Entitlement is a word that has been on my mind a lot these days. I tried to let the drama about the White House party crashers die down. It’s clear to see that Michaele and Tareq Salahi are not going anywhere anytime soon and are going to milk their 15 seconds of fame because that of course was their intention.
I woke up this morning to the Today Show as I usually do to see Matt Lauer doing an interview with the now infamous White House crashers. They sat there ever so calm with these smug looks on their faces explaining how they attended the White House State Dinner last week. They even went so far as to say how utterly embarrassed and hurt they are by claims they crashed the event. When Matt went in for the kill and asked them “Who invited you?” of course they had no direct answer but Mr. Salahi said, “One of the things that we’re doing is we’re working closely with the Secret Service in their internal investigation. We’re respecting their timeline. We’re working on their timeline. We want to get through that process.”
WHAT IN THE WORLD? That does not answer the question. Who invited you is a pretty simple, cut and dry question. I wish they would just admit they played the part and were somehow able to gain admission to the White House a once thought to be impenetrable place.
What bothers me the most is their sense of entitlement. They act as if they did nothing wrong. I hate to play the race card but I’m sure most would agree they act this way because they are rich and white and feel entitled to attend certain events even if they were not invited. At the end of Matt’s interview he mentioned the Salahis also attempted to attend a Congressional Black Caucus event earlier in the year and were escorted out when it was found out they were not invited. These people are so sad.
It amazes what goes through the minds of people and how entitlement seems to pop up in the most unsuspecting places. I learned long ago that entitlement isn’t just a black vs. white issue, it’s a rich vs. poor.
I can clearly remember during my senior year in high school when I was a Debutante practicing for my cotillion. One of the Mothers made a comment to one of the girls saying “Must be nice that your parents bought you a new Mercedes.” Instead of shutting down the comment, the girl responded “Yes it is and I deserved it.” I wanted to be like there is no way in hell a 17 year old deserves a brand new $50k+ car, especially after her parents paid $25k a year for her private school tuition but couldn’t spend $50 to get the girl’s hair done, I’m sorry but that’s just crazy. I grew up around some privileged families of various races and the entitlement their children feel, even as they’ve become adults, is unbelievable. I’m glad I was raised to appreciate what I’ve been given not accustomed to thinking anything is “because I deserved it.”
It’s sad but I don’t think there’s anything that can be done to change this mentality. As long as people continue to raise their children to think they are better than others the cycle will continue. There will always be the haves vs. have nots or in today’s terms the entitled and the not so entitled.