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Obama says 'eat our peas' and pea growers agree
US pea growers second Obama's suggestion in budget talks that politicians must 'eat our peas'
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' President Barack Obama may not have won a political consensus on how to trim the budget, but he's getting quick agreement from the nation's pea growers.

Speaking at a White House news conference about the need for a politically painful deal to raise the nation's borrowing limit, Obama said that it's time to "pull off the Band-Aid" and "eat our peas."

Pea growers agreed. The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council chose to take the president's comments as an endorsement of their product. The group's director of marketing, Pete Klaiber, said eating peas "will contribute to a balanced diet, if not a balanced budget."

Klaiber also said that peas would close nutritional loopholes ' and that it couldn't hurt to eat more lentils, too.

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