It’s a good thing that we dumped all that Western canon as the work of a bunch of old dead white guys or the phrase, “Let them eat cake” might have some resonance when a political leader eliminates hot meals for Marines but scarfs down Chocolate Opera Cake.
As of June 1, Camp Leatherneck in southwestern Afghanistan will close its 24-hour sandwich bar and stop producing the hot meals traditionally offered during the midnight-ration service.
Rather than offering a hot meal to troops beginning or ending their shifts at midnight, the base will now only provide a “Meal, Ready to Eat,” known as an MRE. These pre-packaged meals supply the necessary calories to soldiers but aren’t considered terribly good for morale. Babette Maxwell, founder of Military Spouse, said that these changes in dining services will deprive Marines of the “social sustenance” that comes from sitting down to midnight rations together.
Gilmore wrote that the reduction in hot meals is “a natural outcome of the drawdown process unrelated to sequestration or the ongoing going budget issues,” but Marines and their family members believe that cuts should be made in other areas instead of imposing a limited menu on hungry, hard-working soldiers.
Fortunately limited menu isn’t a term in the Obama vocabulary. Here’s how Michelle Obama is starving herself on the international tour to get more money from billionaires in exchange for dirty crony capitalist deals.
Michelle Obama traveled to Massachusetts to lunch with rich donors who had paid up to $37,600 per ticket at the Taj Boston Hotel. The meal included roasted Chilean sea bass with a fricassee of asparagus.
I’m not a Foodie, but can anyone clue me in if they make roasted Chilean sea bass with a fricassee of asparagus in MRE form? No. Well Michelle needs to keep up her strength more than a bunch of white male Marines do.
She’s a role model.
And here’s the White House menu for the 2013 Governors Dinner.
The dinner opened with seafood cocktail followed by a “Seasonal Kitchen Garden Salad,” and the entree was aged beef ribsteak. Dessert was a Chocolate Opera Cake.
If you’re wondering what Chocolate Opera Cake or L’Opera Torte is, it’s an appropriately French pastry which French wikipedia describes thusly. “It consists of a succession of Joconde biscuit soaked in a syrup Grand Marnier or Cointreau, of ganache and butter cream covered with a glaze of chocolate.”
A further note informs us that, “L’Opera” is said to have made its grand debut in the early 1900s in Paris at the Exposition Culinaire. It was introduced by Louis Clichy, which is why the cake may be referred to as Gâteau Clichy. It wasn’t until many years later, when Parisian pâtisserie Dalloyau reintroduced the cake as “L’Opera,” (after the Paris Grand Opera), that it became immortal.”
And no, it doesn’t come in MRE form.
To be fair, Obama isn’t just cutting hot meals for Marines. He’s also firing 20,000 Marines while hiring more IRS agents to enforce ObamaCare.