Obama and Cameron took in a March Madness NCAA basketball game, eating hot dogs, was courted by John Legend at the end of the state dinner, but what I was interested in is the gift. It was a Engelbrecht’s 1000 Braten series grill priced $1,895 regularly, but which Pres. Obama made extra American, by having all the parts made in the U.S.A. The menu was extraordinary, according to reports:
The Main Course, Bison Wellington, is a perfect pairing of U.S. and U.K. cultures. The Wellington is a classic English dish given an American twist with the use of buffalo tenderloin.
“The dessert is Steamed Lemon Pudding, a nod to the traditional British treat. The pudding is prepared with Idaho Huckleberry Sauce to unite the British and American flavors.
Who was at the state dinner besides George Clooney and lead actor from Pres. Obama’s favorite show, and one of mine, Showtime’s “Homeland” Damain Lewis?
Of 364 expected guests, 41 were reportedly campaign bundlers.
They include Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, media mogul Fred Eychaner, Pfizer executive Sally Susman, Stoneyfield Farms president and CEO Gary Hirschberg, and Microsoft executives Suzi Levine and John Frank. Several have each raised more than half a million dollars for 2012, according to estimates provided by Obama’s campaign.
… The group attending the dinner tonight is responsible for at least $10.7 million of the roughly $250 million Obama and Democrats have amassed for the election cycle so far.
Alert the media! Money gives you access to fine chow! But as Bill Maher found out, it doesn’t by it if you cause the President problems.
Partial remarks from Pres. Obama yesterday:
We stand together and we work together and we bleed together and we build together, in good times and in bad, because when we do, our nations are more secure, our people are more prosperous, and the world is a safer and better and more just place. Our alliance is essential — it is indispensable — to the security and prosperity that we seek not only for our own citizens, but for people around the world.
Prime Minister Cameron’s remarks:
The partnership between our countries, between our peoples, is the most powerful partnership for progress that the world has ever seen. That is why whenever an American President and a British Prime Minister get together, there is a serious and important agenda to work through. And today is no different. Afghanistan, Iran, the Arab Spring, the need for trade, for growth, for jobs in the world economy, the biggest issues in the world — that is our agenda today.