So, I was flipping through the Yated Ne'eman today when I came across the makings of an interesting psak from HaGaon Rav Elyashiv:
"Last week, a yungerman came to Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv to ask him if French fries are a food that would be classified as being prohibited if cooked by a non-Jew. According to a report in Bakehilllah, Rav Elyashiv turned to the petitioner and asked, "Does Obama eat French fries?"
The questioner was astounded by the answer and it took him time to register that Rav Elyashiv was referring to the halacha that states that if something is served on a king's table- if it is oleh al shulchan melachim- it falls under the prohibition of bishul akum. Rav Elyashiv was effectively saying that in regard to this matter, President Obama is considered like a king, and if he eats French Fries, they would be considered oleh al shulchan melachim and subject to the laws of bishul akum."
I don't know about you, but I smiled after reading this. I like the idea of the posek hador referencing Obama in a shaila. On a related note, do you think the Queen of England has ever eaten French fries?