Nouveau riche Obamas pour it on at state dinner
posted at 10:54 am on May 22, 2010 by Pundette
Don’t look to the current residents of the White House for dignity, or a sense of the gravitas of the presidency. In their world, classy=expensive, and more is more. And don’t look for any acknowledgment from the Obamas’ behavior (words don’t count) that many Americans are hurting financially. Byron York reports:
At a time when the unemployment rate stands at 9.9 percent, when jobs are still being lost, when worries about the global economy are causing breathtaking volatility on Wall Street, when millions of Americans who still have jobs are worrying more than ever about the safety of their retirement savings — at a time when all that is going on, the Obama White House has turned itself into a showcase of glitzy extravagance.
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Instead of the elaborate pavilion constructed at unknown expense for the first state dinner, we have an enormous “marquee” tricked out at unknown expense into the Obamas’ idea of a real classy nightclub, for the after-dinner partay:
R&B diva Beyonce topped the entertainment bill for the dinner, taking place in the East Room of the White House, with the action later moving to a luxury marquee on the South Lawn of the presidential mansion. The marquee, the size of two-thirds of a football field, decked out in elaborate black decor and nightclub-style lighting, featured a stage and baskets of flowers and models of Monarch butterflies dangling from the ceiling.
Commoners can get a glimpse of the glitz from the White House flickr feed. Here’s one of Barack and Michelle gettin’ down:
All that’s missing is the fiddle.
Hat tip: Power Line
Update: Doug Ross has more pics.
Cross-posted at P&P