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To Those Of You That Made Fun Of Trump For Giving The Clemson Tigers Fast Food, Shame On You

There are people who enjoy the simpler things in life and don't need anything larger than life in order to be satisfied.

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Imagine being an athlete that worked very hard all season long and defeated a top contender that's known for being undefeated. Hooray! You won against that undefeated team and you, your teammates, and your family get to go to the White House and have a celebratory dinner. The twist is that the dinner you're going to be served is composed of fast food from various chains.

That's what happened on January 14th, 2019, when the Clemson Tigers visited the White House after their 44-16 win against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The players were met with a buffet of fast food from Wendy's, McDonald's, pizza, and much more. This buffet came out of Trump's own pocket due to the partial government shutdown and with him being fast food lover himself.

"I think we are going to serve McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King with some pizza. I really mean it," he said. "It will be interesting. I would think that's their favorite food. So we'll see what happens."

According to a pool report written by Josh Dawsey, the players "whooped as they saw the food spread" with Trump saying that this was "great American food."

The reaction to this fast food dinner had, of course, received backlash. People called the celebratory meal "classless" and also said that the players "deserved better." Really? The Clemson players have to meet with "culinary coaches" in order for them to eat in healthy matter. In addition to that, they also had their diets monitored, giving them individual cooking demos, selecting the right type of "fuel."

Imagine going through all of that dietary restriction for months and getting to finally eat food that you have been dying for, it would be a dream come true, especially to lineman Matt Bockhorst! To the naysayers who shamed President Trump for serving fast food to players, let's take a look back in history.

It's the turn of the decade, 1939 to be exact. King Goerge VI visited then President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, on American soil. The four-day visit consisted of a sight-seeing tour of Washington, a formal State Dinner and a big bash at the British Embassy. The visit also had a casual yet memorable moment in history: the British Monarch ate his first hot dog.

Along with Queen Elizabeth (the mother), the casual picnic was held at Roosevelt's Hyde Park's cottage on June 11, 1939. The menu also consisted of Virginia ham, smoked turkey, cranberry jelly, green salad, rolls, strawberry shortcake, coffee, beer, and soft drinks. The headline from the New York Times read "KING TRIES HOT DOG AND ASKS FOR MORE" the following day and according to reporter Felix Belair Jr., the British monarch enjoyed his share of two hot dogs with beer. The royal guests even ate off of paper plates like everyone else in attendance.

What President Trump did on that fateful evening was anything but different than what President Roosevelt did. They both displayed an aspect of American living that was relatable to the working class. An average American will often treat themselves to some fast food if they've had a busy day at work and don't feel like cooking.

To the people who turned your noses at this story, shame on you. There are people who enjoy the simpler things in life and don't need anything larger than life in order to be satisfied. If I were in that room that night, I would be very thankful because who can turn down free food, especially if it's food that you crave from time to time?

In my honest opinion, President Trump delivered when it came to feeding those football players. Not only will Clemson bring home the title of being National Champions, but also bellies filled with Big Macs, french fries, pizza, and all the food their hearts desired!

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An Open Letter To Democrats From A Millennial Republican

Why being a Republican doesn't mean I'm inhuman.
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Dear Democrats,

I have a few things to say to you — all of you.

You probably don't know me. But you think you do. Because I am a Republican.

Gasp. Shock. Horror. The usual. I know it all. I hear it every time I come out of the conservative closet here at my liberal arts university.

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“You're a Republican?" people ask, saying the word in the same tone that Draco Malfoy says “Mudblood."

I know that not all Democrats feel about Republicans this way. Honestly, I can't even say for certain that most of them do. But in my experience, saying you're a Republican on a liberal college campus has the same effect as telling someone you're a child molester.

You see, in this day and age, with leaders of the Republican Party standing up and spouting unfortunately ridiculous phrases like “build a wall," and standing next to Kim Davis in Kentucky after her release, we Republicans are given an extreme stereotype. If you're a Republican, you're a bigot. You don't believe in marriage equality. You don't believe in racial equality. You don't believe in a woman's right to choose. You're extremely religious and want to impose it on everyone else.

Unfortunately, stereotypes are rooted in truth. There are some people out there who really do think these things and feel this way. And it makes me mad. The far right is so far right that they make the rest of us look bad. They make sure we aren't heard. Plenty of us are fed up with their theatrics and extremism.

For those of us brave enough to wear the title “Republican" in this day and age, as millennials, it's different. Many of us don't agree with these brash ideas. I'd even go as far as to say that most of us don't feel this way.

For me personally, being a Republican doesn't even mean that I automatically vote red.

When people ask me to describe my political views, I usually put it pretty simply. “Conservative, but with liberal social views."

“Oh," they say, “so you're a libertarian."

“Sure," I say. But that's the thing. I'm not really a libertarian.

Here's what I believe:

I believe in marriage equality. I believe in feminism. I believe in racial equality. I don't want to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe in birth control. I believe in a woman's right to choose. I believe in welfare. I believe more funds should be allocated to the public school system.

Then what's the problem? Obviously, I'm a Democrat then, right?

Wrong. Because I have other beliefs too.

Yes, I believe in the right to choose — but I'd always hope that unless a pregnancy would result in the bodily harm of the woman, that she would choose life. I believe in welfare, but I also believe that our current system is broken — there are people who don't need it receiving it, and others who need it that cannot access it.

I believe in capitalism. I believe in the right to keep and bear arms, because I believe we have a people crisis on our hands, not a gun crisis. Contrary to popular opinion, I do believe in science. I don't believe in charter schools. I believe in privatizing as many things as possible. I don't believe in Obamacare.

Obviously, there are other topics on the table. But, generally speaking, these are the types of things we millennial Republicans get flack for. And while it is OK to disagree on political beliefs, and even healthy, it is NOT OK to make snap judgments about me as a person. Identifying as a Republican does not mean I am the same as Donald Trump.

Just because I am a Republican, does not mean you know everything about me. That does not give you the right to make assumptions about who I am as a person. It is not OK for you to group me with my stereotype or condemn me for what I feel and believe. And for a party that prides itself on being so open-minded, it shocks me that many of you would be so judgmental.

So I ask you to please, please, please reexamine how you view Republicans. Chances are, you're missing some extremely important details. If you only hang out with people who belong to your own party, chances are you're missing out on great people. Because, despite what everyone believes, we are not our stereotype.

Sincerely,

A millennial Republican

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Why The Idea Of 'No Politics At The Dinner Table' Takes Place And Why We Should Avoid It

When did having a dialogue become so rare?

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Why has the art of civilized debate and conversation become unheard of in daily life? Why is it considered impolite to talk politics with coworkers and friends? Expressing ideas and discussing different opinions should not be looked down upon.

I have a few ideas as to why this is our current societal norm.

1. Politics is personal.

Your politics can reveal a lot about who you are. Expressing these (sometimes controversial) opinions may put you in a vulnerable position. It is possible for people to draw unfair conclusions from one viewpoint you hold. This fosters a fear of judgment when it comes to our political beliefs.

Regardless of where you lie on the spectrum of political belief, there is a world of assumption that goes along with any opinion. People have a growing concern that others won't hear them out based on one belief.

As if a single opinion could tell you all that you should know about someone. Do your political opinions reflect who you are as a person? Does it reflect your hobbies? Your past?

The question becomes "are your politics indicative enough of who you are as a person to warrant a complete judgment?"

Personally, I do not think you would even scratch the surface of who I am just from knowing my political identification.

2. People are impolite.

The politics themselves are not impolite. But many people who wield passionate, political opinion act impolite and rude when it comes to those who disagree.

The avoidance of this topic among friends, family, acquaintances and just in general, is out of a desire to 'keep the peace'. Many people have friends who disagree with them and even family who disagree with them. We justify our silence out of a desire to avoid unpleasant situations.

I will offer this: It might even be better to argue with the ones you love and care about, because they already know who you are aside from your politics, and they love you unconditionally (or at least I would hope).

We should be having these unpleasant conversations. And you know what? They don't even need to be unpleasant! Shouldn't we be capable of debating in a civilized manner? Can't we find common ground?

I attribute the loss of political conversation in daily life to these factors. 'Keeping the peace' isn't an excuse. We should be discussing our opinions constantly and we should be discussing them with those who think differently.

Instead of discouraging political conversation, we should be encouraging kindness and understanding. That's how we will avoid the unpleasantness that these conversations sometimes bring.

By avoiding them altogether, we are doing our youth a disservice because they are not being exposed to government, law, and politics, and they are not learning to deal with people and ideas that they don't agree with.

Next Thanksgiving, talk politics at the table.

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