Good Food Blog
The presidential palatePosted at 11:30AM, 07 November 2008 by Graham Holliday - Blogger
While the world has focused on the US presidential election and the vote for Barack Obama, one key question has slipped the media by, until now. What does Barack Obama eat? As the old adage goes, "You are what you eat". More importantly, as Andrew Card, Bush's first chief of staff, said of his soon to be redundant boss, "The president has to have time to eat, sleep and be merry, or he'll make angry, grumpy decisions."
"A New York Post Page Six item spread the (erroneous) word that the Obamas spent a night at the Waldorf Astoria and ordered lobster, champagne and Iranian caviar (not just caviar; terrorist caviar)".
It turns out Obama is a big fan of fried chicken and has been known to tuck into grasshoppers, dog and snakes
It turns out Obama is a big fan of fried chicken and has been known to tuck into grasshoppers, dog and snakes, at least in his formative years in Indonesia. However, he isn't too enamoured with beetroot and asparagus, nor with the Chicago thick crust pizza so beloved in his hometown. He has a passion for wine; when it comes to celebrating an anniversary, it's Italian and not French he goes for. If he's looking for comfort food, there's nothing better, his autobiography states, than MacArthur's, for a plate of chicken and mac 'n' cheese, costing around £5.
Beyond knowing George Bush hated broccoli so much he refused to have it in the White House, that Bill Clinton ordered delivery Big Macs and the Queen likes cucumber sandwiches, surprisingly little is publicly known about what our leaders eat, what their passions are, what their favoured comfort food is. This isn't just nosiness, but mild curiosity to see if those in power adhere to the nutritional guidelines set out by their own governments.
With that in mind, does anyone know what Gordon Brown eats? Actually, maybe that's not such a good question in light of this... but I'm still curious.