If we were to believe this article via NPR, the American public cares what their Presidents and future Presidents eat. While the Obama family has certainly created a perfect and ideal family eating situation by having others grow their own vegetables for them and brew their own beer, are the eating habits of the President and his family really interesting news? Maybe, but this NPR article leaves more questions open than it answers.
From the article:
So far, we don’t know much about Romney’s tastes in food, aside from the occasional ice cream scooped from Bailey’s Bubble in Wolfeboro, N.H., and his affection for feeding Jimmy John’s subs to the press on the bus. However, parsing the eating habits of presidential candidates (to say nothing of sitting presidents) is now firmly embedded in America’s cultural milieu. Just think: Ronald Reagan and jelly beans. Bill Clinton and fast food. President Obama and, well, most things chili-related, plus a bit of home-brewed beer.
We don’t know if Romney adheres to it, but there is such a thing as a Mormon food culture. In fact, Mormon culinary traditions, or foodways, closely resemble the tenets of the “good food movement” currently shaping many Americans’ renewed interest in food — i.e., cooking from scratch, emphasizing whole grains, and locally sourced fruits and vegetables.
Many know that Mormons have a different set of rules to live by when it comes to food including storing it, eating it, and drinking it. But why would NPR center so closely on these topics when they knew nothing themselves? Are the habits of a Presidential candidate really that interesting to the American public? Is his Mormon background really the reasons he has stayed “fit”? Will Romney somehow lead a revolution in altering the eating habits of America just by carrying himself differently than the rest of us?
What do you think about this one? Do you sit around at your dinner table and discuss the eating habits of the First Family? Aside from the ‘coolness’ factor of Obama having beer brewed for himself and his guests, do you really care about it at all? Do you really believe Mitt Romney, with all of his money, is storing away self-canned food for a rainy day? Whatever you have to say about this one, go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.