White House Serves $200/Bottle Wine At Chinese State Summit

Sacrifice has been a common theme for the Obama administration. ““We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said back in 2008.

But apparently what we can do is serve $200/bottle wine in the White House despite a $14 trillion national debt and a $1.3 trillion budget deficit.

The White House menu from last night’s state dinner with China:

White House State Dinner Menu For President Hu Jintao (full menu)

First
D’Anjou Pear with Farmstead Goat Cheese
Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic

Second
Poached Maine Lobster
Orange Glaze Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms

Wine: DuMol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008 (California)

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Lemon Sorbet
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Main
Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions
Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach

Wine: Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005 (Washington State)

As Jim Hoft points out, Quilceda Creek Cabernet is $199/bottle.

Of course, this is a drop in the ocean compared to our national debt, but the symbolism is awful. We struggle to get by in a tough economy and are told to sacrifice for the greater good. Meanwhile, they sit in luxury and quaff expensive wines.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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