I laughed. This is how rumors get started, I thought to myself. And I started this rumor.
In one sense, this episode shows how underused and misunderstood the satire genre is. I thought my little essay, which talked about how the president was going to do a cook-off with Bobby Flay at the White House, and how he was going to join four other well-known chefs on the Food Network, while refusing to appear on Paula Deen’s show, was so transparently a gag that it didn’t need a disclaimer. I thought the idea of the president making a mean “arugula risotto” was a dead giveaway.
But the more I thought about it, the more it became clear to me that nothing this president does, especially when it comes to appearing on television, is implausible. It is altogether credible to think that the president would spend two days cooking on the Food Network, because, well, he has hit pretty much every cable outlet.
He has been on ESPN, on Univision, on CNN. And I am certain that this is just the beginning. I think we may see him on A&E, on the History Channel, on MTV, VH1, BET, MSNBC, and we can bet heavy money that he will be on CNBC, the Discovery Chanel, HBO and many other cable networks before he is done.
I am not certain that the president will be throwing down with Bobby Flay anytime soon. But it is not beyond the realm of the possible.
In any event, I sincerely apologize to anybody who may be angry that they were fooled by my little satire. One commentator put my post up and strongly commended the president for doing the Food Network shows, and condemned Republicans who may oppose such appearances.
Sorry to inform you that the whole thing was a joke. Hope you got a good laugh out of it.