Nailed it! Hilarious and brilliant. (And of course terribly, terribly depressing.)

The White House responds, on the ALMOST-AS-POPULAR-AS-FOX-NEWS White House Blog:

So let us be unequivocal: the numbers reported have no basis in reality. Due to security concerns, we can’t get into details associated with security procedures and costs, but it's safe to say these numbers are wildly inflated and President Obama’s costs are in line with the costs of protecting previous Presidents.

Via Americablog.

Similarly infuriating is Jack Hitt's segment ("Act 2") of last week's pre-midterm-elections episode of This American Life. Listening to him question Paul Begala about how and why the Democrats seem to be unable to have a coherent message, let alone stay on one, made me very nearly kick over a mailbox.