Good eating: State Dinner menu
June 7th, 2011
02:52 PM ET

Good eating: State Dinner menu

Looking for a good meal tonight? The White House has it covered. But you’ll need a much-sought after invite to the State Dinner to get a taste. The White House says many of the vegetables and herbs used to prepare the dinner came from the White House Kitchen Garden.

Here’s the menu:

White House Garden Chopped Salad
Fine Herbs
White House Honey Gastrique

Tuna Tartare with Rye Crisps
Pickled Young Carrots and Mustard Oil
Spring Pea Salad
Shaved Ham and Ginger Snaps

Petit Filet
With Maryland Crab Ravioli
Wild Ramp Puree

Apple Strudel
Golden Raisins and Tophen

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  1. XWngLady

    Sounds delicious!

    June 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Howard

      Another Michelle Obama opportunity to gorge herself with lobster, champagne, and pastry's, paid for by us poor (and getting poorer) taxpayers, while she lectures the rest of us on how we should be tightening our belts, and eating apple slices.

      June 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
      • Howard is fn stupid

        Howard, you're quite daft. That is all.

        June 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
      • John Nemesh

        Oh get over yourself! State dinners are an opportunity for diplomacy, plain and simple. It is our NATION offering hospitality to a Chief of State. Maybe you think negotiations would be better handled over some Burger King?

        June 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
      • Mtnjim

        It's a tough job, but someone has to do it!!

        I guess you're just jealous.

        June 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
      • kay

        Grow up!!

        June 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
      • D

        Are you serious Howard? Do you think Bush was eating chicken fingers and Hawaiian Punch at his state dinners? Or maybe Clinton was eating Elios pizza and drinking Tang? You people are ridiculous.

        June 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm |
      • Rob

        I would like to know where you read ANYTHING about Lobster. Oh yeah, you right wing wackos see all kinds of things and spew it freely.

        June 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm |
      • Dan

        Better than Dubya spending our hard earned tax dollars on EXTENSIVE vacations in Crawford. Besides I do think that Dubya had chicken fingers and hawiian punch, but the punch was spiked with liquor despite that hypocrite claiming he hadn't touched a drink.

        June 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • Nancccy

        Hmmm. I didn't see any lobster on the menu. Howard, you're an idiot!

        June 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
      • March

        Howard,,,,,What are they supposed to feed them you idiot, McDonalds? You are obviously an Republican and wouldn't complain if it was W and his kin! Geez, get past it!

        June 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
      • Sid

        As if Bush was eating KFC,

        June 7, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
      • Andrew

        Let's see, bush raced to Texas almost every weekend while he was in office wasting TONS of money on fuel, secret service, etc and you said NOTHING about that at all. This is the 3rd State Dinner the Obama's have had and you're complaining about it? It's called DIPLOMACY. I don't think President Obama will rub the shoulders of the German president, unlike that "president" that preceded him.

        June 7, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
      • jean2009

        Howard spends his misinformed day going from page to page saying Michelle gorges on lobster.

        Howard do you realize lobster is not on the menu tonight, and besides lobster is a very healthy food choice at only 140 per cup?

        Did you also know that at a State Dinner we all pay for the President's and First Lady's meals, but at non-state functions they pay for their own meals. The President not the Federal Government pays for all meals that are "Official Dinners" but which do not rise to the level of being a "State Dinner". A State Dinner can take months to plan.

        At the end of each month, the President receives a bill for White House chef prepared food service, for laundry and dry cleaning services, for toiletries used by the family,for haircuts, and non-food items supplied during the month... it is just like living at a luxury hotel with a hefty room service fee due the end of each month.

        Check out "Who pays for the meals at the White House.' or check out State Dinner on Wikipedia, and for heaven's sake quit being such a moron. It reflects poorly on your IQ number which from the looks of things could dip into negative numbers.

        June 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm |
      • Sam

        Did you just imagine about lobster? This is not dumb, its retard, when you can't just copy paste the menu.

        June 7, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
      • Dana

        Racist much?

        June 7, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
      • jude

        howard is just a basic hater and not very smart at that. so glad allot of us are not howards but hey, someones has to be angry and miserable...let it be howard. enjoy your meals and company mr president.

        June 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
      • B

        Get real. What do you suggest they eat...soup and crackers? It is a state dinner of course they are suppose to have the best of the best...DUH!

        June 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
      • Regnad Kcin


        June 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
      • james

        Howard, uninformed untravelled, double digit IQ eh?

        June 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
      • Madman

        When everyone compares Obama's activities with prior Presidents they continue to forget that America has NEVER seen debt such as piled up under Obama. We have NEVER been involved in two simultaneous wars at the same time with service men dying daily while Barry hits the links. Want to know what we're having tonight and every night for the foreseeable future, hot dogs and hamburgers with ice tea, because we can't find jobs and that is all we can now afford!

        June 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
      • kmostrach

        What do you suggest we serve the Chancellor of Germany, one of our closest allies?

        June 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
      • Bob

        Madman, we've NEVER been involved in two simultaneous wars before Obama? Are you on crack?

        June 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
      • Blair Hicken

        It's spelled "pastries", Howard. Maybe you need to be eating apple slices.

        June 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
      • ARH

        That's just really mean and uncalled for.

        June 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm |
      • catmom

        Yeah, it's not like any other President's have ever done this, right?

        June 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm |
      • Dan

        Eating hot dogs for the third time this week while reading this article. Not exactly the hope and change I had hoped for. At least someone is eating well.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
      • gil oberdas

        Howard, Get real! There have been hundreds of similar meals and menus when the bushes( Sorry, I can't capitalize their last name out of disrespect!) were president and Reagan and Nixon etc. etc.! Your tax dollars have paid and will pay for them all. This is modest compared to some!

        June 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm |
      • Margee

        Bet these menus aren't as fancy as what the Bushes used to supply. And how come CNN is starting to publish white house menus. I can not remember one, not one of the previous butt administration. All steak and caviar I betcha. Maybe a moose thrown in once in a while.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
      • Roger

        Howard! You need to dial back on the drinking dude! Nowhere on that menu does it list lobster or champagne. And, you're right taxpayers paid for it, but note that some of the food was grown on the White House grounds and came from that garden. Or are you suggesting that during the next state dinner, the president takes all the guests to McDonald's and tells them it's Dutch?

        June 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
      • realist

        Maybe you want us to serve visiting dignitaries coney dogs.

        June 7, 2011 at 11:31 pm |
      • ChuckATL

        Before criticizing Howard for his comments, you so called educated people should look at how many state dinners or weekend events Bush threw at the White House. Not many, yes he went to his summer home in Crawford a lot, but again the educated argument here missed the opportunitty to actually comment using fact.

        It is disgraceful the way this White House is spending money in this economy, it would be equally appauling Republican or Democrat, but this president is particulary oblivious to the economy. I love how Sunday Austin says things are great and monday he's out of here.

        June 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
      • SurRy

        Right, because no other President has entertained at the White House. What a tool.

        June 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
      • Wooze

        Would you recommend we feed visiting heads of state Kraft dinner? These aren't fun dinner parties for the president and first lady – they're diplomatic events.

        June 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm |
      • SKyle

        @ Howard –
        Here's a menu from George Dub's days in office:
        Gratin of Maine Lobster*
        Late Summer Corn Pudding
        Shafer Chardonnay "Red Shoulder" 2006
        Whipped Sweet Potato
        Creamed Spinach
        Pride Mountain Merlot "Vintner Select" 2005
        Roasted Red, Gold and White Baby Beets
        Chicory and Blue-veined Cheese
        Apple Cider Vinaigrette
        Banana Coconut Pudding
        Graham Cracker Crumble and Cocoa Pod Shell
        Schramsberg "Crémant" 2004

        *there's your lobster. Looks like it was Laura gorging herself on it, not Michelle.

        @ Madman –
        You must be new to the world of finance and American history, welcome! Every single problem you listed in your ill-informed post is one that Obama inherited from his predecessor. Even the "bail out?" That was a Bush administration solution. Obama just got stuck having to implement it...

        June 8, 2011 at 12:14 am |
      • Venkat

        Mr. Howard, at least Obamas saved money on salad by using vegetables from their own garden. I bet Obamas are spending lot more money on food than they would have if Obama was not a president. Get a good education, run for election and become a President or just zip it. Madman said "The country NEVER had two wars going simultaneousl". Are you kidding or where you living under the rock during Bush years? One of them the costliest and more dangerous, unnecessay and counter productive war was started by Bush. Go back to Fox New please.

        June 8, 2011 at 12:36 am |
      • OldieTampaBay

        GET A LIFE!

        June 8, 2011 at 1:06 am |
      • Spendlove

        If you're jealous of what President Obama eats for dinner I suggest you wipe the tears and run for office, if not stfu. Oh and I don't just eat hot dogs, I eat corn dogs.

        June 8, 2011 at 2:53 am |
      • XWngLady

        Rrrright. How dare that greedy lady serve vegetables from the White House garden that SHE designed and planted! Its a travesty!

        June 8, 2011 at 9:31 am |
      • Madman

        Sorry Skyle-
        Not new to this game, been in business a long time, probably longer than your life span. I have watched over the years as ALL of these politician lawyers have continued to implement their legislative agendas of government expansion through legislation and regulation. Over regulation on State and Federal levels results in increased cost of business to everyone, the consumer pays the tab, it was not George Bush that created this mess, it was not Obama although Obama has quadrupled down on our debt with his big government and big regulation agenda that will ultimately destroy our economy if continued to go unchecked. It is all of the above, and I promise you, it will all soon change one way or the other as what has been created is non-sustainable.

        June 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
    • Yukonsan

      I think Mr. Obama need a new cook. That`s only a 25,–€ Menue.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      jean2009: THANK YOU for your reply! We need more folks like you and fewer like Howard ...

      June 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • Jean

      The info on the state dinner would be far more interesting if CNN posted both the menu AND the recipes.

      June 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
    • John

      It is amazing how when the libs know they are wrong they bring out that 4 letter word – BUSH... When the Repubs win in 2012 I wonder how long they can blame BO – 3 years? 4 years?
      If I owned a company and my CEO kept blaming the person before him I would fire him – as we will do in 2012.

      June 8, 2011 at 6:46 am |
      • XWngLady

        For the record, Pres. Obama has been in office for exactly 2 years and 4 1/2 months. If you think that Pres. Obama or ANY President could have brought this country through and almost depression that was coming full swing when he took office to a complete recovery in not even 2 and 1/2 years you are smoking crack and/or WOEFULLY ill-informed...As for why people are bringing up Bush in this instance, they are doing so to highlight the hypocrisy of people such as yourself who criticize President Obama for doing the EXACT same thing as Republican and Democrat President's alike have done for decades. Did you not see the photots of the past state dinners? It is just another diplomatic tool that EVERY President has used to further/better relations between our countries. If a Republican President went to another rich country and they served him popcorn shrimp on a paper plate and a soda out of a can you would be offended and say that they didn't respect have any class or respect for our President. Good hospitality is a virtue.

        June 8, 2011 at 9:40 am |
  2. Christian G.E. Schiller

    What about the wines?

    June 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  3. Liz Carter in Georgia

    That sounds like some good eating. Wish I had a ticket or an invite to the dinner. LOL! That menu is scrumptious!

    June 7, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
    • GoFaster58

      You can have my portion of that slop too. I'll stick to my fried chicken, potatoes and chicken gravy and maybe some corn on the cob slapped with lots of butter and then some green beans and some yeast rolls to sop up the gravy. And don't forget some banana pudding for desert.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
      • keef

        enjoy heart disease like the rest of this country....

        June 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
      • JB

        Apparently, you are one of the reasons Americans are so fat.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm |
      • westsidemike

        Please leave your cell phone within reach so as you keel over from your grease induced heart attack at least you may hit the send button and your local 911 operator will know where to send the coroner.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
      • che-3

        Really? That's too much for one person's stomach?
        How much do yo weigh if I may ask? The World will like to know.

        June 8, 2011 at 1:33 am |
      • XWngLady

        Perfect example of how Americans can't think outside the box or try anything that they aren't familiar with.

        June 8, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • Edwin


      I'm with you. I've eaten fancy dinners, and they are rarely as satisfying as basic good old foods. Maybe I've missed the good (really expensive) ones, but even so, skip the golden raisins and tophen - give me a hot fudge sundae any day!

      June 8, 2011 at 12:31 am |
  4. mj

    We are having home-made Chicken Salad. Second day we have had this. Obama flaunts his power and use of American funds that have to support the life style he has more than become accustomed to. Telling us to buy an Electric Car like it is the same as buying a loaf of bread. Yet, he flits around on Air Force1, Helicopters, and Limos. Just where does he plug these modes of transportation into? I have an idea where he could ...

    June 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • kay

      Grow Up!!!

      June 7, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • D

      Oh please. You have got to be kidding me. Do you think Bush was eating chicken fingers and Hawaiian Punch at his state dinners? Or maybe Clinton was eating Elios pizza and drinking Tang? Some of you "poor me" people are so clueless, its mind boggling. I guarantee if he said he would be having grilled cheese people like you would be livid if you found out it was Cheddar and not "American" cheese.

      June 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
      • mark

        naw. More likely the tea-baggin obama bashers would be whining that grilled cheese dinners arent PRESIDENTIAL enuf! Just gotta ignore these haters...

        June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
      • R

        AMEN!!!!! Oh D, your just dead on the money, but that is what makes this America, everyone loves to just b**ch about everything, and the ones that do, usually are just sitting on their fat a**es doing nothing 🙂

        June 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
      • mj

        Not a "poor me" status. Just having to make adjustments due to the Economy. Do not try and spend more than I have. Retirement is not easy. Would buy Filet if I could. Just don't appreciate all the extravagance he flaunts. Never took one dime in any sort of "Entitlements". Get off your high horse and know there are many having to make major changes in life style to support those who do survive only on Government.

        June 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
      • mj

        BTW. My point is that during these extremely hard times I believe Government should live within their means. May be that you can cough up the $540,000+ that each household is now in debt to cover Government spending, some, however, are not!

        June 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
      • me

        That is hardly a 'fancy' meal.... I had filet last week and hopefully this week. It's an appropriate dinner. I'm tired of the 'we can't afford it so you shouldn't have it either' mentality. How do you think the economy is surviving at all.. good thing we are spending.

        June 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
      • Dan

        mj – perhaps we shouldn't whine about a state dinner and focus more on where our real financial issues are coming from. Two black holes of wars that Dubya started, and an unregulated financial market that was friendly to the Bushys

        June 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
      • Right

        What do you think heads of state should eat, cube steaks because the global economy is down?

        June 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
      • Sam

        This is part of Obama bashing industry, they would blame the President no matter what. On the other end they have forgotten how to behave like a responsible citizen. Citizens are responsible for bringing new ideas, not brag about everything. Education is no more a priority and large section of population believe in conspiracy theories. Foreigners are still grabbing high tech jobs on H1 visas. How can they create jobs if they can't innovate.
        When Mr. Obama talk about physics and math, he is dead on right. You don't need to be offended.

        June 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
      • Angelique

        No mj, your point is that no matter what you will find fault in ANYTHING to do with Obama. You may as well just sit there yelling "Obama sucks!", much easier than typing all this nonsense and is about as meaningful.

        June 8, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Merlin10

      @mj. So you think Obama invented the american presidency and its lifestyle? There are many things that a US president hs to do and has no control over because he is not doing these for himself but because he acts to represent the most dominant nation on the planet. Not drving himself and always being protected by multimillion dollar machines and an army is one. Another is not to serve roadkill and Walmart sponge cakes to foreign guests at the White House is another ;-). When doing these things don't matter anymore, be concerned because the US will not matter then anymore...

      June 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • mark

      gosh. Homemade chicken salad twice in a row sounds pretty damn good to me. Bet youre in better financial shape than i am. But do you hear me complaining? I clearly remember the thrashing carter got when he served hotdogs! And when rosalyn wore ready-to-wear! He was elected to serve as our leader -fair and square- so give him the respect his office deserves! How unamerican of you not to.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • jean2009

      Honestly I'm appalled at some of the American people. State Dinners have been going on since 1874. Why for the love of mercy, would we expect our President to invite the President of Germany for dinner and not feed her the best our country has to offer? Do you honestly think President Bush who created most of these problems didn't entertain as an outstanding host when foreign heads of state came to visit; or don't you think he was the one who racked up a whole lot of this debt?

      I don't know anything about the size of your family, but the current national debt for each man, woman and child is currently figured at roughly $45,000. per person. With your figure that would make your's about a family of 12.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
      • Russ

        MJ......No entitlements! Are you on SS or Medicare?

        June 7, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
      • mj

        USA Today – Front page today

        June 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
      • what?

        Dang! Maybe if I was better at math I could afford those filets.

        June 7, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
      • MB

        Exactly!! It's a presentation of our country through a beautifully presented dinner. In the overall scheme of things, it is paltry, but the benifits are intangible. If we fed the visiting dignitaries McDonalds, we would not be perceived as anything but on the down & outs. Perception is a very strong tool in dealing in poilitical affairs. So, let them eat cake! It will be paid back tenfold.

        June 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
      • jean2009

        Regardless of what USA Today says...according to the National Debt Clock which you can access online at any time, as of noon today each American's share of the national debt is $46,180.87. All you have to do is type National Debt Clock in your google search and the link is there ticking away.

        June 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm |
      • Thank you Jean

        Good points, I hope people are smart enough to read all of them. Because you're right, she's the head of state of an important country, both economically and as our alley. And the Obamas aren't "flaunting" it. CNN decided to post the menu, I didn't see President Obama calling a press meeting to discuss the desserts or the salad. Lots of people don't like him and are just looking for reasons to justify it, but this is one of the weakest reasons yet.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:29 pm |
      • Robert

        Hey Jean – you seem to have a good sense of humor (unlike poor old Howard). Look up Vaughn Meaders First Family album on YouTube. There's a skit where JFK invites teh world leaders of the time to an "American Businessman's Lunch". Howard would take it as prosctiptive. And I agree, lobster is healthy....unless you are the lobster!

        June 7, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
      • realist

        45,000 or 534,000 doesn't matter. it will never get paid. it's like the brother that owes you 500, it could be 500,000 but most likely you won't see a dime.

        June 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
      • ChuckATL

        So are you saying that our president should act as if he is royalty and entitled to exploit the American People for presidential aggrandizement. Wow, I thought we fought a revolution over such thinking.

        June 7, 2011 at 11:38 pm |
      • Edwin

        jean, $46,000 sounds like an awful lot - until you realize it is over the course of a lifetime. Given a normal number of working years, that translates to about $1,150 for the "average" income of about $250,000 per year. Thus, a person who brings in $80,000 has a debt obligation of about $368 per year.

        Not quite as scary when it is put in its correct context, I think...

        June 8, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • Quit Bellyaching

      Good grief!!! Just take a look at the menus of state dinners under GW and we were in dire economic times. He had plenty of these dinners. One menu included: Gratin of Maine Lobster, Late Summer Corn Pudding, Shafer Chardonnay "Red Shoulder" 2006, Whipped Sweet Potato, Creamed Spinach, Pride Mountain Merlot "Vintner Select" 2005, Roasted Red, Gold and White Baby Beets, Chicory and Blue-veined Cheese, Apple Cider Vinaigrette, Banana Coconut Pudding, Graham Cracker Crumble and Cocoa Pod Shell Schramsberg "Crémant" 2004. Certainly not cheap eats, and seems to far surpass this menu.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • Ray

      The White House hosts "state dinners" for visiting dignitaries. The term, "state dinner," means something nicer than dinner for your next door neighbors. I would not hold it against ANY president to have a dignified state function for someone like Merkel who represents a very important ally in Europe (no matter what opinions you may have about what's going on in the world). We live in a GLOBAL society and ever since the days of sailing ships, the world has become a smaller place. We must develop friendships and close ties with strategically important countries. If the cost of developing personal ties between heads of state is a nice dinner at the White House–it is well worth our taxpayers' money. By the way, the menu looks pretty nice. I have no idea what some of the featured courses are, but I imagine a well-trained chef put the menu together that is fit for a king (which is where such nice menus originated). As for the suggestion that Michelle Obama eats lobsters, champagne and pastries–what's wrong with that? We all indulge in things that are unhealthy. I bet that she doesn't eat like that all the time. If all Americans ate healthier foods, as suggested by Michelle Obama, perhaps our health care costs would decline and we would all save a lot of money!

      June 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      @mj: Please read jean2009's reply. You are a classic resentful moron.

      June 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
      • realist


        June 7, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      @mj: I just googled this:
      U.S. NATIONAL DEBT CLOCK: The Outstanding Public Debt as of 08 Jun 2011 at 02:28:25 AM GMT is: The estimated population of the United States is 310,712,701so each citizen's share of this debt is $46,182.08.

      Regarding living within one's means: Did you voice your concern when GW Bush took us into two wars, while simultaneously cutting taxes? This was, BTW, unprecedented in our nation's history. For Pete's sake, even REAGAN realized his mistake of cutting taxes while building up the military – and RAISED TAXES 9 TIMES DURING HIS PRESIDENCY.

      (Sorry for the yelling; it's just that I'm assuming mj has a thick head ...)

      Anyway, if you want to help out the national debt:

      – demand that the $20 billion oil industry subsidy be eliminated (they are enjoying record profits, so they don't need our welfare)

      – demand the closing of the tax loopholes that allow wealthy individuals and corporations to off-shore their profits. Because hey, they're using our nation's infrastructure – they should have to pay for it! Otherwise, they're just sponging off us hard-working taxpayers.

      – demand cuts in the defense budget, starting with those cuts the military itself has said they could do.

      – While you're at it, demand that the FICA income limit be raised from the current $106,000 to $250,000. That would help shore up Social Security.

      THESE are very real things that can be done. And you know what? If a person or corporation that has millions or billions in profits can't somehow make ends meet with a little bit less, then TOUGH!


      June 7, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  5. mjw

    sounds wonderful.....but apples in june? sould of gone with berries.....

    June 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  6. mfn57

    I like seeing what they serve at state dinners. And it's a nice break from pics of Rep. Weiner's chest, seeing something classy.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  7. Tom

    "lobster, champagne, and pastry's"

    First - to whom does the pastry belong? (That is what apostrophes are for, you know.)

    Second - where do you find "lobster" in that list? Tuna, crab... no lobster.

    Third - Mrs. Obama can...

    You know what, it's just easier to call you stupid.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  8. Thomas Whalen

    Mickey D Value meal . . . . . .with a $2 buck chuck wine . . . . . and Little Debbie brownies !

    June 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm |
  9. Punch

    Oh Please, Your hate is showing people. Every President has used the same items, They go with the job. Grow up and stop being haters. You get a chance to vote next year. With what the Rep./tea party are puting out Pres. Obama has a good chance of winning. It will take more than hate to win the election.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  10. Mark

    What the heck is "tophen"? I'm a foodie but I've never heard the term nor can I find it online.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • uh-oh

      A 300,000 entry Webster's didn't have it. My guess is it's a code word for sprouts.

      June 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm |
    • John

      I did some Googling and found out it is a type of cheese, similar to cottage cheese. It seems to be more commonly spelled "topfen" (with an F), which might help you to find it online easier.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • py

      assume it is topfen – cheese

      June 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • xtrmwx

      I believe it should be Topfen, not Tophen, which is a curd-like cheese. It's great melted on desserts! Yum!

      June 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • Rachael

      according to these people Tophen is a form of Cottage cheese

      June 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • Stephanie

      It's a type of cottage cheese I believe

      June 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Rich

      I think that's supposed to be "topfen", which is another name for Quark, which is a fresh cheese – similar to cottage cheese, I believe.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • OneMoreTime

      I think it is cheese. Look under Quark, of course, it is a German thing.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • stercus tauri

      It's snob's cottage cheese.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • delmer

      Tophen is a type of cottage cheese from Germany. Which makes sense because they are hosting the head of the German state at the State Dinner.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm |
    • LaDonna

      Quark (wikipedia):

      Quark is a type of fresh cheese, also known as tvorog (from the Russian творог), topfen (from the Austrian name), and biezpiens (from Latvian). It is made by warming soured milk until the desired degree of denaturation of milk proteins is met, and then strained. Dictionaries usually translate it as curd cheese or cottage cheese, although most commercial varieties of cottage cheese are made with rennet, whereas traditional quark is not. It is soft, white and unaged, similar to some types of fromage frais. It is distinct from ricotta because ricotta (Italian: recooked) is made from scalded whey. Quark usually has much lower fat content (about the same as yoghurt) than cream cheeses and has no salt added.

      I'm a foodie, too, and was wondering what in the world tophen was...=)

      June 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • OneMoreTime

      I think it is cheese. Maybe look at quark.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • AJ

      They spelled it wrong; it's an Austrian cheese called "topfen"

      June 7, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
    • jean2009

      Look up the recipe online for Viennese Topfenstrudel with Vanilla Sauce. I think that is possibly what is meant.

      June 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
    • Eva

      It is an Austria/German fresh cow's milk cheese that is similar to cream cheese but extremely low in fat and of a coarser consistence. It is mostly used in cooking and is an extremely healthy, low-fat, low-carb, high protein, low-cost ingredient. It is a very simple ingredient that's not considered fancy.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
  11. Panties

    OMG, I am so jealous. Just reading that menu makes me hungry.

    June 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  12. Jesss

    With hundreds of thousands of Americans on the streets starving, and looking for food in the local dumpsters, this clown eats like a king? Now that is an injustice

    June 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
  13. jd

    Amazing how some people will even politicize a state dinner. Nothing like having top diplomats come to the White House and people in the US think we should treat them to a Golden Corral styled dinner. SMH

    June 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  14. shanti

    What is Tophen? (dessert course)

    June 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
  15. Eric

    You people are so unbelievably ignorant to the big picture. This is a state dinner; if the president of the United States held a dinner in a foreign diplomat's honor and served fast food don't you think that would be a little bit offensive/embarassing/send the wrong message? Come on. Some of you have such tunnel vision it's honestly amazing, with your comments about how he "flaunts his power"...No kidding he's the president of the U.S.! Get over yourself. The harm to his own and the country's reputation would far surpass whatever "good" would come of him serving lesser food at this dinner in order to do his part to curb the federal deficit. Get a grip and think about the big picture before you post these ridiculously moronic comments.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  16. Shaun

    It's a state dinner teabaggers, what do you expect them to serve? It's amazing how little thinking goes into some of these statements. "I'm having leftovers for the third day in a row," who gives a s**t. "Telling us to buy electric cars and he's flying around in Air Force One" These kinds of statements are just stupid. It's as if there is a missing link in your brain that apparently keeps you from being able to think critically. I'm talking to you MJ and Howard, you two are stupid and perhaps there's a correlation to your current economic situation.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  17. Dan

    Hope it is free of e coli.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
  18. Trip

    I'd like to see the wines that will be served with dinner if you could please.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
  19. James D.

    Tophen is similar to cottage cheese (or Quark in Germany), but smooth in texture without visible curds. It was probably used because it's popular in some German, Austrian and Italian deserts. Overall I am surprised how basic the menu is compared to most fine dining restaurants.
    And to those people making a foodie article political... get over it. A state dinner represents the US to the outside world. In my mind it's like putting on your sunday dress for church. MJ with his statement about Airforce one is uneducated at best, the $540k figure is off by a multiple of 10, and if you can't buy filet in retirement that's your own fault....Not saying that money can't be saved in government, but that's probably not the place to start.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
  20. Lynn

    So what should they serve at a State dinner? This doesn't look any different than a classy restaurant. Would hate to see a Village Inn or Ihop menu when serving dignitaries. Some posters have too much time on their hands to complain/criticize what the current President is having at a State dinner!!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  21. Brenda

    When will "some people" stop hating on President Obama and First Lady Michelle? The Obama's did not create this mess, they are simply trying to clean it up. That menu sounds delicious!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  22. Russ Beckner

    MJ......No entitlements? Are you on SS or Medicare?

    June 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  23. gm

    Thank u D. you are right if President Obama were having tuna pate they and that idiot that made that stupid comment would have said tuna should not be on the menu. need to save the tuna fish due to the economy. who got us in this hell hole but that idiot GWB. the President bringing us
    from the brink of depression. to dig us
    out of GWB's 8 years of hell will take more than 3 and half years. you are just haters. you will see the president again in the next four years. haters put that in your pipe and smoke that.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
  24. James D.

    It was also mispelled. It's topfen not Tophen (at least in Bavaria/Tirol)

    June 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  25. Why, oh why. . .

    . . . do they serve guests stuff from their own country's cuisine, i.e., Apple Strudel - how stupid! Think maybe Ms. Merkel has lots of Strudel at home and would like something a little more American? Ah, the nouveau riche - no class!

    June 7, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  26. Rafael

    Whatever happened to Meat Loaf, Potatoes, white bread & chocolate cake?

    June 7, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  27. Badan

    Drill baby drill. We need more gas. We need lower taxes for the rich so that we can trickle down to the poor of America. (That is after we trickle down to the poor of the other countries where our money is sitting)

    June 7, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  28. CynicLgrrl

    ::salivating::: I remember middle class...

    June 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  29. Charlie Law

    Not "White House Honey Gastronomique"? "Gastric honey" doesn't sound very appealing.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
  30. CBR

    I love to read the comments. Those who continually oppose the President and First Lady will never say anything positive. In fact they will accuse her of spending our money foolishly. The menu gave people choices but also met the standard for entertaining foreign dignitaries.

    Come on folks, let's worry about the real issues.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • CynicLgrrl

      i'm currently worried about my own lack of food. My cat is currently eating better and more often than am I. Is that real enough for you? Pardon me for dining vicariously through the Obamas and their guests.

      June 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
      • Get Real

        If your cat is eating better than you then it might explain the decisions you have made to get to this point.

        June 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
      • nick

        Quit crying and finish your top ramen.

        June 7, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
      • Kay

        Why on earth do you have a pet if you're THAT bad off? Give the cat away and save enough money to eat properly. No pet should be eating more often or better than its owner.

        June 7, 2011 at 9:19 pm |
      • jimmy

        Then get rid of your cat, what a stupid comment.

        June 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
      • @cynicLgirl

        Are you really lacking food? Do you know that there are people in the world right now who are DYING from lack of food and clean drinking water? Comparing your situation to theirs is offensive and speaks volumes to your arrogance.

        When was the last time you looked through the dumpster for food? When was the last time you had diarrhea from drinking dirty water? What was the longest you've gone without food and NOT as a part of a diet? If your cat eats better than you, why don't you eat cat food? Why don't you eat the cat? Why don't you cancel the internet service and sell the computer you're using now to buy some food? There are starving people in the world TODAY who are looking through garbage, drinking worm infested water, and going days and day and days without anything. They deserve to say that "they're concerned over the lack of food." You do not. The fact that you're supporting a cat at all shows that you are living a comfortable life with disposable income. Just because perhaps you can no longer afford to regularly go to your favorite restaurant or buy expensive ingredients, doesn't mean you're suffering or deprived. Oats cost 40 cents a pound. You can't afford 40 cents a day? Or is it just that you're not really hungry, you're only picky?

        Please look up pictures of holocaust survivors or of the starvation in Africa and subcontinental Asia and get back to us about how terrible your life really is. No matter what your diet is these days, I promise you that all of those people would trade places with you in a heartbeat. The ungrateful are the least deserving- I bet most people in the planet would be much, much more grateful than you are right now, and much, much, much, much, much more deserving of what you have.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
      • Tam

        Hey cynic - who's fault is it that your cat eats better? How are you budgeting?

        June 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm |
      • che-3

        Your cat eats better than you? And is all Obama's faults? What a Faux News Dimwit!

        June 8, 2011 at 1:30 am |
    • Bob

      get off your butt then. if you're cat is eating better then you, you shouldn't have a cat!! or internet service!! or a computer!!!! OR THE TIME TO TYPE THAT MESSAGE! but no no its Obama's fault, you're right!

      June 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      CynicLGirl: You do realize, don't you, that it's the REPUBLICANS like Cantor, Boehner, etc., etc., that want to cut off unemployment benefits, food stamps, Medicaid and all other "entitlements," because you should be taking care of yourself (never mind the fact that you were once a taxpaying member of society whose job was outsourced – probably by Republicans). Or if you're on disability, then tough, your family should be taking care of everything.

      Because you really don't mean anything more to them than a source of money should they or their rich corporate buddies (read: Wall Street) should foolishly gamble away all their funds and come begging for a handout.

      Don't you get that Republicans think you're expendable, that you're worthless?

      June 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
      • ChuckATL

        I have been unemployed two years, I took advantage of unemployment, but I did not find a job before it ran out, so I started my own business. There is only so long you can live off of public assistance, eventually you have to change what you are doing, I am thankful that I had the back-up, but when I realized that jobs where just not out there, I found a new strategy.

        How long would yu like unemployment to last for, who is going to pay for it?

        June 7, 2011 at 11:42 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Don't waste your keystrokes....They DON'T know, because all they watch is FAUX News and Palin tweets.

        June 8, 2011 at 9:55 am |
      • Joyce

        I am a Republican and I do care that Cynic doesn't have enough to eat. Until all of you know her problems you should just be a little nicer (if it's in your makeup). Walk a mile in my shoes folks!!!!

        March 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • @cynicLgirl

      Are you REALLY lacking food!?!?!?!? Your comment is offensive. Right now there REALLY are people in the world lacking food and clean drinking water and they are DYING because of it. If this were a Greek story, the gods would punish you for your arrogance by making you die of hunger, too, so you'd know what it felt like instead thinking that "I can no longer afford to eat at my favorite restaurants" means you're really suffering.

      Have you ever looked through the dumpster for food? Have you ever had chronic diarrhea from dirty drinking water? What was the longest you've gone without eating and NOT as a part of a diet? If your cat really is eating better than you, why don't you eat cat food? Why don't you eat the cat? There are people who have to do this, you whinny a$$hole. The fact that you can continue to support a cat speaks volumes to your comfortable, disposable income life. You are not suffering. You have never suffered in your life. So shut up!

      I can't say this enough: you and all of you "I'm eating hot dogs" IDIOTS are disgusting. Justice would demand that you all really starve, so you know what it is and you stop feeling sorry for yourselves the minute you experience restrictions. The ungrateful are the least deserving. PLEASE look up Holocaust survivor pictures and pictures of starvation in Africa and subcontinental Asia, and then get back to us about how terrible your life is.

      June 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  31. descardao

    According to Scripps Howard News Service, the Emperor Obama arrived in London with a staff of 500 including 200 Secret Service agents, the White House kitchen staff, along with Obama's food and water, four speech writers and 12 teleprompters, (apparently there wasn't enough room on Air Force One for the emergency ventriloquist), and 35 vehicles. I doubt if Merkel , a grown-up world leader, brought her own Riesling.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Ray

      Dear descardo,

      From your comment, I gather that you might be a GWB supporter. I have no idea whether the figures you purport are well founded, but can you dig up similar stats for GWB? And don't forget all the vacations he took back on his ranch while Rome was burning. Lighten up. Just because you don't like President Obama doesn't mean that you have free rein to bash him for hosting a state dinner. What ever happened to civility in this country?

      June 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm |
    • lardoggy

      You have that right descadao!

      June 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • jean2009

      It seems you missed the article by John Aravosis written 6/02/2011 "Anatomy of a Right-wing Smear (Aided by Scripps Howard) which compares the entourage taken to England by George W. Bush two years ago to Barack Obama's current trip. George took 650 and Obama took 500.

      Whose eight year policies of plundering this country with welfare for the rich, and war profiteering for his good friend do you think got us in this mess that you are whining about.

      June 7, 2011 at 8:49 pm |
      • Madman

        Funny Jean, I thought the catalyst for the economic meltdown was the sub prime mortgage meltdown. You know those center pieces of liberal ideology "something for nothing" Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac meltdowns, I never realized it was from the two wars Congress voted to send us, look at the big brain on Jean...

        June 7, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
      • jean2009

        The sub-prime mortgage melt down was caused by the Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act of 1999 signed into law on November 12, 1999. The three authors of the legislation were Republicans Sen. Phil Gramm, Rep.Jim Leach, and Rep. Tom Bliley. The provisions of the legislation went into effect July 1, 2001 and gutted Glass Steagall..

        June 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm |
      • jean2009

        Just remember those two wars were unfunded...and those rack up trillions of dollars in unfunded debt. I think everyone knows someone who lost a home due to the mortgage meltdown, but the biggest fiasco is the unfunded debt of fighting 2 wars.

        Actually, if you look at the situation the problem is not the debt. The problem is we don't want to pay our bills. Republicans have cried about national debt when they are not holding the reins but that hasn't kept them from spending when they did. The nation's debt is caused by two unfunded wars, Senator Grassley's unfunded part D drug benefit, government giveaways to corporations, and George Bush's tax cuts for his wealthy friends. Talk about the perfect storm of taking a surplus and turning it into zilch.

        June 7, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
      • Thank you Jean

        Finally someone is posting on CNN who has read books! Thank you for your intelligent responses, Jean.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm |
      • Jean

        Madman, Jean2009 is absolutely right. The only thing she left out was the funding for implementation of the unconstitutional Patriot Act. And the 100s mof billions of dollars subsidizing the oil and unnatural gas industry. Lest you bring up the bail out, the funds loaned under that program have been all but been paid back with industry. This economic situation can in no way be laid on the Demos. It was firmly established by the Republicans and their foul stench still permeates government today through the Republican House and general GOP ignorance of climate change, word twisting deceit and out right lies. If the Republicans don;t send Obama a science based budget which slaps maximun regulation of industry and environmental laws penalizing them for destroying our water and air, then they will continue to be fiscally irresponsible. BTW, there is no 2nd War. We are merely fulfilling our treaty obligations with NATO and the UN. Nothing more.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm |
      • DCBill

        "Subprime mortgages"–by definition–are mortgages that were underwritten by non-Fannie and Freddie financial service companies at below the "prime" mortgage standards which prevailed on the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage acquisitions..

        The poorly underwritten and low quality subprime mortgages–which quickly defaulted–overwhelmingly, were originated, packaged into securities (PLS or private label securities) , and sold throughout the world by Wall Street firms which avoided using the Fannie/Freddie systems.

        The two mortgage giants made their mistakes when they bought billions of those garbage securities, and put them on their own books. In copying mortgage investors around they world, F&F lost money just as dozens and dozens of other financial service firms. (See report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission).

        Until 2008, when the Bush Administration took over Fannie and Freddie, there never had been one dollar of federal (taxpayer) funds put into either by any Administration.

        June 7, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
      • XWngLady

        Thank you Jean....Excellent, well-informed posts.

        June 8, 2011 at 10:04 am |
      • Madman

        Iraq is a war, Afghanistan is a war, Libya is some sort of lawyer words-mithing of a war that will soon lead to the foundation of an impeachment for surpassing the requirements of the War Powers Act, I hope! The Oil Industry subsidies are not specific to the Oil Industry, every American business that qualifies for those subsidies under US tax code receives the sound like some kind of idiot parrot...The Democrats and Obama's expansion of Government are DIRECTLY the cause of the failing economy. Both Parties created this over years of fiscal mismanagement and poor governance, but the majority of our ills are directly attributable to those entitlement programs that operate in the red and have for years. Both of you Jeans are a couple of tools..better go lap up some more of that Obama milk!

        June 8, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Douglas

      Bush's entourage was 700 people when he visited the United Kingdom. This was reported by the BBC News, look it up if you dare. Then tell me what your effing point is!

      June 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      You are referencing a completely made-up story. President Obama's entourage is no larger than GW Bush's – and the "12 teleprompters" thing is just idiotic.

      Consider this: President Obama has given probably 100's of interviews where he answered questions without a teleprompter. During the 2008 election, he participated in all debates without a teleprompter, answering questions he had not heard before.

      In the VAST majority of times, he spoke thoughtfully, coherently and intelligently.

      Contrast this to Palin who can't even answer a question ("What did you see today and what did you take away from it?") without messing up simple American history (in this case, she mangled what Paul Revere did) and then blaming journalists for asking "Gotcha questions."

      June 7, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • che-3

      To "descardao":
      Keep making things up as directed by 2-yr. olds at Faux News and their empty cavity talking heads. We also heard Pres. Obama has 100 Attack Submarines roaming on every street in Europe looking for kids with Candy bars. Get over your Faux News childish nonsense will ya? You don't even know what America is to the World just about anything. A little bit of 1st Grade Geography and 2nd. Gov't will help you a lot to understand. Faux News wouldn't give you this basic intellect; I just did in seconds for FREE.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:50 am |
  32. Sam

    This is part of Obama bashing industry, they would blame the President no matter what. On the other end they have forgotten how to behave like a responsible citizen. Citizens are responsible for bringing new ideas, not brag about everything. Education is no more a priority and large section of population believe in conspiracy theories. Foreigners are still grabbing high tech jobs on H1 visas. How can they create jobs if they can't innovate.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  33. Dennis

    have to agree with CBR

    June 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  34. dywane

    Howards' post is an example of how low the quality of intelligence the Republican had amassed true messing up and depriving the education system of America.Clearly through his post he does not understand the whole article. CLEARLY HE ONLY SEE ABOUT THE SUBJECT AS THE OBAMA'S AND THE WHITE HOUSE.

    June 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  35. new servings

    guess for Frau Merkel – Sauerkraut and pigs feet
    and the Obamas -Chitterlings and Beans
    would have been more to their tastes ................

    June 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
  36. suckers!

    If your cat's living better than you time to make some lifestyle changes missy. .as for the rest of you wimps suck it up!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
  37. rturner

    Sorry, but has anyone found out what the heck tophen is?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  38. abd

    So the President and First Lady do not get any credit for the fact that produce from the White House garden is being used for the dinner? Or that excess produce from this garden is donated to a food kitchen that serves the homeless? If you are going to be critical about wasting money on a state dinner for a foreign head of state, you must give equal and proper credit where it is due.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  39. B

    We as Americans are pathetic. Its time we start worrying about the real issues and not criticize our President. My motto is: If you don't agree with his policies and you think you can change the world....why don't you try and let the people decide. Good grief.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  40. lardoggy

    You must be talking about the full grow garden that was transplanted to the white house! I grow my own garden from seeds like most real people do!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • jean2009

      To straighten out yet another falsehood, you should read "First Lady and American Indians Kids Plant White House Garden"
      by Robin Schepper June 7, 2011. They used corn, bean and squash seed to plant a "three sisters garden".

      To quote the worst President of my 76 years. "There you go again." BTW Pinocchio how long is your nose?

      June 7, 2011 at 8:58 pm |
    • XWngLady

      Guess you missed the coverage of the First Lady teaching DC kids how to plant gardens at the White House....But hey, truth schmooth, just make up stuff. Nobody checks anyway.

      June 8, 2011 at 10:08 am |
  41. ice

    I don't care what their eating. Hundreds of thousands of people are losing their jobs as I type this message, even more of are brothers and sisters are over seas risking their lives for our freedoms,mexican drug cartels are knocking on our borders. And this is all CNN has to report about? WTF!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
  42. main

    ok let's set it straight,they have to pay for the food.

    June 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  43. Larry

    Lobster is selling up the street for $7.99 a pound, at the Asian market. I don't see it on this menu though. White House garden salad, raisins, petite filet (which is a regular filet halved)... well that doesn't sound extreme at all. What should the President of the USA serve? Beanie weenies?

    June 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  44. nemo

    I lost my job after 20 plus years of dedicated service...I have not had a bite to eat in days you pompous scum! I hope they all get food poisoning

    June 7, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  45. purplepuppy

    Well I just got done making and eating venison stew, that I made, with potatoes mushrooms corn broccoli potatoes tomatoes and onions. It sure is better than ham and lobster, yuck, fillet is fine and the tuna too. The salad would be great, but why drown food in cream sauces. Keep the food natural

    June 7, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  46. tgn

    the ignorance of the American people continues to amaze me. Do you think this State Diner is different than other Presidential State Dinner? Instead of helping solve the problems that plague our country (and our world), it seems that more and more Americans would rather bicker and name call. Much like our elected officials. Too bad we can't spend that same energy to make the world a little better

    June 7, 2011 at 8:56 pm |
  47. Mike in SA

    Topfen – A pot cheese. As to the cost ofthe State Dinner? I'm a Conservative Republican so you can imagine my thoughts...they've been going on for several hundred years, they'll continue as long as we have a presidency, and I'm for them regardless who is sitting in the WH.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:02 pm |
  48. sarah

    Ridiculous, why do they even post this, maybe the goverment needs to figure out how to help starving people over a menu for overly rich people, I'm still debating if I should eat the last of the bread or save it for my daughter cause according to the goverment I make 10 dollars over the limit for food stamps. Oh well, I guess ill just starve.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  49. Victoria

    A delicious menu. Dessert especially yummy. I, meanwhile, had a Turkey Rueben Sandwich for lunch, pea salad and fresh fruit cocktail. For dinner, spaghetti with vegetable marinara and a fresh green salad with balsamic dressing. For breakfast this morning, whole wheat toast with butter and Amish cherry jam.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
  50. Dolores L. Kisting

    These people sound a bit "nutty" to me. We all know that everything is in access with the government.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  51. Geez

    I wonder if the menu will be available in food plate form

    June 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  52. I finally get it!

    If the Obamas host such a lavish affair in these difficult economic times, that's plainly wrong. If they host a more modest dinner, they have failed to demonstrate American prosperity and haven't supported America's reputation as a world leader. If the Obamas do it, it's bad, so bad. Why did it take me so long to understand that? I'm barely smart enough to make it to the polls in 2012 to do my part in re-electing this terrible man and keeping his awful wife in the White House for four more years.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm |
  53. catmom


    When everyone compares Obama's activities with prior Presidents they continue to forget that America has NEVER seen debt such as piled up under Obama. We have NEVER been involved in two simultaneous wars at the same time with service men dying daily while Barry hits the links. Want to know what we're having tonight and every night for the foreseeable future, hot dogs and hamburgers with ice tea, because we can't find jobs and that is all we can now afford!

    June 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm |

    Oh for goodness sakes our country has been in bad shape before. How about you people look at what it really was like under Ronald Reagan but yet Nancy Reagan found time to buy expensive clothing and china among other things. George Bush was never asked to suffer during his two terms when he took his many vacations and lived the good life while Americans were dying in his war of choice in Iraq. You do recall that it was George Bush who started those two unfunded wars in Iraq, not paying for either and not knowing what he was doing in either. Oh, and while you seem to be waiting for the government to help you out with a job (you do know that President Obama IS the government) why not demand the very people Republicans want to give your tax dollars to , who have had those very same tax cuts for 11 years now and still haven't created a job find you a job. Better yet, Republicans told the American people that THEY knew what to do to create jobs. They told the American people if elected THEY would create jobs. Where are they?

    June 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • Jean

      This is correct. Business owners and the wealthy have not created any jobs. Instead they flaunt their lifestyles and replace people with machinery and take away or withhold benefits from their already poorly paid workers. We continue to subsidize industries that make 100s of billions of dollars a year in PROFITS. Banks are charging ob-scene rates on everything they can, refusing loans and keeping interest rates on CDs and savings criminally low. Guess what, folks,most of these utterly irresponsible and miserly "businessmen" and wealthy folks are Repu-blican. Who would of thunk?

      June 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • John

      Hmmm... maybe not two wars, but we have been involved in major conflicts in two or more areas at the same time. Remember World War II? War in the Pacific, War in Europe? Seems to me, and correct me if I'm wrong, but we lost a heck of a lot more people back then and, yes, FDR got driven around in a car with secret service agents. Did he invite people over for state dinners? Heck yeah. My gosh, he even went on a trip to Europe, taking a whole fleet of warships as an escort, right in the middle of those wars! Anyone give him grief over it? Any of y'all going to now? Nah, didn't think so.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
    • Ryan

      Ya, and now your Obama Hero want's to cut Gi Bill funding drastically to all the Hero's that got out honorable and want an education, forcing them to find a job and manage being a full time student in an impossible economy. You're an idiot. How much money have you inherited from your family, and are you liberal enought to still fight in a war if it were to come down to would run for the border....

      June 8, 2011 at 3:37 am |
      • jean2009

        The Ryan plan wants to cut billions from veterans health care, and Bachman wants to cut disabled veteran's benefits and veteran's health care. You are sadly misinformed. You can check this out at the coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

        June 8, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • Madman

      catmom-fitting, I can see you surrounded by cats glued to MSNBC...
      Reagan dug us out of the Carter ask where I was, I had a job and was at work. Social entitlement programs are a great idea as long as they are funded and self sustainable and immune to abuse by anyone and everyone. Otherwise they are nothing more than a Madoff Ponzi scheme. I have worked for Government before, for quite some time actually, it was the biggest sham of a job that I have ever had, in fact it was so lame that I moved on giving up the security of producing nothing without ever being accountable. I would love to have a Government job now as an ax man, I'd cull the lot of them and actually do society a favor. Have a nice day...meooooowww.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  54. retired Fed

    While some here are fighting over scraps( a state dinner) the tax avoiding super wealthy think you are pawns and have nothing but contempt for you.

    June 7, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
  55. Dennis E

    What a wonderful menu. I need to find out how they put together a menu for a STATE Dinner. The first woman chancellor meeting with an Allie as well as first Black President of the United States. Both of these leaders are very intellectual and articulate. The table conversation should be worth hearing about when they release the video or transcript of this important State Dinner. Cudo's to the White House Chef and his staff. Nice job.
    A retired US Army veteran from Northern California

    June 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      I wholeheartedly agree! It's nice to see adults on the world stage, people of intellect who are actually trying to make the world better, and not just running around flapping their lips, complaining without proposing solutions that will actually help the average person (and not just line the pockets of those who have enough already) and then self-righteously blaming others for their mistakes.

      June 7, 2011 at 10:51 pm |
      • Glenda

        People who have enough already. What a statement. Is this a matter of fact comment that you people still do not intend to work for a living and want the rich to break up their money so you can have it. Socialism is already rampant in this country because of Obama. But it's not too late for us to reverse the order and we will in a few monthy when obama slips right on out the door. Do you not think that this woman from Germany can not see through old two faced. it's not the first time shes faced a liar. PALIN 2012

        June 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
      • Edwin


        Can you give examples of how the country is now rampant with Socialism? Make sure not to use programs like Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, Medicare, or Food Stamps, since they were in place long before Obama. Likewise, the Bank Bailout was the brainchild of a previous president.

        While we're at it, can you DEFINE Socialism? I imagine you think of it as people paying too much in taxes, right? So, Reagan and Bush Sr. were WAAAY more Socialist than Obama - the upper tier tax rate under those Republican presidents was MORE THAN DOUBLE what it is under Obama.

        June 8, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  56. duchess

    Some americans are suffering from a mental disorder called transference.
    This disease allow them to look at our government blindly. Yes to them Obama is the easy target to place blame, even with the facts in their face.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  57. Mary

    Don't HATE–you can CREATE your own State Dinner at " Your House" for example:
    Garden Salad with Baby Spinach, Kens Honey Mustard Dressing,
    Shrimp Scampi Bruschetta, Steamed Carrots, peas, and Green Beans Melody,
    Petit Filet with Portabello Mushroom Sauce, Apple Crumb Pie a la mode

    June 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • Ray

      You got the right idea! Instead of complaining, suggest something positive. We can all have our own "state dinners" at home–perhaps not quite as fancy, but something special to enjoy with family and friends!

      June 7, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Edwin

      Shrimp and steak are pretty spendy, and portabella mushrooms are not exactly cheap, either. But even with cheaper ingredients, a fancy dinner can be created, so your point is still reasonable.

      June 8, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  58. Tony

    The attention that a state dinner gets is not a sign of the partisan times or even the terrible economic climate we are currently facing. It is that this non citizen black man and his wife are in the WHITE house. For goodness sakes, he is our President. Michelle is our first lady. They both show the best of what America stands for. Their own story and the complete shit storm they have to encounter for his inauguration and the leadership he has demonstrated makes me proud he is my president. Howard don't be a hater....

    June 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  59. keith

    and we care what they are eating why?? You don't see the menu of every day american's reported by the media, so why care what they are gonna crap out later.....must be a slow news day

    June 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  60. nintex

    The people that get on here and gripe about everything the First Family does are idiots! They make up garbage about the First Lady and show everything she does in a negative light. It says more about the idiot themselves than it does about the people they're griping about.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
    • che-3

      We hear ya!
      It's all the result of inferior America Education that 99.999999% of American have. The only time that Americans can relate to others around the World or realizes that they are nothing compared to the World at large is after some environmental disaster that strips them of all their possessions to bare bones. That's the only time they realizes that we all connected and that LOVE to one another is supreme and supercedes all earthly things or possessions.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:25 am |
      • Madman

        Tell that to an Islamic fundamentalist as he is cutting your head off, you're joking I hope...if not, our failing in the educational system is glaringly apparent.

        PS: Perhaps it would behoove you to earn how to construct a complete sentence if you wish to lecture anyone on education.

        June 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  61. chris

    I don't care what they eat. Just stop advertising it and quit telling me what and how to eat. This is a free country. Not a socialist one.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
  62. slb

    Obama trying to clean up Bush`s mess and getting all the blame.

    June 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  63. Glenda

    I don't see how Madam President of Germany could stomach all the bitterweed that Obama was putting out. The worst President this country has ever had. Thank goodness he is only months away from riding the pole.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
    • Ray

      Just to correct you.... GWB is the worst president that I can recall in my lifetime–and I've been around for a while! GWB wins hands down. For everyone complaining about the national debt, don't forget that we had a surplus before GWB gave away the store by cutting taxes for the top tier. We're still waiting for the crumbs according to the "trickle down" theory of economics. BTW, heaven help us if Palin/Bachmann should win in 2012. They will easily surpass GWB for incompetency and total cluelessness. The USA will be the laughing stock of the planet.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
      • Madman

        I always love the view point from liberals on trickle down economy, it always allow me to state that trickle up poverty is such a better way. Well, it has been implemented and it apparently is working well, middle class have depleted their savings and are now equally as poor...unbelievable logic...simply unbelievable. Anyone know why Obama's chief economic advisor leaving the Administration, failed policies perhaps? Anyone?

        June 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • bob

      You do realize that the next election is over a year away (517 days to be exact)?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • Sid

      Keep dreaming he'll be back and you'll still be whining.

      June 8, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Madman

      You hit it Glenda, he makes GW look like Albert Einstein.

      June 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • jean2009

      The worst from my perspective was Ronald Reagan with George W. Bush coming in a very close second, and history just might reverse that order.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
  64. joe smith

    Oh Glenda! The worse presidents were the Bushes, esp. that nickumpoop son! BTW you think any Republican teabagger can beat the Obamanator?!

    June 7, 2011 at 11:09 pm |
    • Madman

      _People vote with their stomachs and their paychecks....where do you think both of these topics will weigh in on the next election? My guess is people are tired of the uncertainty and divisiveness that the Messiah has brought us with his catchy phrases like Hope and Change. I will bet he will be gone like yesterdays newspaper in catmoms kitty litter box, he has nothing to run on that was a success, nothing. 25 million unemployed and underemployed, that in itself is nearly 10% of the population and a much higher percentage of the voting population, you do the math on how they will vote...

      June 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
      • jean2009

        I vote with a ballot.

        June 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
      • jean2009

        Do you know my son's job was one of those whose job went south with this recession. He had been with that job for 27 years. Sometimes children don't vote as their parents so he was a Republican that voted for G W Bush twice. Do you think he will ever vote for a Republican ever again as long as he lives? According to him NO! Since then he has gone back to school and retrained.

        June 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  65. Tam

    Many of those commenting here don't know how necessary diplomacy and all this wining and dining are for international life. This is just the way it is and needs to be. I guess you can have Chinese take-out next time the Queen of England or PResident of whatever come by?

    June 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  66. Tam

    When did teleprompters become something "evil"? Any newscaster, any major speaker uses them, including the "intellects" at FOX. It is a tool for communication. It is useful, normal, and no big deal. If you;re not using a teleprompter, you need paper or index cards - you still have to READ a prepared speech. Well, unless you write it on your palms.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
    • rapierpoint

      I think the main issue about the use of the teleprompters is not so much the use of them, but how well the speaker handles having to speak off the cuff when something happens to the prompter. It's not like it's a necessity except for certain individuals.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:37 am |
  67. Mark

    Fools. The President will ride into a second term with ease. It is amazing seeing what he has done to steer the second Great Depression back on course with zero help from the GOP. You dullards want to hand it over to the like of Sarah Palin? Next you'll want to have the "Friday" girl perform brain surgery on you. Shaddup, sit back and let a real man of intellect grapple with mental midgets like Pawlenty and Boehner. The world will be a better place for it.

    June 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm |
    • Ray

      I'm not Republican and am a long-time supporter of Obama–but I think Boehner is probably a pretty sharp guy–both smart and with valuable political skills. He didn't get to be Speaker for nothing! However, he is severely challenged by the right wing extremists in steering a more moderate course on domestic and international issues. I would like to think that he's way smarter than he appears to people with moderate views. Don't underestimate Boehner.

      June 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • rapierpoint

      Don't confuse intelligence with capability. Common sense and experience can take a person further than ponderous intelligence. A man can be proclaimed the most intelligent in the world and not make good choices. Our current president is a fine example of that. If it's intelligence that you rever so highly, why not push for an amendment that sets a minimum intelligence as a requirement for congressmen and the President? Depending on where you set the bar, you'd be surprised as to how many of the best presidents we've had don't cut the mustard.

      June 8, 2011 at 8:47 am |
  68. Ryansh85

    People are astonishing to me. I'm sorry but State Dinners have been around how long?? And everyone is complaining now?? It makes no sense I would expect a dinner for foreign dignitaries to be the best! I'm suffering as much as everyone else with the economy but I refuse to complain about a dinner. People need to find better real issues to worry about!

    June 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
  69. Jayzee

    Vacations to Europe, fancy dinners and more trips to Africa on tax payers money ..... lets borrow more from China ...sick!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:38 am |
    • che-3

      Oh please get over your Faux News childish silliness. Will ya!
      Faux News Dummy, FYI: Imbecile George Bush started borrowing from China to fight a senseless war in Iraq simply 'cos Saddam Hussein disrespected George Bush Sr. and NOT Pres. Obama. It's that simple. How come a 2-yr. old gets it and you don't is beyond me. I bet you blame Pres. Obama for taking down the most evil human being aka, Osama bin Laden to the bottom of the ocean in less than 2-yrs. never to be heard again from a civilized World after $Trillions of wasted borrowed from again China by your Imbecile George Bush and his so-called war mongers and merchant of war profiteers. What do you say to that imbecilic one?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:16 am |
    • che-3

      Oh please get over your Faux News childish silliness. Will ya!
      FYI: Imbecile George Bush started borrowing from China to fight a senseless war in Iraq simply 'cos Saddam Hussein disrespected George Bush Sr. and NOT Pres. Obama. It's that simple. How come a 2-yr. old gets it and you don't is beyond me. I bet you blame Pres. Obama for taking down the most evil human being aka, Osama bin Laden to the bottom of the ocean in less than 2-yrs. never to be heard again from a civilized World after $Trillions of wasted borrowed from again China by your Imbecile George Bush and his so-called war mongers and merchant of war profiteers. What do you say to that?

      June 8, 2011 at 1:36 am |
      • mdamone

        I say that when Bush took the initiative and took action to end oppressive regimes in the Middle East, you were a critic.

        And when it eventually led to the end of major terrorist efforts in the region, you refused to give him credit. And when it then directly led to civil revolts with citizens demanding democracy in Egypt, Syria, Jordan and other countries, you cheered and waved Obama banners.

        And when Obama does not pull out of Afghanistan, or Iraq, and does not end "Don't ask, don't tell" or Guantanamo, AND starts military action to topple the regime in Libya, you don't say a word.

        And then when the efforts organized, directed and funded by Bush eventuallly led to Bin Laden being killed, you gave Obama full credit. Like giving a rooster credit for the dawn.

        And when the economy is far worse than it ever was under Bush, with record gas prices, record low housing prices, a stock market that can't gain ground, and near 10% unemployment, while the "President" forces all Americans to purchase a private industry product for the first time in history, in blatant violation of the Constitution of the United States, you refuse to hold Obama anywhere near as responsible as what you hold Bush reponsible for, even though he has been out of office for two years.

        And when Bin Laden kills 3000 Americans and is "evil", while Hussein, who killed tens of thousands of his OWN citizens, including women and infants, the latter is "senseless" according to you.

        What we say is that you are a hypocritical, uninformed fool. What is actually beyond you is the ability to believe anything that does not have the liberal party's donkey logo branded on it, including your own rear end. Live in peace, prosper and don't worry. We'll protect you, too...and your right to be a fool.

        June 8, 2011 at 3:04 am |
      • rapierpoint

        That's right. Ignore the fact that Saddam was actually defying the UN and was given a choice. As for bin Laden, I suppose that nothing that happened prior to the election of Obama had anything to do with finally getting the man. I suppose that's what Obama was doing on all those trips overseas, on the golf course, and on the basketball court. He was single handedly tracking down bin Laden. It's all about Obama, isn't it? Unless you want to point blame, and then it's all about Bush.

        June 8, 2011 at 8:41 am |
      • jean2009

        Highest national average price for gasoline $4.11 June 2008.

        June 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
  70. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Hey Mark! Good comment! Thanks!

    June 8, 2011 at 12:38 am |
  71. dave dabars

    And just think mr. president. the last thing bin laden got to eat was a piece of lead.lmao

    June 8, 2011 at 12:43 am |
  72. Linda

    I think all presidents should cut back on these fancy dinners. You can have a good dinner and not go over the top. To the person who said that they saved money by using veggies from the White House garden – think again. Those are probably the most expensive vegetables ever grown. Also, I would like to know how this meal matches the MyPlate.

    June 8, 2011 at 12:48 am |
  73. Carol

    What is "tophen?"

    June 8, 2011 at 12:58 am |
  74. mjh

    we should be thankful to have such a wonderful president that is taking so much critisism while the country is being protected

    June 8, 2011 at 1:04 am |
  75. Voice of Reason

    Let's not forget that Clinton left us with a surplus. During GW's eight years in office he plundered the country into massive debt. It is unrealistic to expect Obama to undo eight years of damage in three years.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:05 am |
  76. mjh


    June 8, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  77. mjh

    the president is trying to help a planet full of impatient people enough complaining and pitch in and HELP

    June 8, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  78. mjh

    sounds very appetizing

    June 8, 2011 at 1:11 am |
  79. Un educated liberals

    Wow.....he is definitely not steering us clear of a second Geat Depression. Also, there is no uch thing as a war until CONGRESS declares it so. Also, when Nancy was running around buying things she was not using TAXPAYER money. Oh, and jean2009, quit Googling to try and sound educated.....and Wikipdia,,, and etc are not good sources to use...any idiot knows that....I mean I can go and change any of the information. Jeez.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:28 am |
    • jean2009

      Intelligent educated people learn how to Google, and most generally Wikipedia jibs with other sources. Online sources are not my only sources of reference. Yes, I'm liberal, very proud of it, and educated.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  80. Steve

    Haters. Lovers. I do not see either party willing to take the deal they put on the plate for us.will they accept a cut in pay to keep the job as I had to?will they accept the new health care program ?will they give up the tax loop holes that allow them to pay about a tax on maybe 1 percent of the income they make?
    REELECT NO ONE! Thank you.

    June 8, 2011 at 1:54 am |
  81. monique...

    Wow......u ppl must have a lot of time on ur hands......

    June 8, 2011 at 2:54 am |
  82. Mahna Mahna

    It's all actually pretty easy to prepare. We are on a fixed income and as long as you know how to cook you can prepare delicious meals for a fraction of the price. Right now I'm having a plate of boiled polenta with mushrooms, onions capers and tilapia. Some garlic and herbs and a bit of caper vinegar and voila`. If I had bacon I would have added that as well.

    June 8, 2011 at 2:56 am |
  83. i8jomomma

    where is the meal like that for the people losing their homes and you think anybody is gonna give us a meal like that..........the only way we eat like that is if we roll up to the white house and take it and stay in some of those rooms they ain't using cause they are out playing golf

    June 8, 2011 at 3:08 am |
    • Marry

      @ i8jomomma
      One thing for sure: The GOP/TP is never going to give YOU a state dinner (and they should not) –what they do is to give you nothing! Their strategy is to talk nonsense to people that think (and write here) nonsense! Let’s see what the percentage is next year of people that understand that.

      June 8, 2011 at 3:47 am |
    • XWngLady

      You should ask the Republicans who were and still are fighting hard to cut unemployment benefits, school lunch programs, head start and other social programs that all help hungry and poor people!!...But I guess you just overlook that.

      June 8, 2011 at 9:51 am |
  84. ra

    Cynic get rid of the damn cat!

    June 8, 2011 at 3:17 am |
  85. z


    June 8, 2011 at 3:21 am |
  86. Ryan

    Yeah, let's all worship the fancy lifestyle our politicians are living, while the rest of starve, and go to bed at night wondering how were going to feed ourselves Great Article CNN...Maybe the people will revolt and tear into your building and all of your jobs will go out the windows except for those few proud reporters who will find a way to report on the second American Revolution. What an easy article to write. You're definitely not overqualified as a writer. CNN is a joke!!! Keep smooching that behind to keep your jobs and writing articles that only appeal to the rich and wealthy...Karma is a Batch...

    June 8, 2011 at 3:31 am |
  87. Ryan

    Maybe Obama should ride around in a armored Prius,.

    June 8, 2011 at 3:41 am |
  88. Henry

    It's a state dinner-just like many other Presdents have given. I do not understand all the negativity towards the First Lady-you need to grow up-get a life and wean yourselves from fox news

    June 8, 2011 at 3:49 am |
  89. NDN1028

    The country has selfish representatives, who eat very well everyday,who have health insurance, who have private funds,who make sure their family is taking care of, not their "districts" families. The blame is the American People voting for their Elitist Senators and Congressman OVER AND OVER. Please realize that everything that has happened is caused by the people for the people, you really think your Senator and Congressperson really gives a rats ass for you. They are the elitist of our "democratic" nation. The most Powerful Position in the World is President of these United States, it is a position that was created by the people, The President is not our equal, they are above the masses, therefore, being above the masses you will eat better than the masses and therefore sauerkraut over hot dog will not be served at a STATE DINNER, you idiots.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:30 am |
  90. Fact Checker

    You're upset about a few thousand dollars that happens all the time and is peanuts compared to any real financial issues we are having. How about Former President Bush, who took a total of 977 vacation days between his ranch and Camp David; @ $400,000 a year for his salary that means he was paid $1,070,684 of taxpayer money WHILE ON VACATION. Instead of passing off your dislike with inane and snide remarks, how about being an American and doing something productive about it.

    June 8, 2011 at 4:38 am |
  91. XWngLady

    Photos from the state dinner please. Thank you!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  92. Dood

    Tophen? That is not a name for food.

    June 8, 2011 at 9:59 am |
    • jean2009

      Check recipes for Viennese Topfenstrudel with Vanilla Sauce.

      June 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm |
  93. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Sure is mighty strange that 'cons' always cherry-pick 'positive' end results of an issue to be credited to Bush, due to initiatives, steps and policies made under his administration, like killing of OBL! Oh, they want to snatch that fete away from Obama and drag Bush back into it! However, when we refer to the initiatives, steps and policies the Bush administration put into play that caused the spiraling down of the American economy, and attempts to fix the mess seem to be nil, Oh! That's ALL Obamas fought!

    June 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • rapierpoint

      No, with regard to OBL, I'd prefer credit to go where credit is due. Not only the initiatives and resources put into place by Bush, but continuing them and making the decisions that finally netted us OBL under Obama. Both deserve some credit. However, when OBL was taken, all we heard about about was Obama.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • jean2009

        Bush shut down the CIA unit hunting for Osama bin Laden in 2006. John Kerry actually requested that the unit be reopened but Bush ignored his request. President Obama reinstalled the CIA unit and focused resources and attention on finding bin Laden. Do you actually think the President and his advisers were going to use dated intelligence from 2006 to conduct that kind of raid? I think President Obama deserves the credit, not Bush since from 2006 to January 2009 Bush did nothing to find bin Laden.

        If I quit looking for a prize and go home and say forget about it, and someone else spends their time and effort and finds that prize, who do you think claims the prize?

        As for health insurance reform (health care) the only thing that makes Republicans mad is a Democrat got the Nixon/Kennedy Health legislation passed...same as Romney pass in Massachusetts. Which means Democrats got the bragging rights.

        Republicans only want to repeal the parts that would give the insurance industry the right to discriminate so they could weed out the sickest people. Also, so they could do away with the parts that over time will cut costs. Much as the Republican Part D drug benefit for seniors didn't allow any negotiations to cut cost, and as a senior I know that if I'm on a prescription drub that does not have a generic available...under the Republican Part D drug benefit if I find a discount coupon, in a magazine or online, that would save me $30 on the cost of a month's prescription...I cannot use the coupon for the $30 savings simply because the Republican Part D drug plan prohibits seniors from using the coupon. It is in the fine print on the coupon...not valid for use by Medicare Part D recipients.

        June 8, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
  94. Liz Carter in Georgia

    If you can give BUSH credit for his initiatives, steps, and policies for 'good' resolutions or outcomes that have actualized or occurred under the Obama administration, then you are obliged to give Bush the credit for the end results of the sabotoged, stonewalled negative appearances of failure of the attempted fixes! We'll NOT let you have it both ways! Oh, you cons are willing to trade medicare, healthcare, school lunches, elderly needs, unemployment to continue oil subsidies and tax breaks for the RICH!

    June 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
    • rapierpoint

      We'll give Bush credit where credit is due and lay blame when it's deserved. And there are several things to lay at the feet of Bush. But the same goes for Obama, too. As for stonewalling, etc of initiatives under Obama, you do recall the majorities that the Dems had until this past November and how, for example, the Dems made deals, changed procedural rules and, essentially, rammed healthcare through. For that matter, Obama, himself, saying elections come with consequences and that they won and the republicans should just get out of the way and sit at the back of the bus? Sounds to me that the Obama administration has been antagonistic with regards to Republicans from the get go.

      June 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  95. Liz Carter in Georgia

    As soon as PRESIDENT OBAMA could get the announcement of the capture and killing of OBL out of his mouth, the cablenews outlets immediately started scrambling around gathering up pundits and contributors aka talking heads, to try to align Bush up with the credit! The very same night OBAMA came out and announced it! The question was actually asked by one of the newstations, 'Who should get the credit'? I believe it was CNN. The man couldn't even get accolades for that without a drag on it! Hussein? ALL BUSH!

    June 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
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