Following President Obama’s March 14 lunch meeting with Senate Republicans, GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine said that the chief executive did not indulge himself with the food offered because his “taster” was not with him. On the menu was lobster salad, said Collins, who went on to describe for the president the dishes offered. "....I pointed that out to the president in keeping with the first lady’s initiatives and Fox Family Potato Chips made in Aroostook County where I’m from and wild blueberry pie full of anti-oxidants, see this was a healthy lunch as well. We did have a little ice cream on the pie too, also made in Maine, Gifford’s Ice Cream. So in all seriousness this was well received,”
Speaking to reporters after the event, Collins added “Unfortunately, you know, the president can’t,” and “He looked longingly at it.”
Collins said, “He honestly did look longingly at it, but apparently he has to have essentially a taster, and I pointed out to him that we were all tasters for him, that if the food had been poisoned all of us would have keeled over so, but he did look longingly at it and he remarked that we have far better food than the Democrats do, and I said that was because I was hosting.”
The Secret Service, which watches over the wellbeing of presidents, has refused to confirm whether or not presidents actually do have a food taster on staff. First Lady Michelle Obama has been known for advocating healthy eating alternatives, especially for urban children. She also maintains a small garden at the White House and produces healthy vegetables there for herself and President Obama.