Sunday, October 26, 2014
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What's for Dinner?

How bout that White House dinner for Guvs last night?

What's for Dinner?

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Hey, what's for dinner at your house tonight?

BE: I don't know, probably beans and franks, why?

JB: Oh boy, too bad you're not eating like your elected leaders.

BE: I don't follow.

JB: Yeah, most people don't. See the White House holds these state dinners for elected folks such as governors. There was one last night.

BE: Wait. You mean while the rest of us eat...

JB: Cake.

BE: This is going to depress me, isn't it?

JB: No, no. It's your government at work, setting an example, showing how connected it is to the ongoing plight of the people who pay for it all.

BE: Is that sarcasm?

JB: I got the menu for last night's National Governors Association dinner from the White House press corps pool report.

BE: OK. Tell me.

JB: Salad of roasted pears, homemade ricotta, walnut crisps on White House Kitchen Garden Greens; scallops with spiced mango chutney; "surf & turf" of Black Angus Beef and blue crab; black beans and rice and plantain chips; coconut sorbet in a coconut shell with poached tropical fruits and White House honey, each course paired with American wines from California, Washingrton and New York.

BE: Just like at my house.

JB: And it's nice that the governors, so strapped for money that they're cutting services and laying off workers and reducing benefits for the needy, can find time to take a little nourishment. Though check this pic of Gov. Christie. Maybe he didn't like going off his diet.

BE: Gov. Walker didn't go, did he?

JB: Not according to Politico.com. Plus, he probably can't get throught the crowd of protesters in Wisconsin.

BE: Other no-shows?

JB: California's Brown and New York's Cuomo stayed home, according to that same report.

BE: Gov. Corbett?

JB: You betcha!

BE: Well, in fairness, it was only a meal.

JB: Right, and even though the rest of us take pay and benefit cuts IF WE HAVE A JOB, face prolonged economic recovery, get to listen to our politicians tell us how tough things are and we ALL have to sacrifice, I think it's nice that normal traditions such as lavish banquets for people making six-figures in taxpayer money can continue as if everything's just fine.

BE: That's sarcasm again, isn't it?

JB: GRRRR!

John Baer Daily News Political Columnist
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John Baer has been covering politics and government for the Daily News since 1987. The National Journal in 2002 called Baer one of the country's top 10 political journalists outside Washington, saying Baer has, "the ability to take the skin off a politician without making it hurt too much." E-mail John at baerj@phillynews.com.

John is the author of the book "On The Front Lines of Pennsylvania Politics: Twenty-Five Years of Keystone Reporting" (The History Press, 2012). Reach John at baerj@phillynews.com.

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