Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Thrill Of President Obama Eating, Part II

Another Presidential dining excursion is selected for the Photo of the Day on the White House blog...
Today's Photo of the Day on the White House blog, above, shows President Obama chatting with diners at Ross' restaurant, an eatery he visited in Bettendorf, Iowa, on Tuesday. The President ordered four jumbo Magic Mountain and two Volcano sandwiches to go, including one for himself, according to Ross' owner Cynthia Ross Freidhof. Afterwards, the President gave a speech at Alcoa Davenport Works Factory on the importance of manufacturing for America's future, but the eating outing is what's getting the visual spotlight on the front page of the official blog. Eating, after all, is highly relatable, the ultimate bipartisan activity.

But the White House photo focus on dining comes as President Obama's re-election Campaign is aggressively promoting the "Dinner with Barack and Joe" fundraising contest, where four lucky donors will win the chance to dine with President Obama and his right-hand man. And there lately seems to be a lot of official presidential eating-related photos being released, as noted here yesterday.

A photo of President Obama dining in Puerto Rico at Kasalta bakery was Photo of the Day on June 14th, and a photo of the President dining at Rudy's Hot Dog in Toledo, Ohio, was the Photo of the Day on June 6th. A photo of cheering staffers at Rudy's made it into the newly posted White House Flickr photo set for June, as did a photo of President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel heading into a private dinner at Georgetown's 1789 restaurant. (Above: A cropped version of the Presidential photo from Rudy's Hot Dog)

The photo, above, of President Obama and Biden heading into the Oval Office Private Dining Room on June 8th for their weekly private lunch was also featured as a Photo of the Day in June.

UPDATE, July 2: Ross' Restaurant owner Cynthia Ross-Freidhof makes her sandwiches on "The Rachel Maddow Show"

*Photos by Pete Souza/White House