I didn’t post anything about President Bush’s visit to Peoria this week because, well, I didn’t see much of an angle for the blog.
But something did catch my eye today. The president stopped in at Sterling Family Restaurant to have breakfast with some business people. Here’s how the Peoria Journal-Star originally covered it:
The president stopped at Sterling Family Restaurant, on Sterling Avenue across from Northwoods Mall, where Bush greeted people for breakfast.
The Galesburg Register-Mail filed this report:
The crowd was near silenced as the president spoke, saying things such as, “How you doing?” “Nice to meet you.” “How’s the service?” and “Sorry to disturb you,” as he made his way through the crowd.
The Tribune’s blog also noted the crowd’s reaction:
The president’s appearance at the restaurant prompted a reaction of calm curiousity. No one got up from the tables or the counter to greet him.
Two Newsweek columnists interpreted the crowd’s reaction this way:
…the president walked into the diner, where he was greeted with what can only be described as a sedate reception. No one rushed to shake his hand. There were no audible gasps or yelps of excitement that usually accompany visits like this.
Last summer, a woman nearly fainted when Bush made an unscheduled visit for some donut holes at the legendary Lou Mitchellâ€™s Restaurant in Chicago.
In Peoria this week, many patrons found their pancakes more interesting. Except for the click of news cameras and the clang of a dish from the kitchen, the quiet was deafening.