Most frequently attributed to Herbert Hoover’s 1928 campaign, this promise actually came from the Republican National Committee, which ran it in newspaper advertisements and circulars while Hoover was running on a platform of prosperity. It’s not a bad image (Republican Party historian George Mayer traced it back to Henry IV in 17th century France), and these days we don’t even question it as a symbol for prosperity.
But think about it a second. A chicken in every pot. Taken literally, you start to imagine an old-timey truck with USDA plates driving slowly up the block, guys hanging off the back trash-man style to dash chickens up to every door, still squawking and flapping for some reason. Gross. And SO crazy.