Poor Barack Obama just made the biggest PR error possible when visiting Philly (in primary season!) — he didn’t try a cheesesteak. During a half-hour tour of the Italian Market, Obama visited Claudio Specialty Food and DiBruno Brothers, where he tried a $99.99 jamon Iberico ham. Afterwards, he told a crowd of supporters at the Penyslvania Convention Center that “I’m going to get a cheesesteak next time I come.”
But political analyst Larry Ceiser thinks the cheesesteak omission was intentional:
“I think some of the places that were must-stops, aren’t must stops any more […] “I think some of the places that were must-stops, aren’t must stops any more. I think that the Kerry experience was certainly a bad experience and I think the candidates look at that. Also, I don’t think they want to take the chance of the immigration issue.”
For those with short memories, John Kerry committed a major food etiquette faux pas by ordering a cheesesteak with swiss cheese back in 2004 that gave some pundits ammo. That stinks, friends. If cheesesteaks can’t stay apolitical, what can?
Obama: “I’ll try that cheesesteak next time” [Daily News]
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