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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.”

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sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 3:24 PM
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Right-Wingers Bash President Obama For Having Food Taster – Like Ronald Reagan Did

» 85 comments

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.

Quoting rocketracer:

Does President Obama have a food taster? On Friday, the blog Obama Foodorama finds strong evidence that there was a special food taster for Obama at a recent $20,000 per plate dinner fundraiser in Tampa.

 The blog highlights a series of tweets from Tyler Florence, the chef of the dinner, as well as from his wife Tolan Florence. Tolan tweeted, "Yes there is a taster. Lovely gentleman named Chef Andrew from The White House. We tasted one dish together." She later tweeted, "#1 Highlight of night obviously meeting @BarackObama #2: Tasting dishes with Chef Andrew from The White House = #nopoison."

 We don't learn too much more about the mysterious Chef Andrew because Tolan apparently deleted her tweets the following day, andemailed Obama Foodorama to ask if the post could be changed in exchange for other information about the dinner. Eddie Gehman Kohan, founding editor of the site, declined her request.

 Gehman points out that while there having been previous reports of a taster present at various food events Obama has attended, there aren't many reports about a taster in a fundraising setting. Media outlets have picked up on a taster everywhere from Paris to India. The secret service has always refused to confirm that Obama travels with a food taster, in keeping with their policies on security issues.

 We understand why Obama might have a secret food taster, but can't help wondering how successful it is. After all, food poisoning can take several hours to manifest.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/obama-food-taster-tyler-florence_n_1910098.html


sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

Right-Wingers Bash President Obama For Having Food Taster – Like Ronald Reagan Did

» 85 comments

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.

Quoting DSamuels:

Not even if they are eating it too? I hardly think they would poison themselves. 

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

LOL I wouldn't eat anything the GOP served me. Trust not..



DSamuels
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Did I bash him? No. 

I was quoting Pema and saying if the reps were eating it, I would think it was safe. I can see the president having one overseas. Wondering if he uses one when he eats with dems.

Nice c&p job. Don't see why you bothered though.

ETA: Wow, you really had to post the same article twice? SMH

ETA: OMG, you actually posted it 3 times in a row. And addressed one to "Dear Racists". You seriously need some mental help.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Right-Wingers Bash President Obama For Having Food Taster – Like Ronald Reagan Did

» 85 comments

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.

Quoting DSamuels:

Not even if they are eating it too? I hardly think they would poison themselves. 

Quoting Pema_Jampa:

LOL I wouldn't eat anything the GOP served me. Trust not..




rocketracer
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

You must have missed my post where it noted that Bush had a food tester.  That's ok. I don't expect you to read every post before you jump on another one.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

Right-Wingers Bash President Obama For Having Food Taster – Like Ronald Reagan Did

» 85 comments

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.

Quoting rocketracer:

Does President Obama have a food taster? On Friday, the blog Obama Foodorama finds strong evidence that there was a special food taster for Obama at a recent $20,000 per plate dinner fundraiser in Tampa.

 The blog highlights a series of tweets from Tyler Florence, the chef of the dinner, as well as from his wife Tolan Florence. Tolan tweeted, "Yes there is a taster. Lovely gentleman named Chef Andrew from The White House. We tasted one dish together." She later tweeted, "#1 Highlight of night obviously meeting @BarackObama #2: Tasting dishes with Chef Andrew from The White House = #nopoison."

 We don't learn too much more about the mysterious Chef Andrew because Tolan apparently deleted her tweets the following day, andemailed Obama Foodorama to ask if the post could be changed in exchange for other information about the dinner. Eddie Gehman Kohan, founding editor of the site, declined her request.

 Gehman points out that while there having been previous reports of a taster present at various food events Obama has attended, there aren't many reports about a taster in a fundraising setting. Media outlets have picked up on a taster everywhere from Paris to India. The secret service has always refused to confirm that Obama travels with a food taster, in keeping with their policies on security issues.

 We understand why Obama might have a secret food taster, but can't help wondering how successful it is. After all, food poisoning can take several hours to manifest.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/obama-food-taster-tyler-florence_n_1910098.html




PamR
by Gold Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Reagan, Bush and Cinton also had food tasters. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 6:25 PM

Fine -

Other presidents used tasters. I had no idea.

But the point is, if Obama uses a taster, why the hell were they not there? They are not supposed to make him miss meals, are they? Why didn't he call someone? He should be able to eat. We shouldn't have even heard about this - as we rally did not hear about the others - because they were with the president , where they were supposed to be.

Was this taster laid off in the sequester, by any chance? That is one I would not lay off.


Quoting sweet-a-kins:




sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:22 PM
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Who knows, they couldn't make it

And some dumb ass republican made an issue of it which is the only reason you heard about it

Something that isn't talked about much because its supposed to be on the hush hush


Quoting SallyMJ:

Fine -

Other presidents used tasters. I had no idea.

But the point is, if Obama uses a taster, why the hell were they not there? They are not supposed to make him miss meals, are they? Why didn't he call someone? He should be able to eat. We shouldn't have even heard about this - as we rally did not hear about the others - because they were with the president , where they were supposed to be.

Was this taster laid off in the sequester, by any chance? That is one I would not lay off.



Quoting sweet-a-kins:





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Kim370
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I wouldnt trust their food either

GrannyM.
by Bronze Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Tucker Carlson Gripes About President Obama’s Food Tester

As guest host of the Hannity show last night, Tucker Carlson boasted about a phony scoop from Maine Senator Susan Collins: that President Obama has a food tester. 

It would seem that neither he nor the Fox News producers knew or cared that it’s old news – and that presidential food testers have been at the White House since before President Obama. But, apparently, Carlson thinks President Obama should stop acting like “a king,” save some taxpayer dough and put himself at risk. And Fox News didn’t mind. 

Near the end of last night’s show, Carlson said he had “a revelation of a long-rumored but until now a well-kept presidential secret.”

As a banner on the screen read, “PRESIDENTIAL SECRET REVEALED?” Carlson boasted that his Daily Caller “captured it all on tape.” He then played a clip of Republican Senator Susan Collins discussing what Republicans served at a recent lunch on Capitol Hill. She “revealed” that President Obama “honestly did look longingly” at the food “but apparently he has to have, you know, essentially, a taster.”

Carlson sneered, “A food taster? It is good to be king. Well, the Daily Caller points out that the Secret Service declined, of course, to confirm the existence of a presidential food taster over the years but it sounds like the senior senator from Maine just confirmed that remarkable factand you’re paying for it.”

Had Carlson or FoxNews.com (which later posted about this "news") bothered to do a simple Google search, they would have likely discovered a 2009 post on the conservative website Hot Air reporting on this very fact – and linking to a 2003 Daily Mail article about President George W. Bush bringing a food tester to Buckingham Palace. “According to sources, everything that is destined to be served up for the President has to be tasted first,” the article noted. About six months ago, HuffingtonPost reported on a food taster at an Obama fundraiser in Tampa before adding, “Media outlets have picked up on a taster everywhere from Paris to India. The secret service has always refused to confirm that Obama travels with a food taster, in keeping with their policies on security issues.”

Then again, if this wasn’t news, Carlson wouldn’t have had an excuse to gripe about it. And as awful as Carlson's comments are, it's not a huge shock given that Fox hosts the go-to website for those longing for President Obama's assassination.

Kim370
by Member on Mar. 16, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Tucker Carlson is a dick too.

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