How Government Works

Cocktail party at the White House!  Now, this is the sort of cigar-chomping, scotch-swilling, back-room deal-wheeling most commonly associated with graft and decadence. If a Republican president was doing it, (or any old rich white man), a self-righteous progressive could easily be appalled at the mere appearance of the thing.  But it’s Barack, so brokering the disbursal of a trillion taxpayer dollars over Manhattans seems irresistibly cool, in a Mad Men, Rat Pack sort of way.  Besides, if I were a robber baron or a top-level statesman, I would absolutely hold my last meeting of the day over a smooth G&T.  That’s just stress management, people.

Also, when the business is done and the games begin, Obama has the world’s best Kings cup:

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