A PR person’s dream: Two presidents munching on cheeseburgers in a small eatery while national and international print and video photographers capture the action, observes Grumpy Editor.
Such was the case when President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday visited Ray’s Hell Burger, in Arlington, Va., which is just outside Washington, D.C.
Most newspapers and television news programs in the U.S. ran items on the event.
It even made Jay Leno’s monologue on NBC’s Tonight Show on Friday, complete with mention of Ray’s Hell Burger.
No news outlet explained why the two presidents were in shirt sleeves.
But a clue came from the prior week’s visit by “Joey,” of San Mateo, Calif. In a Web review he described the interior had “three ceiling fans running on high but the heat was very noticeable with all the bodies inside.”
Joey also said “sitting inside was noisy,” making it difficult to talk in normal volume.
A Washington Post dining writer two years ago pinpointed the inside sound at Ray’s at 74 decibels.
That put the clamor equivalent to the noise from a washing machine or a garbage disposal unit.
With that level of cacophony, heads of state can’t quietly converse on world matters.
What were Medvedev’s thoughts on the restaurant?
“An interesting place, which is typically American,” he voiced. “Probably it’s not quite healthy. But it’s very tasty. You can feel the spirit of America.”