Obama accused of being an elitist - or just lying - after he says broccoli is his favorite food
By Daily Mail Reporter
PUBLISHED: 00:18 EST, 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 00:20 EST, 11 July 2013
Nearly two and a half decades after broccoli was thrust into the political spotlight when President George H. W. Bush said he hated eating it - the nutritious green veggie is dividing the nation once again.
President Barack Obama is finding himself in hot water after declaring on Wednesday that his favorite food is broccoli. One Republican commenter went so far as to say the comment shows that the president is elitist.
Comedy Central's political blog mocked the answer and said the president must be lying.
President Obama made his admission that broccoli was his favorite food at the White House Kids' State Dinner - an event meant to promote First Lady Michelle Obama's healthy eating initiative
Baroccoli Obama: Some have questioned whether Obama was really telling the truth when he said broccoli was his favorite thing to eat
'Obama tells kid journalist his favorite food is broccoli. And his favorite activity is lying to children,' tweeted 'Indecision.'
Obama made the comment as he addressed student reporters at the White House Kids' State Dinner on Tuesday.
The White House event was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's push to get kids to eat healthier.
Twitter and the Beltway gossip crowd almost immediately began to froth at the mouth.
'What kind of POTUS says his fav food is Broccoli?' CNN commentator Ari Fleischer, who worked as George W Bush's press secretary, tweeted.
'Same one who in 2008 complained about the price of arugula at Whole Foods.'
Numerous serious journalists chimed in on the scandal, which was quickly deemed broccoli-gate.'
The myth: Journalists who have followed Obama on the campaign trail have reported that he has a taste for jump food - including hamburgers
'Everyone CALM DOWN! We have charts about broccoli,' Ezra Klein of the Washington Post tweeted.
BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski soon after tweeted a Photoshopped picture of Obama as a head of broccoli.
The mostly-humorous debate threatened to turn serious when Breitbart.com wrote that Kaczynski was an 'Obama-sycophant.'
The site claimed the story was actually an Obama spin machine attempt to make liberal news outlets look like they were criticizing the president.
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush famously denounced the veggie and banned it from being served at White House dinners.
George H.W. Bush famously denounced broccoli and banned it from White House dinners because he hated the way it tasted
Partisan warfare: Then-Texas Governor George W Bush posed with a head of broccoli during a 1999 campaign stop in the Bronx
'I do not like broccoli, and 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!' he said.
Furious broccoli farmers sent truckloads of their produce to Washington to protest the denigration of their beloved crop.
Obama could be on the winning side of history with this answer - whether it is to be believed or not.
It is prized as a healthy food - one cup of steamed broccoli contains just 51 calories, one gram of fat and 5 grams of fiber, as well as high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, iron and protein.
The vegetable's popularity has soared since President Bush maligned it in 1990. Consumption of broccoli has more than tripled in the last 30 years to nearly 5 and a half pounds per person per year in America.
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