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Obama would not eat lunch with Senate Republicans because he didn’t have a food taster… (Yes, I'm serious)

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 15:28


Nicholas Ballasy
Senior Video Reporter

WASHINGTON — Following President Obama’s lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins described the food served, and said the president was not able to eat since his “taster” was not present.

“University of Maine recipe for healthy lobster salad — I pointed that out to the president in keeping with the first lady’s initiatives, and Fox Family Potato Chips made in Aroostook County where I’m from, and wild blueberry pie full of anti-oxidants, see this was a healthy lunch as well. We did have a little ice cream on the pie too, also made in Maine, Gifford’s Ice Cream. So in all seriousness, this was well received,” Collins told reporters on Thursday after the meeting at the Capitol.

When asked if Obama ate at the lunch meeting, Collins said, “Unfortunately, you know, the president can’t,” said Collins. 

“He looked longingly at it,” Collins continued. “He honestly did look longingly at it, but apparently he has to have essentially a taster, and I pointed out to him that we were all tasters for him, that if the food had been poisoned all of us would have keeled over so, but he did look longingly at it and he remarked that we have far better food than the Democrats do, and I said that was because I was hosting.”

by on Mar. 15, 2013 at 1:30 AM
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NewMom11222011
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

My first thought is expressed below, not all things hazardous are immediately detectible by taste or smell.  And does the SS agent get specialized training for this facet of the job?

As for trusting the GOP, unless the elected officials cooked the food themselves (highly unlikely), they wouldn't have any more knowledge of what's actually in the food than Obama does.

Quoting Basherte:

I can see why.


Maybe there is only one that he trusts to taste his food. 

Not all poisons are immediate though, so even a taster might not be good enough to warn the president that the food is poisoned.

There are a lot of them out there that have no taste or smell. And some can be covered up depending on what you put the poison in. I don't know the specifics because I would never ruin food like that. Let alone allow anyone to die that slowly or painfully.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

Presidents can't eat anything without having a food taster try it first.And yes I am serious.



Mama2Spencerninja

Basherte
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Exactly. I can understand wanting to be safe, but there are so many things that could be in the food that a taster wouldn't know about and couldn't possibly taste.

Not to mention the fact that most food borne illnesses are detectable by smell, taste, or feel. They look feel and taste okay and then later bam! sick. 

chapter 2 in culinary school. I am servsafe certified.

Quoting NewMom11222011:

My first thought is expressed below, not all things hazardous are immediately detectible by taste or smell.  And does the SS agent get specialized training for this facet of the job?

As for trusting the GOP, unless the elected officials cooked the food themselves (highly unlikely), they wouldn't have any more knowledge of what's actually in the food than Obama does.

Quoting Basherte:

I can see why.


Maybe there is only one that he trusts to taste his food. 

Not all poisons are immediate though, so even a taster might not be good enough to warn the president that the food is poisoned.

There are a lot of them out there that have no taste or smell. And some can be covered up depending on what you put the poison in. I don't know the specifics because I would never ruin food like that. Let alone allow anyone to die that slowly or painfully.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

Presidents can't eat anything without having a food taster try it first.And yes I am serious.




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Momniscient
by on Mar. 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM
I'd be paranoid of the food too if I was president Obama.
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NewMom11222011
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I also watch and read medical dramas... radioactive isotopes could be added to food and not show up for days/weeks.

Quoting Basherte:

Exactly. I can understand wanting to be safe, but there are so many things that could be in the food that a taster wouldn't know about and couldn't possibly taste.

Not to mention the fact that most food borne illnesses are detectable by smell, taste, or feel. They look feel and taste okay and then later bam! sick. 

chapter 2 in culinary school. I am servsafe certified.

Quoting NewMom11222011:

My first thought is expressed below, not all things hazardous are immediately detectible by taste or smell.  And does the SS agent get specialized training for this facet of the job?

As for trusting the GOP, unless the elected officials cooked the food themselves (highly unlikely), they wouldn't have any more knowledge of what's actually in the food than Obama does.

Quoting Basherte:

I can see why.


Maybe there is only one that he trusts to taste his food. 

Not all poisons are immediate though, so even a taster might not be good enough to warn the president that the food is poisoned.

There are a lot of them out there that have no taste or smell. And some can be covered up depending on what you put the poison in. I don't know the specifics because I would never ruin food like that. Let alone allow anyone to die that slowly or painfully.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

Presidents can't eat anything without having a food taster try it first.And yes I am serious.





Mama2Spencerninja

Basherte
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

True. I hadn't thought of that.  I watch medical dramas at times, but haven't seen one lately. 

Quoting NewMom11222011:

I also watch and read medical dramas... radioactive isotopes could be added to food and not show up for days/weeks.

Quoting Basherte:

Exactly. I can understand wanting to be safe, but there are so many things that could be in the food that a taster wouldn't know about and couldn't possibly taste.

Not to mention the fact that most food borne illnesses are detectable by smell, taste, or feel. They look feel and taste okay and then later bam! sick. 

chapter 2 in culinary school. I am servsafe certified.

Quoting NewMom11222011:

My first thought is expressed below, not all things hazardous are immediately detectible by taste or smell.  And does the SS agent get specialized training for this facet of the job?

As for trusting the GOP, unless the elected officials cooked the food themselves (highly unlikely), they wouldn't have any more knowledge of what's actually in the food than Obama does.

Quoting Basherte:

I can see why.


Maybe there is only one that he trusts to taste his food. 

Not all poisons are immediate though, so even a taster might not be good enough to warn the president that the food is poisoned.

There are a lot of them out there that have no taste or smell. And some can be covered up depending on what you put the poison in. I don't know the specifics because I would never ruin food like that. Let alone allow anyone to die that slowly or painfully.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

Presidents can't eat anything without having a food taster try it first.And yes I am serious.






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NewMom11222011
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 2:13 PM

But they probably have Geiger counters to check for radioactivity around the president.

Quoting Basherte:

True. I hadn't thought of that.  I watch medical dramas at times, but haven't seen one lately. 

Quoting NewMom11222011:

I also watch and read medical dramas... radioactive isotopes could be added to food and not show up for days/weeks.

Quoting Basherte:

Exactly. I can understand wanting to be safe, but there are so many things that could be in the food that a taster wouldn't know about and couldn't possibly taste.

Not to mention the fact that most food borne illnesses are detectable by smell, taste, or feel. They look feel and taste okay and then later bam! sick. 

chapter 2 in culinary school. I am servsafe certified.

Quoting NewMom11222011:

My first thought is expressed below, not all things hazardous are immediately detectible by taste or smell.  And does the SS agent get specialized training for this facet of the job?

As for trusting the GOP, unless the elected officials cooked the food themselves (highly unlikely), they wouldn't have any more knowledge of what's actually in the food than Obama does.

Quoting Basherte:

I can see why.


Maybe there is only one that he trusts to taste his food. 

Not all poisons are immediate though, so even a taster might not be good enough to warn the president that the food is poisoned.

There are a lot of them out there that have no taste or smell. And some can be covered up depending on what you put the poison in. I don't know the specifics because I would never ruin food like that. Let alone allow anyone to die that slowly or painfully.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

Presidents can't eat anything without having a food taster try it first.And yes I am serious.







Mama2Spencerninja

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

So?


Quoting Citygirlk:

He's the president.

Quoting SallyMJ:

Apparently not in all cases when he's eating with Congressmen and women and Senators.

Places where he's the only government official, sure. GWB did that too when he went overseas.

But these are his fellow elected officials in Washington, DC. Is he afraid Senate Republicans will poison him???! Conspiracy theories.

If this were a usual incident, it would not have made the news. Sounds paranoid to me.


Quoting nanaofsix531:

Presidents can't eat anything without having a food taster try it first.And yes I am serious.






Basherte
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

One would hope so. I'm not sure. There are all kinds of poisons that have no taste though. I mean even a food borne illness that isn't done on purpose can't be tasted. So a taster probably isn't what he needs. Maybe he needs someone to take a little of the food and test it somehow. To check for poisons and other stuff.

Not that the republicans would poison our commander in chief. Or at least I would hope they wouldn't be that stupid.

Quoting NewMom11222011:

But they probably have Geiger counters to check for radioactivity around the president.

Quoting Basherte:

True. I hadn't thought of that.  I watch medical dramas at times, but haven't seen one lately. 

Quoting NewMom11222011:

I also watch and read medical dramas... radioactive isotopes could be added to food and not show up for days/weeks.

Quoting Basherte:

Exactly. I can understand wanting to be safe, but there are so many things that could be in the food that a taster wouldn't know about and couldn't possibly taste.

Not to mention the fact that most food borne illnesses are detectable by smell, taste, or feel. They look feel and taste okay and then later bam! sick. 

chapter 2 in culinary school. I am servsafe certified.

Quoting NewMom11222011:

My first thought is expressed below, not all things hazardous are immediately detectible by taste or smell.  And does the SS agent get specialized training for this facet of the job?

As for trusting the GOP, unless the elected officials cooked the food themselves (highly unlikely), they wouldn't have any more knowledge of what's actually in the food than Obama does.

Quoting Basherte:

I can see why.


Maybe there is only one that he trusts to taste his food. 

Not all poisons are immediate though, so even a taster might not be good enough to warn the president that the food is poisoned.

There are a lot of them out there that have no taste or smell. And some can be covered up depending on what you put the poison in. I don't know the specifics because I would never ruin food like that. Let alone allow anyone to die that slowly or painfully.

Quoting nanaofsix531:

Presidents can't eat anything without having a food taster try it first.And yes I am serious.








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JoshRachelsMAMA
by JRM on Mar. 16, 2013 at 2:19 PM
Maybe he thought he'd be poisoned just like the other Caesars in his family.
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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 3:23 PM
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Right-Wingers Bash President Obama For Having Food Taster – Like Ronald Reagan Did

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Oh, that uppity President Obama is at it again! Right-wing bloggers are making quite the meal over a Daily Caller piece containing the revelation that President Obama may have used the alleged absence of his royal food-taster to avoid having to eat some dodgy lobster salad at Thursday’s luncheon meeting with Congressional Republicans. Although details on presidential food tasters are necessarily scarce, it will probably surprise you to know that even some white presidents had the occasional aversion to being poisoned, including Bill Clinton, the Georges Bush, and even… (gasp!) Ronald Reagan!

From Wonkette:

Bammerz is still holding his lame ass meetings with Congressional Republicans in his latest flailing attempt to show them that he too wants to inflict as much needless pain on the vulnerable with stupid spending cuts. Apparently it was Susan Collins’ turn to have her special day with the President and as such she brought a Maine-themed feast full of shellfish and blueberry pie. However the President didn’t touch this succulent lunch, and not because he felt uncomfortable with Senator Collins bringing him a big plate of aphrodisiacs:

“Unfortunately, you know, the president can’t….He looked longingly at it..He honestly did look longingly at it, but apparently he has to have essentially a taster, and I pointed out to him that we were all tasters for him, that if the food had been poisoned all of us would have keeled over so, but he did look longingly at it and he remarked that we have far better food than the Democrats do, and I said that was because I was hosting.”

So now, conservatives are slamming the uppity Kenyan tyrant for having the nerve not to want to be poisoned, which is, for some reason, not a mark of uppity tyranny when George W. Bush does it:

The president’s tasters were on the job by 6 a.m., not just to make certain no one was trying to poison him, but to make sure the mushrooms that were to decorate the tenderloin of beef at the inaugural lunch for teetotaler George W. Bush were not cooked in wine. The tasters, Navy mess specialists who travel around the world with the president, watched the preparations in a makeshift kitchen just off Statuary Hall in the Capitol.

Wow, Dubya had a whole team of tasters! What an uppity, tyrannical scaredy-cat! Big Mac-lovin’ big mack Bill Clinton was a little less of a pussy about things:

Reports from early in Bill Clinton’s first term suggest inconsistent taster use: a March ’93 Post account of an impromptu dinner with the Gores at a restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, has a trio of Secret Service agents scrutinizing the preparation of Clinton’s food but not actually trying any. But an “official” food taster (described as a “veteran of three presidencies”) turns up in a local paper’s feature on a Clinton get-together with Silicon Valley types in Los Gatos, California, a month earlier.

Wait, a “veteran of three presidents?” I’m no mathematician, but wouldn’t that mean that white, Republican President George H.W. Bush had him a royal taster, too? And Saint President Ronald Reagan, too?

There’s surprisingly little information out there about presidential tasters, because like other security measures, the White House and Secret Service like to keep a tight lid on them. I would tell you all of the things I’ve seen people get jacked up for by the Secret Service, but then I’d probably end up working for Gitmo-ite. Having covered the President for a long time now, though, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that Obama was just being kind, and wasn’t in the mood for room-temperature seafood, as Wonkette theorizes. I’ll have too remember that for the next time I’m offered some Papa John‘s.

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