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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I don't see why the President doesn't have pay for ALL of his own food and meals.
    I couldn't imagine making a PM pay for his own meal, he is head of Government.

    Only him and Queen should get it free of charge imo.
    All the other ministers can bugger off and pick up their own tab.


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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    Actually, if you bothered to read the criticisms, it's not about being either too extravagant or too cheap....it's about being crass, boorish, and basically rude.

    Glitzy cocktail parties while telling people to cut back and make "hard choices" is bad political theater. Inviting CEOs to a White House lunch and getting their Visa cards is bad political theater. Both are mis-steps that betray an amazingly tone-deaf political sensibility.
    Thanks for proving what I just said.

    Makes no difference how you get there, as long as you end up with 'bad political theater'.

    Wrap it with the verbiage as you will, but it still regurgitates as whine.
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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    I couldn't imagine making a PM pay for his own meal, he is head of Government.

    Only him and Queen should get it free of charge imo.
    All the other ministers can bugger off and pick up their own tab.
    I did say that if the purpose is diplomatic relations, then the schmoozing of a free meal would be warranted.

    If it's a PM just showing up to say high, **** him. One of the two should pay for it.

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    I did say that if the purpose is diplomatic relations, then the schmoozing of a free meal would be warranted.

    If it's a PM just showing up to say high, **** him. One of the two should pay for it.
    LOL
    Fair enough, i happen to agree.

    But doesn't matter either way, it'll be public money either way seeing we pay him his wages


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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post

    With the beer for Crowley and Gates, Obama should have covered the tab himself.

    Personally, I don't see why the President doesn't have pay for ALL of his own food and meals.
    You do know that Presidents are responsible for paying for their own food while in office, don't ya?
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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    As long as we are mixed capitalist society there will always be a relationship between corporate America and the White House. Personally, I think Obama should be looking to successful, powerful CEO's for advice. Or at least have some type of open dialog with them. It's responsible, intelligent, and business savvy CEO's that are going save this country's economy, not the President or his current policies.

    Besides, I just find it in very poor taste to make them pay for their meals after being invited to have dinner. And the reasoning behind it I find quite weak. If Obama were flying them to Cancun for dinner and entertainment...yeah, I'd see a possible hint of impropriety. But having them in for lunch?

    Either he places way too much value on being in his presence or he has the whole "grease the skids" thing messed up entirely.

    It's just kind of dumb if you ask me. I think there is a solid reason for the President to be calling on CEO's like this, if for nothing else than possible advice. The price of a steak and some iced tea is worth the trade off. If anything the White House should have made it a VIP, invite only luncheon with "tickets" that had to be purchased. That would have seemed a bit more acceptable than running their credit cards during the meal.

    Uggh.

    You know I didn't make a big deal over the DVD's, I kind of flinched at the last minute gift shop toys, I cringed at the idea of the ipod for the Queen, and with this I'm just scratching my head. Who plans these things out?
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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by BWG View Post
    You do know that Presidents are responsible for paying for their own food while in office, don't ya?
    Yeah. I learned it after celticlord pointed it to me out a few posts back. Are you repeating it for a reason?

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Yeah. I learned it after celticlord pointed it to me out a few posts back. Are you repeating it for a reason?
    OPPS...sorry, must have missed that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lerxst
    Besides, I just find it in very poor taste to make them pay for their meals after being invited to have dinner. And the reasoning behind it I find quite weak. If Obama were flying them to Cancun for dinner and entertainment...yeah, I'd see a possible hint of impropriety. But having them in for lunch?
    I don't have any problem with the White House providing guests with lunch or dinner as long as people don't bitch about it, trying to make something out of nothing just for a jab.

    I have looked for more information on this, but so far all the articles I've found (mostly blogs) are referring back to the Politico article.
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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by BWG View Post
    OPPS...sorry, must have missed that...
    No problem. I was ignorant of that fact when I made the initial post.

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Yeah. I learned it after celticlord pointed it to me out a few posts back. Are you repeating it for a reason?
    I didn't have any idea this was the case. Interesting.
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