The White House Dossier blog has this juicy tidbit:
President Obama will be celebrating his 50th birthday in style at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Prices for admission will range from the pauper rate of $50 to the deluxe package (which includes a private dinner with the President and live entertainment) for $35,800.
"Undoubtably, the sight of so much money getting thrown around and dissolute stars crooning to Obama will make a stirring contrast with a federal government bankruptcy featuring unpaid government workers, seniors and soldiers wondering how they’ll afford the groceries, shuttered national parks, and angry investors trying to cash out their Treasury Bills.
"If the government defaults, you can be sure the birthday bacchanal will do much more to harm Obama’s reelection prospects than help them. Maybe House GOP Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who has been refusing to back down while needling Obama to the extent that the president stomped out of a White House meeting yesterday, already knows this...."