— The Hill (@thehill) December 31, 2016
However unsatisfactory your own evening’s plans, at least you’re not spending it in the company of people who’ve paid good money to hang around Lord Smallgloves. Per Politico:
Mar-a-Lago, the pricey private resort in Palm Beach, Florida, sold hundreds of tickets at more than $500 a piece to an annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza planned for Saturday night that will feature a very special guest: the president-elect of the United States of America and his family.
President-elect Donald Trump owns the members-only luxury resort, which each year sells tickets to swank parties it throws on holidays and special occasions, including New Year’s Eve, Thanksgiving and Christmas…
Sean Spicer, Trump’s incoming White House press secretary, on a Friday morning conference call with reporters, said the party is already “sold out” with more than 800 people scheduled to attend, including actor Sylvester Stallone and music producer Quincy Jones, in addition to Trump, his wife, incoming first lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron Trump.
A person who travels in Palm Beach society circles said that tickets to the party were being sold for $525 each for members and $575 each for guests…
Incoming White House Director of Strategic Communications Hope Hicks rejected criticisms that Mar-a-Lago was selling access to the president-elect.
“The transition is not concerned about the appearance of a conflict,” she said. “This is an annual celebratory event at the private club, like others that have continued to occur since the election. Additionally, the president cannot and does not have a conflict.”…
“When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”
Just got back from our wrap-up-the-year dinner at an ‘upscale chain’ burger joint (because it’s close enough we didn’t have to trust our luck on the freeway). Contemplating whether I should take a nap before watching the midnight fireworks on television, or maybe invite the Spousal Unit to join me for a Netflix movie instead. The predicted ‘light wintery mix’ is just starting to precipitate… and for the moment, my life is perfectly satisfactory.
What’s on the agenda for the night, celebratory or otherwise?
What are the odds Trump spends some real time pondering if he can charge for White House tours? https://t.co/AtJLH5MeFj
— Schooley (@Rschooley) December 31, 2016