Guest post by Kristinn Taylor
President Barack Obama spent nearly five hours Monday evening at a dinner party at the Washington, D.C. residence of his White House chef, Sam Kass. Obama partied the night away as the Missouri town of Ferguson erupted in fresh riots over the shooting death a week ago Saturday of unarmed 18 year old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.
Obama left for Kass’ home located a few blocks from the White House at Logan Circle around 6:30 p.m. EDT according to Bloomberg reporter Angela Greiling Keane.
Obama dining at the Logan Circle home of WH chef Sam Kass. No pressure.
— Angela GreilingKeane (@agreilingkeane) August 18, 2014
“Obama dining at the Logan Circle home of WH chef Sam Kass. No pressure.”
Keane was apparently part of the pool for the dinner as she tweeted about traffic along the way to Kass’ and posted a ‘goodnight West Wing’ photo at 11:46 p.m. just after Obama returned home.
Four hours and counting for Obama’s dinner with Sam Kass.
— Angela GreilingKeane (@agreilingkeane) August 19, 2014
Recipients of the pool report posted from it on Twitter: 11:54 p.m. “Obama had “a nearly 5-hour dinner & visit to the D.C. home of Sam Kass, the White House Sr Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy,” per pool.”
Obama had “a nearly 5-hour dinner & visit to the D.C. home of Sam Kass, the White House Sr Policy Advisor for Nutrition Policy,” per pool.
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) August 19, 2014
The Hill reported Obama was joined at the dinner party by a woman who was not his wife, deputy chief of staff Anita Decker Breckenridge.
Last night before he left his Martha’s Vineyard vacation for two days of meetings (and dinner parties) at the White House, Obama was photographed at a jazz concert while rioting broke out again in Ferguson. (The photo was deleted by the original poster but was preserved for history by others.)
According to the White House’s published schedule for Obama, he spent twice as much time partying Monday night than he spent on national security briefings and meetings Monday morning.
Obama announced Monday afternoon he was sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday. Obama is scheduled to resume his vacation on Wednesday.