First he takes heat for not letting women play in his pickup basketball games, and now this. Republicans are claiming that President Obama is using the White House bowling alley like the Lincoln bedroom. Kinky? Sorry, no.
Critics are saying that if you donate mucho bucks to the Democrats, Obama will let you roll free games in the bowling alley at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Does this include video game tokens and free pizza? The answer is unclear.
Oh politics, how can we not love you?
Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele, bowling average unknown, called on the administration to immediately release the names of such donors. The White House is denying any such quid pro quo, saying the whole thing “doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
The Washington Times reported that at least 39 Democratic donors and fund-raisers attended a reception at the White House on St. Patrick’s Day and a party to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. The newspaper also said that one donor was treated to a birthday visit to the Oval Office, another used the bowling alley in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, and others watched movies in the White House theater.
(Washington Times: Democratic donors can also try for prizes with the claw vending machine. Ooh, I’m going to go for the rider on health care legislation!)