President Obama and his wife Michele had their first State Dinner for India’s Prime Minister. You can read about all the details and opulence in this CBS report.
But what is wrong with this picture?
I heard a rumor that the dress Michele Obama wore cost $47,000 dollars. Now let me state, right here and now, that I haven’t been able to verify this cost and the cost of the overall party. I haven’t found an article showing what the expenses might have been.
I read an article on the internet from the Wall Street Journal but the part of the interview with Naeem Khan (the dress designer) only mentioned that his dresses usually go for about 5 to 15 thousand dollars. The statement about the dress being priceless didn’t really satisfy my curiosity because it seemed to imply that the dress was a gift! I find it incredibly hard to believe this designer paid 40 people a salary without any compensation to himself! Or for the employees?
(I went to the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) website to see if I could find out the facts. I found the government’s site a little daunting! I will keep trying to learn.)
I have been thinking about this all week. Trying to figure out the hypocrisy. I know parties are nice and some are necessary for Capitol Hill. But do these parties really have to cost so much? Does the White House really have to have a tent with chandeliers?
I am sure that the total amount spent on the State Dinner could have gone to better causes. You know like food for the homeless, getting a few folks housing, perhaps a little medical help for a few folks. Don’t you think the excessive money, spent on this shin dig, could have been better spent?
ARE our tax payer dollars are getting totally squandered! My two cents worth of confusion???!!!???