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Obama Employs ‘Food Taster’ In France

From the Agence France-Pressee:

The "La Fontaine de Mars" restaurant in Paris.

President Obama’s French food tested by ‘taster’

PARIS (AFP) – A US "taster" tested the food being dished up to President Barack Obama at a dinner in a French restaurant, a waiter said Sunday.

"They have someone who tastes the dishes," said waiter Gabriel de Carvalho from the "La Fontaine de Mars" restaurant where Obama and his family turned up for dinner on Saturday night.

"It wasn’t very pleasant for the cooks at first, but the person was very nice and was relaxed, so it all went well," he said on the Itele news channel.

Asked by AFP to comment, the restaurant confirmed the report.

The US Secret Service has always refused to confirm that US presidents travel with a food "taster", in line with their policy of discretion on all security related issues.

But it is known the Service goes to great lengths to scrutinise the source and the preparation of food served to US presidents whenever they eat out of the White House to ensure it is not tampered with.

As the article notes, this is not all that unusual of a precaution. But if it is, why have we seldom if ever heard about it before?

And, more troubling, why does it seem to be part of a larger pattern?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Obama Employs ‘Food Taster’ In France”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Most Kings do …….. if the peasants are pissed and sick of red cake.
    What does that pay being the kings’ soon to be “Dead Man”?

    • Paulajay says:

      I thought Hillary looked like she was putting on weight… at least he found a job for her that she can handle.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    Can never be too careful in those muslim countries, ya know …

  3. proreason says:

    I’d want a ton of money to be Obamy’s food taster.

    • JohnMG says:

      I don’t think there’s enough money in the world to get me to eat pig snoots, pro.

  4. pianogirl88 says:

    Better a food taster than having to utter the words POTUS Joey Biden!

    • jobeth says:

      Don’t know about that…Give me a buffoon any day over a conniving, communistic closet muslim.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    I’m thinkin’ Blago would make a mighty fine taster guy for o-blah-blah!

    • JohnMG says:

      From what I can gather, Blago has probably already tasted Obama. What? Oh, you mean…… Neeeeever mind.

    • Confucius says:

      This would be a terrific job for death row inmates, Gitmo detainees and other Democrats.

    • preparing4theworst says:

      I’m thinking we could perhaps promote Chris Dodd and Barney Franks…sounds like this is right up their alley….

  6. catie says:

    Is this really a joke? Did Bush have a “taster”? Who do these people think they are? Yes, it does confirm my suspicions that they really are the Lord & Lady of some feudal society.

  7. TwilightZoned says:

    hummm…a larger pattern. Could the intent be to cause a paranoid frenzy about someone taking out POTUS hoping the American people will rally round BHO regardless of what he’s doing? Call me crazy, but I wouldn’t put much past this administration.

  8. Anonymoose says:

    No, no, no! You have it all wrong! Our Highness, the Chosen One can only tolerate the best and finest food that the world has to offer. To eat something for mere peasants is wrong, and may damage his enviable physique and distract him from the most important job on Earth, saving us from ourselves. The taster is there mainly to assure the food meets his impeccable standards and dietary requirements!

  9. neocon mom says:

    When Hillary found out about this, I’ll bet she was pissed…Bill always said she was getting a “special tour and chef’s tasting” when they dined out.

  10. Colonel1961 says:

    Didn’t Comrade Napoleon eventually have a ‘food taster’ at Manor Farm? Pinkeye?

  11. canary says:

    Didn’t Obama just go to France. Not the norm for a President to go every year, D-Day, especially for Obama. Just a smoke-screen, behind the hitler mentality.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Never ….I repeat …. Never turn down a opportunity for a chance vacation when you’ve held office for 140 days straight and only been to the office 43 of the said days!!
      How does he do it?
      What a grueling schedule …. poor man!(sarc)

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