Sacrifice Is For the Little People… Obama White House Serves $399 Bottles of Wine at State Dinner


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raises her glass for a toast during a State Dinner in honor of China’s President Hu Jintao at the White House in Washington, January 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Jim Young POLITICS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Via Sondrak

Sacrifice is for the little people.
It may be the worst recession since the Great Depression but that doesn’t mean everyone is suffering.
The Obama Administration went all out last night at their State Dinner for Communist China.
Here’s the menu:

White House State Dinner Menu For President Hu Jintao (full menu)

D’Anjou Pear with Farmstead Goat Cheese
Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic

Poached Maine Lobster
Orange Glaze Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms

Wine: DuMol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008 (California)

Lemon Sorbet
Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions
Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach

Wine: Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005 (Washington State)

That wasn’t Mad Dog 20/20 they were serving.
The Quilceda Creek Cabernet goes for $199 a bottle.
Hat Tip Taqiyyotomist

Sacrifice is for the little people.

The wine was $399 per bottle.

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  • Insufficiently Sensitive

    Cabernet is a white wine on Quilceda Creek?

  • martha

    Please put a warning that that photograph is not suitable for children to view, as it might give them nightmares.
    Those looked like Wicked Witch of the West eyes

  • OMG, I need eye bleach. What did they put in Hill’s glass?
    At least they didn’t haul out their mad dog 20/20 stash.

  • Mad Hatter

    Please do us all a favor Jim, please don’t show anymore close up pictures of Hillary.

    She looks like a mean bus driver I had in school.

  • Chisum

    Since the republicans are looking for places to cut the budget I think I know where they can start.

  • Pat the First

    The Quilcede wine won some award. There was another WA wine from Walla Walla also served. It is only around $20 per bottle.

  • patman

    Toasting commies.

    It’s come down to this.

  • save us

    Nothing like a little sacrifce by the first couple. The might have had $500 a bottle wine for our guests.

    What did the party cost the little people who stayed home?

    I hope it didn’t take theone’s focus off of creating jobs for all of us who are unemployed.

  • RedBeard

    Chicom Hu should have brought his own wine. Perhaps a nice bottle of Chateau Tiananmen Square.

  • Pat the First

    I live in WA State’s wine country. Believe me . . . $200 bottles of wine aren’t really that unusual. I sure don’t know who buys them, though. $20 seems enough for me.

  • America is being ruled, not served.

    DEFUND the partying, wine, and European shopping budgets… pronto.

  • Granny

    I have to tell you, that seems like an extremely heavy menu to me – “buttermilk crisp onions” = French Fried Onion Rings, Double stuffed potatoes are baked potatoes, with the insides scooped out, mashed (usually with cheese) then stuffed back into the shell and baked (usually with more cheese), creamed spinach. . . . . heavy, heavy, heavy! No wonder the “first lady”‘s rear end looks like the back view of the Titanic from a tugboat.

  • What? They were all out of Two Buck Chuck?

  • Oh Noes!

    That is one evil beo-tch

  • Grimcargo

    Jesus that photo of Hillary. Actually I believe the wrong end was up…

  • srqvet

    Remember, Dear Leader was wounded in the Battle of Châteaubriand. Takes some good wine to deal with the pain.

  • greenfairie

    No dessert? Lame!

  • UpChuck.Liberals

    You all know what the difference is between a $10 wine and a $200 wine? $190 and the suckers that buy it.

  • shibumi

    Strangely enough, I don’t mind this. I mean, technically, it’s being used at a state dinner, as opposed to an official Obama vacation. So I can kind of give him a pass on this.

  • Taqiyyotomist

    Brings to mind the scene in the animated “Animal Farm” where the pigs are partying and living it up in the house which the animals all agreed they would never move into.

    Some animals are more equal than others.

    Scene starts at 1:05.

    Doesn’t end well for the pigs.

  • Paul Ben

    This hateful rhetoric and depicting the former First Lady as a Shooting Target is way beyond any death threat, I’m calling the FBI.

    Is this the “get togetherness” message of president SOB..ama? This is bullsh*t.

    So what? Bid freaking deal, the Chinese are paying our bills anyway!


    You guys should be ashamed of yourselves!

    Um…On second thought, screw it!!

    This country is f*cked, what do I care?!

  • Okay, so admittedly I don’t go around looking at pictures of Hillary Clinton, but that has to be one of the worst, if not THE WORST picture i’ve ever seen. Ye gads.

  • Neo

    Château Blue, too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering afterburn.

    Old Smokey 1968 has been compared favourably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian Wino Society thoroughly recommends a 1970 Coq du Rod Laver, which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: eight bottles of this and you’re really finished. At the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

    Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is ‘beware’. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

  • mercador

    I helped to pay for it. I can not believe that is Hillary. Man please, that is all she needs is more wine.

  • Pat the First

    No dessert? Lame!


    Yes, there was a dessert. That wasn’t the entire menu. I read it last night. Can’t remember what else was served except that there was another WA State wine served, but not a really expensive one.

  • Chisum
  • Granny

    #18 January 20, 2011 at 11:47 am
    greenfairie commented:

    No dessert? Lame!

    Apple pie and vanilla ice cream.

  • olm

    Funny that they serve a 200$ bottle of wine at a state dinner for a Communist. How fitting.
    I read the guest list last night. There were quite a few in attendance.
    That’s alot of 200.00 wine.

  • Pat the First

    Oh, good grief . . . Hillary’s dress is even worse than Michelle’s.

  • ChillyinAlaska

    It’s hard for royalty to sacrifice. In this case, they bought the wine in bulk at Costco.

  • DAve

    Hopefully after dinner they all stood and applauded Mr. Hu for ponying up for such a lavish event.
    How lovely!: The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize Winner holding a dinner for the man who has the 2010 winner imprisoned-

  • Alan

    Having been to China many times and tried most of their wines, they certainly could have bought a $15/bottle of wine and they would have thought it was great! They have absolutely horrid wine in China-The wine makers of the US could make a killing selling there…whups..shouldn’t have used “killing” in this new era of kinder, gentler, civil speech…:)

  • kicknback1

    Wait…doesn’t everyone drink expensive bottles of wine with dinner?

    Why just last evening, we had a bottle of Chateau Lafitte with our Salisbury Steak Hungry Man Dinner.

  • Paul in N.AL

    That menu was horrible to feed those people. What a waste of money. What about baked ribs with baked beans, and sauteed butternut squash? Its cheaper and more appetizing.

  • Redwine

    IS #1 – The wine in the pic is probably the Chardonnay.

    I’ve had the Quilceda wine. It’s truly excellent, but clearly it’s an unnecessary extravagance here – state dinner or no. I can’t fault the dinner planners for their choice of the $20 Walla Walla red. As a Washingtonian and a wine enthusiast, I’m always happy to promote great state wines. (Hence, my nic.)

  • David_V.

    Go ahead give that evil thing more wine so we can see her fall on her face again, rotflmao.

  • Redwine

    #33 January 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    Alan commented:

    Having been to China many times and tried most of their wines, they certainly could have bought a $15/bottle of wine and they would have thought it was great!


    Exactly! The Chinese prefer beer – or as my Chinese cooking teacher used to say in her thick, Chinese accent – hahhd likker!

  • lyle

    #33 Alan,

    Your incendiary, vitriolic rhetoric will force me to kill a bottle of wine over dinner tonight.

  • valerie

    #6 January 20, 2011 at 11:23 am
    Pat the First


  • Quite a similar menu to those offered by the George W.Bush White House with one difference and that is the total absence of comment by Gateway Pundit.

  • Redwine

    #41 January 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    Lorenzo commented:

    Quite a similar menu to those offered by the George W.Bush White House with one difference and that is the total absence of comment by Gateway Pundit.


    Yeah. But Bush didn’t have a multi-trillion dollar deficit, crippled economy or high unemployment hanging over his head.

  • This picture of Hillary will live in infamy. It says decadence so perfectly.

  • Dave-O

    #41 Lorenzo – I feel quite confident that had the Bush White House served up $200/bottle wine – we would have had PLENTY of comment from the likes of Katie Couric, Harry Smith, Diane Sawyer, Rachel Maddow, Keith Olbermann, “Special Ed” Shultz, etc., etc. etc.

  • Militant Conservative

    WHOA! No wonder Bill hit on anything with two legs. YEESH,
    Wicked mean Grandma eyes. More lines than a topagraphical roadmap.

    powder is dry.

  • INC

    I will say this in Hillary’s defense–she is not botoxed into a plastic doll-face. The close-up is not flattering to her, but she does look like a real person.

  • INC

    She must be about 63-64 years old, and although some lines come with age, I imagine Bill is responsible for a quite a number of those wrinkles.

  • BasementBoy



    O B A M A !

    Why do ya’ll always rip on our great president Obama! Hiz a grate man and gonna save us from Bush and Cheeny and all the bad things they did to us. Obama, hiz a grate man but juz needs sum help from the Chinese. Did ya’ll see prez Obama cryin? Yes, its treu, he was so sad. He had his head in the lap of the Chinese president, crying hiz poor heart out – tryin to choke bake the tears.



    O B A M A !

  • Radegunda

    Militant: Bill’s not much to look at either, IMO.

  • Radegunda

    INC, thank you. There are many things for which I will criticize Hillary. Being in her sixties sans buckets of Botox is not one of them.

  • bg
  • lol

    Bibi Netanyahu (our ally) gets stood up for dinner by the President, and blasted for building tiny apartments in his country. England (our ally) get’s the Winston Churchill Bust they gave us after 9/11 shipped back to them, and the Queen, and Gordon Brown get cheap gifts. The Saudi King gets bowed to, Chavez gets relaxed travel restrictions, and Iran is offered an extended hand, if they unclench their fist. (they are now nuclear) Now the communist dictator of China (one of the worst abuser of human rights) is honored at the White House, and Chinese propaganda is took over Times Square. Very sad!

  • valerie

    I’m giving BO a pass on this one, because it is a state dinner. However, I would like to point out the president of this country need not serve extra-expensive wine in order to live up to the example of his predecessors.

    I attended a party on the Sequoia (President Kennedy’s yacht) just after its restoration to the condition that Kennedy had maintained. It was a wooden ship, with cotton cafe curtains. It was not by my standards ornate or lavish. I’ve been in a federal courthouse or two, quite a few castles, and a bunch of museums. I know how our ancestors lived.

    I can safely say that there are a LOT of people who live in greater comfort and luxury than the President of the USA, and that’s a good thing, because the very good things in life are widely available to, and affordable by, ordinary Americans.

    I own crystal at least as fine as that glass Hillary is holding, and I’d rather serve food on my own china than that Presidential set. My tableware is stainless, not silver, because I don’t want to have to bother with polishing it. It is true my design is simple, but the design was entirely my choice.

    I have a beautiful house, a marble dinner table, and orchids. I routinely serve filet mignon, baby lettuce, tiny carrots, spinach, potatoes, and mushrooms. And on days I don’t feel like cooking, I can go grab a carne asada burrito that’d knock anybody’s socks off.

    God bless the USA.

  • bg


    hmmm, registers 53 posts, only see 50, don’t see my
    post yet, must be a glitch, so lets see if this works.. 😉

    oh wait,

    Comment moderation is enabled. Your
    comment may take some time to appear.

    that’s first time i’ve ever seen that..

    better to know than wonder..

    will check back later, thanks..


  • i was going to say that the picture of Shrillery was an improvement, simply because it hid so much of her face… %-)

  • bg


    oh my, that’s quite a timely delay.. 🙁

    so is having to fill name & email every time..

    btw, the count it up to 56 as type..


  • AuntieMadder

    Radegunda and INC, I long ago grew tired of hearing insults of HRC’s appearance. Old or young, pretty or homely, thin or fat…it doesn’t matter. As MLK speechified, it’s the content of a person’s character that matters.

    I do make an exception for the First Wookie, however, because the state run media, which her political party controls, spent a year telling us how beautiful she is. So, I spent the last two and I’m going to spend the next two disputing that BS.

    Anyway, I’m not convinced that’s HRC in that photo. That doesn’t look like her hair style or color, the shape of the eyebrows and the space between them and the eyes don’t look right, the eyes are shaped like HRC’s…even the skin tone doesn’t look like HRC does in any other photo or film clip I’ve seen of her. I think the subject of that photo has been misidentified. (And before any of you smart@$$es here decide that this means I’m a fan of HRC’s or whatever, I’m letting you know now that you’re wrong. I just don’t think that’s her in the pic. Nothing more. Nothing less.)

  • Hu’s a dictator

    Chinese president arrives in the USA to a lavish State dinner and high praise from Obama and the democrats. Yet they have the bureaucrats telling African leaders not to deal with China because of human rights violations ( a country that literally does forced abortions on women-i.e against their will). American hypocrisy on show for the world to see. Read Dambisa Moyo book.

  • Militant Conservative


    True, but hillary’s inner evil is visible via the windows to the soul.

    At least they did not pan down and show us her cankles.

    Soft focus from a distance is her best hope.

    powder is dry.

  • AuntieMadder

    Testing. 1…2…3… Testing…

  • Taqiyyotomist

    OT, sort of:

    “And how to insure this power shift goes smoothly? Surrender with a smile. Throw a big party for the winners. And try and convince the American people that China will be good to them.”

    h/t BLL

  • Granny

    #30 January 20, 2011 at 11:59 am
    Pat the First commented:

    Oh, good grief . . . Hillary’s dress is even worse than Michelle’s.


    No it isn’t – not by a long shot. It appears to fit correctly, the color is flattering for her older complexion and she does not look like she has been melted and poured into it. All in all, not too shabby for an old broad.

  • daryl

    Jim said:

    “That wasn’t Mad Dog 20/20 they were serving.”

    Bet ol’ Hill’s had her share of pot and Mogen David though. Harlow gold hair and Bette Davis eyes like hers aren’t just a natural gift from ol’ Mother Nature. Ya gotta work fer ’em.
    According to David Maraniss Hill was pretty much the hippie chick at Wellesly and later while matriculating with Barnacle Bill the Nailer.

  • Andreas K.

    For a $199/bottle wine the color is actually pretty unimpressive. I’ve seen cheaper whites that had a stunning gold shade and a very pleasant taste (which means something coming from me, since I usually loath white wine.)

    Though $199/bottle isn’t that high compared to some others I know.

    Still, the price says nothing about the quality. I’ve had real champaign once and I hated every second of it (I hate any sort of sparkling wine.) I once had a €500/bottle red and it was unimpressive.

    And the photo is creepy.

    The glass is a white glass, though. But it’s one of those fancy things I hate. Plus, I wonder how many people there actually drank the wine consciously. I heard some good things about American wine. But most attendents most likely just gulped it away like the barbarians they are.

  • Granny

    #30 January 20, 2011 at 11:59 am
    Pat the First commented:

    Oh, good grief . . . Hillary’s dress is even worse than Michelle’s.

    Not by a long shot. Hillarys dress seems to fit correctly, she is not rolling out or hanging out of it, the color is not bad for her older complexion. Not bad for an older gal. And definitely NOT something that says “low class, dressed like trash.”

  • Don Rodrigo


    Makes me think of Kathy Bates in “Misery,” or even “Chuckie.”

  • Zim

    she looks evil

  • daryl


  • Patrick Glenn

    What would Mao and Franz Fanon think about such a decadent display of bourgeois/aristocratic finery?

  • Patrick Glenn

    What would Mao and Frantz Fanon say about such a decadent display of bourgeois/aristocratic trappings?

  • C-Christian Soldier

    and “our side of the aisle” the Rs are going to do what about this ?
    NADA-my guess
    and what are we in the US going to do about it…
    keep speaking out via the blog is-sphere-and et al..

  • DisgustedAmerican

    There are no words strong enough to describe my contempt for the Obamas during this time of our country’s downward spiral re job losses, folks losing their homes and businesses, etc.

    They are to be despised.

  • Pat the First
  • Pat the First
  • really?

    #41 January 20, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    Lorenzo commented:
    Quite a similar menu to those offered by the George W.Bush White House with one difference and that is the total absence of comment by Gateway Pundit.
    You see, here’s the problem: G. Bush NEVER told all of us little people that we would have to have “some skin in the game” and to accept the power and will of the elitists, libs and marxists. The Won has played more golf games, had more vactions, drove us into a debt that we may never recover from then G. Bush did in 8 years of office. Obama then has more nerve than a bad tooth to tell us “little people” that we have to sacrfice more, that we should be grateful to him for the debt, sellouts and bailouts. This is nothing more than pandering to China, on the backs of the American workers.
    Grow up, little Lorenzo

  • TheresaAK

    New thread please.

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  • sifty

    No matter how much the MFM tries to hide it, sooner or later the Evil starts to leak out through the skin where everyone can see it.

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  • MariaA

    Hillary should have that picture embargoed and thrown down a memory hole! Scary!

  • RedBeard

    I couldn’t possibly care any less about Hillary’s wrinkles. Her true ugliness comes from the inside.

  • rhonda

    she looks like she is in “devil heaven” toasting the dictator from china

  • rhonda

    she looks like she is in “demon heaven” toasting the dictator from china

  • oldguy

    Hillary must have thought accepting the Sec. of State job would help her in eventually becoming President. I think she made a bad choice.

  • bg


    count up to #84..

    and still not seeing past #50..


  • code red

    bush had less than 5 state dinners in his 8 years. Odumba is averaging 2 a year. that’s the difference.

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  • Jim

    Typical ghetto thug, livin’ large on the tax payers dime!

  • myohmy

    OMG. While family tightening up their budget, all our elitists hogs are living large with pricey appetite. 2012 never come so quick.

  • myohmy


  • max wyeth

    Dumol Chardonnay is probably $80/bottle
    the Quilceda Cabernet is $399 / bottle

  • Callipygian1

    Caymus makes Quilceda Creek look like Night Train

  • donh

    I hear HU left the table after reading his fortune cookie ” Wise man say…A fool goes into debt; A double fool pays it off; A wise man declares bankruptcy “

  • StrangernFiction

    #7 January 20, 2011 at 11:26 am
    patman commented:

    Toasting commies.

    It’s come down to this.


    Well that’s what commies do.

  • Granny Jan

    Drudge updated the link. It was a $399 bottle!

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  • AuntieMadder

    I didn’t believe that was HRC in the pic so I went to find other pics from the event to see if maybe someone else had been misidentified as HRC. That’s got to be her, all right, unless someone else was wearing the same dress.

    Look at how different she looks in this pic from the dinner.

    Or in any of these pics.

    In the Reuters/Jim Young photo, she looks like a different person, a woman who is truly evil to her core or even demon-possessed. It’s just weird. I’d be frightened to look up, across the dinner table, and see a woman looking over the top of her wine glass that way in direction.

  • AuntieMadder

    And at my place, we scraped up some change yesterday to buy a couple of two-litre sodas.

  • StrangernFiction

    #32 January 20, 2011 at 12:04 pm
    DAve commented:

    It’s a mad mad world.

  • Eagle’s Dominion

    All right, someone has it wrong. One says $199.00 per bottle and the other says $399.00 per bottle.

  • Redwine

    The average price for Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley 2005 is $267:

    I had a glass of 2007 vintage last year. It’s a true delight. That said, I don’t think that it was necessary to serve such an expensive wine to the Chinese, who would rather have a good beer anyway. I’m sure that when the Chinese visit the Russians, they share a good vodka.

  • Big L

    53 valerie–cool! when is dinner?

  • ahem

    Talk about ass-kissing.

  • donh

    The photograph is a masterpiece . It is the same fiendish devil face seen in Kenneth Anger’s film Invocation of my Demon Brother. ….

  • Somewhat Reasonable Voice

    They should have bought more wine and required bigger glasses. MUCH bigger glasses so she would have been totally hidden behind one.

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  • L.E. Liesner

    They should have been serving Chianti. That whole bunch would make the mafia blush with shame. I see where the FBI pulled a big raid in New York, they could have caught bigger crooks at the State Dinner.

  • Redwine

    Jiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmm – Something’s wrong with the way the comments display!!!!

  • will work for food

    In honor of our distinguished guest and overlord, Mr. Hu, I dined on ramen noodles and a nice cup of tap water.

  • ant

    Is that really Shillary? She’s got some real Bond villian eyes goin’ on there. Maybe that’s inner truth that slips out when commies party together.

  • Liz

    Wow. If that is what $200 bottles of wine do to the skin around your eyes, I’ll stick to the 20 dollar bottles.

  • bg


    “why aren’t we doing the same thing”

    well, he WONE, ergo, we will be..


  • bg


    testing again..


  • timltbird

    They remind me of other famous monarchy in history…that would be King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette…It’s good to be the King…Pull!

  • timltbird

    They remind me of other famous monarchs in history – King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It’s good to be the King. Pull.

  • timltbird

    King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette?

  • timltird

    King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette? It’s good to be the King. Pull.

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  • hellferbreakfast

    Wonder if they sell that wine @ wal-mart????

  • txbluebonnet

    Yes, that is Hillary. I saw another photo of her holding that wine glass and it wasn’t blocking her face. Believe me, the glass blocking her face is an improvement!

  • Diana Brau

    What a bunch of poor losers.

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  • Wayne Gron

    Wine Question. DuMol Chardonny “Russian River” is a white wine

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  • Ginger

    If any of you were “paying attention” you would have
    noticed that they did not serve FRENCH wine, they served American
    items, thereby stimulating the economy of THIS country, with
    their choices. It’s too easy to get focused on what our Secretary
    of State looked like, in a photo, instead of really paying attention
    to what was served, and leaving Hillary alone.
    She has been through more than any of us could even imagine, and
    while I don’t know her age, she’s still trying to “serve” your needs in
    politics, instead of “coasting” like so many “former” First Ladies” have
    done. You may not like her, but you don’t have to continually kick her
    under the bus….where’s your Christian attitude, in your back pocket?
    Those of you who do all the criticizing, have probably never held any
    position of responsibility, or done anything important with your lives,
    but watch Soap Operas…..shows what your mentality is, when you must
    criticize others just to make yourselves feel important. If you can’t be
    civil, or complimentary, save us all the trouble of reading your trash talk.

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