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Obama Pizza, Chili Makes Us Healthier

From the endlessly sycophantic Associated Press:

[AP caption:] This May 5, 2009 file photo shows President Barack Obama being served his cheese burger, foreground, as he and Vice President Joe Biden, not pictured, eat lunch at Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va..Pizza in St. Louis, pancakes in Pittsburgh. A burger with spicy mustard or a chili half-smoke in D.C., soul food in Chicago. Call it the mouth that roared: Our president eats something and the world wants to eat it, too.

CAPITAL CULTURE: World hangs on Obama’s every bite

By Jocelyn Noveck, AP National Writer Tue Jun 9

At the bustling Pi pizza restaurant in St. Louis, the staff has come up with a new mantra: "It’s just pizza!"

Just pizza, and yet still, they marvel, customers are happy to wait well upward of two hours at peak time for a table. That is, ever since news came out that Barack Obama loved this pizza so much during a campaign stop, the owners were invited to recreate it in the White House ovens.

"We tell them it’ll be two to four hours, and they say, OK!" says owner Chris Sommers, who traveled on his own dime to prepare the presidential meal in April. "This has been our own private stimulus package."

Pizza from St. Louis, pancakes from Pittsburgh. A juicy burger or a chili half-smoke in D.C., soul food in Chicago. Our new president eats something and the world wants to eat it, too. We’ve always cared about the words that emerge from a president’s lips, but has there ever been such attention to the food that enters them?

"Well, White House cookbooks have always been popular — but no, there’s never been this flood of interest before," says Eddie Gehman Kohan, editor of the "Obama Foodorama" blog (subject matter self-explanatory.) She sees a fusion of two potent forces: An escalating interest in food and food policy, and enormous curiosity in anything Obama.

And all this interest may have even more to do with Michelle than Barack. Some polls have shown the first lady is even more popular than her husband, and for all the focus on her fashions and her biceps, she’s made food a prime area of interest — especially with her new White House kitchen garden.

"She’s brought new and much needed attention to critical food issues," says Kohan. "She’s also really raised awareness by describing her family’s own journey through bad food habits and into a healthier lifestyle."

Indeed, foodies have no doubt that it was Michelle who chose Blue Hill, a pricey but understated New York restaurant that champions locally grown produce, for the couple’s much-discussed "Date Night" at the end of May.

Kohan was out that evening, but when she returned, the Twitter messages were flying: "Are they at Blue Hill?" "Does anyone know for sure?" The next day, she says, her blog got millions of hits…

"No comment," says Blue Hill chef Dan Barber, who won’t say another word about the evening, though he’s said to have personally cooked an off-the-menu feast for the Obamas. A noted champion of the farm-to-table movement, Barber speculates that the incredible reaction to the Obamas’ food habits has only partly to do with them.

"There’s definitely been an increased awareness about issues relating to food," Barber said in a telephone interview. "How food grows, who’s growing it and where it’s from."

"But now we have an administration that has shown an interest in these issues, and more than just a nod," Barber added. He thinks the Obamas, especially Michelle, could do a lot to help the country move toward a healthier way of eating.

"It’s my hope that she can do more for this movement through her support than her husband can do within the political system," Barber said. "Because she’s framing it in terms of enjoyment and pleasure. She depoliticizes it."

It’s true, though, that food has become more political than ever. One small example: In December, chef and author Alice Waters wrote the Obamas, offering to help select a new White House chef, "a person with integrity and devotion to the ideals of environmentalism, health, and conservation."

Debate is even taking place over offhand comments Mrs. Obama has made about cooking.

"I don’t miss cooking. I’m just fine with other people cooking," she told children in a lighthearted discussion at the White House recently. But to food writer Amanda Hesser, "…the message was unmistakable: that everyday cooking is a chore."

Writing recently on the The New York Times op-ed page, Hesser urged Mrs. Obama to venture back into the kitchen. "Her progress could be our progress," Hesser wrote. "And with those arms, she could out-whisk anyone."

Perhaps it’s no shock that with a family as popular and as influential as the Obamas, "a lot of people want their agenda tattooed onto the family," Scheib says. But he urges people to remember that the Obamas are, in the end, pretty much like us.

"People forget: Presidents and first families don’t come from Mars," he says. "They eat the food real people eat. The White House is a private home, and they’re still a family."

Notice that the authoress here is so befuddled in her infatuation that she equates the Obamas eating pizza, hamburgers and chili with them being a good role model for a “healthy lifestyle” and boosting a purported ‘farm-to-table movement.’

Yes, now everyone is wondering where does pizza come from? How do you grow chili?

Of course this article is mostly an advertisement for a (rightly) obscure blog parading as news:

Kohan was out that evening, but when she returned, the Twitter messages were flying: "Are they at Blue Hill?" "Does anyone know for sure?" The next day, she says, her blog got millions of hits.

No, it didn’t. According to Alexa, the site has never gotten enough hits to even bother to measure.

Something tells us Ms. Eddie Gehman Kohan is the friend of Jocelyn Noveck. Or is it just the Associated Press believing anything that will advance their agenda?

Everything is bent to tell us how wonderful the Obamas are.

By just being alive they make the rest of us taller, thinner, blonder healthier…

(Thanks to Colonel1961 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Obama Pizza, Chili Makes Us Healthier”

  1. Kilmeny says:

    Laughing at how you crossed out “blonder”.

    This kind of coverage so reminds me of the “Stars: They’re just like us!” feature in the magazines I get stuck reading in the dentist’s waiting room. Dumbed down journalism at its finest. If the Associated Press ever had any credibility as serious news, it sure doesn’t now.

  2. jobeth says:

    “But he urges people to remember that the Obamas are, in the end, pretty much like us.”

    He’s GOT to be joking…Not a chance in H*** do I want to be like them…YUK!
    ***
    “Notice that the authoress here is so befuddled in her infatuation that she equates the Obamas eating pizza, hamburgers and chili with them being a good role model for a “healthy lifestyle”

    Does this mean we don’t have to worry about a “junk food” tax? Sorry I was just dreaming again.

  3. Trogdor says:

    I ate pizza last night, it had green chilies and mushrooms on it, I was glad that somebody grew them, I don’t care who or where, they tasted great. Doesn’t anyone care?

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    How far up the Oholes ass do these people figure they have to go before they are comfy cozy? It amazes me the amount of idol worship this Half breed / Half American gets!!
    I can’t wait till they are analyzing his stools and seeing if he shiites a masterpiece!

    • jobeth says:

      ” can’t wait till they are analyzing his stools and seeing if he shiites a masterpiece”

      They’ll put a crucifix in it and put it next to the other blasphemous “art” in the Met Museum of Art. Then they’ll have a matched set dedicated to evil.

      These sheeple have no standards, let alone think for themselves.

  5. proreason says:

    “World hangs on Obama’s every bite”

    right. Bite me, sleezebag.

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Everything is bent to tell us how wonderful the Obamas are.”

    Right on, Steve. And this constant drumbeat of how wonderful they are with just everything .. is truly disgusting! Imagine for a moment, the harm that’s being heaped upon the o-blah-blah’s daughters. This constant bugling of unreality .. that will end sooner or later .. has to be an influence on them that may create huge emotional damage for them later in life. It’s appalling!

    The truth is, if this o-blah-blah (and gang) were so great .. we’d of learned of it long ago and there’d be no need for this sickening and constant propoganda effort to convince everyone of his (their) god-like stature.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    I may be currently underemployed but thank God my job isn’t to wake up and be told I have to write drivel like this every day.

    “She’s brought new and much needed attention to critical food issues,” says Kohan. “She’s also really raised awareness by describing her family’s own journey through bad food habits and into a healthier lifestyle.”

    Even if “Web 2.0” is the one-millionth word in English and a great nickname for the Obama Admin, there’s still not enough adjectives to describe how funny and frustrating this is.

  8. proreason says:

    “her family’s own journey through bad food habits ”

    As witnessed by any photo of the First B from the rear.

    Oh wait, photos from the rear are not allowed.

  9. jobeth says:

    Just enlarged and read the sign behind “The great I Won”

    “Please Do Not Take a Table Before you have ordered and have a number”

    Yep…I know HE took a number….sure

    “Please ask for assistance in moving the tables”
    ‘Please give seating priority to others when appropriate”

    Yep, ’cause HE is THE priority…Wonder how many folks he kicked out of their chairs in order to be seated, let alone move the tables so he didn’t have to be seated next to the riff raff.

    I can see him now…”Ya’ll gotta share your wealth, uh…tables now…so gimme them…NOW!

  10. wardmama4 says:

    I can’t tell you how wrong this article is on so many levels – but suffice it to say it has put me off my cheerios for now – perhaps this is some new fad diet – gross anyone not up The One’s ™ butt to the point that they don’t ever want to eat again.

    What pure and immature bs this pos is. My 9 year old grandson can write a better and more honest piece.

  11. canary says:

    Obama wrote that Michello hardly cooked. Fast food was common. There’s those tator tot’s again.

  12. Right of the People says:

    What is it with the Dems and healthy (sic) eating? If anyone remembers, Slick Willy loved to pig out at Micky D’s and Burger King. The One and the Ugly One think a diet of pizza, chili and burgers is the way to go? I thought all the democraps were bunny-huggers and tofu mucnchers, the Oblah-blahs are wrecking that image. What will the MSM do? I thought only us evil conservative types liked to eat good food like pizza. I’m confused, someone help me please.

  13. Anonymoose says:

    Sometimes I lay awake at night and wonder if all this obsession about the Obamas isn’t a futile liberal attempt to start a reverse Bush Derangement Syndrome. Certainly every little thing he does is harped on to the sun and back.

    But to take the article apart:

    At the bustling Pi pizza restaurant in St. Louis, the staff has come up with a new mantra: “It’s just pizza!”

    Exactly, this buffoon is ordering pizza and pancakes from all over the country–ordinary food! just because he can.

    Pizza from St. Louis, pancakes from Pittsburgh. A juicy burger or a chili half-smoke in D.C., soul food in Chicago. Our new president eats something and the world wants to eat it, too.

    The press maybe, but then I wonder when they’ll start selling locks of his hair.

    ….Eddie Gehman Kohan, editor of the “Obama Foodorama” blog (subject matter self-explanatory.) She sees a fusion of two potent forces: An escalating interest in food and food policy, and enormous curiosity in anything Obama.

    bangheadontable…bangheadontable…bangheadontable…bangheadontable…bangheadontable…bangheadontable…bangheadontable…

    And all this interest may have even more to do with Michelle than Barack. Some polls have shown the first lady is even more popular than her husband, and for all the focus on her fashions and her biceps, she’s made food a prime area of interest — especially with her new White House kitchen garden.

    Anyone seen pictures of her gardening yet? And more on her biceps and how popular “Gorgeous and Gracious” is…..

    “She’s brought new and much needed attention to critical food issues,” says Kohan. “She’s also really raised awareness by describing her family’s own journey through bad food habits and into a healthier lifestyle.”

    See the above about pizza and chili…….

    Debate is even taking place over offhand comments Mrs. Obama has made about cooking.

    “I don’t miss cooking. I’m just fine with other people cooking,” she told children in a lighthearted discussion at the White House recently. But to food writer Amanda Hesser, “…the message was unmistakable: that everyday cooking is a chore.”

    STOP THE PRESSES! MICHELLE SAID SOMETHING! Yes, I’m not surprised she’s fine with other people cooking, I doubt she did much in the first place, but she’d bringing up “food awareness” anyways….

    Writing recently on the The New York Times op-ed page, Hesser urged Mrs. Obama to venture back into the kitchen. “Her progress could be our progress,” Hesser wrote. “And with those arms, she could out-whisk anyone.”

    I can’t wait for the Madame Tussuad wax museum to add a copy of Michelle’s biceps for future generations to admire…..

    “People forget: Presidents and first families don’t come from Mars,”

    No, but he might as well be.

    • JohnMG says:

      I just loved the part where the pizza guy says he went to D C on his own dime. Does he really expect us to believe this. And what about all the costs for security checks, etc. that this trip necessitated? And the extra food-tasters? Add your own thoughts to the list.

      The only things I want to know about Obama he steadfastly refuses to supply. Hey Barry;

      How about a birth certificate?
      How about your entrance test scores to Occidental?
      How about your SAT scores?
      How about your published articles in the Harvard Law Review?
      How about your transcripts?

      I couldn’t care less about what you eat, or if you even do. But I would like to know if you’re still doing ‘smack’? Some of your ideas would indicate so.

  14. Confucius says:

    I didn’t know cocaine and cigarettes are now considered healthy.

    On one hand, they are salt-free and trans fat-free. On the other, they could be organic.

  15. neocon mom says:

    This “farm to table” nonsense has been prevailing dogma ever since Alice Waters wrote a letter to Bill Clinton. Yes, the left and their food-snobbery are trying to take over what we “think” about what we eat. I thought cooking school was the one place where we might be free of some leftist ideology but I saw that Hillary was at my alma mater while representing New York, blabbing about sustainability. Farmer’s markets are just another place to shove stale hippie ideology down one’s throat. Without large, industrial production farms we’d starve, without importing produce from Chile and Mexico, low income folks would be priced out of eating fresh produce.
    The notion that eating “locally” is heroic, just another dumbed-down, phony version of good citizenship. Like how “recycling” is shoved down everyone’s throat as virtue–putting the right number plastic container into the approved government-issue bin.


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