Ok, this really bothered me. Maybe I'm being premenstrual, but come on! ...And, I don't usually have P.M.S. so it must just be stupid.
Read below, I came across this on Yahoo News.
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The heat is on, and the stakes are high, with the potential first ladies' bake-off underway and organizer Family Circle magazine looking to see which way the cookie is going to crumble.
In the past four presidential elections, readers of the magazine have successfully predicted who would be America's next first lady by favoring her recipe in the magazine's competition.
Something with chocolate has melted the hearts of readers in the last four elections. So both Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain might be taking a risk by eschewing everyone's favorite treat.
Instead, Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic Illinois Senator Barack Obama, has put forward a recipe for shortbread cookies with zest of lemon and orange, and a cheeky kick of almond liqueur Amaretto.
The recipe comes courtesy of Mama Kaye, the godmother of both her daughters, Sasha and Malia.
Cindy McCain, who earlier this year had to apologize for plagiarizing a recipe for passion fruit mousse from Food Network, went for oatmeal butterscotch cookies.
They are "an absolute must whenever the whole family gets together," says the multi-millionaire heiress to a large beer distribution firm, married to Republican presidential hopeful John McCain.
Readers can vote online at the magazine's website with the results to be published in mid-October, just ahead of the November 4 elections.
At the end of the week, Cindy McCain's recipe seemed to be slicing through the competition, with one online reader complaining that he had had to go out specially to buy Amaretto so his wife could bake Michelle Obama's treats.
If history is anything to go by, Obama might be in for a rough ride. In 2004, Teresa Heinz Kerry's pumpkin spice cookies failed to beat off the competition from Laura Bush's oatmeal chocolate chunk cookies.
(Side note, apparently she's never made Pumkin Spice Cookies in her life. She was on NPR awhile ago and said that some random staffer had submitted that recipe on behalf of her. I'm sure if she had realized the weight of the election hung in balance and her crappy recipe was going to tip the scale in favor of Bush, she may have been on top of it.)
Four years earlier the first lady had already set the bar high with her Texas Governor's Mansion Cowboy cookies made with chocolate chips and coconut, which proved more popular than Tipper Gore's ginger snaps.
Hillary Clinton won in 1992 and in 1996 with the same recipe for chocolate chip cookies, whipping the competition from Barbara Bush and then Elizabeth Dole.
This year former president Bill Clinton got a chance to show off his culinary talents, choosing a recipe for oatmeal cookies from long time Clinton cook, Oscar Flores.
I find it irritating that they are reduced to cookie making for one thing. I guess they hold Bill Clinton to the same standards as the rest, I'll give them that at least.
This article acting like people actually put merit in someones electability based on the cookie recipe of their spouse is stupid, dumb and makes me mad. I sure hope people are paying more attention to the issues than they are to who makes a better cookie. If not, I'm moving.
Last Minute Disclaimer: Of course I know this is just fun tradition. But the tone of the article just really irked me as if this stupid contest is like a Fortune Cookie about who would win. Seriously.
Perhaps its because I'm really ready for some real problem solving and the cookie thing just makes too much light of all the issues we're dealing with. Didn't sit well with me at all.
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