Back when the first George Bush was president, he (somewhat) famously said, “I do not like broccoli. 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.” In fact, he went so far as to ban broccoli from the White House and Air Force One menus.
Truly, it was a sad day in American history. In a brilliant move, broccoli growers shipped 10 tons of the stuff to the White House (which was refused and later donated to food banks). The funny thing is that the popularity of broccoli grew after President Bush’s statement. I guess it sort of follows his presidency really. No wonder he wasn’t re-elected! It all started with his distaste for broccoli…the American people could not tolerate such a a trait in a President!
I never realized, but broccoli is very important in American politics and appears to swing elections every cycle. Discussion of broccoli started back in Roman times but first figured into American politics when Thomas Jefferson wrote about it. Let’s see, Jefferson, one of our most foundational leaders loved broccoli…yes, George Bush should have choked it down and followed after Jefferson!
We harvested our first broccoli the other day and it was delicious! I have long been a proud broccoli-eater and am delighted to have fresh available again! I think it is pretty clear…along the Presidential continuum, I am much closer to a Thomas Jefferson than a George Bush!