Obama and GOP senators agree on lobster

Golden beet soup, hamachi tartar, and raw and cooked vegetable salad were some of the appetizers being offered.

Peanut butter crumble, a “Heart of Guanaja” chocolate tart and an iced Tahitian vanilla and praline bar were the sweet treats chosen for dessert.

Obama picked up the tab for the meal — which runs $85 per person for the prix fixe menu — for the dozen Republican senators.

His dining companions included: Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.), John McCain (Ariz.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), Bob Corker (Tenn.), Dan Coats (Ind.) Richard Burr (N.C.), Pat Toomey (Pa.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), John Hoeven (N.D.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.).

UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): We also hear that one person at the dinner opted for a vegetarian entree off the menu. Is there a plant-only lawmaker among the largely carnivorous crowd?

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