COMMENTARY | More than one commentator has noted the sumptuousness of the royal feast that President Obama gave in honor of French President Francois Hollande, something that would have graced the table at the Versailles during Louis XVI’s reign.
According to the Washington Times, the dinner consisted of the following:
“The menu for the dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande featured a main course of dry-aged ribeye beef served with blue cheese, 12 varieties of potatoes and quail eggs.
“The first course was American Osetra caviar, farmed from sturgeon in estuaries in Illinois, followed by a “winter garden salad.”
“Dessert was a selection of sweets: a chocolate malted cake that combined bittersweet chocolate from Hawaii and tangerines from Florida, served with vanilla ice cream made in Pennsylvania. Also on the menu were fudge made from Vermont maple syrup, lavender shortbread cookies and cotton candy dusted with orange zest.”
All in all, Obama’s dinner guests tucked in 2,500 calories in one sitting. This has roused the ire of Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., who has duly introduced HR 3686 The School Nutrition Fairness Act. The bill would force all official White House meals to follow FDA guidelines that have been set down for school breakfasts and lunches.
First Lady Michelle Obama has become infamous for her anti obesity campaign that is forcing school children to eat unappetizing healthy food. The state dinner for Hollande contained three times the calories that Ms. Obama is allowing school children to eat during lunch. Thus, the theory goes, it seems only fair that the Obamas should set an example.
Davis is on to something, if only for the effect his proposed bill will have in exposing the rampant hypocrisy of the Obama administration. It has a tendency to pass laws and impose regulations that it does not intend to follow itself. Children can starve while eating their celery. But heaven forbid that the ruling class should have to follow the same diet.