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December 7, 2017

President Trump has made no secret of his love of fast food. Despite a former Trump aide recently confessing that he made up rumors about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) being sent to fetch Big Macs for Trump on the campaign trail, it's telling that the story, at least, seemed plausible.

"The Big Macs are great," Trump raved at a CNN townhall in 2016. "The Quarter Pounder. It's great stuff." Separately, he explained to The New York Times that his love of fast food is linked to his obsession with cleanliness. "One bad hamburger, you can destroy McDonald's," he said. "One bad hamburger, you take Wendy's and all these other places and they're out of business."

The fast food love extends even to his wife, Melania Trump, who was seen swinging by Whataburger in Texas on Wednesday:

On Thursday, President Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, heroically defended his one-time boss' diet. CNN's Alisyn Camerota had asked if Lewandowski ever worried about the fact that Trump was ordering "two Big Macs, two filet of fish sandwiches, and a chocolate milkshake." Lewandowski said he wasn't concerned because Trump — in his own apparent take on a Paleo or gluten-free diet — skips the bread:

Of course, that doesn't explain the Lay's. Jeva Lange

April 7, 2016

John Kasich is apparently being starved by his campaign, as became evident on Thursday when he ate basically the entire contents of a deli in the Bronx on a campaign stop ahead of New York's April 19 primaries.

In an awkward turn of events, the regular menu at Mike's Deli features "Hillary Clinton's favorite" sandwich, but no "Kasich's favorite."

So Kasich just went ahead and demanded they make one:

Eat your heart out, John. Jeva Lange

January 28, 2016
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There seems to come a time every election season when candidates deploy their "secret weapon" (spoiler: it's their spouse). Hillary Clinton has pulled out the big guns, taking her husband, former president Bill Clinton, on the campaign trail for her in recent weeks. But it turns out that at some rallies for his wife, the well-liked former president, now 69, appears to have lost some of the energy that stirred the nation two decades ago.

Mr. Clinton... looked smaller and his voice seemed weaker than in past campaigns, and people had to strain to hear him at times. He was at his best as he finessed the intricacies of politics and policy, but he occasionally meandered, leaving the audience, including some who had lined up for hours to see him, seeming more politely attentive than inspired. [The New York Times]

Some of Bill Clinton's friends have an idea of what might be slowing him down.

"His age, his heart surgery, his veganism — I think it's all brought a calmness into his life," said George Bruno, a former Democratic Party chairman in New Hampshire and longtime ally of Mr. Clinton, referring to the former president's quadruple bypass operation in 2004 and his strict plant-based diet. While some friends say Mr. Clinton would look zippier if he ate the occasional cheeseburger — an old favorite — others say he has never been healthier, with his weight down and his heart in excellent condition.

"He's not as fiery as he once was, but he has an air of real self-confidence," Mr. Bruno said. [The New York Times]

Read more in The New York Times. Jeva Lange

February 25, 2015
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There's a really good chance Warren Buffet drinks more Coca-Cola than you.

The Berkshire Hathaway CEO (who happens to own $16 billion in Coke stock via his company) drinks at least five 12-ounce servings of the stuff daily.

"I have three Cokes during the day and two at night," Buffett told Patricia Sellers of Fortune, adding that while he sticks to regular Coke at the office, he treats himself to Cherry Coke at home.

Buffett's rationale for this diet — which he said also includes heaps of Utz potato sticks and chocolate chip ice cream for breakfast — is scientific.

"I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds," Buffett says. "So I decided to eat like a six-year-old. It's the safest course I can take."

I'll drink a Coke to that. Sarah Eberspacher

July 12, 2014

Childhood taste buds, rejoice: The Chocodile is back!

Hostess Brands announced the return of its chocolate-covered Twinkie, which will go on sale nationwide this week. The company came back swinging after declaring bankruptcy; last year, Hostess re-released its iconic Twinkies, and this summer it adds another 1990s favorite, explains the Los Angeles Times.

(Facebook.com/Hostess)

"We see basic consumer trends for Twinkies and we see trends of everything being dipped or wrapped in chocolate, and we thought that by putting the two together we would get a wonderful, fun snack," William Toler, president and CEO of Hostess, said. "It was always part of our desire, as a part of rebuilding Hostess, to bring out the wonderful icons that we have."

Dubbed the "Summer of Twinkies Fun," fans can get ahold of the new bite-sized versions for $3.99 per nine-Chocodile pack. Sarah Eberspacher