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Obama Valentine’s Day Splurge Priced at Up To $300

by Keith Koffler on February 15, 2012, 8:09 am

President and Mrs. Obama spent Valentine’s Day with the One Percent Tuesday, shelling out up to $300 for dinner for two at the high-end Vermilion restaurant outside of Washington.

Michelle just recently completed a three-day tour of the nation promoting her “Let’s Move” health and fitness initiative, during which she was depicted in a widely circulated photograph passing around a bowl of salad at an inexpensive Olive Garden restaurant.

But the press was not even permitted to take a peek at the Obamas last night as they feasted at one of the Washington area’s trendiest upscale joints.

What’s more, the Obamas warmed the earth a bit as their multi-car, fossil-fuel-burning motorcade roared out of Washington for a 25 minute trip to the Alexandria, Va. restaurant.

On tap for the Valentine’s Day at Vermillon was a special five-course tasting menu priced at $75 per person, with an extra charge of $35 if you wanted wine paired with the offerings.

It’s a fairly safe bet to assume the Obamas went for the wine, which would bring the tab to $110 per person. Add in a nine percent sales tax and 20 percent tip and we’re up to $288 for dinner.

If the Obamas did even a little better than most wealthy diners – this is an election year, afterall – a generous presidential tip, or a few bucks for the busboy, could easily have brought the dinner to $300.

Carfare was all taken care of, courtesy of the taxpayers.

On the tasting menu last night were a host of mouth watering delicacies generally unavailable to the 99 percent, including:

  • curdo of Virginia fluke with celery-apple remoulade & American caviar;
  • Maine lobster tortelloni with marcona almonds, sultanas & curried salsify veloute;
  • line caught Chesapeake rockfish with butter poached Virginia oyster and pancetta & spicy “bouillabaises broth; and
  • peidmontese beef duo with creamed trumpet mushrooms, potato pancake & black truffle jus.

Dessert was not to be missed, with a choice of passion fruit cheesecake with white chocolate sauce, basil, kiwi & coconut sorbet or chocolate truffle tart with cocoa nib ice cream, cocoa nib tuile & mocha caramel sauce. Both were served with assorted petits fours.

I don’t know what some of that stuff is, but I assume two things about the meal: it tasted very, very good, and it will not be featured on the Obama 2012 campaign website.

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Cooper February 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

Did the Secret Service clear the place out so the dictator in chief and Mooch could have it to themselves? Would not want to dine with all those evil rich people around, might not be good for the digestion.

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One Mad Woman February 15, 2012 at 9:17 am

Cooper,
The rich are only evil when it’s a benefit, as in posing to his kool-aid drinking followers.

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qestout February 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

Followed his own advice and “went big”.

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DREAMS FROM MY NEIGHBOR February 15, 2012 at 10:29 am

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is going to go big on March 1st, when he proves the Kenyan Occupier of 1600 if a BIG FRAUD. http://www.BirtherReport.com

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Girly1 February 15, 2012 at 8:48 am

Aside from the fact that the two Moochers that occupy the WH are hell-bent on showing off their ‘rags to riches’ imperialism, when was the last time a sitting President and wife ever, ever ventured outside the confines of the WH except for official business? They are nothing but world-class exhibitionists -drunk with power! A public sighting of the POTUS used to be a rare event but in this case, the Obamas are as common and unwelcome as house flies!

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Lizzy February 15, 2012 at 11:39 am

It’s funny cause it’s true:)

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Steve February 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

As a thought, G W Bush was often accused of NOT visiting the DC metro area, not supporting the community, etc.

President’s can’t win.

Peace,
Steve

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Steve February 15, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Damn it. Just saw my grammar mistake. Apologies.

^Presidents

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ol gator February 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

They lie, they manipulate, they live off other’s $$$, they project false images of themselves, they try to ‘lord over’ their ideas of how we should live, they look down on others, they display a racist attitude , they pander for votes, they go to church only around election time….but
boy! do they eat gooooood !

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

You sound jealous. Your grammar is superb though…so you’ve got that going for you.

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Susan February 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

Truth squad? How much are they paying to be a turncoat nowadays?

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Lizzy February 15, 2012 at 11:24 am

We already have a truth squad it’s called being smart enough not to be taken in by the Obama’s lies and general BS. We were the truth
squad first! What will Media Matters do follow all of us? Gonna need a lot more lemmings.

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ol gator February 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Actually, you sound jealous Larry 0…
There should be a local english/literature course available somewhere near you … te he !
whoops ! gotta go.. my Vienna Sausage sandwich with yummy saltine crackers dipped in hot garlic lard can’t wait..
(staple food in obambo’s America )

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elizabeth griego February 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Great job! That couple occupying the white house have no idea how to tell the thruth. Oh believe me we will make this an issue in november. Thanks for that great food for thought.

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

Here come the comments a la “can’t a man take his wife out for a nice meal on Valentine’s Day.” No mention of the costs involved in hauling the Premiere Lovey-Dovey Couple around Washington so they chan have their trendy little “tasting-menu thrills.”

Keith — it’s “peek,” not “peak.” A common mistake, but the sort of thing that sometimes leads to unfortunate meanings in sentences. Here’s a memory-aid, “EEEEEEEEEk, they screeched when they took a peek from the moumtain peak.”

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sportinlife10 February 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

The trolls are having fits of pique.

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sam February 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

on the mouMtain top….

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:09 am

LOL, sam — you’re right. Doesn’t it always happen that when posting a correction or tip about spelling a typo creeps in?

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Janna February 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

You could, if frugal, feed a family of 4 for close to a month with $300. They make me sick.

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

Attention Wal-Mart shopper!

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John Uglyman February 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

Because of the economy my family of 3 had to set a budget of $240/month on food. Do you know how hard it is to buy food for the family on that amount when a gallon of milk costs almost $4.

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JLSCHEZELLE February 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

So, just because you are a failure in life, the rest of the world should
eat at Mc. Donald’s on extra special occasions and walk to the lo-
cation or perhaps take their dirt bike.

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Dan February 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

That was uncalled for and extremely disrespectful. These are tough times we are living in and the man is doing what he can to feed his family.

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Rich S February 15, 2012 at 12:46 pm

JLSCHLEZELLE, unfortunately for you your compasion lies between the cheeks of your ass. Some people aren’t as lucky as you. Some people do have to live of a measily $700 to $1200 per month, and it is extremely difficult to maintain a family with nourishment and still have to pay the bills while the rest pay for the White House pompous, ungodly ones night out on our dime.

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Philly February 15, 2012 at 12:59 pm

So, you think Romney ($50 Million Man), or Gingrich ($500,000 Tiffany’s account) are going to eat Burger King if they get to the White House? Don’t you people understand that all politicians come from the elite, and if they don’t, why would we vote for unachieving losers?

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Tex February 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

John U. is implying that the failed economic policies of the Obama administration not only hits him hard by reducing economic opportunity so that he is revenue strapped, but that they are killing him and his family on the supply side too, as the cost of many goods have skyrocketed due to inflationary policies committed by the President and his ilk. All the while, the President and wife are eating cake – Marie Antoinette style, without a hint of empathy, much less sympathy – they are out of touch.

50 million dollar man would be expected to improve the employment opportunities and stanch the inflationary pricing growth by installing more sensible, freer market options.

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john martin February 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

ditto and kudos

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Ginger February 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Exception: Rep. Candidate Ron Paul, serving 12 consecutive congressional terms, refused to accept the congressional pension because he felt it was overspending taxpayer funds. When elected president, has vowed to only accept the mean annual income of Americans: $39,000.

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Susan February 17, 2012 at 9:19 am

That is admirable. What is not admirable is his blame America first foreign policy.

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Scott February 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

Then maybe you should use some ingenuity proactively come up with some extra money instead of taking out your frustration over your own inadequacies on those who have put forth the effort and ambition to gain what they have.

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Chris Edens February 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

Hey Scott – The US tax payer is calling, how about you pull that melon out of your backside and realize that these “inadequacies” as you say are happening to millions of middle class tax folks all across this country. They were not feeling this pinch so directly until the joker in chief Oblama took the reigns.

I’m all for taking care of yourself but there are only so many hours in a day and not everyone has a disposal income or the barrier to protect forever from flat/depressed wages and skyrocketing prices. The average family has needed to make huge cutbacks in what they buy and how they maneuver through daily expenses. Nothing ticks these people off more than when they see waste in government and reckless spending because they are using the bottomless bucket of tax payer dollars.

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

Wow, the Truth Squaders are hateful today!

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Lizzy February 15, 2012 at 11:27 am

Not to be repetitive but the local food pantry here can now feed 5 people
for $1 a day, no mention of peas.

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winky February 15, 2012 at 9:08 am

Some of you can’t stand the fact that an economy recovering, Bin Laden killing President has a night out with his wife. I’ve never seen bigger sore losers and whinier victims then some of you. Give it a rest. You got Romney. Yikes!

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sportinlife10 February 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

Jane is so last week.

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gobnait February 15, 2012 at 9:24 am

‘Recovering’ as in gas is recovering its record high price levels? In what alternate universe do you reside where this economy would be considered ‘recovering’? Last month, 1.2 million people who want to work simply dropped out of the job search-do you think they think we’re in a recovery? How about those underwater with their mortgages. Do they think we’re in a ‘recovery’?

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DREAMS FROM MY NEIGHBOR February 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

Someone from “TRUTH TEAM 2012″ will be paying you a visit. But in the meantime, consider yourself duly reported to http://www.AttackWatch.net

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Just2old February 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

Economy recovering? Check your facts. The Intel Community was responsible for Bin Laden’s death….Obama had no choice but to make the gutsy call.

Ask yourself this; are you better off today than you were 4 years ago?

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BeePa10 February 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

enough, already. He had his “chance” and he blew it. Time to bring the car back from the joy ride and give it to someone responsible. Libs, sorry, but your ‘man” don’t know squat, period!

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ol gator February 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm

If you split obambo’s brain with a razor blade, it would be like a BB
rolling down a 4 lane highway !

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"G" Man February 15, 2012 at 9:36 am

I believe you meant to use the word “than”. Are you a product of the Chicago public schools? And we’ll gladly accept ANYONE but those currently in power!

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NoFear February 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

Economy recovering?? The anemic numbers we’ve seen so far are still coming from the “stimulus” pump. Wait until that wasted money dries up and then you will really see where the economy is.

Check out the gas pumps in the next few months. And then check your wallet.

NOBAMA 2012

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Kiawah Bulldog February 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

Winky lay off the booze this early you twit…Rather have Mitt than youe OBozo and Mooooochelle…How is that change working you now you commy?

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barry1817 February 15, 2012 at 2:03 pm

And I remember that Obozo, after claiming credit for Killing Bin Laden, was no where to be found about the military operation that then killed most of the seal team that had gotten Bin Laden.

Such a military genius, goes in and gets Bin Laden, but can’t provide the proper protection for the seals at a later excursion.

And what exactly was Obozo’s plan to get Bin Laden, other than OK a mission that anyone in the Oval Office would have done.

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sportinlife10 February 15, 2012 at 9:09 am

…EXACTLY what I cooked up (i.e. “sacrificed”) for Mah Man.

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GIJack February 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

Such healthy offerings as Oysters, Lobster, Beef, Lamb, Cheesecake…

Eat your Brussel Sprouts and Pea’s you peasants! Also, drive your GOV Motors Electric car (if it isn’t on fire) while we take a motorcade of gas guzzling LIMOs!

Marie Antoinette lives again.

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GIJack February 15, 2012 at 9:25 am

Great that he took his bride to dinner, not very expensive considering. POTUS seems to be a good husband and father, no arguement.
The problem is WHAT they ate… We are expected to graze on salad, low fat dressing, reduced meat and healthy fruit for dessert…
As for his destroying the nation with his radical policies… another story.

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Truth February 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

In reality, he is a closet homosexual and illegal drug user. Check out the Larry Sinclair site for details. Moochy doesn;t care, as a good mother would. She’s in it for what all she can get.

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john martin February 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

go to FELLOWSHIPOFMINDS to find out more about obama. great site.

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bill.1942 February 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

What leeches they are!

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Big Fenn February 15, 2012 at 9:11 am

I disagree with almost everything President Obama is doing and planning, but he simply took his wife out for Valentines Day. Leave it alone!

He appears to be a good husband and father. Many in this country could learn from that aspect of President Obama.

Now for his policies (and some of Mrs. Obama’s), that’s another story….

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gobnait February 15, 2012 at 9:29 am

The free exchange of ideas is still encouraged in some corners. Why attempt to silence it?

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politicsisdirty February 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

Please do tell.

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Elizabeth Fisher February 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

These two truly can’t stand each other as evidenced by the fact that twice she left for Hawaii without him; and she left three hours earlier than him to go to Cape Cod (which is only a one-hour flight). And when he is in Hawaii, he’s visiting friends and playing golf – never with her. My money says these two will be divorced within 5 years after we kick them to the curb in January 2013.

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NoFear February 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

From your lips to Gods ears.

I hope the American people aren’t stupid enough to give this fool four more years to complete his destruction of the country.

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:14 am

Big Fenn — you personally pay the bill for the motorcade, extra security, etc., and I’ll agree with you. The taxpayers, however, paid every expense except the $300.

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jack February 15, 2012 at 9:12 am

There’s Obama “going big” on someone else’s dime again!

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Glen February 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

My wife and I enjoyed a luxurious dinner consisting of Taco Bell. $14 total. You make me sick Barry.

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:42 am

$14 at Taco Bell? That’ a lot of food. You must be fat.

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

Projecting much??

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

Not at all. Just signed up for the Chicago Marathon in fact. So, no, not projecting, but thanks big guy!

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 9:57 am

Not a big guy. Not even a little guy. Not even a big gal. That only leaves one other possibility, doesn’t it?

How long do you think it will take you to walk the marathon?

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hmmmm…..slender transvestite???

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:46 am

Not even close.

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QueenOfScott February 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

Hey, are you Larry “O” Sinclair? You know, Obama’s limo buddy…

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Moochelle by Belle February 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

$14 at Taco Bell doesn’t buy that much anymore. $14 doesn’t buy much anywhere anymore. Soon $14 will buy 2 gallons of gas thanks to Obama’s policies.

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RahmE February 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

Chicago Marathon? That explains why you’re defending your boy so much! Not judging, you’ve earned that right of entitlement! I know, ‘earned’ is a bit extreme.

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

Chicago didn’t just earn the most corrupt city in the US for nothing.

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creeper February 15, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Why am I not surprised you’re from Chicago?

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QueenOfScott February 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

We had a roasted chicken from Walmart Market.

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QueenOfScott February 15, 2012 at 10:31 am

Tonight is $3 frozen pizza. We always go “big” at my house.

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Lizzy February 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

I had 1/4 cup of spaghetti homemade good stuff. Should last all week.
Cost $9 for a pot full:) I didn’t need a car or a new dress:)

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sportinlife10 February 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

Here we go again: Drudge picked up Keith’s post.
We knew him when.

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William February 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

Careful. The commenters coming in from the Drudge link get testy when you point it out that Drudge linked to the story.

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

Well, it is already getting infested with the lefties who have nothing better in their lives than to rush to website to defend their “hero”.

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DeniseVB February 15, 2012 at 10:00 am

I love making “new friends” :D

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Star February 15, 2012 at 11:23 am

Snort. Yeah, you really get a tony crowd from Drudge. He should allow comments so they stay over there…

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lc southern February 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Ha-ha good one Star.

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LizardLips February 15, 2012 at 9:14 am

The people of this nation struggle to dig themselves out of the worst recession in decades. In the meantime and while feeling everyone’s pain, Louis the Sixteenth and his bride, Mooch Antoinette dine out.
Hey, MMfA, bring it on.

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ZeGuv February 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

Well, aren’t you smug? Particularly solid reporting with all of those assumptions. I like reporters who base their stories on safe bets. Were you busy covering this from home last night because you had nothing better to do or because this is really your passion?

The man – who makes six figures a year- took his wife out for a nice dinner. Deal with it.

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gobnait February 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

Tsk, why so defensive? Calm down, there’s plenty of people out there willing to defend even single thing these clowns do. Save your strength.

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BeePa10 February 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

We “been dealing with it”, thanks for that in depth insight.

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bt1911 February 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

The man – who makes six figures a year- didn’t pay for the meal. Deal with it, nitwit.

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

Did you pay for the motorcade, the extra security work involved, ZG? Did Obama pay for this? Answer to both questions is “no.”

Do the Obamas have 24-hour kitchen service in the White House, where they could have been just as lovey dovey, perhaps moreso? Answer to that one is “yes.”

So, who paid for the man who makes six figures a year to take his wife out and spend $300? The taxpayers paid and they paid far more than $300. Perhaps the Obama-lovers could set up a private fund to pay for The One and The Wife’s good time traveling.

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One Mad Woman February 15, 2012 at 9:23 am

It’s just the right of a dictator, why should we gripe?

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csinnm February 15, 2012 at 9:26 am

“What’s more, the Obamas warmed the earth a bit as their multi-car, fossil-fuel-burning motorcade roared out of Washington for a 25 minute trip to the Alexandria, Va. restaurant.” but I’m so relieved, as Jay Carney noted yesterday, that the president is acutely aware of the price of gas. thank goodness, I was beginning to think he was totally disconnected from the plight of the middle class.

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Dr Kim Bjerkebek February 15, 2012 at 9:27 am

this is so nice. know what i did President Obama, I had to tell my wife what a dick our president and SecDef are and how we probably can’t afford healthcare now – which was free.

thanks President O. XXX OOO

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TW February 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

I’m sorry, but spending $300 for a special occasion dinner is not that far outside the realm of reasonableness. It’s not $1000. You guys really need to relax. You are aware that the President (regardless of which party controls the WH) makes $400,000 a year, right? And this author is pathetic. Pointing out that the taxpayer pays for the car service? Seriously? Are we supposed to expect our president to hail a cab? I’m sure you felt the same way about Bush, right? You are insane. This is so tiring to read. Concentrate on the things that you should justifiably be angry about, not this.

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

Well said.

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

Here’s a suggestion . . . if this blog upsets you, don’t read it.

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Car in February 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

How much of his lifestyle is coming out of that $400,000?

What a joke. They couldn’t even pay for ONE of their vacations with that income.

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:02 am

$4M for a 2 week vacation. Now, that is what I call pathetic.

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Lizzy February 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

The Bush’s were happy to stay in and dine on White House fare holidays included. How many times in 8 years did we see George and Laura all dressed up dragging a motorcade behind them for a date or dinner at a ritzy restaurant? I will wait while our new friends count them up could be a long wait. Like for the Obama budget.

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MorganGray February 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

And they scarffed down all this rich, fattening, meat-heavy, veggie-light (or absent) food while the food police – at Mooch’s prompting – confiscated a turkey sandwich from a 4th grader because it was not healthy.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Obama.

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DeniseVB February 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

Exactly MorganGray, “do as I say, not as I do” thy name is Obama.

We look to our leaders to set examples and connect to us. For instance, Jimmy Carter told us to turn down our thermostats in winter, as least he did too at the White House, remember the sweaters ! Obama tells us to sacrifice, but keeps the WH at orchid growing temps.

I don’t begrudge the 1% for enjoying the fruits of their labor, but the Obamas continue to rub those fruits in our faces.

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

Moron, thy name is “MorganGray.”

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 9:55 am

Never in my life would I think that a paper bag meal with a turkey sandwich, fruit and fruit juice would be “unhealthy”. The Progs are so famous on saying “stay out of the bedroom” . . . yet, they think it is fine to get into our paper bag lunch.

Well, at least, we hopefully have less than a year of this nonsense.

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Faun February 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

Sour grapes as usual.

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Jessie February 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

Is that the flavor kool-aid you drink?

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

It seems they like that grape favored koolaid.

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kate February 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

Let us just face it. They aren’t very nice people.

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Burger anyone? February 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

You have a theme going. The sour grapes match Moochelle’s sour face and disposition!

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Just2old February 15, 2012 at 9:28 am

That’s what I call leading by example!

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Bamako great February 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

Obama is great. I have been unemployed for a year now. We can’t even afford the wine for one person.

But Obama knows we are hurting and making up for those of us who can’t afford going out to dinner.

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Cherylynn February 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Are you unemployed because you can’t find the job you *WANT*?

There are TONS of McDonalds, Starbucks, Burger Kings, Wal Marts, etc hiring…start there, then complain if no one hires you.

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William February 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

Did a government inspector check to ensure the meal was nutritious like they do for school children in the Carolinas?

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anneinarkansas February 15, 2012 at 9:31 am

I read this on Drudge…great article Keith.
Hypcrisy Unbound….

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Feebie February 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

I had tacos.

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

Fascinating.

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Gary R February 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

You would think they would spend their “last” 2/14 at the Whitehouse enjoying a meal prepared by the company chef and staff not requiring a motorcade to go out of town. Meanwhile the wife and I had take out Chinese and made sure we “ate our peas”.

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Cherylynn February 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm

hahahahahaha!

Wishful thinking on your part, but not so much!

He’ll have 4 more Valentine’s days at 1600. You’ll find out soon enough :)

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Granger February 15, 2012 at 9:37 am

So much for leading by example. I’m sure he’ll get up and go play a round of golf as well while the peasants stand in unemployment lines.

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M. Bonk February 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

Don’t be a hater – W. and his wife ate dinners too

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BeePa10 February 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

The last time I checked, I think most people eat. It’s just how hypercritical this administration is… Rome is burning and they are out joy riding and feasting. Sad, sad, sad.

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Suburbob February 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

Like all you Libs weren’t haters toward W. F#$@ OFF!

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Julia February 15, 2012 at 11:20 am

It’s not the $300 tab for dinner, it’s the hipocrasy. Do what I say, not what I do. They shove french fries, ice cream, cheesecake, etc…while telling us “little people” to watch what we eat. Now they have food police confiscating turkey sandwiches! Can you not see the problem?

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James February 15, 2012 at 9:38 am

Either their motorcade or the Chinese Vice President’s (Premier, whatever he is) managed to snarl traffic at H, I, K streets in the MIDDLE of the evening rush hour. They continue to see themselves as above everyone else. It’s pretty sad for someone who proclaims to be humble. Would it devistate Michelle if the food came to them? They do have the most majestic view in Washington, D.C. and I’m sure the Secret Service could get the food from door to door in 10 minutes or less. Of course the same could be said about the President’s jaunts 4 blocks up to the Jefferson, which end up forbidding locals from walking to lunch unless they detour 5 blocks out of the way. This November, DC metro area unites in asking one question in the debates: Will you pledge to not be part of our traffic problem and order in??

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:25 am

I guess The One and The Wife were bored and wanted some Obot adulation. And Michelle Antoinette herself told us that she finds it “convenient” to put herself first.

And means all the other drivers are a distant second.

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2centsworth February 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

I just wonder… will the Obama’s eat so well, dress so fine and travel as luxuriously when he is out of office… or is this a matter of “Git while the Gittin’s Good”?

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sportinlife10 February 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

“Grift while the griftin’s good.”

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Dave February 15, 2012 at 9:40 am

Nothing bigger than Mooochelle’s arse…

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NVRAT February 15, 2012 at 9:41 am

and, the rest of the country will enjoy eating salad and Mac N Cheese with a $12.00 bouquet of flowers and a box of cheap chocolates from Wally-Mart with their loved one. Wow, it must be nice to be part of the 1/2% that the taxpayers are supporting. Thank You Prez. and Ms Obama for your leadership and stellar example. Your subjects are humbled for the privileged to serve you and the royal family.

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Lizzy February 15, 2012 at 11:53 am

Are we allowed Mac and cheese or chocolate? Or just chocolate covered peas?

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sandalwood February 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

Have you ever known Michelle to pass up the dessert?

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

$20 says she’s in better shape than you…

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Car in February 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

I’ll take that bet. I bet I’m in better shape.

And I could do more, and better, pushups.

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Zippy February 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

Wow! They give you money to make bets at Attackwatch? Or are you going to whine to mommy for it?

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:39 am

Oh, Larry . . . it isn’t that hard to be in better shape than Michelle. Have you not watched her walk away from the cameras?

I will never forget the disgrace of the picture of her walking up the steps at the WH after greeting the Merkels before a State Dinner. She had on very little under garments, and it clear showed it. Don’t they have mirrors in the WH?

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John Q February 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

It’s spelled “peek”. Don’t worry about it, my nephew gets this wrong all that time too. He’s 7. Homophones are hard.

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miked February 15, 2012 at 9:44 am

SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN JUST AS HAPPY WITH A BUSSHELL OF CORN AND A MUD HOLE TO ROOT IN

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

Huh? Do you need a dictionary son?

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Burger anyone? February 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Milked is spelling that way so the Obama supporters can understand.

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juan stumofu February 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

as a “journalist” I would hope you’d know that “truffel” is actually spelled truffle, “trumpet” mushrooms should have a “u” in the word- not trmpet- and an Italian raw fish dish is called “crudo”, not curdo.

And my guess is Piedmontese should be capitalized since it refers to the Piedmont region.

Is this what passes for “journalism” and “editing” these days?

Wow.

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:43 am

Seriously, that is what you come up with for a response?

“Corpsemen” . . . remember that goof by your hero? Or how about 57 states? Or how about at least 3 different stories about how MO and BO met? I would hope that you have covered those goofs as well.

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Star February 15, 2012 at 11:19 am

Yeah–you have to love the smug proofreaders….

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deuce1984 February 15, 2012 at 9:45 am

I *despise* this president whole-heartily but I am not going to complain that the President of The United States (!) had an upscale dinner with his wife on Valentine’s Day.

C’mon people, this is not newsworthy.

Instead let us unite in anger against the President for prohibiting the construction of the Canadian oil pipeline amid an impending foreign oil crisis. Thanks Bozo!

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

That’s coming this summer when gas hits $5-6 per gallon.

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

Oh, I can be angry about more than one thing at a time, deuce.

And my anger is not the price of the dinner so much as the expense to taxpayers of getting two people (who have a wonderful kitchen staff in a mansion) to a secret dinner in an upscale restaurant. They should have stayed home and spared the taxpayers the expense.
And I find it hypocritcal that they do these things and impose a press blackout on them. MoochMORE sure likes to be photographed when she’s hopping around and hobnobbing with celebs. What’s different about a taxpayer-funded food blast? Yes, the taxpayers paid for everything involved EXCEPT the $300 dinner tab.

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Jerry February 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

Those two disgusting hypocrites have no shame. He attacks the rich in classic Marxist manner while emulating the life style of a billionaire. She tells the country to slim down and eat carrots while she stuffs her face with the most expensive and fattening foods on the menu.

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JLin February 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

At least we don’t need to worry about him shutting down major airports for the sake of $500 haircuts. A good set of Wahl’s with a #2 head would do the trick.

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2centsworth February 15, 2012 at 10:13 am

Mao lived in imperial splendor while mounting his revolution also. This was, of course, enabled by his inner circle and propaganda machine. The funny thing is, Obama’s press loves the crumbs of access to the “One” so much that they prefer it to any meat that might be granted them as committed journalists with integrity by exposing the many scandals that lurk behind the curtain. Obama is a fool and he has made fools of the MSM… they are blinded by their own conceit and have lost any credibilty as a result. History will show the press to be complicit in every scandal, and citizen journalists will be the ones exposing the crimes.

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JLin February 15, 2012 at 9:46 am

Hey, it’s only other peoples’ money. He is at the pinnicle of grifter heaven. You cannot get any higher.

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Cherylynn February 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

actually…he makes his own money. Try agin.

Typical conservative fail.

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Guy55 February 15, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Oh yeah Cherylynn he uses his own money for those pricey vacations *which he has had so many of them since he came into office*. To build off of the vacations the two can’t even use the same plane for some ungoddly reason, so one takes Air Force One the other takes a pimped out C-17. These vacations…. I’m sorry one of these vacations alone cost more than his overall income since he came into office.

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Jessie February 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

….339 days to go and counting. Moving vans to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Nøbama 2012

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Stop Whining February 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

Oh boy, you are delusional.

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Jessie February 15, 2012 at 10:09 am

Nøbama 2012

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:50 am

Wishful thinking much? When gas hits $5-6 per gallon and food continues to skyrocket while BO keeps bending to small interest groups, his chances are very limited. Of course, we do need to keep into account all of the voter fraud that will happen again in order to keep the Os in our WH,

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JD February 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

Why can’t they just eat IN the White House ever? I’d give ANYTHING to have a cook prepare a meal for me, to eat it in some cloth-covered elegant room in the historical White House … isn’t that good enough?

These two have always got to dash around town, in their motorcades, seeking out the swankiest, most upscale places anyone could dream of. Always have to drop the big bucks. Don’t their voters ever wonder about this?

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

Envious much?

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Car in February 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

@@, really Larry?

That’s pathetic.

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The Original February 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

MO has said that she hates living in the WH so I would imagine it isn’t to her standards. Soon they will be gone. January 2013 cannot come too soon.

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whatthehell February 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

Im no BO fan, but now the dude can’t take his wife out for a nice meal on Valentines Day? Crazy. Focus on the real stuff..please.

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LarryO February 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

Exactly.

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Kiawah Bulldog February 15, 2012 at 10:55 am

Larry O you are a very unhappy petty person..Grow up

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:36 am

whatthehell, if you paid for the motorcade and security costs involved, I’m with you, but if you didn’t and the taxpayers did, I think you haven’t given enough thought to what happened here.

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timon lyons February 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

the writer of the article has certainly brought out many idiots

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TW February 15, 2012 at 11:03 am

Anytime you get a link from Drudge, you get the crazies. I watch with continued amazement at the depth of their incoherent anger. I didn’t understand it when it was directed at Bush by the left wing nuts, and I certainly don’t get this new breed of right wing “Nobama” folks. You all do realize that under our system of Government, the president actually has very little power, right? That everything must be accomplished by the Congress, who pass our laws and fund our agencies, and that the agencies, which are largely non-ideological civil servants that continue from administration to administration, merely implement the laws that Congress passes, right? Do you? It just seems like everyone needs to take a deep breath and do a little civics brush-up and remember that the President of the United States is not the cause of, or cure for, all of your problems. I’m sure it makes you feel better to think so, though, so whatever.

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CJT February 15, 2012 at 11:47 am

someone needs to get a clue. you are right – that’s how it’s supposed to work, but not with Barry. 30 plus czar appts, appointments while congress is in recess,etc, etc

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Anyone but February 15, 2012 at 12:52 pm

wow, you’re drinking the kool aid. You seriously think he doesn’t drive sentiment. You’re delusional. And I’m not even a Drudge reader.

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Susan February 15, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Attack of the Utopians. You and your superior attitude ought to go read the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. You can learn more about how our system of government is supposed to work from those two documents than you can in any socialist school of higher learning. Pay particular attention to the Declaration of Independence, the Facts submitted in response to King George’s tyranny are eerily similar to the despotic acts this small vain man and his America-hating wife have wrought on this country.

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Cooper February 15, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Whats with all the trolls on here? Why don’t you girls go on back to your MSNBC or media matters website? I think I hear Soros whistling for you. Get along now…

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duke February 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

good for them. they work hard and had a nice dinner. i took my wife out too, and we spent even more than that. at least he is a real person and left the WH, bush would have been in bed by 830.

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Car in February 15, 2012 at 9:56 am

They work hard?

Really?

What evidence do you have for this?

My husband works hard. Obama? Not so much.

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:40 am

How funny! Can’t miss a Bush-bash opportunity — and you criticize him because in your imagination he goes to bed early.

Pay the bill for the motorcade and extra security involved in moving this spoiled couple to a fancy restaurant and I’ll agree with you, except for the hang-up over Bush. I never cared for him, but I do remember that he hasn’t been President for three years now and it’s time to judge the Obamas on their own real behavior, not your imaginary pictures of how Bush lived.

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viking51855 February 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

You gotta love this. Health nut moochelle is having lobster. Do you know how fatty lobster is? how about the rock fish with butter? not worried abou cholosterol? What about the pancetta? the sodium content is over 920mg. That’s as much salt as a Big Mac. But she is the health expert. Want to know my wife and I had for Valentines dinner? Stuffed manicotti with ricotta cheese, and chicken parmegian. real healthy food. Our cost $3.99 per serving from Swanson’s TV dinners. That’s all we can afford after my wife’s job relocated to Malaysia and my firm laid off 8500 people in December due to a down turn in the economy. I hope you and your wife choked on your dinner

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Carl February 15, 2012 at 9:52 am

I live “outside” Washington in Alexandria VA where Vermillion is. Several years ago I took my wife there for Valentine’s day. I didn’t spend anywhere near $300 -even with a 20% tip. The place is good, but not great -I know of two “better” places in Alexandria alone, not to mention downtown DC and the other surrounding suburbs. Don’t get me wrong, this President’s policies are a disaster as far as I am concerned, but I’m skeptical of this article’s bent. Any President has the right to take his wife out to dinner, the cost of the Secret Service is alreay built in to cost of business. The guy has made millions from idiots buying his books -he can spend it how he wants.

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:45 am

“… the cost of the Secret Service is alreay built in to cost of business.”

No, it’s not. Routine Secret Service protection is, but not these special occasion events. Security has to be put in place at the restaurant after it is inspected. There aren’t dozens of Secret Service agents sitting around doing nothing and waiting to be needed — the cost comes out in extra staff and over-time costs. I wonder how many agents, chauffeurs, etc., didn’t get to spend Valentine’s Day with their loved one because The One and The Wife had to have their little treat.

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pleasenomoreobama February 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

the author of the article has it right. it was v-day, pris fixe menu, upped prices

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Stop Whining February 15, 2012 at 9:53 am

As if Republican presidents haven’t done the same, or spent more money on extravagance. Who cares. What exactly was going to happen at dinner that a camera had to be in their faces the entire time? If they ate at Chili’s you would all be yelling that he was trying to look middle class.

A quicker comment for all of you haters would be along the lines of “Once again I do not agree with the president. There is nothing he will do that will make me happy with him.” And then you can copy and paste it on every message board. You’ll then have time to do something constructive with your lives

You’re welcome.

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Jessie February 15, 2012 at 10:05 am

You miss the point entirely. They are the “do as I say not as I do” administration. Don’t preach that Americans should eat rabbit food and tighten their money belts and then go out in public and flaunt their expensive, high calorie dinner…I don’t give a s*** if it’s Valentines Day or groundhogs day, it’s just wrong.

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Who cares February 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

Seriously who cares! This country faces much more important problems than whether the president goes out to nice dinners. Is the transportation and security a waste of tax payer money? Maybe. Then again do we want the president to just be holed up all the time? No matter whether you agree with his policies or not, the job is hard. Just look at how much every president ages. But like I said WHO CARES! Lets get back to the real problems. Like the fact that this administration is risking sending Canada’s oil to China and thinks its acceptable to force insurance payers to pay for something they might find morally reprehensible. Yes, the fact that insurers now have to provide contraception for free is laughable. Do you really believe that the insurance companies are going to take this out of their bottom line out of the goodness of their hearts? No! Instead we all must now share the burden. I have nothing against birth control, but I do not believe it is right to make those who oppose it pay for it. This is the land of the free, not the land of the you must do this and that and everything else I believe.

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Sandy February 15, 2012 at 10:14 am

Who cares. I do not care what they spend on dinners, but yes I do care when the taxpayers are on the hoof for security. Presidents are allotted a certain amount to spend and Obama has far gone over that amount. Time he either pays for it himself or start walking or riding a bike to where he is going.

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Anonna February 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

“Is the transportation and security a waste of tax payer money?”
Yes.

Sorry that in addition to the list of things that YOU think should be of concern I ALSO object to King Buh-ROCK and Michelle Antoinette’s royal hypocrisy.

Take a deep breath and calm down. It’s silly to insist that because any article focuses on something not interesting to you it means that other issues are being harmfully neglected.

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