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Flashback: More Obamessiah fancy foodie follies

By See-Dubya  •  April 4, 2008 01:14 PM

[Guest Post by See-Dubya]

I think Michelle’s on to something with her Cheesesteakgate post below. Not only did Obama turn down a chance to eat regular-people food with regular people, he instead went nibbling on dainty imports at a Dainty Food Store:

During a half-hour tour of the market, Obama sampled wares at Claudio Specialty Food and DiBruno Brothers – where he noshed on a Spanish ham that retails for $99.99 a pound.

Staff at DiBruno’s told him the ham only recently became available because it was previously barred by the FDA.

Fine by me. We Republicans don’t mind a bit of conspicuous consumption now and then; it means the economy’s working. Hey, this is some depression we’re in if they’re still moving ham for a hundred bucks a pound.

But here’s the thing: Obama’s done this food snob routine before, this summer in Iowa. Even the New York Times noted it going down like a ton of bricks:*

One line that landed a little flat, though, was when Mr. Obama sympathetically noted that farmers have not seen an increase in prices for their crops, despite a rise in prices at the supermarket.

Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula?” the senator said. “I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.”

The state of Iowa, for all of its vast food production, does not have a Whole Foods, a leading natural and organic foods market. The closest? Omaha, Minneapolis or Kansas City.

Mr. Obama, perhaps sensing a lack of reaction from the crowd, moved along to the next topic.

Let’s face it: Senator Obama likes to live high on the hog–right up to the $99.99 Spanish ham. Just like the Kennedys he emulates:

Or how about Sargent Shriver? While he was the Democratic party’s 1972 vice presidential candidate, Shriver wandered into a bar in New Hampshire and said: “Beer for the boys, and I’ll have a Courvoisier.”

P.S. I don’t think you’d have this problem with Hillary. I think she’d eat a plate of locally-grown live leeches for a good photo-op, and smile that chilling smile and cackle.

*I saw that originally at Michael Bates’s blog. He dubbed it “Typical Liberal Arugulance“.

UPDATE: I am reminded that Michael Dukakis made a similar gaffe back in 1988, urging Iowa farmers to diversify their crops and grow “Belgian Endive”. SNL had some fun with that in one of their spoof Democratic Debates:

Pat Schroeder: Well.. [ starts to cry, but then breaks out into hysterical laughter ] Okay! Alright.. Now.. Governor Dukakis, your critics are doubting your ability to translate the Massachusetts Miracle to the rest of the nation. When you first came to Iowa, you suggested that the farmers try growing a different crop.. and you cited as your example, Belgian endive. Do you still feel that Belgian endive still is the answer to Iowa’s economy?

Michael Dukakis: Pat, each of us here tonight is asking for America’s leadership and trust, allowing us to lead the country. And I don’t think you can lead without a vision.. and I have a vision for America. I see purple mountains of radicchio; I see wooded valleys of arugula; I see escarole from sea to shining.. [ timer sounds ] ..sea. I know I’m running out of time, so let me conclude that with direction, purpose, a little oil and vinegar, and maybe some feta cheese, there is nothing we cannot do. Thank you.

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