Bizarre US Embassy Independence Day extravaganza with 800 guests in Budapest

Every year on July 4 the US Embassy in Budapest has a garden party with a couple of dozen invited Hungarian guests to celebrate Independence Day. This has become a decade-long tradition.

It seems that Ambassador Cornstein likes to give big parties, I mean giant parties. On July 9 he invited 800 guests (yes, eight hundred) to a sit down dinner at the Budapest Congress Center to celebrate July 4th. Almost a week after the actual National Holiday there were Marine honor guards, flags and anthems. The keynote speaker was the Hungarian Prime Minister and the 81-year-old Ambassador introduced him as “my partner, and my friend, Viktor Orbán.”

I had to pinch myself. Authoritarian, illiberal, racist and anti-Semitic Orbán is the speaker? And that was just the beginning.

The US Embassy also invited 78-year-old Canadian singer Paul Anka with his 12-member band. As a longtime friend of the Cornsteins he sang them “I’ve got you under my skin” to mark their wedding anniversary. Orbán got the rendition of “My Way” with Hungary-inspired lyrics.

Paul Anka (left), Ambassador Cornstein and Prime Minister Orbán enjoying the show.

Cornstein cheapened the National Holiday by turning into a bizarre Las Vegas show; it even dwarfed Trump’s Mar-a-Lago parties at Palm Beach. Cornstein assured attendees in his introduction that private donors had paid for the festivities. The largest donor was US oil billionaire Alex Cranberg who owns Aspect Holdings. The company recently made a significant oil discovery. (Read more about the oil discovery here.)

Alex Cranberg of Aspect Holdings

Cranberg not only paid for the lavish event, he flew to Budapest to listen to Orbán’s speech. Aspect must have found an awful lot of oil at the Southern-Hungarian village of Istvándi, but in Hungary’s mafia economy we’ll never know how much oil is there. What happens in Orbán’s country, stays there.

György Lázár


  1. Cornstein is an uneducated, self important, incompetent person, well compliments the Moron in the White House.

  2. Jelous, you were not invited?

  3. Not exactly, karlbusch. Cornstein is a very smart diamond-merchant who is motivated by nothing else than personal greed. You don’t get to be a multimillionaire by being stupid. Cornstein is a long time associate and personal friend of Donald Trump and the late Roy Cohn. He is a Finkelstein, Andy Vajna clone – another of those Yankee carpetbaggers, who will sell their own mother if they can make a buck on the transaction. He is now the Donald’s “back door” to the Kremlin. He will be handsomely rewarded for his service. Unfortunately, thanks to Trump’s arrival on the scene, larger and larger parts of the world are being run by these characters. They are outsmarting all those who think of them as morons.

  4. Avatar Gabriel Farkas says:

    “Cornstein attended P.S. 168 in The Bronx and later changed to Horace Mann School, graduating in 1956. He earned a B.A. from Lafayette College, in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1960, where he is still a donor and part of the university’s Marquis Society today. He subsequently earned an M.B.A. from New York University (NYU).”

    Source: Wikipedia

  5. Coming from survivors of Hungarian survivors I am apalled.
    When the Hungarian govt. offered my father $ 60 dollars for his murdered father and 90 bucks for his murdered mother (deported from Hungary), mr corn 🌽 should be dealing about making them pay back for the properties taken – and not entertaining himself – shame o him.

  6. Oil maffia 2.0 … Bravo…

  7. Don’t narrow it down to oil Nyuszika. This mafia is far more diverse, and all encompassing. It’s common feature is an insatiable appetite for personal profits at other people’s expense, and an omnipotent desire to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes. Its best representative is that fake blonde bomber in the White House who even calls himself a Don

    • “Its best representative is that fake blonde bomber in the White House who even calls himself a Don”


  8. Birds of a feather flock together, “my partner, and my friend, Viktor Orbán.”

  9. Like attracts like. Regression on the meanest.

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