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WH Reporter: “How Do You Justify” Undisclosed Party?

Wall Street Journal White House reporter Carol Lee Monday asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest how he could justify keeping a huge bash with 500 invitees off the president’s schedule.

Lee noted that the White House has disclosed smaller, private events.

Lee: This was 500 people, lobbyists, corporate executives, an international celebrity, and it wasn’t even on the president’s schedule. So how do you justify that, and how is that in line with the president’s commitment to transparency.

Earnest: Carol, I think the fact that we’re talking about a private event, and details of this are known, is an indication that the president is committed to being transparent. At the same time, the president and the first lady are going to reserve the right to host private parties at the White House and they did it on their own dime, and I think that’s consistent with the kinds of values that they have talked about.

Well, they’re talking about it because it leaked to the press.

On the positive side, it’s good to know at least they paid for this.

But I have news for the Obamas. When they use what they so often refer to as “the people’s house” for a private bash that includes scores of wealthy individuals who may be trying to influence them in some way – or whom they may be trying to influence – any rudimentary conception of transparency demands that they disclose the party and the guest list so people can be interviewed before or after and reporters can determine the extent to which this is an innocent fun-fun affair or something else.

I’ll give you an example. President Obama is going to want to raise millions of dollars for his presidential library. Reporters should be able to find out who was at this party, whether there was any subtle suggestion that they might want to eventually fund the library, and whether attendees get hit up for cash in any kind of systematic fashion after they return home, polish off their party favors, and frame the White House napkins they took.

Because if so, this would not be a social event, it would be using the White House as a fundraising tool. Even if the Obamas paid for it, the premises are what inspired people to attend, not the food or the liquor. And not The Artist Formerly Know as Popular.

It’s a little hard for me to imagine why someone would want to have 500 people over the the house. The press should be able to snuff out whether there is an ulterior motive.

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41 Responses to WH Reporter: “How Do You Justify” Undisclosed Party?

  1. “On the positive side, it’s good to know at least they paid for this”. Sure, I believe it! And I’d be MOST happy to put a large down payment on the Brooklyn Bridge AND pick up a nice parcel of Ocean Front property in Topeka, too!!!

        • Wellllll, maybe not? I’ll try again as a reply!

          “Earnest: Carol, I think the fact that we’re talking about private event and details of this are known, is an indication that the president is committed to being transparent”. Oh sure, I see. When you try to hide something but people find out about it and ASK about it, this PROVES you weren’t trying to hide anything in the first place. Hmmmpphhhh! I think my Universal Translating Machine is Broken!?!?! Or Josh is full of Poultry Digest!

    • Even if Prince and Stevie played for free (and when have they done that?) what was the cost of extra staff, food and beverage, security, transportation, etc?

        • ha! Nobody would attend if that was the food served to them. Kids won’t eat it at school and their moochy friends surely expect something more lavish than one slice of cheese on a bun with a celery stick.

  2. Two words: Black Privilege.
    The President and his wife use their Black Privilege to dodge critics, to accuse Whites of racism, to decide that police act stupidly, to go on multiple vacations that we pay for, and of course, to host private parties at our WhiteHouse, then become offended that anyone should question it.

    The Black Privilege that the President enjoys has served him well. He issues actions that no White President could without a public outcry, his wife claims her life is just one racial outrage after another, and no one dares deny them.

  3. These folks do as they please. Look, Mochelle’s trip to Venice was over $100k. Who’s complaining about this spendthrift woman and her corrupt, prevaricator spouse.

  4. Well, first of all, if “the President and the First Lady are going to reserve the right to host private sprites” at the White House, we absolutely should know about it. Sprites are disembodied spirits, and usually have self serving motives, as every fairy tale tells us. So there’s that.

  5. 1. Of course it was a fundraiser for something – maybe the library…maybe more vacations…maybe a summer house. We’ll never know.
    2. “The Artist Formerly Know as Popular”. That description made me laugh out loud – for real. Thanks Keith.
    3. I cannot imagine having 500 friends and family that I would consider inviting to a party. Five – I could manage that. I have 2 extended family members and 3 immediate family members I really like.

    • When we have family gatherings, etc. Everyone brings a dish. Even if the host and hostess have all the main dishes covered. People show up with food.
      I can just imagagine the treats that were in this crew’s bag.

  6. First and foremost, Obama is a sneak! That said, he never, ever does anything of this magnitude unless it benefits him. His motives are ulterior…and a full investigation is in order – starting with the AMEX CEO.

  7. Keith, excellent point about possibly using this party to fundraise for his library.

    It’s outrageous that the guest list is not being released.

    Josh acts like this is none of our business at all, how dare we even ask about it:

    Earnest: Carol, I think the fact that we’re talking about private event and details of this are known, is an indication that the president is committed to being transparent.

    TRANSLATION: Hey you’re lucky we’re even talking about this at all. It’s “private”, none of your business. (Although, it would NOT have been known about if it were up to the WH)

    Earnest: At the same time,the president and the first lady are going to reserve the right to host private sprites at the White House and the did it on their own dime…

    TRANSLATION: Get used to it, suckers! They reserve the right to host private parties = this is just the beginning. They plan to party, party, party like it’s 1999 for the next eighteen months!!

  8. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3124845/Michelle-Obama-mother-two-daughters-fly-Britain-meet-Prince-Harry-tea-Number-10.html

    Here come the girls! Michelle Obama lands in Britain with Sasha and Malia for meeting with Prince Harry and tea party at No.10

    • Three generations of First Lady’s family arrived at London Stansted tonight
    • Michelle joined by daughters Sasha and Malia and her mother Marian
    • Family will meet pupils at Mulberry School for Girls in Tower Hamlets
    • Will also meet Prince Harry and visit David Cameron in Downing Street

      • I knew it!! That’s her niece, her brother’s daughter. See my comment below – this party was timed perfectly. She brought her brother and his family, and probably her Chicago friends and their daughters, (who she always vacations with), to DC for the weekend because they all were going on this European trip with her.

        I’m so sick of them disguising all their outrageously expensive, lavish vacations as official business!

        • Snark, does MO’s brother have kids by a previous marriage? His current wife and two young children are blonde, white, and gorgeous. DEefinitely not the girl in the photo.:)

    • I think it is not a coincidence that the huge party was this weekend, right before Mooch’s European vacation. I bet that their Chicago pals were at the WH this weekend, as well as her brother and his kids. That probably means that the usual group of her Chicago friends and their daughters, (who all went with her on that trip to Spain back in June 2010), as well as her brother’s kids, (who accompanied Mooch, granny, and the Moochettes to South Africa in June 2011), probably all went on this European trip.

  9. No, We The People PAID for it. Didn’t they put some official name to this event honoring black music of the century or something? I read it in Keith’s post downstairs. So on “paper” it looked official, stick it to the taxpayers official that is. Knoller tweeted it LATE this afternoon only after Sharpton’s tweet confirmed it. Now I’m sure he was Page Six’s “source”.

  10. Do you really believe that they paid for this, Keith? I’d imagine that a lot of people chipped in because they want to influence the Obamas to do something.

    Will anyone ask Earnestly Lying to prove that the Obamas paid for it?

  11. Girly1, he has two kids with the first wife. The girl in the Daily Mail photo, (Leslie Robinson, who’s 19), and a son who I think is a couple of years older.

    Plus, he has two really cute little boys with the current wife. They’re 3 and 5 years old.

    I only know this because last Thanksgiving when we read about Mooch, the girls, and her mom being at a Princeton basketball game in DC that her niece was supposed to be playing in, (she’s a freshman, but she was benched for that game), I checked out Mooch’s brother’s Twitter for the first time.

    From there, I found his wife’s Twitter. She posts a lot of photos of the kids, all four of them. I just looked at it again for a few minutes, which is how I found the ages of the two little kids, and the older daughter from the first marriage because the second wife always posts happy birthday messages on her Twitter. I’m still not sure about the oldest son, but he’s probably around 21. In looking around just now I saw the daughter’s Twitter and Instagram and last month she posted what looks like a pic of him graduating college.

    Btw, the second wife always refers to his daughter as “our little girl”, “our girl”, and stuff like that. She even calls herself “4robinsonkids” on her Twitter account, (although her @ Twitter handle is different). Her Twitter header is of the older daughter from the first marriage and one of their young sons. Also, her Twitter avatar is a similar photo.

    Here’s Mooch’s brother’s Twitter (not too intersting):

    https://twitter.com/CraigMalRob/with_replies

    And, his wife’s Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/kmccrum3/with_replies

    • Here’s a Tweet she posted last June 17th, along with a wedding photo, on their eighth anniversary:

      https://twitter.com/kmccrum3/status/478916758296739840

      Also, I saw a comment on that tweet and recognized the last name. It’s the Twitter account for Obummer’s sister’s husband (Konrad Ng).

      It’s interesting what you can find on Twitter and Instagram in just a few minutes of looking around. I can tell from Mooch’s niece’s Instagram that she’s in Hawaii with them on Christmas, and she was on the trip to South Africa as well as to China. That explains her obnoxious location she puts for herself on her Twitter bio: “all over the world”.

  12. There is no way the Obama family can maintain their lifestyle on their own income. Perhaps they paid for some of the food (which I highly doubt) but did they pay extra for the staff for cooking, cleaning, serving, extra secret service, maintenance and so forth? I highly doubt Obamas and the choom gang erected the stage on the lawn themselves and prepared all the flowers, food, etc. If the Obama’s reimburse taxpayers for all their flights, pay their own way at all the 5 star hotels and house rentals, pay for their own meals, then they’re seriously dipping into their investments because income claimed on their IRS forms does not support this lifestyle. It doesn’t even come close.

  13. […] WH reporter: “How do you justify” undisclosed party? . . . When they use what they so often refer to as “the people’s house” for a private bash that includes scores of wealthy individuals who may be trying to influence them in some way – or whom they may be trying to influence – any rudimentary conception of transparency demands that they disclose the party and the guest list so people can be interviewed before or after and reporters can determine the extent to which this is an innocent fun-fun affair or something else. White House Dossier […]