If you are the president, it helps to have a good appetite. Yesterday, President Barack Obama was in Chicago for three quick events. Here was his schedule:
4:45 p,m. to 5:45 p.m. A fund-raising cocktail party complete with American wines and heavy hors d'oeuvres at Chicago’s Top Celebrity Hangout, Chicago Cut (300 N. LaSalle Street). The group of 26 guests hosted by Mesirow Financial Chairman and CEO Richard Price paid $32,400-a-ticket as part of a roundtable benefitting the Democratic National Committee. Commenting on the choice of Chicago Cut as the venue, Price said "We knew Chicago Cut Steakhouse would be the perfect spot because of their iconic location, superior service and classic Chicago cuisine.”
After the roundtable was completed, the President took photos with members of the Chicago Police Department, State Police as well as members of the Chicago Fire Department. "This is a once in a lifetime moment," said Nakia Fenner, a Chicago police sergeant. "This is history in the making. I'm honored and humbled. I look forward to sharing this with my department, my children and my church," said Verdi Allen, Deputy District Chief of the Chicago Fire Department.
5:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Dinner for three at Chicago Cut with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod joining the president. The President’s order: A USDA Prime dry aged bone-in ribeye, served with green beans almandine and hash browns. If you look closely, you can see it on the menu which he signed before leaving the restaurant.
After dinner the threesome headed to the private Lincoln Park residence of Obama donors Craig Freedman and Grace Tsao-Wu for, what else but, another dinner--a $10,000 a plate DNC dinner with 55 donors. Then it was back to the White House (and maybe a quick run on the treadmill before bed).
Lots of food and fund-raising.
All in a day's work.
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