Help end the 8-year fiasco with a resounding vote for Barack Obama.

While we don’t know much about where the candidates stand on food issues, nicely pointed out here by Jeff Houck of the Tampa Tribune, we do know that Obama’s stances on all important issues, including his not raising taxes on the vast majority of Americans, are indeed intended to reverse the appalling course set by the Bush administration.  Here is the NYTimes editorial page endorsement of Obama, or better, read Thomas Friedman’s commentary today that endorses neither candidate but instead asks voters to consider the qualities we want in our president.

PS: Just been informed by a reader that the excellent jason kottke has linked to a Joe Klein interview in which Obama mentions the Pollan article.

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239 Wonderful responses to “VOTE OBAMA”

  • casacaudill

    Did you get a chance to see Obama and Bruce Springsteen in Cleveland today? My sister texted me from the event and said there were people EVERYWHERE. Sadly, here in CA the politicos have abandoned us since it’s a lock.

  • Charlotte

    Voted for Obama last week — there’s huge excitement in Montana — Ron Paul’s still on the ballot, there aren’t any hotly contested local races, and all the kids are fired up. McCain’s only polling about 4 points ahead, and Ron Paul beat him in the primary. We’re all working feverishly to flip this big piece of real estate to blue. We got Tester (an organic farmer) into office by about 2000 votes the last election — here’s hoping we can do the same for Obama.

  • Tags


    A new president isn’t enough.

    We need to strengthen the congressional overhaul we started in 2006.

    More specifically, we need more guys like Tom Harkin in the Senate & House of Representatives to fight the agribusiness blockades against food policy progress.

  • Rhonda

    Hi all.

    Luis, who is a regular poster here mentioned that he met Matt Damon in his restaurant last Thursday who was telling everyone to “make sure and vote next Wednesday”. Perhaps it would be prudent to say that the election will be on Tuesday. I know this sounds simple but….

  • Mike

    You know it’s a good candidate when the best thing you have to say about him is that he won’t RAISE taxes.

    McCain will make sure the country is secure, has actual relevant experience, and would continue the wildly successful Republican tradition of cutting taxes to increase economic activity. But none of that’s important, as long as you have a guy who sounds good. What does it matter that he’s reneged on so many promises and has zero legislative accomplishments?

  • Rachel

    I happily voted for Obama in Columbus OH about 2 weeks ago.

    Though we don’t know about Obama’s food policies necessarily, he does understand that mega farms and mega foods are not healthy for the American economy or waistlines. He proposes limits on farm income and subsidies that will benefit small farmers while making corporate farms less profitable. See http://www.barackobama.com/issues/rural/#economic-opportunity He also wants to toughen up rural pollution penalties, which will result in cleaner water and cleaner food.

  • Alex Baillieul

    Michael,

    Rock on. Good to see you are on the right side of the issues here. Bush has been an unmitigated disaster, and it is too risky to let one of his cronies take the reigns of power. And don’t let anyone kid themselves, McCain is a Bush man through and through. He’s supported the man continuously over the last eight years with almost no deviance. He sold out his maverick leanings in order to appease the radical right and get the Republican nomination.

    Obama’s inexperienced? So what. So was Kennedy, and he worked out pretty well. Bush was very experienced (supposedly) at governing when he was elected. Look what that got us.

    On food issues, I don’t know where either candidate stands. However, I can only judge Obama’s policies to be more sustainable and friendly to the environment, economy and society as a whole. I have confidence this will translate to food issues as well.

    We’re ground zero here in Ohio. I’ll be out working for the Obama campaign in a GOTV effort Tuesday. Everyone needs to get out and vote if you haven’t already. Take a friend or two if you can.

    Best Wishes.

  • joanie

    To quote Arnold, McCain spent more time in a POW camp than Obama spent in the Senate. Scary.

    And in today’s world, experience DOES count. This is not 1960.

    You may know what Obama’s “promises” are, but you know what they say:

    PROMISE THE FOOLS ANYTHING. And only a fool will believe it.

  • lux

    Way to go Ruhlman. I knew there was a reason I liked you. :)

    After the unmitigated catastrophe of the last 8 years, Obama is the clear choice if you want someone who is going to be a smarter, more thoughtful president.

    I’ll be proudly casting my vote for him when the polls open Tuesday AM.

  • Judy

    Only a fool would vote for four more years of failed and disastrous policies.

    Obama got my vote three weeks ago. He’s intelligent, forward-thinking, fair-playing, and open to possibilities.

  • Skawt

    Yep, that good old experience. Too bad it only applies when your experience leads you to make good decisions, instead of flailing around like a “maverick”.

  • carri

    Thanks for putting yourself out there on this one…my only worry is that if Obama wins then we get Sarah back here in Alaska…but it’s a worry I’m willing to stomach so that she doesn’t end up in the Whitehouse! Obama is just what we need right now!

  • Luke

    Ruhlman,
    I love your blog but really think you should stick to Veal Stock and mis en place and leave out the politics. If you belive that Obama is going to stick with his proposed tax plan then your crazy.

  • Fork N Knives

    Im 25 and I sure am voting (write in) for Ron Paul, not surprised though that so many people “think” they know the issues, remember Obama was the lawyer who sued Freddie Mac and Fannie May which forced them to give out those bad loans. But whatever my generation will be paying a long time for you greedy, crybaby, TOTAL lack of responsibility Boomers and X’ers
    and to think you guys have the nerve to call us the Me Generation. Whatever sell out America some more with the Socialist Obama and the Neo-Con McCain. Fools

  • Adele

    Way to go, Michael!

    I first became eligible to vote in 1968, and this election was the only time I have felt truly good about casting my presidential vote. Barack’s from Chicago and so am I, so I have few illusions about politics, but I left the early voting precicnt smiling.

    I’m having an election night get together on Tuesday — making jambalaya, sweet potato pie (Barack’s favorite), a salad of some kind, and probably some black-eyed peas, since they’re a good luck food. The decor will be blue. Any bloggers have any other suggestions for symbolic food. I thought about Spam as a tribute to Barack’s time in Hawaii, but I loathe Spam.

  • Andrew Martin

    Done and done!

    Another Ohio family for Obama, too bad it is going to take at least four years (optimistically) to fix the systematic damage of the Bush adminsitration

  • ruhlman

    I’m going to address this once then stay out of it. Barry, if you have an adjusted earned income of 250K plus, then you can afford to pay a little more in taxes. i don’t, but if i did, i don’t think it would kill me. friedman is right. we’re all in the same boat. everyone i know who voted for bush, and they were all pretty well fixed, did so because they thought they’d have more money in the end. this is a terrible reason to cast your vote. i believe a vote for obama will increase your bottom line. sadly, it’s going to take some time no matter who wins on tuesday.

    vote.

  • Dana

    I really think that folks should keep their opinions to themselves. I like your blog, I look forward to it, I don’t like reading about who you think I should vote for… I tend to think less of you. I used to be a huge Springsteen fan, even met him and framed his autograph, until he opened his big fat, uninformed political mouth. Now, not so much.

  • Different Mike

    McCain will make sure the country is secure, has actual relevant experience, and would continue the wildly successful Republican tradition of cutting taxes to increase economic activity. But none of that’s important, as long as you have a guy who sounds good. What does it matter that he’s reneged on so many promises and has zero legislative accomplishments?

    Only an idiot would believe that McCain would be anything more than a raging disaster. He is a fool of the first water, and has made nothing but terrible decisions for a long time. HIs experience is that of an intellectually deficient, self-centered frat boy. The best thing that could happen to this country would be for him to be consigned to the footnote in history that is the most he deserves.

    No one who votes for McCain is capable of good judgment.

  • TexanInMissouri

    Thank you Michael! I’ve been so busy volunteering for Senator Obama here in Missouri, that I’ve not been checking anything on the net but the news and the polls. I decided to take a break and check in here. It was so great to see the headline!

    We can do this!

  • Josh

    Barack Obama is not going to raise income taxes for most people in this country is true. He’s taxing the people that are paying most people’s salaries. That will cause their bosses to fire people, cut costs and lower benefits.

    With a Universal Health Care plan in this country we will adapt a similar program to Canada and the UK. Everything will go up in price and be double taxed.

    His lack of experience as a leader and also never having a real job until he became Senator of Illinois makes me question his decision making. Not to mention that he has voted the least amount of times in the Senate.

    Don’t forget that his running mate said that he is not fit to be President and that our country will be tested in the first 6 months he will be President.

    Do you really want him to be President?

  • Erica

    Do you really want him to be President?

    You betcha!

    Thanks for posting this Michael! I’m very excited to cast my vote for Barack Obama on Tuesday.

  • luis

    I don’t see how Obama will lead us out of this mess. If he wins I wish him and us well.
    I say the old guy McCain has earned first shot. You Obama guys don’t forget to vote on Wednesday….

  • jennie Cesario is Jennie Tikka

    I’m happily voting Obama myself. Maybe just maybe he can repair the damage done to all the progress made with FDR’s New Deal. Big Business and the Republicans have carefully repealed all the progress made for workers and we’re back to the Upton Sinclair/The Jungle days we thought were gone.

    And I’m not exaggerating when I say we’re back to the same things Sinclair decried decades ago. People forget that that book also decried not only conditions in slaughterhouses and food production, but also with the mortgage industry in Chicago in those days. There were adjustable rate mortgages back then, too – and large numbers of people defaulted on their homes.

  • johnmark7

    You’re a fool. And you, your money, and freedom will soon be parted if you elect that Marxist, racist, anti-American piece of crap.

  • JBL

    McBama it is then! Is there even a fundamental difference between these two besides Obama’s messianic complex?
    Frankly I feel that the Obama craze is proof that, in this day and age, media can select a president; as even otherwise intelligent people willingly gobble-up spoon-fed media omissions, flat-out lies and rhetoric.
    Between the lesser of evils I choose none of the above; this election I shall exercise my right to NOT vote.

  • JBL

    “Only an idiot would believe that….”

    This is known as The Argument From Intimidation.

    “To dare is to challenge someone to perform an action as proof of his
    courage. This is the behavior of a pitiful little creature with the
    aspirations of a tyrant but without the power to compel. Since you do not
    have the power to compel, you attempt to swindle him into the acceptance of
    your goals and the use of your judgments as the standard for his actions.
    You trick him into performing the action by impugning his character. This is
    a form of the Argument from Intimidation.

  • Knuckles

    Wow, Ruhlman, I’m impressed that you were willing to stick your blog out there like this. You see the level of commenting you attract with this sort of endorsement, and it makes me wonder why any non-political writer would do so. I applaud your action, and cast my vote for Obama last week. However, I cast my vote in Washington, a state that’s been in the bag for the Democrats since before the last vote was counted in 2004. Now, I can only hope my family in Ohio has followed your lead. Here’s hoping the haters and wingnuts don’t spam the comments too badly.

  • Johnson C.S. Reynolds IV

    Good for you Michael.

    I applaud your right to exercise the First Amendment.

    Some partisans will probably not like you anymore Michael but who cares. Even though it is 100% American to express your opinion like you are doing, some rabid people will immediately consider you the enemy. Good people who disagree with your position should respect it though.

    Soul lacking drones only can vote for 1 party their entire life are our own version of the Taliban. Only a someone who is un-american would hate 50% of their fellow citizens over their choice for leadership.

    Or think someone voting for the other person is a sign of stupidity.

    Hey Partisan hacks – how about putting ALL Americans first for a change and not wallowing in negativity and hatred. My grandfather and his brother didn’t die in the Pacific in World War II for freedom just so negative idiots can spread a web of lies and deceit. For shame. People who are Partisan and blind make me sick.

    I may not agree with Obama, and be voting for John McCain but I have the honesty to admit that Barack Obama is one hell of an American that I am proud of. He has talent, drive and is smart. I think on Tuesday we all will win and we can start repairing America.

  • Greg Turner

    Nice!

    I voted for Obama for a number of reasons, not the least of which is his intellectual curiosity and vigor, which enabled him, for example, to grasp quickly the relevant points of Pollan’s article on the American food system.

    McCain seems like a fine person (when he’s not being directed by Bush-appointed campaign staff), but it doesn’t seem as if he’s capable of understanding how policies affect one another. Plus, nearly every policy he’s outlined seems to favor big business over small, and the wealthy over the middle class.

    Healthcare, energy, diplomacy and foreign relations, rights of individuals, the foresight to have a transition team already in place. All these things helped form my opinion and support for Barack Obama.

  • Art

    You’re a consommate chef. Leave it at that. Keep your friggin’ political opinions to yourself.

  • Joe

    Because you can cook, you can tell me for whom I’m to cast my vote? I don’t think so. Keep it in the kitchen – not the voting booth.

  • Budd Tuggley

    Vote for change? Vote for hope? All good and fine, but change to and hope for what??? I’d rather vote for experience and proven leadership. Vote McCain!

  • cherylk

    Johnson C.S. Reynolds IV, well said. And three cheers for you Michael Ruhlman for stating what you believe in. If you don’t think McCain is allied with Bush, just look at who he’s allowed to run his campaign. My son is paying 9% on his college loans,GWB did that and McCain has no plan to fix it. Exxon posted it’s biggest profit in history, 14 million dollars! You can bet GWB has a hand in that by driving up the price of crude. Someone earlier said we shouldn’t be discussing this in a public forum but you’re wrong. We need to discuss this, we need to stand up for what is right and good. Someone earlier made reference to the fact that “this isn’t the 60’s”. No it’s not and thank God. You speak as if there were no problems then. There were plenty and sadly one big one still exists. And to the young man who made reference to this generation screwing things up, you’re right but my statement to you is this; rather than pointing the finger and assigning blame, do something about it. How many of the folks posted here are even registered voters?? My 17 year old can’t vote yet but she’s working the poles and she’s had doors slammed in her face as she stumped for Obama. VOTE, make a difference, this country needs to heal and prove why we are still the greatest nation. God save us all if we can’t get our shit together this time around.

  • Laurence

    Michael,I come here to ESCAPE from politics, not to see it screaming on my RSS reader. Thanks for peeing in the oasis. Booo!

  • kabocho

    AMERICANS SHOULD VOTE OBAMA AS THIER PRESIDENT TO PROVE TO THE WORLD WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN, THEY CAN ALSO PRACTISE, EQUALITY. IMAGINE OBAMA’S MATERNAL SIDE IS PURE WHITE & HIS PATERNAL SIDE IS TOTAL BLACK. HIS MUM WAS CHRISTIAN WHILE HIS DAD WAS MUSLIM. THEN MUM MARRIED IN INDONESIA AND BORE A GIRL, OBAMA’S HALF SISTER. OBAMA AS PRESIDENT HE SHALL HAVE IN MIND EVERY CORNER OF THE WORLS DUE TO HIS RELATIONSHIP.

  • gfweb

    Come on Ruhlman, keep it on food. I have to listen to sports radio ( the lowest form of radio) just to escape the constant election barrage.

  • jacqueline

    Cheers to you Michael. Anyone who buys the race baiting, fear-mongering of McPalin’s campaign is in for more of what we’ve got now. And, they’re falling to the lowest common denominator not aspiring to our best selves.

    The “I’ve got mine, screw the rest of you” policies of the current regime are what got us into the mess domestically, and abroad. From our food safety, to the future of our children’s health, the economy…

    there is no such thing as the “non peeing part of the pool” people ….we are smarter than that and can be better than what McCain expects of us.

    Peace,
    Jacqueline Church

  • chadzilla

    Not to pull to any side here, but to give perspective on the election from a swing state (Florida) early voter…
    I waited for 7 1/2 hours in line to vote in Broward County south Florida. The longest wait I have heard from any news story was 6 hours which indicates the even higher number of recorded early voters.
    Judging from the vibe and conversations going on in the crowd (7 plus hours sparks quite a number of discussions), I’d say that at least 80% (of even possibly upwards of 90%) of the voters in line were pulling for Obama. I realize that every area has a different demographic, but this number was unbelievable in a state with a supposed 2 point difference at the polls.
    With my “I Voted” sticker and my T-shirt tan from standing in the sun, I feel great. I hate to admit that I haven’t fulfilled my voting obligation in the past election, but I will never miss another. What an amazing thing to be a part of.

  • ricardo

    c’mon michael vote for whomever you want but keep your site on food just as obama probably won’t talk about how to confit a duck if he had a blog! as for me i am ‘goin GOP!

  • Seth Haynes

    I voted for Obama a week ago.

    Ruhlman thank you and everyone for getting the word out to vote. Voting is your right and rights go away if you ignore them.

  • OMARI A.K.

    I fail to understand why in USA HEROES and chest thumpers are from the military only. Are there no heroes who have traversed this world seeking, saving or assisting humanity in other issues apart from wars, conflicts and fightings ? I dont find it ok for Mcain to impress on his POW record as a catapult to lead America. Americans assist to educate, treat deceases and many many other humanitarian aids, Those are the the real heroes and heroines. Idol washiping the Military leads to unecessary deaths to US young military conscripts and those from other areas of the world eg IRAQIs, Afghanis and others.

  • MessyONE

    Thank you Michael.

    I’m not allowed to vote, which sucks (I only have a Green Card). Judging by what various media are saying (Canadian, English, French), Obama is the candidate of choice for most of the rest of the world. No one outside of the U.S. has any respect for Bush and the Bush administration and they see McCain as more of the same.

    A lot of people here in Chicago are waiting for the rioting to start. If there’s any question about the results (a la Florida), the city will explode. If/When Obama wins, everyone’s expecting the city to celebrate in the streets. Different outcomes, same problem.

  • Dave Valentine

    While I respect your right to believe and vote for whomever you wish, I am very disappointed that you chose to use your blog to discuss politics. Just like others have posted, this blog has been a nice place where I could escape from all the political bullshit.

  • faustianbargain

    (to joanie)i dont know how time in a POW gives a person experience to run a country. just wondering.

    as someone who lived in a country where a marxist party came to power in three states of the 20+, i think that those who dont know the definition of marxism probably shouldnt be using the word…

    i suppose those who give away their freedoms for a few hundred dollars a year in tax rebate deserve the govt they get…

  • Jaxie Waxie Woo

    If “experience” is the only thing to go by when gauging someone’s qualifications for a position, then I guess that means I’m ready to take over the kitchen at The French Laundry. After all, I have 30+ years of experience cooking.

    Granted, odds are the vast majority of patrons will all suffer terribly debilitating food poisoning as a result since I’m such a lousy cook, but fortunately for me, that doesn’t matter as we seem to be focusing only on quantity of experience rather than quality of performance.

    VOTE OBAMA!!!

  • Johnson C.S. Reynolds IV

    It is called the first amendment – one post won’t kill people – despite your own political feelings and disappointment about Michael’s post you shouldn’t require everyone to shut up if their opinion is different than yours. Or be disappointed. That is what Stalin used to demand of everyone.

    Obama is not a Marxist or a socialist – learn what those words mean before you use them. It just sounds ignorant. The last 8 years have shown that the ultra rich has gotten very favorable treatment in tax policy while the middle class have gotten the shaft. Obama wants to do the opposite of this and is somehow a socialist? That is a very odd conclusion.

    Full disclosure – Republican policies benefit me a lot as a member of the actual elite, but I still think the middle class deserve a break and some fairness so they can recover.

    I have grown far richer in the last 8 years. But I recognize a crisis of the middle class: outsourcing of jobs, vanishing 401K’s, real estate paper profits and quality of life are melting away for many people…

    I don’t think Wal-Mart can hire that many aging baby boomer greeters when they are working through their retirement.

    The US has borrowed trillions of dollars in the last 8 years and this bill will need to be paid somehow. Both McCain and Obama have talked about various spending programs – both will not simply happen due to the last 8 years of hyper spending and the biggest government expansion since World War II into private industry.

    To fellow Republicans who are so partisan – I respectfully submit that you start looking at reality. Saying someone is Marxist or Socialist is weaksauce without backing those words up with facts.

    Trying to insinuate that Obama is a socialist is simply not true, not by any stretch. You can dislike the Democrats policies but you don’t need to manufacture reality (lie) to prove your point. For shame. You make republicans look bad, but luckily I know my fellow Republicans are honest about things and this party can be rebuilt, despite partisan hacks.

    Other countries universal health care system is half the cost – let me repeat – half the cost of our US system on a per capita basis. It provides superior care for the entire country, not just the fortunate. It is more efficient in many ways. Not perfect, but more efficient and people don’t live in fear of someone in their family having a serious disease and losing everything to save that persons life. There is something to be said about that.

    For a capitalist like myself, more efficient systems should be looked at closely and not thrown away just because HMO lobbyists have programmed us all to think “ooooh socialism = bad” which limits our ability to actually analyze other systems. The current health care system allows HMO’s and insurance companies to decide if you live or die. That is immoral.

    Ultimately – partisan politics have helped made a once proud America a cynical and jaded place which is slowly killing the American dream.

  • rockandroller

    I’ll be so glad when this election is over. I can’t stand all the anger and conflict it’s causing. I do think people should NOT talk about this at work, I had to listen to my co-workers and a customer having a political conversation this weekend that absolutely made my blood boil and if I didn’t need the 2nd job so bad, I would have just quit, it’s that irritating.

    This being Michael’s blog, I think he can blog about whatever he wants. He doesn’t have to “stick to talking about food” or any other particular topic if he doesn’t want to, if you ask me. If you don’t agree with his viewpoint, getting into a blog post argument about who is stupider or who knows better is about as worthwhile as spitting into the wind.

  • Justin

    Thanks for posting this Michael, in the face of the inevitable “Write about food and only food and definitely not politics even when the politics are directly related to the food!” comments. And thanks everyone else for not feeding the trolls.

    Anyway, it’s exciting to know that Obama is actually aware of Pollan’s ideas. That said, his deep ties to big corn are one of the (very) few issues that make me a bit less ecstatic about an Obama presidency. Can’t win Iowa without them, though, so here’s hoping!

  • RB

    Michael,

    Stick to cooking issues, not politics. Your naked partisanship is best saved for friends, family and the voting booth. It does not belong in a food blog.

    Roland B.

  • milo

    Bravo, Michael. It’s your blog and you have the right to voice whatever opinions you want.

    I contributed to Obama and will be voting for him tomorrow. Frankly, I don’t buy the whole “lack of experience” thing since he has held political office about as long as Bush, Clinton, or even Lincoln for that matter did before they became president. And it makes zero sense to me that anyone obsessed with the whole experience thing would turn around and say that Palin has enough experience to take over if something happened to McCain.

    Obama is younger and hasn’t been in politics as long (funny, when the GOP has that on their side they praise the “washington outsider”), but he has the intelligence, the temperment, and the good judgement that makes experience a moot point. McCain has years under his belt (which he bashes in the case of Biden), but it is years of bad judgement, very little positive things accomplished, and he’s basically promising to keep doing the things Bush has been doing that haven’t worked. Honestly, I never seem to hear any arguments in favor of McCain that aren’t the hollow talking points – even McCain himself finally admitted that he doesn’t consider Obama a socialist.

    “the wildly successful Republican tradition of cutting taxes to increase economic activity”

    The eight years of prosperity under Clinton and the eight years of disaster under Bush beg to differ.

    I’m so glad Obama read that article, that’s fantastic and hopefully he’ll take at least some of it to heart.

  • latenac

    A lot of blogs I go to have recently been making pro-Obama posts or at least please go out and vote posts and the posts are then followed by a lot of republicans, a lot who never even post on the blog complaining about the blogger talking about politics. It’s amusing actually.

    But thank you for encouraging people to go out and vote. I wish Obama actually were a socialist or at least more of a socialist than McCain (hint both candidates support progressive taxes which McCain is now defining for Obama as “distributing the wealth” but doesn’t use that term to define his own very similar tax policy.) But I truly respect Obama who is curious, listens, reads, thinks of all sides of an issue and then makes a decision rather than someone who goes with the gut and never looks back. We’ve had 8 years of “The Decider” already we don’t need his doppleganger.

    On average lately less than 25% of the people eligible to vote determine who wins an election and personally I think any election that causes a bigger turn out regardless of who wins is a great thing. So go out and vote even if it’s for McCain, Obama, Bob Barr or Nader, if everyone voted the way they really felt and actually voted you would see change.

  • ntsc

    Yes, Illinois tends to send inexperienced lawyers to Washington.

    They did that once and got a guy with no experience in the White House and the fool freed the slaves. And he was a Republican too.

    And Bush has stimulated the economy, the wrong direction to be certain, but it is certainly active.

    Today is the first Monday in over 40 years that I haven’t either been on strike or getting paid for the day. So much for ‘a rising tide’.

    On the good side however is that Saturday I picked up two whole fresh hams which once Thanksgiving is over and they get out of the bottom of the freezer will cure and hang. One for 6+ months, one for 18 (on the advice of Bob DelGrosso

  • So Disappointed

    You are obviously entitled to your opinion, and it is your blog. But I can’t adequately express how disappointing and tiresome it is to have someone whose work I’ve enjoyed presume to tell the masses, including me, how to vote. And then you compounded it by responding on the tax issue — even though, just in the last week the Obama campaign and its surrogates have lowered the number drastically from $250,000. That’s not the point, though. The point is that you have no, zero, none, nada expertise on poltics and tax issues beyond anybody else’s; you are a fine and insightful food writer. That’s it, and that should have been good enough.

    Don’t forget: You — presumably — want my money, and so far you’ve gotten all of it that you can (since I own all of your books.) I don’t have any interest whatsoever in you as a political adviser or commentator, however, and I can choose to spend my money, and give my page views, elsewhere. It is evidently worth it to you to alienate, let’s suppose, the 45 percent of the populace who will support McCain and fear Obama; and it might be that your readership skews so far to the left that it won’t make any difference for you to be identified as a partisan. As I said, you are entitled to your opinions, just like I am, but everything that is true doesn’t need to be said on your blog. You don’t post movie or general book reviews, though you presumably have opinions about those, too. Your politics are equally relevant to this blog, which is to say, they’re irrelevant.

    So you have alienated me with your smug and shallow postings on politics. I expect you don’t care, but your own self-interest and neighborliness tells me that you should. I’ll finish where I started: It’s very disappointing and tiresome.

  • Pavlov

    I come here for the food portion of your blog Michael. You being super-rich and because of the success of your books and career over the last 8 years, I’m sure you won’t mind sending the middle class folks money directly over the next 4… or will the money have to go to the Politburo first Comrade? Let’s please get back to talking food.

  • So Disappointed

    You are obviously entitled to your opinion, and it is your blog. But I can’t adequately express how disappointing and tiresome it is to have someone whose work I’ve enjoyed presume to tell the masses, including me, how to vote. And then you compounded it by responding on the tax issue — even though, just in the last week the Obama campaign and its surrogates have lowered the number drastically from $250,000. That’s not the point, though. The point is that you have no, zero, none, nada expertise on poltics and tax issues beyond anybody else’s; you are a fine and insightful food writer. That’s it, and that should have been good enough.

    Don’t forget: You — presumably — want my money, and so far you’ve gotten all of it that you can (since I own all of your books.) I don’t have any interest whatsoever in you as a political adviser or commentator, however, and I can choose to spend my money, and give my page views, elsewhere. It is evidently worth it to you to alienate, let’s suppose, the 45 percent of the populace who will support McCain and fear Obama; and it might be that your readership skews so far to the left that it won’t make any difference for you to be identified as a partisan. As I said, you are entitled to your opinions, just like I am, but everything that is true doesn’t need to be said on your blog. You don’t post movie or general book reviews, though you presumably have opinions about those, too. Your politics are equally relevant to this blog, which is to say, they’re irrelevant.

    So you have alienated me with your smug and shallow postings on politics. I expect you don’t care, but your own self-interest and neighborliness tells me that you should. I’ll finish where I started: It’s very disappointing and tiresome.

  • stephanie

    Bravo, Michael! I’m with you and voting Obama tomorrow.

    Everyone can have their own opinions, but make them count people. VOTE!

    Go O!!! :)

  • ruhlman

    look folks, this is my lawn and if i want to stick an obama or a mccain sign in it, I’m going to. if you don’t agree, fine. don’t get mad at me because you disagree with my politics.

    this post resulted from an email from a reader asking why i was quiet on the issue. so i decided not to be.

    I’m not presuming to tell anyone that I know better than they whom they should vote for. It’s personal. And had it not been for the fiasco four years ago this month, I might have said nothing.

    so there it is. vote. pay attention. that’s all.

  • Doodad

    Your site and your right Michael. But, I don’t care to mix politics with a purely social interaction of strangers. Too divisive and I do not allow it on my forums for many reasons.

    Take care and good luck to you.

  • Micah Inchoate

    I like Blue! Go Blue! Wait. This is in Ohio. Woowee! McCain arms are too short. I’m voting for the long-Armed one. He of the shins.

    MI.

  • Angela

    Thanks for putting yourself out there with an
    endorsement for Obama. For those that say, let’s just keep it to food, that’s silly. There’s no more political issue than food. Our ability to get the good food that we all love to eat, cook, and see Ruhlman blog about all depends upon a number of policies that are determined in Washington (i.e., Farm bill, climate change, energy policy, school food, etc).

    It’s going to be a tough road ahead, but let’s take the first step by voting for Obama tomorrow.

  • Cameron S.

    Originally Posted by Fact check:
    Obama, Biden ‘creeping down’ on who gets tax cuts?

    The Facts
    Obama has said throughout the campaign that families making less than $250,000 a year will not see a tax increase. Those making less than $200,000 will get a tax cut, he says. “If you make less than a quarter of a million dollars a year, you will not see a single dime of your taxes go up,” Obama said during an October 7 presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee. “If you make $200,000 a year or less, your taxes will go down.”

    The campaign ad McCain refers to, titled “Defining Moment,” does have a graphic appear on the screen that says, “Families making less than $200,000 get tax cut.” Obama says, “If you have a job, pay taxes and make less than $200,000 a year, you’ll get a tax cut,” which is, again, consistent with the plan he has laid out.

    Biden was speaking Monday, October 27, in an interview with WNEP in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He said, “(An) $87 billion tax break doesn’t need to go to people making an average of $1.4 million. It should go like it used to. It should go to middle class people — people making under $150,000 a year.” Biden never says that tax breaks should “only” go to such people. The Obama campaign says he was merely using that figure as an example and that the statement does not represent a change in policy.

    The Verdict: False. What McCain is doing here, in part, is comparing apples and oranges. He compares two different aspects of Obama’s tax plan as if they were the same. And Biden never said people making less than $150,000 are the “only” people who would get a tax cut under Obama’s policies.

  • Mark

    I’m not voting tomorrow, but come Wednesday we will see socialism in this country like never before. What Johnson did will pale in comparison to what will happen. Hard work will no longer be rewarded. Just think of these words, “we need to spread it around.” Scares the hell out of me.

  • redredsteve

    I love this blog; hate this post.

    I come here because you have your thumb on the pulse of the culinary world. I love reading about trends, books, cooks, etc… I hate it when a personal political opinion (and yes, that’s all that it is) unexpectedly slaps me in the face. It’s not upsetting that you have a political opinion or that you express that on your site…

    I know it’s Ruhlman.com so you’re free to say what you want, but you also have the tag line that reads “Notes from food world” so how about starting another blog for posts like this? You said yourself, “While we don’t know much about where the candidates stand on food issues…”

    And finally, since you hit me with your opinion, here’s mine: higher taxes, further economic crises, etc.? I’ll take them all to protect unborn children. Other countries hate America? Americans hate America? That’s fine, but its no coincidence that we haven’t been attacked again since 9/11. Want to chit chat with an extremist and radical gov’t who hold religious beliefs that teach them that if they kill Americans they will get to heavan? Go for it, I’m sure a little sit down with Hitler would’ve worked too. Sure, many things are wrong and it’s always easy (and often accurate) to blame the current leader, but I fear for America if/when Obama is elected.

    Sorry Ruhlman, was just a bit disappointed that you would go this route with your blog.

  • Pavlov

    Well put Michael, and if you want to alienate some portion of your readers, BRAVO for you. You should have that right to dismiss logic, reason and possible book sales for the sake of a plug for the other “Big O” (although I see by the number of swooning suporters, they may be one in the same) you go Michael! Go stick it… your sign …uhh… in your… errr… lawn.

  • chefgaree

    Way to go Michael. For all of the responders who are telling you to stick to cooking, fooey on them. I got most of my pre-voting/politcal experience at my dinner table every night, listening to my parents discuss politics and current events. Food goes with everything! Talk on brother! Love your blog.

  • Tags


    If you want all food all the time, go to eater.com.

    This is Ruhlman.com

    all Ruhlman, all the time.

    The man has written about wooden boats, boys schools, pediatric cardiac surgeons, and now

    2 days before the election

    he makes an endorsement.

    Get a clue or get a grip.

  • Jumada

    Thank you, Michael!

    Those of us who have been appalled by the last 8 years and are wanting change (and are enthusiastic Obama supporters) appreciate your voice.

    It should be considered patriotic of all Americans to inform fellow citizens how we think the country can be changed for the better, and who we feel would be the best person for the job. It doesn’t mean that everyone has to agree, but that’s what’s great about America – we can all have a voice.

  • milo

    “I’m not voting tomorrow, but come Wednesday we will see socialism in this country like never before. ”

    Why aren’t you voting? And even McCain himself has backed away from the whole “socialist” thing, he even admitted he doesn’t believe Obama is one. Obama is just proposing returning the top tax rate to what it was under Clinton. And from what I remember those eight years were a hell of a lot better than these past eight – opinions aside, just look at the economy stats.

  • Kevin

    If Obama wins he’d better get something done in the first 100 days – a lot of promises with literally no track record to get things done. If McCain wins, he’ll be spending that first 100 days suppressing riots.

    You should stay out of politics. You just pissed off half of your audience. Have a nice life.

  • Natalie Sztern

    Yesterday a Montreal radio station got hold of Palin, actually was able to reach her (?) and pulled a prank that had all of the city laughing not with her but AT her.

    That says it all. OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA OBAMA

  • JBL

    We already have socialism in this country (“mixed economy” is only a euphemism).

    And now partisan politics:

    “McCain promises to “respect the collective will of our democratic allies,” as if America has no moral right to defend her citizens according to her own best judgment; and he promises to finish the “mission” of making Iraq “a functioning democracy” even if it takes “one hundred years,” as if the U.S. government has a moral or constitutional right to sacrifice American soldiers to spread democracy abroad.1

    Obama promises to uphold the idea that “America’s larger purpose in the world is to promote the spread of freedom. . . . dignity, and opportunity,” as if we have a moral responsibility to minister to the uncivilized and the unfortunate across the globe; and he promises to negotiate with jihadists who chant “Death to America,” as if Americans will be safe from these lunatics when the lunatics give Obama their word.2″

    — 2008 Presidential Elections: McBama vs. America
    by Craig Biddle

  • doxie mama

    I come to this site to learn about food and escape the partisan b.s. and less than civil discourse that seems to have taken over our country lately. Through my lurking it seems that the posters here are an intelligent and informed group. Consequently, there will be differing views. Let’s just agree to disagree and get back to the reason we all come here – well prepared, thoughtful food.

    BTW, I did.

  • So Disappointed

    You are obviously entitled to your opinion, and to hang any yard sign you want.

    It’s not in your interest, however, just to reach out and alienate and insult a substantial portion of your readership.

    If you want to say something controversial on food or cooking, go for it. That’s what people come here for. But nobody — and I mean nobody — comes here for politics (or toy boats or boys schools, which last I checked, aren’t particularly hot button issues.)

  • milo

    It really surprises me that people haven’t figured out that if Ruhlman (or anyone else) makes a blog post that you’re not interested in, you can choose not to read it.

    It’s really not that hard – it’s obvious from the post that it’s not about food, so if you don’t want to read off-topic posts, just don’t read them. It’s also fishy to see responses saying he’s going to lose his readers coming from usernames that have never responded to his blog before.

  • szg

    Michael:

    Thank you.

    Thank you for caring enough about your country to promote your choice for President.

    Not everyone will agree with you. That’s ok.

    Some have even taken offense that you not only have an opinion, but that you actually wrote about it.

    They are wrong. The only way out of our current mess is if more people engage in the political process, regardless of what they believe. That process does not end on election day. In many ways, election day is only the beginning.

    Michael Pollan has already started the post election discussion on what he believes needs to get done. I am sure many others in the food world have thoughts as well. Developing those ideas into a cohesive agenda is the next step to bringing about real change.

    Since its inception, your blog has provided information on not only how to be a better cook, but has helped me become more informed on food issues of all kinds — many of which have political ramifications. The fact that some of your readers have never made that connection is a sad commentary on the state of our union and its citizens.

  • Michael

    I’ve been waiting for your book Reach of a Chef to arrive via mail. You’ve taken the joy out of waiting to read the book. Don’t we get enough bipartisan bickering through normal media channels?

    Although you are entitled to your own opinion on politics, and it is YOUR blog — as with so many other readers of your material I tune in to your website and read your books for your insights on cooking, not politics.

    I’m disappointed, and I am sure you risk loosing readers because of your willingness to alienate readers who don’t share your views.

  • JustMike

    Why the political endorsement? We did not need to hear YOU weigh in on things political. I read your books and blog because you are a good food writer and relatively entertaining. You have zero credibility in politics and government but I wasn’t asking for that, I read you for things food. Now that you have entered the fray I would guess I will not be jumping to buy your books (often pre-ordered in advance) not because of your politics, but because you presumed that your endorsement meant something to your readers… Sadly an egotistical overreach.

    cHEERs

  • Rhonda

    Hi Natalie.

    I am Canadian(?) as well, and I was disappointed by the Montreal DJ’s “pranking” of Sarah Palin. I personally, think she is a F*%$ing DISASTER but that doesn’t excuse bad behaviour on our part.

    This is history in the making and having Canadians in the press this way is not cool.

  • faustianbargain

    oh dear…’mixed economy’ is an euphemism?

    [begin cut and paste]
    Modern U.S. economy

    The U.S. is considered a mixed economy. Some examples of this include:

    * People can own their own businesses, but political leaders make policies concerning these.

    * The government controls the mail system.

    * The government controls most of the road networks.

    * Waste collection and treatment are usually provided as a service by the local government.

    * The government has a virtual monopoly on the provision of policing.

    * Intercity passenger rail (Amtrak) is a nationalized industry, as are almost all local trains.

    * All American airports are government operated but all American airlines are private.

    * The government tells manufacturers what to make if something is in need during war time.

    * The FDA bans certain drugs.

    * The government has created a minimum wage law.

    * The government provides social welfare payments to some citizens.

    * The majority of pre-college education is government-provided and a large part of tertiary education is run by state governments.

    [end cut and paste]

    if you’d spout your ‘knowledge’ to any other civic minded/educated person from *any* part of the world(except america), they’d laugh on your face and roll over giggling.

    also, i’d like to know what it is that bails out wall street millionaires with the common man’s money? please..i’d seriously fucking like to know.

  • Charlotte

    Geez oh Pete people — it’s Ruhlman’s blog — he can write about anything he pleases. So he endorsed someone that some of you don’t like — it’s still his sandbox and he can do whatever he likes in it.

  • JBL

    At the risk of wagering a Faustian Bargain with faustianbargain..on second thought..nevermind (something about casting pearls to swine).

  • dan s.

    @ So Disappointed

    You do not speak for everyone. I was first made aware of this site because of Mr. Ruhlman’s other written works, Walk on Water, to be specific. I come to this site to hear his views/opinions. Whether they pertain to cooking, agriculture, politics, his family, whatever. I enjoy his writing. If you do not approve of his endorsement, then when you saw the header you should have just closed out of the site and come back another day.

  • faustianbargain

    edited to add: mixed economy BY DEFINITION means that it incorporates aspects of both capitalism AND socialism.

    seriously…what does it mean…’its an euphemism” and that ‘we already have socialism’? i used to teach kids about this and you burns me..how old are you? 5?

    (ntsc said)Yes, Illinois tends to send inexperienced lawyers to Washington.

    They did that once and got a guy with no experience in the White House and the fool freed the slaves. And he was a Republican too.(end quote)

    what a beautiful coincidence that both lincoln(my favourite american president after jefferson) and obama are from Illinois…lincoln wanted to send the freed slaves back to africa and obama is half african. it is destiny!

  • redredsteve

    Again, I know who’s site this is and he is entitled it to use it how he wishes… I just found it disappointing because of how down my throat it was. Yes, I can choose not to read it but I came to a blog that I frequent because of it’s usual train of topics related to food. Today, I read in big letters someone telling me to vote for Obama. Yes, there are huge connections between food and politics (or anything/everything, for that matter) but that wasn’t what was posted. Instead, what was posted is a simple, straight-forward, down my throat personal political opinion, without any real attempt to tie it to anything I would normally expect to find here. That’s all I’m saying.

    It’s like I had a friend who’s house I went to once a week for dinner and conversation. Although we’ve disagreed on things in the past, we’ve always had a great time and enjoyed our talks. Then, one night, I head over like I have so many times in the past and upon entering I get hit in the face with a blatant and unexpected statement that my host new would cause some upset. It isn’t presented in a way to open discussion.

    And here’s the real kicker: I express that I am disappointed in the way my host has presented his opinion and the response I get is to leave the house if I don’t like it and that I shouldn’t have come in the first place. What happened to the host/friends and the free, open, and respectful discussions we once had?

  • Scotty Harris

    This will be the ninth Presidential I have been eligible to vote, and this will be the third time I have been able to take my daughters (now 8 and 9.5) with me. My winning record is slim – only twice in the past 32 years. I am the proudest I have ever been to cast my vote this year. It will be for Barack Obama. He brings a fresh new voice to a Country that desperately needs one. To understand that we have, as one of the two people in contest for the highest office in the land, a man who could have been held as property under the first sixteen Presidents makes me prouder than ever to be an American.
    Yes, this is Michael’s blog and he can write on any topic he chooses. However, those of you who who would limit him to discussions of food miss the point. Read “House” or “Wooden Boats” or “Walk on Water. He fills all with a meticulous, studied intelligence, which makes his food writing all the more to be considered.
    Agree or disagree with his choice, be sure it was well-considered.
    Here endeth the lesson.

  • Connor

    I, too, was surprised when I saw your post, not so much because you posted it, but because you called youself a libertarian awhile back. And even though I don’t know many libertarians, I suspect not many of them are voting for Obama!

  • EC

    Michael,
    It takes a lot of courage to dip your toes in the political waters these days. I admire that you did. Oh yeah, and I look forward to casting my vote for history and return to rational thought in Washington tomorrow.

    Obama 08!

  • diego

    I would have to say that I am a bit saddened by the anger in these comments. We all have our political views and biases but there is There is no need to harass Michael about this post. This is HIS blog that he takes the time out of his busy life to write for YOU. It’s kind of silly that some of you are so angry about a simple political endorsement.
    Frankly, a simple I disagree would suffice. We all obviously have some common ground and are a small section of the population and It’s just silly that there would be all this animosity between a group of people that is usually so tight nit

  • cherylk

    Red Red Steve wrote:
    I’ll take them all to protect unborn children. Want to chit chat with an extremist and radical gov’t who hold religious beliefs that teach them that if they kill Americans they will get to heavan? Sure, many things are wrong and it’s always easy (and often accurate) to blame the current leader, but I fear for America if/when Obama is elected.

    Steve, it makes me sad that you would, like so many others, assume that pro-choice means pro-abortion, it doesn’t. It means the right to choose, period. Your comment about countries and religions is also lumping all people into one category. Do you know any Muslims? I know quite a few and each of them are peaceful people as torn up about 9/11 as anyone. Just like any religion, there are extremeist factions and if you don’t think those exist in the good old US of A, try listening to AM radio. Rod Parsley and John Hagee preach hatred from their pulpits all the while living lavishly and taking every tax exemption the government will give them. Perhaps this isn’t the perfect venue for the discussion, but like the other voices here, I applaud Michael for putting it out there. You don’t want to read it, click it off, it’s free country, for the moment.

  • outofwork

    thank you, Michael. Please no matter what side of the fence you are on, vote. (though if you’re on the Obama side, there are cookies)
    been unemployed since June, business went under, things have got to be better…

  • Jon

    Connor… neither major party candidate is a libertarian. Obama is far too much of a big-government guy, reaching for a new program to fix anything that ails the country. McCain seems likely to keep up with the current administration’s policies of cutting freedoms in exchange for the feeling of security, and ignoring human rights when convenient.

    Libertarians need to weigh what’s important to them, and vote accordingly. Some, like Andrew Sullivan, will undoubtedly fall in the Obama camp.