John McCain: a day in the life Cincinnati style
CINCINNATI – The plate was heaped with a pile of spaghetti, covered with spicy chili, and layered over with a thick blanket of grated cheddar cheese, and it sat in front of Republican John McCain.
Refusing a bib to wear around his neck to catch the fallout, the presidential candidate dove into the plate of “three-way” chili, an early lunch at Skyline Chili, a Cincinnati institution.
He only made it about half-way through the ample serving, and then it was on to Xavier University for a town hall meeting.
After taking questions from the audience for an hour there, he retreated to a side room where he was interviewed by a couple of half-pints, a brother-and-sister team, Spencer and Piper Macke.
The favor was granted because Spencer, 6, had raised $4,000 for a military veterans fund. He and Piper, 5, were shy but got through five questions, including:
Has he ever fired an M-16 rifle? No, but he carried a pistol as a Navy flyer.
Is the president like a king? “These days king have very little if any power.”
Was he served food as a prisoner of war in Vietnam? Yes, often a soup with cabbage and “other things in it that I am happy to say I’ve never identified.”
- Photo credit: Steve Marcus