Yet another sign of veganism’s increasing acceptance among the general public: the interview with Bill Clinton in the Aug/Sept. issue of AARP The Magazine. Titled “My Lunch with Bill,” it’s all about his vegan diet, and filled with superlatives. “I’m struck with a dazzling kaleidoscope of a dozen delicious dishes,” described with obvious delight by author Joe Conason. “We sit down and with great relish start passing plates back and forth.” And from Clinton: “I have so much more energy now! I feel great,” adding later, “I decided to pick the diet that I thought would maximize my chances of long-term survival.”
AARP further supports the article by including vegan recipes at the end, as well as on their website with the caption “Eat Like a President.” Plus another webpage of Meatless Monday recipes. Who would have thought, even a few years ago, that this kind of support for veg eating would come relatively soon from major mainstream sources? Clinton is not totally vegan, but he is about 95% there, and is doing highly effective work to encourage ordinary Americans to eat healthier diets. All who dream of a vegan world can be grateful to Clinton and to the many media outlets who have featured his diet.