Political Food Quotes, Moments, and Blunders
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney defended his right to send hecklers to interrupt a President Barack Obama campaign event during a recent speech arguing that, “the sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.”
As the presidential campaign heats up, gaffes like these will not go unnoticed. And the quips, puns and blunders - the gotcha stuff - is particularly alluring for both the campaigns and the media.
The recent Romney incident created buzz around what some newspapers considered harsh political tactics, but it was the culinary pun that dominated headlines. “Mitt Romney Hits the Sauce Again,” wrote the Chicago Tribune and Mother Jones’s headline read, “Is Sauce for the Goose Still Sauce for the Gander?”
Romney is hardly the first presidential hopeful to get caught up in a culinary snafu. Gaining political office only gives a larger platform for the proverbial pie in the face.
Former President John F. Kennedy declared himself a “doughnut,” while addressing the people of West Berlin in 1963. He was trying to identify himself as a Berliner. And take the infamous potatoe misstep Dan Quayle made during former President George Bush’s campaign in 1992. Quayle later devoted an entire chapter to this incident in his memoir saying that for his career it was “a defining moment of the worst kind imaginable.”
See The Daily Meal's slideshow of other odd culinary comparisons made by those in power and those seeking it.