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White House makes CEOs pay for lunch
Politico ^ | 7/30/09 | EAMON JAVERS

Posted on 07/30/2009 2:00:33 PM PDT by Nachum

Four of the most powerful business leaders in America arrived at the White House one day last month for lunch with President Barack Obama, sitting down in his private dining room just steps from the Oval Office.

But even for powerful CEOs, there’s no such thing as a free lunch: White House staffers collected credit card numbers for each executive, and carefully billed them for the cost of the meal with the president.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anticapitalist; ceos; gaffemachine; gauche; house; insult; macacamoment; makes; makethempay; obamagaffes; rudedems; socialist; thepeopleshouse; white
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Did they leave a tip?
1 posted on 07/30/2009 2:00:34 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


2 posted on 07/30/2009 2:01:07 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Isn’t it normal for the WH to pay if offering an invite to the WH?

This is endemic of their opinion of business.


3 posted on 07/30/2009 2:02:17 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Nachum

I don’t believe it.


4 posted on 07/30/2009 2:02:37 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: Nachum
What a narcissistic schmuck.
5 posted on 07/30/2009 2:02:45 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Nachum

The cop visiting the White House tonight can probably expect to pay $5 a bottle for his Blue Moon...


6 posted on 07/30/2009 2:02:55 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Nachum

In most civilized areas of the world, the host provides hospitality for his guests. But I guess Obama doesn’t have that kind of class.


7 posted on 07/30/2009 2:02:56 PM PDT by TheThinker
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To: Nachum

Wow, How Symbolic!!!!


8 posted on 07/30/2009 2:03:15 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Red in Blue PA

How much does he charge the entertainers who play every Wednesday?

What does Grandmama pay?


9 posted on 07/30/2009 2:03:39 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Nachum

Obama needs to money to pay for his parties in the WH every week and $100 beef.


10 posted on 07/30/2009 2:04:07 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: rovenstinez
I don’t believe it.

Me, neither, this would be insane. Any confirmation on the story?

11 posted on 07/30/2009 2:04:16 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Nachum
The sheer lack of class in Oboze continues to denigrade the office of President. What an a$$.
12 posted on 07/30/2009 2:04:36 PM PDT by Othniel (Meddling in world affairs for 1/20 of a millenium......)
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To: Nachum

I bet they had a tip for him.

“I’m calling this charge a campaign donation”.

Summon me, tell me how to run my business, then charge me for lunch?

What a bun swab.


13 posted on 07/30/2009 2:04:44 PM PDT by silverleaf (If you can't be a good example, at least don't be a horrible lesson)
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To: Nachum

Does this mean Gates will have to pay for his brewskie?

By the way, you’re not fooling anyone, White House, making them pay for lunch while you give away trillions for free.


14 posted on 07/30/2009 2:04:44 PM PDT by Tublecane
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To: mowowie

If they had given to his campaign, they’d be taken care of.


15 posted on 07/30/2009 2:05:04 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (There is no truth in the Pravda Media.)
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To: Nachum

I would’ve left if someone invited me to lunch and then expected me to pay for it: Whether it’s McDonalds, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse or the Executive Mansion. What a low-class loser we have occupying our White House.


16 posted on 07/30/2009 2:05:11 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet ("I won't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass." Admiral IsorokoYamamoto)
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To: Nachum
Do they bill all those greedy congressfolk who come every Wednesday night for cocktails and Kobe beef?

Oh, and how much are we paying to rent the Martha's Vineyard estate for all the Obama entourage?

17 posted on 07/30/2009 2:06:36 PM PDT by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: TheThinker

Charging your invited guests for a meal does prove he’s not a muslim.

Not a courteous one, anyway.


18 posted on 07/30/2009 2:06:49 PM PDT by silverleaf (If you can't be a good example, at least don't be a horrible lesson)
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To: Nachum
The White House defended the unusual move as a way to avoid conflicts of interest.

What a load of hooey. It is more likely to be a conflict of interest if a business person picks up the lunch of an elected official, not the other way around. This is just Obama grandstanding showing how tough he is on all the mean, greedy CEO types.

So did he tell Skip Gates and Officer Crowley to BYOB?

19 posted on 07/30/2009 2:07:02 PM PDT by newheart ("It will keep the government out of your health care decisions..." Barack Obama, July 23, 2009)
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To: Nachum

This stinks in sooo many ways. It kept everything hush hush because it didn’t show up on the WH budget expenditures. It also I think allows O to pocket whatever money isn’t spent for ‘other things’ ( date night in NY?). It is sooo sleazy and they try and say it is part of the most ethical government eveh .....bleeech I hate these guys a lot


20 posted on 07/30/2009 2:07:56 PM PDT by the long march
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To: Nachum

This is written by Eamon Javers....an Obama BATHWATER DRINKER.....so not buying it.....even Bammy isn’t this classless.


21 posted on 07/30/2009 2:08:46 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Tublecane
And no doggy bags, either.

Michelle can make soup out of those leftovers. Throw in a little leaded arugula from the garden.

22 posted on 07/30/2009 2:09:20 PM PDT by silverleaf (If you can't be a good example, at least don't be a horrible lesson)
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To: Caipirabob

I think the other poster meant -—lordy that’s rotten I just can’t believe it


23 posted on 07/30/2009 2:09:22 PM PDT by the long march
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To: the long march

almost want hillary at this point


24 posted on 07/30/2009 2:09:36 PM PDT by Revelation 911 (How many 100's of 1000's of our servicemen died so we would never bow to a king?" -freeper pnh102)
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To: Ann Archy

I believe it. It keeps everything off the books which is his real effort. That’s so when he threatens them he can deny it


25 posted on 07/30/2009 2:10:38 PM PDT by the long march
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Wonder if BO will charge Union and Acorn heads when they lunch at the W.H.? They can use some of the stimulus money.


26 posted on 07/30/2009 2:10:56 PM PDT by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: Nachum
Just goes to show, the Chicago-thug, Fascist-in-Chief, has no class.

That would be like me inviting someone to my home and then asking them to contribute for the adult beverages and steaks.

Besides, he was not that concerned about taking his fat-assed wife to see a Broadway play on our nickel.

Moreover, I'm sure these executives over the years have contributed enough in taxes to probably cover the millions the White House annual budget

Conflict of interest?

ROFLMAO!!!

The most corrupt impostor of a President ever has the gall to bring up this red herring?

As are all far left moonbats, this is all about symbolism over substance

What a phony, SOB!!!

27 posted on 07/30/2009 2:10:56 PM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Nachum

Sorry, my outrage meter is busted from overuse - You’re gonna have to settle for heightened amusement...;’}


28 posted on 07/30/2009 2:11:27 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: newheart

LOL!!

Hey Gates and Crowley- cash bar and bring a munchy to share


29 posted on 07/30/2009 2:11:28 PM PDT by silverleaf (If you can't be a good example, at least don't be a horrible lesson)
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To: Nachum

That’s nuts! If you’re invited to the White House, you shouldn’t pay for your lunch or dinner... what a jerk! LOL...

Stupid, stupid and more stupid...


30 posted on 07/30/2009 2:11:42 PM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Nachum

If you’re an American business leader you have to pay for the privilege of being in the presence of the Zeros.

Bet he wouldn’t be asking Ayers, Wright or anyone from ACORN to pay - no conflict of interest there....no...../s

When does the revolution start?


31 posted on 07/30/2009 2:12:01 PM PDT by Aria ( "The US republic will endure until Congress discovers it can bribe the public with the people's $.")
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To: Nachum

And so it begins...LunchGate.


32 posted on 07/30/2009 2:12:07 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom ("First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win!" Mahatma Ghandi)
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To: Revelation 911

yeah or even McLame


33 posted on 07/30/2009 2:12:23 PM PDT by the long march
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To: a fool in paradise

Hope he didn’t drive there himself, they’ll breathalyze him. “Oh look, I found this baggie in your car...”


34 posted on 07/30/2009 2:12:32 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Nachum

Well can the American taxpayers get our money back for the $350,000 date night in New York? or the $100.00 an ounce steaks and Michelle’s lobster dinners?

How about the Tuesday night cocktail parties with the media and elites and the expensive flown in entertainment?

What a joke of a president we have.


35 posted on 07/30/2009 2:14:11 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Caipirabob

Read the story.

“The White House defended the unusual move as a way to avoid conflicts of interest.”

They were contacted by the author or a source checker and if they defended it, it occurred. They did, it did happen.

It woudl be idiotic to run with a lie like that, any of the CEOs could refute it if it wasn’t true.


36 posted on 07/30/2009 2:14:56 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Nachum

So did they collect uhbama’s credit card, as well?


37 posted on 07/30/2009 2:15:00 PM PDT by Republic (Ubama OWES Sgt Crowley a HUGE APOLOGY right away...if he can man up, he will do this immediately)
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To: Nachum

It costs money to be in the aura of the Obama.


38 posted on 07/30/2009 2:16:05 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Caipirabob

I’m pretty sure this story is in the same class of satire as giving the Queen of England an ipod or bowing to the King of Saudi Arabia. Funny stuff though - whoever comes up with these goofy ideas should be a writer for Letterman. (Lord knows he needs a good writer!)


39 posted on 07/30/2009 2:17:16 PM PDT by 21twelve (Drive Reality out with a pitchfork if you want , it always comes back.)
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To: Nachum

all the while, they entertain the music entertainers they love and their personal friends at $100 a pound steak and ....

and then do this? what ignorant people they are.


40 posted on 07/30/2009 2:17:22 PM PDT by bareford101 (the obamanation is a COUNTERFEIT with a COUNTERFEIT birth cert. & 39 different ss cards)
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To: Nachum

They should have responded, “I paid for this meal on April 15th, jerk.”


41 posted on 07/30/2009 2:17:42 PM PDT by TChris (There is no freedom without the possibility of failure.)
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To: penelopesire

“What a joke of a president we have.”

He has the maturity level to lead a village of 50 people; in a sack race only.


42 posted on 07/30/2009 2:19:14 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I agree with Rick..)
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To: Nachum

“But the Bush administration was so sensitive about appearing cozy with corporate America that another former high-ranking official cannot recall a single instance of President Bush lunching with CEOs in the White House.”

As usual..the press would have had a fit if Bush had had Coporate CEO’s to lunch whether they paid for it or not..but nary a word on the Usurper In Chief.


43 posted on 07/30/2009 2:19:18 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Red in Blue PA
Isn’t it normal for the WH to pay if offering an invite to the WH?

It's normal courtesy, at least, that the one who issues the invitation, pays. (Unless it's among, e.g., family or close friends who customarily share the cost.) And especially when you invite someone to dine IN YOUR HOME!! Can you imagine having someone over for dinner and then presenting a bill!!??

44 posted on 07/30/2009 2:19:27 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: HereInTheHeartland

LOL!


45 posted on 07/30/2009 2:20:33 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: silverleaf
Charging your invited guests for a meal does prove he’s not a muslim.

Proves he's not a Christian, either.

46 posted on 07/30/2009 2:20:43 PM PDT by hsalaw
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To: silverleaf

I don’t think we can assume anything definitive about Obama, including religious views.


47 posted on 07/30/2009 2:22:19 PM PDT by TheThinker
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To: Caipirabob

I don’t believe it. It’s gotta be a joke.


48 posted on 07/30/2009 2:24:09 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: Ann Archy

I hope you read the rest of the story. He obviously did do it, supposedly because it might look as if there were “collusion” between business execs and Bambi.

But actually, we all know why: it was just a tiny kick in the teeth. There’s nothing Bambi likes better. I’m surprised it got reported at all, except maybe even Obama’s bathwater drinkers are getting a little embarrassed by now. There is, after all, only so much bathwater any human being can drink.


49 posted on 07/30/2009 2:24:40 PM PDT by livius
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To: Nachum

so was his reelection campaign scamming them?


50 posted on 07/30/2009 2:24:57 PM PDT by tioga
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