Midnight snack on Air Force One
November 23rd, 2010
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Food in the Field gives a sneak peek into what CNN's team is eating, and the food culture they encounter as they travel the globe. Today's photo contributor Suzanne Malveaux covers the White House and is the primary substitute anchor for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.

Reason seventy beeeellliiooon why you should be following The 1600 Report White House blog: Suzanne Malveaux filed this photograph of a midnight snack aboard the Presidential aircraft.

While en route to Asia, photojournalist Mark Walz had feasted upon chicken-fried steak and scrambled eggs for breakfast, the overnight shift on President Obama's Lisbon-bound flight was treated to a turkey, swiss, & bacon on wheat with tomato soup and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Beats the heck out of a Hot Pocket, huh? According to the White House, Air Force One is equipped with two food preparation galleys that can feed 100 people at a time and contrary to popular belief (or at least that of some commenters) American taxpayers are not picking up the tab for "freeloading" journalists. News outlets pay full fare for their reporters and photojournalists to travel with the President.

Follow The 1600 Report and read The fare up there: dining on Air Force One

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  1. chubturd

    I bet even Obozzo is samplin on some of Suzanne Malvox bearded clam on those Air Farce One flights. He is a card carryin' member of the mile high club ain't he??? He ain't much good fer nuttin as prez. but I bet he is getting some pretty good blackque poontung CNN benefits...like he wuz tappin on that Indian or Muzlim princess Zan Vergee before they kicked her off the station and now he is bangin Suzanne Malvox...pretty sure of that!

    December 7, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  2. Jennifer

    I see the word NOT in here....Do the rest of you need glasses?

    November 28, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
    • DL

      They updated the article/corrected the errors...

      December 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  3. MickDiddy33

    Christi Paul here.. been staring at her for at least 7 years. Grrrrrr...!!!

    November 28, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  4. RightTurnClyde

    I have to wonder if the first president had not been George Washington (a wealthy plantation owner with a slew of house servants) if the White House would have been a log cabin in Paducah or Cape Girardeau and a midnight snack would have been ham'n'beans' n' cornbread or cat fish and hush puppies. One thing's for sure: Obama likes the good life for himself even if he wants to take it away from everyone else and force us to live in Cabrini Greens or some other "project."

    November 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  5. xstongue

    Hey, I will gladly push a button and killl billions of people for a tastly meal on a flight just give me a call at BR 549....

    November 28, 2010 at 7:05 pm |
  6. Margo Zargo

    I bet they don't have to pay $10 for a tuna sandwich at the airport like the rest of us fools.

    November 25, 2010 at 8:05 pm |
    • nytw

      That sandwich probably cost America $10,000. But the liberals don't care they can just raise taxes to pay for it.

      November 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  7. Danielle

    I wish I got something half as good looking as that when I have to eat on a plane. And the sad thing is that I'm generally paying for it.

    November 25, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  8. Fred Healy

    After all that security, they give them REAL KNIVES!!!!

    November 25, 2010 at 2:35 am |
  9. Mark

    The food doesn't look all that great. I want the roll of TP from the bathroom with the seal on it. If anyone can secure one please email me. I'm TSA approved.

    November 24, 2010 at 9:31 am |
    • Margo Zargo

      Really, the TP has the great seal on it. I want one too !!!!

      November 25, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  10. George

    Perhaps CNN could Aldo pick up the costs for a proofreader or a journalist who could write. You left out the word "not". Gosh, these "journalists" are such idiots.

    November 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      Aaaand a lovely pre-Thanksgiving to you. (BTW, who is this "Aldo"? You didn't mean "also," did you? Typos! Heaven forfend!)

      November 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
      • AuroraDawn

        LOL @KAT Great answer!!! I think if someone is going to correct grammar and spelling, they should know how to do both.

        November 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
      • Kat Kinsman

        We all have finger fumbles now & then. Doesn't make us idiots – just human and occasionally exhausted and understaffed.

        November 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
      • Jerv

        @Kat Laughs, yeah I got a kick out of your reply as well.

        November 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  11. Mark

    "contrary to popular belief (or at least that of some commenters) American taxpayers are picking up the tab for "freeloading" journalists" So...are the tax payers paying, or aren't they?

    November 23, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
    • rtlhaz

      we pay for everything...that's the american way......mom ,apple pie and taxes.....not exactly in that order..what we need is more cow bell !!!!!!!!

      November 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  12. Kevin H

    I've never really understood the ignorance of Americans. They say all sorts of things that make no sense. The President pays for all meals that are not related to state business – always has – always will. Jefferson nearly went broke with all the expenses. The journalists that travel with the President – regardless of the travel – must pay full fare and all expenses – there is no freeloading. If the President brings along family the President pays for that family – EVERYTHING – the price of the ticket, the price of the food, the lodging. The American taxpayer has never paid these expenses. Good grief it's our own President people – get a clue!

    November 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  13. Michael

    Michael@AuroraDawn: That's it... I'm growing a soul patch... got the rest (even skills in the kitchen, "and nunchuck skills"...)

    November 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  14. ADW

    Jerv,Truth,Jdizz, RichardHead. you guys always keep a smile on my face every day.

    November 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
    • RichardHead@ADW

      Thank You and may You and Your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! .

      November 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
    • Truth@RichHead, ADW

      ty, ty, we'll be here all week. Tip your waitstaff...!

      November 23, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  15. Jerv@SirBid

    I went to college in Norforfolk VA and there was this cool place on the harbor called The Boathouse. Saw all kinds of alternative bands there on the cheapl Miss that.

    November 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
    • Sir Biddle@Jerv

      In Wash DC now, but used to live in Chicago and I really miss that music scene. I go back there to see the Rev Horton Heat everytime they are there. Awesome show everytime!

      November 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
      • Jerv@SirBid

        Sounds like fun. Takin' off. Nice chatting with ya.

        November 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
      • Sir Biddle@Jerv

        Ditto Jerv. I'm off to NY tomorrow for Turkey day at the in-laws. Enjoy the time off where ever you are celebrating.

        November 23, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
      • Truth@irBiddle

        What part of NY? I grew up in Carmel and went to college in New Paltz...

        November 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  16. RichardHead

    I leave for 2 hours and all hell breaks loose. Truth I concur on Karen as she is Still a hotty.

    November 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
  17. Sir Biddle

    "Auroa of Funk" – that sounds like a great band name.

    November 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
    • Jerv@SirBid

      Funk Bands near Aurora, CO. Crazy huh?

      November 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
      • Sir Biddle@Jerv

        Yup, and they also perform part of the year in Aurora Illinois.

        November 23, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  18. AuroraDawn

    Thank you Sarah Le Trent!!!!! OMG That Michael Symon pic!!!! It made my day at work better,since I can look at that instead of my co-worker across from me who brushes his eyebrows into a combover,wears his pants up to his nipples and ...for some reason smells like bologna.

    November 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • Sir Biddle@Aurora

      Good God Aurora, where do you work the federal prison system?

      November 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm |
      • rtlhaz

        no ........CNN???????

        November 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
      • AuroraDawn

        LOL While it often feels as though I work for a Federal Prison,I work in a hospital!!!! I should actually get some kind of hardship bonus for sharing an office with....well I won't say his name...I'll just give initials...BOB. His aura of funk is driving me to drag my desk into the hallway!! LOL

        November 23, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
      • Jerv

        I know, the visual paired with "smells like bologn" has me pizzing in my pants. Too funny! Thank you AD!

        November 23, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  19. Evil Grin

    I love the silverware for a sandwich. A nice hot soup and sandwich would hit the spot right about now, though.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  20. Alan

    "...American taxpayers are picking up the tab for "freeloading" journalists. News outlets pay full fare..." That should either read taxpayers are NOT picking up the tab or News outlets DO NOT pay full fare. Funny how the cost of the fare was left out...

    November 23, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
  21. Oompa Looms

    why isnt there orgies and slut parties on air force one.

    November 23, 2010 at 12:36 pm |
    • rtlhaz

      are we talking the clinton administration.???.....cigars anyone????????????????????????

      November 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
    • Jerv

      Lame try Timmy/Tommy/Troll.

      November 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
      • Timmy


        November 23, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
    • MacDaddy

      Bet if they took a black light to Clinton's Air Force One, they'd find hairy butt print marks all over the walls.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm |
  22. Cheryl

    According to the White House, Air Force One is equipped with two food preparation galleys that can feed 100 people at a time and contrary to popular belief (or at least that of some commenters) American taxpayers are picking up the tab for "freeloading" journalists. News outlets pay full fare for their reporters and photojournalists to travel with the President.

    Did you perhaps mean to write "American taxpayers are NOT picking up the tab for "freeloading" journalists"?

    November 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
    • MARK

      I thought I was the only one who caught that. Had to read it a few times before I realized I was right! Good catch

      November 23, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
    • cymom611

      I think if you read it as "... popular belief THAT American taxpayers ..." then put a comma after that sentence, it makes sense. Though I'm not a fan of the word THAT, as it's used too frequently, they should have placed it in the sentence this time to avoid confusion.

      November 23, 2010 at 6:54 pm |
    • Kat

      Or maybe they just needed a comma, instead of a period, between that and the sentence following it.

      November 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  23. rtlhaz

    is that a coupon I see on the tray...2 for 1???????

    November 23, 2010 at 12:19 pm |
  24. AuroraDawn

    Ok boys....one of these days someone worthy of the ladies wanting to ..."hit it" should be posted.....can women even ..."hit it"??? LOL I know who I'd pick ....if indeed it is determined women can "hit it"..

    November 23, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
    • Jerv@AuroraDawn

      LOL! Too funny and yes the ladies can "hit hit!"

      November 23, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
      • Jerv@AuroraDawn

        "Hit it!

        November 23, 2010 at 12:35 pm |
      • AuroraDawn

        You guys can have your lady journalists etc....but I just love that Chef Michael Symon. With that bald head, husky build,soul patch and motorcycle...and he's got a killer smile..*sigh* LOL..Now,I'D hit that!!! LOL God, I'm blushing just typing that. You guys are a bad influence!!!

        November 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
        • Sarah LeTrent

          In that case, hope you saw this little feature we did with Chef Symon. Swoon away!


          November 23, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
      • Jerv@AuroraDawn

        Laughs! Jdizz would be so proud of you!

        November 23, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
    • rtlhaz

      aurora dawn....are you from phoenix??????

      November 23, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  25. AuroraDawn

    ........Now boyz!!!! LOL Frankly, I expected something a little more...I dunno spectacular. That is Saturday afternoon lunch for the kids. However, after the backlash of Country Fried Steak....it was a reasonibly priced choice.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:51 am |
    • Jerv@AuroraDawn

      Yeah, was just telling RichardHead how people were flipping out on the TSA article, but that's nothing compared to the the Chicken Fried Steak. Thought it was reasonable as well.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  26. Jerv

    "News outlets fay full fare for their reporters and photojournalists to travel with the President."
    Must be pay.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:27 am |
    • Jerv

      LOL! Didn't take them long to correct the spelling. Glad you are paying attention CNN.

      I wonder if I can get an interview with Anderson Cooper?

      November 23, 2010 at 11:53 am |
    • Sonny

      HAHAHA You all are missing the BIGGEST TYPO – that idiot writer said "American taxpayers ARE picking up the tab" hahahahahaha idiot

      November 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
      • Jerv

        Does a simple typo justify calling someone an idiot? I think not.

        I was just having fun with it.

        November 24, 2010 at 7:52 am |
  27. RichardHead

    Suzanne Malveaux-I'd hit it twice!

    November 23, 2010 at 11:24 am |
    • Jerv@RichardHead

      Just looked at some photos of her. Yeah, I'd be up for sloppy thirds.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:29 am |
      • RichardHead

        Jdizz is looking for an escape route right about now with this girl!

        November 23, 2010 at 11:31 am |
      • Jerv@RichardHead

        LOL! You got that right. Go Jdizz-dawg!

        I was reading some of the posts about TSA and some people were just flippin' out. Crazy.

        November 23, 2010 at 11:36 am |
      • Truth@RichHead, Jerv, SirBiddle

        Malveaux is pretty hittable, but the one I have always liked in Karen Macginnes. Even after twenty years, that lady gets better with age.

        November 23, 2010 at 11:59 am |
    • Sir Biddle

      Throw Savanah Guthrie into the mix and I'm game!

      November 23, 2010 at 11:51 am |
    • BeaneyMan

      Did you know she has a twin! Oh my! It's the stuff midnight teenage boys dreams are made of. And yes – she's f-i-i-i-i-n e !

      November 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
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