Bill Clinton on Whether Being Vegan Sucks

“Today Show” host Matt Lauer bluntly asked Clinton what many omnivores doubtless wonder:

When you were president, you were known for your appetite. Man, you loved the doughnuts, the junk food, anything southern fried. Now we sit here, and you just turned 65, had a quadruple bypass and you’re a vegan. Does that suck?

Clinton laughed and responded:

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 get it.

Clinton’s got a knack for reducing a complex issue to an appealing soundbite. Vegans would do well to work the “as many good days as possible” meme into our discussions about health. I don’t think people change their behavior out of fear of dying a few years early; they just want today to be full of happy and comfortable moments. Link.


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