The Best Reactions to Trump Serving Fast Food at the White House

updated Apr 30, 2019
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If you’re invited to the White House by the president of the United States, it’s fair to say your imagination takes over as to what might happen when you get there. Will you get a tour of the Lincoln bedroom? Will the First Lady make an appearance? How do they plan on entertaining you?

Well, the Clemson Tigers — who were invited to the White House by President Donald Trump after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide last week, winning the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship — found out with the rest of America what their particularly unique presidential experience would be.

On the White House Lawn early Monday, January 14, 2019, Trump proudly announced he would serve the Clemson Tigers what he thought would be “their favorite food.” So what did he serve later that evening?

Fast food, that’s what. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and Domino’s Pizza, to be exact. There were also salads. Fries were served in paper cups donned with the presidential seal, and McDonald’s sauces ranging from BBQ to hot mustard were served in silver gravy bowls and lit by antique candelabras from the White House collection.

Later, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders explained that much of the staff in the White House residence (including the culinary staff that would usually cook for guests) has been furloughed because of the shutdown, “so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods.” (Personally, I would have gone with any variety of actual event caterers in DC, but I digress.)

Still, knowing that the President catered the event out-of-pocket didn’t seem to dissuade Twitter from having a field day with his menu choices, with reactions of disbelief.

There was also some anger from other famous athletes.

And, of course, there were some hilarious jokes.

There were even a couple of folks in full support of the menu.

Twitter users eventually even came up with a hashtag called #WhiteHouseDinners, which made the light of how, well, casual the menu was. Here are a few gems.

Anyway you feel about it, you have to admit one thing: You totally want to run to the drive-thru like I do right now, don’t you?