In a public statement issued on Twitter, former President George H.W. Bush responded to a letter written (apparently with some handwriting help from grown-ups) by a 5-year-old boy identified only as Cooper who took it upon himself to sing the praises of the cancer-fighting superfood.
Bush, who recently celebrated his 92nd birthday, famously banned broccoli on Air Force One during his term as president. He was quoted by the New York Times in 1990 as saying "I do not like broccoli. And 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!''
Although impressed by the youngster's enthusiasm for broccoli and healthy eating, the nonagenarian remained unmoved by his argument, calling it "unpersuasive."
The former president's harsh assessment of the cruciferous green sharply contrasts with the current administration's decidedly pro-veggie stance, which includes First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! diet and exercise initiative and a vegetable garden planted on the South Lawn.