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Leon Panetta’s expensive New Year’s toast, thanks to Osama bin Laden

The oldest bottle in his friend’s restaurant? an 1870 Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Years ago, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made a bet with a restaurateur around his CIA-led mission to find Osama Bin Laden: If Panetta’s team caught Bin Laden, Ted Balestreri would open up a bottle of wine that predates the first automobile. Now that time’s come. With Bin Laden dead, Balestreri will uncork that 141-year-old bottle around New Year’s Eve. Did we mention the bottle costs between $10,000 and $15,000? Careful to walk a line, though, one of Panetta’s spokespeople notes that this gesture isn’t meant to celebrate Bin Laden’s death. “Secretary Panetta has had New Year’s Eve gatherings with toasts with friends for years and this year there will be a special toast,” noted Douglas Wilson, the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. source

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October 27, 2011 // 22:51 // 2 years ago
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  4. stuffalongtheroad said: Does anyone else think that the idea of one of our alleged leaders sitting around with his powerful friends sipping a $15,000 wine while there are people in America who made less than that last year, is symptomatic of our problems in this country?
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