Monday, February 18, 2013

U.S. Presidents and Tea

Happy Presidents' Day - Honoring Our Country's 44 Presidents! 

George Washington, the first President of our country, was a committed tea drinker.  You can read the post I wrote about him on Presidents' Day last year here.

Fast-forward 220 years to when our 44th President, Barack Obama, was inaugurated, and he's a tea lover too.

[Internet Photos]

He prefers tea over coffee, and is sometimes seen in interviews with a cup of tea in hand.  What kind of tea does President Obama drink?   He likes organic, green tea. 

In 2009, Honest Tea [based in Bethesda, Maryland] got an unpaid endorsement when the New York Times revealed that the White House was stocking Honest Tea as the President's preferred beverage - specifically "Black Forest Berry" and "Green Dragon" flavors.

Iced Sweet Tea is his beverage of choice when he's dining out, and he used his glass of iced tea to toast the South Korean President to celebrate a trade deal between the two countries.

The President has a liking for Matcha tea ice cream too.

There have been presidents in-between President Obama and George Washington who liked tea also.

After Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President, it is said he gave up alcohol and drank tea instead.  He began his mornings with hot tea.

He had four buttons installed in the Oval Office so he could order his favorite beverages on demand:  coffee, tea, Coke and Fresca, but he especially liked tea and Fresca.

Mrs. Johnson, affectionately known as Lady Bird, told the story in the book, Tea with Presidential Families, of how she walked into her husband's bedroom one day only to find Richard Nixon sitting there talking to him while he was stretched out on the bed in his pajamas drinking a cup of tea.

Bush State China - George W. Bush, 43rd President

Raising my teacup in tribute to American Presidents!


  1. Interesting! Have a great day.

  2. Very lovely post, Phyllis! Happy President's Day!

  3. Interesting post, Phyllis! Thanks for educating me about presidents and tea. Have a fabulous week!

  4. Raising my teacup right there with you, Phyllis! Fun info -- you and I were on the same wavelength today with our focus on presidential teacups!


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