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President George Herbert Walker Bush did an interview with Esquire magazine last month, and there were a few surprises in it. His war on broccoli is still talked about. On March 22, 1990, the first President Bush told members of the press that he (to quote the New York Times) "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." According to the Times story:

''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!''



Broccoli growers got a little “steamed” by Bush’s comment.(Okay, that was bad.) Within a week, broccoli growers in California shipped ten tons of the vegetable to Washington D.C. where it was donated to local homeless shelters to feed the hungry. In the Esquire article Bush commented on how he is still remembered for his war on broccoli. He said "Most restaurants we go, they remember — you're the one that doesn't like broccoli. You gotta be famous for something"

In the interview, Bush commented about his dislike for his predecessor Jimmy Carter. He said "Jimmy was terrible to George, so I didn't ever appreciate that. You don't criticize a successor and other presidents. I wouldn't, and he did. He got very personal about George, and I never appreciated that." He also said "When I was president, trying to rally the country behind what became Desert Storm, Jimmy Carter wrote all the members of the United Nations Security Council and urged them not to support me in the resolution that would have given all countries, really, the right to use quote whatever means necessary unquote, and aggression. That means use force. And he lobbied against it. He went to foreign leaders. I mean it's just unconscionable. They asked him about it last night on the TV. He was proud of it." He added that he loved Hail to the Chief, unlike Carter who thought the song was "too much folderol."



Other surprising tidbits from the interview are:

*Bush liked Dana Carvey, who used to imitate him on Saturday Night Live. He said "Dana Carvey is wonderful. He never was hurtful. I mean, he was funny, you know ... 'Wouldn't be prudent.' Very nice."
*He is a Taylor Swift fan, and calls the young country singer an "unspoiled lady."
*It isn't just broccoli that he refused to eat. When he was President and was in China, he was offered a dish of the cooked upper lip of dog. He refused to try it.
*He claims that he never gave his son Bush 43 any advice. He didn't see it as his place to do so.
*He is planning to do one more parachute jump on June 12, 2014, which will be his 90th birthday.

Following is a YouTube video of the broccoli comments to which omeone has added a laugh track.

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kensmind
Jan. 12th, 2011 06:36 pm (UTC)
That sickened me just thinking about it. I'm glad that Bush refused to try it.
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