Obama Spent 5 Times More on Parties Than Bush

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


In 2010, Obama threw a 1 million dollar dinner for Mexico’s president. Others dinners for Chinese leader Hu Jintao, the owner of Obama’s debt, UK Prime Minister Cameron and India’s Prime Minister were all in the half-a-million dollars.

Were these normally expenditures? Not even close according to the man who ran presidential operations for the White House for 21 years, from Reagan until Bush.

Gary Walters, who ran presidential household operations for 21 years during Democratic and Republican administrations, before retiring in 2007, told The Examiner the costs reflected in the documents were “excessive. They are high.”

The chief usher of the White House from the Reagan to George W. Bush presidencies, Walters consulted a former White House colleague and said neither of them could recall entertainment costs anywhere near those revealed in the documents provided to The Examiner.

“The highest [cost] event we could remember was $190,000 to $200,000 range, and that was for a very large dinner outside that was probably somewhere in the vicinity of 500 people with two different tents,” Walters said, noting that the event was held under President Clinton.

Americans can eat spam while Michelle and Barry can use taxpayer money to throw lavish parties for their friends. In the name of “Diplomacy” so that all the privileged champions of the oppressed can chow down on prime fare.

A chunk of this money is going to event planner Bryan Rafanelli who did Chelsea Clinton and Huma Abedin’s weddings (not to each other). Rafanelli is the business partner/boyfriend of Mark Walsh, who these days is the deputy chief of the State Department’s Office of Protocol.  Walsh processes state dinner expenses planned by Rafanelli as an outside contractor.

Who says Obama doesn’t create jobs?

  • http://www.dregstudios.com dregstudios

    If Obama loses this election, you can blame/thank the Right for bamboozling him. How is it ethical that an entire news network questions the President’s citizenship for four years to create doubt in voters while a fringe element of the far right demonizes and degrades him? Most of this is financed by the rich who want to keep their stranglehold on the flow of wealth in our country. Watch the white hands apply the Blackface to our first African-American President at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/10/bamboo

    • pinnie99

      You really need to ketchup!! LOL LOL

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If Obama loses this election, you can blame/thank the Right for bamboozling him"

      Yes, it can seem that way if you know nothing and focus entirely on skin color. How is that working for you in general, this looking for excuses game?

      "How is it ethical that an entire news network questions the President’s citizenship for four years to create doubt in voters while a fringe element of the far right demonizes and degrades him? "

      The media is biased in favor of the incompetent president you worship.

      "Most of this is financed by the rich who want to keep their stranglehold on the flow of wealth in our country."

      Wealth is created before it flows anywhere. That is a fundamental mistake of idiots like you and the president. It must be created. If you focus only on "flow," you choke its creation. Ever hear of the golden goose? Liberals kill the golden goose every time they find one.

      But that will go completely over your head.

      "Watch the white hands apply the Blackface to our first African-American President at…"

      It's all about race because you said so.

    • John

      There's a ton of stuff in Obamas history that isn't manufactured – communist friends n mentors , Islamic friends n mentors – America haters to put it blunt . Wake up and connect his associations with who this guy is – it's not about where he's from or the color of his skin – it's about ideology and track record – I could give a rip if the guy did come from kenya , if only he actually respected america and it's founding principles – which so few AMERICANS even know any more –

  • PaulRevereNow

    Barack Obama doesn't care how much anything costs. $4 million for a single vacation; $1 million for a WH dinner, half-a-million for another one, what's that to him? And in Edward Klein's book, "The Amateur," p.15-17, Barry's own doctor says that the Obamacare bill was written w/o any cost control mechanism. While stripping him of his pension would be a good start at punishment; that most likely won't happen. Barry will get his pension, and his library. Satan is immune from consequences.

  • Kal

    funny how the libs don't ever question Obummers support from the billionaire Soros and all of his crooked organizations to degrade and try to ruin conservatives and women. Look how pathetic the new commercial for women's vote is………it's disgusting and demeaning to women. Don't forget, Obummer got more political donations from Wall street than McCain. Get over your race issues, it's so yesterday and tired, if it weren't for the white vote, we wouldn't have a black president.

    • Mary Sue

      Crass is the new Chic, don'tcha know? Sad but true.

  • Mary Sue

    the Party President. Rolling in your tax dollars in the lap of luxury. Giving you trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see.

    They speak of 40 thousand dollar a plate fundraiser dinners. Who in the name of pete has that kind of money? Oh wait… The 1%!