Election Day: Presidential Food Fetishes

Famous French gastronomer Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said, "Tell me what you eat and I'll tell you what you are." On today, primary day, we offer this message: You can often tell the true measure of a politician more by what he puts into his pie hole than by listening to the lies that come out of it. With this in mind, we offer a list of our Presidents' food fetishes (and yes, we know there is no Presidential primary, thank you!).


Bill Clinton
Slick Willy was into excess when it came to food. In a 1992 New York Times article , Clinton was described as loving fast food, Tex-Mex and having a particular soft spot for chicken enchiladas. Because of that bulbous, red nose, we pegged him for a lush, but nooope. His avorite brew was the non-alcoholic German beer Clausthaler. We hear he liked special brownies but didn't ingest.

Thomas Jefferson
Generally viewed as true Renaissance man for his intellect and interests, including the culinary, Jefferson brought a lot of European flavor to the White House kitchen. According to The President's Cookbook, he loved French Cuisine, bought a waffle iron while in Holland, brought back copious amounts of tea from Amsterdam, and, of course, loved chocolate (and, Sally, you know what we are saying). He drank cider, wine and malt drinks. Yeah, we can see him stocking some Colt 45s in his pantry (and, Tex, you know what we are saying).


George W. Bush
He likes BLTs, grilled cheese sandwiches (made with Kraft singles and white, of course, bread) and, perhaps most telling, deviled eggs.

Jimmy Carter
The peanut farmer from Georgia is still kicking around these days but his Southern culinary leanings were a big deal when he was elected to office in 1976--the national press joked that the White House chef's would have to learn how to cook grits, which they did. While in office, he enjoyed southern-style barbecue and gave the staff Sunday nights off when they cooked on their own, according to The White House Family Cookbook.

George H.W. Bush
Senior made more noise about food than just about anything else. He started a national controversy with his public denigration of broccoli. "I do not like broccoli. And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli." Well as long as you're mature about it! Maybe, if he ate more of his veggies, what we see below wouldn't have happened.


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