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    W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch - Eamon Javers - POLITICO.com

    Four of the most powerful business leaders in America arrived at the White House one day last month for lunch with President Barack Obama, sitting down in his private dining room just steps from the Oval Office.

    But even for powerful CEOs, there’s no such thing as a free lunch: White House staffers collected credit card numbers for each executive and carefully billed them for the cost of the meal with the president.

    The White House defended the unusual move as a way to avoid conflicts of interest. But the Bush administration didn’t charge presidential guests for meals, one former official said, and at least one etiquette expert found the whole thing unseemly – suggesting it was a serious breach of protocol.

    “I’m sure they have their political reasons for doing that, but I think it’s not what quote, hospitality, unquote is all about,” said Letitia Baldrige, who headed Jacqueline Kennedy’s White House staff in the early 1960s. “We’ve got to relax about this. To have people to the White House and worry about the price of things is laughable.”
    Is it just me, or does this just absolutely scream "Jimmy Carter"?

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

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    Is it just me, or does this just absolutely scream "Jimmy Carter"?
    Good. I don't want to pay for their meals either. They can buy their own food with their own massive bank accounts.
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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    LOL yea, they can pay for it themdamnselves.

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    If I was a CEO and I went to the White House to eat, i'd be scared if they made me pay for my meal, because then i'd think they would try to serve me cat or dog or something. Then after I started eating it, Ashton would leap out and yell, "You just got Punk'd!" Then i'd start crying maybe, because i'd have a flashback to the last time some people tried to get me to eat dog. It was years ago. I'd never eaten dog before, and I wasn't about to start that day no matter how pushy those folks were.

    "Just give me some more of the copilot", I told them, extending my plate.

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch - Eamon Javers - POLITICO.com


    Is it just me, or does this just absolutely scream "Jimmy Carter"?
    It screams, stupidity. I wonder if Crowley had to pay for his own beer.
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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

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    If I was a CEO and I went to the White House to eat, i'd be scared if they made me pay for my meal, because then i'd think they would try to serve me cat or dog or something. Then after I started eating it, Ashton would leap out and yell, "You just got Punk'd!" Then i'd start crying maybe, because i'd have a flashback to the last time some people tried to get me to eat dog. It was years ago. I'd never eaten dog before, and I wasn't about to start that day no matter how pushy those folks were.

    "Just give me some more of the copilot", I told them, extending my plate.

    Dog isn't bad. It has a gamey taste, though. There were dog farms in Korea when I was there.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

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    W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch - Eamon Javers - POLITICO.com


    Is it just me, or does this just absolutely scream "Jimmy Carter"?
    So you think the CEO's should have been treated like the kings they think they are? Did Jimmy Carter do this, or is that just your stock insult for The Messiah?

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    There is a part of me that says, "WHAT?" If Obama invited them to lunch at the White House, I would expect their meals would be paid for.

    But, their reasons are they didn't want the appearance of impropriety, which I can understand. Plus, I'm sorry, these people makes MILLIONS of dollars. They can jolly well pay for their lunch.

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    So let me get this straight liberals, you invite someone over to your house for dinner or lunch or whatever, do you ask your guests to pay for their own meals or to reimburse you on the cost of the food you provided for them?

    I couldnt imagine having folks over to my house for dinner and then telling them they need to pony up money to help pay for the food.

    I take it etiquette and manners are outside your realm of dignity?

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    Re: W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch

    So should we be checking the bank accounts of people we invite over for meals? I'm having a BBQ this weekend, and one of my guests makes a lot of money. I'm gonna ask the capitalist pig to pay for his own darned burger. I might charge him a portion of the water bill if he flushes the toilet. Rich jerk.
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