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Comment: A friend told me recently that she had heard on ABC news that
President Bush uses a "Taster" to be sure that no one is trying to poison
him. I had heard that he is the best protected president in history, but
I had not heard that there was any such position as a "Taster" in the
Civil Service Positions. I am curious to know what kind of health
benefits that person has and what sort of suvivor benefits their family
will receive. Is it true?

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Sounds like someone is taking a common theme in stories about corrupt or "evil" kings and rulers that had "taste-testers" to make sure they weren't poisoned and applying it to the office of President just 'cause they can.

I highly doubt the President has a "taste-tester" for this purpose.

What I wonder is...did this ever occur in history, or is it just a "story-book" type thing that people think actually happened in the day of kings and queens?

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That makes me wonder . . . would it actually be feasible to slip some cyanide or something into the President's food?

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I also have to wonder how effective a "taster" would really be. After all, not many poisions will kill you on the spot if you take a sip. Most of them take some time. The Ukrainian politician was poisoned with dioxin, which, according to the news, probably was put in his food days or weeks before he showed symptoms. Seems like a taster would not be much of a guard against that.

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There are jokes about this going around. One has Zell Miller as the taster.

And this one names Michael Moore.

Last year the Thai government apparently provided one, though not a very big one. (This isn't a joke.)

That's all I found.

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quote:
Originally posted by Simaoztzurical:
That makes me wonder . . . would it actually be feasible to slip some cyanide or something into the President's food?

-Simetrical

I would have put that whole idea into the realm of thriller novels if not, as Rubber Chicken points out, for what happened in the Ukraine.

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Every time I see the title of this thread, I have NFBSK thoughts.

Nonny

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Christie
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quote:
Originally posted by Up Nonny Mousetop:
Every time I see the title of this thread, I have NFBSK thoughts.

Nonny

I've been getting those thoughts whenever I see the title in Police Blotter "Man Allegedly Swallows Man's..."

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Could this taster have prevented the Pretzel incident?
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Sara at home
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No, for that he would have needed a chewer.

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Currently, the topic list reads

Bush taster
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Kinda funny, don't you think?

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quote:
Originally posted by Sara at home:
No, for that he would have needed a chewer.

YOMANK - good one!
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I read in a magazine that teh white house staff prepairs all of the presidents food so that it cant be tampered with. I would guess that a cook in teh White house kitchen could do it if they were lucky enough...

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Well, the real problem would be at state dinners *in other countries.* I imagine they have Secret Service Chefs that watch the preperation of the food.
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Isn't there some sort of machine that could test the food for poison? (Sorry for being so vague, I'm far from an expert on this subject.) That would be a much easier and more ethical process than using a human taster. Besides, if the food preparation is as well supervised as others have mentioned, it seems that neither would be necessary. If there's any doubt as to the safety of the food, the easiest solution is just to not let anybody eat it. That seems a lot more probable in my mind than testing it in any way, unless there was interest in prosecuting the individual(s) who poisoned the food, and that comes back to using a machine as opposed to a human.

Just throwing ideas out there, I've done no research on the subject.

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No, not really, look at all the trouble and uncertainty there was with the recent dioxin poisoning. Most of these machines need lots of time and expertise, and even then would probably yield a lot of false positives. And one false negative could be fatal.
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I wouldn't blame the President or Secret Service for creating the position. Since there is no civility left in the country, and unmitigated hatred for the president from so many places. I'm not taking sides here, the same amount of hatred came from the other side during the Clinton years. Can't anybody at least respect the office anymore?
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When I saw the title "Bush Taster" I immediately had a couple of NFBSK thoughts when I remembered this photo of a lucky friend of Jenna's doing just that! Wonder if it was sweet or sour... Bad thoughts, BAD!!! [Eek!]
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fry 'em mash 'em stick 'em in a pan

Marry ~bush taters~ ya

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the actual plate of food for the president is chosen at random from all of those at the event.
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quote:
Originally posted by diddy:
I read in a magazine that teh white house staff prepairs all of the presidents food so that it cant be tampered with. I would guess that a cook in teh White house kitchen could do it if they were lucky enough...

It's my understanding that the kitchen staff are members of the Navy.

ETA: Civil Air Patrol cadets visit the White House:
quote:
During their tour, cadets saw the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, Situation Room, the White House press briefing room and the dining room where 30 U.S. Navy chefs and kitchen staff attend to the needs of senior White House officials.


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