A restaurant called the Barley House created the Huckaburger — topped with spinach and a thick slice of tomato and served with a fried pickle on the side — in honor of Republican candidate Mike Huckabee agreeing to make an appearance there Monday morning.
Although the turnout wasn’t as strong as Bill Clinton’s and Obama’s previous events — with Clinton's drumming up support for his wife, Hillary, of course — just about every media outlet turned up, from German and Japanese reporters to homegrown talent like MSNBC's Chris Matthews, CBS' Bob Schieffer and CNN's Anderson Cooper (who, unfortunately, turned up just after Huckabee left and disappeared soon after, apparently uncomfortable with the attention he was getting).
The streets were filled with over-enthusiastic students, confused state police, honking cars and lots of screaming. Even though Ron Paul isn’t doing too well in the national polls, he has strong support here in New Hampshire, judging by the amount of posters that were being held up.
I'm not sure Huckabee got the response he was expecting when his bus turned up. As he stepped off the bus with his team of assistants and advisers, he was greeted by chants of "Huck, where's Chuck?" that soon turned into a deafening rally of "We want Chuck! We want Chuck! We want Chuck!"
I guess there's a downside to having someone as legendary as Chuck Norris on your team. As we all know, "Walker, Texas Ranger" is no ordinary man. After all, this is the man who isn't afraid of the dark — the dark is afraid of him. Or one of my favorites: Chuck Norris destroys the periodic table because he only recognizes the element of surprise! I could go on. When Chuck Norris falls into the water, he doesn't get wet, the water gets Chuck Norris'd. I'll stop, but you get the idea. It's not always a good idea to have someone on your support team who's so popular!
Undeterred, Huckabee strolled into the restaurant, side by side with his wife, and negotiated his way through the gaggle of press. He answered a few tame questions along the way and finally took his place on the makeshift stage in the back. Instead of addressing the crowd with a speech as most had expected, however, he sat down to have breakfast. For the next 10 minutes, the world's press sat and watched Mike Huckabee eat a Huckaburger, which he described as an "international taste sensation."
And with his last bite, he was up and out of there. No time to digest when you're on the campaign trail, I guess.