Such BALONEY ! ! !
They say they want to be more "intimate"
The White House is attributing their Hanukkah cutbacks to the supposed "intimacy" of a 400-guest party versus an 800-guest party. I've never hosted a party of either size, so I can't really comprehend the difference between 400 and 800 in terms of intimacy; either way, it sounds like a lot of people. According to a Jewish official, "They want it to be more intimate ... the president and Mrs. Obama do not want to sit around for 800 photos." Understandable -- even the President has his fill of flashbulbs....
The issue, they noted, was exacerbated by the need to serve kosher food, with one official calculating that this increased the price tag by 33 percent....
What makes this financially-conscious Hanukkah particularly difficult for planners is the sky-high demand for invites. A reported 78% of Jews voted for Obama in the last election, a substantially wider margin than George W. Bush received. Still, W's Hanukkah party was twice as big. See more here
I wonder how big a worry money is???
Obama Holiday Party Season Kicking Off: 50,000 Guests, 28 Events; Social Office More Vigilant
Yes They just HAD TO CUT OUT 400 Jewish People.
March 5, 2009
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FREEDOM WATCH FILES FOIA ACTIONS TO LEARN HOW MUCH IS BEING SPENT ON "FUN
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Freedom Watch began an investigation of the Obama
White House"s reported excessive partying at The White House, with the likes of Stevie
Wonder and other high priced entertainment stars. In what in recent weeks has
become more like a "high priced night club," Barack and Michelle Obama have been
throwing taxpayer funded parties nearly every night with their "friends" and supporters,
with Michelle Obama even exhorting them not to "break" White House property.White House nightlife under investigation
The president has shown a penchant for lavish galas, such as the huge assembly orchestrated in Denver when he accepted his party's nomination for president – an outdoor gathering for some 75,000 featuring a stage with Greek columns. He also held a multimillion-dollar victory celebration in Chicago, and his fancy inauguration cost an estimated $170 million, according to ABC News.
Pamela Leavey The White House is the place to be on Wednesdays.
Since the presidency changed hands less than six weeks ago, a burst of entertaining has taken hold of the iconic, white-columned home of America's head of state. Much of it comes on Wednesdays.
The stately East Room, where portraits of George and Martha Washington adorn the walls, was transformed into a concert hall as President Barack Obama presented Stevie Wonder with the nation's highest award for pop music on Wednesday.