There's an interesting audio/video still of Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins describing what sounds like a yummy lunch of lobster salad, potato chips, blueberry pie a la mode and more that President Obama couldn't partake of -- though he reportedly looked longingly at the food with his thin self -- because "essentially" didn't have his taster with him.
Cue visions of Russell Crowe's character Maximus in Gladiator flipping out as his friend stopped him from eating his food, choosing to take a bite of his grub first to spare his life, then watch in our mind's eye (or on YouTube) as Maximus' eyes grow wide when the friend starts choking and purportedly dying, but then laughs at his friend's paranoia after is is revealed his is only joking.
However, especially being a president who broke barriers, Mr. Obama having a food taster makes good sense. Even though the U.S. Secret Service has always refused to confirm that US presidents travel with a food taster, the vision of someone tasting food for poisonous contents harkens back visions of kings of olden days performing the same practice.
“He honestly did look longingly at [the yummy lunch], but apparently he has to have essentially a taster, and I pointed out to him that we were all tasters for him, that if the food had been poisoned all of us would have keeled over so, but he did look longingly at it and he remarked that we have far better food than the Democrats do, and I said that was because I was hosting," Collins told reporters on Thursday after the meeting at the Capitol.
Boy, the group at The Office sure could've used a food taster last night for those "Nibbles" cupcakes Todd Packer stuffed with laxatives and narcotics, heh?