With the Presidential inauguration nearly upon us, we’re all focusing our attention on the White House as President Obama gets ready to move out and President-Elect Trump gets ready to move in. So of course the question foremost in my mind is “What about chickens at the White House?” A natural progression of thought, right?
Amazingly, there’s a dearth of information on the topic. For instance, when I Google, “Chicken White House” I get a lot of results for the “White House Chicken” restaurant chain. That’s followed by some fried chicken recipes by various former residents of the White House. And then there are a few articles where the writer thinks that the White House is displaying cowardice. Which brings up the question, “Why did ‘chicken’ come to mean the same thing as ‘coward’?” The person who created that meaning for the word never met my brave little rooster, Emile!
Anyway, I challenged myself to uncover what I could regarding Presidential chickens, and was eventually able to uncover a pretty sizable trove of material about White House pets, but unfortunately, only a paltry bit of information about White House chickens. But here goes.