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On the Obama menu

President Obama considers his choices at a Pioneer Square cafe, Aug. 17, 2010 (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)
President Obama considers his choices at a Pioneer Square cafe, Aug. 17, 2010 (Jim Camden/Spokesman-Review)

President Obama considers his lunch choices Tuesday at the Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square.

SEATTLE -- President Barack Obama arrived in Pioneer Square hungry ... and not just for some political talk and economic discussions.

He was looking for lunch. Fortunately, the first stop was at the Grand Central Bakery, where he perused the menu and ordered a half of a turkey special, described by the person behind the counter as Thanksgiving on a sandwich, and a small Skagit Valley salad.

His stomach was still on East Coast time, which meant it was getting toward 3 p.m., when he sat down with Sen. Patty Murray, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and three local business owners.

Later at a Murray fund-raiser at the Westin Hotel, Obama brought up food again -- or something close to food -- in criticizing Republican opposition to his economic plans.

Democrats went into the ditch to rescue the economy after Republicans had driven it in. They pushed it out, “and it’s muddy and there are bugs and we’re sweating and shoving, pushing hard. And there all standing there sipping Slurpees and watching (saying) ‘you’re not pushing hard enough, that’s not the right way to push.’”



Jim Camden
Jim Camden joined The Spokesman-Review in 1981 and retired in 2021. He is currently the political and state government correspondent covering Washington state.

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