Politicians and Fast Food: A Love Story

Even presidents need to satisfy their not-so-healthy cravings once in a while

01 of 10

DONALD TRUMP: KFC

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The Republican presidential nominee was the subject of many an Internet meme in August 2016 when he shared a photo of himself eating his fried chicken with utensils—a serious no-no.

02 of 10

HILLARY CLINTON: CHIPOTLE

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En route to a 2016 campaign stop in Iowa, Clinton tried to go incognito at an Ohio Chipotle. Her order? A chicken burrito bowl with guacamole, plus a chicken salad and two drinks — with a side of normalcy. "She was just another lady," manager Charles Wright told the New York Times.

03 of 10

JOE BIDEN: JENI'S SPLENDID ICE CREAM

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Biden and ice cream: two of America's treasures. While it's not total fast food, the vice president admitted he has a bit of an addiction to the sweet stuff, greeting the crowd at a May 2016 appearance at Jeni's headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, with: "My name is Joe Biden, and I love ice cream."

04 of 10

BARACK OBAMA: FIVE GUYS BURGERS & FRIES

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Though President Obama is relatively healthy, he has a weakness: burgers. Back in 2009, the president made a lunchtime stop at a Five Guys in Washington, D.C., placing orders for himself, his staff and NBC's Brian Williams, who was on hand for a day-in-the-life segment. The commander-in-chief has been seen at various Five Guys — which started near D.C. — in the years since.

05 of 10

GEORGE W. BUSH: LA SIMPATIA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

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The Texan tried out some Cali-Mex in 2000, tucking into some extreme nachos with wife Laura during a visit to Guadalupe, California.

06 of 10

MITT ROMNEY & PAUL RYAN: WENDY'S

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On Election Day in 2012, Republican presidential candidate Romney and his running mate Ryan took a break in Richmond Heights, Ohio, to grab some food. Did anyone tell them how delicious it is when you dip your fries in your frosty? We hope so.

07 of 10

BILL CLINTON: MCDONALD'S

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Though he's since slimmed down, Clinton was once a fan of the golden arches, saying, "It was a regular thing of mine when I was a private citizen."

08 of 10

BERNIE SANDERS: NATHAN'S FAMOUS HOT DOGS

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Senator Sanders ate a hot dog at the famed Brooklyn spot, home of the annual hot dog eating contest, while campaigning in April 2016. During the outing he joked about how his choice of hot dog topping (mustard and sauerkraut) would be a "breaking story."

09 of 10

MICHELLE OBAMA: SUBWAY

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Naturally, the woman who has promoted healthy eating throughout her time in the White House would "eat fresh." In 2014, the sandwich chain announced its support of her Let's Move initiative to promote healthier choices for kids, and launched ads designed to help up kids' fruit and veggie consumption.

10 of 10

JOHN KERRY: PAT'S KING OF STEAKS

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Secretary of State John Kerry caused quite the stir in 2003 when he was visiting Philadelphia's holy ground — and ordered his cheesesteak with Swiss cheese instead of the traditional Cheez Whiz.

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