Political Food Quotes, Moments, and Blunders Slideshow
June 7, 2012
Here’s a look at some of the most notorious political culinary moments
President George Bush Jr.
President George Bush Jr. offered this sentiment while addressing the issue of single working mothers, "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."
For many, it raised a question brought up when his father famously didn't know how grocery scanners worked in 1992, Do you?
President Ronald Reagan
Most people avoid caffeine at night but not President Ronald Reagan.
"I never drink coffee at lunch. I find it keeps me awake for the afternoon."
President Gerald Ford
"The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful, and a snootful at the same time?"
We couldn't agree more.
President George Bush Sr.
During a press conference, President George Bush Sr. exclaimed, "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."
Within weeks, farmers in California shipped 10 tons of the president's most disliked vegetable to the White House in protest. It was later donated to local food pantries.
President George Bush Jr.
In 2002, President George Bush Jr. had a choking scare while snacking on a salty pretzel treat. The incident caused the former president to pass out, only to regain consciousness a few moments later. In response to the situation Bush said, "My mother always said when you're eating pretzels, chew before you swallow."
President John F. Kennedy
"Ich Bin ein Berliner."
Yes, Mr. President, you just said you're a jelly doughnut.
President Abraham Lincoln
"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee."
It must have been a Monday.
Mitt Romney, Presidential Candidate
After receiving some flack for sending protestors to an Obama campaign event, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney responded with the cliché, "sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander."
John McCain, Former Presidential Candidate
"I will veto every single beer."
While criticizing excessive earmarks at the National Small Business Summit in Washington in 2008, the Republican presidential nominee made a pledge to can the popular beverage.
President Barack Obama
While on the campaign trail in 2008, President Barack Obama talked about the hope he had for the country and the criticisms he has faced. "They say I need to be seasoned; they say I need to be stewed. They say, 'We need to boil all the hope out of him — like us — and then he'll be ready'."
Sarah Palin, Former Vice Presidential candidate
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin offered this piece of advice to the people of Alaska during her resignation as governor, "Only dead fish go with the flow."
Vice President Dan Quayle
While visiting an school in Trenton, New Jersey in 1992 then Vice President Dan Quayle attempted to correct the already correct spelling of a sixth grader by telling the student to add an 'e' at the end.
"Add one little bit on the end. Think of potato, how's it spelled? If you write phonetically, there you go."
Mike Huckabee, Former Presidential Candidate
While on Morning Joe in 2008, the former governor of Arkansas offered, "When we were in college we used to take a popcorn popper — because that was the only thing they would let us have in the dorms — and fry squirrels in the popcorn popper."
This one says it all.