circa 1980:  Portrait of Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth President of the United States, who served from 1977 to 1981. Carter oversaw the Panama Treaty and the Camp David Agreement between Israel and Egypt in 1979. His administration also was faced with the Iranian hostage crisis, failing in negotiations to release the 52 American hostages.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Food - Drink
President Jimmy Carter's Unexpected Request For White House Chefs
Though strongly associated with peanuts, former president Jimmy Carter also enjoyed other Southern staples like collard greens, sweet corn, and peach ice cream. White House chefs are obviously some of the best in the country, but Carter still put in a special request with them to see if his tastes could be accommodated.
A member of Carter's staff was sent to ask White House chefs if they could cook country food, to which they replied, "Yeah, we've been cooking that kind of meal for the servants for the last 20 years" (via That wasn't the only time that chef Henry Haller would be called upon to prepare Southern-style cuisine.
Carter called upon White House chefs to cook a meal of roast buffalo, suckling pig, and barbecued chicken when Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira visited in 1979, and wanted an American barbecue. The press dubbed the event "barbecue diplomacy,” since the visit involved weighty diplomatic discussions.