Since we published this post last year, Barack Obama got a little too friendly with the food at a Chipotle and Bill Clinton went from the most famous vegan to possibly cheating on his diet at times. Favorite foods are forever, so this Presidents' Day we revisit this post in honor of our presidents and their beloved meals.
For most of us, Presidents' Day means little more than a long weekend. This year, that's going to change. For all their starched suits, staged handshakes, and scandals, presidents are people, too -- with pet grizzly bears and proclivities for skinny-dipping. Which is to say, after all their grandiose galas and diplomatic dinners, they like to tuck into their favorite snacks as much as the rest of us.
In that spirit, we've rounded up some of their most beloved foods, courtesy of The Food Timeline -- because what better time is there to take on a new cooking project while also brushing up on your trivia? Once you've finished binge-watching "House of Cards" and shoveling out your driveway, that is. Read on to find out what FDR fed British royalty (the nerve! the awesomeness!), what comfort food made Nixon weak in the knees, and how George Bush likes his brunch (it is exactly what you would expect).
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George H.W. Bush | Perfect Popcorn "Some longtime Bush friends... insist that his true love is popcorn."
Barack Obama | Just Good Chili "I’ve been using this chili recipe since college and would bring it to any potluck. I can’t reveal all the secrets, but if you make it right, it’s just got the right amount of bite, the right amount of oomph in it and it will clear your sinuses." -Barack Obama
Franklin Delano Roosevelt | Yum Dogs "Fact: The King and Queen of England were served hot dogs at FDR's Summer White House on June 11, 1939."
Ulysses S. Grant | Nineteenth Century: Roman Punch "Many of the state dinners consisted of twenty-nine courses with a break after the entrée for Roman punch to fortify the guests."
Abraham Lincoln | Alsatian Gingerbread "Once in a while my mother used to get some sorghum and ginger and make some gingerbread. It wasn't often, and it was our biggest treat." - Abraham Lincoln
John F. Kennedy | Bay Scallop Chowder "Soup was a dish close to the heart of President Kennedy, since it gave him an opportunity to be served the fish for which his New England background had given him a special appreciation."
Richard Nixon | Fatted Calf's Meatloaf "President Nixon was quite fond of his wife's meat loaf, and meat loaf appeared about once a month on the family dinner menus."
Ronald Reagan | Chai Spiced Monkey Bread "Monkey Bread is a heavy, sweet loaf that serves as a Reagan family tradition."
Dwight D. Eisenhower | Secret Ingredient Beef Stew "Beef soup was one of his specialties, and he would leave the soup simmering on the stove in the kitchen for hours, causing much mouth-watering among the kitchen staff."