The presidential cocktail party took place last night, just in time to celebrate the passage of the new, monopartisan stimulus package. ABC News reports:
Six House Democrats, six House Republicans, six Senate Democrats, six Senate Republicans (were invited, along with their spouses). In addition…several senior White House staffers will be in attendance, including press secretary Robert Gibbs, senior adviser David Axelrod, senior adviser Pete Rouse, and deputy chief of staff Mona Sutphen.
Hors d’œuvres — chicken curry, wagyu steak — will be served in addition to drinks.
The steak part is where the story gets interesting. Let’s assume that more than 52 people attended the party. Wagyu porterhouse (otherwise known as Kobe) can costs up to $100/lb. MSNBC describes what it is:
The ne plus ultra of beef is commonly known as Kobe, but Kobe is merely the prefecture in Japan where insanely expensive meat, sometimes $500 a pound for the real thing, happens to be produced. These are the well-known cows whose diet is reputedly augmented with sake and beer, and regular massages to soften their meat and enhance the marbling of their fat.
Kobe beef comes from Wagyu cattle, much as French Champagne comes from pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. If you happen to eat Kobe-style beef in the United States, it’s probably from Wagyu cattle raised over here, though the folks in Kobe haven’t waged a geographic labeling war like the winemakers of Champagne did.
Wagyu beef is exquisitely tender, with soft fat that can all but melt at human body temperature, meaning it must be handled with care — should you be lucky enough to get your hands on some.
Moral of the story: Politicians are once again telling us to buckle down for hard times while using tax dollars to dine on melt-in-your-mouth delicacies. Time for a cookout, guys. It would be more inspirational.