On Saturday, April 16, 2016, John Kasich was found doing a press event at P.J. Bernstein Deli in New York City. I was particularly drawn to this event due to the casual nature and in-depth description of food. I found out that just as Governor Kasich loves to stay in a race he has no chance of winning, he also has a love for pickles. As he was waiting on his soup to arrive, he ate two pickles. Talking with his mouth full on camera is not normally something I would suggest, but in this case, it seemed to work for him.
The soup finally arrived and I noticed he only took one or two bites. Perhaps it was not that good, or perhaps Governor Kasich was craving another pickle. Yes that was it. He quickly went to the third pickle and shoved it quickly in his mouth. No wonder he had no room for the pastrami sandwich that he quickly shoved off on one of his aids.
Well enough about the love of pickles. Governor John Kasich did give some attention to the store owner. The owner was happy to have the publicity. I believe he said he had been open since 1980 but do not quote me on that. The man did not have recorder near him. Finally Governor Kasich ordered desert. It was an apple strudel. I noticed he was irritated because he asked for the strudel to be cut into three pieces with no whipped cream and it came in regular fashion. I couldn't believe my ears. The Governor is a picky eater? No whipped cream? Let me just say welcome to Picky Nation Governor but now, I must tell the rest of the facts.
As the meal was winding up, the microphones were closing in tight on Governor Kasich. It was making me claustrophobic to even watch this facial assault. Nevertheless, this is what reporters do and he should be used to it by now. After what seemed to be a pleasant event, the room seemed to be turning hostile. Who could blame the reporters when the answers they were getting seemed to be "no comment" and "I don't know."
Finally Governor Kasich became so frustrated with one reporter, he grabbed the reporter's microphone and badgered him to answer his own question. When he received silence from the reporter, he the forcefully handed the device back to him and then proceeded to end the event.
Is it lack of sleep, the constant questions, or just sour pickles that made Governor Kasich to have a short fuse? I can't say for sure. All I know is that at the end of the event, Governor Kasich wanted a fourth pickle but didn't want anyone to talk about his pickle obsession. I'm afraid by the time I heard this statement, this article couldn't be stopped!