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Worst Food Faux Pas: Gerald Ford's tamale or George H.W. Bush barfing?

Eating shouldn’t be as difficult as it is. We all need to do it stay alive, yet every meal is a physical and psychological minefield—and that’s if you’re a normal person. Politicians face these same struggles while surrounded by a press gaggle and the eyes of the entire nation. Sometimes a normal meal goes bad. These are the worst of the worst. In our throwback round, we've got Gerald Ford's tamale mishap and George H.W. Bush's icky tummy. Which is the worst?

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So, who do you think committed the biggest Food Faux Pas? Don't forget to click on the rest of the debates below and vote!

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God love Gerald Ford, he really strode confidently into this blunder. According to Munchies, Gerald Ford was touring the U.S. while running for reelection in 1976 when he stopped by the Alamo. It turned out to be his own personal last stand. 

But instead of facing insurmountable odds and certain death, Ford faced a tamale. Ford was apparently totally unacquainted with one of the Earth's great foods and did not know they were wrapped in an inedible corn husk. We'll let the people there at the time tell you how it went:

The Mayor of San Antonio at the time, Lila Cockrell, told the Houston Chronicle that she thought Ford "just picked up the plate because if someone had given him the plate, the tamales would not have had the shucks… He didn't know any better. It was obvious he didn't get a briefing on the eating of tamales." Veteran CBS news correspondent Bob Schieffer recalls that Ford "nearly choked."
Mike Huckabee, who was living in Texas at the time, said the tamale blunder became a media focal point, and that it may have hurt Ford dearly.
"Every newscast in Texas all weekend long, all they did was show Gerald Ford not knowing how to eat a tamale," Huckabee told Sporkful. "To this day I am convinced that it was that gaffe with the tamale that cost him the state of Texas. Carter won Texas and Carter won the presidency, and it may have been a tamale that did it."
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Who among us has not experienced that horrible moment, that white-hot panic, that eye-watering fear when you realize, "Oh God, I'm about to vomit"? It's a moment that requires quick reflexes and even quicker thinking. Can you hold it in? Is this real or psychosomatic? Can you make it to the bathroom or do you have to pull the ripcord at a trashcan? 

And presidents, like stars, are just like the rest of us. They get the stomach flu, too. And what do you do when you realize you're about to lose your lunch when you're seated next to the prime minister of Japan? If you're George H.W. Bush, you just let it go. Here's how Newsweek reported on the incident in 1992. 

Between the second course (raw salmon with caviar) and the third (grilled beef with peppery sauce), the president pushed back in his chair and fainted. His chin slumped to his chest, his body reeled to his left, and he vomited onto the pants of his host, Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. Horrified, Barbara Bush leaped to her feet and held a napkin to her husband's mouth, and a Secret Service agent vaulted over the table to catch the president before he tumbled. As Prime Minister Miyazawa cradled the head of his guest, Bush's entourage gently lowered him to the floor. The president's eyes fluttered open, and he quipped to his personal physician, Dr. Burton Lee, "Roll me under the table until the dinner's over." The panicky moment passed; within a few minutes, Bush was on his feet, white as a sheet, but gamely smiling.
FINAL RESULTS
Politics
Worst Food Faux Pas: Gerald Ford's tamale or George H.W. Bush barfing?
#VoteFordTamale
A festive crown for the winner
#VoteBushBarf