Broccoligate: Obama tells kids his favorite food is broccoli

By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   July 10, 2013 at 12:15 PM   |   Comments

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July 10 (UPI) -- During an unscheduled visit to the the second annual Kids' State Dinner, President Barack Obama told the 54 children who attended the healthy lunch event that his favorite food was broccoli.

"Food can be fun, it can be healthy," Obama said, according to a White House report. "You are setting up habits that are going to be great your entire life."

After making a few remarks about healthy eating habits, the president was geting ready to leave the luncheon when someone asked him what his favorite food was.

"Broccoli," he answered.

Obama's response prompted a twitter trend called #Broccoligate in which many media outlets mocked the president's answer.

"Obama tells kid journalist his favorite food is broccoli. And his favorite activity is lying to children," Comedy Central's Indecision tweeted.

"What's Obama's favorite food? Hint: It is the same vegetable George H.W. Bush denounced over two decades ago," Politico posted.

"What kind of POTUS says his fav food is Broccoli? Same one who in 2008 complained about the price of arugula at Whole Foods," tweeted CNN's Ari Fleischer.

Nevertheless, Yahoo points out that Obama's remaks might be true after all as First Lady Michelle Obama said the Obamas were "a broccoli household."

"It is the one vegetable that my children will eat without creating chaos and havoc,” she said. “There’s never quite clear harmony at the dinner table over the vegetables, but broccoli is a unifier in our household.”

This is not the first time the First Lady brings up the vegetable. In 2012, she demonstrated to David Letterman that with enough care and effort, you could grow your own Barack-oli.

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