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Obamas Depleting U.S. Lobster Supply

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.

245 Responses to Obamas Depleting U.S. Lobster Supply

  1. Obama deserves to eat a little lobster now and then. Good gosh he’s been eating crow for 18 months. Poor Biden all he’s getting is the crow’s feet. The administration of losers.

  2. Last time I checked, the President has to pay for his own food and the food offered to anyone else at the White House. When there is a banquet, it is the Presidents responsibility to pay; therefore, it is irrelevant what he eats. Last time I checked, Lobster is not that expensive…unless you are a broke ass conservative who can’t get a job. Eating Lobster is good for the economy and it is not critical that the President eat seafood from Louisiana considering that he is from Chicago. Yall are so dumb.

  3. Ben Howard said August 26, 2010 at 12:27 am :

    “Last time I checked, the President has to pay for his own food and the food offered to anyone else at the White House. When there is a banquet, it is the Presidents responsibility to pay; therefore, it is irrelevant what he eats. Last time I checked, Lobster is not that expensive…unless you are a broke ass conservative who can’t get a job. Eating Lobster is good for the economy and it is not critical that the President eat seafood from Louisiana considering that he is from Chicago. Yall are so dumb.”

    Sorry, Ben, but you did not check. Lobster is very expensive, and the President does not pay for his food or the food served at the White House. You are lying and an idiot. Claims in this thread that lobster is cheap have been posted by Obama supporters who don’t buy or eat it. If you can find a grocery store where lobster is five bucks a pound, as claimed by one poster her, you are dealing with a crooked store and spoiled lobster.

    The Obamas are scarfing down lobster at five-star restaurants, where the outrageous prices are multiplied many times over. Why are you defending these parasites? Did you defend the Bushes or the Clintons or the Bushes or the Carters or the Reagans or the Fords or the Nixons?

    There is something very weird about your defense of the Obamas, whose extravagance surpasses any previously observed in the White House. This is the most selfish, pretentious, self-indulgent administration in American history.

  4. No wonder liberals are the biggest scum of the earth, they still believe what this leftist-animal tells them. For the imbecile leftists commenting here saying that Obama is paying for what he and his 1,000-pound-of makeup wife eats, you people need to take a look at a big rural property I have for sale on the moon–or the Golden Gate bridge I just put out on the market after deciding I wanted to sell it. You imbecile scum liberal are just hilarious. And this Obama is a 100% freeloader, not even David Letterman wants this animal in the People’s White House anymore: ” David Letterman on Obama: He’ll Have Plenty of Time for Vacations After His One Term is Up ” youtube.com/watch?v=_5KYlv05ftA

  5. To Florida, I live in New Jersey, my local ShopRite had live lobsters for $4.99 a pound. Not dirt cheap, but not expensive. You should really try to get out more. Oh yeah, stop hating the President for what he eats. If he’s paying for it it’s simply none of your business.

  6. He’s the goddamned President of the fuckiong United States…The Most Powerful Man on Earth, SHITHEAD! He’s not your kid’s 2nd grade teacher or your fucking gardener, moron! My God, you’re an idiot!

  7. Hey Ben, Your still a Moron. Yeah he pays for the food out of his own pocket but he’s a millionaire from the people that has bought his dumb books about himself. Now, the people that bought them have to postpone vacations, they are not buying homes, they can’t even afford lobster. After that fecal infested lobster goes through him, I hope he wipes his bum bum with his autobiographies like I did to the local libraries version of his book. I know it’s 35.00 in library return fees but it’s worth it- AUDACITY OF POOP.

  8. What a bunch of selfish hogs–especially in the midst of so many Americans suffering, their gluttony is SICKENING. DISGRACEFUL!

  9. What a waste of bandwith! Maybe you should dig through their trash to see if some of their other habits are too lavish? Maybe then you can write a mini-series on it?

  10. WHAT A PIG
    You know your sunk when even the likes of Liberal David Letterman attack you.
    This POTUS is a self serving lying POS. There, I said it.
    And Ben, your an idiot. How dare you make such rash irresponsible statements. Prove it. I know its wrong.

  11. While the President technically has to pay for his own food, he does have a number of expense accounts (see below) that he can use to purchase it. Regardless of who pays, the White House has 5 full time chefs to prepare any sort of meal for the White House staff. In addition, there is a huge collection of vintage wine which is still in stock from when Thomas Jefferson spent more than $10000 purchasing it.

    In addition to his salary, the President gets numerous expense accounts including:
    • General account ($50000)
    • Official expenses of the White House office
    • Entertainment expenses
    • Separate entertainment expenses for official presidential functions
    • Traveling expenses for the president and anyone traveling with him (above and beyond the free limo, helicopter, and airplane rides)
    In addition there is an account designated for “unanticipated needs” which is not to exceed $1 million per year. These unanticipated needs include anything for the furtherance of the national interest, security, or defense, including personnel needs and needs for services. Basically if the President is over-quota for anything listed above, he can dip into this money.

    from http://everything2.com/title/Presidential+perks

  12. Lobster fishermen of Maine wish to thank you for this article. The price of lobster even during the tourist season has been the lowest in decades – publicity is just what we need. Please check prices and order now, please. There are many sites where you can order shipped lobster or better, yet, come to maine!

  13. I’m a libertarian and hate all the current political bums but remember that George and Barbara own a huge place in Maine where the lobster is plentiful so I’m sure they have it quite a bit too. My husband and I go to Kennebunkport on vacation every few years and a couple of years ago when we were eating dinner at Mabel’s Lobster Claw there, the ex-pres and Barbara came in for dinner with their secret service posse. I’m sure lobster was enjoyed by some of them. Lobster is a mainstay in Maine and I would eat it as much as I could if I were on vacation there myself.

  14. How DARE you question the President. Obama President now! President Barack Hussein Obama saved us from Bushitler. If you don’t like Socialism, LEAVE!
    You all are just racists!
    Repeal the 22nd amendment! President Obama for LIFE!

    Free Mumia Abu-Jamal!!!

  15. Aren’t the Maobamas just the greatest? These two wonderful, down-to-earth, honest, caring, keepin it real, “Christian”, pro US Constitution and pro capitalist negroes are such a blessing to our nation.

    Remember to say Heil Maobama every day.

  16. I’m lucky if I can afford a pack of chicken hot dogs from the discount food store, and Bimbo and Bozo are spending my tax dollars by the hundreds of thousands on lavish vacations and lobster, how discusting.

  17. Ben Howard – who do you think pays Obama’s salary (money he’s pays for his food – lobster with) – you and me (taxpayers). Wake up, dude!!!

  18. Just before the 2008 election there was an American Express bill circulating on the Internet with Michelle Obama’s signature on it – $475 for a lobster lunch for two at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York.

    I didn’t put much stock in it at the time because these kinds of things can be forged, but having since witnessed the Obamas’ spending habits and now your column I’m beginning to think it was genuine.

    The Obamas’s certainly enjoy the high life. “Let them eat cake” indeed.

  19. Must be nice to take a family vacation. My family and I have not had one since 2004 due to how bad things are going I don’t get a vacation paid for by all the taxpayer’s..Why can’t the Obama’s use there own money they have enough to pay for all there trips that they take like Hawaii, Date night in NY city, Chicago, There is more but I get the point across.. And these are not trips he has to take..His not the sharpest pencil in the pencil box and neiter is his wife who is parading herself as if she is the best thing since sliced bread..They have lied to the people who voted them in and have not kept any of there promise’s he even lied about his healthcare…What a piece of work..I think there puppets for all the people that bought the seat for Obama and NOW he owns them BIG TIME…We need someone who has better vaule’s..

  20. Good gosh nothing Terry G. and anyone else who feels compassion for poor obama and poor biden, my ass!! They do the opposite of what they tell all Americans to do, which is to cut back on spending and save money. Had President Bush done any of this you all would want his blood, eight vacations in a year and a half and has played more golf than all of Bush’s presidency. Hypocrites, hypocrites, hypocrites!!!! All Liberals are hypocrites!!!!

  21. I’m from Maine, no shortage of lobsters. Fisherman’s price is less than $3/lb. Roadside sellers are selling for as low as $3.75/lb. Cheaper than hot dogs. Lots of melted butter, yummy! Might fatten him up a bit, also isn’t seafood good for the brain? Perhaps he’ll be able to tell how many states in the USA (hint, it’s not 57)

  22. Amazon: 10lb case of whole lobster $112.91. That’s $11.29/lb and don’t forget that’s WHOLE lobster, not the edible meat. Last time I had lobster a 3lb crustacean produced a 9oz tail. Do the math on that and I am sure you won’t find a $5/lb lobster dinner anywhere.

  23. Wow, you do realize that in here in New England, lobster is pretty cheap? In fact, at our local grocery store the lobster is cheaper than all but the cheapest steaks and even cheaper than some of the pork products.

    Also, I’m pretty sure all the food comes out of his pay, not taxes.

  24. Obama, is the most classless President we have had, immature. While the nation, has increased unemployment,foreclosures,food stamps. These fools would not know class if it hit them in the head.

  25. The most disgusting display of non-presidential behavior the US has ever seen. Hussein Obama is the typical black thug taking advantage of everything the world has to offer without working for it and expecting everyone else to pay for it. Then if they dont get it or get caught stealing its the white man’s fault for slavery. LOL, such an old story.

  26. Wow–some of these comments are pretty low-rent. If his cholesterol goes up–will we get a checkup report one of these days–with his weight on it, too, please. Oh, I know I am a silly puppy–no medical reports.

  27. The conspicuous extravagant consumption of the Obamas, The Imperial Couple, is, well disgusting. $50,000 per week “farm” on the Vineyard —Michelle & Daughter having just returned from a $450,000 spanish soiree in Marbella, while Daddy took Air Force One to Chicago for a party with Oprah and the big people — and then a loopy insulting fly by “vacation” on the Gulf for 26 hours……yuck. These people are awful.

    I don’t care what they eat, but possibly they could be a bit more discreet…they do know that that is, right? Especially in Kennedy-land -the original first couple who perfected public living in a lovely and inoffensive way.

  28. The Obamas are not buying lobster at the local market and taking it home to cook. They are ordering it in five-star restaurants from lavish menu selections, and I guarantee you they are not getting it cheap, or paying for it out of their own funds. And please note that the prices quoted by posters above are for whole lobster, not for lobster meat, which is infinitely more expensive.

    The lavish White House parties they throw incessantly are paid for by taxpayers’, as are Michelle’s 23 or 24 ladies in waiting who have nothing better to do than take care of her personal “needs,” and the full-time hair stylist and make-up artist who attempt to make her look presentable. The Obamas are the most spoiled first couple, far surpassing the Kennedys and Reagans, who at least had style and actual good taste. The Obamas look like children playing dress-up.

    And please keep in mind that they are whooping it up while the country is in a depression and millions are living in economic terror and misery. A depression, moreover, Obama helped create by voting against Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac regulation, and for the real estate bailouts, Wall Street bailouts, and other dubious legislation that has proved disastrous. He has also handed us a GM takeover, an AIG takeover, the Fannie and Freddy takeovers,and the FHA takeover that have saddled the American people with potentially tens of trillions of dollars in bad debt that can never be paid. He also got a sweetheart real estate deal from Countrywide, one of the main players in the housing pyramid scheme and subsequent collapse, which created the current international financial crisis.

    He has done nothing to prosecute the investment bankers, investment banks, mortgage brokers, crooked realtors, or crooked house-flippers who made out like bandits; on the contrary, his administration has done everything in its power to protect and further enrich them, and to cover their losses. He is not trying to “fix” Bushes mistakes; he is expanded upon them at breakneck speed. He has run up the biggest bills in U.S. history, and shows no intention of stopping.

    How anyone with a conscience could defend his behavior in the face of widespread human economic suffering is inexplicable. Apparently ideology trumps everything else, including basic human decency, and those who might otherwise express revulsion are compelled, instead, to gush support.

    It is also inexplicable how animal-rights activists have turned a blind eye to his extravagant meat consumption, or the cooking of live animals (lobsters) to stuff his wife’s gaping mouth. Must be that ideology again. Funny that some people who preach high principals completely ignore them when it serves their own selfish interests: a contradiction ferociously pointed out when exhibited by conservatives, but ignored by the same naysayers when exhibited by liberals. Since I am neither liberal nor conservative, I have both eyes open, and watch it all in disbelief.

  29. Nobody has mentioned that Obama wants to halt all fishing commercial as well as recreational effectively putting millions out of work. I guess he is just eating his last lobster.