Visiting industry CEO’s dined over lunch with President Obama in his private dining room recently. They were asked for their credit card and were charged for their lunch. It begs the question: Did Sgt. Crowley and Henry Gates pay for their beers? Did they pay for the President’s beers?
Around the table with Barack Obama that afternoon were Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox Corporation; Muhtar Kent, CEO of The Coca-Cola Company; AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson; and Honeywell International CEO Dave Cote.
“From time to time, White House guests are asked to reimburse for their, meals the reasons include ensuring there is no conflict or appearance of a conflict,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki. “That is consistent with our tough ethics rules and we will continue the practice when appropriate.”
Tough ethics? Bwwwwaaaaahahahahahahaaaaaaa! What ethics?
If you think it a cheap-shot to note the lack of ethics but not list the lack of ethics, my apologies. We’ve talked about them ad nauseum. Let’s move on and just acknowledge what we know in our head and see with our eyes.