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Friday, July 31, 2009

Obama's Cash Bar

Yesterday's beer at the White House for Prof. Gates and Sgt. Crowley was complimentary, along with milk-of-human-kindness chasers, but for CEOs of large corporations, there apparently is no free lunch these days.

At a meeting for a meal with the President in his private dining room, Politico reports, credit card numbers were collected from the heads of Coca-Cola, AT&T, Xerox and Honeywell International.

An Obama spokesperson had an explanation: "“From time to time, White House guests are asked to reimburse for their meals, the reasons include ensuring there is no conflict or appearance of a conflict. That is consistent with our tough ethics rules and we will continue the practice when appropriate.”

Let's see if we have this straight: If you get into a public brawl and the President gaffes about it, drinks are on the house but, if you show up to gab about saving the economy, BYOB.

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