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Middle Class Warriors Dine Out for $260

President Obama and Michelle had dinner last night at Honolulu’s famed foodie paradise, Alan Wong’s.

The middle class was not invited.

I realize the Obamas are wealthy people, and that wealthy people have the right to drop $260 of their disposable income on chow. But if you’re going to invite Associated Press photographers along to capture your trip to Target and stage photo ops at PetSmart and Best Buy, then I’m going to write about your unpublicized excursion to Alan Wong’s.

The press pool was not invited in to take photos this time. In fact, others were discouraged from doing so too. From the pool report:

Diners have been trying to takes pictures of POTUS, only to be chased off by advance staffers.

Since when are people not allowed to take pictures?

According to the pool report, the Obamas and their friends dined on the five-course “tasting menu” that was tasty to the tune of $75 a person, $105 with wine. Among the highlights were “Sassey Salad” and bacon wrapped pork loin.

Here’s something they might have eaten, from Alan Wong’s website:

Whatever. Maybe that’s the Sassey Salad. The top part, anyway. Looks sassy.

I’m going to go out on a pretty firm limb here and say they had wine. That brings the bill for two to $210. Add in Hawaii’s 4 percent sales tax and we’re at $219.40. Let’s assume a 20 percent tip at the very least and the total comes to just over $260.

Not counting gas. For a motorcade.

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764 Responses to Middle Class Warriors Dine Out for $260

  1. Keith,

    Really? $105 is expensive?

    You’ve been covering DC politics for a long, long time. You know from personal experience just how much food really costs at a high-end restaurant.

  2. Frankly: so what?
    He’s the President of the United States, would you rather he ate at Red Lobster?
    And another thing: I’m glad the press wasn’t allowed to take pictures. Give the First Couple some peace and quiet; they’re on vacation.

    And for the record: I am not a Democrat, I did not vote for Barack Obama, and I do not anticipate voting for him in 2012.

    But let the guy have his vacation in peace, and let him eat well and not feel guilty about it.

    Jed Marlin

  3. I’m not saying that Michelle Obama is fat, but I heard that the Coast Guard insists that Michelle wear red and green running lights on her hips when she swims at Waikiki.

  4. I am lucky to have dined at Alan Wong’s, a friend treated me. The food is fabulous, but most people don’t have the scratch to eat there, OR go to Hawaii in the middle of the WORST economy in a long time. So when Ostupid starts flapping his lips about the “millionaires and billionaires”, I HOPE someone will tell to to just SHUT THE EFF UP. I want the press to COVER THIS, and I want those COWARDLY Republicans to make campaign ads out of this!

  5. Now, now, let’s not be too hard on his greatness. It’s sooo exhausting focusing like a laser on creating jobs for the great unwashed whilst lining up putts and shooting hoops. Give his majesty a break.

  6. Misconceptions about the rich.

    Just because a family has material wealth, doesn’t mean they spend ridiculous amounts of money on restaurant food. Wise spending habits promote material wealth, seldom does it work the other way around.

    Making excuses for the Obama’s behavior, particularly considering the plight of the average American at this point in history, is an exercise in futility.

    Just call it what it is, callous, irresponsible and reminiscent of Louis XVI.

    The man is a pig, his wife is a pig, his children are piglets.

    If you don’t like my perspective, urge them to behave like leaders, not gluttons.

  7. What is the big deal!!! It’s vacation! and living in the new york area a tasting menu at a good restaurant for $105 is a bargain!!!! This is not news!

    • Dear Susan,
      Here is the big deal. Record unemployment, home foreclosures and a population that is searching for responsible leadership. The disconnect isn’t in people’s understanding of what it costs to dine from a tasting menu at a good restaurant in New York City. It’s the fact that you inherently believe that the average American understands what a “tasting” menu is. This isn’t about how privileged people like you and Obama perceive the world, it’s all about how the rest of us process our leader’s choice to be financially reckless and callous before his constituents.

  8. It just shows obama counts on his “in my pocket” voters that don’t pay any attention to anything he does. they’re just counting on his give-away programs and that’s that.

  9. What a silly writeup! No facts in this story and it is, for the most part, literally fabrication; e.g., Koffler writes: “Here’s something they might have eaten…” and “I’m going to go out on a pretty firm limb here and say they had wine.” If the Obama has “spicy” mustard, some childish busybodies have a fit! OH GOD! Michelle ate a CHEESE BURGER! What is this perverse fascination conservatives have with the First Family’s diet? I am tired of the small minded and petty conservative mindset. Get life!

  10. By the way “libtard” is a pretty stupid word used by pretty stupid people. If you think “liberals” are retarded, just say that. Another example would be, instead of saying “re-pube-lick’n” just say repressed right-wing pervert who opposes gay marriage, but has sex with other men.

  11. The annointed one really hates rich people, doesn’t he? His tax on millionaires might not be such a bad idea after all. It wouldn’t put a dent in our national debt, but it could help pay for his lavish vacations.

  12. We will 5 year’s from now look back and seeing 0bama had no clue what he was doing and what he “knew” he was doing he intented on ruin this Nation. When you VOTE you must have the ‘gut’s” to vote someone President willing to but 0bama in Prision if the information is anywhere close to what “most” fear it is. This Nation must stand strong “once” the the fact’s really do come out!

  13. A hypocritical and unsuitable President / First Sow is the real issue.
    I could care less about their travels or what they eat and wear.
    I strongly resent being told to economize and make do with less when there is no sacrifice on their part and my tax burdens pay for these wasteful activities.
    How dare they pretend to relate to everyday Americans, especially when they pay for almost nothing and rules have been continually bent or broken to ease their way through life?

  14. I hope they all checked that they hand all their fingers left. I can just imagine BB Obuttoma crunching bones and all. No doggie bag for her.

  15. “bacon wrapped pork loin”

    So, pig, wrapped in pig, eaten by ………. people who preach about eating healthy? Trying to prove they are not Muslim eh???

  16. Not a lot of facts in this article Keith. Just a lot of guesses.

    I like how you come out and say why you wrote this piece. However, a quick check of the articles you wrote about Michelle doesn’t list anything about the trip to target, best buy, etc. So why do you feel the need to “balance” out the positive Target stuff with negative Alan Wong stuff when you didn’t actually write any positive stuff at all.

  17. Okay. I am not dirt poor, but not greasy rich either. I shop at Target, etc. to save money…plus, I don’t see the need to spend a ton of money on clothes when there are very attractive items out there that make me feel good when I wear them. And, I get to save money towards my vacation with my husband, and that is when we will really splurge on a fabulous restaurant. That is the American Way, personified. When I buy a blouse at a thrift store so that I can spend $260.00 on dinner, I feel totally justified. I am a Republican, I hate what is going on in America, but I am a woman navigating my way through this. Just like Michelle.

  18. Seriously, Keith? You’re going to take a hit a people for being successful and spending there, not taxpayer money on a meal? What kind of conservative are you? This s the same sort of BS that Fox “News” tries to pull. When rich Republicans eat well it is a sign of success. When Rich democrats do it, it’s the height of hypocrisy. Both sides are full of it, but paying for a good meal you can afford is not a crime, nor a sign of doing a bad or good job. That’s no ideology that is decent taste, although Wong’s is overrated. Every president spends money on vacations and you know why. It is because security demands it. This post is total crap and you know better.

  19. What did you expect from these two elitist and racist scumbags? It’s all about them while they destroy America. November 6 can’t come soon enough! I can’t wait to vote this corrupt and incompetent jackass out of office.

  20. I am so sick & tired of the double talk and lies by this president & his wife. Who do they think they are kidding, they think that they are better than the rest of us. Obama’s target of the rich is a lot of crap. He is wealthy and he thinks that by staging class warfare he can drum up votes. This ia a man who has never ever held a real job, and to think that he is a champion of the middle class is a blatant lie. The amount of money they are spending on their “elite ” vacation is a slap in the facce to the people in this Coountry who don’t have jobs and are losing their homes. Most of the blam can revert to Obama, and he can stop blaming everyone else because of his failures. .
    If he is elected again we can all kiss this Country as we know it goodbye, and a year from now we will be Greece and the rest of the European Countries. So people better wise up & start reading and listening to other
    news outlets instead of the “Liberal Main Stream Media” that is Obama’ groupies. They are disgusting. I want to know how they will react when Obama is defeated????? We can only hope & pray that this happens, anyone is better than this Fraud in a suit.

  21. $210 for two people is hardly an outrageous amount for a top quality restaurant. You want the leader of America eat at Macaroni Grill all the time? This is a pretty thin straw you are grasping for…..but I guess any opportunity to diss the Obama family is fun for you.

  22. Obviously you don’t know much about Alan Wong, the charity work he does, the fact that the dinner was comped by Alan. Why make up stories. It’s a nice place and nice people gather there. Make fun in your own neighborhood.