In honor of President’s Day, and our beloved first President’s birthday this week, we bring to you Presidential Food Favorites from our former commander-in-chiefs! Check out who has a sweet tooth, who has a penchant for eating their veggies and who likes to avoid them all together!
Favorite Food: Cherries
George Washington is often associated with the myth of the cherry tree, which goes something like this…a young George receives a hatchet for his birthday and chops down a cherry tree in his father’s farm. When confronted by his angry father, George bravely said, “I cannot tell a lie…I did cut it with my hatchet.” His father rejoiced in the fact that his son chose honesty over telling a lie. For this reason, George Washington will always be associated with this infamous cherry tree, but was also a big fan of the tart, yet sweet fruit!
Favorite Food: Broccoli
Michelle Obama campaigned against anti-obesity during her tenure as First Lady. So, we’re sure she was grinning from ear to ear when a student asked the President what his favorite food was…Broccoli! A stark difference from former President George H.W. Bush, who famously declared his dislike for the same cruciferous green vegetable!
(Former) Favorite Food: Hamburgers
Bill Clinton had a soft spot for a good ol’ greasy hamburger. However, after two heart-related surgeries in 2004 and 2010, the former President opted for a healthier lifestyle. No more trips to McDonald’s for this former President!
John F. Kennedy
Favorite Food: New England Clam Chowder
No surprises here! One of our most beloved former Presidents stayed true to his New England roots with this favorite meal – a bowl of New England Clam Chowder…and we can’t blame him!.
Favorite Food: Pot Roast
The former President preferred plain all-American food; simple dishes that were both hearty and nutritious. Ford enjoyed a Pot Roast at the dinner table with his family, often paired with another favorite; braised cabbage with apples!
Gerald Ford would have liked this cut of meat from Harlem Shambles.
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Ronald Reagan certainly was the President with the biggest sweet tooth! Often found with jelly beans close by his side, the former President’s true sweet craving was anything chocolate! Chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies or Nancy’s famous fudgy brownies were a staple in the former President’s diet.
Favorite Food: Cottage Cheese with Ketchup
Yes, you heard that correctly…Nixon had an odd obsession with pairing cottage cheese and ketchup! The rationale? The President felt inclined to eat cottage cheese because it was healthy, but added the classic American condiment to jazz up its bland flavor.
Go forth and share your new foody trivia!
Happy Presidents Day from your friends at Mercato.