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April 3rd, 2009:

Obama & the European hospitality snub

When the CEOs of America’s biggest banks came by the White House last Friday, the President’s team faced an interesting challenge: how to subtly overcome the inherent honor of a White House visit and communicate to the CEO’s that they are in big trouble.

The solution they came up with: skip the normal White House welcome, and receive the CEOs the with some European style hospitality.

Politico has the story:

There were signs from the outset that this was a business event, not a social gathering. At each place around the table sat a single glass of water. No ice. For those who finished their glass, no refills were offered.

There you have it.

Free refills and ice are such a part of America that the President of the United States can sunb someone by keeping their water luke-warm and allowing their glass to remain empty.

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