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Too Poor to Pay (for meals of White House guests, because of all the entertaining)
American Spectator ^ | August 3, 2009 | The Prowler

Posted on 08/03/2009 6:09:58 AM PDT by reaganaut1

Recently, high-profile visitors to the White House, including senior corporate executives, have found themselves paying for their own meals when sitting down with President Barack Obama, something unheard of in previous White Houses, according to former aides to President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton.

Thus far, there have been at least three instances -- the most recent coming last Friday -- where CEOs or other non-political guests were asked before arriving to the West Wing to provide credit card information so that their meals could be billed to them. According to one source, the meals cost between $20 and $40. "That's not including tip," the current White House aide quipped.

The White House has officially stated that reason to charge for the meals is to remove any appearance of impropriety or conflict of interest, according to a statement put out by White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. But there are no rules barring the President from buying lunch for guests, whether through the White House budget or his own wallet.

In fact, those presidential employees with guest privileges at the White House dining room, known as the "mess," cannot charge their guests' lunch to White House accounts. With a few exceptions, all employees pay for their guests out of their own pocket.

So, with no ethics issue barring the President from buying his guests lunch, what are the reasons? According to another White House source, the Obama Administration in its first 200 days may have burned through much of its budgets for the Executive Residence and the White House's annual entertainment account.

"We've done a lot more entertaining than previous administrations have," says the White House aide. "The whispering here is that we're over budget and where we can, we're trying to save money."

(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...


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There's money for parties and entertainment at the White House but not to provide lunch for guests summoned for official business? More evidence Obama is a jackass.
1 posted on 08/03/2009 6:09:58 AM PDT by reaganaut1
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To: reaganaut1

I personally found it rather amusing - there REALLY is no free lunch in Washington.


2 posted on 08/03/2009 6:14:52 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: reaganaut1

“We’ve done a lot more entertaining than previous administrations have,” says the White House aide. “The whispering here is that we’re over budget and where we can, we’re trying to save money.”

Unbelievable. They ask people to come on business; charge them for it; but spend recklessly on their and their friends own entertainment.

I wonder how the masses either out of work or facing higher taxes will feel about that?


3 posted on 08/03/2009 6:15:12 AM PDT by rod1
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To: reaganaut1

“Recently, high-profile visitors to the White House, including senior corporate executives, have found themselves paying for their own meals when sitting down with President Barack Obama, something unheard of in previous White Houses, according to former aides to President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. “

Unheard anywhere that I know of. How humiliating.


4 posted on 08/03/2009 6:15:12 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: reaganaut1
"We've done a lot more entertaining than previous administrations have," says the White House aide. "The whispering here is that we're over budget and where we can, we're trying to save money."

Well, serving $100/lb wagyu beef to visiting Congresscritters every Wednesday will tend to burn up the ol' budget.

Ya think they could have gone witt $20/lb choice filet, but when you are the Obamessiah, only the best will do - even as large swaths of your subjects are unemployed and eating macs and cheese.

5 posted on 08/03/2009 6:15:15 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: reaganaut1

$20 bucks for a Wagyu beef dinner? I’m there/sarc


6 posted on 08/03/2009 6:15:50 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: rod1

““The whispering here is that we’re over budget and where we can, we’re trying to save money.””

Guess those $100 lb steaks really broke the entertainment budget. Or maybe the hundred thousand dollar ‘date night’.

This man and woman cannot even manage to keep running the White House itself within budget and we are supposed to trust him with our HEALTHCARE???


7 posted on 08/03/2009 6:16:40 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: reaganaut1
Too Poor to Pay (for meals of White House guests, because of all the entertaining)

Gee. I wonder how many lunches that $350 GRAND spend for the NYC photo-op flyover would have bought.

8 posted on 08/03/2009 6:17:11 AM PDT by MamaTexan (If you think calling me a 'birther' will make me stop defending the Constitution....think again!)
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To: domenad

What line on the IRS form do these executives file the expense under?


10 posted on 08/03/2009 6:17:41 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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No different than Kwame Kilpatrick...EX-Mayor, Detroit.


12 posted on 08/03/2009 6:22:02 AM PDT by OldBlondBabe
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To: reaganaut1

Give me an f...ing break. Now I’ve heard of everything.

This is total BS.

The White House is processing their Diner’s and American Express Cards?

Then I’d like to know who is NOT having to pay for their meals.

Who paid for the beer fest the other night. I saw that on TV. What a collossal blunder that was, and to see those guys in white shirts rolled up was so contrived it was embarrassing.

I mean heres Gates and Crowley dressed and Biden and Obama in their white shirts rolled up.

Can’t wait to see what we’ll hear about this week.


13 posted on 08/03/2009 6:25:41 AM PDT by nikos1121 (praying for -13)
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To: reaganaut1

The Federal dictatorship must be abolished before it destroys our freedom... Power to the STATES, not the Feds...


14 posted on 08/03/2009 6:28:43 AM PDT by April Lexington (Study the constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: reaganaut1

White House stewards expect tips?

What next, tip jars at the IRS offices?


15 posted on 08/03/2009 6:29:07 AM PDT by silverleaf (If you can't be a good example, at least don't be a horrible lesson)
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To: libertarian27

I would say if they’re itemizing, it goes under medical expenses. Colonoscopies fall under that umbrella, no?


16 posted on 08/03/2009 6:30:04 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: reaganaut1
He gets UAW and other unions to vote for him. Then he steals a large chunk of GM from legitimate bondholders, paying for it with our tax money, and gives it to the UAW as payback for their votes. Next he puts in place a program to use our tax money to pay people to junk perfectly good cars so the UAW can build replacement cars.

And he's worried about a "conflict of interest" because of a $30 lunch at the WH?? Obama, thy very name is HYPOCRISY and CONFLICT.

17 posted on 08/03/2009 6:30:34 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: reaganaut1

How galling! Throw BILLIONS to your political cronies and yet pretend to have the virtue of Caesar’s wife when it comes to a $20 meal.


18 posted on 08/03/2009 6:33:51 AM PDT by MrDem (From Morning in America to Mourning in America...)
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To: dirtboy

There MUST be a teachable moment in here somewhere.


19 posted on 08/03/2009 6:33:57 AM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: reaganaut1
Already out of money? .. dang.
There goes the Wednesday Night Conga Line dance parties.

[These two poseurs have went through OUR money like the Katrina 'victims' leeches did with that $2,000 FEMA credit card.]

"I be goin' to da White House"

"But I gotta bring my own beer!"

20 posted on 08/03/2009 6:36:08 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: reaganaut1

The bigger issue is that Obama can’t stick to a budget. He just spends until the money runs out. Its what him and Bill Ayers did at the Annenburg Foundation and its what he is doing with the Federal budget.


21 posted on 08/03/2009 6:39:25 AM PDT by Ticonderoga34 (Free Obama's Birth Certificate!)
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To: reaganaut1

Barbarians at the gates, vulgarians in the White House.


22 posted on 08/03/2009 6:42:39 AM PDT by ladyjane
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To: dirtboy

I think he knows he may not be there long so he is getting all he can out of it.


23 posted on 08/03/2009 6:46:25 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: reaganaut1
"We've done a lot more entertaining than previous administrations have," says the White House aide. "The whispering here is that we're over budget and where we can, we're trying to save money."

Nights on the town in NYC and Paris cost a lot of money. Let the capitalists pay foe their own freaking meals, Michelle and I are now on easy street and are enjoying spending all that taxpayer money on our slightest whim.

24 posted on 08/03/2009 6:48:27 AM PDT by monocle
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To: reaganaut1
"The whispering here is that we're over budget and where we can, we're trying to save money."

Budgeting just isn't one of the Obama administrations strong points, if they have any strong points.

25 posted on 08/03/2009 6:49:17 AM PDT by Will88
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To: reaganaut1
I guess the WH will have to simplify its menu in order to make ends meet.


26 posted on 08/03/2009 6:49:23 AM PDT by Malone LaVeigh
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To: reaganaut1
"We've done a lot more entertaining than previous administrations have," says the White House aide. "The whispering here is that we're over budget and where we can, we're trying to save money."

That is typical, utter bullshit. This is merely this "president"'s method of putting his guests in their place. Little gestures of rudeness like this add up to big enmity, which isn't forgiven easily, if at all. This clown had better watch his step, or his term in office may be shorter and much more difficult than he had imagined.

27 posted on 08/03/2009 6:56:12 AM PDT by Skid Marx
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To: rod1

Maybe we can all just “eat cake!”


28 posted on 08/03/2009 7:00:08 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Diversity causes division and resentment.)
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To: reaganaut1
I don't have a problem with someone having to pay for their own meal if that individual specifically asks for a meeting with the President over a meal. I do have a problem with it if the President is doing the inviting.

If Obama needs to curtail costs, let the members of Congress and other Dem political cronies pay for THEIR meals.

29 posted on 08/03/2009 7:02:34 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: reaganaut1; LucyT; Fred Nerks; SatinDoll; Beckwith; Polarik; george76; F15Eagle
Obama hasn't got even a whisper of "nobless oblige" anywhere in his narrow minded frame.

Obama spends his entertainment budget on Dems and the Bwack Caucus. If you are from the greedy business social class, or are in auto industry management, and NOW if your are in the Health Care industry, you must pay for your own meal at the white house.( Remember the lobster Snacks on the Campaign Trail in New York City?)

This is typical self righteous Utopian idjit manners.If there is no hospitality, its because Obama wants to disempower his "guests."

Hell, I wouldn't eat in the White House without a professional food taster by my side.Meals from fascists? You couldn't pay me enough to eat Obama food. (It would just be puked up anyway.)

And I certainly would never have eaten anything cooked on a grill by Bill Clinton either, ( no telling where his hands had just been.)

30 posted on 08/03/2009 7:04:24 AM PDT by Candor7 (The weapons of choice against fascism are ridicule ,derision ,truth. (member NRA)
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To: reaganaut1
The House and Senate will invariably approve a bailout for/to the Barry abused White House budget.
31 posted on 08/03/2009 7:05:31 AM PDT by cranked
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To: reaganaut1
"We've done a lot more entertaining than previous administrations have," says the White House aide. "The whispering here is that we're over budget and where we can, we're trying to save money."

Gee, what a surprise.

/sarc

32 posted on 08/03/2009 7:06:27 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: nikos1121
Then I’d like to know who is NOT having to pay for their meals.

Zero's mother-in-law. She lives at the WH off of OUR dime!!!

33 posted on 08/03/2009 7:09:45 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: reaganaut1

I had to keep going back to checking the source and still found it hard to believe this was a genuine article, not onion or scrappleface.

It’s exactly what they’re doing to the economy. Borrowing up front zillions of dollars and not having anything (or much) left at the end.


34 posted on 08/03/2009 7:11:40 AM PDT by EDINVA (A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul -- G. B. Shaw)
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To: reaganaut1
Let me guess;

whe ObaMao threw the grand whiskey bash at the White House, Stevie Wonderless and Hollyweird Celebrities, they paid for their own booze?

And did Barry pay for the Pizza flown in from St Louis on Air Force One, out of his own pocket? Or how about all of the wonderful date nights he and his over fashioned wife have spent millions on?

35 posted on 08/03/2009 7:12:15 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Give me LIBERTY or give me an M-24A2!)
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To: DustyMoment
Zero's mother-in-law. She lives at the WH off of OUR dime!!!

I don't think so. I may be wrong, but I believe the 0bama's pay for their own food. Labor as in cooks, waiters is likely free.

36 posted on 08/03/2009 7:12:20 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: nikos1121
Then I’d like to know who is NOT having to pay for their meals.

The members of the state-owned media:

However, when journalists were feted with other friends of the White House on the South Lawn last month, with dunk tanks, food and drink, they were not asked to pay for their entertainment

37 posted on 08/03/2009 7:13:48 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: libertarian27
Line 5, on Form 2106.
38 posted on 08/03/2009 7:28:23 AM PDT by Polarik (Obama: When destroying America is not enough.)
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To: reaganaut1

What did it cost taxpayers for Michelle and the girls to go for Fish and Chips in London?


39 posted on 08/03/2009 7:34:23 AM PDT by lonestar (Obama is turning Bush's "mess" into a catastrophe.)
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To: reaganaut1
We never see the Obomas filmed inside the White House. They're always filmed outside. What kind of a rat hole have they turned that place into?
God speed, 2012.

(Never give a community organizer a presidents job.)

40 posted on 08/03/2009 7:34:57 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: reaganaut1

Obama chows down on $100/lb Japanese Kobe beef.
Serves his guests the cheap stuff and bills them.
The guy is a millionaire extreme Left Liberal.
So naturally.
Liberals say “We” must do this or that but actually mean “You” must do this or that...give up your SUV’s, guns, money, freedoms, etc.


41 posted on 08/03/2009 7:38:08 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Mainstream Media cheered: Ascension of Castro, Chavez and now Obama.)
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To: lonestar
What did it cost taxpayers for Michelle and the girls to go for Fish and Chips in London?

She really is living it up, isn't she?

42 posted on 08/03/2009 7:39:00 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: OldBlondBabe

Failed African States have this kind of leadership as well.


43 posted on 08/03/2009 7:39:09 AM PDT by OldArmy52 (Mainstream Media cheered: Ascension of Castro, Chavez and now Obama.)
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To: reaganaut1
Maybe Aunt Obama can serve MRE's to White House guests:


44 posted on 08/03/2009 8:31:25 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Media: quit making things up." --Sarah Palin)
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To: reaganaut1
How about serving some government cheese?


45 posted on 08/03/2009 8:34:23 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Media: quit making things up." --Sarah Palin)
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To: reaganaut1

Amateur hour continues...


46 posted on 08/03/2009 8:37:07 AM PDT by My Favorite Headache (An oath to a liar is no oath at all)
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To: dirtboy
Well, serving $100/lb wagyu beef to visiting Congresscritters every Wednesday will tend to burn up the ol' budget. Ya think they could have gone witt $20/lb choice filet, but when you are the Obamessiah, only the best will do - even as large swaths of your subjects are unemployed and eating macs and cheese.

Hell, I can buy Delmonico steaks well under $10/lb at retail pricing. Buying through a distributor would be an even greater savings.

47 posted on 08/03/2009 8:43:13 AM PDT by voicereason (I Don't Need SEX...I Get Screwed By Democrats Everyday!!!)
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To: reaganaut1; nutmeg; MeekOneGOP

BTTT


48 posted on 08/03/2009 9:23:38 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: Drango
I may be wrong, but I believe the 0bama's pay for their own food.

I tend to doubt it. Even on a president's salary, he wouldn't be able to afford weekly parties for the Dems with $100/lb. wagyu beef. WH meals are likely free for the "First Family" - it's a 'perk' we get to pay for . . . . . . like AF1.

49 posted on 08/03/2009 10:12:37 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: DustyMoment

The president pays for his own and the first family’s personal food.

http://www.americanheritage.com/articles/magazine/ah/1974/4/1974_4_64.shtml

An old article, but google more articles if you don’t believe me.


50 posted on 08/03/2009 10:38:43 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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