No, I'm not talking about China the country, I'm talking about the mega-expensive chinaware that the outgoing Bushes have just purchased so that the Obamas can have their first White House dinner party in style. The cost: $485,000!!!!! What???? Don't they have any idea how many other things, which are way more useful, they can buy with that kind of money?
Thankfully, there is a private foundation that foots the bill so the rest of us, the taxpayers who use paper plates (haha), don't have to pay for it.
Here's an idea: Just go to Target, get a matching set of dishes and use those for the world's leaders and dignitaries. I'll bet they would never know the difference because Target has some really nice things.