J Morris Hicks

J Morris Hicks

Posted September 20, 2011

Published in Celebrities, Health

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Matt Lauer to Bill Clinton, "Does being a vegan suck?"

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Maybe that crude question will lead to a new world-changing, top priority for the Clinton Global Initiative

Yesterday, former President Bill Clinton was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today Show -- with most of the discussion devoted to talking about jobs, the financial crisis and politics. But as the interview was about to end, Matt said something about wanting to wrap things up on a lighter note -- at which time he mentioned Clinton's recent change in diet-style.

Matt Lauer quizzes President Clinton about being a "vegan" after a formal interview about the Clinton Global Initiative and getting the global economy back on track.

Matt said, "you've just turned 65, you've had quadruple by-pass surgery and now you're a VEGAN??? Bill muttered "Who woulda thought?" Then, with an incredulous look on his face, Matt crudely asked, "Does that suck?" But the unflappable President Clinton handled the answer perfectly; chuckling and saying,

"No, no; you know, when you get older, your appetites change and abate and you're more interested in having another good day -- so I'd like to have as many good days as possible and this seems to be the best way to do it."

I absolutely love it. A former president of the United States talks candidly about a plant-based diet without being defensive; but rather being positive about the implication that eating a plant-based diet will help you maximize the number of good days in your future.

And Mr. Clinton was very impressive during the earlier part of the interview when he talked emphatically about the need for more "cooperation" and a lot less politics. He said that conflict works much better for TV ratings and for getting elected, but when you've got big problems on your hands, the only way you're going to solve them is with cooperation.

As for big problems, they were talking about the great recession that started three years ago and almost crippled the world's economy. And they talked about how that it will be another few years before the U.S. and the global economy recovers.

I will admit that a global economic collapse is a huge problem, but it pales in comparison to an entire world running out of food. Continue reading this post...

—J. Morris Hicks…blogging daily at HealthyEatingHealthyWorld.com


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