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White House officials discover the simple joys of food on a stick

WASHINGTON — Seventy one days before the Minnesota State Fair opens, the White House decided to have a go at hosting their own in the name of bipartisanship.

White House officials invited members of Congress and their families to the event on the South Lawn, for three-legged races, pie throwing contests and the like. Rep. Erik Paulsen, ever mindful of the most important things at state fairs, said on arrival that he was looking for those foods on a stick.

The state fair fare, per a White House aide, included stick favorites corn dogs and salad on a stick, as well as Sen. Al Franken’s favorite, fresh grilled corn on the cob. Also on the menu: footlong hot dogs, burgers, fried chicken, fresh cut fries, cotton candy, pie and ice cream.

“Turnout at the White House is big — even salad on a stick, but it doesn’t beat the MN state fair :)” Paulsen tweeted.

Your humble correspondent, by the way, has suggested to White House officials that next time they try including hotdish on a stick, which in my not-entirely-unbiased opinion is akin to deep-fried perfection.

Just 71 more days…

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