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Dur­ing Pres­i­dent Obama’s va­ca­tion in Hawaii, news can be scarce for the White House pool re­porters as they wait in some neu­tral hold­ing area while Mr. Obama golfs, dines or bikes. The “pool­ers” must be re­source­ful. Such was the case Tues­day for

Gar­diner Harris, White House cor­re­spon­dent for The New York Times, sent to cover Mr. Obama’s morn­ing work­out at a gym on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

“Pool is hold­ing at a nearby McDon­alds, whose lo­cal­ized break­fast menu in­cludes a deluxe break­fast that in­cludes Spam,” wrote Mr. Harris. “Your pooler be­lieves strongly in be­ing sen­si­tive to lo­cal cul­ture and its of­fer­ings. But there are some tra­di­tions that are un­equiv­o­cally wrong (slav­ery and child la­bor spring to mind), and braised spam with scram­bled eggs falls into that un­for­tu­nate cat­e­gory of un­ac­cept­able lo­cal­ized abom­i­na­tions. If Scrap­ple had been on the menu, this judg­ment would quite ob­vi­ously be dif­fer­ent.”

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