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Obama, golf, Fox and Jib Jab — where else should he eat?

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published May 18, 2010

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Some quick points today about the president visiting us ...

• On West Federal Street today was the reporting team from Fox News, in town covering President Obama’s appearance. They were parked on the corner of West Fed and Hazel Street.
On that block are great Valley accomplishments in recent years — such as the Voinovich government center and the Youngstown Business Incubator with its shiny Taft Technology Center. The block also is home to a neat solo effort to rehab an old building into a first-floor photog business, a second-floor office and a third-floor loft apartment.
So what did Fox News use as its backdrop for its live shoot?
The dilapidated, rusted-marquee theater.
Fair and balanced? You decide.

• A reader called me today — disgusted that on the front of today’s paper, the day the president was in town, mind you, was a golf feature.

Sure there was an Obama story on A1, he said, but it was downplayed by the golf feature.
For the greater good, I’ll share what I explained to the gentleman:
-- Obama has been on the front page four days since he announced he was coming here;
-- He will be on the front page Wednesday;
-- The golf feature was planned weeks ago and tied to a summer-long readership feature;
-- and Obama wants to improve his golf game.

• Last week in my hometown of Buffalo, Obama made a similar appearance like today, and then stopped off to eat at Duff’s restaurant — a legendary place (but not the birthplace of chicken wings; that’s Anchor Bar).
Today — my prediction is Jib Jab Hot Dog Shoppe. You can’t get more V&M than Jib Jab.
Your turn:
Where would you have the president stop for a V&M-style bite to eat?


1BillyBob(92 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

I would have Obama eat breakfast at Thanos restaurant in Boardman on Tippi (near 224). GREAT breaksfast with great service.

On a completley different note, please answer this Todd: How does Betram get away with writing offensive (& if you don't agree it's offensive, then just obviously space-wasting) colums like the "blueballs" column? Doesn't the Vindy care if he writes only about Mark Hanni for months and then takes a break to attempt to make a joke in his entire column? I love the Vindy and their writers, your column is great, but how has Bertram not been fired? He continues his personal attacks on Hanni, Chevy Centre having a gross profit but not net income, and YSU employees every other week, it's getting annoying. (Sorry to take up space on your column.)

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2BillyBob(92 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

1 last thing - Obama should take Wedgewood pizza back with him to DC. If he does, he'll come back to YTown more often........

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3Youngstown_Strong(91 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Obama should get some grub at the Sandwich Factory -- There's no where like it.


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4peacelover(838 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Sunrise Inn pizza. Or anything from Jimmy's Italian Specialties.

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5borylie(946 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Mr. Franko,where was MSNBC or CNN set up? What did they use as their backdrop? Maybe you ought to worry about the Vindicator, aka unfair and unbalanced. That 's what I've decided.

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6author50(1121 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

Should have went to Bills Place for the giant 15 cent wings and brought some back to Michelle!

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7Jbreed2011(37 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

To be fair, Youngstown does have a reputation for delapidated buildings... I don't know how that relates to any bias... because let's face it, it's a pretty accurate depiction.

Wedgewood is second to none, it's definitely my favorite.

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