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People Who Weren't At Obama's $32,400 Dinner

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People Who Weren't At Obama's $32,400 Dinner

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President Barack Obama speaks at the commencement ceremony for the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., Friday, May 24, 2013. The president urged new graduates to exhibit honor and courage in tackling incidents of sexual assault as they assume leadership positions in the military. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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President Obama was back in town Wednesday night to see old friends -- couples who cared enough about him to spend $32,400 for a dinner at the home of Bettylu Saltzman, who has been funding Obama’s campaigns since he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004.

About 70 people attended. Your Ward Room blogger couldn’t afford the tickets, but he can put the price into perspective -- by telling you what kind of people WEREN’T there. Here’s a list of occupations that pay less in a year than Obama’s supporters spent to have a photo taken with the president.
 
Social and Human Service Assistants $30,880
Library Technicians $32,320
Teacher Assistants $25,310
Pharmacy Technicians $30,430
Veterinary Technicians $31,470
Home Health Aides $21,830
Nursing Assistants $25,620
Phlebotomists $30,910
Security Guards $27,240
Short Order Cooks $21,240
Bartenders $21,630
Waitresses $20,710
Dishwashers $18,930
Janitors $24,850
Landscapers $25,780
Movie Projectionists $21,600
Barbers $27,520
Cashiers $20,370
Models $26,110
Telemarketers $25,570
Hotel Desk Clerks $21,960
Couriers and Messengers $27,020
Farm workers $24,040
Bicycle repairers $25,250
Bakers $25,060
Tailors $29,170
Upholsterers $31,750
Woodworkers $30,140
Bus drivers $31,480
 
If your job is on this list, you weren't there.

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