Bush smartens up White House/see part about peanut butter

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By Chris PeanutAllergy Com on Wed, 01-31-01, 04:05

See second to last paragraph.

Thought you might want to see this.
[url="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,293-74610,00.html"]http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,293-74610,00.html[/url]

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By on Fri, 02-02-01, 16:50

Chris,

I guess none of us or our kids are going to be applying for any White House positions anytime soon! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

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By ImSharonA on Sun, 02-04-01, 02:05

I posted about the activities during the week of inauguation in the media section under "my first rant" ....I was really ticked off!
Sharon .....

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By BENSMOM on Sun, 02-04-01, 22:29

Just one more reason for me not to like him!

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By supermom1023 on Sun, 02-04-01, 23:03

It shows how much more work to we have to do to educate people about allergies. Maybe it should mean that we should start an the top and work down. President Bush is just like me and many others...I didn't even know about peanut allergies. And when my friend told me about her son having a bad reaction I still didn't understand until my daughter's allergy. Until I educated myself somewhat I just didn't get it.

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By jh5000 on Mon, 02-05-01, 11:45

BENSMOM-

If the pb issue makes you dislike Bush even more, you must despise Jimmy Carter - a peanut farmer! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] And also one of the greatest humanitarians the world has ever seen! Seriously though, I did wince a little when I learned that Bush was a peanut butter fanatic, but then I thought, what difference will it make - people aren't going to start eating more p.b. because of him...the election proved he's not THAT popular. As strong as opinions remain, in fact, some people may even STOP eating it because of him! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

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By mom2two on Mon, 02-05-01, 16:09

well, knowing he is such a peanut butter fanatic just gives me ONE MORE EXCUSE not to have to shake his hand if I am ever face to face with him!

seriously though, jimmy carter was a peanut farmer, MOST people like peanuts/peanut butter, it doesn't scare them silly like it does us. I used to love it too!

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By mom2two on Mon, 02-05-01, 16:11

actually the real issue is whether, if advised of a white house employees allergy to peanuts, he would ask that the jars be removed. hmmmmm.

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By BENSMOM on Mon, 02-05-01, 19:36

OK, I have nothing against Jimmy Carter. I just don't like Bush, but will not get too deep into my political feelings. I am confident that if someone had an allergy, he would be accomadating. I have thought about sending him a letter or something to educate him, but I just don't like the guy and don't feel like doing it!

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By supermom1023 on Tue, 02-06-01, 05:58

It doesn't matter what your personal feelings are toward President Bush, he and many, many others need to be educated. It's really sad if you only want to educate people you like.

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By BENSMOM on Tue, 02-06-01, 14:33

supermom, very good point. I'll use my other excuse then--I'm too lazy. I educate people my son comes in contact with. There are a lot of things I feel strongly about, but when it comes right down to it, I am not much of an activist.

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By supermom1023 on Tue, 02-06-01, 18:52

Bensmom, I'm so glad I didn't hurt your feelings. I worried about that last night. Sometimes I get a little cocky. I had a really bad day, pa wise, with people I know that I've been trying to educate, but that's no excuse.

I do the best I can as far as being an activist. If one person "gets it" I hope that they mention it to others and so on. I know I can't do it all. It's really hard to find the time and have the energy, esp if I've had one of these rough days.

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By mom2two on Tue, 02-06-01, 18:57

I still don't get why anyone needs to be educated here anyway? Peanut butter is not outlawed, its a favorite of many and unless someone has an allergy towards it, and that is a very small percent of the population, whats wrong with it being on the tables. Yes, if someone in the white house staff and eats there has an allergy, it should be removed if requested by this person. This is not a commissary open to the public for eating.

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By BENSMOM on Tue, 02-06-01, 20:09

The issue for me is that the president has a lot of influence. When the elder Bush declared he didn't like broccoli, there was a lot of press about it. I was thinking about this and had an idea if anyone wants to do it. If someone has a highly sensitive PA older child, the child could write a letter to the president explaining the allergy, and how he or she might even be nervous about visiting the White House if peanut butter is so prevalent. The point is not to get the pb removed from the cafeteria, but that maybe this would get some press, and more people would be educated.

Supermom, I read your other post about your daughter and your church, and I really feel for you. I can't imagine having to protect a child with such a high sensitivity. When I first read your reply to me here, I was in fact a little taken aback, but I realized immediately that you were absolutely right.

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By mom2two on Tue, 02-06-01, 20:42

I'm sorry, I don't mean to seem insensitive. I personally wish all peanut/nut products disappeared forever BUT asking a ban on peanut butter from the employee cafeteria of the White House is the kind of thing that gets big ridicule and animosity (sic) in the press and from the non PA public at large.
Its hard enough for people to be taken seriously trying to keep their kids safe in kindergarten cafeterias of public schools where there is a real risk of contamination.
The White House comissary is no where near where the public visits in the White House.
You probably have a greater chance of cross contamination from holding on to a door knob in a public building caused by a visitor then from a tour there.
I think we should pick our battles wisely, we need to protect our children and gain allies, not alientate people even more.

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By BENSMOM on Tue, 02-06-01, 22:13

mom2two, I'm not for banning pb at the White House. I agree that would just antogonize people. I'm trying to think of a way to make my point clear. I guess I'm saying that it would be nice if Bush had some awareness so that pb didn't suddenly start showing up everywhere he is, and become a symbol of him. I live near DC. I can easily imagine pb sandwiches being served at the White House Easter egg roll, or having pb sandwiches specially served when he attends a baseball game (I know there are already peanuts there--bad example) or him visiting a school and having them serve pb because it's his favorite food. If he were aware of the allergy, I think he would discourage these things. Not that he should stop eating it, not that he should stop saying it's his favorite food, not that it should be banned from the White House. Just a sensitivity to the issue. So that when he visits a nursing home, or a school, or a charitable event, the hosts aren't all serving him pb&j because they know it's his favorite food. Does that make sense?

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By supermom1023 on Sat, 02-10-01, 07:09

What I meant about educating President Bush and those at the top was this. If he were aware of a peanut allergy and what it can do to someone then maybe when it comes to getting all products labeled with allergy statements or funding for more research, etc, it could help our cause if he and others in government knew more about it. I don't know if would make any difference at all. I just want everyone to be aware that the allergy is here. I know that no one will ever care as much as we who live with this do. Some don't care at all and probably never will. I certainly don't begrudge anyone eating peanut butter and my point was not having it taken out of the White House or anywhere else. I wish I could join them with some peanut butter & crackers!

[This message has been edited by supermom1023 (edited February 16, 2001).]

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