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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$ 1,250 per person America …. think about that while paying MORE deductibles for less coverage thanks to Obama.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:02 PM

It’s cool obama is part of the privileged class…he does what he wants.

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Obama is rich and, we are rubes, meh…

Scrumpy on February 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

$ 1,250 per person America

… by the way, if you rang the bell this hard for a business dinner …

… you WILL be audited by the IRS.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

That’s nothin’! The Mooch pissed away $500 mil on that failed obesity program.

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

2 million dollars for 5 dinners..
oh yeah..
happens all the time at the g2m house..

going2mars on February 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM

I balk if my dinner out goes over 12 bucks!! :)
I could eat 104 times for the money they spent on I dinner…

Scrumpy on February 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM

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

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

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller Feb 10

Guests at the head tables have these place settings at the State Dinner. No tablecloth either. (Photo: @plantecbs) pic.twitter.com/w7VrQb5NAD

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/432985991112978432/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM

$ 1,250 per person America

That’s the level of CONTEMPT and ARROGANCE brought to you by the Obamas and the Kneepad Media.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:08 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller Feb 10

Preview of the table settings for the WH State Dinner tomorrow for French Pres Hollande. (CBS photo by @plantecbs) pic.twitter.com/ndXFC9H63o

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/432982331989573634/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:09 PM

And who’s gonna stop ‘em? HillAbeans? LeftoCenter? Liberal rules?

PICKLES???

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:09 PM

A steak dinner? Ask Lourdes.

SparkPlug on February 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM

There was the same hearty cheering as before, and the mugs were emptied to the dregs. But as the animals outside gazed at the scene, it seemed to them that some strange thing was happening. What was it that had altered in the faces of the pigs? Clover’s old dim eyes flitted from one face to another. Some of them had five chins, some had four, some had three. But what was it that seemed to be melting and changing? Then, the applause having come to an end, the company took up their cards and continued the game that had been interrupted, and the animals crept silently away.

But they had not gone twenty yards when they stopped short. An uproar of voices was coming from the farmhouse. They rushed back and looked through the window again. Yes, a violent quarrel was in progress. There were shoutings, bangings on the table, sharp suspicious glances, furious denials. The source of the trouble appeared to be that Napoleon and Mr. Pilkington had each played an ace of spades simultaneously.

Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.

Discuss amongst yourselves…

Drained Brain on February 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Quail Eggs from Pennsylvania!!

Boy, are those idiots in for a surprise!!!

HAHAHAHAHHHAHHAHHAHHAHAAHAHHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on February 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 13h

WH Executive Chef Cris Commerford displays the State Dinner salad course: petite mixed radish & baby carrots. pic.twitter.com/h2Fqxxwljl

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/433232970455842816/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Technically the dinner for David cameron was not a State Dinner, since Cameron is not the Head of State of Great Britain. That would be Queen Elizabeth. And it will be a cold day in hell when Her Majesty attends a state dinner at the White House as long as the Obamas are there.

str8tface on February 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Mooch needs a TON of exotic calories to maintain that “figure”.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 13h

WH Exec Pastry Chef Wm Yosses displays dessert selections of maple fudge, shortbread cookies and cotton candy. pic.twitter.com/NI4UF0IkY1

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/433234125143560192/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM

I balk if my dinner out goes over 12 bucks!! :)
I could eat 104 times for the money they spent on I dinner…

Scrumpy on February 11, 2014 at 10:06 PM


Full disclosure:
I was at a business dinner for four that rang the bell at $ 3,200 …

… two months later the CIO who hosted it was no longer with the company.

And no, it wasn’t worth $ 800 per head, Scrumpy.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM

FLOTUS/POTUS, ….Le Giddy OrGasmical:

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 2h

After walking down the grand staircase, Pres & Mrs Obama and Pres Hollande pause on the way to State DInner. pic.twitter.com/Eg5fr2lrhU

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/433404794825220096/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Looks like New Years Le Party:

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 1h

Inside the big heated tent on the South Lawn in which the State Dinner is taking place. (Photo by Susan Harmon/CBS) pic.twitter.com/xr1ER9wwHM

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/433412796944896000/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:15 PM

https://twitter.com/markknoller

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 1h

“The relatrions between our two countries have reached an exceptional level of closeness & confidence,” says Hollande in toast.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 1h

In a response toast, Pres Hollande says the French love Americans, “but don’t always say so.” Says Americans are the same about the French.
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 1h

Pres Obama praises Pres Hollande for his “principled leadership.” Raises glass of wine and wishes guests “à votre santé.” “Cheers.”
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 1h

Pres Obama says Americans have come to love all things French – “especially the wine.”
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Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 1h

“Bon Soir. I’ve now officially exhausted my French,” says Pres Obama, repeating joke from earlier in State Dinner toast to Pres Hollande.

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Oh, come on.

A) These dinners are a legitimate exercise of the Presidency’s role of chief diplomat. America shouldn’t look a beggar when hosting the heads of state of great powers.

B) From the price tags, these look like some of the cheaper galas the Obamas have attended on someone else’s dime in the last 6 years. They’re certainly more careful with our money than they are with Hollywood’s. To damn with faint praise…

HitNRun on February 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

at a 400,000 average price per dinner
they should be drinking something
better than simple mumms…
Louis Roederer would be nice…
the brute premier is yummy.. and reasonably priced..
http://www.louis-roederer.com/en

going2mars on February 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Of course Mooch won’t be having any rib eye. Right? Caviar from Illinois? Choke on it!

tbear44 on February 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Never even ate one that was 50 or more a plate lol ):

Scrumpy on February 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

FLOTUS/POTUS, ….Le Giddy OrGasmical:

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 2h

After walking down the grand staircase, Pres & Mrs Obama and Pres Hollande pause on the way to State DInner. pic.twitter.com/Eg5fr2lrhU

https://twitter.com/markknoller/status/433404794825220096/photo/1/large

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Flotus looked much better in this blue dress. Regal almost!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_y5Q6zsge0/T7GzcaBn67I/AAAAAAAAIdg/-b1WpZ3w0uI/s1600/Aunt+esther_1.jpg

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Mooch’s dress is fugly. Not flattering at all.

gophergirl on February 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

“Bon Soir. I’ve now officially exhausted my French,” says Pres Obama, repeating joke from earlier in State Dinner toast to Pres Hollande.

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I’ll bet you know more French than that clown! Le Crap!

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Never even ate one that was 50 or more a plate lol ):

Scrumpy on February 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

.
Every “memorable meal” in my lifetime has been due to the people at the table and the laughter rather than the food.

Everyone of the top 5 … was with my wife, kids and friends 30 feet from where I am sitting.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Exactly :)

Scrumpy on February 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM

Obama-Hollande White House State Dinner: The Menu
11:51 am
Feb 11, 2014
************

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will fete France’s president Tuesday evening with a state dinner on the South Lawn of the White House. Much of the chatter ahead of the event has focused on President François Hollande’s romantic entanglements and the question of whether the newly single leader will bring a date to the dinner (he won’t).

The White House, though, has sidestepped those questions and focused on the culinary details for this, the seventh state visit during the Obama administration. The dinner will celebrate “the best of American cuisine,” according to the White House, and Mary J. Blige will be the musical guest.

The menu:

First course

American Osetra caviar

Fingerling potato velouté, quail eggs, crisped chive potatoes

Second course

“The Winter Garden Salad”

Petite mixed radish, baby carrots, merlot lettuce

Red wine vinaigrette

Main course

Dry-aged rib eye beef

Jasper Hill Farm blue cheese, charred shallots, oyster

Mushrooms, braised chard

Dessert

Hawaiian chocolate-malted ganache

Vanilla ice cream and tangerines

Wines

Morlet “La Proportion Doree” 2011 Napa Valley, California

Chester-Kidder Red Blend 2009 Columbia Valley, Washington

Thibaut-Janisson “Blanc de Chardonnay” Monticello, Virginia
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http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2014/02/11/white-house-state-dinner-the-menu/

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

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

It is all about income inequality.

yetanotherjohn on February 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM

you must never have had good food then…

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I’ll bet you know more French than that clown! Le Crap!

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Lanceman: Not too loud, I know only of a few Frenchy words,
I’m,..ahems, ..Anti-French!:)

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Allah’s bored.

Will the QOTD be about Shrillary?

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Flotus looked much better in this blue dress. Regal almost!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_y5Q6zsge0/T7GzcaBn67I/AAAAAAAAIdg/-b1WpZ3w0uI/s1600/Aunt+esther_1.jpg

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

for a lot less he could have went to
one of this countries finest restaurants,,
the French laundry….. Yountville.
http://www.frenchlaundry.com/

going2mars on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

I’m,..ahems, ..Anti-French!:)

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

:D

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Just going to point out that instead of expensive celebrity music you’ve got the very excellent USMC, Navy, and USAF bands in DC. Already paid for. And they can do everything from classical to swing.

Spade on February 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Go “phuck” yourself idiot.

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM

:) My “granny” reference, and the smile it evoked on intro night was borne of such meals.

fresh air on February 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Go “phuck” yourself idiot.

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

You like how the troll sets herself up as moderator?

And doesn’t she talk all grown up!

CurtZHP on February 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

It’s GOOD to be the King and Queen!

BTW, let them eat cake!

http://www.powerlineblog.com/admin/ed-assets/2014/02/BgJtGfnCQAA_Ilj.jpg-large.jpeg

GarandFan on February 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

If I was pResident, For a State Dinner. I´d personally grill up some Bratwurst for everyone, and serve with bargain brand tater chips and corn on the cob.
For beverages, it would be Sams Club cola, tea, or for those who want alcohol, the cheapest beer I could find, locally.

Anyone who doesn’t like it can stay home.

LegendHasIt on February 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

If the president took the French president to Five Guys Burger, you would call him a cheapskate and an embarrassment.
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

the Ritz Carlton in San Francisco is less expensive…

http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/SanFrancisco/Default.htm

going2mars on February 11, 2014 at 10:34 PM

You cannot have it both ways.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Oh, we can have it a buncha ways.

And hi, Pickles! :)

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Mark Knoller ‏@markknoller 13h

Of US-French relations, a Senior Admin Official said yesterday

– we’ve come a long way from Freedom Fries.

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:35 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Today banned, tomorrow DRONED.

Pharaoh Obama acknowledges no limits to his power.

ConstantineXI on February 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Good to see ya, buddy. What wasn’t funny? What was racist about it?

non-nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

non-nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Heh! WTF?

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:37 PM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 21m

On frigid night, the Obamas cozy up to French president at state dinner flush with A-listers: http://apne.ws/1kAjaZb
View summary
===============

https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

You cannot have it both ways.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Oh, we can have it a buncha ways.

And hi, Pickles! :)

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Dude, I like women.

And hi, Danceman! :)

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

You are a girl, Pickles. Trust me. No man writes like you. :D

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM

LegendHasIt on February 11, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Brats on the Lawn of the WH….brilliant..!!

going2mars on February 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Let ‘em eat cake, Right, Barry? Elitist douchenozzle.

And liberal hypocrites will defend this trash to the end.

Fools.

a5minmajor on February 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

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

…have all the new people met noforeskin yet?
He likes the presidents pecker!

KOOLAID2 on February 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Every “memorable meal” in my lifetime has been due to the people at the table and the laughter rather than the food.

Everyone of the top 5 … was with my wife, kids and friends 30 feet from where I am sitting.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:22 PM

.
Full comment added for context for exactly what the troll is dumping on

you must never have had good food then…

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM


Perfect example
of why the best policy is to IGNORE THE TROLLS

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Including or not including Moochelle’s feedbag?

viking01 on February 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Including or not including Moochelle’s feedbag?

viking01 on February 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Now that’s a horse of a different, uh, color…

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Go “phuck” yourself idiot.

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Though shalt not deride nor insult her Imperial Majesty, the Empresses Moocher, wife of his Imperial Majesty Emperor Barack the First, the Holy Messiah of America.

oscarwilde on February 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Good to see ya, buddy. What wasn’t funny? What was racist about it?

non-nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:36 PM

…HA!

KOOLAID2 on February 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Flotus looked much better in this blue dress. Regal almost!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_y5Q6zsge0/T7GzcaBn67I/AAAAAAAAIdg/-b1WpZ3w0uI/s1600/Aunt+esther_1.jpg

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

HumpBot:Lol:)

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:42 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

You’re an idiot and a flaming queen and you should be banned for that.

And you’re a racist.

Solaratov on February 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

If the president took the French president to Five Guys Burger, you would call him a cheapskate and an embarrassment.
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

and some of us complained when he did it too.
so suck it and gfy.

dmacleo on February 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

:) My “granny” reference, and the smile it evoked on intro night was borne of such meals.

fresh air on February 11, 2014 at 10:31 PM

,
Remind me some night on QOTD to tell the “Sneaker & wine in the spaghetti sauce” story one night.

;)

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

BO may have exhausted his French, but he’s still quite fluent in Austrian.

either orr on February 11, 2014 at 10:45 PM

BTW, let them eat cake!

http://www.powerlineblog.com/admin/ed-assets/2014/02/BgJtGfnCQAA_Ilj.jpg-large.jpeg

GarandFan on February 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

GarandFan: Bling on the dog, and, there own table, hmmmmmmmmm:0

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The problem here is not so much Democrat/Republican, but that Washington has no problem spending extravagantly in times where the average American is worried about the future.

It is especially galling when someone like Obama has specifically campaigned against the greedy rich…sorry, but he is an ass. An man who was genuinely concerned with the poor and appalled by the greed of others would not put on the spectacles that he does. If this only occurred at state dinners, it could be excused; wretched excess seems to a theme of this administration.

philosoph0123 on February 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Should have added a “however” at the end of the last comment…

philosoph0123 on February 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Flotus looked much better in this blue dress. Regal almost!

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5_y5Q6zsge0/T7GzcaBn67I/AAAAAAAAIdg/-b1WpZ3w0uI/s1600/Aunt+esther_1.jpg

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:18 PM

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

‘Scuse me, son? Here, uh wait, hang on, let’s see.. 10, 20…… here’s 40 bucks. Why don’t you run on down to the big store and pick yourself up some self awareness? You can find it over in the book section. Non fiction; the reallly old stuff.

fresh air on February 11, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Now that’s a horse of a different, uh, color…

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Horses eat taxpayer lobster?

viking01 on February 11, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Now that’s a horse of a different, uh, color…

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Racist

Equinist

Solaratov on February 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

You are a girl, Pickles. Trust me. No man writes like you. :D

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:39 PM

Only in your mind.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

If the president took the French president to Five Guys Burger, you would call him a cheapskate and an embarrassment.
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

and some of us complained when he did it too.
so suck it and gfy.

dmacleo on February 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

I doubt it.
and no thanks.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Only in your mind.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I have you pictured as txag92 only with about 80 fewer IQ points.

She’s quite pretty.

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Noted..
Should I bring the Gentleman and my comfy chair?

fresh air on February 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

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

Really? So if “the most powerful man on the planet” decided he wanted Bald Eagle eggs, he should get them?

soundingboard on February 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

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

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:24 PM

That would be Vladimir Putin

bw222 on February 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

and my comfy chair?

fresh air on February 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

NOT THE COMFY CHAIR…

oscarwilde on February 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

GarandFan on February 11, 2014 at 10:32 PM

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:45 PM

those two puppies are lucky they are AT the table and not ON it.

going2mars on February 11, 2014 at 10:53 PM

MeanWhile,…..in Hopeys Grand Plans:

[“My Brother’s Keeper” initiative]

President Obama to launch major new effort to help young minority men
By Zachary A. Goldfarb
Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 12:03 AM
*****************************************

President Obama will launch a significant new effort Thursday to bolster the lives of young minority men, seeking to use the power of the presidency to help a group of Americans whose lives are disproportionately affected by poverty and prison.

The “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative will bring foundations and companies together to test a range of strategies to support such young men, taking steps to keep them in school and out of the criminal justice system, a White House official said. Obama will also announce a more vigorous program to evaluate policies and publicize results to school systems around the country.
(More…..)
============

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/president-obama-to-launch-major-new-effort-on-young-men-of-color/2014/02/11/cc0f0a98-92cd-11e3-b227-12a45d109e03_story.html

canopfor on February 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

That would be Vladimir Putin

bw222 on February 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Damn! That hurt,

And left a mark.

Solaratov on February 11, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Only in your mind.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I have you pictured as txag92 only with about 80 fewer IQ points.

She’s quite pretty.

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

80 higher than you. Unless she’s got two dangling and godzilla swagger, you got it all wrong.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

NOT THE COMFY CHAIR…

oscarwilde on February 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

oh. hell. yes.
I’m in the south. We bring our chairs right on out to the front porch.

fresh air on February 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

pickle = triple

or a cheap facsimile of a cheap facsimile….

viking01 on February 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Noted..
Should I bring the Gentleman and my comfy chair?

fresh air on February 11, 2014 at 10:50 PM

.
Your call, it’s not one of my longer ones :)

There was a 5 year period when we joked about selling our family dinners as reality show – working title “Dinner Theater” – because of the comic interaction you could count on most of the time.

PolAgnostic on February 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

80 higher than you. Unless she’s got two dangling and godzilla swagger, you got it all wrong.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Lanceman, what pickle is trying to say is when it goes to jerkin, he’s got a gherkin.

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

80 higher than you. Unless she’s got two dangling and godzilla swagger, you got it all wrong.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Come on. Even that was an attempt to talk like a dude. A piss poor attempt, but I like you anyway.

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

80 higher than you. Unless she’s got two dangling and godzilla swagger, you got it all wrong.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Having read quiet a few of your comments, I seriously doubt you have an IQ higher than that of a 11 day old grapefruit.

oscarwilde on February 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

…dill pickle!

KOOLAID2 on February 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Lanceman, what pickle is trying to say is when it goes to jerkin, he’s got a gherkin.

HumpBot Salvation on February 11, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Listen. If she’s male, then she’s 8 years old. Even a 12 year old boy doesn’t speak like that.

I guessed before, she’s an 18-24 year old girl.

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:59 PM

NOT THE COMFY CHAIR…

oscarwilde on February 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

oh. hell. yes.
I’m in the south. We bring our chairs right on out to the front porch.

fresh air on February 11, 2014 at 10:56 PM

NO, NO, NOT THE COMFY CHAIR, NO ONE CAN RESIST THE COMFY CHAIR…

oscarwilde on February 11, 2014 at 11:00 PM

80 higher than you. Unless she’s got two dangling and godzilla swagger, you got it all wrong.

Pickle on February 11, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Come on. Even that was an attempt to talk like a dude. A piss poor attempt, but I like you anyway.

Lanceman on February 11, 2014 at 10:58 PM

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

that’s not funny, it’s racist and you should prob be banned for that

nonpartisan on February 11, 2014 at 10:27 PM

MODS!!! nonpartisan is TOTALLY HATING on a black woman!!!

Break out the ban-hammer!!!

Maddie on February 11, 2014 at 11:03 PM

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

Just going to point out that instead of expensive celebrity music you’ve got the very excellent USMC, Navy, and USAF bands in DC. Already paid for. And they can do everything from classical to swing.

Spade on February 11, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Military bands? Please.

Once they got a load of Chocolate Henry VIII and Moochelle Antoinette, they’d probably burst into “Send in the Clowns,” followed by farting noises on the trombone.

Maddie on February 11, 2014 at 11:06 PM

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