Obama stopped at some famous Toledo hot dog joint today to do the regular guy routine. Fortunately, hot dogs were just recently made an acceptable menu item as part of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” anti-childhood obesity campaign.
Wait a second.
From the pool reports:
When in Toledo . . . Have a chili dog. So POTUS did, going straight from the airport 20 minutes through green countryside on a gorgeous sunny day to an OTR lunch stop at — no, not Tony Packo’s — Rudy’s Hot Dog . . .
Obama and party were welcomed to Rudy’s Hot Dog by one of the brothers who run the six-store chain, Harry Dionyssiou. Dionyssiou hugged Obama several times, as long-time cooks behind the counter yelled Opaa, Opaa. “These guys, whatever they want, I’m buying,” Obama said as he gestured toward his group.
He ordered one dog with mustard, onion and chili sauce, with a bowl of chili and fried on the side. He made fun of (Democratic Rep.) Marcy Kaptur for requesting ketchup, a mortal sin in hot dog-loving Chicago. “Marcy just wants ketchup,” he said. “By the way, as an afficionado of hot dogs, you don’t put ketchup on hot dogs…I’m trying to teach my girls.” (Some poolers heard him pronounce it “affectinado.”)
When a cook told him she’d worked there 30 years, he called the owner over and teased him, “She says she’s worked here 30 years. That means she was under aged when you hired her.” Obama shook hands with the 10 or so patrons, then begged off to eat his dog “before it gets cold.” Valerie Jarrett and Nancy Ann Deparle watched — dogless — from the side.
The small restaurant features stuffed heads of animals including a deer and a buffalo shot by the other owner. In addition to its hot dogs, it sells Greek food. And apparently beer, as a yellowed wall sign said. “Buckeye Beer,” it said. “Kraeusen brewed. Picks you up.”