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During the past week with TV cameras in tow Guiliani has flipped eggs, Obama has made a few sandwiches, Edwards has served coffee and Romney has tossed baloney.
Where’s the help when you need it? Yes, it’s a tasty time for the culinary consortium playing a major role as the backdrop for so many public press events staging the deciding factors for who will win or who will lose as the road to the white House begins in earnest.
Ironically, the cooks and dishwashers, managers and servers, bussers and owners play a major role in the picking of our president. Every four years eateries, their owners and staff are brought into the limelight as the primary season begins.
Just yesterday, The Washington Post highlighted two sisters who are pros when it comes to enduring primary season confusion.
“Connie Farr and Maria Saitas have owned this place with the brick-red banquettes and Formica counters for 27 years and have been a quadrennial part of the presidential process all along,” reported The Post.
“Fox will be in the back room,” Maria informs her sister, as anxious network advance people listen in. “Charlie Gibson has got the front, and it will be fine without anyone bumping into each other,” she says.
The Post went on to report who the sisters thought looked good and who wouldn’t go on to Pennsylvania Avenue.
National Public Radio ( NPR), followed suit with a 7 minute piece on two momentarily famous breakfast spots that each played host to the candidates. Over the course of times, economic ups and downs, recessions, booms and stagflation periods, the two breakfast spots have seen them all come and go.
And, as the primary season continues to heat up and get served to all Americans, it will be interesting to follow the winners and losers on the campaign trail and keep track of how many restaurants, pizza parlors, coffee shops, and bakeries play host to those looking to host State Dinners.
With all the instant celebrities that restaurants acquire during the primary season, and realizing that the industry employs over 13 million people – the second largest industry in the country next to the federal government you would think we had more sway in presidential elections.
I guess owners only get to meet and greet candidates passing through on the way to the White House. I wonder if the candidates are big tippers or if they are saving their pennies for all those informative TV ads?
Only time will tell.