this presidential election season, many wantabe politicians have often quoted
Harry Truman. Truman's most popular phrase was"the Buck stops here."
By "Buck", he meant deer in the context of hunting whether the person
had his legal quota or it was hunting season or not.
Harry Truman entered the US Army in world war one,as a Captain, he was Missouri
farmer, who owned some hogs. Among the anecdotes about farmer truman were"When
Harry sharpens his knife, the pigs run screaming to pasture...." Harry was
quite a skilled pig castigator.
following is an overview and survey of American Presidents, Presidential candidates,
and their food and drink preferences and dislikes:
Washington and Thomas Jefferson were fond of ice cream for desert.
Washington also liked good champagne and Madeira wine
also fond of good wine. Among the US Presidents, He was probably the greatest
expert and connoisseur on wine . He even experimented with crossing various grape
John Quincy Adams preferred corn and fresh fruits, he may have
been the first president who was a "closet vegetarian"
Zachary Taylor was the only president to die because of something he ate.On
July 4, 1850, President Taylor ate cherries and drank milk at a ceremony at the
Washington Monument. He became ill from the heat and died five days later, became
the second president to die in office.
Franklin Pierce was one of
the worst US Presidents. Maybe that is why Pierce died of cirrhosis of the liver
as a result of years of heavy drinking.
Abe Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks
Lincoln, died when the family dairy cow ate poisonous mushrooms and she drank
In 1833, Abe Lincoln once had a liquor store license. He
reportedly owned several liquor stores before he became president.
Johnson had flour shipped from Tennessee, it was specially milled, the kind
Ulysses S. Grant ate a cucumber soaked in vinegar for
breakfast each day.Witness to some of the bloodiest battles in history, Grant
could not stomach the sight of animal blood -- rare steak nauseated him. He didn't
like steak tatare
Rutherford B. Hayes couldn't drink.His wife, Lucy
Hayes, known as "lemonade Lucy", banned alcohol, smoking, dancing, and
card playing from the White House.Hayes and his wife conducted the first Easter
egg roll on the White House lawn. It is not recorded if anyone ate the eggs.
Arthur's favorite food was mutton chops. He was the first President who was
accused of being born outside of the US. His critics accused him of being born
on the Canadian side of the Vermont border. Arthur denied this charge.
Cleveland: The Baby Ruth candy bar was named after Cleveland's baby daughter,
Ruth. Maybe this was the "Ma Ma where's my pa, he's in the White House Ha
Teddy Roosevelt was a big game hunter, who also owned
a herd of cattle. He liked strong coffee.
In 1912, Roosevelt took a drink of
coffee and exclaimed, "That coffee tastes good, even to the last drop!"
TR authored the Maxwell House Coffee motto that the company used in all of
its advertising TR was a great and active hunter, it isn't known what he ate when
he was on his hunting trips and safaris.
William Taft was the fattest
man to be elected president. Taft kept a cow on the White House lawn to supply
him with fresh milk. He was the last president to do so.
During his presidency, a flock of sheep grazed on the White House lawn..
wool was sold to raise money for the Red Cross during World War I. It isn't known
whether or not the Wilsons ate lamb or muttonWoodrow Wilson had a sheep named
"Old Ike" that chewed tobacco and grazed on the lawn of the White House.
Nothing is known about its final fate--old mutton?
poker at least twice a week. He once gambled away an entire set of White House
china, dating back to Benjamin Harrison's time. His advisors were given the nickname
of the "Poker Cabinet" because they all played poker together. Harding
was a drinker in the White House even during prohibition. But during his tainted
administration, on October 7, 1922, he ordered the banning of alcoholic beverages
on all American ships as well as any foreign ships and craft that entered American
ports or were in American ports. This was a classic politician hypocrisy of "
Do as I order not as I do!"
Calvin Coolidge enforced the prohibition
against liquor laws. Calvin Coolidge revealed his envy of his servants' food
specifically, their big griddle cakes in contrast to his dainty ones.
Prohibition Herbert Hoover would visit the Belgian Embassy in Washington
D.C. for drinks. It was considered foreign soil, so drinking was legal there.
Herbert Hoover's favorite drink was a martini. Hoover defeated New York Governor
Al Smith for the Presidency. Smith, a Roman Catholic and an Irish ethnic was an
apologetic "wet." He vehemently opposed Prohibition.
Delano Roosevelt's favorite food was fried cornmeal mush. Franklin Roosevelt
liked scotch or brandy; he also mixed martinis. When serving a turkey, nobody
could cut a thinner slice off a turkey than FDR.
His favorite drink was bourbon. He reportedly had a glass in the moring for breakfast.
President Truman was often fond of a glass of bourbon. His favorite brand was
I.W. Harper. His wife, Bess, never knew that he kept a hidden stash of it in his
Gifts of food that were sent to the White House, were
reportedly first tested on monkeys/animals that were kept in the White House basement.
When the animal welfare groups learned of the practice of testing suspected poisoned
food on animals, they protested and the practice reportedly stopped.
one knows how the President and his family is protected from poisoned food that
is sent as gifts for the President.
Truman once said, "No man should
be allowed to be president who doesn't understand hogs."
D. Eisenhower was a wonderful cook, who specialized in barbecued steaks. Ike's
favorite dessert was prune whip. He was the first president in the White House
who preferred to cook his own meals.
Jack Kennedy: Seafood. Jackie
Bouvier Kennedy served french cuisine in the White House.
Scotch and soda, tapioca pudding & Fresca the soft drink
Nixon: privately preferred French wine, but served California wines in the
White House. His favorite food was cottage cheese with ketchup. Richard Nixon
preferred rum and coke and dry martinis for his hard liquor
R. Ford: served wine from Michigan but it had few takers. Gerald Ford drank
gin and tonic
Jimmy Carter, taking a cue from "lemonade
Lucy" Carter, banned hard liquor from the white house but allowed wine. Jimmy
Carter's mother said, "I'm a Christian, but that doesn't mean I'm a long-faced
square. I like a little bourbon."
Ronald Reagan: Red Wine with
his steaks. His beef came from his private herd of beef cattle. Reagan was booster
of California wines.
George Bush, Sr: Bush was the first president
to publicly refuse to eat broccoli. Broccoli farmers got mad and began sending
truckloads of broccoli to the White House. His wife, Barbara, accepted the broccoli,
but Bush said, "I am President of the United States and I don't have to eat
Bill Clinton: has a reputation for eating junk food. Hillary
served American food when she was first lady.
George Bush Jr. reportedly
doesn't drink beer, but there is story from a White House Cook about Bush Jr.
and his preference for pinot grigio wine. Laura Bush prefers wine from Texas,
especially from the Becker winery.
Contrary to popular belief, the first
wine grapes planted in America were planted by spanish monks, who traveled up
from Mexico to Texas
Clinton offers "Leg, Breast or Thigh?"
Clinton says, "I'm a lousy cook, but I make pretty good soft scrambled eggs."Hillary's
favorite drink is a "cosmopolitan" a cocktail concoction--"pink
and strong." A Hilariti
a "Hot Dog?"
McCain likes baby back ribs--did he ever invite Obama to a barbecure and offer
any ribs to Obama? If McCain chooses Mit Romney as his running mate, Romney too
likes hot dogs--but no beer to swallow it down. McCain likes a straight Martini.
McCain chooses Duncan Hunter (California), Hunter's favorite food is reportedly
"chicken fried venison."
Does Obama eat
Obama is eating a hot dog is it kosher?
Obama's favorite food is chili but
he didn't disclose whether or not it was beef, chicken, turkey, pork or vegetarian.
Reportedly, Obama likes a pizza from a Pizzeria in Hyde Park district of Chicago.
There is no indication whether or not it contains pork--italian sausage.
favorite drink is a Malibu with tropical fruit juice mixers.
the medical doctor's favorite drink is a Texas Tea (vodka, gin, rum, tequila,
bourbon, triple sec, sweet & sour mix, and Coke)
If he ever got the Democratic party's presidential nomination, Dennis Kucinich
would have been outed as a vegetarian. He prefers fresh fruits. Kucinich's favorite
drink is a "Stoli" vodka with a splash of orange juice. Is this(Russia)
the source of Dennis's socialist agenda?
of this material Peter Paul Verzola used in this fun article was from his book
on the Presidents that didn't get published because the publisher went bankrupt.
Still, the copyright applies.
Suggested Movies involving War,
politicians, presidents, Kings and Food:
The Private Life
of Henry the 8th (1933) staring Charles Laughton
Johnson(1942) film on President Andrew Johnson, starring Van Heflin
War: The Horse Soldiers(1959 ) directed by John Ford --starring John Wayne, William
Holden and Constance Towers--contains that famous line from Constance Towers while
serving Wayne and Holden dinner-"Breast or Thigh."
more relevant remark is "If a man doesn't understand hogs, he's not qualified
to be president. Maybe that's why politicians fight over that "pork barrel"
from1946 and named in honor of the archivist's mother, Margaret, the extensive
collection started assembling in 1964.
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