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World leaders dine in style as they discuss financial crisis

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(CNN) – The global economy may be undergoing a significant downturn, but the White House's dinner budget still appears flush with cash.

After all, world leaders who are in town to discuss the economic crisis are set to dine in style Friday night while sipping wine listed at nearly $500 a bottle.

According to the White House, tonight's dinner to kick off the G-20 summit includes such dishes as "Fruitwood-smoked Quail," "Thyme-roasted Rack of Lamb," and "Tomato, Fennel and Eggplant Fondue Chanterelle Jus."

To wash it all down, world leaders will be served Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003, a wine that sells at $499 on Wine.com.

The exceedingly pricey wine may seem a bit peculiar given leaders are in Washington to discuss a possible world financial meltdown, but Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for Laura Bush, said it "was the most appropriate wine that we had in the White House wine cellar for such a gathering.

McDonough also said the White House purchased the wine at a "significantly lower price" than what it is listed at.

"Of course the White House gets its wine at wholesale prices," she said. "Given the intimate size of the group, it was an appropriate time for The White House to use this stock."

The leaders of the U.K., France, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and 11 developing economies have all come to Washington at the behest of President Bush in an effort to express confidence in the fundamental underpinnings of the world's economy.
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The exceedingly pricey wine may seem a bit peculiar given leaders are in Washington to discuss a possible world financial meltdown, but Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for Laura Bush, said it "was the most appropriate wine that we had in the White House wine cellar for such a gathering.

easily find 03 shafer for under $200.
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Originally posted by 40-North:
World leaders dine in style as they discuss financial crisis

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(CNN) – The global economy may be undergoing a significant downturn, but the White House's dinner budget still appears flush with cash.

After all, world leaders who are in town to discuss the economic crisis are set to dine in style Friday night while sipping wine listed at nearly $500 a bottle.

According to the White House, tonight's dinner to kick off the G-20 summit includes such dishes as "Fruitwood-smoked Quail," "Thyme-roasted Rack of Lamb," and "Tomato, Fennel and Eggplant Fondue Chanterelle Jus."

To wash it all down, world leaders will be served Shafer Cabernet “Hillside Select” 2003, a wine that sells at $499 on Wine.com.

The exceedingly pricey wine may seem a bit peculiar given leaders are in Washington to discuss a possible world financial meltdown, but Sally McDonough, a spokeswoman for Laura Bush, said it "was the most appropriate wine that we had in the White House wine cellar for such a gathering.

McDonough also said the White House purchased the wine at a "significantly lower price" than what it is listed at.

"Of course the White House gets its wine at wholesale prices," she said. "Given the intimate size of the group, it was an appropriate time for The White House to use this stock."

The leaders of the U.K., France, Russia, China, India, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey and 11 developing economies have all come to Washington at the behest of President Bush in an effort to express confidence in the fundamental underpinnings of the world's economy.

Your point is? Roll Eyes
I would assume that the leaders of Saudi Arabia don't drink, and Pres. Bush doesn't either.
He's probably trying to use up the good stuff before Obama takes over. Big Grin

Actually, I heard an interview on the radio with some White House staff person who said (much to my surprise) that the government pays for state dinners, but, when the President and his family eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at the White House without any special government function, the 1st family pays for the food. They maintain a rigorous accounting of the food purchases. So, when the Obama kids have a friend or two over for a "sleepover", the Obamas have to pick up the tab for the chow.
I found this surprising.
And what is the El Presidente supposed to serve them - Macaroni and Cheese?

The bigger issue is that the WH doesn't pay restaurant prices since they're not running a kitchen for profit. They'll get the trade discount because of volume, and probably a damn sight better than normal trade because suppliers always like to put the line "official supplier to the Grand Fromage" on their letterhead. Labor costs are probably down on average because working as a chef in the WH would be an absolute killer look on your resume so ambitious people will accept lower than normal rates to work there.

Quail and rack of lamb are middle priced products anyway, we're not talking pheasant and wagyu eye fillet.

Leaving alcohol to one side the WH probably paid less than $20 per head to stage that function. You can pump out food at pretty good prices when you don't have to worry about rent or turning a profit.
I understand Board-O's point about not wanting to have the President be blotto while in the White House, but restricting him to a small glass might be a bit draconian.

It is fascinating to read about the politics of the White House wine cellar. I certainly agree that the WH shouldn't serve anything other than American wines. But I sympathize with the person who has to decide whether to buy all West Coast wines, or to try to cater to some of the other states' vineyards.

I think every state now produces wine. So, in order to not offend some of the politically powerful states, I will expect the WH to serve Florida, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania wines in addition to those of California and Washington.

And just toss in a few wines from South Dakota, Maine, and Hawaii as well.
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Originally posted by Rothko:
I understand Board-O's point about not wanting to have the President be blotto while in the White House, but restricting him to a small glass might be a bit draconian.



I thought the incoming president doesn't drink at all.

The presidency is a job and you shouldn't drink on the job. Not saying he shouldn't drink at all, but with functions that involve you representing the US, like a g-X summit meeting, our president should refrain.

What he does off the record though, is his own time and he can drink whatever he likes.
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Originally posted by steve8:
One of the toughest jobs on the planet and you guys don't want to let him/her drink??


does your boss let you drink at work?

I'd say giving birth is also one of the toughest jobs on the planet. does that mean the mother should drink?

g-man, the President is the boss. What's wrong with mothers drinking? It's only our stupid legal system where anyone can sue anyone with money that we need warning labels about drinking while pregnant.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by steve8:
One of the toughest jobs on the planet and you guys don't want to let him/her drink??


does your boss let you drink at work?

I'd say giving birth is also one of the toughest jobs on the planet. does that mean the mother should drink?

g-man, the President is the boss. What's wrong with mothers drinking? It's only our stupid legal system where anyone can sue anyone with money that we need warning labels about drinking while pregnant.


Let me know when you tell your boss "4 years up, I don't want you as my new Boss". Let me know what happens. I'll have a bottle ready.
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Originally posted by Sandy Fitzgerald:
You guys are way to serious. If the guys wants wine with dinner, a beer with his pizza, or , even an toddy after a long day, of course, he should have it!

Let's not get to carried away with all this 3 a.m. non-sense.

It's hard enough to get good people to run for public office, without people claiming they should be tee-totalers if elected!


not against anyone drinking. Just saying, there are jobs out there where one shouldn't drink on the job.
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Originally posted by g-man:
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Originally posted by Sandy Fitzgerald:
You guys are way to serious. If the guys wants wine with dinner, a beer with his pizza, or , even an toddy after a long day, of course, he should have it!

Let's not get to carried away with all this 3 a.m. non-sense.

It's hard enough to get good people to run for public office, without people claiming they should be tee-totalers if elected!


not against anyone drinking. Just saying, there are jobs out there where one shouldn't drink on the job.

You have all opened my eyes.
I am hereby withdrawing my candidacy for President-2012.
I would not even be able to find a presidential puppy if I were forced to become a tee-totaler. You're on your own.
Good night, and God bless America.

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