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Jan 26, 2009 12:40 PM

President Obama's first meal on Air Force One

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.

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  1. 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

      "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

        equal and splenda are different chemicals entirely.

        1. re: AMFM

          <equal and splenda are different chemicals entirely.>

          but equally bad for one's body.

          1. re: ChefJune

            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

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

        2. re: Glencora

          "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

            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

              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

                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

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

                  1. re: mpjmph

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

            2. re: alanbarnes

              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

                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

              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

                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

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

                  1. re: foiegras

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

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

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                1. re: Veggo

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