President Joe Biden faces many serious problems in the White House, but his latest critics are now attacking his food choices.
Social media had strong opinions after the president and First Lady Jill Biden dined at the Red Hen in Washington, with Biden ordering the same meal as his wife.
The rigatoni is the best, but my wife and I could never just both order it. https://t.co/Dkz5wvi6NX
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 19, 2023
“Getting the same thing as the person you’re eating dinner with is silly,” one aggrieved Washington resident, Hannah Madden, told the Washington Post. “The whole point of going out to eat is getting to try as many things as possible.”
Red Hen chef and owner Michael Friedman told the Post that he’s more amused over the matter.
“It’s such an honor to have a presidential visit, but it’s funny that this is what came out of it,” Friedman said. “It’s a fascinating thread people have chosen to follow, and I’m just really enjoying the banter.”
Who knew rigatoni was so controversial? https://t.co/QjByS0vARB
— Ron Ruggless 🕙 (@RonRuggless) March 3, 2023
Washingtonian Food editor Jessica Sidman summed up the controversy in her tweet: "There are 2 types of couples in this world: those who order the same dish at a restaurant and those who would never ever dare."
She added, "I would definitely glare at my husband if he ordered the same thing as me because obviously we need to try as much of the menu as possible!"
There are 2 types of couples in this world: those who order the same dish at a restaurant and those who would never ever dare… I would definitely glare at my husband if he ordered the same thing as me because obviously we need to try as much of the menu as possible! https://t.co/35KbHafvXh
— Jessica Sidman (@jsidman) February 19, 2023
Yes, there are definitely bigger problems in the world but online critics were quick to make Biden's food choices one of them. His action showed he is likely to choose whatever his wife does instead of making his own decisions.
In addition to his pasta, Biden has become famous for his love of ice cream. He has been pictured eating a waffle cone in front of reporters on multiple occasions as part of his travels.
The latest dining selection doesn't compare with his actions to hurt the economy, the border, or his international concerns with China or Russia, yet has still drawn much attention.
With the 2024 presidential campaign starting to heat up, however, the president's biggest problem may likely be his battle to determine whether he will serve a second term.