Boehner Angry About Dems' Cafe Standards

Peeved about 'shaved persimmon;' prefers pronounceable foods
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2008 5:30 PM CST
Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott of Miss., left, listens as House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, right, makes a statement on the Iraq War supplemental outside the White House in Washington, Wednesday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Democrats have been in charge of Congress for a year, but only now have they begun to force leftist foods down GOP throats—and the ranking House Republican’s not hungry. Said John Boehner of the new outfit running congressional cafeterias, “I like real food. … Food that I can pronounce the name of.” Indeed, Nancy Pelosi’s chefs have junked Salisbury steak for balsamic glazed butternut squash.

The minority leader was also made to sound out “calico pinto beans” and “broccoli rabe” when he went for his midday meal yesterday; tomorrow he’ll have to wrap his tongue around “sushi.” MSNBC notes that prices have seen a considerable hike since the new cooks took Capitol Hill—partly because of mandatory carbon offsets Boehner casually compared to religious indulgences from the Middle Ages.