Politics

White House Attempts to Avoid Scandal, Creates Scandal

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Barack Obama

In a strange turn of events, President Obama has quickly gone from gracious beer summit moderator, to rude, inhospitable lunch host. Fox News, NBC, and Politico (and probably many more media outlets) have reported on what was intended to be a non-story:

Four of the most powerful business leaders in America arrived at the White House one day last month for lunch with President Barack Obama, sitting down in his private dining room just steps from the Oval Office.

But even for powerful CEOs, there's no such thing as a free lunch: White House staffers collected credit card numbers for each executive and carefully billed them for the cost of the meal with the president.