As you may have heard, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin, two of my favorite people, went out to dinner together in New York last night. With all of the culinary options at their fingertips, where did Donald and Sarah choose to dine? At Famous Famiglia’s pizza in Times Square, of course, home to one of the more mediocre to awful slices of pizza (I'd compare it favorably to the taste of a manila folder slathered with Ragu.) in New York -- a city chock full of fabulous pizza-by-the-slice places -- which coincidentally made an appearance in an episode of last season's Celebrity Apprentice. Go figure.
While Trump and Palin's dinner venue was symbolic and eyebrow-raising, the manner in which they ate their pizza was perhaps even more telling and controversial: Both ate their slices with a knife and fork. This has, RIGHTFULLY, sparked a bit of an uproar in New York and on the web, with the Daily News running a headline above a photo of the two eating that screams, "Use Your Hands!"
The irony in all of this is that if it were President Obama photographed eating pizza with a knife and fork, the far right would, of course, work itself into a frothy lather of outrage and hysteria over it. Fox News would fall all over itself to revive the whole tired “he’s an Ivy league liberal elitist who eats organic arugula” narrative. Matt Drudge would take a break from running a black teen crime news service to plaster a photo on his site of Obama carefully slicing his slice, and he'd keep it up for at least 24 hours. Ann Coulter would go on Hannity and call the president a straight-up fagg*t. You know that they would. You just know it.
I tweeted a crack about this earlier today and a couple of Palin/Trump defenders replied in defense of them, something along the lines of, "You'd eat pizza that way too with all those cameras watching you." But actually, presidents have always eaten with their hands in public when eating foods that are meant to be eaten with ones hands. So I put together a 25 picture gallery using some of the slew of images of presidents eating with their hands that popped up in a Google image search for such. Starting with Obama eating pizza with his hands, the slideshow includes Presidents Reagan and Bush eating food with their hands as well. Some of the pics are just damn funny.
So here's a note for Palin and Trump and any other phony presidential wannabes: THIS IS HOW PRESIDENTS, INCLUDING ONE WHO SHOT THE WORLD'S MOST WANTED TERRORIST IN THE FACE, EAT PIZZA AND OTHER FOODS MEANT TO BE EATEN WITH YOUR HANDS!
Time for a snack.
Oh look, Ronald Reagan!
W and Rudy enjoying some tasty pizza!