WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama likes burgers, hot dogs and such, but when it came time to answer a kid journalist’s question about his favorite food, broccoli was the first word that sprang from his lips.
Having fun with the children, Obama agreed to take two questions from the journalists among them. The first asked what was Obama’s favorite food. Broccoli was the presidential reply, according to a White House aide.
This from a politician who has literally eaten his way across the country: Burgers in a Washington suburb with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev; ribs in Asheville, North Carolina; hot dogs at a basketball game inDayton, Ohio; and a tasty pastry called a kringle in Wisconsin.
Obama was clearly enjoying the spirit of the anti-obesity event, called the “Kids’ State Dinner,” which recognized winning recipes like “picky eater pita pizza pockets” and “sweet potato turkey sliders.”
“Food can be fun. It can be healthy,” Obama said. “You are setting up habits that are going to be great your entire life.”
He joked that he’s not much of a cook. “(In) my family, when they cooked vegetables, they were all boiled.” Since then, he said, he has learned that healthy food can also taste good.