‘Bizarre Foods’ star Andrew Zimmern takes offense at Pawlenty’s snide vacation reference

Andrew Zimmern, the Minnesota-based food writer and star of the “Bizarre Foods” cable television show, isn’t happy at former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s reference to his work habits in Wednesday night’s RNC speech.

“Where are you getting your facts?” Zimmern asked of Pawlenty.

In his stand-up routine of attacks on President Obama, Pawlenty tried to be funny with the line:

“The president takes more vacations than that guy on the ‘Bizarre Foods’ show.”

On his blog today, Zimmern, showing some satirical restraint, goes after Pawlenty:

“Hey, thanks Tim Pawlenty!”

“I loved the shout out. It would have been nice if you mentioned my name since we have known each other pretty well for a dozen or so years, but I understand you’re being respectful and not making it personal. I do. And while we don’t agree on the issues, and are from very different sides of the aisle, the last thing I want to do is add to the acrimony.

“But where are you getting your facts? President Obama and I share a lot of passion and commitment to same issues, one of which is work ethic. I only take off a few days per month, I think I had 4 in August and only have 2 or 3 days off in September. And on those days I was sneaking work calls while my wife wasn’t looking and returning messages on my phone ’til the wee hours. The President doesn’t need me to remind the world that he never takes a day off. I had the privilege of seeing that up close and personal at the White House last spring when he spent half of a holiday working away while his family took care of his personal commitments. Thanks though for keeping the Minnesota love flowing and for putting me in such great company. Links below to all the fun for those that missed the Republican National Convention speeches last night.”

Folks who’ve worked with Zimmern have long said that he’s a workaholic and tough to keep up with in his quest to try unusual foods around the globe.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 08/30/2012 - 01:30 pm.


    The only thing that he’s ever worked at is fudging a budget sheet.

  2. Submitted by Beth-Ann Bloom on 08/30/2012 - 01:39 pm.

    Ironic comment

    T-Paw’s remarks were especially odd given the amount of time he was absent from the Capitol and the state during his term while frequenting Iowa , NH, etc to bolster his shot at higher office.

  3. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 08/30/2012 - 02:15 pm.

    Never takes a day off?

    How can a man play over 100 rounds of golf and never take a day off? Oh yeah. It’s Obama.

  4. Submitted by Sean Huntley on 08/30/2012 - 03:41 pm.

    Aug 17, 2011 “So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

    Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off — 28 days.”

    Once again, facts have a liberal bias.

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