Obama’s Congressional Picnic Will Be a Luau

Posted June 24, 2009 at 5:21pm

If ribs with purplish red sauce on a grill are what you like — sorry, no more Texas barbecue on the South Lawn.

Instead, President Barack Obama will throw Congress a Hawaiian luau when he gathers Members at the White House for the annual Congressional picnic Thursday. Obama was born in Honolulu and spent his teen years there.

Lawmakers will have their pick of some 4,400 pieces of shrimp, 4,400 Manila clams, 200 pounds of tilapia, 650 pounds of pork butt, and 200 pounds of chicken thighs, among other treats. And yes, there will be ribs, but with a Pacific twang to them.

Leave your diet back on Capitol Hill. Organizers have also ordered 120 pounds of butter.

And no luau would be complete without grass skirts and music.

“The program will include 20 dancers and musicians from Hawaii showcasing the historical and cultural stories of the islands through traditional song and dance, known as hula,— said a statement by the Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau.