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Old 01-15-2019, 12:07 AM
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Trump serving fast food to Clemson players during White House visit

With the government shutdown, I guess they've had to furlough some of the White House kitchen staff. So when the Clemson football team stopped by today, Trump served McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy's.

Here's the story:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...=.4bc8ca426ade

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At the outset of his remarks to the team, its coaches, Clemson officials and politicians, including South Carolina Sens. Lindsey O. Graham (R) and Tim Scott (R), Trump said he had a “choice” of possibly having “no food” for the players “because of the shutdown.”

“Or do we give you some little quick salads that first lady will make, along with the second lady; they’ll make some salads,” the president continued. “And I said, ‘You guys aren’t into salads.' … Or do I send out for about 1,000 hamburgers?”
I have to admit, if I went to a special event and they were serving Whoppers and Quarter Pounders, I'd be pretty pleasantly surprised. Then again, though, I'm a fast food junkie.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:16 AM
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:46 AM
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I bet if there wasn't a shutdown they could afford Carl's Jr/Hardees.
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Old 01-15-2019, 12:59 AM
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I would have loved seeing the BK, Wendy's, and McDonald's employees faces when 200 burgers were ordered to go.

I guess the WH staff split up and went to several franchises to get enough burgers quickly.

One BK, Wendy's, and McDonald's could never cook them fast enough to fill a WH order.

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Old 01-15-2019, 01:09 AM
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Fuck. I mean, yes, these are college students, but this is the shit they eat all the time on their own. At least go up a notch to something like Shake Shack or Five Guys.

Again, it's all about him. "Everything that I like."
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Old 01-15-2019, 01:17 AM
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Old 01-15-2019, 04:50 AM
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:17 AM
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If he arranged this himself, it's pretty much the most competent thing he's ever done. It's more of a wacky sitcom episode (the buffoonish president has to arrange his own dinner with no staff!) than anything else.

But I don't believe for a second that he paid for the food.

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Old 01-15-2019, 06:24 AM
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Old 01-15-2019, 06:52 AM
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But I don't believe for a second that he paid for the food.
First Families usually do have to pay for food themselves, a fact which is a sore point for many since it costs a lot.
So he'll get billed for it, but he can easily afford it.
An average fast food meal in DC is 7 USD. $1400.
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Old 01-15-2019, 07:59 AM
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So he'll get billed for it, but he can easily afford it.
An average fast food meal in DC is 7 USD. $1400.
Someone got billed for it, but I'm waiting for a suspicious entry to show up on the financial records of his campaign or some other entity full of other people's money. If he hadn't had his charity taken away, I'd assume that paid for the food.

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Old 01-15-2019, 08:18 AM
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Have you ever picked up food at McDonalds, and then brought it home to eat? If so, then you know how awful that stuff is when it has time to rest. Pizzas would have been a better choice. (If those were the only choices. He could have had the damn thing catered like a wedding party.)
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:33 AM
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do you know how much all this free advertising this worth? All those hamburgers were probably delivered for free by the companies themselves. In hot trucks.
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Old 01-15-2019, 08:59 AM
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do you know how much all this free advertising this worth? All those hamburgers were probably delivered for free by the companies themselves. In hot trucks.
And then set out on tables on White House silver trays with no heat lamps. Even if the team swooped in immediately to eat after the picture with Trump and the food was taken, it would have all been tepid at best.

And there's no reason to assume the food was free absent anyone saying so, nor that "hot trucks" were involved (do fast food restaurants typically have such things on hand?).
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:08 AM
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Of all the stupidity to come out of this administration, this may be the most ridiculous. Look at the grin on Trump's face; he seems to think he's actually accomplished something.

Are there any state dinners coming up; will we be treated to official White House photos of Xi Jinping eating Chinese takeout right out of the box?
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:10 AM
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Oddly, the Clemson players seemed to like the fast food, and didn't show great disappointment at the lack of foie gras and canapes.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:12 AM
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My first thought was "What, you couldn't at least get a caterer with some foil trays of chicken, pasta and beef?" As Lord Feldon said, it sounds more like a sitcom episode.

Of course, on the list of complaints it falls around eleventy-bajillion.
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Oddly, the Clemson players seemed to like the fast food, and didn't show great disappointment at the lack of foie gras and canapes.
There's probably an excluded middle between lukewarm Quarter Pounders and foie gras.

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Old 01-15-2019, 09:27 AM
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There's probably an excluded middle between lukewarm Quarter Pounders and foie gras.
Well-done steaks with ketchup.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:35 AM
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Oddly, the Clemson players seemed to like the fast food, and didn't show great disappointment at the lack of foie gras and canapes.
Oddly, the young men from Clemson were told to smile and be pleasant by their coaches and escorts and oddly enough they were able to keep their thoughts to themselves, something our president is unable to do.

This was either another 7-dimension chess thingie by Trump, or an unbelievably tacky and classless act. Your call.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:43 AM
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Pizzas would have been a better choice.
Though not depicted in that picture, as i watched video clips from the reception, I'm pretty sure that I saw Dominos boxes, as well.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:47 AM
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This is probably the only way Trump can be assured of his Quarter Pounder with cheese. Just don't try to snatch it out of the hands of a running back.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:48 AM
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First Families usually do have to pay for food themselves, a fact which is a sore point for many since it costs a lot.
So he'll get billed for it, but he can easily afford it.
An average fast food meal in DC is 7 USD. $1400.
This is not food for himself and his family. This is basically an official event, so I very much doubt that he's responsible for paying for the food.
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Old 01-15-2019, 09:49 AM
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According to White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (via The Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey), Trump was “personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods” because the partial government shutdown meant that some of the White House staff who might have handled the catering for this type of event are on furlough.

“The president wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the College Football National Champion Clemson Tigers,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement to CNN, adding that Trump’s gesture came about because “the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security.”

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“We have everything that I like, that you like,” Trump continued, “and I know no matter what we did, there’s nothing you could have that’s better than that, right?”
To recap: the players were served their all-time favoritest food ever, all thanks to the Democrats. So gracious of the president to recognize that!
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:02 AM
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Clemson athlete: "I thought it was a joke"

https://twitter.com/grantstern/statu...061726721?s=19

To be honest, I bet a number of these kids... especially the serious athletes who watch their diets... were not pleased with the offerings.

Yes, there was pizza.
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:03 AM
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Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods
I mean, if you're going to be sure to mention that it's "personally paid for" and "catered", you can do better than chicken nuggets. It's like she's fishing for brownie points for the least possible amount of effort.

It also feels disrespectful to the athletes who will probably be at a White House event once in their lives and are greeted with the least possible amount of effort but you've got Trump looking for praise because "I like burgers" and "I paid for it myself!"

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Isn't there a nice restaurant at the hotel he owns in town? If he's paying for it himself, why not have it catered from there?
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:57 AM
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Old 01-15-2019, 10:59 AM
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I suppose we should be relieved it wasn't fried chicken and watermelon.
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Old 01-15-2019, 11:08 AM
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First Families usually do have to pay for food themselves, a fact which is a sore point for many since it costs a lot.
So he'll get billed for it, but he can easily afford it.
An average fast food meal in DC is 7 USD. $1400.
I think we're up to over 1000 hamberders now. Can you recalculate based on the average cost of a hamberder?
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I think we're up to over 1000 hamberders now. Can you recalculate based on the average cost of a hamberder?
Honestly, even if it's only 300 hamberders, I'd like to know the logistics of this.

Did they just have staff go to 10 or so fast food joints and order them? Did they order online beforehand? Did Trump use his Credit Card? Or is did he just say he would reimburse the staff that got them.

Did they order them the day before and put heat lamps out and a microwave? Did they all have extra ketchup and no pickles?
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Where are the giant bowls of lukewarm fries????
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There must have been drinks too... Coke or covfefe?
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Where are the giant bowls of lukewarm fries????
Don't be silly. Fries were portioned out in paper cups with the Presidential Seal on them! Lukewarm tho, yes.
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Warning: these fries previously handled by tiny, tiny fingers.
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Don't be silly. Fries were portioned out in paper cups with the Presidential Seal on them! Lukewarm tho, yes.
I like that someone put out china and White House cocktail napkins but they still are using the fast food ketchup packets, rather than, say, putting out a Heinz bottle.
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Did they just have staff go to 10 or so fast food joints and order them? Did they order online beforehand? Did Trump use his Credit Card? Or is did he just say he would reimburse the staff that got them.
If it's anything like how he runs business, he told the staff he'd reimburse them, accused them of trying to cheat him, offered them 65% of what they spent and threatened to sue them if they complained.
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I know how hard it is too write 'Hamburger' because I also saw the remake of The Pink Panther.
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The Washington Post has analyzed the cost of the feast. My favorite nugget is contained in the comments:

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He should have served Taco Bell and make Mexico pay for it.

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I'm wondering, what do they typically serve at these receptions when they're hosting sports teams at the White House. Do they just set out a cheese plate, crackers, cold cuts and a veggie tray with some ranch dip? Do they go a little fancier with a hot buffet setup? Or do they do an actual sitdown meal?
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So the audio was this: 'And the BANQUET was laid out on the table...' *click* 'Pup'N'Taco, Pup'N'Taco, Pup'N'Taco...' *click*



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Heck just one of Melania's designer outfits would buy most of these burgers.
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I suppose we should be relieved it wasn't fried chicken and watermelon.
Popeye’s is good. Mmm. That extra spicy chicken and some dirty rice is worth a 10 minute drive.
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I'm wondering, what do they typically serve at these receptions when they're hosting sports teams at the White House. Do they just set out a cheese plate, crackers, cold cuts and a veggie tray with some ranch dip? Do they go a little fancier with a hot buffet setup? Or do they do an actual sitdown meal?
I heard that on a similar occasion, Obama served steak. I've been unable to find confirmation, and other reports are that of late, these sorts of things have been afternoon events and that the players were essentially served punch and cookies, as it wasn't a mealtime.

It was still plenty tacky.
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Isn't there a nice restaurant at the hotel he owns in town? If he's paying for it himself, why not have it catered from there?
I read that his hotel charges around $100 per head for catering and that using his hotel would've cost over 25k in catering costs.

Meanwhile McDonalds has the 2 for $5 deal right now for big macs, quarter pounders, filet of fish, 10 pc mcnuggets (all of which were featured very prominently on the table). You can get 1000 of those sandwiches for $2500.

So we learned today that there is a 0% chance Trump is an actual billionaire.
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To be honest, I bet a number of these kids... especially the serious athletes who watch their diets... were not pleased with the offerings.
HAH... this is post season so they aren't so strict. Right after the season ends all rules get thrown out of the window for a while. Two of my kids played D1 NCAA sports and other than one or two kids on each team most would have no problem with this diet wise. They burn tons of calories even in the off season so that isn't an issue for them.

That said, I'm sure they hoped for a big steak and lobster for the celebration.
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