Friday, March 15, 2013

If This Is Real...We Have A Crazy Man in the White House

The March 14, 2013 Daily Caller quotes Senator Snowe (R-ME) about a lunch that the Senate Republicans invited President Obama to -- and why he did not eat any of it:
“Unfortunately, you know, the president can’t,” said Collins when asked if Obama ate at the lunch meeting.
“He looked longingly at it,” Collins continued. “He honestly did look longingly at it, 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.”
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What?  This is something a medieval king or a Third World dictator would do, not only paranoid, but think about this in the modern age:

1. Why would you put someone's life at risk if you feared poison in the food?  There aren't devices that can test food for toxins available?

2. Is Obama this paranoid that he thinks Senate Republicans would poison themselves just to kill him?  And Democrats said that Nixon was paranoid.

3. There are plenty of slow-acting poisons that would not affect a food taster soon enough to be useful, but would certainly kill hours to days later.

UPDATE: The March 15, 2013 Daily Mail (not one of Britain's more impressive newspapers) reports that:

In November 2010, before the President landed for a state visit to India, the local media reported that a team of doctors from the JJ Hospital in Mumbai were called to serve as food tasters for the visit. 
'While the president will travel with his own food tasters, the protocol requires that we should also provide some from our end,' Dean TP Lahane, Dean of JJ hospital, told the Mumbai Mirror. 
One of the unnamed designated tasters said they would be tasting the food but would also be storing samples in the case of an investigation. 
When Mr Obama traveled to the City of Lights in 2009, a French waiter told the AFP that when la famille Obama turned up at La Fontaine de Mars restaurant, there was a member of the security team who tasted all the dishes.

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UPDATE 2: I am seeing indications that this is not new to Obama.  It still seems like a pretty bizarre practice, however, just because there are so many slow-acting poisons that could be used.  As an example, some years back, a member of Mensa somewhere down South killed a neighbor that he didn't like with thallium.  The method by which he was caught is proof that arrogance often beats intelligenceThallium often takes 15-20 days for it kill.  I would think that this would be the case for many heavy metal poisons -- slow-acting, so a taster won't notice it, and relatively easy to test for in a food sample.


  1. Bush wasn't this paranoid. And people made movies about his assassination. No movies yet about Obama in the Bush role, yet he's acting like Stalin.

  2. I don't think screening is practical, the instruments are large, the number of toxic organic compounds semi-infinite.

    And, yeah, I keep getting those Nixon vibes from Obama....

  3. B.O. has one huge advantage over Nixon: the press loves him dearly, yet still he is paranoid. I suspect his actions reflect his own view of his self-importance.

  4. Comments elsewhere indicate that this is not something new to this administration. It's the Secret Service which is really, really paranoid about dangers to the President, and has been for decades.

    No one ever talked about it, but when the President ate anywhere outside the White House, the Service was there to monitor food prep, provide cutlery and condiments, and if it seemed appropriate sample the food before he ate it.

    This was happening at least as far back as the Bush I administration.

    Obama has many faults, but this isn't one of them.

    And think about it this way: every President should be at least somewhat paranoid. If nothing else, it would be possible to make a huge profit on the financial exchanges by murdering the President. A desperate speculator, faced with a multi-billion $ loss, or one merely possessed by greed - and devoid of scruples - might try it.