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Nouveau riche Obamas pour it on at state dinner

posted at 10:54 am on May 22, 2010 by

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.

Read the rest.

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

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In your faces, peasnats — You wonder why no cameras.

What a gown you got their Michelle. You want to share your Kenyan designers name, and the rag shop you got it at? Didn’t the last designer threads guy go bust. Messaging.

tarpon on May 22, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Why am I thinking Masque of the Red Death?

Disturb the Universe on May 22, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Hmmmm.

Why am I thinking Doctor Detroit?

memomachine on May 22, 2010 at 12:14 PM

This is all part of the “shared sacrifice” and “belt-tightening” required of all Americans during these tough economic times, right?

I don’t know what disgusts me more, the sleazy hypocrites in the White House or the damn fools who voted to put them there.

AZCoyote on May 22, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Imagine if George (Monkey) Bush had done this.

Howard Portnoy on May 22, 2010 at 4:07 PM

‘Taste’ and political understatement are not the Obama’s strong points. LOL But,tacky or not, it was probably more fun that most of those dinners.

jeanie on May 22, 2010 at 5:05 PM

I’m sure the fiddle is being crafted as we speak, from the rarest of materials with an O logo of diamond, Rubies and Saphires, the music from it will sound as serene of the songs of angels….

KZnextzone on May 22, 2010 at 7:09 PM

The trollies which carried the “Her elegance and Teh WON” were an especially nice touch. All the way from the north steps to the enchanting pavillion. What a joy to behold. The Cinderella story for the ages for the gauche and tacky First Couple.

elclynn on May 22, 2010 at 7:51 PM

You mean the friggin’ East Room and State Dining Room aren’t grand enough for an Obama par-tay???????

kd6rxl on May 22, 2010 at 8:23 PM

Not much character in the White House. Moving on up is their theme song.

tarpon on May 23, 2010 at 7:20 AM

I’m just hoping that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t get left off the mailing list for a copy of the DVD of this party. Unless of course she gets MTV…….

Robert17 on May 23, 2010 at 8:19 AM

Monarch butterflies. Fit for a king and queen…

mrsbash on May 23, 2010 at 8:53 AM

I’m just hoping that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t get left off the mailing list for a copy of the DVD of this party. Unless of course she gets MTV…….

Robert17 on May 23, 2010 at 8:19 AM

And don’t forget Bibi Netanyahu and the PM of England. They need to be added to that mailing list.

And perhaps all the victims of violent crimes in Arizona and the other border states because of undocumented workers.

mjk on May 23, 2010 at 10:25 AM

I’m just hoping that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t get left off the mailing list for a copy of the DVD of this party. Unless of course she gets MTV…….

Robert17 on May 23, 2010 at 8:19 AM

And don’t forget Bibi Netanyahu and the PM of England. They need to be added to that mailing list.

I was wondering why Barry couldn’t just have given his guest a DVD of “The Three Amigos” with spanish subtitles and a model helicopter to take home? Those are the gifts usually presented to heads of state from countries with which we have a “special relationship”. Except for Bibi. Had Barry feted the Mexican like he did the Israeli, the guy would’ve been left in a hall in the White House with a burrito from the $.89 menu at Taco Bell.

tpitman on May 23, 2010 at 2:32 PM

I’m just hoping that Queen Elizabeth doesn’t get left off the mailing list for a copy of the DVD of this party. Unless of course she gets MTV…….

Robert17 on May 23, 2010 at 8:19 AM

If they post the video at the White House website she can just download it to her iPod. Obama’s done his best to hip her up, after all. What, now he has to mail hard copy to her?

These foreign heads of state are such a needy lot.

J.E. Dyer on May 23, 2010 at 7:53 PM