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In St. Louis, McCain Takes a Concrete Position: Chocolate

By Juliet Eilperin
ST. LOUIS -- Showing his intimate knowledge of the Show Me State's culture, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) made a pilgrimage to one of its vaunted institutions tonight: Ted Drewes Frozen Custard.

The local dessert stand, which was founded in 1929, made its reputation on its "concretes" -- cups of frozen custard that are so thick the servers flip them upside down before they hand them over to customers, just to prove that they won't slip out. McCain chose to visit the original stand on historic Route 66; a second outpost exists downtown.

Dozens of custard buyers were milling about when McCain's entourage -- several SUVs escorted by St. Louis county police cars -- pulled up in front of Ted Drewes. The presumptive GOP nominee, accompanied by former Maryland lieutenant governor Michael Steele, got a chocolate concrete. Steele, who told the staff, "Surprise me," got a strawberry concrete.

At one point McCain entered the store and went to the window to take an order. "Got it? Small chocolate chip concrete!" he barked to the staff.

"It's an institution," McCain said as he shook hands with the employees. "Pleasure to see you."

The senator then headed out to the parking lot, where he shook hands with several customers. Betsy Reznick, who was holding her 4-month old daughter in a sling, shook McCain's hand and smiled before berating him for his war policy.

"Hi, I'd like you to bring our troops home now. Quickly," Reznick, 29, told him.

"With honor and victory," McCain replied, appearing somewhat nonplussed, as he moved to shake another's hand.

"There are too many dying," she said.

Reznick explained later that she works as a communication manager for St. Louis-based National Veterans for Peace, an antiwar group, but did not stage her protest. "We happened to be walking on the street and saw all the cars," she said.

Shortly afterwards McCain got kid-gloves treatment from Tom, Cathy and Sam Scott, who posed for a picture with him. Cathy Scott asked her 2-year old son Sam, "Can you say, 'Hi Mr. McCain?' "

"Hi, Mr. McCain," the boy dutifully repeated.

By Post Editor  |  July 15, 2008; 10:30 PM ET
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The organization that woman works for, Veterans For Peace, is the rock under which the cockroaches called the Vietnam Veterans Against the War have to hide because all other veterans despise them.

VVAW and Jane Fonda are the one responsible for the unconscionable treatment the Vietnam Veterans received because the VVAW and Jane Fonda smeared the Vietnam vets as baby killing war criminals with a phony war crimes trial called Winter Soldier.

So VVAW pukes hide as VFP, but they got some kids to start Iraq Veterans Against the War and they had the kids put on their own Winter Soldier smear to try and brand this generation defending us now as baby killing war criminals.

VFP, VVAW and IVAW are traitors who side with those who would do harm to our troops and our country.

Posted by: Raoul | July 16, 2008 9:26 PM | Report abuse

beware of websites linked in this comments section

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Imagination: St. Louis - Budweiser.

Not too spooky, but true.

Posted by: Susan | July 16, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Hold on to your hats. Juliet Eilperin is gonna be McCain's third wife.

Posted by: Paul | July 16, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Well Obama went to McDonalds once.

Posted by: Brandon | July 16, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"Showing his intimate knowledge of the Show Me State's culture, Sen. John McCain..."

Give me a break... each candidate visits local "institutions" almost daily, from Philadelphia to Iowa. These visits are arranged by aides and are well-worn. There is no intimate knowledge involved whatsoever.

Furthermore, at this point Ted Drewes is hardly a secret, or a "stand." It's a tourist destination, a local chain, for anyone with a Roadfood guide...

The only thing remarkable, is your phrasing, which once again suggests that McCain is somehow more American than Barrack Obama (have you ever written about Obama's "intimate knowledge" of American culture? I don't think so.)

Posted by: Cornfields | July 16, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

I also missed the point. It is so badly written it takes several reads to get anything out of it. Was Mccain behind the counter serving people?

how is this articke relevant to anything?

Posted by: Julian | July 16, 2008 12:41 AM

Posted by: Anonymous | July 16, 2008 8:01 AM | Report abuse

This article is HOPE.

I like to see articles like this, No cut-down, just good ol'America!

At Least McCain will talk to the people! Obama would just look at a point on the back wall.

Not to get a reality jab at Idiot...


Posted by: Seeing Hope | July 16, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: tomabrahams | July 16, 2008 2:18 AM | Report abuse

Hey Susan, who are you? You are spooky!

Posted by: imagination | July 16, 2008 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Hope he enjoyed it. That was probably his last trip to St. Louis - no reason to go back anymore.

Posted by: Susan | July 16, 2008 12:46 AM | Report abuse

how is this articke relevant to anything?

Posted by: Julian | July 16, 2008 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Obama would have asked for Chocolate, as in City, but it came, like New Orleans and DC, with too many nuts.

Posted by: Ted Drewes | July 15, 2008 11:17 PM | Report abuse

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