Rant of a Taxpayer
Laura Bush told Newsweek
that she wanted a new White House chef who could make "American food", like "barbeque" and "Tex-Mex".
The White House has a chef because it has often given state dinners in the past. The Bush's don't seem interested in state dinners. If you're not going to hold big dinners, you don't need a chef: you need a cook.
We pay the President $400K, provide a house, and an expense account. If his wife wants a cook, he can afford to hire one, although, since his wife doesn't seem to have a lot to do, I don't understand why she can't cook for the two of them.
If they like a particular meal from Crawford, they spend enough time there to buy the food and freeze it for use at the White House, or they could order out. Washington has a lot of restaurants and the eateries that sell barbeque and Tex-Mex usually have take out. At one time I might have been worried about security concerns, but after Gannon, that's obviously not a problem at the White House these days.
Paying an executive chef to make tamales for two people is not my idea of a reasonable use of tax dollars, nor is buying a yacht or new helicopters when the deficit is at a half trillion dollars a year.
Just a hint Laura: there are hungry children in this country with two working parents, so don't expect me for care that you can't get tacos from the White House kitchen when your husband is cutting food stamps.[Edit: My Dad retired years before my Mother and he did the cooking because he was the one with the time.]