Don't kid yourself. When you heard that Obama went into Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, VA this afternoon with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, you got a smile on your face. For men, it reminded us of our burger man-dates, where we prove our masculinity to society by eating pounds of processed bovine. Obama is that true generous friend as well, as he paid for Medvedev's meal. Other people at Ray's Hell Burger did not mind the long lines and sudden throng that the two political leaders created by their appearance: "The crowd at Ray's Hell Burger loved it, cheering heartily when the two leaders entered, and again when they left" (Source: Radio Free Europe).
When America reads that the president had a burger, they forget momentarily about the current controversy of McChrystal, Afghanistan, health care policy, and the list goes on until . . . the president is eating a burger! Mmmmmm. . . juicy. Like the president at the moment of devouring, we people need a moment to just witness the president for who he is--a person.
This is not a new affair. Americans have approved previous eating/drinking habits of the president with the beer summit last July. Suddenly, we forgot about the controversy over the arresting of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and only cared about what everyone was drinking: "For the record, it was Bud Light for Obama, Sam Adams Light for Gates, Blue Moon for Crowley and nonalcoholic Buckler for Biden" (Source: Huffington Post).
Maybe Obama is not encouraging the best conduct for our society as he models behaviors for obesity, alcoholism, and perhaps, even smoking addiction. But, at least, these sorts of things make Americans relate to the president; that is, he too is just aÂ human who likes a big juicy burger for lunch.