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)
D’Anjou Pear with Farmstead Goat Cheese
Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic
Poached Maine Lobster
Orange Glaze Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms
Wine: DuMol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008 (California)
Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions
Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach
Wine: Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005 (Washington State)
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.