The White House held its annual picnic this year for the press and Congress. It looks like everyone had a great time even though they weren't able to have a traditional pig roast because of environmental concerns. They even were able to raise some money for charity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_7b0GqKglE
Its no wonder that Americans disapprove of the job Congress has been doing. http://www.pollingreport.com/CongJob.htm While many hard working Americans are struggling to keep their homes, find new jobs or to simply put food on the table the elites in Washington are enjoying themselves at our expense. It must be nice to have a virtually limitless checking account (the American taxpayer) to fund these types of activities. Look even in the best of times these types of events are ridiculous. This is not an event to meet other heads of state, which are necessary although one could argue extravagant, but rather a party for our elected representatives. Most of these people are millionaires, including the President, it would have been nice if they opened their own wallets and paid for it since we are in the biggest recession since the Great Depression. But who am I kidding with budgets of between $2-4 million for each member in Congress plus a salary of $170k and the best medical care and pension plan money can buy these guys have it really tough. I mean when you compare the perks Congress has to what our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan get, an average annual salary of between $12-30k including combat pay plus three meals, a cot and the daily fear that today could be your last day on earth, its equal right!?