The Washington Times - July 6, 2012, 11:15AM

President Obama is eating his way across the Midwest on his two-day campaign bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania, but he said it’s necessary.

“People’ve been commenting — I need to gain some weight,” the president said in the Ohio town of Poland on Friday morning, as he explained the waistline-stimulus program he’s undertaken on his trip.


In less than 24 hours the First Stomach has put down a cheeseburger and fries at Kozy Corners in Oak Harbor, drank a Bud Light at Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, and then began Friday with two eggs, bacon and wheat toast at Ann’s Place in Akron.

Eating is a staple of the campaign trail — though Mr. Obama’s own habits come under extra scrutiny because his wife, Michelle, has made healthy eating her major project as first lady.

But she is not along on this trip — the president joked she needed to stay home and supervise Malia, their daughter who just turned 14, and her friends — and that means the president has returned to his burger-eating ways.

Cheeseburgers were the president’s lunch order on his first flight as president on Air Force One, and it’s also his chief staple when he’s out pressing the flesh. By The Washington Times’ count, the president has ordered a burger at least 13 times during food runs while in the White House.