Skip to comments.So Long President George H. W. Bush, And Thanks For All the Broccoli
Posted on 12/06/2018 5:59:59 AM PST by NOBO2012
As our 41st President, George H. W. Bush, is laid to his final rest today let it be noted that his hatred of broccoli will not die with him:
The man couldn't stomach vegetables, especially broccoli. And by the way, he passed these genetic defects along to us. - George W. Bush, eulogy of his father George H. W. Bush
Indeed, GHWBs deep-seated hatred goes way back, as reported in the NYT in 1990:
President Bush declared today that he never, ever, wants to see another sprig of broccoli on his plate, whether he is on Air Force One or at the White House or anywhere else in the land.
''I do not like broccoli,'' the President said, responding to queries about a broccoli ban he has imposed aboard Air Force One, first reported this week in U.S. News and World Report. ''And I haven't liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I'm President of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli!''
41 was the last president, until Donald Trump came along, the media excoriated for his dietary habits:
His diet is similar to a teen-ager's, filled with cholesterol-laden goodies. ''Junk food is his lifestyle.''
The sort of food the President loves can be procured at baseball games, fast-food joints or 7-Elevens: beef jerky, nachos, tacos, guacamole, chile, refried beans, hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecued ribs, candy, popcorn, ice cream and cake.
Even when he eats something healthy, like yogurt or oat bran, he tries to spice it up with Butterfingers or something else to give it a little zip. NYT, on President Bush, 1990
In other words, he was an everyman.
But the times they were achanging and broccolis fate floated along on their updraft: by 2008 not only was broccoli once again being mandatorily served in the White House, but it was growing wild in Lady Ms Garden of Good and Evil.
From vegetabilis terribilus to vegetabilis mirabilis in less than one generation.
Fortunately for the country, and the world, America did not see fit to seat back-to-back broccoli-loving administrations:
America votes NO
Thats why we elected President Donald J. Trump - who is rumored to share the same veggie hating gene as Bush Sr. and Jr.; so who knows, maybe the two clans are somehow related.
All I know is that the Chinese are currently working on hacking the intersectionality of the broccoli-hating genetic code and Making America Great Again.
Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
I bet he never had broccoli cooked with bacon...
GHWB lived to be 94, and Trump isn’t doing badly himself.
Maybe vegetables aren’t as essential as they’re cracked up to be.
“You wouldn’t eat broccoli if it was deep fried in chocolate sauce”..... Jerry
“Vile weed!!!!!” .....Newman
Broccoli is my 2nd favorite vegetable.
(First, of course, is chocolate.)
Seriously. And then compare the fate of Steve Jobs who ate nothing but fruits and veggies.
There’s nothing like a nice broccoli and cheddar omelette. Get your pan nice and hot, use a little out that can stand the heat - soy or canola will do - pour in that egg with a little pepper and maybe Old Bay and chives mixed in... Then put in the tiny broccoli shoots you’ve microwaved for a minute as well as your finely grated cheddar... Roll it over... Wow!
I happen to adore broccoli, but my son didn’t when young. Here’s a joke he came home with from elementary school:
Question: What’s the difference between boogers and broccoli?
Answer: Kids don’t eat broccoli.
I remember reading that, after the 2000 had been decided and W. moved into Blair House to work on the transition, one of the staff asked him if he would like a snack, and he asked for Fritos. They didn't have any, so he asked for a cheeseburger.
The dolphins have lodged an official complaint over the headline.
If George Bush had hated tax increases as much as he hated broccoli he would have been reelected.
Broccoli is okay... as a kid I absolutely hated frozen squash... it was 60s and frozen veggies were trendy.
“Yeeecchhh” Don Martin via Mad Magazine
Ok, there really is a gene that makes foods like broccoli and brussels sprouts taste bitter to some people. These vegetables contain glucosinolates which causes it. I know because I have it. It just tastes nasty to me.
I trained for years on the the four B’s Beef,Beer,Baked Potato and Broccoli!
I remember it being Brussel Sprouts.
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