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President Obama's first meal on Air Force One

kmcarr Jan 26, 2009 12:40 PM

National Geographic Channel ran a show last night called "On Board Air Force One". The show ended with scenes of President Elect Obama's flight from Chicago to Washington for the inauguration (so technically it could not be called "Air Force One" on that flight since that call sign only applies when the President is on board.) Here is a video clip of this portion of the show:


He ordered a burger, medium well (oh, Mr. President), cheddar cheese, dijon mustard, lettuce and tomato. He also asks for a side salad or vegetables it they have it, at which point the steward asked him "So no fries or anything like that?". Mr. Obama quickly replied "Oh, I'll still take the fries!"

I had to laugh.

  1. Glencora Jan 26, 2009 02:54 PM

    Thanks for posting. I wonder how Obama stays so slim eating cheeseburgers and fries. I liked the Sam Shepard reference.

    Did you notice that George Bush takes equal in his coffee and Laura takes splenda? I'm not familiar with fake sugar, but aren't those pretty much the same thing?

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    1. re: Glencora
      uptown jimmy Jan 26, 2009 03:15 PM

      "I wonder how Obama stays so slim eating cheeseburgers and fries."

      He exercises daily, and fairly intensely.

      And, ummmm, I can't approve of medium-well. Anything past medium is an insult to the palate. And to the cow....

      Oh well, nobody is perfect...

      1. re: Glencora
        AMFM Jan 26, 2009 04:59 PM

        equal and splenda are different chemicals entirely.

        1. re: AMFM
          ChefJune Jan 27, 2009 07:41 AM

          <equal and splenda are different chemicals entirely.>

          but equally bad for one's body.

          1. re: ChefJune
            Avalondaughter Jan 27, 2009 11:02 AM

            I always take Equal over Splenda. Splenda gives me stomach aches.

            The both dissolve better than sugar, so yes, I do occasionally use them. I'm still alive and walking the planet.

            1. re: Avalondaughter
              Scargod Jan 28, 2009 08:28 AM

              Somehow I'm not convinced I should use Equal over sugar.

        2. re: Glencora
          alanbarnes Jan 26, 2009 10:32 PM

          "I wonder how Obama stays so slim eating cheeseburgers and fries."

          The 10+ hours he spends working out each week probably help. Be interesting to see whether the demands of the job will allow him to keep up that pace. Hopefully he can discharge his duties and still take care of himself. I do not envy the man.

          1. re: alanbarnes
            MakingSense Jan 26, 2009 10:43 PM

            Should be no problem. He has a 60-second commute - lucky guy - and full gym in the residence, in addition to a pool, track, tennis and basketball courts. If he can't get in one hour or so a day at something, it's pretty hard to understand...
            Oh, and the bowling alley. He can do that with his kids.

            1. re: MakingSense
              alanbarnes Jan 27, 2009 08:30 AM

              The Presidency is a brutal job. Just the time it takes to attend to the most pressing and important matters exceeds the number of hours in the day. It's hard enough to carve out a decent night's sleep; finding a daily 90 minutes to spend in the gym - no matter how close it is to the Presidential bedroom - is going to be a challenge. I wish the man the very best, and hope that he can balance the responsibilities of office with the need to spend time taking care of his own health.

              1. re: alanbarnes
                gyc Jan 27, 2009 10:01 AM

                IIRC, President Bush and Condoleeza Rice used to work out together in the early morning, so maybe Obama can find a similar multitasking arrangement to get some work done and exercise at the same time.

                1. re: gyc
                  mpjmph Jan 28, 2009 08:49 AM

                  And now I have an image of Obama and Hillary side by side on the StairMaster :)

                  1. re: mpjmph
                    Veggo Jan 28, 2009 11:51 AM

                    Now you have planted an image of Obama and Hillary on opposite ends of a teeter-totter :)

            2. re: alanbarnes
              tastyjon Jan 27, 2009 06:58 PM

              I watched one of those bio shows and he's always been a rail. No doubt his workouts are great for a lot of reasons... weight, stress reduction, cardio, etc. But I'd also guess he's got one of those killer metabolisms that confound the rest of us, like the supermodels who eat whatever they like and stay twig-like.

              1. re: tastyjon
                taos Jan 27, 2009 07:53 PM

                He was actually a bit chubby as a child. I can't help think that the cigarettes he smokes contribute to this thinness.

            3. re: Glencora
              HFXNS Jan 27, 2009 05:25 AM

              Splenda and Equal taste different, because they are different chemicals. Splenda does not contain aspartame. Splenda used to be advertised with the tagline, "It's made from sugar, so it tastes like sugar." Big Sugar didn't like that, and sued Splenda. After a few months of eating yogurt sweetened with Splenda, I broke out in hives. The hives lasted for months after removing Splenda from my diet. Aspartame (in my Diet Coke) did not cause the same effect, though I don't like the taste of aspartame in coffee.

              1. re: HFXNS
                AMFM Jan 27, 2009 06:10 AM

                my mom though has the effect (hives) from aspartame and not from splenda.

                aspartame is a completely different chemical but splenda is a chemical variant of sugar.

                1. re: AMFM
                  foiegras Jul 4, 2010 11:04 AM

                  Interesting ... my sister gets hives in her mouth from Splenda (which is chlorinated sugar--yum yum).

                  1. re: foiegras
                    AMFM Jul 4, 2010 07:45 PM

                    best to use real sugar in small amounts. honey, stevia, etc.

            4. tastyjon Jan 26, 2009 09:47 PM

              I saw it and laughed as well. Don't mess with someone's fries. Also, "dijon or grey poupon?"

              It reminded me of the film, "The Contender" where the President is constantly trying to impress visitors and stump the kitchen with offbeat requests, which they grant without missing a beat..

              1. Veggo Jan 27, 2009 11:10 AM

                Whoopie. Air Force One can't grill over mesquite coals.
                I can.

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                1. re: Veggo
                  sugarsnapp Jan 27, 2009 08:08 PM

                  ya he is just like everyone else that silly obama-so bad and madcap wanting those fries!

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