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?