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President Obama's favorite food is .... broccoli?? (VIDEO)

President Barack Obama made the somewhat dubious broccoli claim during a surprise appearance at a Kids' State Dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.
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President Barack Obama smiles with Makenna Hurd (front R) of Mascot, Tenn., and Noah Koch (L) of Waterville, Maine, during the second annual 'Kids' State Dinner' in the East Room of the White House on July 9, 2013, in Washington, DC. (Michael Reynolds/Getty Images)

What do you think is President Barack Obama's favorite food?

Pizza? Cheeseburgers? Or maybe the donuts he was fond of buying for campaign workers during his 2012 bid for the White House?


Crashing a Kids' State Dinner hosted by the first lady at the White House on Tuesday, Obama told children who had won a healthy recipe contest that he loves to munch on broccoli the most.

That's right. Broccoli.

It's a vegetable many love to hate and certainly the bane of former President George H.W. Bush's existence.

More than 20 years ago, Bush drew criticism for declaring he didn't like broccoli and wasn't going to eat it anymore.

"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 in 1990.

Feathers deeply ruffled, broccoli growers shipped thousands of pounds of broccoli to the White House in protest, and the vegetable was farmed out to homeless shelters as a result.

During the 2012 campaign, Scholastic cited Obama's favorite foods as chili, French fries and pork chops.

Hmm. Perhaps this newfound love of broccoli comes from different ways of preparing it?

"[In] my family, when they cooked vegetables, they were all boiled,” Obama said, adding that he has since learned that healthy foods can taste good as well.