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.


239 Wonderful responses to “VOTE OBAMA”

  • twubs

    Michael – thank you for publicly supporting Barack. I could agree more about the last 8 years and my wife and I are hopeful for an intelligent, well spoken leader. Whoever wins will have my support because the country has serious challenges and we need citizens more than partisans.

  • parkbench

    Re: the Yes On 8 ads.

    Don’t beat up on Ruhlman for the Yes on 8 ads. Those are targeted ads placed by Google, and the Yes on 8 campaign made a huge buy of Google Ads. My company has Google Ads on its web site, and all our California readers got hit with them yesterday, too, and without our previous knowledge.

    Once it came to the attention of the owners, the Yes on 8 ads were blocked and replaced with ads for Elton John’s “Red Piano” shows in Vegas!

    And again, for Californians who haven’t hit the polls yet, please consider voting YES on 2 against factory farm cruelty. Remember Smithfield.


  • faustianbargain

    i am not hitting him with yes on prop 8. if thats his stance, then its his stance. i want to know if he knows what prop 8 means and if he is aware that it shows up on his sidebar.

    if google ads is throwing up yes on prop8 without prior consent, i have a fight elsewhere. i just want to know how blog ads work. i just want to know for evidence. money is pouring in from outside for a yes vote on prop8.

    if you know more about how this works, can you please let me know if you feel like throwing some light on this.. not here, my email is my username at gmail. thanks.

  • Kate in the NW

    Okay, let’s get back to food here on election night…

    Is it just me (glued to CNN), or is Soledad O’Brien the Rachel Ray of cable news?

    Hope we can all just get along from now on…

  • applehome

    Looks like Ohio went blue – good for you – all of you.

    Ruhlman – no matter what happens, no matter what side anybody is on, don’t shut up – about this or anything else. The only truly unpatriotic people here on this site and elsewhere are the ones that tell others to shut up. That’s about as unAmerican as you can get.

    Food is political – it’s going to get more political as resources dwindle. Whether you believe that Americans have to do their part as citizens of the world, or that we can continue with our Manifest Destiny, and just use up the world’s resources as we please, we’re going to have to face some real issues with food, as we are with oil. Everything you’ve done and said to date has been to keep us thinking – no matter what side of the dialectic. So don’t stop now.

  • Lamar

    Congratulations, President OBAMA!!!

    Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

    Simply amazing.

  • davis

    Michael- What a relief that Republican rule is finally over. I’ve gotta say that it was pretty ballsy of you, a public figure, to state your support for President-elect Obama. Republicans can get pretty vicious against those who have a different point of view.

  • shuna fish lydon

    Dear “Say My Name,”

    This is your comment:

    Hi Ruhlman,

    At least you’re not filtering anti-Obama comments like Shuna at eggbeater. Apparently she doesn’t believe in free speech, just freedom of gay marriage.

    I happen to be for both.”

    1. When did you see or hear me support gay marriage? Please quote a post.

    2. Did you leave anti-Obama comments on eggbeater? Because I never saw any. And I never erased any. Last time I checked, I was the Only Administrator of Eggbeater. Yes, I moderate my comments. I do not allow anonymous comments where I believe the person is only choosing anonymity to veil their cowardice.

    3. Apparently I don’t believe in free speech? Excuse me? I blog under the name my mother gave me. My byline for print media is the same. Some of my best friends alter billboards and wheat-pasted ad campaigns.

    Both my parents are writers. Both father and mother wrote radical pieces from the ’60’s on, and spoke out against injustices. My mother used to joke that the only rebellion I could have shocked anyone with would have been to become a Republican.

    While I believe in free speech, eggbeater is an extension of my home and in both I do not allow defaming graffitti to be sprayed in the livingroom by cowardly, fearful bullies. Alternative opinions are always welcome.

    Feel free to meet me in the street with the name your parents gave you and we’ll discuss the rest there.

  • ihop

    Ah, I love how anyone who dares to express a political opinion on a blog that’s not entirely political always ends up crapped on by the opposition — how dare someone express thoughts on such an impolite topic as the next leader of our nation!

    But now that we’ve got our President Obama for real — in an election that wasn’t even close — I guess the real fun will start: watching people whose real after-tax incomes increase under sound economic policy whine about “wealth-spreading” and “socialism” and Bill Ayers long into Barack’s second term.

    Oh, the next few years are gonna be good.

  • luis

    It’s over, Obama seems to have won and McCain lost. The agenda has been set by Clinton years and continues with Barrack. Bush kept Alan Greenspan on and that was his biggest mistake. The only change we get is a socialist president in Barrack.
    Don’t kid yourselves the agenda continues through and through and the race to the bottom is real and uninpterrupted. All that said, lets see how Barrack plays it. It’s his ballgame now. He has been spouting breaking with the agenda and taking us in a new direction. I hope he is sincere about that.
    No drilling, no nukes,…. no coal… no energy for us. But I am happy that Michael’s next book will pay for my gas…. redistribution baby is coming towards us.

  • Karin (Grew up in Cleveland and miss it in VA)

    I trust you and this space for knowledge and insight on what you do and know best. That is why I come here to learn more about what I love, food and it’s realm.

    Personal politics have a place and your commenters bring it up often.

    Next time, leave the fray to them and take the highroad.

  • latenac

    redredsteve: I was using the actual scientific definition of what a parasite is. You appear to be going for emotions. A baby is a whole entity that actually technically can survive without its host. A fetus can’t hence why it’s technically a parasite. Faustianbargain actually explained my view very well. I don’t really understand why it’s anyone’s business but the person who has to carry a fetus. Getting pregnant has lifelong effects on a woman’s body and her future medical needs not even taking the child that is the end product into account. But it’s an argument that can’t be won. I can only persuade those that agree with me as you can only persuade those that agree with you.

    Congratulations to Obama! Let the socialism begin! 😉

  • Camusman

    In celebration of Tuesday’s wonderful accomplishment by the people of Ohio, I am adding a bookmark for this site.

  • milo

    Slightly off topic, but someone here probably knows…

    Can anyone recommend a site or organization involved in advocacy/lobbying for farming and food policy reform?

    I plan to write my representatives about various issues, but I’d like to find a source to stay informed about farming and food specifically since it doesn’t often make the news.

    Any recommendations? Thanks in advance.

  • JBL

    We may both know what “deduct” means but we may need clarification as to “what exactly” is being deducted (taxes on purchased items? total cost of purchased items? Net or gross?).

  • milo

    The law allows deducting the full cost of purchased items that are business expenses. For a professional chef and food writer, any kitchen gear is a cost of doing business.

    From the IRS:

    What Can I Deduct?
    To be deductible, a business expense must be both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your industry. A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your trade or business. An expense does not have to be indispensable to be considered necessary.

    Is there any doubt that a range and other kitchen gear is both ordinary and necessary for a chef and food writer?

  • JBL

    So you still PAY FOR IT but you don’t get TAXED ON IT (i.e.: subtracted from GROSS income).

    I still say that in the spirit of “wealth redistribution” I am “entitled” to some or all of it (if you’re consistent you have to agree).


  • milo

    Yes, it’s called adjusted gross income, the amount of income that is taxed is after subtracting things including business expenses.

    So to get a tax increase, someone needs to make over 250k AFTER all deductions are made. Actually, buying things for your job is a common way to lower your tax burden.

    So anyone know a good website/blog on farm/food legislation issues?

  • casa

    Um, well…

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!

    I think that say’s it all, lol. I love my country much more today than I have in a long, long, long time.

    GO BARACK!!!!!!!

    Sorry for yelling.

  • amused

    wow Ruhlman was gonna tell you how much of a prick you came off on the last iron chef,offal but you cemented it with the obama endorsement.I still think the blog is great as you are an excellent food writer.I just dont understand how you can be an unbiased next iron chef judge when you wrote a book about Symon,who I like as well,actual iron chef judges could be anyone kinda like hollywood squares for foodies.Just seems you sell out more every day.My humble opinion not knocking you just messing your hair a bit

  • SKM

    Mr. Ruhlman, thanks for speaking your mind and congratulations on helping to turn Ohio blue (!!!!) I got to cast my vote in PA, so I was pretty psyched too.

    Yes we did!

  • redredsteve


    “Getting pregnant has lifelong effects on a woman’s body and her future medical needs not even taking the child that is the end product into account.” – I agree, so how about not getting pregnant than? If a person thinks this may be an issue, wouldn’t it make sense to avoid pregnancy? (and I’m not talking about rape, incest, or the slim minority of women who get pregnant while on birth control). Again, I vote for a mode of abstinence. This doesn’t just throw back to religion, it makes sense to me. I see how it would solve/avoid so many issues. We’re so concerned with giving up our “freedoms” that we’re willing (as a society/people) to pay the penalties of doing whatever we want. And again, I think we’re a society that largely teaches that people don’t have to be responsible for their actions or decisions. I disagree.

    “Faustianbargain actually explained my view very well. But it’s an argument that can’t be won. I can only persuade those that agree with me as you can only persuade those that agree with you.” – Like I said to faustianbargain before, I’m not trying to “win” an argument. I enjoy debating things like this because it increases knowledge and perspective. It helps me to really know what I believe and why I believe it. I wasn’t try to persuade anyone. I’m just debating for the sake of debate and if you don’t want to join then you don’t have to respond. I’m not out to anger anyone by speaking my view, just as Ruhlman was not out to anger anyone by endorsing Obama. It seems like the more important a subject is then the more it is considered taboo. Or maybe its just not important to people. Eitehr way, I wish we could talk openly about these types of things without bitterness, disrespect, or dissention.

  • redredsteve


    I do have a right to speak against abortion and here’s why: I believe that a “parasitic fetus” IS human and has rights. These rights are not taken into account and nobody defends these “sentient living” beings who cannot defend themselves. I an not debating it for the sake of oppressing a womans rights, but for the sake of upholding a childs. This is why the destinctions between baby and fetus are important. This is why clarification of our definitions are important. And that’s why I’m discussing them. You feel sad about me expressing my view because I suppose it is oppressive, but I’m am deeply, deeply saddened by death rates of humans that far exceed the Halocaust. So we’re both sad but on very different ends of the spectrum. This is why I believe it is important to debate and strive to understand eachother and, perhaps more importantly, ourselves.

    And as far as the death penalty goes… You are talking about those who have lived and CHOSE to commit horrendous acts against others. What did these parasitical fetuses ever even have a chance to make a choice about?

  • davis

    Like many Americans, I used to be politically apathetic, but thanks to the job the Republican party has done the past 8 years, I have grown to have a healthy amount of hatred for them. To all these guys who are railing against Obama, all I can say is, bang up job YOUR guy did the past 8 years!

  • milo

    “I believe that a “parasitic fetus” IS human and has rights.”

    And that’s exactly where the difference is. As long as people don’t agree on that, there’s not much else to discuss.

    It all comes down to where you believe human life begins – some religions even believe the egg and sperm are already potential babies and forbid birth control for the same reason as abortion. Generally it seems like just about everyone agrees that life begins at some point before birth (hence the general agreement that late term abortions are to be avoided except when medically necessary), it’s just quibbling over where to draw the line.

  • faustianbargain

    redredsteve: you wouldnt tell your neighbour’s wife or daughter to her face that she should abstain from sex, but if she does and gets pregnant, she cant terminate her pregnancy. would you?

    its like this problem i have…i cant make killing animals and eating meat illegal in this country. what you can do is tell people to temper their appetites and eat only humanely raised meat. i can possibly..possibly being the key word here…make cruel animal husbandry illegal and those who practice it can be subjected to a fine. but i cannot track down everyone who ate a piece of tortured meat and insist that we pump their stomachs until we get that tortured meat out.

    so if you think pregnancies of women is a state issue, try passing a law that says that every man and woman should sign a legal contract that they’ll not attempt to terminate a pregnancy if it happens and this contract has to be signed before they have sex. in the absence of said contract, the sexual union will be considered illegal. this way, we can police the private lives of american citizens more effectively. we can also have patrols walking on the streets and schools to ensure that abstinence is practiced by young boys and girls. how about punishing the parents if their sons and daughters want to do the old in-and-out routine? the possibilities to straighten this crooked, immoral country are mind boggling! who knows..perhaps, america can export its morals to other countries too…its not just mcD and starbucks and GM crops…we can make A DIFFERENCE in this world by crushing the reproductive rights of every woman in this planet. what a capital idea!

  • Guy Anderson

    Wow – I think it funny that you are once again getting called a fool a couple of typos in your book and they are ready to flog you and now because you are an AMERICAN that allows you to speak freely – if you don’t agree with the right you are un American – yeah well – – I guess I am too M. The thing is I did not call people names because I voted for a candidate that lost the last election. While I and more left than right I have to say you right wingers need to get over yourselves – quit being so freakin nasty. I am an American and I have a right to vote or believe what I want and if you call me names then you need to get over yourselves and suffer like the rest of us did for 8 long terrible years. Clinton did not take your guns away, taxes did not seem to hurt me all that much and we went from an in the red budget from the first Bush to a surplus with Clinton only to watch it be given to the friends of big business and oil. Hey love in the White House! – seems like if Bush/Cheney would have had more Monicas they would not have all the hate for the world it would not have been so bad. Did Bush bail out the small restaraunts going under all over the country – nope – to fat cats that caused the problem and it was because of Bush policy on deregulation 9let business police themselves) — enough about that ponder this

    Ponder the following:

    What if the Obamas had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

    What if John McCain was a former president of the Harvard Law Review?

    What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

    What if McCain had only married once, and Obama was a divorcee?

    What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

    What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

    What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also stole them through her charitable organization that was to help poor African hospitals with medication?

    What if Cindy McCain graduated from Harvard?

    What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s.)

    What if McCain was a charismatic, eloquent speaker?

    What if Obama couldn’t read from a teleprompter?

    What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?

    What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?

    What if Michelle Obama’s family had made their money from beer distribution?

    What if the Obamas had adopted a white child?

    What if Michelle wanted to NOT be part of the United States of America, because – Alaska is just too far from the US Mainland?

    You could easily add to this list. If these questions reflected reality, do you really believe the election numbers would be as close as they are?

    Consider the candidates’ educational backgrounds:

    Barack Obama:

    Columbia University – B.A. Political Science and International Relations.
    Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

    Joseph Biden:

    University of Delaware – B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science.
    Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)

    John McCain:

    United States Naval Academy – Class rank: 894 of 899

    Sarah Palin:

    Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
    North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
    University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
    Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
    University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in Journalism

    Education isn’t everything, but this is about the two highest offices in the land as well as our standing in the world.

    So we are on this blog about food and we all have a love for it whover is in the White House.

  • redredsteve


    I would, and do, promote abstinence. I volunteer a lot of my time to be with Jr. High students and this is exactly what I tell them. I myself, believe it or not, was a virgin until I was married at the age of 28 (and yes, it was by choice :P). I believe that all levels of a couples relationship should be aligned. I believe that their physical relationship should be on the same level as their emotional relationship, as their commitment to eachother. Hence, I believe the highest act of intimacy a couple can share physically (sex) should be paired by the highest commitment (marriage). I really don’t think that it’s that far fetched of an idea, though I’m not naive enough to think that it would be a feasible concept to adapt for all Americans in the near future, given our current socially accepted philosophies. Honestly, it really wasn’t that long ago that abstinence and other such behaviors were preached and practiced, and I don’t think it’s coincidence that the issues we have that stem from rampant sexual activity barely existed back then. We’ve seen a staggering, exponential growth of sexual behavior. Okay, so I’m a prude. I know, I know, whatever. I’m not saying that everyone should refrain from sex before marriage (although I wish I could say that), I’m just saying that if people took it more seriously then we would all be a lot better off. Instead, we make it easier to avoid responsibility and consequence. We tell everyone that they can do whatever they want. Don’t tell me how to live my life, it’s my life… right?

    Now, as far as passing a law that requires a contract, etc, etc… Well, if you really want to, we can start a debate on the separation of church and state. I don’t believe government is the answer. Government cannot provide values, only uphold them. I believe that the change has to come from within us as a people. I’m talking about families. I’m talking about dinner table discussions, about real relationships that pass on real values snd respect, respect for ourselves and for eachother.

    If you want to, look at it the other way. Are you totally against law, or what do you see it’s purpose as being? Is it just to keep bad people from hurting good people? Is it meant to keep people from hurting themselves?

    There’s more I’d like to say, I always want to keep typing, but these posts get way longer than I intend them to be… fire back.

  • faustianbargain

    i think you should keep your morals in your house…thats all.

    is it too much to ask the law, the govt, the church and the odd neighbour to mind their own business and get out of my uterus?

  • redredsteve

    Again, I’m sorry but I thought we were have a debate; a discussion, not an argument. And to repeat myself yet again, if you don’t want to discuss it then stop responding. Morals come from the home and the individual but they shape society. I’m not “in” your uterus, if you really must keep saying that. How come it is we can talk about Obama all we want but not abortion? It doesn’t just affect you (or the person involved), not the way I see it. If we all live our own lives according to our own desires and just keep our eyes to the ground, ignoring what others do whether we agree with them or not, then we are breeding dissention, not avoiding it. The more we talk about our differences, whether they be stances on abortion, religion, politics, or what have you, the more we can understand and bond. That’s right, I’ll come right into your home and talk to you about anything, if you’ll let me. I’ll do it respectfully and without condemnation. I’ll do it because I want to conncect with people, not distance myself due to differences of opinions or views. I think it pays you more respect because I trying to understand you (and myself) more.

  • MSChicago

    I come to this blog for great writing on food, and I get this garbage? Michael, while it is your blog, and you can write whatever you wish I really don’t care about yours (or another other “celebs”) opinions on politics. You even reinforce that you had no idea of either candidates views on food issues – making your political view that much more irrelevant. Stick to the food, please.

  • Different Mike

    The Argument From Intimidation.

    No, I was not making an argument: I was making a judgment, and that is that anyone who voted for McCain is too stupid or treasonous to be trusted in anything.

  • lisa r

    Wow – Wow, this is…just WOW. 😉

    I read blogs from all kinds of people, on all kinds of topics. Many have posted this year about their electoral choices, and while I might disagree with them, if they know their main subject, that’s enough for me to keep reading them. One of my favorite techology writers was voting McCain, and posted it about it. Luckily, is politics didn’t decrease his tech knowledge, so I still read him.

    Even if you had voted McCain, I’d still read your blog. I’m just happy that you supported Obama, considering the positions in other issues, food related, that you’ve expressed in the past. It’s consistent.

    I suggest you think of the commentary here as a way of separating the wheat from the chaff *grin*.