Obama’s 3-hour stop in Michigan on the way to fundraisers in Chicago

Ok, this is funny. Obama had a little stop in Michigan yesterday to tout raising the minimum wage (before flying to Chicago for dinner and a few fundraisers – just a day in the life of our Emperor), and I found this little nugget.

Michigan voted for Obama in both his presidential campaigns and his bailout of the auto industry has been popular here. Michigan also has an effort to put a measure on the November ballot to increase the state minimum wage, an initiative that polling shows is popular among voters who have been hit hard by the economic downturn in recent years.

On their way to the university campus, Obama and Peters stopped at Zingerman’s Deli , an Ann Arbor landmark, where they ordered Reuben sandwiches and were served by a University of Michigan graduate who makes $9 an hour, a rate above the current federal minimum wage.

This is funny/amazing on so many levels.

1) You have a University of Michigan graduate working at a deli, for $9 an hour, and you mention it as if that’s a good thing.

2) You are, essentially, advocating that U of M graduates deserve to be making $9 or $10 an hour …. [gasps for breath]

3) Zingerman’s? Really?

Let’s take a gander at how Zingerman’s is able to pay it’s employees $9 and hour, and perhaps we can extrapolate how such a policy would affect our economy.

Zingerman’s Rueban – Zingerman’s corned beef, Switzerland Swiss cheese, Brinery sauerkraut & Russian dressing on grilled, hand-sliced Jewish rye bread- $13.99 (for the small eater size) or $16.50 for the “big eater” size.

Everything else is extra. A soda is another $2.50.

You can get a tossed salad for $6.50/$8.50. That’s greens, onions, cucumbers and carrots. A Caesar is $9.00/$11.50. Greek salad? $11.50/$14.50.

$14 for a sandwich. No fries. No chips. No drink. For a small sammich, drink, and (small) chips, you’re forking over $17.75.

Go for the bigger Rueban and a bigger bag of chips, and you have to hand over $22.50.

Ba haaa haaa haaa …

No, this is too much.

If only we were all willing to pay $22.50 for our lunch, everyone could make a living wage.

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6 Comments on “Obama’s 3-hour stop in Michigan on the way to fundraisers in Chicago”


  1. The Muslims dictating they aren’t permitted to go to Mars is a smaller disconnect than this one.

  2. Car in Says:

    Zingerman’s is a deli for the 1% and Presidents.

  3. Hotspur Says:

    The customers are referred to a ZIngermoonies because the whole place is a fucking cult, and the owners are 1%ers.

  4. Jay in Ames Says:

    Also, didn’t Bush bail out the auto industry?


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