The government shutdown has showed its ugly face in some surprising ways. One was the atypical catering President Trump chose for the Clemson Tigers football team when they visited the White House yesterday. The spread consisted almost entirely of fast food. So what’s it like to be a national championship team eating fast food at The White House?
“It was awesome,” Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence told TMZ. “We had McDonald’s and everything. It was good!”
A reporter outside the White House asked Lawrence how many times he planned on going back. “Hopefully a few more,” he said. That’s likely an allusion to “a few more” national championship visits, and not an indication he was headed back in for more burgers.
After beating Alabama last week in the College Football National Championship game, and completing a 15-0 season, the team was invited to the White House by President Trump to celebrate their accomplishments.
The unusual food choice was made becasue many White House staff are currently furloughed.
“I had a choice,” Trump said. “Do we have no food for you? … Or do we give you some little quick salads that the First Lady will make, along with the Second Lady — they’ll make some salads.
“(No), I said, you guys aren’t into salads.”
On Tuesday, Trump made a spelling error in a Tweet that helped lighten the national mood. Hamberders.
1,000 hamberders. That was apparently the entirety of the hamberder supply. The tweet was soon corrected to reflect a more traditional spelling, but that hasn’t kept many from mocking the typo.
Spelling aside, the visit reportedly went over well. According to White House statements, the President spent his own money to have over 1,000 fast food sandwiches and burgers brought into the White House for the team to enjoy.
“The President wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the College Football National Champion Clemson Tigers,” deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said. “Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the President is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods.”
“My challenge to the team this season was that we were gonna have to accept the challenge each week,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said at a victory parade for the team. “We called it the ‘eye of the tiger and the heart of the champion.’ And what that means is not just intensity, but focused intensity. And not just passion, but focused passion. You know it when you see it and you know it when you don’t. Every week I would come in, and I would put up tape and I’d say that ain’t it… That is. If we’re gonna get where we wanna go, it’s gonna take everyone in here accepting the challenge… You saw that Monday night out in Santa Clara, California. You saw the eye of the tiger and the heart of a champion. Especially especially in the fourth quarter, that 10:02 drive was the longest in Clemson history.