I think it is great for us to have an Unofficial Bee Ambassador at the White House. Even if it was on the tax payer dime that 1 hive and extractor might be 1000.00 tops, that is a small price to pay for the publicity it gives us. A single hosted meal at the White House costs much more than that I am sure.
The hive of bees didn't cost anything. From what I know when the chef for this Administration took over the kitchen he heard that Charlie Brandt was a beekeeper and started talking to him about bringing out a hive. Mr Brandt offered to move one of his hives to the White House lawn and our Bee Ambassador was born.