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Could the Obamas be any more “let ‘em eat cake”?
What are we trying to prove here, with the transformation of the South Lawn of the White House – in February – into a Claude Monet-inspired water-lily garden for the state dinner to honor French premier Francois Hollande? Seriously, the guy’s not even bringing a Sig-O: someone to at least look glamorous in a Dior gown and some bangles or something. All we get to see is his beagle-like mug suspended over a tux. How much is this costing the American taxpayer?
Equally to the point, why is Monet being used as the inspiration for a costly, over-the-top outdoors-in-the-dead-of-winter shindig, when it would be more appropriate – and a lot cheaper – to go with an iconic image from American art?
At LU, we’ve assembled some lower-budget suggestions. Come up with your own, if you like. The possibilities are endless.
James Whistler, Portrait of the Artist’s Mother
Thomas Hart Benton, Arts of the West
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