Thank you Kiera Butler, Senior Editor at Mother Jones Magazine, for this insightful article as to why Ronald McDonald is always smiling in his photos. Or should I say "Laughing behind our backs!" I can just imagine the conversations that went on between the staff of CDA and McDonald's as they organized the 2014 annual conference, "I'll scratch your back if you scratch mine."
"In my opinion, McDonald's can be found on just about every street corner worldwide. Wooing people not to cook at home and convincing us that a 'quick fix' meal would be far more satisfying so we can get on with our busy lives. McDonald's also hopes you won't notice what this thinking does to our wallets. Whether you're single or a family, nutritionally and monetarily we are better off spending at a grocery store or local farmers market with left overs for the next day to feast on. There is the possibility McDonald's provided lunches to the CDA conference to show just how nutritionally friendly the menu is and that their menu items can be mainstreamed into people's diets. Sadly, putting lipstick on pig still makes it a pig. Or in this case junk food is still junk food no matter where it is served and to whom."