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“Food is often a lens for how we perceive the president,” Miller told Anne Trujillo on this week’s Politics Unplugged. “If they eat a lot of foreign food or are kinda snooty about it, we think that’s what the president is like.”
Miller says many of those who served food, also served as inspiration for equal rights laws, like Zephyr Wright, the long time cook for President Lyndon B. Johnson’s family.
“Her Jim Crowe experiences with the Johnsons as they would drive from Texas to the White House back and forth, she would not be able to go to the bathroom or eat with the family,” Miller said. “So President Johnson used those stories to persuade Congress to support the 1964 Civil Rights Act.”