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White House Chef Joins the Obamas in Hawaii

by Keith Koffler on December 23, 2012, 9:06 am

President Obama’s vacation in paradise includes an element that may be making his time there even more fulfilling: the White House chef.

Sam Kass, the tasty-health-food guru the Obamas added to the White House kitchen in 2009 – they didn’t fire the old chef, just added a second – revealed his presence in Hawaii Saturday when he showed up on the golf course with the president.

It’s not clear if Kass hopped a ride aboard Air Force One or if he is staying with the Obamas and cooking for them. But it wouldn’t be surprising, given that he was their personal chef in Chicago for two years before moving to Washington to continue preparing their meals.

Nevertheless, the Obamas dined out with friends last night, heading to one of their favorite hangouts, the high-end Japanese fusion restaurant Morimoto.

If price is an indication of quality, they won’t be suffering. Main courses range from $22 to $49, unless you choose the 1 lb. Australian Wagyu ribeye, which will set you back $88.

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RickW December 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

I can just see the remaining WH chef and staff toasting their good fortune at the absence of the Royal Family for Xmas.

regina December 23, 2012 at 9:41 am

I think all people should have to pay for their own vacations… we pay for the house and camp david. with the country in the shape it is in 4 mill is over the top.

CiscoKid December 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

I’m sure he picked up the check. Yea,right.

Star December 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

Are they paying the chef’s salary and benefits from their book proceeds or however we are to believe they make money over and above the presidential salary?

DeniseVB December 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Yes, the Obamas are paying Kass’s salary.

Just seems weird to me. They have the best kitchen staff in the world at our expense ? Unless Kass is their food taster, lol.

Susan December 23, 2012 at 4:38 pm

The grifters may have paid him once upon a time, but not now. Once Obamacare passed he was put in charge of Mooch’s “Healthy Food Initiative”. We The People are now paying the health food czar’s salary. The Healthy Food Initiative is just another big government redistribution program that will never ever go away. Like President Reagan always told us – “The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program.”

Star December 23, 2012 at 11:09 am

The chef, taking the chef out to dinner–my head is about to splode! Rich arrogant people are not like the rest of us, to paraphrase Hemingway or F. Scott or somebody. Honestly, though, eating a rich meal like they did would tear me in half!

Lizzy December 23, 2012 at 11:52 am

There’s that exploding head again can’t believe we’ve got 4 more years
of it we will be lucky to have a head on our shoulders come 2016.

Star December 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Note to self: Pace yourself.

Susan December 23, 2012 at 11:16 am

Wagyu beef is nothing special for these grifters. It’s probably a staple at their Wednesday night hump-day parties. I also wouldn’t doubt if at least a dozen of Mooch’s handmaidens are vacationing on our dime too. She still needs someone to do the dressing, manage the wig hats, and paint the face on…

Julie Brueckheimer December 23, 2012 at 11:36 am

Apply the costly oils to her skin. I’m not kidding: every picture I see of her shows a woman who has just been massaged.

movedtothefarm December 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

and botoxed

ImNoDhimmi December 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Don’tcha ya just love those greasy legs?

Stevie December 24, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I do.
And those oily turkey flaps as well.

DeniseVB December 23, 2012 at 11:24 am

More tidbits and photos on their yummy evening out ….

The article mentions the press was blocked way down the street and didn’t see them :D

Susan December 23, 2012 at 11:44 am

Interesting to see Sam Kass has moved on up from his role as personal chef to the royals. His title now is “Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives”, although the salary we’re paying him still hasn’t shown up on the annual WH staffing list.

srdem65 December 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for the linky.
The arial shot of traffic stopped in every direction (12 lanes) so the massive motorcade could pass unimpeded says it all.
We all understand the requirement to protect our President, but if his safety is so perilous that extreme measures have to be taken, then the President should stay sequestered at a safe house at all times.
He can’t have it both ways; he’s not an ordinary citizen free to come and go as he pleases, and a person whose safety is so paramount that Americans must be denied their freedom to come and go.

As our friend, Star, reminds us, the rich are not like us and the Obamas are not only rich, they are privilieged beyond any ordinary citizen. While they enjoy their riches and special privileges, 50 million families in the US will be eating a sparse Christmas dinner provided by the food stamp program. Charitable organization will be handing out gifts to indigent children and feeding them a hot meal.
Working families, small business owners, and actuallyall of us are holding our breath, wringing our hands and wondering what will happen next year.
Under all the joyous singing and merry wishes is a dread as bad as it is now, it’s going to get worse.

The Obamas are entitiled to enjoy their wealth with posh vacations and expensive meals or pastimes as private citizens, but the POTUS shouldn’t be flaunting his wealth when so many have next to nothing.

DeniseVB December 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I think we’re going to see more of this during the second term.

There’s a pre-Sandy Hook interview with the Obamas in this week’s People mag, and they were just gushing about all the travels they were going to do over the next four years because they love being among the people and seeing the world. He’ll figure a way to keep campaigning ……

Julie Brueckheimer December 23, 2012 at 3:35 pm

The Wall St. Journal said that Obama threatened Boehner with using his inaugural and state of the union speeches to blame the Republicans for the fiscal cliff, should it happen. He seems to think he has a tremendous mandate from the country while half the country did not vote for him. I would like to see the arrogant sob take this one step just too far.

Langley Spook December 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm

“…arrogangt SOB take one step just too far” = Impeachment!we can only hope! :-)

Lizzy December 23, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Arrogant he’s given a new meaning to that word. I’d like to
think pride cometh before a fall and somewhere there’s
someone to wipe that permanate smirk off his face but I
think impeachment will be the only way and I’m sure if we
knew what they get up to there’s more than enough to do so.

DeniseVB December 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

He’s been blaming Republicans since 2007, why stop now ? If he chooses to use the State of the Union (which has been unwatchable since 2009 as he attacks his political foes from the pulpit) to push more bad policy, maybe we’ll get our media back :D

Julie Brueckheimer December 23, 2012 at 6:49 pm

:D is right.

gobnait December 23, 2012 at 8:13 pm

It’s far LESS than half the country. It’s half of the people who VOTED that voted for Obama. Millions MORE either voted for someone else or chose not to vote. There is NO mandate for Obama’s agenda.

Noma December 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

fish bones, peanut allergy, tainted beef…one can only hope.

Julie Brueckheimer December 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

WaPo had a little article on what Obama did his first day. We have a court circular now a la the Windsor family.

Lizzy December 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

Well I’m sure he will make that Mac n Cheese they love something special. I read on the Daily Mail where Michelle said this is the time she ‘throws Let”s
Move out the window’. Seriously these two get more repugnant by the day it’s
bad enough they waste our money on a $4 million vacation but now they need
a chef? They eat most meals out and those aren’t cheap and surely she can
open a box of Mac n Cheese for the special dinner. Just rubbing our faces in
it now well it’s not a surprise.

DeniseVB December 23, 2012 at 11:46 am

When I saw the out the window comment I thought the same thing. Do as I say, not as I do. Why is she even commenting on it? TackyO !

Holiday meals can be healthy as well as tasty good, even Mac and Cheese.

Lizzy December 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hypocrisy thy name is Michelle Obama. Her Let’s (not me) Move that
was railroaded into schools was leaving lots of students to go hungry
there are schools with athletics and they burned more than the veggie
burger and carrot they had for lunch. She just barged in and not being
a nutritionist or have a clue ruined the system it can be made better but
not for a publicity stunt.

DeniseVB December 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I’d so much rather see hungry children fed first. Ask any teacher, hungry children don’t perform well :(

Back in my day, we had the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Recess and PE everyday. I remember the beginning of the year we’d be tested on all kinds of PE, pullups, situps, running, etc. They were counted and timed. The end of the year, we did it again and those of us making the most progress got medals and certificates ,signed by the President and Governor of our state. So cool ! To a kid.

Didn’t Michelle’s NoKidsFatBehinds(tm) intitiative take money away from the food stamp program?

Lizzy December 23, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I imagine that school lunch is maybe the most or only meal that
some kids get sadly. How could you sleep if you thought for one
minute your hubris let a child go hungry. Hopefully the teachers
know the kids that are in need and take steps to see they don’t go
hungry to please Michelle Obama.

Girly1 December 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm

O/T (Hope Keith is okay with this). There is a petition to deport Piers O’Meara, aka Morgan, on Drudge for using his position as a national tv host to bash the Bill of Rights and our Second Amendment rights. They need 25,000 signatures and there are now 18,000.

His reporting on gun rights has been violent and scurrilous, along with his constant and continual Republican bashing all through the election cycle. He interviewed Barbra Streisand and asked he if she ‘had ever dated a Republican’….in a tone that depicted ax serial murderer. At the very least, he should be thrown off CNN. I’ve never said this about any tv host, including the Libs at MSNBC. But this Brit is too big for his britches!!

SnarkEsq. December 23, 2012 at 4:39 pm

I’ve been waiting for his crappy show to be canceled, with the ratings being in the toilet as they are. Hopefully, with new management at CNN now, his days are numbered.

Star December 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Who the heck are these Brits–Tina, Piers, Osbourne, etc–coming over here and waxing on? Humpf! Did not include Craig, bec my kid likes him–but him, too.

Star December 23, 2012 at 5:08 pm

Oh–also that Katty Kat or whatever her name is, the blonde.

Lizzy December 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

To enjoy the freedom to be collectively a bunch of overpaid nitwits
with hardly a brain cell between them. They have the freedom to
bite the hand that feeds them by using free speech to show just how
ignorant they are to the liberal fools who believe them that’s truly

Not Nabob December 23, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I’ve also picked up on this fascination with the Brit/Euro lifestyle here in the states. Being anything but American to many Americans i.e. Democraps is the new black.

JP December 23, 2012 at 12:38 pm

When I read something like this, I really hope we go off the fiscal cliff so that all of those who voted for Obama will have their taxes raised. I know it will happen to all of us, but those who voted for him deserve it the most – and they will be the loudest people to bitch AND blame the Republicans. No matter how things go, the Republicans will get the blame in the end….sigh!

Not Nabob December 23, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Most of the idiots that voted for the nincompoop don’t pay taxes. That includes the mega rich liberals. That’s why they always say they will pay more, because they don’t pay anyway.

Girly1 December 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

The Obamas NEVER leave home without Sam Kass! He travels everywhere with them, in addition to tending to the WH ‘garden’. Coincidentally, his father was Malia’s last teacher before moving to D.C.

Looking back to 2009 and the infamous photo of the MOOCH lumbering down the steps of AF1 in her short shorts with her fat belly hanging out of her tank top and her thunder thighs bulging, one can only imagine how much ‘healthy’ eating she was doing in those days.

The Obamas remind me of the ‘rags to riches’ lottery winners. Movin’ on up – everything in excessive over-indulgence. Crass vs. class.

SnarkEsq. December 23, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Yes, I was going to mention that. Kass travels with the O’s everywhere He’s on every Martha’s Vineyard vacation and Hawaii. Plus, he’s played golf with Obummer many times. (I wonder if Kass if Obummer’s type if you know what I mean).

Gee, can you imagine in the Romneys had their own personal chef how we would have heard screams of “elitism!” and “one percenters!” during the campaign? Then, if Romney had won and brought his own personal chef/freind to the WH, the Dems would have blasted him. But, oh, no problem at all when it’s the O’s.

SnarkEsq. December 23, 2012 at 4:45 pm

(sorry for the typos – “wonder if Kass IS”, not if; Also – friend. I can spell, it’s just my typing skills suck on this laptop)

Darkangel December 23, 2012 at 12:58 pm

So while he’s doing the whole Lifestyles Of the Rich and Famous routine, how many Americans are living off the dollar menu at McDonald’s because they can’t afford proper food?

Call me paranoid if you want, but I’m worried we might see a citizen revolt at some point in the next four years if Obeyme keeps rubbing it in the People’s faces like this.

DeniseVB December 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Good timing for Les Miserables to be coming out. :D

Star December 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

LOL. I hate musicals! (don’t hate me for that). My daughter cracked me up waltzing around the house trilling in a falsetto–”I am so poooor….look at meeee….I am poooor” when the Mis thing was mentioned. Our version of this potboiler. Yes, I am a Philistine….

SnarkEsq. December 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

These Obummers are SO damn predictable. I KNEW they’d be going to this restaurant last night. Every single year since December 2008, they go to Hawaii with the same group of friends, and do the same exact things – golf with the same friends, dinner with the same group at Morimoto’s, Alan Wong’s, etc. (Plus, they always drive about an hour away to that prostitute-loving pal’s house for a barbecue).

Let’s see – 2008 (president-elect), 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. This is their FIFTH Hawaiian vacation over Christmas and New Year’s while living like royalty and costing us millions each year.

They’ll do the same exact trip in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 (after the election and right before we finally get rid of them).

That makes NINE YEARS in a row of these lavish Hawaiian vacations. Unbelievable.

Also, I love how the lamestream media always gushes over the O’s and talks about how they need to get away and have some family time, Yet, EVERY vacation, Obummer spends most of his time golfing with his buddies and dining with his friends sans kids.

They didn’t get to their destination in Oahu until Friday night/Saturday a/m. I don’t know anyone who on their very first day of vacation takes off and leaves the family for over six hours to go play golf all day. Then, after that, he and Moochelle go out to dinner with their pals, leaving the kids back at the house as usual. Sorry, that’s just weird! Some family guy he is.

Girly1 December 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

He needs a daily reminder that he is the most important person on the planet – the limo, the 40 vehicle motorcades, AF1, the roar of the crowds, the cameras, the street closures, the sharpshooters on top of bldgs.,…the whole enchilada. It’s his addiction. When it comes to actually performing as president, he is MIA. Clueless.

Island Girl December 23, 2012 at 5:53 pm

1000% true….sickening!

Star December 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

When he went to the Senate, the fam did not move to DC–long-distance Dad, but oh, the best evah! I don’t know why I even expend keystrokes on this anymore…I am sure he’s a nice enough dad, arm around the shoulders, ice cream, but I wonder if the kids think they are the center of his universe. I can’t judge and it’s none of my business–but getting this thrown in my face all the time is annoying. And good old Super Mom in Chief! I never see her with the girls except on some excursion.

SnarkEsq. December 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Did we pay to fly Reid to Hawaii for Inouye’s memorial today? Hmm, will he and family be staying there for Christmas?:

Moochelle finally showed up for something. The article has several photos, including one of Obummer wiping a tear (again!). I guess that’s his thing, wiping invisible tears with one finger under an eye. What a joke.

Sadie December 23, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Cry me a river.. the new affect “tear” is probably due to an improv class with one of his Hollywood peckers BFFs.

SnarkEsq. December 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

LOL. Did you see the photo? It looks like it’s his new signature move. Now the Narcissist-in-Chief is also a Faker-in-Chief. Pathetic POS.

Julie Brueckheimer December 23, 2012 at 6:46 pm

He could just be brushing a sleeper away.

veritaseequitas December 23, 2012 at 7:49 pm

“If price is an indication of quality, they won’t be suffering. Main courses range from $22 to $49, unless you choose the 1 lb. Australian Wagyu ribeye, which will set you back $88.”

Are we paying for this?

SnarkEsq. December 23, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Well, we might not be picking up the actual dinner bill, but, YES, we ARE paying for this in terms of the millions of dollars spent to take him and his family and friends there, and the cargo plane with all the vehicles, Secret Service, the staff, hotels for Secret Service and staff, etc.

JP December 23, 2012 at 7:55 pm

In case you haven’t already seen it, go to Their web page now has Obama wiping that invisible tear away. It’s imbedded in the page and it’s been there for days. Sickening. Such a faker.

SnarkEsq. December 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm

I just went there. The only pic I see of Obummer wiping the invisible tear is in the right margin in an ad for “Demand a Plan” (Paid for by “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” Action Fund). Is that what you’re talking about? I think that’s a photo from his statement the day of the shooting, when he wiped his invisible tears while speaking.

JP December 23, 2012 at 8:49 pm

The picture is on the left side of the webpage. It was taken at either the press conference after the shooting or at the memorial service. I can’t tell from the background which is completely gray The right side of the page shows a pic of a police cordon.

JP December 23, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Snark, I just went to the site and saw what you mentioned. It was not there the last time I looked. I believe it is one of the rotating ads, but the pic of the fake tear remains constant on the left side of the screen. Ugh!

Julie Brueckheimer December 23, 2012 at 9:07 pm

This might be of some interest. I picked it up on Lucianne Goldberg’s site. It comes from Slate magazine which is a very liberal site, isn’t it? Anyway, it’s called “Today we are gathered . . . to hear more about me.” I can’t see where to link it, but you can find it either on Slate or Lucianne. It’s a liberal talking about Obama’s “I” trouble.

JP December 23, 2012 at 9:14 pm

The arrogance takes my breath away.

gracepmc December 23, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I read that the indispensable toady Jay Carney is also in Hawaii with President Revenge, giving daily minute by minute updates on the presidential comings and goings no doubt. In light of that, this very solid commentary might be worth reading by all of us left behind on the mainland. The point being that first comes the pen, then the fist. Chew on this.

Not Nabob December 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Thanks Keith, now I’m hungry for some deep fried poi and a side of roasted pig.

JP December 24, 2012 at 7:49 am

Last night I wrote to the WaPo ombudsman and asked that the ridiculous pic of Obama with the fake tear be removed from their web page. This morning its gone! What a bunch of jokers. They will do anything to make this guy look good.

RickW December 24, 2012 at 8:08 am

We don’t have a personal chef so my g/f and I will be preparing Xmas Eve dinner today. Since I was raised to think of Christmas as a time for festive happiness among ALL people and not just focus on its religious symbolism, I’d like to wish all my fellow bloggers here (you too, Keith!) at WHD a very MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Star December 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

Same, Rick–and to all my regular buds here…We must have strength. And we get it from each other.

gina June 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

thats true!!!

cindylu December 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Merry Christmas to ALL of you WHD peeps

cindylu December 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

oh miss moo can get off her butt for dinner but not for newtown


cindylu December 24, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I have to stop reading these things-can’t be POed for another 4 years

Madman December 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

N0 he didn’t come along on Airforce One he came on his own Plane. Can’t have the hired help flying on the same plane.

RickW December 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Mm, PLEASE tell us it was a commercial flight. Reading “his own Plane” makes me suspect the USAF has to operate/maintain “ChefOne” at taxpayer expense!

rulierose December 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I’d like to give a shout-out to the 2 or 3 million Republicans who voted for McCain but who just couldn’t get off their duffs and vote for Romney. thanks to them, we have four more years of Michelle Antoinette and Barack living large on the taxpayer’s dime.

good job, “ideological purists”–good job.

kitty December 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm

they’re sort of like the Jeffersons on the old TV show….they sure are
“moving on up” to the east side. From humble beginnings to a palace on our dime.

david January 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

obama brought his own chef since no one can cook leg of German Shepherd and grilled Shih Tzu au gratin served with mashed taters, green onions with fresh lettuce and nanner puddin’ like his own chef.

gina June 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

That is so damn gross!!! To even say!!

gina June 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm

oh please, if there is really a conspiracy with them believe GODS got it.JUST BELIEVE!!!!!!!

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