President Joe Biden is clueless and a hypocrite on many levels.
He proved that again during the state dinner hosted in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron to shore up relations. In 2021, the Biden administration caused a rift with France when they signed a submarine agreement with Australia, which threw a wrench into the agreement the Australians were negotiating with France—one of numerous things the Biden White House has messed up during his time in office.
The meal featured caviar and butter-poached lobster.
In the midst of crippling inflation, an event like this takes place, even though ordinary Americans have no money to feed their families due to his actions. Talk about not caring. That's it in a nutshell. Sure, Biden's staff is now accusing us of the inflation he created; that's how unprofessional they have become.
However, there was another issue. Democratic Rep. Jared Golden from Maine's 2nd Congressional District tore into Biden over the menu.
“If the Biden White House can prioritize purchasing 200 Maine lobsters for a fancy dinner,” Golden wrote, “@POTUS should also take the time to meet with the Maine lobstermen his administration is currently regulating out of business.”
Bravo to Golden for having the fortitude to speak out against Biden on this issue and actually representing his constituency. Golden has also shown a willingness at times to confront Biden’s bad ideas and voted against his American Rescue Plan, which helped create the inflation that we're now experiencing.
Being a lobster fisherman can be an extremely difficult job just as it is; however, add the Biden/Democratic rules, and you've got yourself the ingredients for complete failure.
“In 2020, while running for president, Biden pledged, ‘I will work to protect the livelihood and safety of the fishing community,’ in reference to lobstermen. He has yet to take a single action to make good on that pledge,” Golden said in October. “You cannot espouse being a president for working people while simultaneously overseeing the destruction of an entire blue-collar fishery and its community’s heritage and way of life.”
Political leaders from both parties have urged Biden to revise the regulations on lobster fishing. These regulations prohibit the use of certain fishing gear due to conservationists' claims that it may harm endangered whales, despite the fact that there's no evidence that it has caused the death of any whale. The issue prompted the Marine Stewardship Council and Seafood Watch to withdraw their support for the lobster industry. Whole Foods announced it would end the sale of lobster in its retail stores this month.
In September, the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch designated Maine lobster as a food item to “avoid,” directly citing the threat the industry supposedly poses to right whales. Many food-distribution firms, including the meal-order biggies Hello Fresh and Blue Apron, followed the recommendations of the Watch and announced that they would remove Maine lobster from their menus. On November 21, Whole Foods announced it would no longer purchase Maine lobster. In its announcement, the company cited the Watch’s designation.
Maine's congressional delegation and representatives of the fishermen have condemned the actions. At a September 9 press conference, Senator Angus King (I-ME) called the Monterey Bay Aquarium an “arrogant fish zoo” and has since introduced legislation known as the “Red List Monterey Bay Aquarium Act” that aims to reduce federal funds for the nonprofit. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) is a co-sponsor.
Biden continues to want to eat lobster even as he puts fishermen out of business. But he still claims to care about the workers. This is a farce. It’s waving the issue in their faces as Biden punishes them with absurd restrictions. While he's enjoying lobster, Biden is keeping the rest of us from accessing it. Biden is causing so much damage that some Democrats are even prepared to confront him about it.