Not necessarily, Ess. We don't know how many of these 27 concerts were actually "In Performance at the White House" affairs underwritten by corporate sponsors, or even how much of those costs, when they are, are underwritten by the corporations. I haven't been able to find a breakdown of how much is paid by the corporations for these things and how much by the taxpayers, I would assume the corporations pay for the expenses of the entertainment personality and maybe their entourage. I doubt they pay for the food, drinks, security, etc.
I know it's not as exciting in the original posting to say all these things, Denise. And I suspect that when you did the original posting, you hadn't actually thought about this sort of stuff and were probably too upset about the statements and claims in the original article to be much concerned about them.
The people who published the original article should have covered those bases in the original article for you. You were left hanging in the wind by people who were interested in a good lead and a good headline and not with the reality to back that sort of stuff up.
Some of your assumptions may be absolutely true. The fact that I don't happen to think so merely makes me a Democrat and doesn't make me right. I admit that. But your sources are treating you badly because they aren't giving you the extra details that you need about stuff like this, and that's unfair to you. They have you repeating allegations that they haven't shown you evidence to back up.
Even if the Bushes paid for the cost of their own family food , and it's a great story and may even be true, do your really think that makes much of a difference? The First Lady, should she be foolish enough to go out shopping for that food herself, would risk the lives of several Presidential Protection agents from the Secret Service without a lot of justification other than saving a few hundred back a week. Do you really think that's worth it? The possibility that she may be assassinated or others may die protecting her so she can buy groceries for the family? And do you really think that the food that's bought for the White house all comes from one particular store on a predictable schedule?
I don't think so. I think they probably have to buy a great deal of many varieties of food for safety, in case somebody was trying to poison one or more members of that family, so that several different versions of several different meals would have to be prepared, simply for safety. Again, the secret service would have to vet the vendors and potential vendors and the cooks.
Do you understand the cost and the risks involved in the security alone? We're not simply talking about the cost of five or six meals here; the first family couldn't even begin to cover the cost, given the security and safety questions involved. If there's company, the whole things complicates itself astronomically.