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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)

    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.