Friday, May 21, 2010

Your Tax Dollars Hard At Work

Most of us are struggling to make ends meet in this economy.

Not the Obamas.
They spared no expense for their list of guests.

They also shut down the chef from tweeting because they probably didn't want the commoners to know the dinner plans. (here's another link)

Calderon got the red carpet treatment... or as they say, the "whole enchilada".
President Barack Obama Wednesday deployed the full pomp of a White House state dinner for only the second time, honoring Mexico's President Felipe Calderon with a sumptuous menu and elaborate decor.

Key members of the US-Mexico community were expected among 200 guests at the glamorous black-tie gala evening at the White House, as well as actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Eva Longoria, and Mexican billionaire business mogul Carlos Slim.

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.

The Monarch butterfly migrates from Canada, across the United States each year to Calderon's home state of Michoacan in Mexico.

Beyonce was to be supported by Rodrigo y Gabriela, a flamenco-celtic rock band famed for cover versions of heavy rock bands like Led Zeppelin, and the US Marines Band.

The menu mixed Mexican flavors -- with a starter made of Jicama, a turnip-like vegetable popular in Mexico served with oranges, grapefruit and pineapple -- with Obama's own heritage -- a Hawaiian Opah fish from his home state.

Tables in the East Room were decorated in natural shades of orange and green with the centerpiece featuring a bouquet of marzipan and chocolate flowers.

Also on the menu prepared by celebrity chef Rick Bayless and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford: Oregon wagyu beef, black bean tamalon, and grilled green beans.

Herbs, radishes and lettuce used in the preparation of the dinner came from the White House kitchen garden, the centerpiece of Michelle Obama's campaign against child obesity.

Guests will eat from the china donated to the White House by former president Bill Clinton, and use the 1955 porcelain from former president Dwight Eisenhower.

And just what Calderon needs to eat... Mexican cuisine.
Can't he get that at home?

Question: How come corporate executives are slammed by Obama for having parties like this but it is OK for him?

Any guess at the cost of this soiree?

(and no... I am not suggesting that they should be slumming it... but they could be a tad more understated in these events)