunday and Monday, Obama was mad — mad at the banks, the “fat cats” and their shifty, non-lending ways. Tuesday found the president uncommonly funny at a Home Depot in Northern Virginia. He was there to talk rebates for weatherizers, known as “cash for caulkers.”
First, he made fun of the elected officials attending for not wearing the Home Depot aprons or whatever — asking if the senators present thought themselves too cool for that.
“So, seeing how Christmas is just around the corner and we're at Home Depot, I thought I might knock out some of my holiday shopping,” Obama said. “I figure my energy secretary wants a few million energy-efficient light bulbs.”
Ugh — not those!
“My press secretary wants something that will prevent leaks,” Obama said, to general groans. “Come on, guys!”
Obama is asking Congress to approve tax breaks for homeowners who make their property more energy-efficient, saying it will reduce energy bills, emissions and consumption in the long term, and provide jobs for contractors in the meantime. He wants to update 500,000 homes in the next year.
“I know the idea may not be very glamorous, although I get really excited about it,” Obama said, “here's what's sexy about it: saving money.”