When you enter the Oval Office as president, what you eat is often put on display to the public. As the leader of our nation and a role model for some, it’s only natural to want to know all the mundane details. Unfortunately, the presidents of our pasts have not always had the best eating habits.
Bill Clinton was known for his love of cheeseburgers. (Though he has since gone on a healthier route and adopted a mostly-vegan diet ― his doctor recently advised he eat salmon once a week.) George W. Bush was famous for his love of cheeseburger pizza, as well as peanut butter and potato chips.
We had a breath of fresh air with Barack Obama, who was a healthy eater. Not only did he like to snack on almonds, but he also kept a bowl of apples close by when working at the White House. (He was also a fan of cheeseburgers, broccoli and trendy restaurants.) We can only imagine that Michelle Obama, who is a big proponent of healthy eating ― she had a garden put in at the White House and was invested in making kids’ school lunches healthier ― had a positive influence here.
The Obama years made it feel like there was a shift in the way our nation was eating by the example they set forth. But then Donald Trump moved in, and it became clear all over again that healthy eating still has a long way to go.
Take a look at Trump’s favorite foods and see for yourself.
- 1Trump's gotta have his Lay's potato chips.Amarita via Getty Images
- 2Trump loves his steaks well done.Stephen Lovekin via Getty Images
- 3When it comes to hamburgers, he likes those well done, too.DebbiSmirnoff via Getty Images
- 4And don't forget the ketchup.kajakiki via Getty Images
- 5His love of meatloaf runs deep.LauriPatterson via Getty Images
- 6Trump is a big fan of McDonald's (among other fast food chains).PA Wire/PA Images
- 7He adores really, REALLY beautiful chocolate cake.
- 8Trump loves the taco bowls from Trump Tower Grill, of course.
- 9Cobb salad is his vegetable order of choice.TheCrimsonMonkey via Getty Images
- 10He eats with a knife and fork, even it's not necessary or convenient.Donald J Trump/Facebook