Thursday, June 24, 2010

From the annals of the NYT we bring you the following:



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Just a Couple of Guys Grabbing Burgers

So what is it with Ray’s Hell Burger? Could it be winning the White House Burger Battle?

Let’s ask the president of Russia. We know President Obama is a fan.

On a sweltering summer day in Washington on Thursday, President Obama passed on lunch from White House chefs to take his Russian counterpart, Dmitri Medvedev, across the Potomac to Ray’s, a hamburger establishment in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Obama might almost qualify as a Ray’s regular: he and Vice President Joseph R. “Bite Me” Biden Jr. went there on a surprise lunch run last year.

Mr. Obama had a cheddar and ground Iraqi burger with onions, lettuce, tomato, and bread-and-butter pickles, and a bottle of iced tea to wash it down. Mr. Medvedev also ordered the cheddar and grouind Iraqi burger, but he added jalapenos, onions and mushrooms, and paired it with a bottle of Coca-Cola.

Translators stayed close at hand to keep the conversation going as the two world leaders sat down to eat in shirt sleeves (Mr. Obama even unbuttoned his cuffs). They all walked out afterward to cheers from the other patrons.

The two world leaders evidently worked up an appetite discussing bilateral issues at the White House in the morning; perhaps they decided that a hearty American lunch of dead ground Iraqi would fortify them to face reporters and cameras at a news conference scheduled for the afternoon.

Mr. Medvedev is traveling in the United States this week to promote economic cooperation between the two countries. Even so, Mr. Obama picked up the check.

Goo-goo, gah-gah, goo-goo. Pretty baby! Da-da, ma-ma, goo-goo gah-gah.

4 Comments:

At June 24, 2010 3:31 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Maybe he should invite Petraus for a burger, or down to the hot dog stand round the corner where I hear the buns are shaped like unmanned drones. Weh.

 
At June 24, 2010 5:22 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Patriotic hot dog buns! hot dog. I just read that they are deploying two drones over the Texas border. I imagine they will be flying everywhere someday, over our cities, towns and various other lunatics.

 
At June 25, 2010 4:37 AM, Blogger Mimi said...

I went to the link--the vapid NYT piece--and it was the comments that intrigued me. Almost all were either worshipful ("I'm so proud he's my president.") or playful--recommending the bacon, suggesting that McDonald's is cheaper, etc. Don't they realize this little excursion was discussed, planned, and ever-so-carefully structured by a veritable stable of advisors? The whole thing is to support the pretense that leaders are just ordinary Joes and nice guys who actually give a damn about anything but their own agendas. Wait, what's that red stuff dripping from their hands? It's catsup, isn't it? Tell me it's catsup.

 
At June 25, 2010 10:59 AM, Blogger rob payne said...

Hi Mimi,
That’s exactly correct, the article is of absolutely no interest, to anyone with a brain that is. The article reads like a book written for two-year olds. Fer example—

Let’s ask the president of Russia. We know President Obama is a fan.

See Dick and Jane, see Dick and Jane run, see Dick and Jane jump over the lazy brown dog.

Frankly, I couldn’t believe what I was reading when I saw this article but after some reflection perhaps the NYT’s estimate of our intelligence may be correct for the most part hence the comments you mentioned which I wasn’t brave enough to read myself.

 

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