New Castle News Opinion

The Clemson Tigers were the first national champions in college football with a perfect 15-0 season in nearly 120 years. Their reward? Fast food.

President Donald J. Trump had the Tigers on the grounds of the White House for the second time in the last three years, and amid the government shutdown decided to serve the group of 18- to 22-year-olds and their coaches a buffet featuring McDonald’s, Burger King and Wendy’s.

The menu featured “lots of hamburgers” for the players, including salads and french fries, all served on the White House’s finest china and silver.

Yes, we understand that amid the shutdown, the White House kitchen staff is not working, and the president took it upon himself to pay for the fast food meal.

But what about the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition?

Established in 1956 when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, the board promotes healthy eating, participation in sports to keep youth active, and making healthy decisions when it comes to food.

How is that for food for thought, Mr. President.

Sure, some of the players came out and said they enjoyed the meal and some were hooting and hollering over it.

Many sports stars and business moguls have come out in recent days and said they are going to invite the Clemson team to their arena, where a proper meal would be had for all.

Those meals are planned to be healthy in nature.

The president made a choice, and one he stands behind — just like all the other decisions he has made. Everyone has the freedom of choice to decide for themselves if a fast food meal was the proper choice.

However, we think the president could have made a better decision in feeding still-growing, young men a healthier and more well-rounded meal than one that arrived in biodegradable boxes and wrappers.

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