By Andrea Lafferty
May 26, 2010- I knew if I waited long enough it was bound to happen. Barack Obama and I agree about something.
Two nights ago, the President and his wife went to one of the franchises of my family’s (and my) favorite restaurants – 5 Guys – a shameless hamburger and fries place. They advertise that the fries are cooked in peanut oil which gives them a healthy aura but they are still french fries.
The local newspaper has a picture of the President standing there counting out change in front of the familiar red-and-white checker counter. Mrs. Obama is not shown but the stories suggested that she raised no objections to eating the usual 5 Guys fare.
No sooner had the President munched the last french fry then somebody issued a press release. Washington is like that.
A liberal outfit called the Center for Science in the Public Interest scolded the President for showing bad example by eating in one of the CSPI’s Top Ten Worst Restaurants. I suspect there is very little science in what these people rant about and the only public they serve is the liberal “Public” as in National Public Radio.
I almost felt bad for Mr. Obama. All he is trying to do is have a meal which many Americans eat routinely and peacefully unnoticed. Obama orders a burger and fries and people issue press releases and call the media.
It brought two important and under-used words to my mind – Shut Up!
Mrs. Obama has contributed her share of preaching about obesity and “food choices” so it may be that it has come full circle and he is receiving a dose of what his wife has been dishing out to the rest of us.
The bottom line is this – I think the President has every right to make choices about where he eats and what he eats. They are his arteries and, from what I can see, he is neither overweight nor unhealthy.
But I hope he reflects on the experience of having some annoying bunch of liberals try to dictate every moment of your life down to what you eat. At 5 Guys, Barack Obama came face-to-face with what concerns and even angers most Americans about his approach to government. He stands ready to dictate just about every detail in an average American’s life – from health care to housing and food.
Leave the President and his family alone to have a meal of their choosing. And people like the liberals at CSPI would do better to eat more hamburgers, more fries and, as a matter of fact, more anything. And as long as they don’t talk with their mouths full – the public interest will be served best by their silent chomping.