Paleo, Vegetarian, or Teetotaling? What the Presidential Candidates’ Food Habits Say About Them
A corn dog can crown a king.
Well, at least that’s the way our current candidates for president seem to be acting these days—never before have politicians’ diets come under such scrutiny. Until recently, we heard more about their dalliances with drugs and mistresses than we did about what they like to have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sure, candidates have always made the requisite “Yummy!” faces while wolfing down a bite—but only one bite—of the latest deep-fried fad at the usual state fairs. They’ve seemingly always flipped pancakes in New Hampshire, gnawed on pork chops in Iowa, and quaffed domestic beers at blue-collar bars from Sarasota to Seattle.
For many, the goal has been about avoiding legacy-defining pitfalls: Sargent Shriver never lived down the time he yelled out, “Make mine a Courvoisier!” at a working-class bar in Ohio. That gaffe featured prominently in his obituaries when he died 39 years later.
Nowadays, though, some presidential candidates have caught on that, in a world where food obsessions are mainstream, opening up about their personal gustatory journeys is another way shape image: to present themselves as down-to-earth, health-conscious, bold, or open-minded. Others, not so much. Here are a few of the current crop of candidates who’ve told us perhaps more than they meant to through food.
Jeb Bush: Disciplined, Bland
“I’m always hungry,” the former governor of Florida told The New York Times. ”I’m starving to death,” he told CNN. It wasn’t a metaphor, either: This spring, Bush revealed that he had gone on the Paleo Diet, which helped him shed 40 pounds. This was back before he officially entered the race, in June: His diet was widely interpreted as a strong sign that he was really serious about running this time, …read more
Source:: Bon Appetit