From the New York Post:
After pushing Congress for weeks to hurry up and pass the massive $787 billion stimulus bill, President Obama promptly took off for a three-day holiday getaway.
Obama arrived at his home in Chicago on Friday, and treated wife Michelle to a Valentine's Day dinner downtown last night. The couple was spotted leaving upscale Table Fifty-Two, which specializes in Southern cuisine, with the first lady toting what appeared to be a doggie bag.
The president plans to spend the Presidents' Day weekend in the Windy City, and is not expected to sign the bill until Tuesday, when he travels to Denver to discuss his economic plan.
Both the House and Senate passed the bill Friday night.
The push to get the bill through before the holiday weekend was so frantic, members of Congress didn't have a chance to read all 1,071 pages of the document before they could vote.
"In a perfect world it would have been nice to have had more time to process it," said Ilan Kayatsky, a spokesman for Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).
Well, the world is always "perfect" inside Table Fifty-Two where dinner can run as much as $120 per person price fixe, plus appetizer and drinks. Yes, the chef/owner at Fifty-Two has been Oprah's personal chef. He's very well connected. And yes, it's almost impossible to get reservations at Fifty-Two - unless you're one of the elites or a FOO (Friend Of Oprah). This place is beyond exclusive.
One reviewer at Zagat described Table Fifty-Two as "snooty" and said "the people here are very pleased with themselves."
Are you surprised?