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Salt Pork & Politics

Salt Pork & Politics

The lunch crowd at Izola's Family Dining in Chicago. David Greene/NPR 100 Days hide caption

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Yes, traveling across the country means seeing and tasting new things. But once in a while you've got to go with an old standby — like the scrumptious soul food served up by Izola White.

I interviewed the 85-year-old last year at her diner on Chicago's South Side and got my first taste of her salt pork and greens. This week, I went back for lunch and to check in.

Menu was the same — thank heavens. The life-sized portrait of President Obama is a new addition.

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White said, business has been struggling. Here she is chatting about the president and the recession.

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I got to talking with one of her lunch patrons, a local pastor named David Lambert.

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I was struck by his complaints about the media. He said there's been too much criticism of President Obama in the news these days.

Covering the Bush White House for 8 years, I heard a lot of this from Republicans, especially as Mr. Bush's approval ratings declined over his two terms. Now, barely two months into Mr. Obama's presidency — and with his approval ratings in the 60s — some Obama supporters feel he's not getting a fair shake.

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This wasn't the first I heard of this. A few days earlier on my drive, I dropped in for coffee at Boo's Crossroads Diner in Terre Haute, Indiana and came across a table full of women. They've been having breakfast together weekly for 25 years.

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Take a listen to Betty Martin, a 75-year-old retired library director. She said scrutiny of Mr. Obama's approach to the economy surfaced way too early.

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