RUSH: Last night the president of France, Francois Hollande, and the Obamas and 350 of their closest friends dined on caviar and quail eggs, dry-aged rib-eye steak served with blue cheese, charred shallots, oyster mushrooms, and braised chard. They dined in the gigantic tent lavishly decorated to replicate a Monet painting of spring in sunny France. Outside the tent, 17 degrees.
For dessert, they enjoyed cake made with chocolate from Hawaii, Florida tangerines, and cotton candy dusted with orange zest. Michelle Obama wore a designer dress estimated to have cost $12,000, designed by Carolina Herrera. Today, President Obama will give another speech about the horrors of income inequality. Well, that's a transition after all of that excess. By the way... (interruption) Yeah, $12,000 for a dress. (interruption)
Well, they didn't say. That $12,000 is a guesstimate from the social doyenne of Washington, DC, Sally Quinn. I mean, no, they didn't announce it's $12,000. Sally Quinn's out there guessing, and being that she's the social doyenne, if she says it's 12 grand, that's what it's gonna be. It's designed by Carolina Herrera. I've got a picture of it here. In fact, I want to show you this. Let just turn the Dittocam off. I'm gonna zoom in on this.
For those of you that are members of Rush 24/7, you'll be able to see this. For those of you who are not, please bear with me 'cause it's worth it for those who are. Let me get a little closer here. All right, here we go. I'm turning the Dittocam on. There you have it. There is Michelle Obama and the $12,000 gown by Carolina Herrera, and the French president Hollande is in the middle, and there's Obama.
You'll notice that this dress is bigger than the president of France. Here, let me make one more adjustment here and I'll show you this again. Take a look at that picture. The little guy in the middle is the socialist dictator -- well, not dictator. He's the socialist president of France. On the left, that's not Oprah. Don't confuse that. That's Michelle Obama. I saw a picture of this from the rear. That's why I thought it was Oprah.
I did. People looking at this, imagine that from... Anyway, you see that dress is bigger than the president of France. (interruption) Marie Antoinette dress. Exactly right. Anyway, that's how it looked last night as they headed into the tent for the exciting state dinner. In the meantime, President Obama today is going to give another speech about the horrors of income inequality. Just amazing.
RUSH: I reported it to you, and you can trust me, but let's do the sound bites. In fact, let's start with Sally Quinn. We opened the program talking about Moochelle Obama's dress that was the talk of the state dinner last night for Francois Hollande.
Of course, the only observation worth making is that dress -- honestly, folks -- is bigger than Francois Hollande. The dress is bigger than the president of France, and of course the female members of the press corps were abuzz trying to figure out how much it cost. So they went to the social doyenne in Washington, Sally Quinn. Last night she was on Erin Burnett OutFront on CNN. Burnett said, "What about the cost of the overall dinner? They said the first dinner with India could be $600,000. Where do you think tonight's dinner will rank?"
QUINN: I think that dress probably cost around $12,000. But that's just my guess.
BURNETT: I think that's an informed guess, but okay!
QUINN: No, no. I mean -- (laughing)
BURNETT: Thank you for throwing it out there. (laughing)
RUSH: So there you have it. That means the dress cost $12,000. If Sally Quinn said the dress cost $12,000, then it did.
RUSH: Back to Sally Quinn on Erin Burnett OutFront. After saying that she thought the first lady's dress cost $12,000, she then said this...
QUINN: The Obamas have entertained less, had fewer state dinners than most presidents because they don't particularly like to entertain. They keep to themselves a lot, but also because of the economy. I mean, you know, they... When people are starving and don't have jobs, it doesn't look good to spend too much money, but I think that the economy is up enough now and it's important for us to entertain the French. So I think this is... It's worth every penny.
RUSH: That is absolute gobbledygook. Every syllable of that is literal lunacy. In the first place, the Obamas have not cut back on entertaining. They're just not doing official state dinners. They've got concerts and all kinds of stuff going on in the White House. There's all kinds of parties down going on in there. It's constant. The press just doesn't report on all of it. This is the most ostentatiously living first couple I can recall.
Here's Sally Quinn, "Well, you know, people are starving." Really? And the economy being bad? You know, you can't spend a lot conspicuously. It just doesn't look good and so forth. People starving? This bunch has taken airplanes left and right separately on vacations all over the world. They're dropping money like it doesn't cost anything. To say that these people are dialing it back for appearances sake?
They're living like royalty! And they're doing so on purpose, and they're flaunting it, and then this silly notion that the economy is up enough now, and it's "important for us to entertain the French." Why? Why is it important for us to entertain the French, and on whose evidence is the economy up? Oh, yeah, but, you know, that was smoke and mirrors, too. Moochelle had this thing on Saturday night about a month ago.
Oh, yeah, it was Moochelle's 50th birthday, and they told everybody, "Eat before you come." That was to make it look like they were cutting back, solidarity with the starving. They were serving food at the thing. There were little finger sandwiches, all kinds of hors d'oeuvres. It was out of their personal account. Supposedly it was out of their personal budget.
That was the excuse given for why they were dialing it back, but it was heavy hors d'oeuvres. Have you ever been to a heavy hors d'oeuvres party? You don't eat dinner after a heavy hors d'oeuvre cocktail party, by definition. So they were serving food at the thing. Now, if it had been a bring your own booze or doobies, that would have been something entirely different, but bring your own food? Eat before you come?