On Christmas Eve, the Obama White House posted on social media a photograph of a huge ginger bread house on display in the executive mansion, which had some Americans thinking more Marie Antoinette than Merry Christmas.
“Let them eat gingerbread,” one social media user said in response.
The 500-pound gingerbread house is an exact replica of the White House and was designed by Executive Pastry Chef Susan Morrison.
“A lot of love goes into this 500 pound gingerbread house!” Morrison is quoted in the White House post.
Interestingly, The Associated Press noted that this year’s gingerbread house differs from past efforts in a not-so-subtle way … Morrison used dark chocolate “instead of white chocolate as in years past.”
"A lot of love goes into this 500 pound gingerbread house!" —Susie Morrison, head pastry chef at the White House pic.twitter.com/lxWaNEMhbz
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) December 24, 2015
Included among the reactions on social media was a reminder that some Americans struggling in a tepid Obama economy don’t have the luxury of affording to build a gingerbread house of their own.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@WhiteHouse Paging Marie Antoinette
— Lyz Estrada (@lyz_estrada) December 24, 2015
“Let Them Eat Gingerbread.” – The @WhiteHouse #NewVersailles https://t.co/tbS0nZf0We
— Craig S. Bell (@craig_s_bell) December 24, 2015
A lot of love and taxpayer money. https://t.co/pMWmuVtXVC
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) December 24, 2015
.@WhiteHouse also, a metric shit-ton of money beaten out of middle class taxpayers https://t.co/9y6wTVYM4Q
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) December 24, 2015
@iowahawkblog @WhiteHouse Save a piece for Michelle Antoinette
— Joseph Casassa (@JosephCasassa) December 24, 2015
93,000,000 Americans are out of the work force. Let them eat gingerbread cake, I guess. https://t.co/64zxMwUETa
— LHeal (@lheal) December 24, 2015
@WhiteHouse Nice to see our tax dollars at work. You better warn the chef, Michele is gonna flip out over that non-nutritious snack there.
— An Angry Hamster (@TxAngryHamster) December 24, 2015
.@WhiteHouse Id love to have a Gingerbread house for Christmas, but my Obamacare went up $350.00 and I can not afford it.
— Hana Five O (@HanaFiveO) December 25, 2015
@WhiteHouse A quarter ton of waste. So apropos for this administration.
— John Burtner كافر (@JohnBurtner) December 24, 2015
@WhiteHouse where is the crescent?
— Pinkviolet (@lulupink12) December 24, 2015
@WhiteHouse So at the unveiling did Michelle Obama say – Let them eat cake!
— Summer (@Sunshine2078) December 25, 2015
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