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Obama and the Media: No Free Ride

Too funny:

Call this column “Another look inside the presidential campaign” … or, “That was one great turkey sandwich!”
It’s a story about April 11, the day H-T reporter James Boyd tagged along with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on a swing through southern Indiana. Boyd drove to Columbus, got on a bus and rode back to Bloomington, where Obama stopped at the Women’s Little 500 and then walked through Nick’s.
The bus had begun the morning in Indianapolis and continued on to Terre Haute for an evening event. Last week, we got a bill from the Obama campaign, which we expected. We didn’t want or expect a free ride or free food.
The details of the invoice were surprising, however.
Meals: $115.62.
Bus: $226.17.
Supplies: $5.54.
Files: $91.41.
Invoice total: $438.74.
 … Boyd essentially was billed $115.62 for a cup of soup and a turkey sandwich, because the campaign bills only for the day — not a la carte. … Too bad we didn’t send a hungry surrogate to breakfast and dinner, since we were paying for the meals.

Paying $115 for soup and a sandwich? Happened to me once ordering room service in New York, but in Bloomington?

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