A lot of our Presidents have had silly and juvenile quirks. The Reagans loved astrology. The Polks banned all games, alcohol, and dancing in the White House. Hell, John Quincy Adams kept a pet alligator in his White House bath tub. George H. W. Bush’s best known quirk was probably his utter and complete hatred of the humble side dish broccoli. In March of 1990, The New York Times quoted President Bush explaining why he banned the vegetable from all presidential menus: “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!” That’s a step or two down baller-wise from keeping a full-grown alligator in the bathroom, but you gotta respect someone who stands up for their principals… and taste buds.
Enter Cooper. Cooper is five years old. Cooper loves broccoli. Evidently, Cooper’s “grama” loves regaling young Cooper with tales of the 41st President of these United States. Once Cooper found out that George H(ella-Better-Than) W. Bush didn’t enjoy the Italian cabbage, he had to pen a letter.
Proud of young Cooper’s interest in healthy eating. His declared love of broccoli is genuine, if also unpersuasive. pic.twitter.com/r5wHKvigDb
— George Bush (@GeorgeHWBush) June 25, 2016
Seems Cooper is no Helmut Kohl in his displays of rhetoric as far the senior Bush is concerned. It’s a shame as broccoli is kinda awesome. Its nutritional value is pretty exemplary. Each serving has 2.6g of dietary fiber and 2.8g of protein. Broccoli is also rich in Vitamins C, K, and B6. Plus you’ll get good doses of iron, calcium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Most importantly, broccoli goes with almost anything. You can juice it and smoothie it. You can turn it into a smashing soup. Grill it. Steam it. Toss it with some bacon. The sky is the limit. So, in closing, here are a ton of awesome broccoli dishes for Cooper to continue his crusade convincing the former President of broccoli’s awesomeness.
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