Not Eating with the Bushes
The poet, Sharon Olds, wrote to the First Lady of the Bush Administration, declining an invitation to dine:
I could not face the idea of breaking bread with you. . . I thought of the clean linens at your table, the shining knives and the flames of the candles, and I could not stomach it.
A couple of years earlier the cartoonist, Jules Feiffer regretted he could not join them for breakfast at The White House:
. . . it seems necessary on the occasion of a celebration of reading to press the point that words, at their finest, don’t set out to confuse or obscure. Their aim is to clarify.
But clarity is not what we’re getting from your husband’s White House. It seems that clarity would deny him a war.
. . . as for your breakfast, may I convey my regrets and best wishes to you and your guests.