**Written by Doug Powers
Preparing to host a dinner for the President of the United States is a huge undertaking, as one wealthy Rhode Island woman discovered when she decided to host a $7,500 a seat DCCC fundraising dinner featuring Barack Obama.
In the days leading up to last night’s fundraising dinner, the Providence Journal outlined what was involved in serving the president:
When President Obama sits down to dinner on Monday night in Providence, Rhode Island fruit and vegetables, cheeses, meats and chocolates will be on the table. From community gardens to a vineyard, the state’s culinary community has grown to the point it can feed a president from its own backyard.
As soon as Johnnie Chace knew she’d host the president for a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at her home with husband Arnold “Buff” Chace, she followed one very local path to serve what she hopes is an amazing meal.
“The first thing I thought was this is a great chance to showcase Rhode Island and focus on the hard-working people who bring us our food,” she said.
Preparing the food for the $7,500-a-seat fundraiser are the chef/owners of the iconic Providence restaurant Al Forno, George Germon and Johanne Killeen. They were to be out of town on Monday, but when Chace called them two weeks ago, they changed their plans to serve the president.
The chefs should have kept their original plans, because the president dashed before dining:
President Obama’s final stop was a $7,500-a-head fundraiser in the well-appointed home of Arnold “Buff” and Johnnie Chace on the East Side, not far from Brown University.
The president spoke for about 20 minutes, then left before the dinner of locally grown foods by celebrated Rhode Island chefs — including lobster risotto — that Mrs. Chace had planned.
Mr. Obama concluded his remarks at about 7:30, saying he couldn’t stay for dinner.
“I’ve got to go home to tuck in the girls and walk the dog and scoop the poop,” he said.
There’s no greater compliment you can pay to chefs than by talking about dog s*#t just before everybody eats and then skipping out on the meal they cancelled their prior engagements in order to serve you.
But I’m sure Bo appreciated the contents of his doggie bag, and the Democrats appreciate the tens of thousands of dollars from which these fools and their money were soon parted. But it’s far from the first time that’s happened, so maybe they’re used to it.
**Written by Doug Powers
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