President Obama spoke earlier today at a conference for NALEO, the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. In a move that was surprising enough that it bore repeating and a clarification of "I'm serious," the powers that be demanded that all in attendance finish eating and turn over their forks prior to the President's entrance.
Apparently, the practice of removing knives and forks from the table is not uncommon. However, the practice of having an obviously uncomfortable emcee tell everyone in the room to eat fast so they could remove all the forks is somewhat less common.
Whether or not the forkless luncheon is par for the course, the "please surrender anything you could use as a weapon" speech is a little bit insulting.
The only question I have is this: When Romney spoke to the same group just yesterday did he make the people surrender their silverware? Tweezers? Fingernail clippers?