Hillary describes Bill as “open-minded vegan” to Colbert

To end the confusion about the former president’s diet

Dr. Sanjay Gupta with President Clinton---scene from "The Last Heart Attack."

Dr. Sanjay Gupta with President Clinton—scene from “The Last Heart Attack.”

I never thought that I would hear Secretary Clinton use the word “vegan” to describe the diet of anyone in her family–certainly not until after the election. Because, as I have often said, “She knows that this country is not ready for a vegan in the White House–even if that vegan is the first gentleman.” 

So, on April 18 of this year, I was stunned to hear Mrs. Clinton answering candidly a question posed by Stephen Colbert on the Late Show. Take a look for yourself during the first minute of this 4-minute video:

Stephen Colbert Interviews Hillary Clinton At Carnegie Deli

NY Times LogoBack to my statement about this country not being ready to have a vegan in the White House. Could it be that just the mention of the word vegan by a leading presidential candidate could cause her to lose her polling lead against big time steak merchant, Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee?

Maybe so. Consider these statements from a New York Times Op-Ed piece by Thomas Edsall this morning:

In theory, Donald Trump is eminently beatable. His negative ratings are stratospheric. He is reckless, ignorant of rudimentary policy matters and all too ready to speak without forethought or deliberation.

Still, as we near the close of the primary season, Hillary Clinton has somehow succeeded in turning the election into a close contest that she could conceivably lose. She retains key advantages in areas where Trump is vulnerable, but she has also ceded ground to him on the visceral terrain of nativism and anti-immigrant fervor, of a yearning for a return to the days of America’s unquestioned global pre-eminence.

White HouseSo am I planning to vote for Clinton? My answer is that I prefer to keep politics out of this article but will tell you that I am in that majority of Americans who find neither candidate particularly attractive this year. Having said that, when it comes to my quest to promote a world-wide shift to plant-based eating, there are many advantages to having a vegan first gentleman in charge of the kitchen at The White House.

Maybe he will improve on the plant-based initiatives of his predecessor, Michelle Obama and actually promote a diet that reverses heart disease and diabetes–a whole food, plant-based diet. Maybe he will even publish a White House 4Leaf Cookbook, create videos of himself cooking delicious, heart healthy meals–chock full of whole, plant-based foods.

But what about those rumors of late that Bill has drifted away from the healthy way of eating that he learned from Esselstyn, Ornish and Campbell? This fairly recent 5-minute interview with Bill Clinton (December 2015) says otherwise:

Also in the news back in February of this year while he was campaigning in Las Vegas; from the Politico article, more proof that our former president is still practicing an almost vegan lifestyle, admitting that his doctor advises him to eat fish from time to time.

Bill Clinton perusing the vegan menu at the Simply Pure restaurant in Las Vegas

Bill Clinton perusing the vegan menu at the Simply Pure restaurant in Las Vegas

“I am not alone!” Clinton exclaimed with delight as he walked into the vegan eatery. “This is amazing. I love this place.”

Excited to discuss the vegan diet he adopted in the wake of his heart troubles, Clinton said the lifestyle “changed my life. I might not be around if I hadn’t ‘become a vegan. It’s great.”

Back to the advantages of having a “vegan first gentleman.” Just as with Michelle Obama, if someone is living in The White House, he/she wields a great deal of influence around the world, whether they are president or not. Also consider for a moment what would happen if Bill Clinton became fully enlightened to the power of plant-based eating to combat the host of sustainability issues facing our world today.

Love him or hate him, millions of people will listen to what former president Bill Clinton has to say about food choices–and their consequences to our health, our environment and out future as a species. So take your pick:

“Meat-Peddling Donald”

Trump Steaks


“Plant-Eating Bill”

Bill Clinton Vegan AARP

The Choice is Yours–And Mine

Just in case you missed it, here is a 9-minute video (September 2010) of former president Bill Clinton on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, who also interviews Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and Dr. Dean Ornish. If the Clinton’s move back to The White House, many millions of people will be seeing this video and others like it. FYI, I love the way Dr. Esselstyn chooses to stress common ground truths with Dr. Ornish instead of turning the interview into a debate.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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5 Responses to Hillary describes Bill as “open-minded vegan” to Colbert

  1. Too bad that former President Bill Clinton doesn’t say one word about how eating livestock is so detrimental to our environment. Perhaps his “vegucation” hasn’t taken him to that level of understanding. Regardless, I would vote for Hillary just to get her vegan husband in the White House. I am so disappointed that Hillary puts her own personal power trip to the White House over embracing a plant-based diet for her own personal health. If she didn’t have any aspirations of becoming President, maybe with her husband’s influence, she may vote with her heart and fork.

  2. Steve G says:

     Hi, it’s me again! Personally, I disagree with your take on whether folks are ready for a vegan in the whitehouse.   I truly don’t think anyone cares whether there is or not as long as said vegan doesn’t try to push a vegan agenda on the rest of the country. I also don’t care if someone claims to be a vegan, yet is caught eating lobster and steak every chance they get.  True, it would be a hypocrisy, but rather mild compared to the other hypocrisies that the political overlord class are fond of. Best regards, Steve

  3. Robert Thatcher says:

    Hope it’s true, but had heard reports Mark Hyman was the family doc.

    Certainly, once one experiences the cardiac benefits of going plant based after repeated stents, it would be hard to go back. Thanks so much for this post. I’ve been leery of Hillary Clinton’s environmental record on fracking.

  4. Great blog as always Jim. Will share with all my followers. Hugs from this side of the pond. x

  5. Beth says:

    if millions of people listened to former President Bill Clinton there would already be millions of people eating a plant-based diet as a result and I don’t see that.

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