Politicians will bend over backwards to show the average American citizen from Anywhere, USA, that they are "just like them." Oftentimes that means digging into the local favorite food while on the campaign trail in an attempt to appeal to those voters.
This relates, of course, to the recent case of Donald Trump digging into Kentucky Fried Chicken, a fast food he once gave the ringing endorsement of it's "not the worst thing in the world." (Hey, at least that's better than what Paul Ryan got.)
Eating KFC is very relatable. But as the internet quickly pointed out — eating KFC with a knife and fork on a golden private jet, as Trump apparently did, isn't exactly how most of us schlubs go about eating our fried chicken.
Trump is far from the first presidential candidate, or politician, to have a weird faux pas with food. It turns out politicians often aren't exactly accustomed to eating like the average American. Who knew? Listed below are a just few notable instances in a long history of politicians and their food issues.
Who in Their Right Mind Puts Lettuce, Tomatoes and Swiss on a Cheesesteak?
John Kerry, that's who. The then-Massachusetts senator was a Democratic candidate for president in 2003 when he ordered a cheesesteak from Philly's famous Pat's King of Steaks during a photo-op. Except he asked for lettuce, tomato and Swiss cheese — a major fumble in a city that takes their cheesesteak ordering very seriously (for any future candidates just ask for Whiz, with onions and move along). It actually turned into a mini-controversy and painted Kerry as elitist. And the photo op? Well, few people have ever looked as uncomfortable eating a cheesesteak.
Choking on a Pretzel
President George W. Bush had an infamous run-in with a pretzel while watching a football game in 2002. It sounds almost comical, but it was actually pretty dangerous. Bush briefly lost consciousness and tumbled to ground, cutting his cheek and bruising his lip.
The Many Pizza Forkers
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential candidate at the time, caused a mini-stir this election season when he ate pizza with a fork during a New York City campaign stop. Kasich toured the city, eating an almost ludicrous amount of Italian food, including two plates of spaghetti Bolognese, a sandwich with mozzarella, pickles, salami, provolone, and hot peppers and pasta Faggioli.
Oh, and pizza, too.
When it came time for a slice, he reached for a knife and fork, a mistake in a city known for folding its pizza. He explained to it was too hot to handle, but the mistake had been made. Newsweek pointed out this is a common move for politicians, including New York City's own Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and even New York City real estate mogul Trump.
Passing Out and Vomiting at a State Meal in Japan
Sitting at the head table during a visit to Japan in 1992, President George H.W. Bush passed out and vomited, apparently suffering from the flu. It was a dramatic scene, complete with Japan's Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa cradling the president's head as he fell unconscious.
The 'Great Tamales Incident'
During a 1976 visit to the Alamo in Texas, President Gerald Ford picked up and ate a tamale. The only problem: he neglected to remove the cornhusk that surrounds the part you're actually supposed to eat. As the Houston Chronicle noted, it became known as the "Great Tamales Incident."
Scott Walker LOVES Hot Ham
Emily Atkin of Circa first pointed out about a year ago that then-Republican candidate for president Scott Walker tweeted a whole heck of a lot about hot ham. It's not so much that it is a faux pas, it's just that a disproportionate amount of the Governor of Wisconsin's tweets talked about deli meats.
Mind the Sneeze Guard, Mr. President
In June 2014, President Barack Obama made a faux pas when he reached over the sneeze guard to select ingredients for his order at a Chipotle restaurant.
And to end where we began: Trump is no stranger to messing up common-man food orders. During a town hall in February, he said McDonald's makes food "he can live with" and that his favorite is the Fish Delight, seemingly referring to the famous Filet-O-Fish sandwich.