Eating Well at NPR

What was Jennifer Ludden thinking with her chuckling question to historian Paul Boller, when discussing the food served during the 1945 Presidential inaugural reception, she asked “So that was also because you’re not supposed to eat well when there’s a war going on?” (near the end of the interview)

How can she possible be so uninformed as to not know that there was widespread food rationing during the Second World War and that a lavish spread at the reception would have been inappropriate? Of course you’re not supposed to eat well when butter, flour, and other essentials are limited; when people can’t get tires and children are collecting scrap for the war effort; when thousands of people are dying every month. Is she, like, clueless?