Skip to comments.BYRON YORK: As economic worries worsen, White House puts on the glitz
Posted on 06/01/2010 3:09:50 PM PDT by Nasher
You know the basics. The unemployment rate is 9.9 percent. Jobs are still being lost. Worries about the global economy are causing breathtaking volatility on Wall Street. And millions of Americans who still have jobs are worrying more than ever about the safety of their retirement savings.
What you may not know is that, during this moment of terrible economic anxiety, the Obama White House found the time -- and the money -- to turn itself, at least for a night, into a showcase of glitzy extravagance.
On May 19, the White House held a state dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderon. The dinner itself was sumptuous; the East Room was an elegant setting, and first lady Michelle Obama brought in a favored Chicago chef to put together a lavish menu. The main course of Oregon wagyu beef came with a Oaxacan black mole sauce with more than 20 ingredients that takes days to come together, reported the Associated Press...
BYRON YORK: As economic worries worsen, White House puts on the glitz
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Nero fiddles ...
I hope we get to see an accounting of this whitehouse’s budget compared with previous administrations’ budgets—especially regarding first lady staff and entertaining. I think it is shameful.
Give Nero more credit than that.
Why does any President deserve to have the most expensive beef, the rarest wine, choose a chef from anywhere, etc.? Are there no limits on what a President is allowed to have for his comfort?
Are there no local chefs the White House can call on? Is filet mignon from the local grocery store not good enough anymore?
From the link: "These different breeds produce beef that range from expensive (by any measure) to extremely expensive (about $500 USD per 150 grams of filet steak sold retail in Japan)." You can bet that Zero got the pricey stuff. I did a quick conversion: 150 grams = 5.3 ounces. So basically $100 per ounce.
But who cares when this guy is creating new entitlements in the trillions.
Glad to hear that my tax dollars are being used responsibly. $100 an ounce?! I’m sure I’ll be thinking of that the next time I’m at the grocery store trying my best to be extremely frugal.
And another thing...I feed my family of 6 for about $150 per week. He makes me sick.
Can you imagine if McCain or Palin did this as president? There would be hell to pay. Mr and Mrs 0 are very wealthy. If they want to put on the glitz they should pay for it out of their own pocket.
The media aren’t going to play this up so I wonder if the Republicans will have the nerve to make it an issue in this year’s campaign. I say they should go for it but then they risk getting tagged as racists, whining-carping negativists, etc. The other side will scream this is a personal attack on the president and first lady, etc. But it is an outrage too great to ignore.
No worries! Queen Michelle will give you cake!
A hyper-expensive version of USDA prime in various cuts. The most recent Allen Brothers, a prime meat distributor located in Chicago, catalog yields these sample prices for Wagyu:
Strip. steaks: $75.00/#;
IOW, the most expensive beef they could get.