Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger

When we’re depressed, we often turn to comfort food—the foods we ate as a child—to help us feel better. Perhaps that explains why, with George Bush’s popularity plummeting, his chef, Cristeta Comerford, revealed at a gathering of chefs to world leaders that Bush’s favorite lunch is a peanut butter and honey sandwich with a side of homemade potato chips.

Understandable—that’s a lunch fit for a king (or at least The King, although he preferred his pb fried with banana).

More inexplicable in a time when, well, you know, there’s an obesity crisis and all, is Bush’s fave rave dinner: cheeseburger pizza, larded with cheese, ground beef, and bacon. The Guardian helpfully cooks up a pizza and analyzes the calorie content.

A large cheese and tomato base is 1,200, before you even start to heap upon it the glistening animal products. Minced beef, 500 calories, onion fried in oil, another 150, four tablespoons of ketchup, 60, four rashers of bacon, 224, more cheese, 240, and some gherkins. This pizza is a magnificent 2,374 calories …

Maybe the president is trying to evoke his predecessor, who had a bit of a love affair with junk food himself.

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