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Obamas Depleting U.S. Lobster Supply

by Keith Koffler on August 25, 2010, 2:56 pm

So how much lobster are you having during these precarious economic times? What? You’ve had to cut back? No longer ordering it stuffed with crab meat, at least?

Well, if you happen to be the President of the United States or the First Lady, your lobster consumption is continuing at a robust pace.

Yes, the economy is still getting battered. And Tuesday night,  so was President Obama’s lobster.

Well now, let's get down to business.

According to ABC’s Jake Tapper, the president  savored some lobster tempura at the trendy State Road Restaurant in West Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard. Oh, just the thought of it. If he brings some back to the White House for me, I’ll write whatever he wants.

Monday night at The Sweet Life Cafe in Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard it was the lobster pasta appetizer for the president and a surf and turf entrée – the “surf” being a lobster tail – for Mrs. Obama.

And what would the vacation to Maine in July have been without a taste of everyone’s favorite crustacean. The president did it in a little less genteel fashion that time, heading over to something called Stewman’s Downtown restaurant where he was served the “Lobster Experience” dinner – just regular lobster, corn and slaw.

The sign reads, "Michelle Obama, 2010 Worldwide Lobster-eating Record." Yes, yes, this is photoshopped.

But the Obamas’ lobster experience is not confined to these shores. Michelle Obama was barely off the plane during her voyage early this month to the Spanish Riviera when, according to the Spanish press, she dived into a feast of sea bass tartare, strawberry gazpacho and sardines, and a main course of lobster with seaweed risotto.

Michelle enjoyed the repast so much that she was right back at it on  August 14 during the Obamas’ two-day Panama City, Fla photo-op vacation. There, at the Firefly restaurant, it was more lobster for Michelle.

The Obamas were supposed to be showing support for the good people of the oil spill-stricken Gulf, eating their seafood and so forth. So the big question is, was it a Caribbean lobster or one shipped down from Maine?

And who knows what lobster delicacies the White House chef is whipping up for them in between vacations?

No wonder the Russians just started fueling the Iranian nuclear reactor at Bushehr. When President Medvedev was here, Obama took him for burgers.

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welrdelr August 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm

So what is so great about lobster? Lobster is just a bottom feeder that is similar to many politicians not only in their feeding habits but by the fact that it cosls so much to buy them.

Keith Koffler August 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Great one welrdelr! Wish I’d thought of it.

JR August 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Great article….

oli August 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm

these ppl make me sick

CapnJack August 25, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I hope the hell you choke to death on that damn lobster you pathetic excuse for a man.

Teddy's SEARCH+RESCUE August 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Our Founder loved Lobstah!

Will the Obama’s be going to Chappaquiddick!

jnsesq August 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

There’s a tasteless ethnic term for this kind of sophomoric extravagance and our new Royal Family seems to be keenly demonstrating it at every turn. They likely discuss among themselves that this may (should!!!) be a one-term presidency and it’s time to take the taxpayers for every dime they can. Basically, your everyday Democrat.

skippy777 August 25, 2010 at 3:58 pm

you are so wrong about the obamas…they only indulge in lobster after a hearty helping of the world’s finest caviar.

jack August 25, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Let the peasants eat cake, while Rome burns !!
Impeach Berry and his wife now !!

marcus August 25, 2010 at 4:17 pm

We remember how he spoke to the American people about “sacrifice” before he went on vacation. What a lot of BS, with him there chowing down on lobster, and his wife just back from five-starring in Spain’s priciest enclave and racking up a bill for the taxpayers in excess of 400,000 dollars. So at least 50 or 60 average American wage earners turned over 100% of their tax bill for the year in order to finance Michelle’s gigantic jet bill, plus the bill for the salaries and logistics of her freaking army of security personnel, plus numerous other incidentals all chalked up to the taxpayers. Yes, those taxpayers sacrificed nobly in order that Michelle could party on, both in Spain and on Martha’s Vineyard, and incidentally on the other six vacations she took this year. We hope the President will lecture us some more on sacrifice because we don’t think we get it yet.

noonelovesme August 25, 2010 at 4:18 pm

there was also Michelle’s $500 lobster and champagne lunch in her New York hotel room during the campaign. She’s lovin’ it, but the rest of us eat at McDonald’s

Jimbo96 August 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

The “Imperial” Presidency of B. H. Obama. I guess he thinks it’s fine to spend the people’s money on his pleasure and extravagance while those who are out of work because of HIS policies scrimp and save to buy hamburger. Too many people are being financially hurt by his reckless spending on programs and other bovine scat that enrich his political supporters (public employee unions included) and will in debt our children and cause economic decline for a majority of the citizens of the US. After all, Andy Stern while pres. of SEIU, and major adviser to the President, who primarily wrote legislation that is now law, which was opposed by over 2/3 of citizens, say “Workers of the world unite” which means that we will have to lower our wages to raise the rest of the worlds income. So we here in the US will suffer in order for unions to gain more power…Too damn bad that they don’t have to live like the rest of us I guess…maybe if the Obama’s had to pay for all there excessive lifestyle, they wouldn’t. But, they won’t and we will continue to become a debtor nation all because he thinks the Constitution is a living breathing document, and Congress can do whatever it wants (according to Pete Stark) and he’s about ready to pack the Supreme Court with progressive liberals who will use foreign laws to base their decisions rather than follow the plain reading of our Constitution.
Enough already…stop…

Mahakala August 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm

The motto those limousine liberals live by” “Let them eat cake”. They want us to sacrifice while they go on expensive vacations then we, the taxpayers, get holding the bag.

smfic August 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm

this is the “recovery summer” by the way.
Dear Leader is trying to stimulate the economy one lobster roll at a time. At this rate, by 2012 we’ll be back to full employment.
/sarcasm

geez, how stupid were you obama voters? pretty darn dumb.

Rumply August 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Yawn! Not even funny. Just sad.

T. Moore August 25, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Leave them alone. They can do what ever they want with their lottery winnings. None of our business

T. Moore August 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Leave them alone.

They can do what ever they want with their lottery winnings.

None of our business

hymieg August 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

So how does the Obamas’ lobster meals help the poor down trodden masses he was supposed to care about so deeply? Just another example of high-living waste during the worst economic times our country has seen since the last depression. Maybe Michelle should join Marie Antoinette; we might want to learn from the French of Marie’s time. A revolution and a few beheadings might well be in order if we hope to save America.

Al August 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Wow, you’re an idiot. Are you really making a living being a douchey washington version of Perez Hilton? Is there really nothing better to report on in Washington in this day and age other than the First Family’s meals while on vacation?

Imam Obama August 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Imam Obama is against everything 80% of Americans want. We demand this Muslim parasite and his hideous wife be unseated and jailed if his Social Security number belongs to a dead man from Connecticut.

online trader August 25, 2010 at 4:49 pm

no wonder the markets are going down, he’s socialize our money for LobsterFest, at least the Maine people will sell a few lobsters :-)

Ozone August 25, 2010 at 4:53 pm

OMG, you make a living writing about such tripe. Get a life.

omeca August 25, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Great article.

Correct on the word “That”? It is written as “hat”.

tom August 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm

soooooooo…this muslim marxist is stuffing his sorry ass with lobster after lobster after lobster. Hey Osama!!! Do you know what I’ve eaten for 4 days straight??? Vienna sausages @ 42 cents a can!, and scrambled eggs (hopefully salmonella free eggs)! Why????? because your dumbass economic policies have completely decimated our economy, people are out of work and your stupid attempts are ruining our country! I hope you and that mule looking wife (my apologies to all mules) choke on that lobster!

lukuj August 25, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Is lobster one of the food on her healthy foods initiative agenda? Will it be added to school menus? Once again Mrs. Obama and the president are allowed to eat what they like while Mrs. Obama lectures the rest of us and tried to get as much government control as possible over what we eat through taxation and harassing of restaurants and supermarkets to serve/do what SHE says they should.

Tele65 August 25, 2010 at 5:22 pm

We can’t be wastin’ all this fabulousity!

Russ August 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm

For most people who live in New England lobster is no big deal.
It’s something you have once or twice a year for a party, the 4th or special occasion.

But it seems that The Obama’s would order “Camel Liver or Kangaroo Chops” if it was the most expensive thing on the menu.

But for once it would be nice for the public to see a story that the Royal Family ObamaRama’s had a simple BBQ with Hamburgers from a local market, not ground Fillet Mignon or new York Strip, just plain old Chuck Roast meat, like the rest of us. And maybe some Apple Pie or Potato Salad
Corn on the Cob and Watermelon. A regular Cook-Out outing.

It always seems to be the “Most Expensive” or Over-The-Top Place they choose.

When I was a kid growing-up we called it “Digger-Rich”, people who spend the entire wad as soon as they get the funds. When the Gold Diggers struck it rich back in the Gold Rush they would run to the Saloon and tell everyone they hit it Big.

In this case The Obama’s are telling the world, “Look at us, we are American Royalty”. far from it, I believe they will remembered as the worst Family to live in The White House. Four Months is too long for these people, Four years seems like a lifetime.

Please resign Mr. President for the good of The Country.

jack August 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I haven’t had a vacation in two years. I can’t afford one and I’m too busy trying to make a living and keep my family housed and clothed. Enjoy your lobster while you can, Obama. How’s that “hopey-changey” thang working out for you guys who voted for this empty suit?

the electrician August 25, 2010 at 5:52 pm

so much of big mama telling us to eat healthier, when lobster, and crab meat are high in the number killer to the aorta, CHOLESTERAL, practice what you preach biotch……….

Outback August 25, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Just so everyone knows, the term “let them eat cake” quote directed at the starving french peasants refers to the burnt crumbs left over from the baking of bread in the large ovens. I think this pretty much applies when our current leaders tell us to don’t worry, be happy and wait for the upcoming Hope and Change.

Darrell Page August 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I’m 1 of the 99er’s, (collected all unemployment offered). I’m 56 years old and using government food subsidy for the first time in my life. My wife is doing her best to keep us afloat. I haven’t taken more than a 3 day weekend in years. Needless to say I’m not paying taxes again for a while. This dude turns my stomach.
I don’t know if any of you still working can understand this. I’m a surveyor and at my age I have to work as the head guy on a crew, we call it Party Chief. I’m not young enough to go back to entry level in any profession. That is if I can find someone who would hire me without a truck. I have outdoor wilderness and math skills. I’ve always been taught if you can handle math you will always work. Youngsters don’t need the math anymore because computers have taken that need away. Competing at 56 against 30 something’s is disheartening.I guess I’m that guy who’s job isn’t coming back.

AK August 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm

@welrdelr – then, wouldn’t that be a form of …cannibalism?

And @ noonelovesme…damn, you can afford mcdonalds? You must work for the Government… ;)

RSU August 25, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Which part of the garden did Michelle grow these lobsters in?
.
No. . .
.
Well how about the corn then? Surely she grew the corn?
.
No. . .
.
Well what kind of example are we being given here . . . I mean, I can’t set my thermostat to 75 because some guy overseas that I don’t know won’t like it, I’m supposed to grow my own food to eat healthy (which by the way takes so long I’m feeling a little woozy), I’ve started pushing my car to look for a job because I can’t afford the gas, and I’ve put so much skin in the game that I’m starting to develop scars. Meanwhile, the man and woman who says I’m supposed to be making these sacrifices for the betterment of mankind isn’t making any.
.
Is there something going on here that we’re not supposed to know about?
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. . . just wondering . . .

Tuts August 25, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Lobster prices are at record lows

srdem65 August 25, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Aw, leave the guy alone. He’s trying to do a job that’s over his head, has nincompoops advising him, every time he opens his mouth someone sticks their foot in it, lives with his mother-in-law, and he’s married to a woman who looks like a linebacker for the NYJets wearing a muu-muu.
Let him golf and eat whatever he wants.

bubba August 25, 2010 at 6:25 pm

” Sea Roaches ”

They are invertebrates just like common house roaches

Yeeeccchhhhh!!!!

bubba August 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm

The lobsters I mean…….

HANOI JOHN KERRY August 25, 2010 at 6:37 pm

AHOY THERE! From the Tax Skipper of the “SS 1099″ getting ready for my http://www.LIVESHOT.cc on CNN.

meadowlands August 25, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Maybe too much lobster will set them up for coronaries. What about MO’s obesity project? If I were her I would watch what I consumed myself instead of preaching to everyone else!

Will they visit Chappaquiddick? I hear there is a bridge there they must see!

BTW, great article

meadowlands August 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm

There is a bridge in Chappaquiddick they absolutely must see!

One_American August 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm

While Michelle and Barack gorge themselves on lobster, Michelle quips:

“Let them eat hake!”

Don’t lose your head when you open your mouth, Michelle.

Granny Jan August 25, 2010 at 6:44 pm

Monday Night lobster,too: Obama, apparently, was a big fan of chef Scott Ehrlich’s beef tenderloin and short ribs, so the prez ordered it for his entre after his appetizer of pasta with lobster. The first lady, resplendent in a black and white Narciso Rodriguez dress and a cropped black cardi, chose local greens (because she’s a big fan of farmers) and the beef tenderloin with a lobster tail instead of the highly caloric short ribs. The group shared four desserts including a creme brulee.

http://www.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view.bg?articleid=1276837

El Oregonian August 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Don’t worry… We’ll LOB both of them out of OUR Whitehouse soon enough…

RSU August 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Which part of the garden did Michelle grow these lobsters in?

No. . .

Well how about the corn then? Surely she grew the corn?

No. . .

Well what kind of example are we being given here . . . I mean, I can’t set my thermostat to 75 because some guy overseas that I don’t know won’t like it, I’m supposed to grow my own food to eat healthy (which by the way takes so long I’m feeling a little woozy), I’ve started pushing my car to look for a job because I can’t afford the gas, and I’ve put so much skin in the game that I’m starting to develop scars. Meanwhile, the man and woman who says I’m supposed to be making these sacrifices for the betterment of mankind isn’t making any.

Is there something going on here that we’re not supposed to know about?

. . . just wondering.

amkaen August 25, 2010 at 6:53 pm

It would be so refreshing to find someone in DC who leads by example. This is what is so disheartening about this “First Couple.” The Country is in crisis, and they act as though they aren’t aware of it. I haven’t seen opportunism this blatant since Bill and Hillary ran off with the silver and all the objet d’art that should have remained at the White House. Still, we get the leaders we deserve, I suppose. Wonder what we did to deserve this one?

J August 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

This is by far and away the most pedestrian standpoint I have ever read from a “jounalist”. Make a point; blogging about what you wish you were doing is just sad.

TLS August 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm

All of our opinions are just drivel if we don’t put legs to our rage and get out and vote! Don’t just flap your gums or numb your fingers on a keyboard! Make sure you are registered to vote, then find others and help them register to vote! And so on and so on…..the sleeping giant needs to vote and not just bellyache about the situation! I’m just say’n!

CPC August 25, 2010 at 7:05 pm

figures he would eat ‘ deep fried’ lobster…/What a waste of bottom feeding bugs…

THE TRUTH August 25, 2010 at 7:17 pm

This guy is a f******* disgrace of a president. one term and good riddance

john August 25, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Well,

We can just hope the Obama’s keep taking vacations and stuffing their face with lobster. It gives them less time to screw up the country!!!!

christine51 August 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm

wow… how’s that hope and change workin for all you who voted this fraud into office! i have never felt so much disdain for a president as i do for this guy! meanwhile he and michelle are stuffing their faces with lobster….it’s quite a scene isn’t it? i hope people see this man for what he really is. GET OUT AND VOTE ALL THESE CROOKS OUT!