It's not clear whether this is being privately subsidized by the Obamas, or whether the taxpayers are ponying up for the cost. But there is something about this that screams a bit of wretched excess, is there not? For people who have made much of their humble roots, the Obamas have apparently slipped quite easily into the high life.
I grew up in St. Louis, and I have lived in Washington, D.C. I looove St. Louis pizza, but frankly, one can find a pretty adequate pie in the District.
Can you imagine the screaming about corporate excess if a CEO -- with a strapped company, dependent on the taxpayers (as President Obama's "organization" is) -- had behaved this way, even on his own dime? No doubt the President would simply conclude that the CEO was being paid too much, and that it denoted a profoundly unhealthy "culture."
Apparently, the rules are different if you're the leader of the federal government. In the Obama era, accountability is only for the private sector.