Not sure whether we can chalk this up as a bait-and-switch or a dine-and-dash. It would probably have to be the former, since Barack Obama didn’t bother to break bread with the people who shelled out $7500 each to have dinner with the President. As Doug Powers notes at the Boss Emeritus’ joint, Obama didn’t even come up with a decent excuse for bailing early:
President Obama’s final stop was a $7,500-a-head fundraiser in the well-appointed home of Arnold “Buff” and Johnnie Chace on the East Side, not far from Brown University.
The president spoke for about 20 minutes, then left before the dinner of locally grown foods by celebrated Rhode Island chefs — including lobster risotto — that Mrs. Chace had planned.
Mr. Obama concluded his remarks at about 7:30, saying he couldn’t stay for dinner.
“I’ve got to go home to tuck in the girls and walk the dog and scoop the poop,” he said.
Well, it’s not like anyone went to any trouble to make a special dinner for the President. Oh, wait …
As soon as Johnnie Chace knew she’d host the president for a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at her home with husband Arnold “Buff” Chace, she followed one very local path to serve what she hopes is an amazing meal.
“The first thing I thought was this is a great chance to showcase Rhode Island and focus on the hard-working people who bring us our food,” she said.
Preparing the food for the $7,500-a-seat fundraiser are the chef/owners of the iconic Providence restaurant Al Forno, George Germon and Johanne Killeen. They were to be out of town on Monday, but when Chace called them two weeks ago, they changed their plans to serve the president.
But the dog poop takes priority, of course.
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