CBS: Hey, how much does a State Dinner cost?

posted at 10:01 pm on February 11, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Mark Knoller reports after getting a response to a Freedom of Information Act request 13 months after he placed it. These things are obviously part of any presidency, and certain expenses are to be expected. I don’t think we want to be cheaping out on heads of state, but it’s worth noting how breezily the White House expends 10 times the median household income in this country, and how cagey the most transparent administration in history is about divulging it:

In response to a Freedom of Information request to which it took the State Department 13 months to respond, CBS News has obtained the Office of Protocol’s expense calculations for the first five state dinners of the Obama presidency.

Nov. 24, 2009 – State dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. $572,187.36
May 19, 2010 – State dinner for President Felipe Calderon of Mexico. $563,479.92
Jan. 19, 2011 – State dinner for President Hu Jintao of China. $412,329.73.
June 7, 2011 – State dinner for Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. $215,883.36
Oct. 13, 2011 – State dinner for President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea. $203,053.34

The State Department has yet to respond to another Freedom of Information request filed seven months ago for its rundown of the expenses for the state dinner honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron on March 14, 2012.

Congress has been waiting for similar information from the State Department even longer.

Tonight, the White House fetes socialist French President Francois Hollande.

Mary J. Blige will perform and the menu is as follows:

Highlighting food from across the country, menu items include a first course of American Osetra Caviar from Illinois, quail eggs from Pennsylvania and 12 varieties of potatoes from farms in New York, Idaho and California. For the salad course, the White House details a Winter Garden Salad that “pays tribute to The First Lady’s White House Kitchen Garden.”

The main course is a dry-aged rib eye beef from a family-owned farm in Colorado that will be served with Jasper Hill Farm Blue Cheese crisp from Vermont.

Finishing the meal are a selection of sweets. There will be a chocolate malted cake that combines bittersweet chocolate from Hawaii and tangerines from Florida and will be served with vanilla ice cream from Pennsylvania. Additionally, the menu boasts fudge made from Vermont maple syrup, lavender shortbread cookies and cotton candy dusted with orange zest.

A selection of wines priced between $30 to $65 will be offered from California, Washington and Monticello, Va., which both Obama and Hollande visited Monday.

One wonders how this man of the proletariat can justify his attendance at this one-percenter affair. Sure, dumping the first lady and causing national confusion about exactly which paramour might attend a state dinner is veritably a point of French pride, but dining on a $500,000 dinner while Americans remain woefully un- and underemployed? Quel dommage.

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I choose not to get in the gutter with you and speak like a caveman. It’s called an education.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Heh. Sure.

But come visit us on QOTD sweetie.

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

No thanks, I don’t need a sleeping pill. Got to work tonight.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

No thanks, I don’t need a sleeping pill. Got to work tonight.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

See ya next time, then.

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 11:08 PM

You cannot have it both ways. I’m sure President Bush threw equally lavish state dinners.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

No, YOU (and Preezy) cannot have it both ways. If you are going to insist that the rich “pay a little bit more,” if you are going to say things like “at some point, you’ve made enough money,” and if you are going to deprive WWII vets of seeing their own damn memorial because we don’t have enough money (and needed to shut down 17% of the government, although all the memorials stayed open during the last government shutdown under Clinton), then you had damned well better set an example.

Unless, of course, you area useless, no-talent grifter who has gotten by solely on the basis of his skin color.

Maddie on February 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM

No thanks, I don’t need a sleeping pill. Got to work tonight.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Oh, really? Which street corner?

Maddie on February 11, 2014 at 11:17 PM

Maddie said it in slightly different terms than I might use…but darn if she doesn’t nail it on the head. For libfree et al., if you are actually concerned about inequality in America, then this should disturb you. I don’t really think that you are, as long as you and yours are on top of the heap…and can give out the leftover scraps to those who you think are most worthy.

philosoph0123 on February 11, 2014 at 11:24 PM

I choose not to get in the gutter with you and speak like a caveman. It’s called an education.

Pickles on February 11, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Care to tell us why your Democrat Party lost the college graduate vote in 2012?

Kiss,

Morey Amsterdam.

F-

Del Dolemonte on February 11, 2014 at 11:36 PM

The guy’s serving domestic caviar,and cheap wine. How many corners can you expect him to cut?

Besides, every President of either party hosts the occasional “lavish” state dinner. It is part of diplomacy and no more objectionable than it is avoidable. The idea that Obama — because he’s a liberal or something — should insult his guest by doing a second rate bash is purely partisan pettifoggery.

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

, every President of either party hosts the occasional “lavish” state dinner.

Heh! You know, Heh!

Heh!

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

State dinners are a function of the executive branch. What we should demand to know more about are the White House lavish lobshter and Wagyu beef parties that are only for the entertainment of the preezy and his harridan wife.

Last reported they were running at a rate of two a week, which is generally mid-week and one on the weekend. These are the parties where a Hollywood star is summoned to perform at the royal court.

slickwillie2001 on February 11, 2014 at 11:48 PM

Heh! You know, Heh!

Heh!

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I have been living in Washington a long time. Tomorrow morning, the Washington Post Style Section will print the menu, the guest list and a brief gushing write-up, mentioning the First Lady’s gown. I have been reading these since Reagan and assure that they occur in every administration (although Bush 2 was not a huge fan) and they are always lavish.

I even went to one, king of, in my younger days (a non-state dessert that had been tacked onto the forma State Dinner).

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Heh! You know, Heh!

Heh!

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 11:44 PM

I have been living in Washington a long time. Tomorrow morning, the Washington Post Style Section will print the menu, the guest list and a brief, gushing write-up, mentioning the First Lady’s gown. I have been reading these since Reagan and assure you that such dinners occur in every administration (although Bush 2 was not a huge fan) and they are always lavish.

I even went to one, kind of, in my younger days (a non-state dessert that had been tacked onto the formal State Dinner).

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

I have been living in Washington a long time. Tomorrow morning, the Washington Post Style Section will print the menu, the guest list and a brief gushing write-up, mentioning the First Lady’s gown. I have been reading these since Reagan and assure that they occur in every administration (although Bush 2 was not a huge fan) and they are always lavish.

I even went to one, king of, in my younger days (a non-state dessert that had been tacked onto the forma State Dinner).

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:53 PM

Oh, good! Maybe you can answer a few questions then. From Reagan to W, did any other President:

* Insist that the rich needed to “pay a little bit more”?

* Say things like “at some point, you’ve made enough money”?

* Deprive WWII vets of seeing their own damn memorial because we don’t have enough money (and needed to shut down 17% of the government)?

Just wondering. Thanks.

Maddie on February 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Maddie on February 11, 2014 at 11:58 PM

Of course, it was the House Republicans who shut down the monuments through their political game playing.

Otherwise, I don’t recall other presidents saying those exact lines, nor do I have any idea how they are remotely relevant unless you’re a bitter clinger to old rhetoric, instead of or in addition to guns and bibles.

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

He’s the President, he’s singularly the most powerful man on the planet…he can eat whatever the phuck he wants

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Dogs, beware.

Plus, you fascist leftist thug – NO one s/b banned, if you were a true liberal.

We are the true liberals and you are always an anti-freedom thug, partisan hack.

Schadenfreude on February 12, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Of course, it was the House Republicans who shut down the monuments through their political game playing.

Otherwise, I don’t recall other presidents saying those exact lines, nor do I have any idea how they are remotely relevant unless you’re a bitter clinger to old rhetoric, instead of or in addition to guns and bibles.

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Bullchit, the obama administration made a concerted effort to close down things that didn’t need to be closed down. The administration also played political games with the debt ceiling and budget process. So spare us your drivel.

Thanks for playing. Say hi to your boy HotAirLib for us.

HumpBot Salvation on February 12, 2014 at 12:16 AM

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:54 PM

If you think for two seconds obama eats ‘cheap’ caviar and ‘domestic’ wine, you are insane.

Well, I’ve just answered my own statement, haven’t I.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 12:17 AM

Of course, it was the House Republicans who shut down the monuments through their political game playing.

Otherwise, I don’t recall other presidents saying those exact lines, nor do I have any idea how they are remotely relevant unless you’re a bitter clinger to old rhetoric, instead of or in addition to guns and bibles.

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Oh, you mean when the Republicans wanted to delay the implementation of ObamaCare because it absolutely SUCKED, and the Dems balked…and then delayed the implementation of ObamaCare because it totally sucked? Yeah, totally the Republicans’ fault.

And since you are now reduced to quoting HuffPo ad hominems, I shall interpret that as meaning you have a big, steaming bowl full o’ nothin’.

Maddie on February 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM

You cannot have it both ways.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

No to “Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us.” ?

Bmore on February 12, 2014 at 12:22 AM

If you think for two seconds obama eats ‘cheap’ caviar and ‘domestic’ wine, you are insane.

Well, I’ve just answered my own statement, haven’t I.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 12:17 AM

The menu is up top. the caviar is from Illinois. The wine is mid-priced for a fancy meal and from California, Washington and Virginia. Reading is fundamental, my friend. I’m sure Obama eats well, he makes good money and enjoys a good meal. I doubt he eats much caviar and he’s known not to be much of a wine drinker.

Oh, you mean when the Republicans wanted to delay the implementation of ObamaCare because it absolutely SUCKED, and the Dems balked…and then delayed the implementation of ObamaCare because it totally sucked? Yeah, totally the Republicans’ fault.
And since you are now reduced to quoting HuffPo ad hominems, I shall interpret that as meaning you have a big, steaming bowl full o’ nothin’.
Maddie on February 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM

I really haven’t the vaguest idea what you’re getting at. The fact that the Republicans shut down the government as part of a strategy to generate publicity for Ted Cruz protest Obamacare is frankly undeniable. And the quotes are irrelevant. And I don’t read the Huffington Post

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

I dunno, I think this is ok – having expensive dinners for visiting heads of state is kinda the done thing, for all heads of all states at any period. And whoever’s arranging these things seems to be cutting costs over time (possibly due to less interference?), and keeping it to national produce, which is nice.

Maddie on February 11, 2014 at 11:15 PM

Well, you’re right in that it certainly makes Obama a hypocrite, but there was already ample evidence for that; the “do as I say, not as I do” attitude is nothing new. That still doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be hosting these state dinners; these are two separate issues.

Ramadahl on February 12, 2014 at 12:49 AM

I really haven’t the vaguest idea…

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

FIFY

viking01 on February 12, 2014 at 12:58 AM

Urbane, I don’t really wanna waste too much time on you. Frankly, you’ve always been a boor. And a bore. But I swear, you really have to have had blinders on the last 5 years.

Lanceman on February 12, 2014 at 1:15 AM

Bush only hosted 6 state dinners in his 8 years and all had smaller guest lists and were held inside the White House which lowered the expense considerably. Obama is on his 7th dinner in 5 years. The Obama’s view our money as THEIR money and they’re not shy about spending as much as they can before they’re shown the door.

Wendya on February 12, 2014 at 1:44 AM

As much as the Presidents are willing to pay….
Love the dogs with their expensive diamond necklines
Electrongod on February 11, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Until I read this I thought the dogs WERE dinner. Figured the staff set em out, so the Indonesian could choose which one he wanted to eat.

AppraisHer on February 12, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Mindy Kaling?

ROFL!

Perfect company for the bathhouse boy and his Goliath beard.

Murphy9 on February 12, 2014 at 3:32 AM

Of course, it was the House Republicans who shut down the monuments through their political game playing.

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

Oh, you mean when the Republicans wanted to delay the implementation of ObamaCare because it absolutely SUCKED, and the Dems balked…and then delayed the implementation of ObamaCare because it totally sucked? Yeah, totally the Republicans’ fault.
Maddie on February 12, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Well, Obama shut down the government when he refused to delay the implementation of Obamacare, the Republicans didn’t shut it down except in the minds of liberals.

Also, only Obama would spend more money barricading open air facilities, which cost nothing to keep open, in the face of a government shut down, the point of which is to spend less money.

No sane or mentally competent person could possibly hold the position that the Republicans shut down the open air memorials.

talkingpoints on February 12, 2014 at 3:45 AM

Actually, now that I think about it, didn’t it cost about as much to blockade the open air memorials as it did to host one of these dinners?

talkingpoints on February 12, 2014 at 3:48 AM

I’m sure Obama eats well, he makes good money and enjoys a good meal. I doubt he eats much caviar and he’s known not to be much of a wine drinker.

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

No. He’s PAID good money but he does not make (which implies he earns it) good money.

This grifter and his grifter wife haven’t MADE good money their entire lives. They’ve never produced a profit or added one iota of real value to the economy by producing tangible assets.

You are a partisan cult member if you believe that he does.

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2014 at 6:42 AM

Snails from the bait shop and frogs from the creek. How much can it cost?!

Shy Guy on February 12, 2014 at 6:46 AM

I want to know why we only spent half as much on the dinner for Merkel. What was the dinner, a kegger with weisswurst? For entertainment did we whip out the lederhosen and dance? Maybe they saved money on the band and only had a DJ (Rudy the Rapper).

Bikerdon on February 12, 2014 at 6:50 AM

The Uniparty will spend YOUR money where, when, and how it sees fit. Now pay up!

Franklin100 on February 12, 2014 at 6:52 AM

I’m sure Obama eats well, he makes good money and enjoys a good meal. I doubt he eats much caviar and he’s known not to be much of a wine drinker.

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:42 AM

Incidentally, moron, you neglected to add that that “good money” he “makes” is confiscated off the backs of men and women who, everyday, discipline themselves to get out there and actually take the risks to MAKE something of inherent value to add to the GDP.

HE makes NOTHING and THAT’S what the lavish State dinners simply highlight.

This guy is living large on OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY. A man of more circumspection would demonstrate that he appreciates that a bit more than this grifter does, and that’s what galls people who don’t belong to the Obama cult, like you do.

Cleombrotus on February 12, 2014 at 6:57 AM

He’s the President, he’s singularly the most powerful man on the planet

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

Bulloney! The “man” is nothing more than a community organizer who lied, bullied and cheated his way to become a do-nothing 2 year senator who then lied, bullied and cheated his way to hold the most powerful political office on the planet.

Flora Duh on February 12, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Shy Guy on February 12, 2014 at 6:46 AM

bait shops sells frogs too …. one stop shopping ….

conservative tarheel on February 12, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Yeah, I was wondering where all the unapologetic libs were in the threads discussing the Lightbringer’s lawbreaking…

Now I know.

Eric in Hollywood on February 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Of course, it was the House Republicans who shut down the monuments through their political game playing.

urban elitist on February 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM

It takes a strong streak of self-delusion to believe that.

GWB on February 12, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Well, I guess you have to roll out the red carpet for State dinners. So why make a big deal of it. Although it is interesting to contrast Obama’s proletarian sympathies with his lavish life style.

oldennis on February 12, 2014 at 10:29 AM

The guy’s serving domestic caviar,and cheap wine. How many corners can you expect him to cut?

Besides, every President of either party hosts the occasional “lavish” state dinner. It is part of diplomacy and no more objectionable than it is avoidable. The idea that Obama — because he’s a liberal or something — should insult his guest by doing a second rate bash is purely partisan pettifoggery.

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Sorry, but I’m going to continue with the running theme of, “You can’t have it both ways.”

For a Conservative in the White House, serving anything more expensive than a Happy Meal should have supposedly shamed us all as Americans, considering the less fortunate. During the heights of the Reagan and GW Bush Administrations, there was no end to the media and leftist complaints that those administrations were out of touch with the poor, jobless and homeless. The left complained that they were out of touch with the common man. The news stories that focused on their entertaining of domestic and foreign guests in the White House were constant. There was no end to the manner in which Bush was criticized for his vacations. It got to the point any trip to Camp David was a vacation as far as the media was concerned.

The left, that almost destroyed this country over their war protests, are all but silent now. Ed Asner claims it’s because the Hollywood left at least, doesn’t want to appear as if they’re criticizing the first black US President. It didn’t matter to them that extremists in this country were donating money directly to the insurgents in Fallujah while our Marines fought there. They said there was no excuse for the war and it should end at all costs. They continuously decried the death milestones of our US Military, as if George Bush were shooting them himself. There are still extremists in this country that want to try Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for war crimes. Vince Bugleosi, for one, said he’d ask for the death penalty for Bush at least. But you are all but silent for the war interventions of obama.

Now obama has left Iraq later than said he was capable of executing and in a shambles. The rise in Al Qaeda dwarfs the influence under Bush and the media is silent. GITMO is still open and we’re killing people with drones like it’s going out of style. In one instance killing scores of women and children to take out one JPEL. Under obama. Afghanistan goes on under a ROE that obama put in place that favors the enemy over our own troops. You know more troops have died in Afghanistan under obama than Bush, right? Do you know the majority of them have been because his ROE makes it nearly impossible to prosecute the war against those who would emplace IEDs against our forces. And the majority have died from IEDs. Where’s the media? Where are your cries for our soldiers now? Those were Bush’s war though, right? You can probably feel like explaining away your hypocrisy is justified because those were “his wars”. What about obama’s?

Under the Arab Spring, obama has cast the Middle East into a bloody mess and the only thing he’s accomplished is making our chief ally there less secure. Egypt is a shambles and his Muslim Brotherhood, that he supported, turned out to be the Islamic radicals the Right told you they would be. More tyrannical than Hosni Mubarak, they had to be stopped by their own military and finally voted out of power by their own people while obama did nothing. Libya is a shambles and under a bigger despot than Momar Gadhafi ever dreamt of. Can you even discuss Benghazi without rolling your leftist eyes?

And forget Syria. They are lost for a generation or more. obama sworn he was going to wage a unilateral attack against Assad in support of the rebels he incited into a national revolution through the CIA. He said he would attack with or without approval from Congress. With to without approval from the UN. More than 100,000 have died under obama’s war in Syria. Not the “millions” you guys pulled out of your butts to charge war crimes against Bush, but literally 100,000 and climbing until the UN stopped even counting.

But the war wages on there and the militants that obama armed and trained by our CIA has become the largest and most powerful assembly of Al Qaeda in the world. Jabaut AL Nusrah and ISIL are the insurgency now. Where are you God Damned peace protest now?

Enough.

The theme stands. You really can’t have it both ways. Especially when obama is constantly proven to be worse at your chief complaints.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM

The guy’s serving domestic caviar,and cheap wine. How many corners can you expect him to cut?

Besides, every President of either party hosts the occasional “lavish” state dinner. It is part of diplomacy and no more objectionable than it is avoidable. The idea that Obama — because he’s a liberal or something — should insult his guest by doing a second rate bash is purely partisan pettifoggery.

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Sorry, but I’m going to continue with the running theme of, “You can’t have it both ways.”

For a Conservative in the White House, serving anything more expensive than a Happy Meal should have supposedly shamed us all as Americans, considering the less fortunate. During the heights of the Reagan and GW Bush Administrations, there was no end to the media and leftist complaints that those administrations were out of touch with the poor, jobless and homeless. The left complained that they were out of touch with the common man. The news stories that focused on their entertaining of domestic and foreign guests in the White House were constant. There was no end to the manner in which Bush was criticized for his vacations. It got to the point any trip to Camp David was a vacation as far as the media was concerned.

The left, that almost destroyed this country over their war protests, are all but silent now. Ed Asner claims it’s because the Hollywood left at least, doesn’t want to appear as if they’re criticizing the first black US President. It didn’t matter to them that extremists in this country were donating money directly to the insurgents in Fallujah while our Marines fought there. They said there was no excuse for the war and it should end at all costs. They continuously decried the death milestones of our US Military, as if George Bush were shooting them himself. There are still extremists in this country that want to try Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld for war crimes. Vince Bugleosi, for one, said he’d ask for the death penalty for Bush at least. But you are all but silent for the war interventions of obama.

Now obama has left Iraq later than said he was capable of executing and in a shambles. The rise in Al Qaeda dwarfs the influence under Bush and the media is silent. GITMO is still open and we’re killing people with drones like it’s going out of style. In one instance killing scores of women and children to take out one JPEL. Under obama. Afghanistan goes on under a ROE that obama put in place that favors the enemy over our own troops. You know more troops have died in Afghanistan under obama than Bush, right? Do you know the majority of them have been because his ROE makes it nearly impossible to prosecute the war against those who would emplace IEDs against our forces. And the majority have died from IEDs. Where’s the media? Where are your cries for our soldiers now? Those were Bush’s war though, right? You can probably feel like explaining away your hypocrisy is justified because those were “his wars”. What about obama’s?

Under the Arab Spring, obama has cast the Middle East into a bloody mess and the only thing he’s accomplished is making our chief ally there less secure. Egypt is a shambles and his Muslim Brotherhood, that he supported, turned out to be the Islamic radicals the Right told you they would be. More tyrannical than Hosni Mubarak, they had to be stopped by their own military and finally voted out of power by their own people while obama did nothing. Libya is a shambles and under a bigger despot than Momar Gadhafi ever dreamt of. Can you even discuss Benghazi without rolling your leftist eyes?

And forget Syria. They are lost for a generation or more. obama sworn he was going to wage a unilateral attack against Assad in support of the rebels he incited into a national revolution through the CIA. He said he would attack with or without approval from Congress. With to without approval from the UN. More than 100,000 have died under obama’s war in Syria. Not the “millions” you guys pulled out of your butts to charge war crimes against Bush, but literally 100,000 and climbing until the UN stopped even counting.

But the war wages on there and the militants that obama armed and trained by our CIA has become the largest and most powerful assembly of Al Qaeda in the world. Jabaut AL Nusrah and ISIL are the insurgency now. Where are you God Damned peace protest now?

Enough.

The theme stands. You really can’t have it both ways. Especially when obama is constantly proven to be worse at your chief complaints.

Sorry …

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Sorry for having to post twice I mean.

hawkdriver on February 12, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Michelle’s dress was $12,000.

I’m sure all the little people out there whom she’s just like can afford to spend $12,000 on one piece of clothing.

JUST LIKE YOU.

Good Lt on February 12, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The guy’s serving domestic caviar,and cheap wine. How many corners can you expect him to cut?

Besides, every President of either party hosts the occasional “lavish” state dinner. It is part of diplomacy and no more objectionable than it is avoidable. The idea that Obama — because he’s a liberal or something — should insult his guest by doing a second rate bash is purely partisan pettifoggery.

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

The issue isn’t that he’s splurging on a routine diplomatic expense.

The issue is that the political left constantly whines about ‘the rich,’ and ‘the gap between rich and poor.’ And yet, the biggest whiners – Obama et al – have no problem throwing lavish, exclusive, sometimes secret, celebrity-studded decadent parties and sending the bill to the little guy.

The Democrats make it a point to paint their opponents as ‘out of touch’ and ‘uncaring about the plight of the poor.’ And the Democrat leaders then proceed go out and party like the French aristocracy, bill it to the taxpayer and act like it’s no big deal.

It’s the HYPOCRISY, stupid.

Good Lt on February 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I’m much more concerned with the carbon footprint of those meals.

GEAH on February 12, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I don’t have a problem with state dinners, EVER. He’s SUPPOSED to be throwing those.

What I DO have a problem with is the PRIVATE party after party after party we’ve all not been invited to ~ BUT PAID FOR ~ because “I’m the President” and it’s Michelle’s birthday”, or “I like Beyonce”, or WHATEVER BS excuse they come up with for a shindig at our expense.

THAT burns my tookus.

tree hugging sister on February 12, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Well it does explain scarcity of stray dogs in DC.
Those in Detroit are starting to get worried.

Bubba Redneck on February 12, 2014 at 1:22 PM

urban elitist on February 11, 2014 at 11:40 PM

Your water carrying is embarrassing.

CWchangedhisNicagain on February 12, 2014 at 10:51 PM

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