House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today demanded that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turn over documents concerning what he called “excessively lavish” spending for official White House state dinners.
Issa also released a video titled “All the President’s Parties” comparing President Obama’s promises to cut wasteful federal spending with examples of extravagance drawn from the dinners for foreign dignitaries.
“During these tough economic times, Americans are reining in their spending wherever possible,” Issa said in the Nov. 1 letter to Clinton, citing recent reporting byThe Washington Examiner. “The executive branch should be mindful of this. Reports of excessively lavish events, however, indicate the opposite.” (See the complete letter in the embedded viewer beneath this story.)