MSNBC's Chris Matthews went off on the GOP Tuesday night, whacking the Republican National Committee for trying to stir up outrage over the Obamas' recent date in New York.
The RNC seized on the excursion, which included dinner and a Broadway show, as a wasteful indulgence.
"As President Obama prepares to wing into Manhattan's theater district on Air Force One to take in a Broadway show, GM is preparing to file bankruptcy and families across America continue to struggle to pay their bills," read their "Research Piece," titled "Putting On A Show."
"If President Obama wants to go to the theater, isn't the Presidential box at the Kennedy Center good enough?" added RNC spokeswoman Gail Gitcho.
Matthews called the attack a "cheap shot" and the trip as a sign that the president, unlike his predecessor, appreciates culture. He pointed out that the Republicans never complained about President Bush's frequent trips to Texas. "This is the kind of pissant criticism that makes you wonder why Michael Steele still has his job," Matthews exclaimed. "Is this jealousy, or just nincompoop anti-intellectualism?"