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Favorite Foods of 10 Presidents

John F. Kennedy - Clam Chowder

John F. Kennedy - Clam Chowder

As a Massachusetts native and resident until becoming President of the United States, it is not a big surprise that John F. Kennedy loved his New England clam chowder. Despite his love for the dish, reports claim Kennedy never ate much and often had to be reminded that it was dinnertime.

Richard Nixon - Fruit and Cottage Cheese

Richard Nixon - Fruit and Cottage Cheese

People from California tend to eat a little healthier than the rest of the nation, and President Richard Nixon, who hailed from the Golden State, was no different. He had fresh yogurt flown to the White House daily. He also enjoyed fruit and cottage cheese every morning for breakfast, though he often topped it off with something unusual: ketchup.

Jimmy Carter - Corn Bread and Steak

Jimmy Carter - Corn Bread and Steak

As a Southern, it seems only natural that Jimmy Carter loved to indulge in soul food. His favorite dinner usually consisted of buttery corn bread and a medium rare steak. He also loved nuts, which was not unusual considering his background as a peanut farmer.

Ronald Reagan - Jelly Beans

Ronald Reagan - Jelly Beans

When Ronald Reagan gave up smoking, he turned to another vice: Jelly Beans. The President always had a jar of the chewy candies sitting on his desk. His favorite flavor was reportedly licorice. Aside from his candy addiction, Reagan had a bit of a sweet tooth and enjoyed everything from brownies to pecan pie.

George H. W. Bush - Pork Rinds and Hot Sauce

George H. W. Bush - Pork Rinds and Hot Sauce

We all know what George W. H. Bush didn't like: broccoli. However, what did he like to chow down on when he wasn't busy avoiding the green stuff? As it turns out, it was something you probably don't usually think of as being a very presidential snack. He loved pork rinds, especially when he had a bottle of fiery hot sauce to use for dipping.

George W. Bush - Tex-Mex

George W. Bush - Tex-Mex

Like his father, George W. Bush enjoyed things a little on the spicy side, but his preference was very different from pork rinds and hot sauce. After living in Texas for decades, it seems as if Bush had developed a taste for the native cuisine. The White House chef even learned how to cook new foods so the Bush family would feel at home.

Bill Clinton - Cheeseburgers

Bill Clinton - Cheeseburgers

While President Kennedy didn't care much for indulging, Bill Clinton was reportedly the exact opposite, and his favorite unhealthy food was an all-American cheeseburger. Even Saturday Night Live poked fun at the President's love for McDonalds. When the rest of the First Family was out of town, the White House chef often fixed Clinton a special unhealthy meal of burgers and onion rings.

Barack Obama - Broccoli

Barack Obama - Broccoli

Broccoli took a hit when George H. W. Bush declared it disgusting during the 1980s, but Barack Obama brought it back when he officially declared it as his favorite food in 2013. Of course, that might have had something to do with the fact that his wife, Michelle, is trying to encourage the nation to eat healthier. The president has been known to indulge in a hotdog or burger occasionally.

Thomas Jefferson - Waffles

Thomas Jefferson - Waffles

When you think of Founding Fathers sitting down for a meal, you probably imagine them eating something rugged like buffalo or venison, but for Thomas Jefferson, that is very different from the truth. When the President visited Holland, he ate waffles for the first time and fell in love with the dish. Legend has it that he bought his own waffle iron immediately after the meal.

Franklin D. Roosevelt - Hot Dogs

Franklin D. Roosevelt - Hot Dogs

The hot dog does not seem like a presidential food, but don't tell that to Franklin D. Roosevelt who loved them. During a summer party at the White House in 1939, England's King George VI became the first British monarch to come to America. Therefore, it's no surprise that Roosevelt served up hot dogs from time to time.

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What is President Obama's favorite food?

He enjoys homecooked meals but when he has to eat out he prefers restaurants over fast food. In the worst case he would choose KFC over any other fast food joint.
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