Obama dines with the Getty’s as Gulf dies

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President Obama is scheduled to make a visit to the Gulf on Friday.  First things first though:

Scoop du jour: Forget politics. What inquiring, food-centric minds really want to know is, exactly what did President Barack Obama dine upon Tuesday night at the home of philanthropists Ann and Gordon Getty, where Sen. Barbara Boxer held a $17,600-a-plate dinner in support of her re-election campaign?

Who is Gordon Getty? Oh, nobody in particular:

[T]he fourth child of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty…. When his father died in 1976, Gordon assumed control of Getty’s US$2 billion trust. According to the Forbes 400, as of September 2008 his net worth is $2.5 billion, making him number 163 on the list of the richest Americans.

Of course, I’m sure there’s absolutely no connection whatsoever with the crisis in the Gulf and the timing of Obama’s fundraising dinner with a rich oil magnate.

Besides, the meal sounds positively scrumptious!

With gourmet Getty chef Jennifer Johnson at the stoves, you can be sure the 100 or so supporters who were expected got their money’s worth.

So Tuesday night, the plan was passed hors d’oeuvres, including quail egg with caviar and salmon ceviche with jicama and avocado on a tortilla chip.

Johnson’s first course featured a spring onion-asparagus tartlet with Meyer lemon vinaigrette-dressed frisee salad.

A main course of braised Kobe beef short ribs with potato puree and a salsa verde-topped spring vegetable ragout was followed by buckwheat crepes with roasted cherries and almond ice cream.

Rumor has it the quail eggs appetizer was a last minute substitute, because good Gulf shrimp is just too hard to find nowadays.  


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  1. on whether the quails eggs were deviled.

    • Edger on May 26, 2010 at 20:42

    No wonder he wanted to be president. He gets to act presidential.

  2. because I’m a glutton for punishment.

    • Xanthe on May 26, 2010 at 21:34
  3. … disconnect.

    Money from oil smells sweeter when it has aged for a while and been used for good purpose for a decade or so.

    What is so strange is that I have no idea what Obama actually thinks and feels about this whole disaster in the Gulf.

    His not meeting with the families of the 11 men who died is strange (if I’m wrong about that, please correct me).

    Not as a photo op, just meeting with the families.

    I wonder at this point if it’s even possible for him to see anything that hasn’t been vetted first by his handlers.

    I wonder if any of our so-called representatives see anything real nowadays or if fundraising and power politics are all that’s left in our shell of a government.

    • jim p on May 27, 2010 at 04:11

    Just to be fair, his bio does say he sold off his oil interests long ago. Though he is a venture capitalist, which would be interesting to know what he backs.

    Off the topic: I’m here tonight because it’s the only way I can not comment over at a DKos diary about Obama telling us pushing a progressive agenda is, well,  “it’s hard work.” So we should cut him some slack.

    It think pointing out the irony would explode at least me, if not the site.

    Forgive me for taking advantage here to get that out.

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