Just another reason our country is in so much debt. $485,000 for CHINA!?!? (I'm talking about plates and saucers, not the country.) Perhaps this "historical committee" should put their funds toward something bit more educational or at the VERY least, practical. This makes me want to spit on the White house steps.
Shoot, I've been deciding for over a year now whether or not to upgrade our tableware. I sure hope the Obamas are a bit more frugal when it comes to frivolous spending.