Ice cream’s White House lure can be traced all the way back to Thomas Jefferson, who is credited with the first known recorded ice cream recipe in America.
During this time of divisive political views, there is one thing that unites both sides of the aisle: their love of ice cream. So much so that eating the stuff in front of cameras appears to be a critical chapter in the Campaign Trailing 101 handbook. And while Joe Biden is getting an abnormal, yet highly entertaining amount of attention for his near manic levels of dairy lust…
…ice cream’s White House lure can be traced all the way back to Thomas Jefferson, who is credited with the first known recorded ice cream recipe in America. The recipe, while nearly untranslatable now (put the cream on a fire in a casserole, what now?) seems to have sparked a presidential obsession, most of which has been captured on film. The ugly ice cream face struggle is a real one, people. Here’s proof.
John F. Kennedy
One of his favorite foods, along with New England Clam Chowder, was ice cream with hot fudge.
He’s the only U.S. president to have his own Ben & Jerry’s flavor (“Yes Pecan!”)
Back in April, while campaigning in New York, the democratic presidential nominee made a stop at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream in the East Village, where a reporter had the nerve to ask her how many calories were in the opulent namesake sundae she was eating. Come on, guys. Nobody wants to know the answer to that question.
It’s been reported the hubristic republican presidential candidate once mauled an entire pint of Häagen-Dazs during a media interview. His nuanced habit of never touching food might explain his preference for ice cream bars and pints.
George W. Bush
George Bush seemed to have a preference for vanilla frozen custard during his tenure.
We all have Reagan to thank for proclaiming July as National Ice Cream month. He also declared the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day. 1984 was a good year for the dairy industry.
The Kentucky Senator was asked by a reporter, “If Haagen Dazs were to make a Rand Paul flavor of ice cream, what would be in it?” Paul answered, “It would be whatever you want to put in it, because there wouldn’t be any rules. You could absolutely have whatever you wanted in your ice cream. And you could use as much of it as you want.” I believe that flavor is called Pandering.