Obama Visits Marines on Christmas

Posted by Katherine | December 29, 2008 – 7:00 pm
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
[mtfrazier / Flickr]

There’s actually a blog dedicated to the Obama-and-food niche. It’s called Obama Foodorama: A Daily Diary of The Obama Foodscape, One Byte At A Time. So when Obama visited the mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during Christmas dinner, Obama Foodorama “parsed” the significance and tried to imagine the visit from the Marines’ perspective. The post seemed worth excerpting at some length:

So imagine, if you will, that you’re a Marine, happily watching a selection of Christmas Day football games on one of the many flat-screen TVs in the mess hall, while dining grandly on turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn and pineapple. You’re bummed that The Fighting Irish are banging on Hawaii, and you’re shouting at the TVs, at your pals, at the universe. Then, suddenly: Holy Cow, Barack Obama is walking up to your table! You’ve got a mouthful of turkey, maybe some gravy splattered on the front of your uniform, maybe you’ve had a couple beers, and the future Leader of The Free World wants to spread some aloha. What’s the protocol here?! Do you stand? Do you salute? Do you bow? While Barack’s chatting with your table, is it rude to keep eating? The chow’s getting cold, you’re hungry, and Barack’s saying things like Hey, guys, and Good to see you, man. Maybe a bite of potatoes is fine? From the yelling across the mess hall, it sounds like someone just made a dramatic move in the Notre Dame-Hawaii game, but you can’t see because Barack’s standing here–you come to your senses and forget the game. Holy Cow! Barack Obama! Can you phone-cam him? Can you have his autograph? Your hands are sticky from eating, and Barack wants to shake. Oh wait, he’s leaving–what’s the protocol here? Do you stand? Do you salute? Do you bow? Barack moves to another table.

Obama Foodorama concludes that this etiquette-confounding visit is an example of the president-elect’s “aloha” spirit.


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