Thin Mints: A Presidential Favorite

President Obama's favorite Girl Scout cookie is the Thin Mint, much to the distress of Tagalong lovers

No need to bring those cookie order forms over to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. You could probably just go ahead and put President Obama down for a box of Thin Mints.

The president shared his favoritism for Thin Mints with crowds in Cincinnati, Ohio during a campaign event on Monday, while responding to a question brought forth by a young Girl Scout named Julie.

“I’ve gotta say that I’m pretty partial to those mint ones,” Obama admitted.

Strategically, Thin Mints were probably a good choice for the president. Thin Mints are the top-selling Girl Scout cookies, accounting for 25 percent of all cookie sales. Considering that Obama is campaigning for a second term, he wouldn’t want to alienate all of those chocolate mint-loving voters by choosing a less popular Girl Scout cookie, like Trefoils, which only account for 9 percent of the cookie sales.

But even the most strategic political choices can backfire. After announcing his favorite cookie, the President heard some boos from the audience.

“Did you hear, there was somebody booing? What was your choice?” Obama singled out one of the dissatisfied people from the crowd, a man who thought that the President should have given more love to Tagalongs or Peanut Butter Patties.

In response, Obama smiled and said, “I didn’t mean to create controversy here… Peanut butter is good too. But I’m going with the mint.”


If only all politics could boil down to something so delicious.