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Let Them Eat Burgers, or “Free Fries for Feds”

The partial government shutdown put White House chefs on furlough. But events like hosting NCAA national champion Clemson Tiger players still happen, so Trump bought a smorgasbord of McDonalds, Wendy’s and Burger King, along with a healthy helping of Domino’s pizza.

Then he joked about it.

I had a choice — do we have no food for you or do we give you some little quick salads that the first lady will make along with … the second lady…

BBC, Jan 15 2019

And yet people (many in the media) will find a way to turn this into outrage.

Or simply mockery.

Okay, the mockery is probably deserved. But the facts are very simple.

  • College kids like fast food.
  • Football players like to eat.
  • They are in the White House for a short time and don’t have the luxury of a sit-down meal.
  • Pizza and burgers are tasty.

The New York Times expressed faux-shock that the least traditional president in history would–gasp!–break tradition.

Piles of burgers and fish sandwiches from McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King, still in their boxes and wrappers, were served on trays in the candlelit dining room. Tubs of dipping sauces were stacked in silver gravy boats. On another table, heat lamps kept French fries and Domino’s pizzas warm. Salads were available, too.

New York Times, Jan 15, 2019

The juxtaposition of fast food being served in the most delicate manner possible is funny. The president got that; he is in on the joke. In fact, I very much believe it was his idea.

The fact that certain people didn’t get the joke says more about them than it does President Trump.

It also says a lot about certain scolds who can’t stomach people eating Wendy’s–silver platters and good china aside.

It also promoted cuisine that nutritionists warn is high in calories, fat and sodium, and that increases the risk of cardiovascular and other diseases.

Division I college football players are some of the most conditioned athletes in the country. I think they can handle one meal of pizza and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches.

I just don’t get the need for people to criticize everything.

But then again, I don’t live my life seeking every moment to be a lesson in moral preening, or require every public person to conform to my personal desires as a role model for every child in America.

Such a heavy burden they carry.

I say, paraphrasing Marie Antoinette, “let them eat burgers.”

Now if only Trump would personally buy Burger King for every unpaid federal worker, that would be a thing worth reporting. I’ve heard it told that the White House reads this website, so maybe someone will clip this and give it to the president.

“Free Fish Friday!” or

“Fries For Feds!”

Either way, the gesture would be appreciated, and how much could it cost the billionaire in the White House? Do it, Mr. President.


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